Speaking the Truth in Love – July 31, 2018

Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
Ephesians 4:15

Speaking the Truth in Love


Daily Devotion – July 31, 2018

Devotion based on Ephesians 4:15

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What’s that on your face? Emma asked. After a few moments, when it seemed like none of the big people were listening to her, she repeated her question. What’s that on your face? This time she pointed directly at the mole. This thing. What is it? Emma was nothing if not persistent. She would not let it go.

Most of us have been through moments like this. Sometimes, you’re the parent of the too-persistent child. Other times, you’re the one being pointed at and pinned down with questions. Either way, it can be a very uncomfortable situation.

As we grow up, we tend to become more aware of these social blunders. Often adults do their best to avoid them. We think our silence is a mark of maturity. We’d rather be nice than be truthful. But silence can kill. Imagine you’re very sick and in your doctor’s office. In this moment, you want the truth, don’t you? You don’t want someone who knows the truth about you to remain silent.

That is why God sent his Son into the world. Jesus knew the truth about all people. Yet, as Jesus spoke the truth, he always did so in love. He told the crowds to repent. They needed to turn from their sinful ways. When Jesus met with the learned teacher, Nicodemus, he told him the truth that his efforts to be saved would never be enough; he must be born again. When Jesus sat down at Jacob’s well with the Samaritan woman, she came with all kinds of sinful baggage. She had been married five times and was now living in sin with a new man. Most people shy away from such touchy subjects. Not Jesus. He exposed her sin and then revealed that he was her Savior from all sin.

We often think truth clashes with love. But the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ show us something different. Truth and love can be a beautiful combination. The God who is love—the Son who tells us he is the Truth—came into a world desperately in need of both truth and love. It took the truth and the love of God together to save us from sin, death, and the devil.

This is why it is so vital that Christians speak the truth in love. This is real, godly maturity. Christian maturity is not always speaking what’s on your mind in an unfiltered way. Nor is it silently ignoring problems to preserve a friendship. Rather it is recognizing the real threat sin and temptation pose and still speaking the truth to an individual in love. Real love sets aside egos and a desire to be liked to communicate the truth.

At first, it might be uncomfortable. But there is nothing more soothing, nothing more relieving, nothing more loving than telling people the truth that sets them free from the burden of sin, guilt and shame. So speak up, in love.

Prayer:
God, grant me wisdom and the maturity to speak the truth in love—even when it’s hard. Lord, bless me with the humility to listen to the truth when others find the courage to speak with me—even when their love is hard to see. Amen.

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What kind of Jesus do you want? – July 30, 2018

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
John 6:5-15

What kind of Jesus do you want?


Daily Devotion – July 30, 2018

Devotion based on John 6:5-15

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“I really need to find a better job. I just can’t live off what I am making right now, and I can’t stand the place I’m working. There is so much stress. But the thing is, none of the places where I have applied have called me back.”

A friend replies, “What you need to do is get back to going to church. Then everything else will fall into place. About a year ago, I started going back to church. Look at the new job I just got.”

The thinking illustrated in this brief conversation between friends is very common. You can even find churches that will tell you that Jesus wants you to be rich, and he will make you rich if you pray hard for it and trust him to bless you.

Is that the kind of Jesus that you want? Do you want him to be something like your personal genie, granting your every wish and making your life easier? Do you wish that someone would share with you the secret of tapping into the unlimited power of Jesus so that you can start enjoying life more?

That’s not why Jesus came into our world. He did not come to fulfil all the physical needs and desires of those who are struggling. He came here for a much more important reason: to forgive sins; to restore the relationship between sinful rebellious creatures and their Creator; to grant eternal life to those who could never achieve it for themselves.

While he was physically living in our world, Jesus saw the needs of people, and at times he met those needs in miraculous ways. But when the people got so excited about those miracles that the only reason they were drawn to him was so that he could meet their physical needs, Jesus withdrew because he had a much more important role to fill than that of a king who could miraculously provide for his people.

Jesus came to be the Savior to take away our sin and guilt by taking it upon himself and willingly enduring the full punishment of God for us. Jesus came to give us a perfect relationship with God that lasts eternally.

What kind of Jesus do you want? A Savior who loves you so much that he willingly laid down his life so that you are forgiven of every sin and live eternally, or a bread-king who miraculously provides for physical but very temporary needs? What kind of Jesus do you need?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you for providing for my greatest need. Forgive me for the times that I have become so fixated on this world that my physical wants and needs have become my highest priority. You made my eternal salvation your highest priority. Send your Spirit into my heart that I may rejoice in who you are. In your name I ask it. Amen.

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You can be an Optimist – July 29, 2018

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Romans 8:28-30

You can be an Optimist


Daily Devotion – July 29, 2018

Devotion based on Romans 8:28-30

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Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you see the glass half full or half empty? Are you the kind of person who can find a rainbow hiding behind every stormy cloud? It seems that most people tend to lean in one direction or the other. But is there really any basis for optimism? How do we know that everything is going to work out, or that things will get better, or that everything we experience is really for our good?

Without faith in Jesus there really is no basis. Things could just as well turn out for the worse. There really is no reason that they should get better or be for our good. But Jesus changes everything. That’s why the apostle Paul confidently wrote, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”

How do we know this? We know this because God backs his wonderful promise up with an unbreakable chain of proof. In eternity God chose us to be his very own. Before we were even born God knew us and planned in advance to conform us to the likeness of his Son. His love in Christ began even before he created the universe when he decided to send Jesus to take up the sin of the world and pay for it, so that as God’s dear children together with Jesus we can share in the boundless blessings of eternal life.

God works for the good of those who love him, and the proof extends from eternity into the here and now when God called us through the gospel. Through the good news of a Savior from sin God creates faith in people’s hearts. It is through this faith that he justifies us by declaring us not guilty of sin. This is how he glorifies believers right now and will one day glorify them forever in heaven.

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” You can be sure of it. Because of Jesus you can be sure of it, even when you suffer all kinds of pain and disappointment in this life. You can be sure of it, even when your friends disappoint and relationships dissolve. You can be sure of it, even when your body begins to wear out and your energy fades. You can be sure because God has done everything to make you sure. Because of God’s great love for us, we can be optimists.

Prayer:
Dear heavenly Father, when things in life get me down and I struggle to find hope, point me to your promises in Jesus Christ and assure me of your constant love and compassion. Amen.

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Whatever You Want – July 28, 2018

At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered, … “Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong…” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.
1 Kings 3:5-6,9-12

Whatever You Want


Daily Devotion – July 28, 2018

Devotion based on 1 Kings 3:5-6,9-12

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We’ve seen it depicted in so many different ways. A man finds a lamp or a bottle. He rubs the bottle and out pops a genie. “I’ll grant you one wish, whatever you want.” How many times haven’t we thought, “I’d wish for more wishes!”

King Solomon was presented with a similar situation, only it wasn’t a genie in a bottle offering to grant a wish, it was God himself. Imagine being in Solomon’s place! “Whatever you want…” God said. How would you have answered?

We’d all like to think we would have answered honorably. Truthfully, though, we likely would have answered the way that God describes in verse 11. Our sinful nature would have asked for unlimited wealth or a long life or that someone who has hurt us gets hurt just as badly. Yet, all of those things are selfish. They only seek to serve us and not serve God.

Solomon realized the great responsibility placed before him as the king God chose for his people. So he asked God for the wisdom to choose between right and wrong. Solomon knew that he would choose poorly if left to himself. So he asked for God’s blessing to choose wisely. And God was pleased.

Each and every day we face a battle. We battle between choosing what God wants and what our sinful nature wants. If left to ourselves, our sinful nature would always win. But we are not left to ourselves. Because of Jesus’ saving work, we have been given the Holy Spirit. He works in us through his Word to help us choose what God wants, to discern between right and wrong. He strengthens us by the power of the gospel so that we can show our thankfulness to God for all that he has done for us. And there’s nothing better we could ask for!

Prayer:
Gracious Savior, thank you for giving us your Spirit that we might distinguish between right and wrong and in so doing, serve you in thankfulness. Amen.

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BULLETIN- THE TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST JULY 29, 2018

ST. JOHN’S & EMMANUEL

Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

JULY 29, 2018

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors. In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information. In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you. Restrooms and nursery area are located the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and “link-way” at St. John’s. It’s nice to have you visit today. May God bless our worship together!

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Jesus Gives the Bread of Life to Unify Us in Faith, Love, and Purpose – Christian congregations easily get distracted. Sometimes false teaching or overly strong opinions, and the resentment that can follow, destroy a church’s unity. Congregations may get caught up in too many projects or programs that divert them from their divine purpose. Only Jesus can overcome such disasters. He gives us his Word, the Bread of Life, to unify us in faith, love, and purpose.

PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP Lord God, you know that we are surrounded by many dangers and that we often stumble and fall. Strengthen us in body and mind, and bring us safely through all temptations. Teach us today how Jesus feeds our bodies and souls. Amen.

THEME FOR TODAY The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: A Miraculous Meal Points to Fellowship with God (Favorite Hymn Service)

PASTOR’S GREETING

HYMN 225 “This is the Day the Lord Has Made” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

M: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

C: Amen

M: We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as he dear children. But we have disobeyed him and deserve only his wrath and punishment. Therefore let us confess our sins to him and plead for his mercy.

C: Merciful Father in heaven, I am altogether sinful from birth. In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child. But trusting in Jesus my Savior, I pray, Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love. Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt.

M: God our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins. By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, he has removed our guilt forever. You are his own dear child. May God give you strength to live according to his will.

C: Amen

PRAYER OF THE DAY

O Lord, your ears are always open to the prayers of your humble servants, who come to you in Jesus’ name. Teach us always to ask according to your will that we may never fail to obtain the blessings you have promised; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen (Spoken)

(Please be seated)

HYMN 256 “How Great Thou Art” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

FIRST READING Exodus 24:3-11

When Moses went and told the people all the LORD’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.” Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said.

He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the LORD. Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.”

Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

HYMN 417 “I’m But A Stranger Here” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SECOND READING Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

THE VERSE OF THE DAY

Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia. (John 6:68 cf. NIV)

HYMN 153 “Alleluia! Jesus Lives” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

GOSPEL READING John 6:1-15 (today’s sermon text)

Sometime after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberius), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Feast was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

(Please be seated)

HYMN 616 “Feed Your Children, God Most Holy” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON The Savior Who Fed 5,000 Feeds Us, Too

  1. He feeds us despite our failure to rely on his power
  2. He feeds us to strengthen our faith in his pardon

(Please stand)

HYMN 379 “Amazing Grace” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS (During the offering, congregation rises and sings hymn 411:1-2 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” as the offering is brought to the altar)

LITANY (based on Hymn 402 “My Faith Looks Up To Thee”

M: Lord Jesus, we thank you for paying the debt that we could not pay. We thank you for coming to earth so that we could be with you forever in heaven. Son of God, you offered up your body as an unblemished sacrifice and shed your blood to purify me from all sin.

  1. My faith looks up to thee,

Thou Lamb of Calvary,

Savior divine.

Now hear me while I pray;

Take all my guilt away;

Oh, let me from this day Be wholly thine!

M: Comfort us with the knowledge of this great love. Give us the peace that the forgiveness of sins brings.

  1. May thy rich grace impart

Strength to my fainting heart;

My zeal inspire!

As thou hast died for me,

Oh, may my love to thee

Pure, warm, and changeless be,

A living fire!

M; Take away our doubts and fears, and daily renew in us the joy of our salvation. Teach us to cast the cares of this brief life on our heavenly Father and commit our bodies and souls to his love

  1. While life’s dark maze I tread

And griefs around me spread,

Be thou my guide.

Bid darkness turn to day,

Wipe sorrow’s tears away,

Nor let me ever stray From thee aside.

M: As we journey through life, make us yearn for the day when you will give eternal life to us and all believers in Christ. Give us the courage to face death, knowing that it is the gate to our home in heaven.

  1. When ends life’s transient dream,

When death’s cold, sullen stream

Shall o’er me roll,

Blest Savior, then, in love,

Fear and distrust remove;

Oh, bear me safe above, A ransomed soul!

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Marilyn Bredeson (Karin’s Stellick’s mother),  David Broderick, Mike Brown, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Caleb & Emery Degenstein (Mark Emond’s friends), Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), RaeLynn Hodgkins (Beth Johnson’s daughter), Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Aspen Raelynn Lefeber (Barb Hoffman’s greatgrandaughter), Anna Madigan, Ruthie Marcelain (Dawn’s granddaughter), Wayne Riemer, Wilma Rudolph, Frankie Russell, Bob Schrank, Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Jennifer Strauss, Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother), Dennis & Romana Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Raymond Zacharias (Marilyn Riemer’s brother) – (added this week: Dennis Schwanke)

– For Gordon Fabian who is celebrating his 90th birthday today (7/29)

LORD’S PRAYER

(Please be seated)

HYMN 214 “Jerusalem the Golden” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty God, by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you conquered death and opened the gate to eternal life. Grant that we, who have been raised with him through Baptism, may walk in newness of life, rejoice in the hope of sharing his glory and proclaim that the blood of Jesus purifies from all sins. We ask this; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit be dominion and praise now and forever.

C: Amen (spoken)

HYMN 579 “Lift High the Cross” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

BENEDICTION

C: Amen, Amen Amen, (sung to music on hymnal page 44)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 332 “Go, My Children, with My Blessing” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2018

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost:

To Attain Spiritual Food: Human Efforts Fail; God’s Gift Prevails
 
  
Note: Please give your completed friendship register page to an usher or pastor as you leave today’s service.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK JULY 29-AUGUST 4

Sun.

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Council meeting

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

Mon.

Tues.

1:00 P.M.

New Teacher Seminar at WLA & supper

Wed.

6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Worship

Thurs.

Fri.

7:00 P.M.

WELS Night at Miller Park

Sat.

SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2018

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost:

To Attain Spiritual Food: Human Efforts Fail; God’s Gift Prevails

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship with communion

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Congregational meeting

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor):  “The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.”

LIFETOUCH PHOTOS If you have not yet picked up your personal Lifetouch photos, please pick them up in the link way at St. John’s.

SCHOOL REGISTRATION AND PICTURES As we prepare for this school year, there are a few upcoming dates to keep in mind. REGISTRATION for St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School and Little Lambs will be Sunday, August 19 at 11:15a.m. and Monday, August 20 at 6:00p.m. Both will be held at St. John’s in Pastor’s office. SCHOOL PHOTOS will be taken during registration times. To all St. John’s School and Little Lambs families, look for an informational school packet coming in the mail to you soon.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY They say that first impressions are lasting impressions. That may be true. But what about last impressions themselves? Wouldn’t the last words from someone we know well and love be important also, and stay with us. Then, if those last words of instruction, encouragement, or blessing are all about faith and the life of faith, how much more valuable! The next men’s Bible Class will read and discuss some of  the last impressions left by three Bible heroes of faith. This short 3-lesson study will be Tuesday nights, 6:30pm on August 7, 14, and 21. Think about  it and plan to make this one hour on a week night a priority for you.

CARDS The cards have been restocked! They are located in the lower level of church. Come check them out and see what’s new!

http://www.campphillip.com/home/2195/2791/images/herebetreasurelogo.pngVACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) 2018 St. John’s Vaction Bible School will be August 6-10 from 9:00am-3:00pm and will be available for ages 3yrs-6th grade. Camp Phillip will be leading it for us this year! There will be sign-up sheets in the office, St. John’s info room and Emmanuel parish hall. OR you can call/email the office during summer hours to sign your child up. The deadline for sign-up is July 30th.

https://download.churchart.com/artlinelibrary/l/la/ladder_16091c.jpgVACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS YEAR’S VBS! If you want to help, call the office and let Ciara know ASAP!

ST. JOHN’S A/V ROOM–HELP WANTED Our current audio/visual crew (Tracy Hoffman & Aaron Wachholz) welcomes more members to learn what they do to create and show PowerPoint services on the big screen, record services to create DVD’s and upload to our church website, operate the sound system, etc. “Many hands make light work.” 

ST JOHN’S STREAMING ON YOUTUBE Church services are now streaming live to our YouTube channel. To find St. John’s YouTube channel, simply visit our website: www.stjohnsmontello.org/ and click on the VIDEO link in the top menu. Prior videos can be watched on this page or you can click the link to our YouTube channel page where services can be watched live, as they happen.  Be sure to subscribe on Youtube and click the bell icon in the upper right corner of YouTube to get notified of new videos and live streams.

See the source imageALTAR FLOWERS If you would like to have flowers put on the altar for a special occasion or just to add beauty to St. John’s, please contact our Altar Ladies, Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036 or Elaine Kelm 920-344-0025, and they can have it arranged. Thank you.

PART TIME ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Martin Luther College is now accepting applications for one part-time Administrative Assistant for Staff Ministry and Congregational Assistant Program and one ​​full-time Administrative Assistant for Human Resources. A comprehensive description of these positions can be found at mlc-wels.edu/hr. Interested individuals should apply online. Applications will be accepted through 12:00 pm (noon) on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Additional information and details can be obtained by contacting the Martin Luther College Human Resources Office at 507-354-8221.

What is a Liturgical Worship Service?

What style of worship service do you prefer? Do you prefer a contemporary style of worship service where the order of service follows a basic outline that consists of things such as prayers, Bible readings, a sermon, testimonials, and upbeat songs played by a band? Do you prefer a liturgical style of worship service, which is a structured service that consists of things such as prayers, Bible readings, a sermon, congregational responses, a creed, hymns, and special songs played by an organ and other musical instruments? Or do you prefer something else? Regardless of which style of worship service you prefer, it is important to understand that no one style is better than another. Any form of worship is beneficial as long as the gospel message about Jesus is preached, and the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are administered.

Many Christian churches in the Portage area have contemporary worship services. Some have liturgical worship services, while others have both. At my church, we have liturgical worship services. Since many people know very little or nothing at all about what a liturgical worship service is like, in this column entitled, “Questions About Christianity”, we will learn over the next several months what it is about. In this month’s article, we will get a simple overview of the liturgy by answering this question, “What is a liturgical worship service?”

The word liturgical or liturgy comes from the Greek word leitourgia meaning “public service”. It is formed from two words: laos (people) and ergon (work). It literally means “work of the people”. In a liturgical worship service, the minister participates the most. He says many parts of the liturgy, reads Bible lessons, preaches the sermon, and administers baptism and Holy Communion. However, musicians and the congregation participate as well, such as by saying different responses, reciting one of the three Christian Creeds, and singing liturgical songs and hymns.

The liturgical worship services congregations use today slowly developed over thousands of years. Certain parts of the service were first used around 1500 B.C. Other parts were first used several hundred years before Jesus’ time, while others were first used after Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Around the time of the Middle Ages, more parts were added. At this time, the service was also arranged in a structured format similar to what is in use today. Many of these different parts were modified during the Reformation and continue to be modified by musicians and Christian denominations today.

Even though liturgical worship services vary from one congregation to another, most consist of two major parts called the Ordinary and the Proper. The Ordinary is parts of the worship service that remain the same from week to week. These parts include: Lord, Have Mercy (Latin-Kyrie), Glory Be to God on High (Latin-Gloria in Excelsis), Creed (Latin-Credo), Holy, Holy, Holy (Latin-Sanctus), and Lamb of God (Latin-Agnus Dei). The Proper is a set of lessons, psalms, and prayers that change Sunday by Sunday according to the season in the Church Year. These include: the Prayer of the Day (Latin-Collect), First Lesson, Second Lesson, and Gospel Lesson, Psalm of the Day (Latin–Gradual), Verse of the Day, hymns, sermon, and Proper Preface.

These parts are all arranged in a structured order in the worship service. The service begins with the congregation confessing their sins to God. After the congregation is assured of their forgiveness, they sing a song of praise to God. Then the congregation says a prayer to ask God to bless them through his Word. Then they hear Bible lessons and a sermon. Either before or after the sermon, the congregation confesses their faith using one of the three Christian Creeds. Then they thank God by giving an offering. After the offering, they say another prayer along with the Lord’s Prayer, followed by Holy Communion. After Holy Communion, the congregation sings a song and says a prayer to thank God for receiving Holy Communion. The service ends with a blessing.

Many people think liturgical worship services are very boring. But they do not have to be. Many congregations use different versions of the Ordinary along with different musical instruments and choirs to change things up. Even if a congregation does not do this, liturgical worship services are very beneficial because they beautifully preach the gospel of Jesus, which people need to hear to come to faith and to be strengthened in their faith. It also allows all Christians to preach this gospel message to others as they use their different gifts to glorify God.

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Doing Good – July 27, 2018

As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Galatians 6:10

Doing Good


Daily Devotion – July 27, 2018

Devotion based on Galatians 6:10

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During the school week, the little kindergarten student dreaded getting out of bed in the morning. When it was time to get up, she grouched. If her parents turned the light on, she threw the covers over her head. If they tried to lift her out of bed, she became like dead weight. But on Saturday mornings, she was always up bright and early, ready to make the most of her free time.

This is like the miraculous change that Jesus works in us. He saw us grousing about, blind to, and incapable of doing good to others. But in love, he could not leave us that way. So, Jesus did good to all. No one was a nuisance. No time was inconvenient. No price was too high—not even his own life. On the cross, Jesus paid the debt for all our sins—even our failures to do good to others.

Now, the risen Jesus sends his Holy Spirit to work in us through the gospel. He awakens in us the desire to make the most of our freedom—to do good to all people, especially those who follow Jesus in faith.

Can you imagine the impact we would have if we made the most of our freedom in Christ? If we did good to all with the exuberance of a child on Saturday morning? What if we jumped at every opportunity to love one another, honor one another, live in harmony and not judge but accept one another, encourage and serve one another, bear patiently and forgive one another, and spur one another on toward love and good deeds?

It would be much like the early church in Jerusalem where God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. And more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. (See Acts 4:33,34, & 5:14.)

What are we waiting for? Because of the freedom we have in Christ, every day is an opportunity to do good.

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, as you have done good to me, move me to do good to all. Amen.

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Ways We Can Thank God – July 26, 2018

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

Ways We Can Thank God


Daily Devotion – July 26, 2018

Devotion based on Colossians 3:17

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“Mom, I’m so happy you asked me to do the dishes today! Thanks so much!”

“Dad! You really mean it? I get to mow the lawn today? Sweet!”

“I can’t believe it, honey! I was hoping you’d say it was my turn to go and pick up all the messes the dog left in the yard this week. What a chance to serve God!”

I’m guessing you haven’t heard those kinds of statements in your household lately. Instead, we all tend to grumble, whine, and complain when presented with opportunities to serve God by serving others. We selfishly think that someone else should do whatever task we are presented with. We fail to see that, in reality, each of our daily tasks at work, home, and school is a chance to serve our God. As we look back at the end of the day, how many times did we begrudgingly do something that our Lord had prepared in advance for us to do? Even one time is more than sinful enough to fall under God’s eternal judgment.

Thankfully, Jesus never missed a chance to glorify God. He was always looking to do whatever his Father in heaven had prepared for him that day. Sometimes that meant healing and helping. Other times it meant preaching and teaching. Still other times it meant patiently working with someone one-on-one. There was even the time when he washed his disciples’ feet! Jesus’ entire life was one of doing everything he could for the glory of God. His death was that way too. God had asked him to suffer and die for sins that he did not commit. And he did it. He did it all without grumbling or complaining. He did it because he loved us. He did it because he wanted to glorify his Father in heaven. He did it, so we could be forgiven and saved from eternal condemnation.

There are so many ways that we can thank God for all that he has done for us in Jesus. Most of them are found right in our daily routines! Maybe it is doing the dishes for mom with a smile on your face and love in your heart for the Savior. Maybe it is mowing the lawn because dad asked you to and that is a great way to show gratitude to God. Maybe it is even picking up the dog’s messes in the backyard because it is a way to show God how thankful you are for the blessings he has given to your family. Ways to glorify God are all around you and the good news is, God has built many of them into your schedule for today!

Prayer:
Dear Father in heaven, forgive me for the times when I have grumbled at opportunities to serve you. Thank you for your love that you have shown me in Christ Jesus. Help me to see all the ways I can glorify you each day. Amen.

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God Takes Matters into His Own Hands – July 25, 2018

“I myself will gather the remnant of my flock … and will bring them back to their pasture … I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:3-4

God Takes Matters into His Own Hands


Daily Devotion – July 25, 2018

Devotion based on Jeremiah 23:3-4

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“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” A parent gives a child a task but feels compelled to step in and fix it when things go wrong. A church leader assigns a project to a volunteer but is frustrated when it doesn’t turn out as planned.

That’s not a good approach to parenting or leadership. It is usually better to let people grow and learn from their mistakes than to just do it for them. But sometimes, you have no choice. You have to step in and do it yourself.

Six centuries before Jesus was born, the spiritual shepherds of Israel weren’t doing their job. They were hurting the people instead of helping them. Instead of speaking the truth and leading the people to the Lord, they were telling lies and leading them to pray to and worship false gods.

It still happens today. Some who claim to be Christian pastors and teachers lead people away from the Lord. They change or ignore what God says in the Bible. They lead people away from God by teaching their own ideas or what is popular instead of the truth. Watch out!

When God saw this in Jeremiah’s day, he was furious. Out of love for his people, he punished those false teachers. And he took matters into his own hands. He sent faithful pastors and prophets to speak the truth and care for the people.

Six hundred years later, his love for you and me showed even more vividly. He took matters into his own hands when he sent his own Son. Jesus came to rescue us, who too easily believe the lies and wander from the truth. He knew we were helpless to save ourselves, so he did it for us, dying in our place to save us from death.

God loves you too much to let anything go wrong with your eternity. He took matters into his own hands so that you could be with him forever.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for taking my salvation into your own hands. Send faithful shepherds to care for your flock on earth. Amen.

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Citizenship – July 24, 2018

Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Ephesians 2:13-22

Citizenship


Daily Devotion – July 24, 2018

Devotion based on Ephesians 2:13-22

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There is no greater citizenship than that of God’s kingdom. To have a relationship with the One who created you, to know his unfailing love and protection, and to have a place reserved in his kingdom of heaven where there is no more sadness, disease, or death, and where you will be face-to-face with your Savior God forever—it doesn’t get any better than that!

But there are strict requirements when it comes to this citizenship. God is very clear that anyone who wants to be a citizen of his kingdom needs to be holy just like he is. There is absolutely no place for sin in the kingdom of God—which makes sense when you consider who God is and the disdain he holds for anything that is impure and unholy.

This creates more than a significant problem for us as human beings. No matter how hard we try we still do things every day that are not pleasing to God. It’s called sin. Even if somehow, we could stop, there is still the issue of all the sins we have committed in the past which disqualify us from citizenship in God’s kingdom.

That’s why Jesus came to this world. He became a real human being to give you citizenship in God’s kingdom. He accomplished this by removing that which would prevent you from holding that citizenship. Through his innocent death on the cross, Jesus removed your sin forever. Now, through faith in him as your Savior from sin, you have been given an eternal place in God’s kingdom that can never be taken away.

One of the wonderful things about this gift is that it unites you with your fellow citizens of God’s kingdom. No matter their background, skin color, or spoken language, you have a special bond with the other citizens of God’s kingdom. They are your brothers and sisters in Christ, and they will be your neighbors forever in heaven.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me to send your one and only Son to die so that I can be a citizen in your kingdom. Help me to rejoice in the unity that citizenship gives me with other believers in your Son. In his name I pray it. Amen.

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Take a Break with Jesus – July 23, 2018

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Mark 6:30-34

Take a Break with Jesus


Daily Devotion – July 23, 2018

Devotion based on Mark 6:30-34

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Everyone needs a break from people, even those who regularly serve people. A doctor cannot always be with patients. A teacher cannot always be with students. Even Jesus took time away from the crowds of people who were coming to see him. He did this to be with his disciples. He did this to show his closest followers some one-on-one attention. Jesus said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

How does such an invitation sound to you? You who pour yourself into service to others. You who cry for others, worry about others, seek to reach out and help others. Take a break from those others. Remember God loves you. Remember how Jesus died on the cross for you. Remember how he rose from the dead to guarantee your forgiveness and a place in heaven with him. When we lose patience with others, feel anger, disgust, or even hatred toward others, Jesus is near in his Word, calling us to take a break with him. In our busy lives of service, we too need to be served by the Word. We need to lay our guilt and our burdens at the foot of his cross, and let the Scriptures remind us again of Jesus’ love for each individual.

Here we see the extent of Jesus’ human nature. The Son of God became true man in every sense of the word. Unlike us, Jesus served people perfectly. But like us, Jesus needed a break from people. Jesus’ escape from people was never permanent. “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” Back to work Jesus goes! Faithfully serving others in love, Jesus’ compassion led him to teach others one at a time. That’s how Jesus teaches us in the Word.

May the few moments you have spent with Jesus in the Word today strengthen you in your service to others.

Prayer:
Compassionate Lord, I thank you for the time you have spent with me today in your Word. May the love and attention you have shown me, help me to show love and attention to those I meet today. Amen.

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