It’s so Hard to Trust – August 20, 2018

Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.”
John 6:51

It’s so Hard to Trust


Daily Devotion – August 20, 2018

Devotion based on John 6:51

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Have people made it tough for you to trust anyone? Perhaps your friends have betrayed you. Maybe your parents didn’t follow through on their promises. Have your co-workers or bosses ever lied to you? Fake news makes us question media reports. And sometimes we even lie to ourselves.

Who can we trust?

Jesus told the people (and us) to trust him. Jesus tells us to trust him when he said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” Jesus is the Bread of Life. “Eating this bread (Jesus)” was another way of saying: “believe in Jesus.”

Jesus had made big claims about himself. He told people he was the eternal God and the promised Savior.

Could Jesus be trusted? People of his day struggled with that question. Some said “yes,” others said “no,” and still others just weren’t sure.

So, Jesus directed their attention to the promises about the Savior. Jesus fulfilled those promises. God’s Word said that Jesus was who he claimed to be. Jesus reminded the people of the miracles he did. The miracles testified that he was who he claimed to be. Jesus pointed people’s attention ahead to his death and resurrection. They could wait and witness as he suffered, died, and rose. Through Jesus, they would be forgiven and given eternal life.

Could they trust Jesus? Yes. God’s Word, Jesus’ miracles, and Jesus’ saving work all assured them. Trust Jesus.

Can you trust Jesus? Yes. God’s Word and Jesus’ many miracles still testify that Jesus is who he claimed to be—our God and Savior. Jesus died, rose and lives.

Trust that Jesus and everything he said is 100 percent truth. And trust that through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection you are forgiven, at peace with God, and have eternal life.

Prayer:
Jesus, forgive me for doubting you and your Word. Give me a stronger and deeper faith in you. Increase my trust in you, your Word, and all that you have done for me. Amen.

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God’s House – August 19, 2018

“Foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to serve him, to love the name of the LORD, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant—these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations.” The Sovereign LORD declared—he who gathers the exiles of Israel: “I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered.”
Isaiah 56:6-8

God’s House


Daily Devotion – August 19, 2018

Devotion based on Isaiah 56:6-8

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Meditate a moment on God’s declaration: “I will gather still others.” Do you realize that by God’s grace through faith, you are a fulfillment of these words? Think of all the amazing stories in the Bible you wish you could have been a part of. This one in Isaiah—it includes you!

Imagine yourself sitting in the house of God. Now reflect on why you are here. You have a phenomenal story, don’t you? Consider where you came from. There is no darker place than “dead in sin,” is there? But here you are. Recall your prodigal paths, each one illustrating how lost in sin you were. Still, here you are, in God’s house. You realize you should be on the outside looking in. “Foreigner” describes you well, doesn’t it?

But here you sit in God’s house, bound to him, loving his saving name, giving him the glory he deserves, clinging to his promises, praying with fellow believers. Why? The Sovereign LORD has gathered you here. That word “sovereign” says a lot about your Lord.

And it says a lot about your life, about the Lord’s gracious rule that has brought you into his presence. Do some more reflecting. Think of where you’ve been, the company you’ve kept, the rebellion of your life. You know there are times you could have died because of your foolishness. You would cringe at the thought of detailing these disgraces in an autobiography for all the world to read, but your God knows your story intimately. Yet here you are, sitting in the Lord’s house. Again, why? You sit here because of God’s grace. You sit here because the saving waters of baptism have made you alive in Christ. You sit here because “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).

You sit here because while you were still a sinner, Christ died for you and saved you from God’s wrath. This isn’t just your story. It is the story of countless others from all nations, all whom the Lord has gathered by grace.

The next time you go to church, remind yourself, “I get to sit here in the house of God because of his astonishing grace.” And may your heart stir with delight as you recall his promise, fulfilled in you: “I will give them joy in my house of prayer.”

Prayer:
Dear Lord, it is a humble honor and privilege to be in your house. Thank you for your grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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What God Means by Mercy – August 18, 2018

You who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy.
Romans 11:30

What God Means by Mercy


Daily Devotion – August 18, 2018

Devotion based on Romans 11:30

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The story goes something like this. Long ago, in a faraway land, there was an old man in a small village. The old man was a Christian. He also had the reputation for receiving direct messages from God. One day another Christian came through that village—a Christian haunted by his past. When people told him about the old man, he didn’t know what to think. And so, he decided to try a test. He went to meet the old man. Then he told the old man this. He said, “I am a Christian, but for years I have been carrying the guilt of a terrible sin. The next time you talk to God, would you please ask him to tell you what that terrible sin was?” The old man agreed.

The next day, the two met again. “Did you talk to God last night?” “Yes, I did,” said the old man. “Did you ask him to tell you about my terrible sin?” “Yes, I did,” the old man replied.

“And what did God tell you?”

In a strong, clear voice the old man answered, “He told me to tell you…that he doesn’t remember.”

When God speaks to you and me in the Bible about his forgiving mercy through faith in Jesus, many times you and I do not fully grasp what he means. Just because we often cling to memories of sins from the past, we assume that God does too. But that assumption is wrong.

Here is the truth. God was determined to wash away our sins of disobedience. He was determined to wash them away once and for all. And he did. He spilled the blood of his own Son to do it. Then he raised him from death to assure us that the guilt of our sin is gone. But not only is it gone from our record. It is even gone from God’s memory. As God has already said, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).

That’s what God means by mercy. And that is the mercy we possess through faith in Jesus Christ.

Prayer:
God of mercy, so often I choose to cling to memories of sins from my past. But you do not. Help me to absorb this truth. With your gospel, heal my wounded heart. Amen.

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What’s in a Name? – Augusts 17, 2018

The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
Acts 11:26

What’s in a Name?


Daily Devotion – August 17, 2018

Devotion based on Acts 11:26

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Nicknames often serve the purpose of helping us remember certain characteristics of people. Olympic snowboarder Shawn White was given the nickname “the Flying Tomato” because, in his early years of competition, he had a full head of blazing red hair. Nicknames are often created to highlight something that is unique about an individual or a group.

That was the case in Antioch during the ministry of the apostle Paul. The term “Christian” is very well-known today. That was not the case then. Christianity as a religion was very young. The gospel of Jesus Christ had not yet reached to the ends of the earth, as it has today. But in Antioch, residents of the city began to notice there was something different about a certain group of people. They weren’t as concerned about social status as their neighbors. They didn’t worry quite so much when trouble or unexpected challenges came. They were not so eager to hold grudges when someone sinned against them. In fact, they readily forgave.

The residents of Antioch eventually realized that each person in this group had one thing in common. They believed that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world. So a nickname was born—“Christ”-ians. Christians were known as people who loved Christ.

What are you known for loving? Those who see your life also see what you love. They see where you spend your time, how you spend your money, how you treat others, and how quickly the troubles of life cause you to worry. Whether or not anyone gives you a nickname, others can often see what you love most by looking at your life.

Just like we can when we look at Jesus. Look at his cross, and it is remarkably clear what he loves more than anything. He loves you. He believed that you are someone worth dying for. Jesus wants you to know that, whatever sins you have committed, however often and eagerly you have loved something more than you have loved God, you are forgiven. He wants you to know that nothing in all creation will keep you from one day enjoying the perfection of heaven.

For the Christians in Antioch, as well as for us today, that was a gift worth far more than anything this world could give.

Prayer:
Dear Father in heaven, thank you for the gift of forgiveness won for us by your Son, Jesus Christ. Give us strength and wisdom to live our lives in such a way that, through us, others see the significance of his sacrifice. Amen.

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BULLETIN- THE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST AUGUST 19, 2018

EMMANUEL AND ST. JOHN’S

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan and Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

AUGUST 19, 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 so That We Will Not Stumble in Faith – Living as a Christian is hard. The devil places many obstacles in our way, all of which lead to sin and unbelief. But by his death in our place (by losing!), Jesus defeated Satan. The risen Christ gives us a way out of every temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). Most of all, our Savior gives us the Bread of Life, his promises of forgiveness and eternal rescue. As we nourish our faith on this Bread of Life, Jesus will give us boldness to fight our spiritual enemies.

PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift of grace that we may come into your presence and offer true and faithful service. Grant that our worship on earth may always be pleasing to you. And, in the life to come, give us the perfect peace and joy you have promised. Through your wonderful Word and Spirit, forgive our sins, strengthen our faith, give joy to our hearts, meaning and direction to our lives. Bless our worship today and every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

THEME: Eating Spiritual Food Equals Believing In Christ

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

“The Common Service” (hymnal page 15)

PASTOR’S GREETING

OPENING HYMN 339 “Today Your Mercy Calls Us” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 15)

PRAYER OF THE DAY (pastor reads)

(Please be seated for the day’s scripture readings)

OLD TESTAMENT: PROVERBS 9:1-6

Wisdom has set her table

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city. “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those who lack judgment. “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.

PSALM 1 (hymnal page 67, pulpit side sings the first line, lectern side sings the second line, all sing refrains and Gloria)

EPISTLE: EPHESIANS 5:15-20

Be filled with the Spirit

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

VERSE OF THE DAY

“Alleluia. The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Alleluia.” (Hebrews 4:12)

LITURGY (hymnal page 18, all sing)

“Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!”

(Please stand)

After the announcement of the Gospel, all sing:

“Glory be to you, O Lord!”

GOSPEL: JOHN 6:47-58 (today’s sermon text)

Eating and drinking Christ by faith

Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”

After the reading of the Gospel, all sing:

“Praise be to you, O Christ”

THE APOSTLES’ CREED (all sing to the tune of Hymn 277)

I believe in God the Father, Maker of the heav’n and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, our Savior, God’s own Son of human birth.

Virgin‑born, the Lord incarnate, Whom the Spirit did conceive;

Suffered under Pontius Pilate; He’s the God whom I believe!

Crucified, was dead and buried; Down to hell in victory;

From the dead he rose the third day; Up to heav’n triumphantly.

There at God’s right hand he’s ruling, By his will the world is led.

He will come to judge the nations, Both the living and the dead.

I believe in God the Spirit, In his Church, his chosen band.

They are joined in sweet communion, Holy in his sight they stand.

I believe in sins forgiven; I believe I’ll rise again;

I believe in life eternal. Amen! Amen! Amen!

(Please be seated)

SERMON HYMN 314 “O Living Bread From Heaven” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON: JOHN 6:47-58

“Jesus Is My Kind of Bread”

Because of the…

1. Bakery

2. Benefit

3. Cost

(Please stand after the sermon)

LITURGY (hymnal page 20, all sing)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS (Note: At St. John’s, a video of Vacation Bible School will be shown)

OFFERING PRAYER

(Please stand)

PRAYER FOR SUCCESS OF THE WORD (CWAB, p 219, read by pastor)

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, Ron Fuerstenau (Bill’s grandfather), 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, Frankie Russell, Bob Schrank, Joan Schmitz (Lisa Ollendorf’s mother), 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 Zacharrias (Marilyn Riemer’s brother) –

(added this week: Ron Fuerstenau, Joan Schmitz)

– For Frieda Otto who celebrated her 98th birthday on 8/12

– For Gene & Sharon Crook who will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary on 8/22

LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 20, all read)

(Please be seated)

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

(Please stand)

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal page 25b)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 293 “God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost–Russia Mission Festival: Faith Generates the Right Choice–Following Christ

Note: Please give your completed friendship register page to an usher or pastor as you leave today’s service.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK AUGUST 19-AUGUST 25
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:15 A.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs Registration and Pictures
Mon. 6:00 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs Registration and Pictures
Tues. 6:30 P.M. Men’s Bible Study
7:30 P.M. St. John’s Sunday School staff meeting
Wed. 6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
Thurs. 10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center Devotion with communion
Fri.
Sat. 9:00 A.M. St. John’s Work Day with lunch
SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost–Russia Mission Festival: Faith Generates the Right Choice–Following Christ

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
11:15 A.M. St. John’s lunch and presentation

See the source imageLITTLE LAMBS There are still openings for Little Lambs for the 2018-2019 school year! Call Sara Borck (858) 731-7919 or the office (608) 297-2866 to reserve your spot today!!

SCHOOL REGISTRATION AND PICTURES Registration for St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School and Little Lambs IS TODAY at 11:15a.m. and TOMORROW, Monday, August 20 at 6:00p.m. Both will be held at St. John’s in Pastor’s office and Little Lambs classroom. SCHOOL PHOTOS will be taken during registration times.

THANKS to all those who participated in yesterday’s Father Marquette Day’s Parade Float.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME The Emmanuel Congregation wishes to thank the following members for their faithful time and effort over the past number of years, with the following activitis:

Tabitha Stelter : Management of the Emmanuel weekly Sunday School sessions.

Karen Radke : Management of the Sunshine position.

Dave Radke : Management of the Emmanuel usher schedule.

And as always, thanks be to the Lord for such generous members!

Emmanuel Lutheran Church is in recruiting mode for 2 (or more) volunteers to assist with the following positions. All expenses are reimbursed by the Church.

1) Sunday School Teacher : This individual will help further the Christian up-bringing of parish and non-parish children between the ages of 6 and 10, by managing the weekly Sunday School sessions held in the Emmanuel Parish Hall, during the sermon segment of the service.

2) Sun Shine Position : Based on weekly emails from Pastor Zietlow, this individual will manage the mailing of get-well, sympathy cards, etc. to church members and their families.

If you are interested in serving the Lord with your time and talents by assisting with these important activities, please contact Darrell Buchholz or Pastor Zietlow.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY A great turnout last week for the first of three summer Men’s Bible Classes! Tuesday night at 6:30PM we do it again. Joshua’s Last Lecture teaches about “blind” faith and the old adage, “practice what you preach.” Meet in the church basement.

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

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.”

See the source imageST 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.

C:\Users\lwachholz.STJOHN\Downloads\Jennifer & Luke.jpgLET’S CELEBRATE MISSIONS WITH OUR WELS MISSIONARIES IN RUSSIA, LUKE & JENNIFER WOLFGRAMM!

Plan to attend!! We are blessed to have another full day of celebrating missions on Sunday, August 26, with special services at 8 a.m. at Emmanuel and at 10 a.m. at St. John’s. A freewill offering will be taken at both services to support the work in Russia.

Pastor Wolfgramm will lead morning worship with what he calls a “Sermontation,” which will combine the morning sermon with a power point presentation about Russia. Then, following the St. John’s service, ALL are invited for a summer “piknik” lunch (Freewill Offering) in the lower level around *11:15 a.m. The Wolfgramms will then do a tag-team mission presentation, that will be completely different from the morning “sermontation,” beginning around *12:00 p.m. (*Times are approximate.)

ENDEAVOR BLOOD DRIVE The Endeavor Blood Drive will be on August 22 from 1:00-6:00pm at the Endeavor Fire Station. Please call Ruth Jones to schedule your appointment today at (608)587-2646.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor):  “The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.”

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.

LUTHERAN LINKS VIA INTERNET

St. John’s Greeter Schedule
August 19 Jim & Diane Eisermann
August 26 Wayne & Marilyn Riemer
September 2 James & Linda Wachholz
September 9 Scott & Debbie Ritz
September 16 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
September 23 Harold & Judy Fandrey
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
8-12 8-15 106 126 5
St. John’s Altar Committee:

August 2018

Jennie Utke

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Susan Brown

Usher Schedule
August 19

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Don Smith; Chief, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz

Don Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

August 26

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Kenon Smith; Chief, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz

Brian Ninnemann, Warren Buchholz, Don Stelter

September 2

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Cal Kapp; Chief, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Tyler Emond, Thomas Wojatalewicz

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Bob Ferber, Paul Dahlke, Darrell Buchholz

September 9

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James Wachholz; Chief, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf

Darrell Buchholz, Jim Stuempges, Joe Heller

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS

Monday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Tuesday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Wednesday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Thursday – 8:00am-2:00pm

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website & Facebook link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

https://www.facebook.com/St-Johns-Evangelical-Lutheran-Church-107160252675/

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135

Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

Principal Mr. David Schroeder/WLA office (920) 921-4930

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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Built on a Firm Foundation – August 16, 2018

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.
Ephesians 2:19-20

Built on a Firm Foundation


Daily Devotion – August 16, 2018

Devotion based on Ephesians 2:19-20

See series: Devotions

On June 27, 2009, a very strange site greeted the construction workers arriving at the construction site of the nearly-completed Lotus Riverside apartment complex in Shanghai, China. One of the eleven 13-story apartment towers that they had been working on was lying flat on its side. It looked as if some giant toddler had walked up to the building and just pushed it over. The building itself was, for the most part, intact. Even the doors and windows remained in place. But none of that mattered because the foundation on which the building had been built had completely given way. Without a firm foundation, no building, no matter how skillfully built, can stand for long.

The apostle Paul makes the same point about the Holy Christian Church in our Bible passage for today. In these verses from his letter to the Christians in Ephesus, Paul compares the Holy Christian Church to a building. Just like a physical building, the Holy Christian Church needs to be built on a firm foundation in order for it to stand. If it doesn’t have a solid foundation on which to stand, the Holy Christian Church will fall like that apartment tower in Shanghai, regardless of how skillfully the building may seem to be constructed.

But what can serve as a firm foundation for God’s Church? What is solid enough to enable God’s Church to withstand every storm that may try to tear it down? What is strong enough to resist the attempted erosion of centuries and millennia? What is so sturdy that no matter how many bricks are built upon it, it will never give way?

Only one foundation can do all that. The foundation is Jesus Christ and the solid teachings about him that are recorded in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. From the beginning, the way in which God builds people into his church has remained the same. He always has worked to bring people to faith in his Son Jesus. In the Old Testament, God spoke through the prophets and told people about what his Son would do for them when he came. In the New Testament, God spoke through his apostles about what Jesus fully accomplished when he did come.

Throughout it all, Jesus remained the focus. He was, and is, the chief cornerstone on which God builds his church. Jesus’ perfect life on behalf of all people, and his innocent sufferings and death to pay for the sins of all people are the immovable foundation on which every Christian stands and on which God’s church stands. When we stand firmly on Jesus and his Word, nothing can knock us down. For Jesus is our firm foundation, and nothing built on him can ever be demolished.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, my strong foundation, keep me always firmly built on you. Amen.

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Food for the Journey – August 15, 2018

The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched [Elijah] and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
1 Kings 19:7-8

Food for the Journey


Daily Devotion – August 15, 2018

Devotion based on 1 Kings 19:7-8

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The prophet Elijah was a wanted man. Hunted by Queen Jezebel, he ran for his life into the desert. Finding a tree, he sat under it and prayed: “I have had enough,LORD. Take my life.”

Do you ever feel like Elijah under that tree? Ever have one of those days, weeks, or years where you just want to curl up and die? Life is too hard; the journey is too much.

We work, we pray, we expect success, and then everything we work for falls apart. There’s pain that no medicine can numb, and diseases that wear down and destroy our bodies. There’s guilt over the things we have said and done, and the things we have left unsaid and undone.

But rather than ask God to end us, we should ask him to do what he promises, and give us food for the journey. Notice that God did not do what Elijah asked. He didn’t take Elijah’s life, he preserved it. He sent an angel to Elijah with bread and water. Not only did that meal strengthen him for his journey, it also assured him of God’s presence and reminded him that he was not alone.

God doesn’t let us starve on the journey either. He provides daily bread for our bodies and Jesus, the Bread of Life, for our souls. The good news about Jesus assures us of God’s presence and reminds us that we are not alone. Jesus journeyed to the cross to guarantee that our journey has a blessed end.

The Lord does not promise quick and easy solutions for the pains of our journey. We who eat the Bread of Life are not spared the trouble of life. Jesus isn’t magic wonder bread that takes away all our problems. He is God’s Living Bread, food for the journey that sees us through life and death to the resurrection on the Last Day.

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for feeding my body and my soul. Amen.

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Change of Plans – August 14, 2018

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.
Ephesians 5:1-2

Change of Plans


Daily Devotion – August 14, 2018

Devotion based on Ephesians 5:1-2

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They were young boys who loved to play soccer. Some had plans to play professionally when they grew up. But that’s before they entered the cave.

This past June, in Thailand, 12 boys and their soccer coach entered a local cave to look around—something they had done many times before. But heavy rains suddenly made waters in the cave rise. The rising water forced the soccer team to go back further and further into the cave. They found themselves trapped. Almost two miles of cold, murky water separated the team from the entrance. And few of the boys could swim.

Then came the Navy SEALs. They emerged from the water to find the boys after searching for them for days. They quickly saw to it that the boys and their coach would not be alone from that time forward. They brought food. They transported letters between the boys and their families. They even played checkers with them. The two-week ordeal climaxed in a miraculous rescue. Over 150 Navy SEALs took part in bringing each boy through underwater twists and turns. Every trip took hours. The difficulty was beyond words. One Navy SEAL died. The boys and their coach, however, are out, alive, and safe.

Since the rescue, several of the boys have changed their plans for what they want to do with their lives. They want to be Navy SEALs. They want to rescue others.

You and I once found ourselves trapped in a place far more desperate than even a water-filled cave. You and I once found ourselves trapped in the pit of our own sin.

But then the Son of God arrived. He did what had to be done to retrieve us from the despairing darkness into the warm light of his forgiveness. In doing so he gave his life. For us.

Now, through faith in Jesus, you and I are out, alive, and safe. And because Christ has risen from death, we know that we will never be alone again.

But this rescue has not only changed the destiny of our souls, it has changed our plans for life on this earth. Armed with the gospel message of what Jesus has done, you and I can now be rescuers too.

Right now, there are people you know who are trapped—trapped in the spiritual caves and caverns of this broken world. Seek them out. Bring them what they need. Bring them Jesus.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, you have rescued me and brought me into the light of your forgiveness. Through your gospel, empower me to seek others as you sought me. Amen.

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Life-giving Bread – August 13, 2018

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
John 6:51

Life-giving Bread


Daily Devotion – August 13, 2018

Devotion based on John 6:51

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“What’s to eat?” That’s the question heard daily, and the answer can be found in the refrigerator, the pantry, or the cupboard. Often one of those sources provides a solution and hunger is satisfied.

“What’s to eat?” This question can be understood in a completely different way. Instead of focusing on an empty stomach, it can also focus on the empty soul. What satisfies this hunger?

Many people look for answers in all sorts of places. Most rely on what I must do to satisfy the hunger pangs of my guilty soul. Unfortunately, all these self-reliant solutions will only leave me hungry. Worse yet, I soon come to the realization I am dying from spiritual starvation. Where do I turn to find life-giving bread that feeds my hungry soul?

The answer is found only in Jesus. His words are simple, yet profound: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” There is no doubt about what Jesus offers. It is bread which gives life. Not only does it fill my starving soul, it also nourishes me with eternal life.

Jesus can rightly offer this living bread from heaven. As the source of life, he came into this starving and death-ridden world. He endured the pain, the emptiness, and even the horrible death it demanded. He triumphed over everything, and with his victory he offers food that gives life.

This life-giving bread is mine only through faith. When I put my complete trust in him and in his precious work, my hungry soul is filled. No longer do I search to find nourishment. No longer do I yearn to be filled. No longer am I resigned to endless starvation and death. Jesus is my life-giving bread from heaven. Daily I long to eat what he offers, and joyfully I find the food which gives eternal life.

Prayer:
O gracious Jesus, bread of life from heaven, come and feed me with your life-giving food that my hungry soul may be filled. Amen.

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Mistaken Identity – August 12, 2018

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Matthew 14:25-27

Mistaken Identity


Daily Devotion – August 12, 2018

Devotion based on Matthew 14:25-27

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Often embarrassment follows a case of mistaken identity. What also quickly follows is an apology with the explanation, “I thought you were someone else.” It is a situation that will repeat itself regularly, but likely will not have any lasting consequences—except when it happens regarding Jesus.

On the night the disciples witnessed the miracle of Jesus walking on the lake, their fears escalated. Instead of seeing their friend, teacher, and Savior, they mistook Jesus for a ghost. As a result, they were filled with terror and believed their demise was near. I need to learn a lesson from the disciples, and even more importantly, I need to know who Jesus is and what he does for me.

It is easy for Jesus to experience a case of mistaken identity. It happens when I fail to see Jesus for who he is and try to make him into something he never came to be. Without the guidance of the Scriptures I would only identify Jesus as a good man, a fine teacher, or someone after whom I would like to model my life. The problem comes when I need Jesus to be more than this.

This is why I need to get back to what God’s Word reveals. There I see Jesus’ true identity. He is my Savior who by his obedient death on the cross rescues me from the condemnation of sin. He is my Redeemer who by his victorious resurrection frees me from the power of the devil. He is my Shepherd who by his unsurpassed power lovingly leads me through this life to eternal life. He is, finally, my ever-present God and Lord who says, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

While situations of mistaken identity will happen from time to time, I can never afford to see Jesus as anything, or anyone other than my Savior, my God, and my Lord.

Prayer: (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – 358)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear!
It soothes our sorrows heals our wounds, and drives away all fear!

O Jesus, Shepherd, Guardian, Friend, my Prophet, Priest and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End, accept the praise I bring.

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