Finally – December 31, 2018

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Hebrews 1:1-3

Finally


Daily Devotion – December 31, 2018

Devotion based on Hebrews 1:1-3

See series: Devotions

You have likely been there before. Whether as a child waiting for that special Christmas gift; a mother or father waiting to meet their baby for the first time; or a seasoned worker longing for the day of retirement. Waiting is hard. Especially when the thing you are waiting for is going to be so amazing.

Can you imagine what it must have been like to wait for the Messiah? For thousands of years God’s people lived life based on promises. “He is coming, but not yet. He is going to be life changing. Just keep watching!” It must have been extremely difficult to live in a world of sin and pain in that state of waiting. But do you see what the writer of Hebrews is saying to you and me? We don’t have to live in wait. He has come.

The fact that Jesus Christ came into the world means that the glorious gift has come. He stands right before us and so we don’t have to wait to experience the joy he brings. He no longer says, “wait.” He says, “look.” Jesus, our gift, means we daily get to enjoy Jesus by our side sharing forgiveness, love, and comfort. What a joy to remember every day—he finally came!

Prayer:
Jesus our Savior, thank you for renewing in us a daily appreciation for your coming into the world. You are our greatest gift, for which we thank you now and forever. Amen.

 

 

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Worth Celebrating – December 30, 2018

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.
Isaiah 52:7-10

Worth Celebrating


Daily Devotion – December 30, 2018

Devotion based on Isaiah 52:7-10

See series: Devotions

Some gifts are just better than others. It is hard to acknowledge, because every gift is a gift. But let’s be honest, there is a big difference between getting socks and getting a brand-new bicycle. There is a big difference between a pair of fuzzy slippers and a handmade picture drawn by your three-year-old that says, “I love you Mommy” on it. There are some gifts that you probably won’t remember or use only weeks later. But there are other gifts that you will remember, celebrate, and cherish for a lifetime.

Isaiah sees that kind of gift coming—the kind of gift that would have you bursting out in song, praising God, and telling the world about it. It is a gift worth celebrating, It is the salvation that comes in Jesus Christ. Jesus came into the world to promise that although our lives are often in shambles, he will pick up the pieces.

This gift is ours. God has come into our sinful world. It is a gift worth shouting to the world. Carry that gift throughout your day. Share it with your friends. Thank God for it continually. Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Lord…a gift worth celebrating!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, what a gift you have given us in yourself. Forgive us for the times we have not cherished you. Remind us daily how reliant we are on you. Give us the courage to share you with others. Amen.

 

 

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Love Overcomes Darkness – December 29, 2018

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-5,14

Love Overcomes Darkness


Daily Devotion – December 29, 2018

Devotion based on John 1:1-5,14

See series: Devotions

Something began to happen this past Wednesday, December 26th. Maybe you didn’t even notice. Slowly but surely, Christmas began to fade away. Christmas leftovers are 50% off or more. The radio stations return to normal broadcasts. After 24 hours and 7 days a week for a whole month, the season of loving, sharing, and giving seems to be over as if to say, “Time to move on…”

Not so fast! We can’t afford to pack away Christmas just yet. God’s love and generosity do not have a time limit or season of the year. Jesus is the Word who became flesh. That means God decided to come to us. He came to us in the human flesh of a tiny baby. He came to stay with us until God’s plan of salvation was complete. Now he lives and will shine forever!

In the darkness of our lives, we need the light of Jesus to still shine. In him is life and that life is the light of all people. No amount of sin or trouble can overpower it. The eternal Word lights up our hearts so that we are pulled from the darkness of sin. If this light is for all people, for everyone, then surely it is for us because we are part of everyone.

We can’t afford to pack away Christmas love and light. May it heat up our hearts so that we burn with a desire to share the light of his love with others!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, the Word in the flesh, thank you for your eternal gift of love to the world. Fill us with your grace and truth. Light us up inside so we reflect you for others. Amen.

 

 

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BULLETIN- NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY DECEMBER 31, 2018 & JANUARY 1, 2019

ST. JOHN’S & EMMANUEL

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Montello & Mecan, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY

DECEMBER 31, 2018 & JANUARY 1, 2019

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!

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP

Help us, O Lord, for now we enter

Upon another year today.

In you our hopes and thoughts now center;

Renew our courage for the way.

New life, new strength, new happiness

We ask of you, oh, hear and bless. (Hymn 70:1)

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Jesus Comes to Save Us, Even as an Infant – Whether or not we had a “good Christmas,” as some may ask us, today over and over we hear good news of God’s grace.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

“Service of the Word and Sacrament” (hymnal page 26)

PASTOR’S GREETING

OPENING HYMN 441:1-4 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 26, read & sung responsively)

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

OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 90

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn men back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, O sons of men.” For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning- though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered.

We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. The length of our days is seventy years- or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Who knows the power of your anger? For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you. Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Relent, O Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us- yes, establish the work of our hands.

PSALM 145 (hymnal page 119, sung in unison)

EPISTLE 1 Peter 1:22-25

Born Anew For the New Year


Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For,

“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

VERSE OF THE DAY (hymnal page 30, all sing)

“Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written…”

(Please stand)

GOSPEL: Luke 13:1-9 (today’s sermon text by Pastor Dave Starr)

Do Not Worry

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

After the Gospel, all sing:

“Praise be to you, O Christ!”

(Please be seated)

SERMON HYMN 69 “Help Us, O Lord, for Now We Enter” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON: Luke 13:1-9 “God Looks For Fruit”

(Please stand)

HYMN 551: 1-2 “For All the Saints” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

READING OF THE NAMES OF OUR 2018 SAINTS TRIUMPHANT (Emmanuel and St. John’s members called home this past year)

Name

To heaven

Age

Mavis DeWitt

December 30

81

Mildred Henke

January 14

102

HYMN 551: 3-4 “For All the Saints” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

Name

To heaven

Age

Linda Malsack

February 23

66

Randy Tutaj

June 27

63

HYMN 551: 5-6 “For All the Saints” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

Name

To heaven

Age

Gertrude Wegenke

September 14

96

Rae Lynn Hodgkins

October 6

67

Joel Jaster

December 19

57

HYMN 551: 7-8 “For All the Saints” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

NICENE CREED (hymnal page 31, read responsively)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, GREETINGS, FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS,

OFFERING PRAYER

(Please stand)

NEW YEAR’S PRAYER (read by pastor)

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Al & Darlene Schmidt (Dawn Marcelain & Candace Sonnenberg’s parents), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: Reinold Eckelberg)

– For teachers called at the 12/16 SJ Voters meeting: Michael & Megan Allard–principal/teacher & K4,K5 teacher respectively & Michelle Myers–grade 1 & 2 teacher

– For the family of Joel Jaster, age 57, called to his heavenly home on 12/19

– For Cadence Joy Kolander born on 12/21 to Dan & Sarah Kolander

– For Ellieanna Marie McGwin, the infant daughter of Patrick & Dalice McGwin, baptized at St. John’s on 12/23

– For Ed & Marlene Buchholz who celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on 12/25

– For Emily Brien & Adam Myers who were united in Christian marriage at St. John’s on 12/26

– For our communicants

LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 32b)

HOLY COMMUNION LITURGY (hymnal page 33, sung & read responsively)

(Please be seated for holy communion)

At St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church & Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church we practice closed Communion. If you are a guest at worship today and interested in receiving the Lord’s Supper, please speak with the pastor prior to the service.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN 310:1-6 “I Come, O Savior, to Your Table”(printed in hymnal, all sing)

(After the distribution, please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 36)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 441:5,6 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”(printed in hymnal, all sing)

Announcements

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2019

Epiphany: “The Light of Wisdom”

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 30-JANUARY 5

Sun.

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

Mon.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

NO St. John’s School/Little Lambs- CHRISTMAS BREAK

7:00 P.M.

St. John’s Memorial Worship with communion

St. John’s Youth Group Lock-in

Tues.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Memorial Worship

with communion

NO St. John’s School/Little Lambs- CHRISTMAS BREAK

Wed.

St. John’s School/Little Lambs resumes

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Chapel

1:40 P.M.

St. John’s School/Little Lambs early release

2:15 P.M.

Public School Teen Confirmation at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

NO St. John’s Worship

Thurs.

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Teen Confirmation

12:00 P.M.

St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch and meeting

6:00 P.M.

Joint Worship meeting at St. John’s

Fri.

Sat.

SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2019

Epiphany: “The Light of Wisdom”

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship with communion

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

9:00 A.M.

St. John’s Adult Bible Study resumes

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

ALTAR FLOWERS Today’s altar flowers at Emmanuel were given by DuWayne & Pat Sommerfeld in memory of loved ones.

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES are ready for pick up in the link way at St. John’s. PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM UNTIL JANUARY 2019! If you did not receive a box and would like to, please let Ciara know at the office (297-2866) or there is a sign up in the link way.

2018 OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP is now available in the link way. Starting January 1st, we will begin dispersing.

SAVE THE DATE Saturday, February 2nd

Art for Dinner! Join us for a night of fellowship, dinner and a silent auction of the children’s art projects. This year we are raising money for our athletic fund. Funds will be used for things such as upgrading our equipment, jerseys and tournament fees. If there is anyone that would like to help with the dinner or the students with an art project, please feel free to contact:

Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or

Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.”

SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS Sunday 9:00AM Bible class will take a short vacation over Christmas and New Years. We will resume on Sunday, January 6th, 2019.

MEN’S TUESDAY BIBLE CLASS The Men’s Bible Class will resume on Tuesday, January 8, at 6:30PM.

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY AT ST. JOHN’S resumes 1/7 at 7:30p.m. & 1/9 at 10:00a.m.

Usher Schedule

December 30

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Glenn Buchholz, Brian Ninnemann

Kenon Smith; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

December 31

(with comm.) SJ

(New Year’s Eve 7:00pm)

Cal Kapp; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke

January 1

(with comm.) E

(New Year’s 9:00am)

January 6

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Warren Buchholz, Paul Dahlke, comm. assist. Darrel Buchholz

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

January 13

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Bob Ferber, Joe Heller

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr

January 20

E

SJ

Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Jack Yates; Chief, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause

January 27

E

SJ

Brian Ninnemann, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wagner

Don Smith; Chief, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock

February 3

E

SJ

Darrel Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann, comm. assist. Lucas Stelter

Kenon Smith; Chief, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith

February 10

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke

Cal Kapp; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

February 17

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

James Wachholz; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz

February 24

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

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

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

Dec. 30

Wayne & Marilyn Riemer

January 6

Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith

January 13

Scott & Debbie Ritz

January 20

Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell

January 27

Jim & Diane Eisermann

February 3

Harold & Judy Fandrey

February 10

Kenon & Mary Smith

February 17

Al & Carolyn Rosenthal

February 24

Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner

Attendance

Emmanuel

St. John’s

12-23 12-24 12-25

46 120 84

St. John’s Altar Committee:

December 2018

Diane Eisermann

&

Delores Cotte

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

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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

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BULLETIN- THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 30, 2018

EMMANUEL & ST. JOHN’S

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

DECEMBER 30, 2018

WELCOME GUEST PASTOR John Dolan

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!

THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS On the Sundays after Christmas we stop to PONDER and PROCLAIM. With Mary at the manger we ponder the meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Savior. With the shepherds in from the fields we witness the miracle in Bethlehem, then spread the good news of great joy for all people–Jesus Christ the Savior is born!

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP O Lord–my Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter–I have come before you to hear your holy Word. Open my heart by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word I may repent of my sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear me for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

Morning Praise (hymnal page 45)

PASTOR’S GREETING

(Please stand)

OPENING HYMN 343”Christ Is the World’s Light” (sung in place of “Morning Hymn”, printed in hymnal, all sing)

LITURGY (hymnal page 45b, read & sung responsively)

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

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Christmas Is the Celebration of God’s Grace – God’s grace, or undeserved love, is mighty and accomplishes his will. Despite the opposition of wicked people or human barriers, God’s grace accomplishes his desire:  the eternal salvation of immortal souls. Even after all the gifts have been opened and used, we stand in awe of God’s gift to us, his grace in Christ, Bethlehem’s baby.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Samuel, a type of Christ

But Samuel was ministering before the LORD– a boy wearing a linen ephod. Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the LORD.” Then they would go home.

And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with men.

PSALM 111 (hymnal page 106, sung in unison)

EPISTLE LESSON Hebrews 2:10-18

Christ comes to be our brother

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” {Psalm 22:22} And again, “I will put my trust in him.” {Isaiah 8:17} And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” {Isaiah 8:18}

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

(Please stand)

GOSPEL Luke 2:41-52 (today’s sermon text)

The boy Jesus in the temple

Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

(Please be seated)

SERMON HYMN 502 “Lord of the Home” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON Luke 2:41-52 “Go Home With Jesus for Christmas”

HYMN 41:1-4 “Let All Together Praise Our God” (sung in place of Te Deum, printed in hymnal, all sing)

OFFERING, GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

OFFERING PRAYER

CHRISTMAS PRAYER (read by pastor)

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Al & Darlene Schmidt (Dawn Marcelain & Candace Sonnenberg’s parents), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: Reinold Eckelberg)

– For teachers called at the 12/16 SJ Voters meeting: Michael & Megan Allard–principal/teacher & K4,K5 teacher respectively & Michelle Myers–grade 1 & 2 teacher

– For the family of Joel Jaster, age 57, called to his heavenly home on 12/19

– For Cadence Joy Kolander born on 12/21 to Dan & Sarah Kolander

– For Ellieanna Marie McGwin, the infant daughter of Patrick & Dalice McGwin, baptized at St. John’s on 12/23

– For Ed & Marlene Buchholz who celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on 12/25

– For Emily Brien & Adam Myers who were united in Christian marriage at St. John’s on 12/26

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 50, all sing)

THE LORD’S PRAYER

PRAYER FOR GRACE & BLESSING (hymnal pages 50b-51)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 41:5-6 “Let All Together Praise Our God” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Note: As you leave today’s service please give your completed Friendship Register sheet to an usher or pastor.)

Announcements

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2019

Epiphany: “The Light of Wisdom”

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 30-JANUARY 5

Sun.

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

Mon.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

NO St. John’s School/Little Lambs- CHRISTMAS BREAK

7:00 P.M.

St. John’s Memorial Worship with communion

St. John’s Youth Group Lock-in

Tues.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Memorial Worship

with communion

NO St. John’s School/Little Lambs- CHRISTMAS BREAK

Wed.

St. John’s School/Little Lambs resumes

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Chapel

1:40 P.M.

St. John’s School/Little Lambs early release

2:15 P.M.

Public School Teen Confirmation at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

NO St. John’s Worship

Thurs.

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Teen Confirmation

12:00 P.M.

St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch and meeting

6:00 P.M.

Joint Worship meeting at St. John’s

Fri.

Sat.

SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2019

Epiphany: “The Light of Wisdom”

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship with communion

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

9:00 A.M.

St. John’s Adult Bible Study resumes

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

ALTAR FLOWERS Today’s altar flowers at Emmanuel were given by DuWayne & Pat Sommerfeld in memory of loved ones.

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES are ready for pick up in the link way at St. John’s. PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM UNTIL JANUARY 2019! If you did not receive a box and would like to, please let Ciara know at the office (297-2866) or there is a sign up in the link way.

2018 OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP is now available in the link way. Starting January 1st, we will begin dispersing.

SAVE THE DATE Saturday, February 2nd

Art for Dinner! Join us for a night of fellowship, dinner and a silent auction of the children’s art projects. This year we are raising money for our athletic fund. Funds will be used for things such as upgrading our equipment, jerseys and tournament fees. If there is anyone that would like to help with the dinner or the students with an art project, please feel free to contact:

Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or

Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.”

SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS Sunday 9:00AM Bible class will take a short vacation over Christmas and New Years. We will resume on Sunday, January 6th, 2019.

MEN’S TUESDAY BIBLE CLASS The Men’s Bible Class will resume on Tuesday, January 8, at 6:30PM.

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY AT ST. JOHN’S resumes 1/7 at 7:30p.m. & 1/9 at 10:00a.m.

Usher Schedule

December 30

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Glenn Buchholz, Brian Ninnemann

Kenon Smith; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

December 31

(with comm.) SJ

(New Year’s Eve 7:00pm)

Cal Kapp; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke

January 1

(with comm.) E

(New Year’s 9:00am)

January 6

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Warren Buchholz, Paul Dahlke, comm. assist. Darrel Buchholz

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

January 13

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Bob Ferber, Joe Heller

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr

January 20

E

SJ

Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Jack Yates; Chief, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause

January 27

E

SJ

Brian Ninnemann, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wagner

Don Smith; Chief, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock

February 3

E

SJ

Darrel Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann, comm. assist. Lucas Stelter

Kenon Smith; Chief, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith

February 10

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke

Cal Kapp; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

February 17

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

James Wachholz; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz

February 24

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

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

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

Dec. 30

Wayne & Marilyn Riemer

January 6

Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith

January 13

Scott & Debbie Ritz

January 20

Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell

January 27

Jim & Diane Eisermann

February 3

Harold & Judy Fandrey

February 10

Kenon & Mary Smith

February 17

Al & Carolyn Rosenthal

February 24

Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner

Attendance

Emmanuel

St. John’s

12-23 12-24 12-25

46 120 84

St. John’s Altar Committee:

December 2018

Diane Eisermann

&

Delores Cotte

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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

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Winnebago Lutheran Academy

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

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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Love Makes Us Eager to Honor – December 28, 2018

For the grace of God that offers salvation to all people has appeared. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Titus 2:11-14

Love Makes Us Eager to Honor


Daily Devotion – December 28, 2018

Devotion based on Titus 2:11-14

See series: Devotions

One of the most popular secular songs of Christmas warns, “You better watch out! You better not cry! You better not pout! I’m tellin’ you why: Santa Claus is coming to town!” People sing it with gusto! “He knows if you’ve been bad or good; so be good, for goodness sake!” In other words, Be good, otherwise, no goodies for you. Be good so you can get good things in return.

How different is “the grace of God that offers salvation to all people.” God’s grace in Jesus is completely removed from anything I do—good or bad. God is the only one who truly knew what I needed. So he gave it to me through Jesus. Jesus “gave himself” for me by paying for all my bad with his blood. Jesus purified me. Jesus was wrapped in strips of cloth and laid in a manger. Years later, he was wrapped in strips of cloth and placed in a tomb. That tomb is now empty because of God’s love for us. Now I belong to him. I know God loves me and wants me in heaven with him!

God’s Christmas love teaches us to say a big no to sin and a bigger thank you to the Savior! It teaches us to “be good for Jesus’ sake,” not because he’s watching us, but because he died and rose for us. God’s grace did this, not just for you and me; he did it for everyone. Joy to the world; the Lord is come!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you for making me clean of sin inside by giving yourself. May I live every day of life for you while I await your glorious return. Amen.

 

 

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More than Meets the Eye – December 27, 2018

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7

More than Meets the Eye


Daily Devotion – December 27, 2018

Devotion based on Isaiah 9:6-7

See series: Devotions

A father gave his one-year-old son a wooden toolbox with a hammer, wrenches, nuts, bolts, and pegs for him to hammer into holes. But his son didn’t know how to play with this toy that said on the side of the box, “For ages 3+.” He was still too young. A year and a half went by. Finally, his son began to play with his tool kit. He could use all the tools. He could fasten the pieces together. It took him some time, but now he appreciates his toolbox.

Did you get a present you weren’t really excited about this Christmas? It may not seem like much now. Maybe your appreciation will grow once you begin to understand why it was so valuable.

Jesus didn’t look like much of a gift when he was born. After all, lots of children are born into the world. What makes him so valuable? Listen to the names given him in Isaiah’s prophecy: “…he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…” Those are the names that describe who Jesus is and what Jesus does. He will never fail to forgive you as your Wonderful Counselor. He will never fail to strengthen you as your Mighty God. He will never fail to love you as your Everlasting Father. He will never fail to comfort you as the Prince of Peace. He will never fail to live up to his names because you are his child. He will never fail you!

May your appreciation for the Christmas gift of Christ grow as you understand more and more the precious value of the names for Jesus!

Prayer:
Keep your Word in my heart, dear Lord, so I grow to see how precious the gift you have given in your Son, Jesus. Amen.

 

 

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Love is Never an Afterthought – December 26, 2018

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Luke 2:1-10

Love is Never an Afterthought


Daily Devotion – December 26, 2018

Devotion based on Luke 2:1-10

See series: Devotions

Look back at the last few weeks: How much time did you spend preparing for the Christmas season as you meticulously put decorations up, planned or attended parties, and baked cookies? Or, are you the type that doesn’t go “Christmas crazy?” So, you only set up a little tree with a few decorations to celebrate quietly with your family. Besides, the less you put up the less you have to take down later, right?

How did God prepare for that first Christmas? He moved nations around using Caesar’s decree to get everyone to just the right place. He cared for and protected Mary—the mother of our Lord. And when it was just the right time, his angels announced Jesus’ birth in a grand and glorious way! God carefully crafted every detail in order to bring you the perfect Christmas. The message for a perfect Christmas is this: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy!”

The gift of Jesus was well planned. A God who puts that much planning into giving you the perfect Christmas gift is a God who absolutely loves you!

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, you always have me on your heart and mind the same way you carefully planned and prepared the first Christmas. Open my eyes to see your love for me in the details of my life. Amen.

 

 

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A Christmas Song – December 25, 2018

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.”
Luke 1:46-55

A Christmas Song


Daily Devotion – December 25, 2018

Devotion based on Luke 1:46-55

See series: Devotions

Merry Christmas! Today, the world breaks out in song! A Savior is born!

Mary, the mother of Jesus, sang a song too. The amazing love of God left Mary both surprised and excited. She can’t believe she is going to be the mother of the Savior! So she sings a song about God’s love:

  • She sings that all generations would call her blessed even though she comes from a lowly background.
  • She sings about how God scatters proud people but he lifts up humble people.
  • She sings about the rich who are sent away empty, but God fills up the hungry and keeps his promises.

Mary’s song reminds us how all of God’s promises come true on this Christmas Day. Christ is born into our world! Christmas is why we live and can get up each day. Christmas means God has come to save us and points us ahead to the cross and the empty tomb. Christmas Day is all about God’s love!

How do we respond to God’s love? We sing like Mary! She wanted people to know the great things God had done for her and wants you to sing with her. So let’s SING! It’s Christmas Day! Share with someone the great things God has done for us!

Prayer:
Light of the world, Fill my heart with gladness as I remember your dear birth. Help me shine my light by sharing your birth with someone in need of light and love in their life. Amen.

 

 

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Little Town of Bethlehem – December 24, 2018

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Micah 5:2

Little Town of Bethlehem


Daily Devotion – December 24, 2018

Devotion based on Micah 5:2

See series: Devotions

Bethlehem wasn’t an impressive town. At the time of Micah’s prophecy there were maybe just a few hundred people living there. The last time it had made headlines was almost 300 years before Micah, when King David was born there. Bethlehem wouldn’t have made anyone’s wish list of must-see places to visit. Bethlehem didn’t seem important. Yet God gave the highest honor to this town of being the birthplace of our Savior. Near this town angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest.”

This is often how God chooses to work. He finds the things that are small, quiet, and out of the way and gives to them great honor. He chose small Bethlehem to be the birthplace of his Son so that no one could point to any human achievement as the reason for his birth. Instead, it was only God’s free and undeserved grace that gave Bethlehem such importance.

Today, in the town of David, God gives his gift of love to you. It is not based on anything you have done, how valuable you are to other people, or how much honor the world gives. God gives his gift of love to those who do not deserve it or who feel too small, insignificant, and unnoticed to matter. To them God bestows his greatest honor. God has given you Jesus as your Savior because you are important to him. Glory to God in the highest!

May God bless your worship of the newborn King, especially as you invite someone to join you in Bethlehem to hear the angel announce, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12).

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, on this Christmas Eve bless us as we gather to worship you in Bethlehem. Send your Holy Spirit upon those who may be hearing the good news of Christmas for the very first time. Amen.

 

 

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