The Basement – February 17, 2019

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10

The Basement


Daily Devotion – February 17, 2019

Devotion based on 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

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In 2004, author Susan Shaw published a work of fiction with a dark title. She called her book, The Boy from the Basement.

The Boy from the Basement is the story of a 12-year-old boy named Charlie. Charlie has lived his entire life in the basement of his home, kept there by his psychotic and abusive father. He knows nothing about the world beyond his basement walls. In fact, he fears it. He accepts his miserable existence as normal.

That all changes when the city authorities discover his plight. Before long, Charlie’s entire sense of reality is different. He moves into the home of a foster family—a foster family that is caring and kind, affectionate and patient. From there he discovers things he has never known before. He discovers the telephone. He discovers learning. He discovers Christmas. He discovers friendship. Most of all, Charlie discovers unconditional love. Although the road is difficult and long, in time Charlie does find healing. The boy from the basement is in the basement no more.

Before the arrival of Jesus, you and I were in a basement. It was a basement of our own making. It was the basement of our own sin. Because of that basement, you and I could not see what was beyond it. Left to ourselves, you and I would have accepted our basement as reality and lingered there until we died.

But God changed all that. He sent his Son. Through his life and death on our behalf, Jesus destroyed our basement of sin, wrapping us in the blanket of his forgiveness. And now his Holy Spirit speaks to us by the power of his Word. He describes all the things we may now enjoy beyond our basement walls. And he tells us that even better things are on the way.

Yes, the road for us can still be difficult and long. But our healing has come. We are in the basement no more.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, you have rescued me. Thank you. In your Word, help me to discover more and more the wonderful things I now have in you. Amen.

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The Long Walk – February 16, 2019

[Love] is not self-seeking.
1 Corinthians 13:5

The Long Walk


Daily Devotion – February 16, 2019

Devotion based on 1 Corinthians 13:5

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An old, gray-haired man walked into the headquarters of General George Washington. When Washington saw him, he took notice and stopped what he was doing. The old man’s name was Peter Miller. Washington treasured him as a friend, and for good reason. During the dark days of Valley Forge, when Washington’s men were cold and starving and sick, it was old Peter Miller who had worked so hard to deliver as much relief and medical help as he possibly could.

Now here the old man stood, having walked a long walk to see the general. He was there to plead for the life of his neighbor back home, one Michael Widmon. Through some foolish act, Mr. Widmon had been found guilty of treason and sentenced to be hanged. Only Washington could grant a pardon, and a pardon is what Peter Miller sought.

Reports are that Peter Miller’s words moved Washington to tears. Nevertheless, Washington said no. After all, he said to Peter, how could he justify granting a pardon to a man just because he happens to be your friend?

What the old man said next put Peter Miller’s long walk in an entirely different light. “Friend?” he said to Washington, “Michael Widmon is not my friend. In fact, he has been my bitterest enemy.” And it was true. The townspeople knew that Widmon had taken to treating Peter Miller with contempt, even going so far as to spit in his face.

For Washington, that settled it. He granted the pardon. He granted the pardon not because Peter Miller had made the long walk for a friend. He granted the pardon because Peter Miller had made the long walk for an enemy.

You and I might flatter ourselves to think that, on our good days, we might be willing to “walk the long walk” for a friend, or for someone who kindles our compassion. But to do it for someone who has hurt us, or disrespected us, or humiliated us? That’s something else entirely. Our inability reminds us how far short you and I fall when it comes to God’s command to love.

That’s why we need Jesus. Jesus walked the long walk in our place. He suffered and died for our every self-seeking moment. Because he did, he has secured for each of us a permanent pardon from eternal death.

And there’s more. God’s Word tells us that the same love which Jesus demonstrated for us is also what empowers us to lengthen our walk for others—friend and foe alike.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, by your Gospel promise of forgiveness, move me to walk the long walk for those in my life who need me to do it. Amen.

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BULLETIN- FEBRUARY 17, 2019, THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

EMMANUEL & ST. JOHN’S

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

FEBRUARY 17, 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. 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!

PRAYER OF THE DAY 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; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

Opening Litany #2 and The Common Service (hymnal page 18)

TODAY’S THEME The 6th Sunday after the Epiphany:

“Grace–Hmong Outreach in Vietnam” Sunday

PASTOR’S GREETING

OPENING HYMN 569 “O Christ, Our True and Only Light”

(Please stand)

THE OPENING LITANY (Isaiah 60:1-6)

P: Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

C: See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,

P: But the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.

C: Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

P: Lift up your eyes and look about you:

C: Your sons come from afar and your daughters are carried on the arm.

P: Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah.

C: And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.

THE CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION (Psalm 51:1-4,

1 Peter 2:9-10)

P: Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sins.

C: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.

P: You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

P: We join our voices in praising our forgiving God.

SING: (CW 64:1-3)

Let us all with gladsome voice praise the God of heaven,

Who, to bid our hearts, rejoice, his own Son has given.

To this vale of tears he comes, here to serve in sadness,

That with him in heaven’s fair homes we may reign in gladness.

We are rich, for he was poor; is not this a wonder?

Therefore praise God evermore here on earth and yonder.

(Please be seated)

THE DAYS READINGS

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Today’s Bible readings focus on God’s grace to sinners throughout the world. Isaiah sees all nations coming to the light of God’s grace in Christ. Matthew remembers Jesus commissioning his disciples to go and make more disciples of all nations. And in our epistle reading from Colossians, today’s sermon text, the Apostle Paul marvels how “all over the world the gospel (the good news of Jesus) is producing fruit and growing.”

OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 60:1-6

Nations will come to your light

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.

PSALM 96 (hymnal page 102, all sing refrains, all read verses and Gloria)

EPISTLE: Colossians 1:3-8 (today’s sermon text)

The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

VERSE OF THE DAY Alleluia! “The Gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world.” Alleluia! (Colossians 1:6)

LITURGY (hymnal page 18a, all sing)

“Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!”

(Please stand)

After the announcement of the Gospel, all sing:

“Glory be to you, O Lord!”

GOSPEL: Matthew 28:16-20

Go and make disciples of all nations

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

After the Gospel, all sing:

“Praise be to you, O Christ!”

NICENE CREED (hymnal page 18b-19, all read)

(Please be seated)

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

SERMON HYMN 778 “How Shall They Hear, Who Have Not Heard” (bulletin page 6, all sing)

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SERMON Colossians 1:3-8

“Let’s Celebrate God’s Grace with the Apostle Paul and Pastor Ham”

  1. The Gospel has the power to bear fruit and grow
  2. Those that truly understand God’s grace spring up in love that shares with others

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 20, all sing)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God…”

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, GREETINGS, FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS & HMONG OUTREACH IN VIETNAM WELS CONNECTION DVD

OFFERING PRAYER

GOD’S GRACE IN VIETNAM 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, Jerre Duerr, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Tom Fritsche (Patty’s husband), 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, Frankie Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Al & Darlene Schmidt (Dawn Marcelain & Candace Sonnenberg’s parents), Carol Schumann, Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Jennifer Strauss, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Cheryl Wegner, Heidi Weishaar (Dennis & Sharon Kekow’s daughter), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: )

– For the family and friends of Gordon Fabian, who was called home (2/14)

– For Michael Chappell, currently serving as director/teacher at Precious Lambs Preschool in Jacksonville, FL, who was called at our 2/3 St. John’s Voters meeting to serve as principal and 3-5 or 6-8 grade teacher at our school

– For Laurel Coates, currently serving as teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Waco, NE, who was called at our 2/3 St. John’s Voters meeting to serve as early childhood director and K4-K5 teacher at our school

– For President’s Day (2/18)

– For God’s help in dark hours

(Please stand)

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

(Please be seated)

HYMN 570:1-2 “O Christians Haste” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

LITURGY (hymnal page 24, read and sung responsively)

CLOSING HYMN 570:3-4 “O Christians Haste” (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 February 24, 2019

Epiphany 7: “Love Others, Reflecting Jesus’ Light”

Activities for the week of February 17-February 23

Sun.

HMONG OUTREACH IN VIETNAM

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

Mon.

PRESIDENT’S DAY

9:00 A.M.

Pastor’s Study Club at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

Choir at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

Bible Information Class at St. John’s

7:30 P.M.

Adult Bible Study at St. John’s

Tues.

6:30 P.M.

Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s

Wed.

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Chapel

10:00 A.M.

Adult Bible Study at St. John’s

1:40 P.M.

St. John’s School/Little Lambs Early Release

2:15 P.M.

Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Worship

Thurs.

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Teen Confirmation Class

6:00 P.M.

Griefshare (3rd of 13 weeks) in St. John’s lower level

6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Council meeting

Fri.

Sat.

Schedule for Next Sunday: February 24, 2019

Epiphany 7: “Love Others, Reflecting Jesus’ Light”

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship with communion

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES are ready for pick up in the link way at St. John’s. 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. Please pick your statement up in the link way as well.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “God grades on the cross, not on the curve.”

MEN’S BIBLE CLASS A strange thing happened on the road to Damascus, and thank the Lord that it did! God reached out and saved the man we know as St. Paul. God still reaches out through him today. We are reading about it in the book of Acts. 6:30PM on Tuesdays, in the church basement.

NEW MEMBERSHIP CLASS I’d like to start a new membership class on Sunday 3/3 Sun at 11:15am or on Monday 3/16 at 6pm here at my office on whichever day/time works best. We’d meet here in my office/conference room and study the basic teachings of the Bible using the 20 lesson study guide entitled: New Life In Christ. Call or text me at 608-408-7830 if you are interesetd. –Pastor Pete Zietlow

“Grace—Hmong outreach in Vietnam” special offering – Sunday 2/17/19 at Emmanuel & St. John’s—Montello Stay connected to the “Grace—Hmong outreach in Vietnam” mission effort – Today we are participating in a special synodwide offering to support Hmong outreach in Vietnam. The goal of the “Grace—Hmong outreach in Vietnam” offering is to receive gifts totaling $2 million by June 30, 2019, to fund the land purchase, building construction, and the first two years of operational costs for a theological training facility in Hanoi, Vietnam. To stay connected with this mission effort through the latest news updates, subscribe to the WELS Together newsletter at wels.net/subscribe. You can also “Like” the WELS Missions Facebook page at fb.com/WELSMissions.

THE 6TH ANNUAL IRONMEN OF GOD MEN’S CONFERENCE will be held Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Ixonia. Come and hear God’s word aimed straight at men! Speakers and registration info at www.ironmenofgodwi.org.

Usher Schedule

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

March 3

(with comm.) E

SJ

Don Stelter, Bob Ferber, Gary Wegner, comm. assist. Wayne Stelter

Jack Yates; Chief, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul

March 6

(Lent 3:30pm) E

(Lent 6:30pm) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Don Stelter, Joe Heller

Don Smith; Chief, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner

March 10

E

(with comm.) SJ

Brian Ninnemann, Jim Stuempges, Paul Dahlke

Kenon Smith; Chief, Gordon Krause, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon

March 13

(Lent 3:30pm) E

(Lent 6:30pm) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Gary Wegner, Joe Heller

Cal Kapp; Chief, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal

March 17

E

SJ

Darrell Buchholz, Noah Buchholz, Brian Ninnemann

James Wachholz; Chief, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond

March 20

(Lent 3:30pm) E

(Lent 6:30pm) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Joe Heller

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond

March 24

E

(with comm.) SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Bruce Stelter, Joe Heller

Jack Yates; Chief, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke

March 27

(Lent 3:30pm) E

(Lent 6:30pm) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Joe Heller

Don Smith; Chief, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann

March 31

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Paul Wuerch, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Kenon Smith; Chief, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith, Del Henke

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

February 17

Al & Carolyn Rosenthal

February 24

Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner

Mar. 3

Linda Lou Wacholtz & Karen Wojtalewics

Mar. 10

Don & Doris Smith

Mar. 17

James & Linda Wachholz

Mar. 24

Ron & Evie Blada

Mar. 31

Delvin & Jean Henke

Attendance

Emmanuel

St. John’s

2-10 2-13

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St. John’s Altar Committee:

February 2019

Jennie Utke

&

Susan Brown

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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

Lead 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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A Friend in a High Place – February 15, 2019

I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
Psalm 59:16

A Friend in a High Place


Daily Devotion – February 15, 2019

Devotion based on Psalm 59:16

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The man who wrote these words had some enemies in high places. David, the composer, wrote the words of this song when the king at the time, Saul, had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him.

I can hardly imagine the danger I would be in if the ruler of my country were trying to kill me. I’m not sure I would be singing. I think I would be trying to keep as quiet as possible, especially if people were watching my house with a view toward ending my residency there.

David was a brave man. In the face of danger, he sang. But he did not sing about his own strength, or his own ability to defeat the king. David sang about the strength of the Lord his God, and not just about his strength, but also about his love. David knew that God was stronger than any king, and David knew that God loved him.

David had a friend in an even higher place than the top of the government. David had a friend in heaven.

No matter who or what your enemy is, God is stronger. He is able to control the events of the world, large and small. There is nothing happening in your life that is too big for God to handle.

Even better, God loves you. He proved his love by sending his Son into the world to save you. He proves his love today by providing you refuge from your enemies, refuge in times of trouble. He forgives your sins, and silences the mouths of your accusers, even of a guilty conscience. His promises are meant to give you security and comfort. He is your fortress, your trusty shield and weapon.

It’s great to have friends in high places. But it’s even greater to have a friend in heaven.

Prayer:
Deliver me from my enemies, O God, and protect me from those who rise up against me. Keep me safe in Jesus. Amen.

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That Perfect Love – February 14, 2019

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:18-19

That Perfect Love


Daily Devotion – February 14, 2019

Devotion based on 1 John 4:18-19

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There can be a lot of fear in our relationships. We fear that the other person will find out who we really are. We fear that we do not really know the other person. We fear that we will be misunderstood, or that we will disappoint the other person.

There can be a lot of fear in our relationship with God. We fear that he will punish us when we fail to follow his Word. We fear that we misunderstand what he wants and that he will be disappointed. We fear that we have not been good enough, and that we will end up in hell as a result.

God’s perfect love for us drives out those fears. God promises that he has punished his own Son, Jesus, for our sins, so he will not punish us with hell. Instead, in his perfect love, he promises us heaven through faith in Jesus, and tells us, “Don’t be afraid.” The perfect forgiveness we have through Jesus takes away our fears.

That perfect love leads us to love God. Even though he is holy, he has reached down to us unholy people and lived with us in the person of Jesus Christ. Today he promises to be with us wherever we go, wherever we live.

That perfect love also leads us to love other people. Because God has forgiven us, we do not withhold our forgiveness from others. When we need the strength to show that love and forgiveness, even to people who don’t deserve it, we remember that God has loved us and forgiven us even when we don’t deserve it, and we are moved to love.

We love because he first loved us.

Prayer:
Lord of life and love, take away our fears, and give us confidence to live our lives for you in love for one another. Amen.

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The Prophet of Grace and Truth – February 13, 2019

The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” The LORD said to me: “What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.”
Deuteronomy 18:15-20

The Prophet of Grace and Truth


Daily Devotion – February 13, 2019

Devotion based on Deuteronomy 18:15-20

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Anyone who has begun studying the Bible might come away from it a little overwhelmed. So much to learn! So much to remember! So many changes I need to make in my life! What if I mess up?

God’s people Israel had received much instruction from Moses over the course of forty years. They would be blessed if they remembered to obey all that the Lord had commanded them through the prophet. But now Moses was soon to die—just as they were on the verge of finally entering the Promised Land! What if they forgot all he had taught them?

Unfortunately, they did just that. The people that God had chosen to be his own forgot about him and turned to serve false, make-believe gods that could not help them. They did what pleased their sinful hearts and brought the curse of the law down upon themselves.

But the Lord kept his promise through Moses to send another prophet, a greater prophet. Jesus Christ, the Son of God in human flesh, did not just come to remind the people of what they should be doing or point out how they had failed to do what God had commanded. Jesus came to keep that law perfectly as everyone’s substitute and to bring forgiveness of sins to all who trust in God’s promise of grace through him. The Bible teaches: “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” (John 1:17-18).

When it comes to following God’s holy commands, we can make mistakes. We can, and we do. But with the coming of Jesus, the Prophet of Grace and Truth, we are free from the fear of failure. The Lord has revealed himself to us as a God who has removed our guilt through the death of his Son on the cross. Our faith in his forgiveness allows us to look at each day as an opportunity to show our gratitude for his love.

Prayer:
Holy Father, I thank you for sending your Son Jesus to reveal yourself to us as a forgiving God. Let his word and work of salvation be my greatest hope and joy. Amen.

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The Greatest Expression of Love – February 12, 2019

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13

The Greatest Expression of Love


Daily Devotion – February 12, 2019

Devotion based on John 15:13

See series: Devotions

In two days, many in the United States will celebrate Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is now observed in many countries as a day celebrating love and affection. Though the date may be different in different places, in most cases it has become a day on which gifts are given as expressions of love.

Common expressions of love include cards, flowers, and heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates. Sometimes these gestures are empty of real meaning. A grade school student may give cards to everyone in her class, regardless of how she feels about the individual members. An adult may give a gift, not because he really wants to, but because that is what everyone does on Valentine’s Day. More often these gestures are true expressions of love and affection, and those for whom we do such things are those for whom we would do even greater things.

If it came right down to it, who of you wouldn’t give your life for those you love? Your spouse. Your child. Your dear friend. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Life is the greatest expression of love one human being can offer for another.

For Jesus, the Son of God, the greatest expression of love goes even farther. He didn’t just send you a card—though he did give you an unsurpassed love letter in his Word. He didn’t just get you flowers—though he does hold out to you the beauties of creation and the bounties of the earth. He didn’t just give you a box of chocolates—though he does open his heart so that you may taste and see that the Lord is good. Jesus gave more; even more than a human life. Jesus gave his perfect life for you. Jesus shed his holy blood for you. Jesus endured the agony of hell for you. And now Jesus lives for you.

In so many ways and with infinite depth Jesus’ love surpasses yours and mine. Praise God that his greatest expression of love has made you a child of God. It has prepared you for life to come, and it empowers you to truly love those around you.

Prayer:
Dear Lord, thank you for extending the greatest expression of love to me. May I live in the love of Jesus today and always! Amen.

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The Devil Shrieked – February 11, 2019

“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
Mark 1:25-26

The Devil Shrieked


Daily Devotion – February 11, 2019

Devotion based on Mark 1:25-26

See series: Devotions

Following the first sin in the Garden of Eden, God promised to send “the seed of the woman to crush the serpent’s head” (Genesis 3:15). It was that promise which guided and strengthened all who put their faith into what God had said. When the time was right, God the Father sent his Son into the world to fulfill his long-standing promise. (See Galatians 4:4-5.)

Jesus’ ministry was clear from the start. His reason for coming was not to make people feel better about themselves. Nor was his mission to make life easier. He came to destroy the devil’s power and release people from his tyranny. It is a ministry for which I am eternally grateful.

In an early account of Jesus’ ministry, Mark provides a glimpse of the precious work Jesus came to accomplish. Jesus had gone to Capernaum and into a synagogue to teach. While he was there an evil spirit revealed himself and challenged him. Sternly Jesus silenced him and commanded him to come out of the man. The evil spirit left with a shriek. It was that display of power which offered a preview of what Jesus would later do for me and for all people.

Through the authority of his teaching, and later through his death on the cross, Jesus did battle with the devil. No matter how hard the devil tried, he could not overcome Jesus with his temptations or defeat him with his power. Whatever authority the devil had come to an end when Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. The risen Jesus descended into hell and there proclaimed his complete and ultimate victory. The head of the serpent was crushed. All the devil could do was shriek in defeat.

It is because of Jesus’ overwhelming victory that I am able to say, “No to sin and all ungodliness” (Titus 2:12). This means I can stand “toe to toe” with the devil in the good fight of faith. I am no longer a hapless victim. I am no longer hopeless or helpless in the battle. I can draw on the victory Jesus has secured for me, as well as the strength he provides in his Word.

When I rely on Jesus and depend on the power of his victory, the devil will flee from me with a shriek.

Prayer:
O blessed Redeemer, you have freed me from the devil’s control. You have also enabled me to fight and win the good fight of faith. Help me draw on the victory and the strength you offer and keep me faithful until the end. Amen.

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BULLETIN-FEBRUARY 10, 2019- THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

ST. JOHN’S

Ev. Lutheran Church

Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

C:\Users\secretary\Downloads\jesus_18175c.jpgTHE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

FEBRUARY 10, 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. 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!

PRAYER OF THE DAY 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; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

Service of Word and Sacrament (hymnal page 26)

TODAY’S THEME The 5th Sunday after the Epiphany: “God Calls Us to be Witnesses”

PASTOR’S GREETING

ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL SINGS (see lyrics below)

OH, HOW HE LOVES YOU AND ME

Oh, how He loves you and me;

Oh, how He loves you and me.

He gave His life; What more could He give?

Oh, how He loves you;

Oh, how He loves me;

Oh, how He loves you and me.

Jesus to Calv’ry did go,

His love for sinners to show.

What He did there

Brought hope from despair.

Oh, how He loves you;

Oh, how He loves me;

Oh, how He loves you and me.

OH, HOW I LOVE JESUS

There is a name I love to hear,

I love to sing its worth;

It sound like music in my ear,

The sweetest name on earth.

Oh, how I love Jesus,

Oh, how I love Jesus,

Oh, how I love Jesus,

Because He first loved me.

To me, He is so wonderful,

To me, He is so wonderful,

To me, He is so wonderful,

Because He first loved me.

And now, He is my righteousness,

And now, He is my righteousness,

And now, He is my righteousness,

Because He first loved me.

There is a name I love to hear,

I love to sing its worth;

It sound like music in my ear,

The sweetest name on earth

I LOVE THE FATHER

(round with congregation; Children will introduce but sing along if you know the song; Mr. Wachholz will lead the congregation to sing the song 3 more times)

I love the Father,

I love His Only Son,

I love the Spirit,

I love the Three in One;

For He created me,

Redeemed and set me free.

Praise Him, praise Him,

Praise Him, praise Him.

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 26, read & sung responsively)

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

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY In our Gospel lesson (today’s sermon text), Jesus calls Peter away from his former career as a fisherman. From now on he will fish for people. Still today, God calls us to trust in Jesus. How does God call? Via strange feelings that pop up within us? No. God calls by messengers who speak his Word, by the power of his Spirit.

OLD TESTAMENT: ISAIAH 6:1-8

The call of Isaiah

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

PSALM 85 (hymnal page 97, cantor sings first line, congregation sings second line, all sing refrains & Gloria)

EPISTLE: 1 CORINTHIANS 14:12b-20

Gifts that build up the church

Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.

For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.

I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

VERSE OF THE DAY Alleluia. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Alleluia. (John 8:12)

LITURGY (hymnal page 30a, all sing)

(Please stand)

GOSPEL: LUKE 5:1-11 (today’s sermon text)

Jesus calls his first disciples

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

After the Gospel, all sing: “Praise be to you, O Christ!”

(Please be seated)

SERMON HYMN 560 “I Hear the Savior Calling” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON LUKE 5:1-11

“Let Down Your Nets for a Catch”

  1. Begins with listening to Jesus’ advice
  2. Requires trusting Jesus’ power
  3. Involves leaving things behind for Jesus

(Please stand)

NICENE CREED (hymnal page 31, all read)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

OFFERING PRAYER

EPIPHANY 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, Jerre Duerr, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Tom Fritsche (Patty’s husband), 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, Frankie Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Al & Darlene Schmidt (Dawn Marcelain & Candace Sonnenberg’s parents), Carol Schumann, Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Jennifer Strauss, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Cheryl Wegner, Heidi Weishaar (Sharon Kekow’s daughter), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: Jerre Duerr, Tom Fritsche, Carol Schumann, Jennifer Strauss)

– For Michael Chappell, currently serving as teacher at Precious Lambs Preschool in Jacksonville, FL, who was called at our 2/3 St. John’s Voters meeting to serve as principal and 3-5 or 6-8 teacher at our school

– For Laurel Coates, currently serving as teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Waco, NE, who was called at our 2/3 St. John’s Voters meeting to serve as early childhood dIrector and K4-K5 teacher at our school

– For our Savior’s call for all of us to be his witnesses–personally to our Friends Who Need Jesus and supportively through our prayers and offerings of WELS home and world missionaries

– For our communicants at St. John’s

THE LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 32b, all read)

(Please stand)

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

(Please be seated for the distribution)

At Emmanuel & St. John’s 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 HYMNS 359 “Jesus, My Great High Priest”, 453:1-3 “Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spoke” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

LITURGY (hymnal page 36-37, read & sung responsively)

CLOSING HYMN 453:4-5 “Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spoke” (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 February 17, 2019

Epiphany 6: “Jesus Blesses the Faithful”

Hmong Outreach in Vietnam Sunday

Activities for the week of February 10-February 16

Sun.

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship with communion

Mon.

6:30 P.M.

Choir at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

Bible Information Class at St. John’s

7:30 P.M.

Adult Bible Study at St. John’s

Tues.

9:00 A.M.

St. John’s Joint Worship meeting

6:30 P.M.

Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s

Wed.

NO ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL/LITTLE LAMBS

10:00 A.M.

Adult Bible Study at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Worship

Thurs.

NO ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL/LITTLE LAMBS

10:00 A.M.

Montello Care Center Devotion

6:00 P.M.

Griefshare (2nd of 13 weeks) in St. John’s lower level

Fri.

NO ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL/LITTLE LAMBS

Sat.

Schedule for Next Sunday: February 17, 2019

Epiphany 6: “Jesus Blesses the Faithful”

Hmong Outreach in Vietnam Sunday

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES are ready for pick up in the link way at St. John’s. 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. Please pick your statement up in the link way as well.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”

MEN’S BIBLE CLASS A strange thing happened on the road to Damascus, and thank the Lord that it did! God reached out and saved the man we know as St. Paul. God still reaches out through him today. We are reading about it in the book of Acts. 6:30PM on Tuesdays, in the church basement.

“Grace—Hmong outreach in Vietnam” special offering – Sunday 2/17/19 at Emmanuel & St. John’s—Montello We will be hosting a special “Grace—Hmong outreach in Vietnam Sunday” on 2/17/19 to support the opportunity WELS has to build and operate a theological training facility in communist Vietnam. This facility in Hanoi would allow our synod to train the leaders of the Hmong Fellowship Church (HFC), a church body of more than 100,000 members. To learn more about this mission opportunity, visit wels.net/vietnamhmongoutreach.

THE 6TH ANNUAL IRONMEN OF GOD MEN’S CONFERENCE will be held Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Ixonia. Come and hear God’s word aimed straight at men! Speakers and registration info at www.ironmenofgodwi.org.

ART FOR DINNER At this year’s Art for Dinner event, we were able to raise a total of $7,274.87! Thank you to all who attended, donated and volunteered their time and efforts to St. John’s. What a wonderful night of food, fellowship and fun!

Usher Schedule

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

March 3

(with comm.) E

SJ

Don Stelter, Bob Ferber, Gary Wegner, comm. assist. Wayne Stelter

Jack Yates; Chief, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul

March 6

(Lent 3:30pm) E

(Lent 6:30pm) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Don Stelter, Joe Heller

Don Smith; Chief, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner

March 10

E

(with comm.) SJ

Brian Ninnemann, Jim Stuempges, Paul Dahlke

Kenon Smith; Chief, Gordon Krause, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon

March 13

(Lent 3:30pm) E

(Lent 6:30pm) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Gary Wegner, Joe Heller

Cal Kapp; Chief, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal

March 17

E

SJ

Darrell Buchholz, Noah Buchholz, Brian Ninnemann

James Wachholz; Chief, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond

March 20

(Lent 3:30pm) E

(Lent 6:30pm) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Joe Heller

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond

March 24

E

(with comm.) SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Bruce Stelter, Joe Heller

Jack Yates; Chief, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke

March 27

(Lent 3:30pm) E

(Lent 6:30pm) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Joe Heller

Don Smith; Chief, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann

March 31

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Paul Wuerch, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Kenon Smith; Chief, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith, Del Henke

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

February 10

Kenon & Mary Smith

February 17

Al & Carolyn Rosenthal

February 24

Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner

Mar. 3

Linda Lou Wacholtz & Karen Wojtalewics

Mar. 10

Don & Doris Smith

Mar. 17

James & Linda Wachholz

Mar. 24

Ron & Evie Blada

Mar. 31

Delvin & Jean Henke

Attendance

Emmanuel

St. John’s

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St. John’s Altar Committee:

February 2019

Jennie Utke

&

Susan Brown

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

Lead 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

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Reconciled – February 10, 2019

God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:19

Reconciled


Daily Devotion – February 10, 2019

Devotion based on 2 Corinthians 5:19

See series: Devotions

Do you ever feel like the whole world is against you? No matter where you turn, you find opposition, and where there is no active opposition, there is simply apathy and ignorance. You think you know people, and then they turn against you. Nothing goes right for very long. On most days, most things go wrong.

What is your reaction when that happens? Frustration? Anger?

You may feel like the whole world is against you some days, but God has the right to feel like that every day. No matter where he turns, he finds opposition, and where there is no active opposition, there is simply apathy and ignorance. Even when people claim to know him, they end up with mixed motives and deeds that fall short of their aspirations. Nothing goes right for very long. On most days, most things go wrong.

What is God’s reaction when that happens? It’s not frustration and anger.

Instead, God’s reaction was to send his Son, Jesus, into the world to be the Savior. Jesus is not the Savior of only a few people. He is the Savior of the world. God does not count people’s sins against them because of the perfect life and innocent suffering and death of Jesus. He does not count your sins against you.

That is the message of reconciliation from me to you. God is not your enemy, even though he could easily be disappointed by your life. He is your Savior, and he is there for you even when the whole world seems to be against you. He invites you to repent and to trust in his promises of forgiveness in Christ.

Prayer:
Lord God, when nothing goes right, remind me that, in Christ, you have reconciled me to you. Let me live in the joy of full forgiveness. Amen.

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