Jesus Understands – March 14, 2019

[Jesus] has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:15b-16

Jesus Understands


Daily Devotion – March 14, 2019

Devotion based on Hebrews 4:15b-16

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It happens all the time on social media. People post: “Has anyone else ever experienced this?” They are looking for someone who can sympathize, empathize, or suggest a way forward.

When we are tempted to sin, we might wonder whether Jesus can empathize. Could he possibly understand what we are going through?

The Bible assures us that Jesus does understand and even empathizes with us. He was also tempted and suffered when he was tempted. He was a real human being, and he suffered real temptations. But Jesus did not sin! As a result, he could offer his perfect life in our place, taking the punishment for our sin and giving us his righteousness through faith.

That means we can pray to Jesus with confidence in any situation. When we are tempted, we can pray for strength. When we have given in to temptation, we can pray for forgiveness. When we have difficulties, we can pray for Jesus to supply us with exactly what we need.

Jesus understands what we are going through and knows just how to help us. In fact, he knows even better than we do what we need. He has been there, done that, and wants to help us go through temptation too, all the way to heaven!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, we approach your throne of grace with confidence. Give us mercy and grace; and help us in our time of need. Amen.

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Trust Him – March 13, 2019

The devil led Jesus to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Luke 4:9-12

Trust Him


Daily Devotion – March 13, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 4:9-12

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Sometimes the devil’s temptations are tricky. You think about something that is probably wrong, but you can come up with some pretty good reasons for doing it. Sometimes you even think that you’ll just try it, and if it goes wrong, that will be God’s signal that it was wrong all along, but if nothing bad happens, well then, it must actually be okay.

Jesus cuts through that maze of the devil’s temptations and says simply, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Yes, God says he will take care of us. But by telling us that, he does not invite us to be careless or to do what we know is wrong. He asks us to trust him, not test him.

You can trust God to have his holy angels guard you every step of your life, all the way to heaven. When you suffer on the way to heaven, you can trust God not to leave you comfortless. When you are tempted, you can trust God to provide a way out of the temptation. When you sin, you can trust God to forgive you, because Jesus took the punishment for your sin when he died on the cross.

When you are tempted to test God, trust him instead.

Prayer: (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – 446:1)
I am trusting you, Lord Jesus, trusting only you,
Trusting you for full salvation, free and true. Amen.

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Serve Him Only – March 12, 2019

The devil led Jesus up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
Luke 4:5-8

Serve Him Only


Daily Devotion – March 12, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 4:5-8

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Babies may look innocent, but parents can tell you that being naughty comes naturally to them. You don’t have to teach a child to do the wrong thing. That comes very easily. On the other hand, teaching a child to do the right thing can be a struggle.

In fact, everyone starts out with an inclination to serve themselves, and that makes the devil very happy. If his temptations include something that seems good to us, we fall into them very easily.

When God brings us to faith in Jesus as our Savior, we are set free from having to serve ourselves and to please the devil. The devil can offer us what he likes—authority, splendor, power—and we can answer, “No, I have Jesus, and that is enough.”

In gratitude to God for saving us through the work of Jesus, we ask ourselves, “What can I do to thank him?” The Lord our God answers, “Worship and serve me only.” That service is a delight, because we are thankful to Jesus for defeating the devil. Jesus has set us free from having to follow every evil whim and emotion encouraged by our ancient enemy. Instead, we serve him freely with joy.

Prayer: (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – 470:1)
Praise to you and adoration, blessed Jesus, Son of God,
Who, to serve your own creation, came to share our flesh and blood.
Guide me that I never may from your fold or pastures stray,
But with zeal and joy exceeding follow where your steps are leading. Amen.

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It Is Written – March 11, 2019

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
Luke 4:1-4

It Is Written


Daily Devotion – March 11, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 4:1-4

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When temptation comes along, how do you react? Do you give in every time? Do you fight it for a while but then grow weary? Do you go for a long time without giving in but then indulge? Everyone has felt the lure of temptations from the devil.

What is the best way to fight those temptations? Jesus shows us the power of fighting temptation with words from the Bible. “It is written,” he says, and the devil has no answer. Whatever God says in the Scripture is absolute truth, and it is powerful against temptation.

You will find that turning to a pertinent Bible passage in a moment of temptation is helpful. The Word of God is a powerful weapon against our old, evil foe—the devil. He was defeated by Jesus, and he has no answer to the powerful words of Jesus.

When you have given in to a temptation and you are feeling guilty, it is also helpful to turn to a Bible passage: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Cling to God’s words of forgiveness, and trust that the victory of Jesus over the devil is your victory as well.

Prayer:
Our Father in heaven, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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Overcoming the Lion – March 10, 2019

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’”
Luke 4:3,4

Overcoming the Lion


Daily Devotion – March 10, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 4:3,4

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Quickly. Name the most powerful animal in the world? I’m not sure what your answer would be, but mine is the African lion. It’s capable of killing an African buffalo, even though that animal can weigh three or even four times the weight of the “king of the jungle.” Mess with a hungry lion and you’re lunch meat!

Did you know the Bible describes Satan as a roaring lion who is eager and able to kill people—body and soul—in hell? It’s true! (See 1 Peter 5:8) Satan once was a good angel. Now he’s bad to the bone! He’s a liar and murderous enemy of God and his children.

In our verse for today Jesus was being attacked by Satan and his wily temptations for 40 days and nights in the desert. It was a battle. Jesus, being fully human as well as fully God, was tired and hungry. Satan tempted him to stop trusting in his heavenly Father to provide for his bodily needs and, instead, take matters into his own hands by turning the stones around him into loaves of bread for food. But Jesus refused. He fought back with God’s Word, reminding Satan that he was to rely totally on his Father and his providential promises.

Learn from Jesus when Satan comes alluring! Use God’s powerful Word and gospel promises like a sword to fight him off. By his blood stained cross and empty grave, Jesus has defeated Satan once and for all, and for you. Fight against him in confidence because the victory has been won and it is yours!

Prayer:
Jesus, thank you for defeating Satan. Help me fight the good fight, using your Word to comfort and defend me in my battles with the roaring Lion. Amen.

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BULLETIN- March 10, 2019 The First Sunday of Lent

St. John’s & Emmanuel

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Montello & Mecan, WI

March 10, 2019

The First Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 10, 2019       St. John’s & Emmanuel

St. John’s & Emmanuel

Divine Service II

Divine Service II is a version of the historic liturgy of the Christian church.

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Being “tempted” may make us think of the way creamy alfredo sauce or rich chocolate cake lead some to over-indulge. In God’s view, temptation to sin is a far bigger problem. God says the one who tempts us, by our lack of self-control, is Satan himself (1 Corinthians 7:5). Temptation happens, God also says, when by our own evil desires we are dragged away and enticed (James 1:14). So? “Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” No wonder Jesus tells his disciples, “Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation” (Luke 22:46).

OPENING HYMN 108 “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary”

Please stand

INVOCATION

The name of the triune God and the sign of the cross remind worshipers of their baptisms.

M: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C:  Amen.

CONFESSION

M: Friends, let us approach God with a true heart and confess our sins, asking Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.

C:   Lord of life, I confess that I am by nature dead in sin.

            For faithless worrying and selfish pride,

            for sins of habit and sins of choice,

            for the evil I have done and the good I have failed to do,

      You should cast me away from Your presence forever.

      O Lord, I am sorry for my sins. Forgive me, for Jesus’ sake.

ABSOLUTION

The use of the keys is that special power and right which Christ gave to His church on earth: to forgive the sins of penitent sinners. John 20:21-23

M: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. In His great mercy, God made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in our sins. Hear the Word of Christ through His called servant:

I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C:   Amen.

LORD, HAVE MERCY                                                      Mark 10:47

Kyrie: Kyrie is the Greek word for Lord.  The expression “Lord, have mercy” is one of the oldest worship responses in the Christian church.

M: In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

For the well-being of all people everywhere, that they may receive from You all they need to sustain body and life, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C:   Lord, have mercy.

M: For the spread of Your life-giving Gospel throughout the world, that all who are lost in sin may be brought to faith in You, hear our prayer, O Christ.

C:   Christ, have mercy.

M: For patience and perseverance in this life, that we may not lose the hope of heaven as we await Your return, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C:   Lord, have mercy.

M: Lord of life, live in us that we may live for You.

C:   Amen.

GLORY BE TO GOD                                               Luke 2:14

(sung to the tune of Hymn 152 “I Know that My Redeemer Lives”)

Christians praise God by proclaiming the great things He has done to accomplish our rescue from sin.

“Glory to God in the Highest” Christians have been using this song of worship since the fourth century to proclaim the great things…

  1. All glory be to God on high! Your name,  O Lord, we glorify;

We praise You for Your peace and grace, Your favor toward    our fallen race.

  • Our grateful thanks to You we bring, for Your great glory,                    heav’nly King,

       For all, O Father, You have done, through Jesus Christ, Your only Son.

  • O Lamb of God, to You we pray. You take all human sin away.

       Have mercy, Lord; receive our prayer; from God’s right hand, Your mercy share.

  • You, Christ, are holy– Lord alone; the Father’s glory You made known.

       We by Your Spirit sing again: “All glory be to God!” Amen.

THE WORD

SALUTATION

This greeting has deep roots in Christian worship and marks the beginning of the Word section of this service.

M: The Lord be with you.

C:   And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M: Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Good Shepherd who laid down Your life for the sheep. Lead us now to the still waters of Your life-giving Word that we may abide in Your Father’s house forevermore; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

C:   Amen.

Please be seated

FIRST LESSON                                             Deuteronomy 26:5-10

Moses reminds God’s people of God’s actions on their behalf.  He especially points out their deliverance from the misery, toil, and oppression they had experienced in the land of Egypt.  Thanksgiving for such blessings led them to worship the Lord and to bring him the firstfruits of their crops.

   Then you shall declare before the LORD your God: “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous.  But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, putting us to hard labor.  Then we cried out to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression.  So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with miraculous signs and wonders.  He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey;   and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, O LORD, have given me.” Place the basket before the LORD your God and bow down before him.

PSALM 91 hymnal page 100

Cantor sings the first line, congregation sings the second line, all sing refrains and Gloria.

SECOND LESSON                    Romans 10:8-13 (today’s sermon text)

God’s Word proclaims to us the good news of salvation and works faith in our hearts through which we are saved.  This faith expresses itself through an outward confession of faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:  That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

VERSE OF THE DAY

Alleluia. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Alleluia.

Please stand

GOSPEL

M: The Gospel according to Luke chapter 4 verses 1-13

C:  Glory be to You, O Lord.

Jesus begins his ministry by battling with the devil.  The devil confronts him with three temptations.  Each time Jesus uses God’s Word to defeat Satan.  Jesus’ victory over Satan started here and ended in complete and total victory on the cross and empty tomb.  Thanks be to God for our Champion, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’”

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.  And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.  So if you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.  For it is written: ”‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;  they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” (Psalm 91:11,12)

Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

M: This is the  Gospel of the Lord.

C:  Praise be to You, O Christ.

(Please be seated)

HYMN OF THE DAY 406 “This Is the Threefold Truth”

The Hymn of the Day is assigned to this day because of its rich content and connection to the day’s Gospel.

SERMON

“The Word Is Near”(Romans 10:8-13)         

For you…

  1. to believe and confess
  2. to trust and be saved

Please stand

NICENE CREED hymnal page 31

Public confession is faith’s response to God’s saving Word. Christians composed the Nicene Creed in the fourth century to defend the Bible’s teachings that both Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are true God, equal to the Father in one eternal, undivided Trinity.

*The original text here reads “catholic,” a word meaning “universal.” The Church consists of all believers in heaven and on earth, of every time in history.

(Please be seated)

OFFERING

Moved by God’s love in Christ, we offer Him our first and best gifts, purely out of thanks to Him.

Please stand

PRAYER FOR LENT (read by pastor)

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, 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, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Xzander Jahr, Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, 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), Larry Wegner (Bob’s brother), Heidi Weishaar (Sharon Kekow’s daughter), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: Larry Wegner)

– For missions

– For our K3-K5 teacher Sara Borck who received the Lord’s call to teach Kindergarten next fall at Good Shepherd Ev. Lutheran School–Omaha, NE

– For today’s teacher call meeting at St. John’s

– For our communicants

THE LORD’S PRAYER                                           Matthew 6:9-13

(contemporary version)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,

Your kingdom come,             Your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours now and forever.

            Amen.

THE SACRAMENT

PREFACE

The words of the Preface mark the beginning of the Sacrament section of the service and lift the worshiper’s hearts in praise. The opening sentences are among the oldest in the Christian liturgy.

M: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them up to the Lord.

M: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is good and right so to do.

M: It is good and right that we should at all times and in all places give You thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who came as the Light of the world so that the world may have light and life through Him. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise Your holy name and join their glorious song:

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY Sanctus                  Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9

(sung to the tune of Hymn 131 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”)

Sanctus means “Holy.” Used possibly as early as the second century, this canticle was in wide use among Christians in worship by the fourteenth century.

            O holy, holy, holy; Lord God of pow’r and might,

            Your glory, earth and heaven; In countless ways recite.

            Hosanna! Come and save us, Lord God of hosts on high,

            And in Your grace and mercy; Receive our fervent cry.

            Hosanna in the highest! How truly blest is He;

            Who in God’s name is coming; To set His people free!

He comes to bring salvation; and with His blood outpoured,

            Deliver us from bondage-Hosanna, mighty Lord!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Jesus took bread and “gave thanks” (Matthew 26:26).

M: Blessed are You, O Lord of heaven and earth. We praise and thank  You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, and we remember the great acts of love through which He has ransomed us from sin, death, and the devil’s power.

            By His incarnation, He became one with us.

            By His perfect life, He fulfilled Your holy will.

            By His innocent death, He overcame hell.

            By His rising from the grave, He opened heaven.

Invited by Your grace and instructed by Your Word, we approach Your table with repentant and joyful hearts. Strengthen us through Christ’s body and blood, and preserve us in the true faith until we feast with Him and all His ransomed people in glory everlasting.

C: Amen.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION                              Matthew 26:26-28

1 Corinthians 11:24-25

As he speaks the Words of Institution, the minister both proclaims the words of Jesus to the congregation and sets apart the bread and wine for the Lord’s use. The sign of the cross reminds us of Christ’s death.

M: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night He was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”

Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: Amen

LAMB OF GOD Agnes Dei                                                       John 1:29

Jesus is God’s Lamb (Agnus Dei),who was offered as a sacrifice for sin once for all.

Please be seated

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 743 “O Gracious Lord, I Firmly Am Believing” (printed on bulletin pg.  15)

389:1-2 “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”

The Scriptures teach us that the celebration of the Lord’s Supper connects us intimately with Christ and with one another as Christians who are united around a common confession of faith.

Please stand

SONG OF SIMEON Nunc Dimittis                                   Luke 2:29-32

(sung to the tune of Hymn 166 “The Day of Resurrection”)

The Nunc Dimittis (“Now Dismiss”) is also known as the Song of Simeon. Through God’s Word and Sacrament, we have seen Jesus Christ, and like Simeon we find divine peace and comfort through faith in the Savior.

            O Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, assured:

            For I have seen Your promised incarnate, saving Word—

            A Light that will enlighten all gloom where Gentiles dwell;

            The brilliant, crowning glory of those in Israel!

            All glory to the Father, all glory to the Son,

            All glory to the Spirit, forever three in one;

            For as in the beginning, is now, shall ever be,

            God’s triune name resounding through all eternity.

M: We give You thanks, O Lord, for the foretaste of the heavenly banquet that You have given us to eat and to drink in this sacrament. Through this gift You have fed our faith, nourished our hope, and strengthened our love. By Your Spirit elp us to live as Your holy people until that day when You will receive us as Your guests at the wedding supper of the Lamb, who lives and reigns with You and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

BLESSING

The blessing of Aaron has been spoken to God’s people for over 3500 years. The Lord said, “So they will put My name on (them) and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:27

M: The Lord bless you and keep you.

      The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

      The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.

C:  Amen.

CLOSING HYMN 389:3-4 “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”

Announcements

Activities for the week of  March 10-March 16
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
  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
  11:30 A.M. Teacher Call meeting at St. John’s
Mon. 6:30 P.M. NO Choir
  6:30 P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s begins
  7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues.    
Wed. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Chapel
  10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  3:30 P.M. Emmanuel Lenten Devotion
  3:45 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s
  4:30 P.M. Lenten Supper at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Lenten Devotion
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Teen Confirmation Class
  10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center Devotion
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare (6th of 13 weeks) in St. John’s lower level
  6:00 P.M. School Board meeting at St. John’s
Fri.   LaCrosse Leadership Workshop
  9:00 A.M. Pastor’s Study Club at Ripon
Sat.   Pardeeville School Outreach Workshop
Theme for Next Sunday March 17, 2019 Lent 2: “Christ Was Rejected, Yet Resolute in his Mission”
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

WEDNESDAY LENTEN DEVOTIONS Join us as we gather for Lenten Devotions: 3:30pm at Emmanuel and 6:30pm at St. John’s under this year’s theme: “Three Words of Truth.”  A soup supper will also be served from 4:30-6:15pm in the lower level of St. John’s.  “Jesus, I will ponder now on your holy passion…” (Hymn 98)

LENTEN SUPPER This week, March 13, 2019, St. John’s Sunday School is hosting. Supper starts at 4:30pm in St. John’s lower level.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU? : BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, lettuce salad, cheese, pickles, potato chips, assorted desserts and beverages. A free will offering will be available and proceeds will go towards Easter for Kids.

THANK YOU Emmanuel council is seeking volunteers to assist, with Emmanuel member funeral luncheons in the Parish Hall. All men and women are welcomed to help in any manner possible with the many required activities including food procurement, food preparation, and luncheon serving. Any members who wish to assist with this important service are asked to contact Sue Stelter at 608-297-2761, or by email at shieldscreamery@gmail.com or on a sign up in the Parish Hall.

EASTER FOR KIDS DONATIONS  Planning for 80 childrenfor Saturday, April 13, at St. John’s.  MONETARY GIFTS are needed most and help purchase: crafts, Easter pails, candy/prizes, outdoor advertising banner, snack & lunch, basket stuffers.  DONATE home-crafted items for baskets.  VOLUNTEER to bake for the baskets.  VOLUNTEER to work at the event.  Please contact Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635.

     We still collect plain print-free ice cream pails.  Please do not purchase plastic eggs, grass, or baskets,but we recycle by accepting gently used items you would like to share. A donation box is located in the linkway.

EASTER FOR KIDS COORDINATOR I am looking for someone to assist with the planning this year who would be willing to take the lead in the future. If you would be interested in working with me this year, please call me 608-369-2635. Thank you! –Linda Wachholz

REGISTRATION FOR EASTER FOR KIDS  Any child, age 3 through Grade 6, is welcome to attend Easter for Kids at St. John’s on Saturday, April 13.  This is an outreach program–it would be great if St. John’s & Emmanuel kids who attend would invite a non-member or unchurched friend! Register online www.stjohnsmontello.org beginning Monday, March 4.  Get registration forms at both churches, in Monday Magazine, on church & school Facebook. This year’s theme is “Parade & Praise for the King!”  Story rhyme time, singing & movement, crafts, egg coloring, snacks, & of course, a parade will bring the true meaning of Easter to the children.  Register by Friday, April 5.

SPRING MISSION OFFERINGS are being collected by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society through Sunday, March 31.Containers are located in the entrance at St. John’s and in the parish hall at Emmanuel—Please give your gift at the church where you are a member. 75% of gifts given will support Beaver Dam Circuit projects—HM/Campus Ministry New Starts & WM/Haiti.  25% of gifts given will support home & world mission projects described on the poster by the container and will be presented at the next LWMS Convention, June 27-30, in Des Moines, Iowa. Gifts welcome from all who love missions!

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member):  “He who angers you, controls you!”

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 next Sunday 3/10 at 11:30am at 6pm and/or 3/24 at 6pm here at my office.  We will 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 interested.  –Pastor Pete Zietlow 

PLAN YOUR MISSION JOURNEY WELS Mission Journeys, the official WELS program for short-term mission trips, provides an opportunity for all WELS members to walk together in the Great Commission. Through church- or school-based volunteer trips to WELS mission fields at home and abroad, members have the opportunity to engage in Christian service. With the Lord’s blessing, these trips will inspire a lifelong journey of service and outreach for all who volunteer. Want to learn more about how you can get involved? Visit wels.net/missionjourneys.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY CONFERENCE WELS Women’s Ministry will be holding a conference this summer, July 18–20, at Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wis. The theme of the conference centers around “living stones” and how Christian women are called to be a part of something bigger. For more information on the Women’s Ministry Conference and to register, visit wels.net/wmconference.

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
3-3               3-6 Ash Wed.   154                   64           
St. John’s Altar Committee: March 2019 Diane Eisermann & Delores Cotte
St. John’s Greeters Schedule  
Mar. 10 Don & Doris Smith
Mar. 17 James & Linda Wachholz
Mar. 24 Ron & Evie Blada
Mar. 31 Delvin & Jean Henke
Usher Schedule
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
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K & 1st Grade Teacher Cassie Doering: (920) 723-8986
2nd-4th Grade Teacher Karin Stellick: (920) 342-3689
Lead & 5th-8th Grade Teacher Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135
Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866
Altar Ladies 
Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036
Church & School Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949
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Mountain Top Experiences – March 9, 2019

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
Luke 9:28-36

Mountain Top Experiences


Daily Devotion – March 9, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 9:28-36

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Sometimes in our lives we have what are called “mountain top experiences.” They are experiences that are so great we never want them to end. Some brides and grooms feel that way on their wedding day. They are surrounded by the people that they love the most. They look their best. Everyone is happy and smiling. They never want the day to end. But it does end. They need the wedding day to end so that they can get on with their married life and the future that awaits them.

In this lesson from Luke chapter 9, Jesus and three of his closest followers had a mountain top experience. For a moment the disciples where given a glimpse of Jesus in his greatness as the Son of God. It was awesome. Jesus’ clothes were as bright as a flash of lightning. Jesus conferred with Moses and Elijah, two of the great figures from the Old Testament. Peter didn’t want the experience to end. This is why he proposed that they build three shelters. He was hoping to capture and hold the greatness of this incredible moment.

But like all other mountain top experiences, this moment had to end. Jesus knew that he had very important work waiting for him on a different mountain. That was Mount Calvary, the mountain on which he would be crucified for the sins of all people. It was important for Jesus’ disciples and it is important for us to remember both mountains. The mountain on which Jesus showed his glory reminds us that he is the true Son of God. Mount Calvary reminds us that Jesus is the Lamb of God who willingly gave his life to make the payment for your sins and the sins of the entire world.

This week the season of Lent begins. It is a time when we focus on the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. As we focus on his passion, let us not forget his great power. He is the Son of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, I worship you as the glorious Son of God who came from heaven to sacrifice yourself as the Lamb of God to take away the guilt of my sins. Bless me with the truth of your Word and the joy of your salvation. Amen.

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Jesus Reveals His Glory – March 8, 2019

“As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’”
Luke 9:33a

Jesus Reveals His Glory


Daily Devotion – March 8, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 9:33a

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What an event this was! Jesus reveals a glimpse of glory! Wow! Moses and Elijah are there in glorious splendor! Wow! The Father speaks from the cloud! Wow! Peter, James, and John get to see and hear it! Wow! To be there must have been amazing! It’s no wonder Peter said, “Master, it is good for us to be here.” And it’s no wonder he wanted to stay! This was amazing!

But there is one more “wow.” The biggest “wow” of all is that Jesus does not stay. Jesus walks back down that mountain. Why? He walks away from the Mount of Transfiguration, so he can willingly walk to another mountain, to Mt. Calvary, where he suffers and dies. Can you imagine? The glorious, all-powerful God-man was willing to set aside the full use of his glory and power, and instead was willing to carry a cross. And for what purpose? To save you! To save me!

So what is the ultimate point of the Transfiguration? Is it merely for Jesus to show off his power? No, Jesus doesn’t need to show off. Is it merely for us to be scared, seeing our sinfulness? Is it merely for us to get a small glimpse of life eternal, as we see Moses and Elijah chatting with Jesus as Jesus reveals his glory? While it surely shows us those things, there’s more.

The ultimate point of the Transfiguration event is to show us Jesus’ love! Yes, Jesus has all power and glory. He is the all-powerful God. But Jesus also left that mountain to go to Mt. Calvary because he loves you dearly! What could this lead you to say but, “WOW!”

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, lead me to look with even more gratitude to your sufferings and death, knowing that you did all those things for me! Assure me over and over again that you love me. Amen.

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The Family of God – March 7, 2019

“A voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.’”
Luke 9:35

The Family of God


Daily Devotion – March 7, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 9:35

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What would it be like to be the child of someone powerful, rich, or famous? Could there be some advantages if you had been born into, say, the Kennedy or Bush families? What if one of your parents was Bill Gates, Lebron James, or Christian Yelich? Being born into a situation like that would bring certain advantages.

What would it be like to be the Son of God? That’s one we can’t even imagine! Jesus is so, so different from us. He is almighty, we are weak. He is eternal, we are mortal. He rules the universe, we have a hard time ruling our own thoughts or emotions. Perhaps the worst difference is that he is perfect, while we are sinful. Those sins mean we deserve to have God say to us, “I never knew you. Depart from me.”

But why did Jesus, God’s Son, come to this earth? He didn’t come to rub the difference in our faces. Rather, he came so that he could repair our relationship with God. Jesus came to this earth to live a perfect life and to die a perfect death for us—to win forgiveness and eternal life for us.

And, he accomplished his goals! He lived, died, and rose from the dead! Salvation has been won!

And God loves to give his salvation away, to sinners like you and me. One way he does this is through Holy Baptism. When a person is baptized, they are baptized into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To put it differently, God puts his name on that person. They are now “Tom, God’s-Son,” “Beth, God’s-daughter,” because they are now part of God’s family.

Every believer in Christ is part of the most important family ever—the family of God—and can know that, “I am God’s beloved child, too!”

Prayer:
O Father, assure me that I am your child today, tomorrow, and that I will be for all eternity. Amen.

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An Amazing Day – March 6, 2019

As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.
Luke 9:29-31

An Amazing Day


Daily Devotion – March 6, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 9:29-31

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What an amazing day Transfiguration Day was! Peter, James, and John got to see a glimpse of Jesus’ glory! A cloud enveloped them, and a voice spoke from the cloud! It’s no wonder that we hear that Peter, James, and John were afraid, yes, terrified!

But then there was Moses and Elijah. Do you get the impression that Moses and Elijah were terrified, or even a tad nervous? It sure doesn’t seem that way, does it? There they were, in glorious splendor, talking face to face with the glorious Jesus! There seems to be no fear, no worry, no anxiety!

And someday, it will be that way for you, too! When God takes you to heaven, God will remove sin—and all its effects—permanently. Never again will you be bothered by a guilty conscience, never again will you fear, never again will the back ache or your heart be filled with sorrow, because sin will be gone! While at this point in our lives God has declared that we are holy and righteous, when we get to heaven we will be perfect and holy! And because of that, you—yes, you—will be able to talk with Jesus, face to face, not with fear, but with confidence and joy!

Prayer:
Thank you, Savior, for this glimpse of heaven! Lead me to eagerly anticipate the day you will take me there! Amen.

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