BULLETIN- June 30, 2019, The Third Sunday of Pentecost

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June 30, 2019

8:00 a.m. Emmanuel

10:00 a.m. St. John’s

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A   S E R V I C E   O F M O R N I N G    P R A I S E

Morning Praise, composed by Marty Haugen, is based on the historic service called “Matins.” Joined to Christ, our risen Lord, we glorify God as we rise to the activities of this new day.

PASTOR’S GREETING

OPENING HYMN 282               Lord, Open Now My Heart to Hear

Please stand

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COME, OH, COME, LET US SING TO THE LORD

An arrangement of Psalm 95, this song of praise reminds us of the many blessings that come to us from the hands of our Creator God.

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 Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses.  

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PSALM OF THE DAY                                                               Psalm 30

Pastor and congregation sing in unison. 

T H E   W O R D

The Lord Jesus speaks to us in Scripture reading, preaching and song.

FIRST  READING                                                                             1 Kings 17:17-24

Summary: Elijah raises the widow’s son

Sometime later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing.  She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”

“Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed.  Then he cried out to the LORD, “O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” 

Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”

The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.  Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”

Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”

SECOND READING                                                      Galatians 1:11-24 

Summary: God called Paul and changed him from a persecutor into a preacher

I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.  I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus.

Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and stayed with him fifteen days. I saw none of the other apostles-only James, the Lord’s brother. I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie. Later I went to Syria and Cilicia. I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they praised God because of me.

VERSE OF THE DAY             2 Corinthians 5:19

Alleluia!  God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Alleluia!         

Please stand

GOSPEL READING                                            Luke 7:11-17 

Summary: Jesus raises a widow’s son

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out-the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.  When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY 422                             Jesus, Lead Us On

SERMONETTE                     Luke 7:11-17

“Dealing with Death”

  1. The scene
  2. The solution
  3. The sequel

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YOU ARE GOD, WE PRAISE YOU         Te Deum

Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses.  

Refrain

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O F F E R I N G S   O F G I F T S & P R A Y E R S

THE OFFERING

During the offering, please greet one another and sign the friendship register.

Please stand 

PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. 

P:  Almighty God and Father, dwelling in majesty and mystery, filling and renewing all creation by your eternal Spirit, and manifesting your saving grace through our Lord Jesus Christ: in mercy cleanse our hearts and lips that, free from doubt and fear, we may ever worship you, one true immortal God, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, living and reigning, now and forever, C:  Amen.

 LORD, HAVE MERCY     Kyrie

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THE LORD’S PRAYER

C: Our Father, who art in Heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses 

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power and the glory

forever and ever.  Amen.

PRAYER FOR GRACE  

L: Pastor C: Congregation

L:   ♫       O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have 

                   brought us safely to this new day. Defend us with your mighty power, and 

                   grant that this day we neither fall into sin nor run into any kind of danger; 

                   and in all we do, direct us to what is right in your sight, through Jesus Christ, 

                   your Son, our Lord.

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BLESSING

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CLOSING HYMN 451                         Precious Lord, Take My Hand

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

✠Announcements ✠

Activities for the week of June 30-July 6
Sun.8:00 A.M.Emmanuel Worship 
10:00 A.M.St. John’s Worship 
11:15 A.M.St. John’s Voters/Budget meeting
Mon.
Tues.9:00 A.M.St. John’s Elders meeting
Wed.6:30 P.M.St. John’s Worship 
Thurs.
Fri.
Sat.
Theme for Next Sunday July 7 , 2019 Pentecost 4: “Forgiveness Lies at the Heart of Justification—at the Heart of our Relationship with God”
8:00 A.M.Emmanuel Worship with communion
10:00 A.M.St. John’s Worship 
11:15 A.M.Bible Information Class at St. John’s

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS 

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Ron Blada, Pat Bornick, David Broderick, Sandy Buchholz, Pastor Raymond Cox (Marjorie’s Fabian’s brother), Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Jerre Duerr, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Marjorie Fabian, Harold Fandrey, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Del Henke (6/3 gall surgery), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Xzander Jahr, Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Jim Kunde (our former SJ member), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Jean Muhlenbeck (WELS member at Zion–Bristol, St. John’s visitor), Debbie Parrish, Arlene Prill, LuAnn Reber, Elsa Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Carol Schumann, Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Jody Steigerwald (DuWayne & Pat Sommerfeld’s daughter), Jennifer Strauss, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Heidi Weishaar (Dennis & Sharon Kekow’s daughter), Karl Whitrock, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: Sandy Buchholz)

– For Phil Zieman who celebrated this 85th birthday on 5/24

– For Phil and LuAnn Zieman who celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on 6/22

– For Milo and Barbara Petrick who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday (6/27)

– For Taya Louise Hardell, the daughter of Seth & Rebecca Hardell, who will be baptized today (6/30) 1pm at SJ

-For the family of Jane Minor age 59 called home on June 11
-For Bob & Bernice Wegner who celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Thursday (6/27)

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY GIFT “We are celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary on June 27.  We’re giving $60.00 to the Emmanuel General Fund.  Milo & Barbara Petrick”

MOVING HELP NEEDED The Sellnows’ moving truck will be here July 3rd at 1:00pm.  If you are able and available, we’d love any and all help moving them into the parsonage!

NEW TEACHER INSTALLATION is scheduled for Sunday, July 14th.  We’d love to welcome our three new teachers with Welcome Baskets and a potluck lunch following the 10:00am service.  If you’d like to donate any gifts for the teacher baskets, please drop them off in the office by July 7th.  

FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS Please complete the friendship register page each week. This helps your pastor and other church leaders stay in touch and keep contact information up to date. Thanks!

TO ENCOURAGE FELLOWSHIP following today’s worship service, the ushers will not be dismissing pew by pew from front to back as in the past.  Instead, all are encouraged to stay and visit and encourage one another.  Please give an usher or pastor your completed friendship register.

VOTERS BUDGET MEETING is TODAY, following our 10:00a.m. service at St. John’s. Join us!

VBS Thank you to all who volunteered and helped with this year’s VBS!

ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL & LITTLE LAMBS PRE-REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Call (608-297-2866), email (scsecreatary@stjohnsmontello.org) or stop by the office today to pre-register today! 

UNCLAIMED DISHES IN CHURCH KITCHEN Please check the accumulation of unclaimed dishes in the St. John’s kitchen.  Items unclaimed by the end of June will be disposed of.

MEDITATIONS “Meditations” WELS daily devotional booklets began on 6/2 and are available in the church entry (many thanks to our generous members for covering the $2K/yr cost)  

USHER AND GREETER SCHEDULE If you are signed up to be a St. John’s usher and/or greeter, please pick up your hard copy of June-July in St. John’s Information Room. Schedules will be available for pick up every 2 months. 

CHECK OUT OUR UPDATED INFORMATION ROOM This room is located at the top of St. John’s link way stairs and the church entry way. Here you will find bulletin boards labeled “Home Missions” and “LWMS”. Home Missions will provide information on what’s going on at St. John’s church and school, events, educational and youth group updates. You will also find informational brochures and magazines, usher and greeter schedules, the church newsletter, children’s coloring sheets and crayons and other miscellaneous information related to our church and school. Please help yourself! 

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.” 

NEW MEMBERSHIP CLASS began on 4/28 11:15am at St. John’s. Join us in the link-way conference room for an hour or so after the 10am SJ worship service.

ACH What is ACH? Automated Clearing House is an electronic payments network use by individuals, businesses, financial institutions and government organizations. The network functions as an efficient, electronic alternative to paper checks. It allows funds to be electronically debited or credited to a checking account, savings account, financial institution general ledger account or credited to a loan account. Please pick your form up in the Information Room or the office and get started today!  

EMMANUEL OFFERING OPTIONS In addition to the traditional offering envelope option for our weekly offerings, Emmanuel is inviting any members to consider direct payment (weekly or monthly) from your bank’s checking or savings account to the church’s account. If you are interested in this option, please phone or e-mail Monika Waisbrot (608-286-3937 mwaisbrot@myfirstnational.com), branch manager at Fortifi Bank–Montello, who can help you make it happen. (business cards are available on the Meditations shelf) 

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TASTE OF MISSIONS—An Event Meant for the Whole Family!  Join us on July 13, 2019, at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis., for the first annual Taste of Missions event! Starting at 12:00 P.M., sample ethnic cuisine from some of our mission fields while enjoying fellowship and presentations from home and world missionaries alike. Meet former missionaries and committee members who have served WELS Missions and hear stories of God’s magnificent grace in action at home and abroad. View displays, participate in family-friendly activities coordinated by our missionaries, and ask questions about the ups and downs of mission work during a panel discussion. We will conclude the event at 4:00 P.M. with a special worship service celebrating the blessings the Lord has showered on WELS Missions. Registration is $5 per person, with children under the age of five attending for free.  Register by June 30 at wels.net/tasteofmissions2019

2ND ANNUAL ST JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH-PRINCETON SOCCER CAMP July 15-17 – “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13, 14). Soccer is a difficult game that requires perseverance. But it is hard to persevere without a clear goal in mind. In the same way, life is very difficult and requires perseverance. But it is hard to persevere without a clear goal in mind. The Bible says that only goal worth striving for is to know Jesus and be called heavenward in his name.  Your children are invited to a three-day camp where they will learn how to persevere on and off the soccer field. Drills, exercises, and scrimmages will help them set goals for soccer. Breaks for devotions, music and other activities will help them set goals for life as they grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ their Savior.  Soccer camp begins with a meal each evening at 5 and each camp participant will receive a T-shirt and soccer socks. And it’s all FREE! Boys and girls, ages 3 through 12 are welcome! This year we are asking your child to bring their own water bottle with them to the camp each evening. Register by calling 920-295-4400 Monday-Thursday from 8:00am to 1:00pm

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SUMMER OFFICE HOURS

Monday: 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

 Tuesday: 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Thursday: 8:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

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The Castle – June 30, 2019

For you have heard of my previous way of life . . . , how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.
Galatians 1:13

The Castle


Daily Devotion – June 30, 2019

Devotion based on Galatians 1:13

See series: Devotions

Christian writer Greg Elder grew up along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. As a boy he used to spend long hours building intricate sand castles on the beach. However, one year he encountered trouble. For several days in a row, local bullies came by and used their bare feet to kick down whatever sand castle he was building.

Finally, this young boy had had enough. He decided to try an experiment. He started to build a sand castle as before, only this time he included cinder blocks and chunks of concrete as part of the base.

Once again, the local bullies showed up. Once again, they raised their bare feet to kick down his castle. This time, however, their tender feet collided with something that was not going to budge. As a result, several young men limped away in pain, they retired from the castle-kicking business, and little Greg Elder’s castle remained standing.

There are times when it seems as though Christianity is like a sand castle that all kinds of feet are trying to kick down. There’s the foot of our secular society, false doctrine, and cynics. And there’s the foot of our own sinful priorities.

Before the Apostle Paul came to faith in Jesus, kicking down the castle of Christianity was what he lived to do. As he did so, he thought he was being successful. But he soon discovered that the base of the castle was never going to budge because the base of the castle was Jesus Christ.

As you and I encounter the feet of those forces that are trying to kick down the castle of Christianity, don’t be afraid. Those tender feet are no match for the rock of our salvation. The same One who washed us clean at the cross is the One who lives and rules and will not be kicked into submission by anything. The castle of Christianity will stand.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, on you, the solid rock, I stand. When the troubles of life come, remind me that I have nothing to fear when I remain in you. Amen.

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Sight Unseen – June 29, 2019

[Jesus] was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
Luke 7:6,7

Sight Unseen


Daily Devotion – June 29, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 7:6,7

See series: Devotions

It is unnerving when the power fails. Suddenly darkness becomes an all-encompassing blanket. What was once a friendly and familiar space is now filled with hidden dangers. Everything becomes a trap ready to catch its unsuspecting prey. Finally, when light and sight return, the anxiety ends. It isn’t until one has experienced “blindness” that sight is truly appreciated.

Still, there is one instance where the opposite is true. In spiritual matters, sight may have to be ignored. This was clearly demonstrated in the case of the Roman military officer who is referenced in our Bible passage today. Here was a man who took Jesus at his word. In fact, he trusted him to heal his servant without even having Jesus come to his house. He simply trusted Jesus would do what was best—sight unseen.

We do well to model our faith after this centurion’s—putting our trust completely in Jesus’ promise and his power. Trusting in his promise and power to forgive our sins. Trusting in his promise and power to help in every time of need. Trusting in his promise and power to do whatever is best for us. Trusting in his promise and power to give us eternal life.

Although we have not seen the fulfillment of these things, we can believe that they are true because Jesus has promised them, and he has the power to fulfill his every promise. What wonderful realities we can know are true—sight unseen!

Prayer:
O precious Spirit, you have brought me to faith in Jesus my Savior. Remove any weakness or uncertainty, so that I can live every day trusting in Jesus’ promises and in his power. Amen.

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St. John’s Annual Church Picnic- Sunday, July 14th Led by “Koine, The Church Band

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran is holding their annual church picnic Sunday, July 14th at Soldiers and Sailors’ Park on the southeastern shore of Little Green Lake just north of Markesan.  The Outdoor Worship Concert will begin at 10:30 a.m. This year’s worship will be led by “Koine, The Church Band”.  Our own Brian Davison, a son of the congregation, is a member of the band. 

This concert is open to the public.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Immediately following the service we will have a picnic meal.  Roasted pork and hot sandwiches as well as beverages and table service will be provided.

Please bring your own lawn chairs and a friend to enjoy the worship concert experience.  God’s Blessings and we hope to see you there!


St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is hosting Koiné. 

Sunday, July 14th at Soldiers and Sailors’ Park 

(Southeastern shore of Little Green Lake just north of Markesan, WI.)  

Outdoor Concert will begin at 10:30 a.m.  

The music will be led by “Koiné.”  

This concert of praise to our Lord is open to the public.

Immediately following we will have a picnic meal. 

Please bring your own lawn chair or a blanket to sit on the grass. 

God’s Blessings to you and yours as we praise our Savior, Jesus.

We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please contact St. John’s at 920-398-2928 or 

email church [@] stjohnsmarkesan.net.


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Blessed Is the One Who Perseveres – June 28, 2019

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12

Blessed Is the One Who Perseveres


Daily Devotion – June 28, 2019

Devotion based on James 1:12

See series: Devotions

“Do you intend to continue steadfast in this teaching and to endure all things, even death, rather than fall away from it?”

Ginny knew the question was coming. On the last day of Bible Information Class, Pastor Schroeder had talked to them about the adult confirmation ceremony. She and a handful of others would stand before the congregation and confess their faith according to the Apostles Creed. There would be some other questions by the pastor, with pre-rehearsed answers that she and the others would give. And then they would be welcomed into membership at St. James Lutheran Church. Ginny had been looking forward to this for weeks now.

But that one question—wow! Hearing it now in front of everyone, Ginny’s heart leapt into her throat.

She was so grateful to have found the gospel, to know that God loved her enough to send his own Son to take her place. Through faith in Christ she knew her sins were forgiven, and eternal life was hers. But would she always believe so firmly as she did at this moment?

“To endure all things, even death rather than fall away from it . . .” She couldn’t help but wonder what kinds of trials would be in store for her as a Christian. What tricks would Satan use against her? Which of her personal weaknesses might lead to her downfall?

But Ginny had learned from the Bible that God’s many promises included his assurance that he would hold his dear ones close to himself. Through the gospel, the Holy Spirit would strengthen and keep her with all the other believers in the true faith. Yes, temptations would come throughout her life, but she could count on Christ to be with her through his Word and sacraments. Heaven was her home. With that in mind, did she intend to continue steadfast in this teaching and to endure all things, even death, rather than fall away from it?

Ginny heard herself saying with the others, “I do, and ask God to help me.”

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, keep my faith strong through your Word, so that I might not lose your gift of eternal life in Jesus. Amen.

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The Great Equalizer – June 27, 2019

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower.
James 1:9,10

The Great Equalizer


Daily Devotion – June 27, 2019

Devotion based on James 1:9,10

See series: Devotions

From her seat in the pew, Ginny watched the members of St. James Lutheran Church file up before the altar in groups of eight on each side. She was only a few weeks from completing the Bible Information Class and couldn’t wait to take her place next to the others.

This Sunday what caught Ginny’s eye were two men who happened to go up for Communion at the same time, kneeling next to each other at the altar rail. One was a distinguished-looking gentleman wearing a suit and tie. “Doc Greg,” they called him. She had also seen his name in the church bulletin on the list of those volunteering to help with VBS this summer. The man next to the doctor was wearing a faded denim jacket and jeans. Before the service that morning he had introduced himself to her as “Sammy.” He told Ginny that he had first visited St. James Church a few years back because of their food pantry when their family was struggling financially. But they kept coming, he told her with a grin, because here they had found Jesus, the Bread of Life. Now these two men knelt shoulder to shoulder at the Lord’s altar.

In terms of wealth, education, and social status, Christians can be quite different from each other. But the Lord’s Table is a great equalizer. Those who are in a higher position in the eyes of the world are reminded as they approach that they are no less sinful than anyone else. They too will one day die and face their Maker. This is why God commands us all to repent, humbling ourselves before a just and holy God. But the body and blood of Christ in the Sacrament also point to the humble sacrifice he made for all people. Even the lowliest in this world are assured of God’s grace and love for them. In Christ Jesus, their disobedience has been paid for and their sins forgiven. All who humbly trust in Christ for salvation will rise to live with him forever when he returns to earth in glory.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, teach me to follow you in humble but confident joy in all circumstances of life. Amen.

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You Must Believe and Not Doubt – June 26, 2019

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
James 1:6-8

You Must Believe and Not Doubt


Daily Devotion – June 26, 2019

Devotion based on James 1:6-8

See series: Devotions

Pastor Schroeder noticed two women approaching him after Bible Information Class. Nancy was a member who was taking a “refresher” class, and Ginny had started attending church shortly after her aunt’s funeral.

Nancy said, “Pastor, last week Ginny and I were talking about how we can always go to God if we’re struggling in our faith. I shared with her a passage from James that says anyone who lacks wisdom should ask God and it will be given to him.”

“Oh yes, James 1:5—that’s a great passage!” Pastor agreed.

“But then at home Ginny read the passage in its context (like you always say we should), and now we’re not sure what to make of it,” Nancy said.

Ginny added, “The next verses make it sound like only someone with absolutely perfect faith can pray. ‘You must believe and not doubt.’ I don’t think I’ll ever live up to that.”

Pastor Schroeder reached for his Bible and quickly thumbed to the book of James. “Yes, I see what you mean,” he said. “Those words give any Christian reason to pause. But remember what we learned about faith. It’s not just a positive feeling or simply acknowledging that there is a God. Faith is trusting that God is who he says he is and that he will do what he promises. And that includes his mercy towards those who are weak. James is saying that it doesn’t do any good to ask God for help if you don’t really think that he can or wants to help. Faith connects us to Christ our Savior.”

“So what do I do when I struggle with doubts?” Ginny asked.

“Look to Jesus,” Pastor Schroeder said. “He is our Rock, our solid ground. Look to his gospel. Since Jesus died for us and rose to life again, all our sins are forgiven. We can be confident that God will hear our prayers for his sake. Put your trust in him and he will never let you down.”

Prayer:
Lord, I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief! Amen.

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Ask God for Wisdom – June 25, 2019

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5

Ask God for Wisdom


Daily Devotion – June 25, 2019

Devotion based on James 1:5

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Ginny was glad she had signed up for the Bible Information Class at the Lutheran church near her home. She hadn’t really been to church since she was a kid, though, and there was a definite learning curve. But the class had given her much to think about.

During a break, the lady across the table (“Nancy” was written on her name tag) asked, “Are you enjoying the class so far?”

“Very much,” Ginny nodded. “But there’s so much to take in. And I’m afraid of asking a stupid question.”

Nancy laughed. “Oh, Pastor always says there’s no such thing as a stupid question. We’re all here to learn. In fact, this is the third time I’m taking the class. Each time it seems there’s something new I get out of it. Especially when others ask good questions. Sometimes they even stump the pastor!”

“Well, that must be embarrassing for him!” Ginny said with a giggle.

“Not at all! Pastor says that to be a Christian means that we are disciples of Jesus—lifelong learners. So when he’s stumped, Pastor just says, ‘Let’s ask God together!’ And then he grabs his Bible. After all, even Jesus had to study the Old Testament Scriptures as a boy.”

Ginny raised her eyebrows at that. “But I thought Jesus was the Son of God? Why would he have to go to Sunday School?”

“Good question,” Nancy said with a smile. “From what I understand, Jesus made himself like us so that he could do everything perfectly for us. Even the learning part. And especially the dying part! So now through faith in Jesus, we are credited with his perfect life. That’s how God can accept us as his holy children even though we have sinned. And like any good father, God loves it when his children ask him for help.”

The students began to take their seats again and the pastor asked, “Before we move on, did anyone have any questions?”

Ginny’s hand shot high in the air.

Prayer:
Dear God, there is still so much I don’t understand about you and your Word—and how to apply it to my life. Send your Holy Spirit to give me your wisdom. Amen.

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Finding Joy in Trials – June 24, 2019

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
James 1:2,3

Finding Joy in Trials


Daily Devotion – June 24, 2019

Devotion based on James 1:2,3

See series: Devotions

Ginny was heartbroken. Her favorite aunt, Aunt Cathy, had been such a strong, Christian woman and an inspiration to everyone. She had fought the cancer for so long, but in the end “the Lord called her home.” At least that’s what the pastor had said at her funeral. He also mentioned her strong faith in Jesus. So then why would God let her suffer so much only to let her die like that?

Maybe you have had a similar crisis of faith at some point in your own life. When you did, how did you feel about your situation? Sad? Frustrated? Worried? Angry? In our Bible verse for today, James, the brother of Jesus himself, encourages us to “consider it pure joy” whenever we encounter events that put our faith to the test.

It’s not that God wants us to have a morbid desire to suffer. And he certainly doesn’t want us to chase after temptations and spiritually dangerous obstacles to our faith. No, they will come often enough without our having to look for more. But when these dark clouds come, God wants us to see the silver lining.

You see, the Lord knows that we are weak. Our faith in him and in his promises easily wavers. On our own, we would wander away from God and bring even more trouble into our lives. So he allows us to face trials of all kinds—because he also knows that when believers are tested and overwhelmed by doubts or fears, they will run to their Savior. They run to him who faced all of Satan’s temptations but never gave in to sin. They run to Jesus who did not run from death but gave his life so that we could walk with him forever. And every time we run to him, we find him waiting with open arms.

The more our faith in Christ is tested, the stronger it becomes, because we witness time and again how trustworthy he is and how certain his promises are.

Prayer:
Lord God, every day I face tests to my faith. Use them to strengthen my confidence in you so that I will remain forever close to Christ my Savior. Amen.

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BULLETIN June 23rd, 2019 – The 2 nd Sunday after Pentecost

The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

June 23, 2019

10:00 a.m. St. John’s

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church
313 East Montello St.
Montello, WI 53949
Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church
W1568 Evergreen Lane
Montello, WI 53949    
608.297.2866 www.stjohnsmontello.org Like us on Facebook
Pastor Peter Zietlow  
W E L C O M E    T O    O U R    C H U R C H
We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors.  In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information.  In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you.  Restrooms and nursery area are located in 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. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Welcome to God’s house!  May God bless our worship together.  
G O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y
Jesus’ Marvels at a Foreigner’s Faith – In our first and third lessons, God shows joy in welcoming sinners of all nations to him. In the second lesson, we begin a series of readings from Paul’s letter to the saints in Galatia (an area today we would call central Turkey).

 
A   S E R V I C E   O F   M O R N I N G    P R A I S E

Morning Praise, composed by Marty Haugen, is based on the historic service called “Matins.” Joined to Christ, our risen Lord, we glorify God as we rise to the activities of this new day.

PASTOR’S GREETING

OPENING HYMN 756                                                                     We Walk By Faith and Not By Sight

Cantor sings stanza 1, congregation sings stanzas 2-5

Please stand

L: Pastor                                    C: Congregation & Cantors

COME, OH, COME, LET US SING TO THE LORD

An arrangement of Psalm 95, this song of praise reminds us of the many blessings that come to us from the hands of our Creator God.

After the cantors have sung the refrain once, the pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain.  The cantors will sing the verses.

Please be seated

PSALM OF THE DAY                                                          Psalm 63: In the Morning I Will Sing

This morning psalm brings to mind the Lord’s abiding presence and unending love through all of life’s ways.

After the cantors have sung the refrain once, the pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain.                The cantors will sing the verses.

Refrain:

Verses:

T H E   S E R V I C E   O F   T H E   W O R D

The Lord Jesus speaks to us in Scripture reading, preaching and song.

XT H E   W O R D X

The Lord Jesus speaks to us in Scripture reading, preaching and song.

FIRST  READING                                                                                     1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43

Summary: Solomon’s prayer for the foreigner

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven and said: “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below-you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.

“As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name–for men will hear of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm-when he comes and prays toward this temple, then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.”

SECOND READING                                                                                         Galatians 1:1-10

Summary: There is only one gospel for the world

Paul, an apostle– sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead– and all the brothers with me,

To the churches in Galatia:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!  As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?  Or am I trying to please men?  If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                          Psalm 119:105

Alleluia. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Alleluia.      

Please stand

GOSPEL READING                                                                                                Luke 7:1-10

Summary: The faith of the Roman centurion

When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.  There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die.  The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.  When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.”  So Jesus went with them.

He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.  That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you.  But say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me.  I tell this one, `Go,’ and he goes; and that one, `Come,’ and he comes.  I say to my servant, `Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”  Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

NICENE CREED    

C:       We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY 379                                               Amazing Grace-How Sweet the Sound

SERMON                                                                                                                       Galatians 1:1-10

“The Amazing Gospel of Jesus Christ”

  1. God’s amazing grace
  2. People’s amazing response

Please stand

YOU ARE GOD, WE PRAISE YOU                                                                                                   Te Deum

After the cantors have sung the refrain once, the pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the bold responses.  The cantors will sing the normal print of the verses.

Refrain

Please be seated

X O F F E R I N G S   O F   G I F T S   &   P R A Y E R S X

THE OFFERING

During the offering, please greet one another and sign the friendship register.

Please stand

PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor.

P:  Almighty God and Father, dwelling in majesty and mystery, filling and renewing all creation by your eternal Spirit, and manifesting your saving grace through our Lord Jesus Christ: in mercy cleanse our hearts and lips that, free from doubt and fear, we may ever worship you, one true immortal God, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, living and reigning, now and forever,          C:  Amen.

LORD, HAVE MERCY                                                                                                                                                      Kyrie

L: Pastor                                    C: Congregation & Cantors

THE LORD’S PRAYER

C:              Our Father, who art in Heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power and the glory

forever and ever.  Amen.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

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

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS 385                                                                Chief of Sinners Though I Be

                                                           384:1-3                                                                 By Grace I’m Saved

PRAYER FOR GRACE                                                                                  

L: Pastor                                    C: Congregation & Cantors

L:   ♫       O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have

                   brought us safely to this new day. Defend us with your mighty power, and

                   grant that this day we neither fall into sin nor run into any kind of danger;

                   and in all we do, direct us to what is right in your sight, through Jesus Christ,

                   your Son, our Lord.

BLESSING

Please be seated

CLOSING  HYMN 384:4-5                                                                           By Grace I’m Saved                                             

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

XAnnouncements X

Activities for the week of June 23-June 29
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
  11:15 A.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Mon. 8:00 AM.-11:30 A.M. (3K/4K) 8:00 A.M.-2:00P.M. (K-8th) Vacation Bible School at St. John’s
Tues. 8:00 AM.-11:30 A.M. (3K/4K) 8:00 A.M.-2:00P.M. (K-8th) Vacation Bible School at St. John’s
  6:00 P.M. Joint Worship Committee meeting at St. John’s
Wed. 8:00 AM.-11:30 A.M. (3K/4K) 8:00 A.M.-2:00P.M. (K-8th) Vacation Bible School at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
Thurs. 8:00 AM.-11:30 A.M. (3K/4K) 8:00 A.M.-2:00P.M. (K-8th) Vacation Bible School at St. John’s
  10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center Devotion with communion
  6:00 P.M. Evangelism/Stewardship meeting at St. John’s
Fri. 8:00 AM.-11:30 A.M. (3K/4K) 8:00 A.M.-2:00P.M. (K-8th) Vacation Bible School at St. John’s
Sat.    
Theme for Next Sunday June 30 , 2019  Pentecost 3: “Jesus Changes Lives (Turning Death to Life; Sorrow to Joy)”
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:15 A.M. St. John’s Voters meeting
1:00 P.M. Hardell baptism at St. John’s

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Ron Blada, Pat Bornick, David Broderick, Pastor Raymond Cox (Marjorie’s Fabian’s brother), Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Jerre Duerr, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Marjorie Fabian, Harold Fandrey, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Del Henke (6/3 gall surgery), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Xzander Jahr, Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Jim Kunde (our former SJ member), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Jean Muhlenbeck (WELS member at Zion–Bristol, St. John’s visitor), Debbie Parrish, Arlene Prill, LuAnn Reber, Elsa Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Carol Schumann, Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Jody Steigerwald (DuWayne & Pat Sommerfeld’s daughter), Jennifer Strauss, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Heidi Weishaar (Dennis & Sharon Kekow’s daughter), Karl Whitrock, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: David Broderick, Elsa Russell)

– For those away from home and family

MOVING HELP NEEDED The Sellnows and their moving truck will be here July 3rd at 1:00pm.  If you are able and available, we’d love any and all help moving them into the parsonage!

NEW TEACHER INSTALLATION is scheduled for Sunday, July 14th.  We’d love to welcome our three new teachers with Welcome Baskets and a potluck lunch following the 10:00am service.  If you’d like to donate any gits for the teacher baskets, please drop them off in the office by July 7th

ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL & LITTLE LAMBS PRE-REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Call (608-297-2866), email (scsecreatary@stjohnsmontello.org) or stop by the office today to pre-register today!

FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS Please complete the friendship register page each week. This helps your pastor and other church leaders stay in touch and keep contact information up to date. Thanks!

TO ENCOURAGE FELLOWSHIP following today’s worship service, the ushers will not be dismissing pew by pew from front to back as in the past.  Instead, all are encouraged to stay and visit and encourage one another.  Please give an usher or pastor your completed friendship register.

VOTERS BUDGET MEETING Our next Voters meeting will be next Sunday, June 30, following our 10:00a.m. service at St. John’s. Save the date and stay involved!

VBS This week at St. John’s is Vacation Bible School! Camp Phillip will be hosting again! Didn’t register? Come anyway! This year’s theme is “BigFootPrints to Follow”. 3K/4K will run from 8:00am-11:30am. Kindergarten-8th grade will run 8:00am-2:00pm. See you tomorrow!

ST. JOHN’S CHURCH DOORS Thanks to Jackson Glass from Ripon, we have beautiful new church entry glass doors, plus repairs to the two others sets of doors by the elevator and school entry.

UNCLAIMED DISHES IN CHURCH KITCHEN Please check the accumulation of unclaimed dishes in the St. John’s kitchen.  Items unclaimed by the end of June will be disposed of.

MEDITATIONS “Meditations” WELS daily devotional booklets began on 6/2 and are available in the church entry (many thanks to our generous members for covering the $2K/yr cost) 

USHER AND GREETER SCHEDULE If you are signed up to be a St. John’s usher and/or greeter, please pick up your hard copy of June-July in St. John’s Information Room. Schedules will be available for pick up every 2 months.

CHECK OUT OUR UPDATED INFORMATION ROOM This room is located at the top of St. John’s link way stairs and the church entry way. Here you will find bulletin boards labeled “Home Missions” and “LWMS”. Home Missions will provide information on what’s going on at St. John’s church and school, events, educational and youth group updates. You will also find informational brochures and magazines, usher and greeter schedules, the church newsletter, children’s coloring sheets and crayons and other miscellaneous information related to our church and school. Please help yourself!

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.”

ACH What is ACH? Automated Clearing House is an electronic payments network use by individuals, businesses, financial institutions and government organizations. The network functions as an efficient, electronic alternative to paper checks. It allows funds to be electronically debited or credited to a checking account, savings account, financial institution general ledger account or credited to a loan account. Please pick your form up in the Information Room or the office and get started today! 

EMMANUEL OFFERING OPTIONS In addition to the traditional offering envelope option for our weekly offerings, Emmanuel is inviting any members to consider direct payment (weekly or monthly) from your bank’s checking or savings account to the church’s account. If you are interested in this option, please phone or e-mail Monika Waisbrot (608-286-3937 mwaisbrot@myfirstnational.com), branch manager at Fortifi Bank–Montello, who can help you make it happen. (business cards are available on the Meditations shelf)

TASTE OF MISSIONS—An Event Meant for the Whole Family!  Join us on July 13, 2019, at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis., for the first annual Taste of Missions event! Starting at 12:00 P.M., sample ethnic cuisine from some of our mission fields while enjoying fellowship and presentations from home and world missionaries alike. Meet former missionaries and committee members who have served WELS Missions and hear stories of God’s magnificent grace in action at home and abroad. View displays, participate in family-friendly activities coordinated by our missionaries, and ask questions about the ups and downs of mission work during a panel discussion. We will conclude the event at 4:00 P.M. with a special worship service celebrating the blessings the Lord has showered on WELS Missions. Registration is $5 per person, with children under the age of five attending for free.  Register by June 30 at wels.net/tasteofmissions2019

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
6-16                                6-19 90                                122                                          0
St. John’s Altar Committee June  2019 Diane Eisermann & Delores Cotte

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS

Monday: 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

 Tuesday: 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Thursday: 8:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

●●● Welcome To Our Visitors! Please Sign Our Guest Register Find & Like us on Facebook Visit our website link:  www.stjohnsmontello.org Pastor Peter Zietlow: (608) 408-7830 E-mail: zietlowPL6@hotmail.com Little Lambs Director & Teacher Sara Borck: (858) 731-7919 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  Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org   ●●●
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