BULLETIN- September 1st, 2019

Labor for the Lord:

A Labor Day Service

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September 1, 2019

8 a.m.  Emmanuel

10 a.m.  St. John’s

Pastor Peter Zietlow

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Pastor:  Today we observe a national holiday that honors those whose labor contributes to our well-being.  Our theme is Labor for the Lord. God values productive and honest labor, and blesses it.

Opening Hymn: CW Supplement 777, Now Let Us All in Hymns of Praise”

Invocation

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

C:  Amen

Call to Worship

P:  God said, “Six days you will labor and do all your work,

C:  But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord.”

P:  Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,

C:  And I will give you rest.”

P:  We come in the name of the Holy Spirit, resting from our labors,

C:  Let us worship God this day!”

Confession and Absolution

C:  Lord of life, I confess that I have not lived the life of which I’m capable.  I have gifts which I have not used, and gifts which I’ve misused. I have not loved you above all others, and failed to love my neighbor as myself.  Have mercy and forgive and strengthen me for your service.

P:  Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through Jesus Christ.  There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
Therefore, as a called servant of Christ, and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.

C:  Amen

Prayer of the Day

Heavenly Father,  we are blessed to be given work to do and the ability to do it.  Finding satisfaction in the work we do is a gift from God that gives meaning to our lives.  Fill us with your Spirit so that we might live as faithful servants of Jesus our King and do all our work as for the Lord.  Keep us ever grateful for these blessings. In Jesus’ name, Amen

The Word on Work

Reading 1:  Work is ordained by God.  Some have the misconception that labor originated as a result of the Fall into sin. They assume that it is part of the curse that descended upon humanity after the Fall.  But that’s not the case. God’s commission for humans to work was prior to the Fall. In fact, the first one to work was God himself. The Bible declares that God worked in Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  By doing his creative work, God sanctified labor as holy and good and blessed.

Then, after creating the first human, God commissioned him to work.  Genesis 2:15 records: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”  This was before the Fall. It happened in a time of blessing. This means that our labor is a part of God’s blessing.  We were created in God’s image, and part of that image is that we are created to do God’s work on earth as his agents and in his stead.  God cares for the world, so we work to take care of it, just as he cares for other people, so we work to care for them in his name.

Reading 2:  Work is a blessing because it enables us to experience fulfillment in life.  God looked at his work and declared: “It is good!” in Genesis 1:31. We, too, can find satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment in our labor.  It is a high and holy privilege to be able to create, serve and provide for ourselves and others through our work.

Work has three purposes:  to provide money or resources to supply the necessities of life; to provide satisfaction for a job well done; and to serve God.  In order to serve God in our work, we need to follow his commands. His Word gives us the manner in which we are to perform in relation to our employer:  Ephesians 6:6-7 “Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.”

Reading 3:  Work is honorable.  All professions and all kinds of work, assuming they are legal and Biblically ethical, are honorable before the Lord.  There is no difference between sacred and secular work. All work brings glory to God and fulfillment to you, if it is done to God’s glory.  1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”

Work also provides an opportunity for witness.  Wherever we are, we reveal a powerful message, both verbal and nonverbal, by the way in which we perform our work, our attitude, and the way we treat others.  We are Christ to the world. The world today needs this powerful witness to the reality of Christ and the difference that he makes in his followers. Matthew 5:14-16 says: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

P:  But as important and valuable as work is, there is one arena in which our labor holds no value to God.  That is in our salvation. The one work that we cannot do is that of our own salvation from sin, death, and hell.

Usually one has to work to have success.  But this principle doesn’t apply to the most important thing in life—eternal life.  Our work does not precede it. Ephesians 2:8-9 states: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Our sinful nature disqualifies us from eternal life and no amount of hard work on our part can change that! Christ’s saving work of living the perfect life we couldn’t live, dying the sacrificial death we deserved for sin, and rising again in victory over death…this is the work that did it all for us!  Christ’s work earned our salvation.

Now we seek to work for God and with God, not to earn salvation, but out of thanks for it.  Ephesians 2:10 affirms the place of work in our lives. It states: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  We are not saved by our work, but we are saved for good work. As those created in the image of God, we carry out his workmanship in the labor which we do in his name and for his kingdom.

Congregational Hymn, CW 484,  “Brothers, Sisters, Let Us Gladly” 

Sermon—Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:18-26

     “There is Meaning in Life”

          1. Not in human achievement 

          2. But in God’s announcement 

     2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything

is meaningless.”

     18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.

     24 A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Rise for congregational hymn CW 270, “We All Believe in One True God”

Offering (Greet one another, sign the friendship register, and a brief note to the missionary insert.)

Prayer

P.  O God the Father, who planted a garden in Eden laboring in the soil to create your earth-born man; O Christ the Son, who labored in the woodshop and upon the cross; O Holy Spirit who works within and without us to bring the Kingdom to this earth, work within and without us now, we pray.

All:  Make us strong and faithful laborers in your body, the Church, that it might be strengthened by the love you have shown us.

Make us effective and peaceable laborers among the governments of the earth that wisdom, peace, and justice might prevail.

Make us compassionate and tireless laborers among all those who suffer any sort of need, that we may be instruments of your healing and comfort.

Make us diligent and listening laborers in this place of worship that the community around us might see our love for one another and give glory to our Father in heaven.

Make us happy laborers of your Gospel message, that those who mourn may be assured of your powerful resurrection and the joy of life eternal.

All this we pray through Christ our Lord.  Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Communion at Emmanuel follows pages 21-24–The Sacrament–in the hymnal.  Communion Hymns 307 and 309.

St. John’s continues below.

Benediction

May you be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of God.  (Colossians 1:9-10)

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.

Amen

Closing Hymn, CW 518, “Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go”

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Please, during this Befriend A Mission Month, also sign your name, share a brief message/Bible verse, etc. on the Missionary greeting inside each register,

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

✠Announcements ✠

Activities for the week of September 1-September 7
Sun.8:00 A.M.Emmanuel Worship with communion
10:00 A.M.St. John’s Worship 
11:00 A.M.St. John’s Evangelism Committee meeting 
11:15 A.M.Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Mon.LABOR DAY
Tues.8:00 A.M.St. John’s School/Little Lambs First Day of School 
8:15 A.M.St. John’s School Opening Service
9:00 A.M.St. John’s Elders meeting
6:00 P.M.Hands In Prayer meeting at St. John’s 
Wed.1:40 P.M.St. John’s School/Little Lambs Early Release
6:30 P.M.St. John’s Worship 
Thurs.12:00 P.M.St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch and meeting Fall LWMS Mission Offerings will be collected.
6:00 P.M.Griefshare at St. John’s lower level begins (1 of 13 weeks)
Fri.
Sat.6:00 P.M.Concert on the Ball Diamond featuring Koine 
Theme for Next Sunday September 8 , 2019Emmanuel 8:00a.m. Worship & Church Picnic at Montello City Park: “God’s Creation”
8:00 A.M.Emmanuel Worship 
10:00 A.M.St. John’s Worship & Church Picnic at Montello City Park 
12:00 P.M.St. John’s/Emmanuel Softball games vs. Princeton & Green Lake at Montello City Park 

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Evie & Ron Blada, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Lilah Farrell, Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy & Linda’s son), Earl “Pete” Laun, Robert Lederer (Jackie & Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Karl Whitrock, Shirley Wilkens – (added this week: Xzander Jahr, Earl “Pete” Laun )

– For our St. John’s member Delores Peterson age 82 called home on 8/22 (private funeral in Jefferson)

– For Alexandria, Brianna, Gracie & Lacey Buehrens, Bob & Carolyn Buehren’s grand & great-granddaughters, who were baptized at home yesterday (8/31)

– For Phyllis Farrell who will celebrate her 97th birthday on Tuesday (9/3)

– For Little Lambs Preschool & St. John’s Lutheran Elementary School that begins on Tuesday (9/3)

THANK YOU LuAnn Zieman for arranging today’s special Labor Day service and for our lay readers…at Emmanuel: Darrell Buchholz, Brian Ninneman and Wayne Stelter…and at St. John’s: James Henke, Joe Zauner and Zeb Zuehls.

THANK YOU The Crown family wishes to thank everyone for gifts of remembrance for Harley. May the Lord bless us all through these gifts. 

OLD ST. JOHN’S CHURCH DOORS Please let Ciara know if you are interested in the old St. John’s church doors, currently stored in the old teacherage.

ST. JOHN’S CHURCH DOORS To keep updated on the St. John’s Church Door Project, check out the bulletin board located in the Information Room at St. John’s. The given donation did not cover the full cost of our new doors so donations are still accepted to help offset the remaining cost. 

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!

ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL will begin Sunday, September 15 at 8:30a.m. at St. John’s. Ages 3 through 6th grade, member or not, are all invited to come! Please help spread the word! 

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 Aug/Sept in St. John’s Information Room. Schedules will be available for pick up every 2 months. 

GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session of Griefshare will start this Thursday, September 5 at 6:00p.m. in the lower level at St. John’s. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.

CONCERT ON THE BALL DIAMOND is this coming Saturday, September 7 at 6:30p.m. at St. John’s. Bring your lawn chair and come enjoy music, food and fellowship! 

This year, the cost for this event for St. John’s is between $3,400 – $4,000. If you wish to donate to help offset the remaining cost, please call 608-297-2866, email scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org or stop by the office. Thank you! 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH BAGS Check out our new Children’s Church Bags that are located in the Information Room at St. John’s and entry way at Emmanuel. Children: use during the service as you please and return them to the tree at the end of each service! A big thank you to St. John’s Hand In Prayer group for donating towards the bags and to you guys, Gene Crook & Jack Steuck, for building the wooden trees. Thank you to you gals, Ciara Neuhauser & Blake Seeley, for making the children’s church bags for Emmanuel and St. John’s. 

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! 

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! 

FORWARD IN CHRIST Please do not turn in any past Forward in Christ magazines as we no longer accept them due to the personal information that is provided inside. Thanks!

MEDITATIONS New “Meditations” WELS daily devotional booklets are available in the church entry (many thanks to our generous members for donating!) The new ones begin today, September 1st.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.”

SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR St. John’s is looking for an individual(s) who would want to run the Scholastic Book Fair. This has been a big success for our school and students in the past and we would love to continue this. Call the office if you or someone you know is interested! 

JOYFUL WITNESS will begin rehearsals on Sunday, Sept. 8th at St. Paul’s, North Fond du Lac under the direction of Jeff Krumbein. The first rehearsal will be from 5:30 – 7:30p.m. Our area WELS choir welcomes new singers to enjoy the fellowship and music that proclaims Christ the Savior and His redeeming grace!  Singing traditional and contemporary arrangements, the choir is open to high school students and all adults. This year’s concerts will also include a children’s choir and will be held the weekend of December 13th. Find us at: joyfulwitness.net or @JoyfulWitness on Facebook!

SEPTEMBER IS BEFRIEND A MISSION MONTH AT ST. JOHN’S.  WHAT’S THAT?   The Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society supports WELS missions in 3 ways: prayer, encouragement, & giving.  Missions & missionaries are assigned to our St. John’s & Emmanuel LWMS groups biannually.  Although our support of these missions continues for 2 years, our Beaver Dam Circuit also assigns each church in the circuit a “Befriend A Mission Month.”  Our task is to create a shower of support during that month by increasing our prayers, sending a few more notes & emails, & giving a little extra for missions.  LWMS also uses the month to increase awareness of WELS missions among ALL church members–our Little Lambs, our day school & SS children, our teens & young adults, our adults, & even our older adults in care facilities. Prayer, encouragement, & giving are tasks which have no age-limitations!  We can ALL be a friend!  So when we ask YOU to join us by sending a note or signing a card, by saying a prayer, or by giving a little something extra to missions, we hope you will!  Supporting mission & missionaries and getting to know some of them personally are joy-filled opportunities!

FALL MISSION OFFERINGS will be collected by LWMS during September at both churches. Please use the collection container at the church where you are a member–In the church entrance both at Emmanuel and at St. John’s.  WELS mission projects that will benefit from your gift are these Beaver Dam Circuit projects:  Home Mission—Outreach to Asians and World Mission: Ukraine Project. Other projects to be decided at next summer’s LWMS convention are posted by the collection container. These offerings are important to many missions and are welcome from everyone with a heart for missions! 

316NOW MISSION FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Learn about the ministry committed to proclaiming grace across China NOW.  Special Freewill Offering for 316NOW at both services. Guest speaker is one of the administrators of this ministry. Schedule for the day:

   8:00 a.m. Emmanuel Mission Festival service

   9:30 a.m. Learn about 316NOW’s Sheep to Lambs Initiative (school classroom)

   10:00 a.m. St. John’s Mission Festival service

   11:15 a.m. Luncheon in St. John’s lower level for EVERYONE!  (Freewill Offering)

   12:00 noon 316NOW power point presentation by guest speaker . . . come learn more!

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Think About Something Better – August 31, 2019

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Colossians 3:1,2

Think About Something Better


Daily Devotion – August 31, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 3:1,2

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Have you ever had nights where you just can’t take your mind off of something? You toss and turn. You may even get up to check your e-mail or read a book just to take your mind off your concerns. Unfortunately, when we get our minds stuck on things, they’re usually things we don’t want to think about or shouldn’t be thinking about.

God’s Word has some great advice when we struggle with our thoughts. God reminds us to think about him! Instead of dwelling on things that stress us out or tempt us to sin, God says, “Think about me and what I have already done for you!” He tells us that we have been raised with Christ. That is another way of saying that Jesus defeated death and the devil for us. It’s not merely a possibility, it is the reality!

Since you have been raised with Christ, think about all the great blessings you have because of Jesus. Think about the forgiveness you have for all your sins and the eternal life of joy that is yours right now. Think about how anxious your loving heavenly Father is to hear from you and help you with whatever is keeping you awake at night. Don’t let the matters of your life stress you out. Think about something better. Think about Jesus!

Prayer:
Lord, keep me from being overwhelmed by the problems I experience. Rather, help me think about what you have done for me. You sent your Son into this world to take away my sins, and you have made a place for me in heaven! Thank you, Lord! Amen.

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A Rich Life – August 30, 2019

[Jesus said] “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Luke 12:21

A Rich Life


Daily Devotion – August 30, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 12:21

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John was surprised. He was talking to his close friend Bob. The conversation revolved around finances and retirement. Bob said, “I have no worries. I am a wealthy man.” This caught John completely off guard. They worked together. Their families were close. They were next-door neighbors. The last thing John would have imagined was that Bob was wealthy.

But Bob wasn’t referring to worldly wealth. He was referring to spiritual wealth. Bob knew what Jesus had done to save him and his loved ones from their sins. Bob knew that Jesus had risen from the dead and promised to give eternal life to all of his followers. And Bob knew that this same Jesus promised always to provide for him. So when Bob looked ahead to his retirement, he had nothing to worry about.

True wealth and a truly rich life can only come from God. He is the source of everything we have and enjoy. He demonstrated his undeserved love and forgiveness in Jesus. He assures us that nothing we truly need is ever lacking. A truly rich life is ours when we rely on God’s compassionate care along with his abundant blessing.

What a mistake we make when we selfishly live our lives for ourselves and leave God out of the picture. We rob ourselves of our most important relationship and alienate ourselves from the very one who can satisfy the longing in our souls. If we live our lives only for ourselves we will spend the next life by ourselves, separated from our loving God forever.

Thankfully, that does not need to be the case. Thankfully, through Jesus, our loving God has provided forgiveness even for those times we live for ourselves and leave him out of the picture. Because of the forgiveness Jesus won for us, God promises that we will spend our eternity in his loving presence. Knowing this means having a rich life now and into eternity.

Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for providing for my every need. Fill me with gratitude and thanksgiving for making my life rich through your grace and blessing. Amen

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A Patient Life – August 29, 2019

Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. . . . The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
James 5:10,11

A Patient Life


Daily Devotion – August 29, 2019

Devotion based on James 5:10,11

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It is said that patience is a virtue. But that does not mean it is easy to come by. It is hard to be patient. It becomes especially difficult when the challenges of life become more intense. So, how does a person live a patient life?

We can start by considering those who were patient in the past. The prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord are a good example. In spite of being persecuted for proclaiming God’s Word, they patiently waited for the Lord to carry out his will.

The prophets were able to be patient because they had confidence in God’s ability to act at the right time and in the right way. This trust is the very heart of patience.

It is also what we are expressing every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer and say, “Your will be done.” This request requires patience to wait for the Lord to bring about his good will. While we may desperately want God to follow our timetable, he has his own. He works according to his wisdom for which there is no comparison. He also works according to his power for which there is no equal. Both of these traits are combined with his undeserved love. That is why we can live a patient life. We have every confidence God has everything in control, and his plans take every nuance into account.

There is one additional source of patience, we can turn to. It is Jesus, our Savior. In undeserved love and patience, he did not deal with us as our sins deserved. He forgave us. He washed us clean and declared us not guilty—not only once, but daily and without limit. He also intercedes for us and assures us everything will work together for our blessing. Knowing this provides us with the ability to live a patient life.

Prayer:
Lord, forgive me for my impatience. Give me the strength of faith I need to say your will be done. Amen.

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A Heavenly Life – August 28, 2019

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Colossians 3:1,2

A Heavenly Life


Daily Devotion – August 28, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 3:1,2

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How a person walks reveals much about his or her life. A person whose head hangs down and shuffles along says he is carrying the weight of the world. In contrast, a person whose head is held high and walks with a spring in her step says her life is in order.

How a person walks also reveals what is happening in his or her spiritual life. A person struggling with guilt and sin will be noticeably burdened. A person who knows his Savior’s forgiveness will be noticeably joyful. While not scientific, it does help us understand what Paul means when he encourages us to keep our eyes fixed on heavenly things.

Paul is not giving us a recipe for earning our way to heaven, nor is he giving us a way to make God feel better about us. Rather, when we turn our thoughts and hearts to what God has done for us through his Son, there is a change.

We know from painful experience the devil and the world want to weigh us down. Although we desperately want to avoid their influence, we can’t. It remains with us and deceives us into looking for quick fixes and easy solutions. This is why Paul’s words are so precious and powerful. We want to set our hearts on things above, on God the Father and his Son. When we make their work our chief focus, we will see more than a quick fix. Gone will be the guilt and the burden of conscience. Gone will be the baggage that weighs down our hearts.

When we only look to this world for solutions, we will be disappointed. We will be like a leaf blown from place to place. In contrast, when we look to what God has secured through the work of his Son, we will be confident. We will live a heavenly life throughout our earthly stay.

Prayer:
O gracious Lord and Savior, remind me that I am a stranger in this world and my home is in heaven. Keep my eyes ever focused on this place of joy that is waiting for me. Amen.

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A Satisfied Life – August 27, 2019

A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
Ecclesiastes 2:24,25

A Satisfied Life


Daily Devotion – August 27, 2019

Devotion based on Ecclesiastes 2:24,25

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Satisfaction. It seems harder and harder to achieve. What makes matters worse is that the definition continues to evolve. How often haven’t we been tempted to think, “If I only had a better phone, a newer car, a better job, then I would really be satisfied?” While it sounds achievable, it rarely happens. And, if it does, it doesn’t last long. The latest and greatest soon grabs our attention, and suddenly we are dissatisfied once again. Satisfaction is elusive.

But rather than being swept up in the never-ending pursuit of the things of this world, King Solomon encourages us in the book of Ecclesiastes to remember that everything we have is from God. And, because we know God loves us and wants what is best for us, we can be satisfied with whatever our lot in life might be.

So, while this life is not all there is, this life is a gift from God. And, he encourages us to enjoy the blessings he showers on us. Whether we are working in an office or a field, whether we are eating the finest of foods at a fancy restaurant or a hot dog in our backyard, whether we are drinking champagne or Kool-Aid, we can know that what we have is a gift from our gracious God—and we can be satisfied.

Prayer:
O loving heavenly Father, you fill my life with everything I need. Fill my heart with thanksgiving, joy, and contentment allowing me to live a truly satisfied life. Amen.

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A Meaningful Life – August 26, 2019

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
Ecclesiastes 1:2

A Meaningful Life


Daily Devotion – August 26, 2019

Devotion based on Ecclesiastes 1:2

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Life has a way of appearing meaningless. There is the routine, the mundane, and the monotonous. Worse, nothing seems to change and only the drudgery of sameness remains. So, life seems absolutely meaningless.

Is this true? Is life meaningless? From one perspective, it is. If this life is all there is, in the end, nothing we do will matter.

But what if this life is not all there is? What if there is a spiritual reality beyond this world? What if there is an eternal reality, we will one day experience? Then, our lives here truly do matter, truly are meaningful.

Nearing the end of his life, a man named Solomon came to this realization. He wrote about it in a book we call Ecclesiastes. After a life filled with wealth and fame, Solomon realized that the only thing that really matters, in the end, is a person’s relationship with the eternal God.

Although Solomon lived nearly three thousand years ago, the lesson he learned is an important reminder for us today. We are constantly assaulted by the world’s mantra of more, bigger, newer, and better. Once we have acquired it, then what? In the end, the things of this world won’t matter.

What matters is our relationship with Jesus. Through Jesus, we have the peace of forgiveness. Through Jesus, we have an unsurpassed joy. Through Jesus, we are set apart for a blessed life now and in heaven. Through Jesus, our lives change from meaningless to eternally meaningful.

Prayer:
Lord, open my eyes to see the emptiness of what the world offers, and seek only those things which you have prepared for me, and given me in love. Amen.

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Like A Charging Bear – August 25, 2019

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Colossians 3:5

Like A Charging Bear


Daily Devotion – August 25, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 3:5

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Greg Brush is a veteran fishing guide who lives in Alaska. Last summer he heard a twig snap behind him. He turned around just in time to see a massive brown bear charging straight at him.

“When I spotted him, he was within 15 yards,” Brush later said. “He was coming like a freight train.”

Brush had but one option. He raised his gun and started firing. The bear kept coming. Brush stumbled and fell on his back. Then his gun jammed. The last shot, however, had finally stopped the bear. It was just five feet away.

In your life, there is at least one temptation that regularly comes at you like a charging bear. Give yourself a few moments of candor and no doubt you’ll identify what it is. God’s Word tells us when that temptation comes, you and I have but one option. We need to raise the gun and pull the trigger. We need to put that temptation to death.

Too often, of course, you and I do the opposite. We think that we can befriend the temptation. We think we can domesticate it. We tell ourselves we can keep it under control. But the bear keeps charging. And in our heart of hearts, we know what that bear wants to do.

Confront the bear. Pull the trigger by coming to repentance and being washed in the blood of your Savior. Be renewed by his forgiveness. And be ready to confront another charging bear tomorrow.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, when temptation charges at me, empower me by your Spirit to put that temptation to death. For this, I look to you alone. Amen.

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BULLETIN- August 25, 2019- The 11 th Sunday after Pentecost

The 11th Sunday after Pentecost

August 25, 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    
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.  
  Pastor Peter Zietlow  
  Pastor Peter Zietlow  
XG O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y X Faith-Life’s Riches are Hidden with God – Did you know that you are the richest person in the world? Are you saying to yourself: “I didn’t get that memo?” No, you didn’t win the lottery last night. Bill Gates didn’t die and leave you all his money. But the fact still remains that you are the richest person in the world, along with all others who have put their faith in Jesus as Savior. So where are our riches? They’re being stored in heaven for us, “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade” (1 Peter 1:4). They may be hidden with God at this very moment, but that doesn’t mean they’re not ours at this very moment. God has promised them to us, and he will deliver!
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X A   S E R V I C E   O F   M O R N I N G    P R A I S E  X

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 296:1,2                                                                    Our Children Jesus Calls

HOLY BAPTISM                                                                                               hymnal page 12-14

HYMN 296:3                                                                                                    Our Children Jesus Calls  

Remain standing

L: Pastor                                    C: Congregation

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

Please be seated

PSALM 34                                                                                                       hymnal page 80                 

Sung in unison.

XT H E   W O R D X

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

FIRST  READING                                                                                     Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:18-26

Summary: All earthly things pass away

 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.

A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

SECOND READING                                                           Colossians 3:1-11 (today’s sermon text)

Summary: Set your mind on things above

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is yourlife, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                               John 14:23

Alleluia. Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” Alleluia.

Please stand

GOSPEL READING                                                                                            Luke 12: 13-21

Summary: The parable of the rich fool

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY 478                                                           With the Lord Begin Your Task

SERMON                                                                                                                      Colossians 3:1-11

“Look Up to Heaven, Look Away from Here”

Please stand

YOU ARE GOD, WE PRAISE YOU                                                                                                   Te Deum

Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses

Refrain

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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, Prayer for the Proper Use of Wealth and Intercessory Prayers (bulletin pg. 13) 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

THE LORD’S PRAYER

                  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.

Please be seated

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS 393                                                                  If Your Beloved Son, O God

                                                           477:1-3                                                          What Is the World to Me

Please stand

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.

BLESSING

Please be seated

CLOSING  HYMN 477:4                                                                     What Is the World to Me                     

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 August 25- August 31
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
  11:00 A.M. St. John’s School /Little Lambs Registration & Pictures  (gym)
  11:15 A.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
  11:15 A.M. Lower level rental for Wachholz baptism
Mon. 6:30 P.M. St. John’s Sunday School Staff meeting
Tues.    
Wed. 6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
Thurs.    
Fri.    
Sat. 10:00 A.M. Private baptism at Buehren’s home
Theme for Next Sunday September 1 , 2019 Pentecost 13: “God’s Children Live By Faith–Looking Forward to Better Things” 
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:00 A.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
11:00 A.M. St. John’s Evangelism Committee meeting

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Evie & Ron Blada, Liola Crown & son Terry, Florence Dahlke, Agnes Dassow, Lilah Farrell, Chris Krause (Gordy & Linda’s son), earl “Pete” Laun, Robert Lederer (Jackie & Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Karl Whitrock, Shirley Wilkins – (added this week: Shirley Wilkins )

– For Augusta Wendy Brown, the daughter of Nathanael & Erin Brown, & granddaughter of Mike & Sue Brown, born on 8/8 and baptized last Sunday (8/18)

– For Earl & Lucy Laun who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday (8/23)

– For Mark & Patty Emond who are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary today (8/25)

– For Anna Elizabeth Wachholz, the daughter of Aaron & Victoria Wachholz, who will be baptized in today’s (8/25) service at St. John’s

TODAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS AT ST. JOHN’S and a special gift of $50 were given by Earl “Pete” & Lucy Laun in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday (8/23)

THANK YOU to the Jaster family for donating various items to St. John’s church and school from the former “Kingston House”. Your gifts are appreciated.

THANK YOU to Rick Van Treeck for installing our new water fountains at St. John’s.

OLD ST. JOHN’S CHURCH DOORS Please let Ciara know if you are interested in the old St. John’s church doors, currently stored in the old teacherage.

ST. JOHN’S CHURCH DOORS To keep updated on the St. John’s Church Door Project, check out the bulletin board located in the Information Room at St. John’s. The given donation did not cover the full cost of our new doors so donations are still accepted to help offset the remaining cost.

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!

ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL will begin Sunday, September 15 at 8:30a.m. at St. John’s. Ages 3 through 6th grade, member or not, are all invited to come! Please help spread the word!

ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL & LITTLE LAMBS REGISTRATION School Registration is TODAY in St. John’s gym. Join us!  

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 Aug/Sept in St. John’s Information Room. Schedules will be available for pick up every 2 months.

GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session of Griefshare will start September 5 at 6:00p.m. in the lower level at St. John’s. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.

CONCERT ON THE BALL DIAMOND is September 7 at 6:30p.m. at St. John’s. Bring your lawn chair and come enjoy music, food and fellowship!

This year, the cost for this event for St. John’s is between $3,400 – $4,000.      

If you wish to donate to help offset the remaining cost, please call 608-297-2866, email scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org or stop by the office. Thank you!

CHILDREN’S CHURCH BAGS Check out our new Children’s Church Bags that are located in the Information Room at St. John’s and entry way at Emmanuel. Children: use during the service as you please and return them to the tree at the end of each service! A big thank you to St. John’s Hand In Prayer group for donating towards the bags and to you guys, Gene Crook & Jack Steuck, for building the wooden trees. Thank you to you gals, Ciara Neuhauser & Blake Seeley, for making the children’s church bags for Emmanuel and St. John’s.

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!

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!

FORWARD IN CHRIST Please do not turn in any past Forward in Christ magazines as we no longer accept them due to the personal information that is provided inside. Thanks!

MEDITATIONS New “Meditations” WELS daily devotional booklets are available in the church entry (many thanks to our generous members for donating!) The new ones begin September 1st.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “Stop, Drop, and Roll won’t work in Hell.”

SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR St. John’s is looking for an individual(s) who would want to run the Scholastic Book Fair. This has been a big success for our school and students in the past and we would love to continue this. Call the office if you or someone you know is interested!

GUIDELINES FOR GIVING FROM GOD’S WORD

Truth #1: Everything belongs to God. (Psalm 24:1)

Truth #2: We give our offerings willingly. (Exodus 25:2) 

Truth #3: We give our offerings joyfully. (2 Corinthians 8:2)

Truth #4: We give of our best (firstfruits). (Proverbs 3:9)

Truth #5: We give in proportion to what God has given us. (1 Corinthians 16:2).

Truth #6: We plan our giving. (2 Corinthians 9:2)

Truth #7: Trustingly put first things first. (Matthew 6:31,33)

JOYFUL WITNESS will begin rehearsals on Sunday, Sept. 8th at St. Paul’s, North Fond du Lac under the direction of Jeff Krumbein. The first rehearsal will be from 5:30 – 7:30p.m. Our area WELS choir welcomes new singers to enjoy the fellowship and music that proclaims Christ the Savior and His redeeming grace!  Singing traditional and contemporary arrangements, the choir is open to high school students and all adults. This year’s concerts will also include a children’s choir and will be held the weekend of December 13th.   Find us at: joyfulwitness.net or @JoyfulWitness on Facebook!

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
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St. John’s Altar Committee August 2019 Jennie Utke & Susan Brown
●●● 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 Mrs. Lynn Sellnow: 616-826-0816 K, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher Ms. Shelley Myers: 920-285-7554 3rd-5th Grade Teacher Ms. Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135 Principal & 6th – 8th Grade Teacher Mr. Larry Sellnow:  616-822-6689 Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866 Altar Ladies: Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036 Church & School Address/Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949  Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org ●●●
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A Prayer for Healing – August 24, 2019

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long? Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. . . . Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping. The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.
Psalm 6:1-4,8,9

A Prayer for Healing


Daily Devotion – August 24, 2019

Devotion based on Psalm 6:1-4,8,9

See series: Devotions

King David wrote this psalm probably at the time in his life when things were going badly. He was hurting physically and was greatly disturbed over the turmoil that was besetting him. He prayed fervently for the Lord to deliver him from the agony of pain and the anguish of his soul.

Can you relate to David’s condition today? Are you struggling with a physical ailment that drains your strength? When you woke up this morning, was your outlook for the day clouded by yesterday’s adversity? Are you slogging through the day silently sighing, “How long, O LORD, how long?”

In his great needs for his body and soul, David petitioned the Lord for help. He counted on the Lord’s unfailing love to look on him in mercy and lift him up from the pit of his problems. And his prayer was answered. David exclaimed, “The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.”

Trusting in the love and power of the Lord, you too can take your cares to him. He promises to hear your prayer. And his answer will always be according to his unfailing love for you—a love he demonstrated by sending Jesus to rescue you from the pain of sin’s punishment and the agony of eternal death.

So, you can be sure that he hears your prayer. And, sooner or later, he will deliver you!

Prayer:
O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord, how long? O Lord, turn and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Amen.

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