Bulletin-March 29, 2020

The 5th Sunday in Lent

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March 29, 2020

Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Mecan & Montello, WI

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P R E P A R A T I O N   F O R W O R S H I P

We prepare ourselves to worship the one Savior God by expressing our humble repentance, offering our fervent prayers and singing our thankfulness of praise.

WELCOME, EXPLANATION OF WHAT WILL FOLLOW & WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT                                               

HYMN 440                    On Eagles’ Wings

Led by soloist Lucas Stelter. 

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INVOCATION                               hymnal page 15

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

OPENING PRAYER                                                                   hymnal page 10

M: O Lord — our Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter — we are assembled in your presence to hear your holy Word. We pray that you would open our hearts by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word we may repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION                                                        hymnal page 38

M: We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as his dear children. But we have disobeyed him and deserve only his wrath and punishment. Therefore, let us confess our sins to him and plead for his mercy.

C: Merciful Father in heave, I am altogether sinful from birth. In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child. But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love. Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt. 

M: God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins. By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord, Jesus Christ, he has removed your guilt forever. You are his own dear child. May God give you strength to live according to his will.  Amen.

PSALM 116                                                                                                       hymnal page 107

Refrain led by soloist Lucas Stelter. 

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I love the Lord, for he hear my voice;

he heard my cry for mercy.

Because he turned his ear to me,

I will call on him as long as I live.

The Lord is gracious and righteous;

when I was in great need, he saved me.

Refrain

For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death,

my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

How can I repay the Lord

for all his goodness to me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation

and call on the name of the Lord.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, 

Is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Refrain

T H E   W O R D

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

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                          Ezekiel 37:1-14

Summary: God gives hope to the hopeless and life to the lifeless

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.  He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, `Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.  I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'”

So I prophesied as I was commanded.  And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.  I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet– a vast army.

Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.  They say, `Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.  I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.'”

EPISTLE LESSON                                                                                                                           Romans 8:11-19  Summary: God gives spiritual and eternal life

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation– but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.  For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs– heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.

GOSPEL LESSON                   John 11:17-27, 38-45 (today’s sermonette text underlined)

Summary: Jesus is the resurrection and the life

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.  Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.  When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

“Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb.  It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. 

PRAYER OF THE DAY                                             

Eternal God and Father, help us to remember Jesus, who obeyed your will and bore the cross for our salvation that through his anguish, pain, and death we may receive forgiveness of sins and inherit eternal life; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

SERMONETTE                                                                                                                John 11: 17-27

“Christians Comfort Christians!”

APOSTLES’ CREED                                                     hymnal page 41

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker or heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

LENTEN SEASON PRAYER & INTERCESSORY PRAYERS      read by pastor, bulletin page 13

LORD’S PRAYER               hymnal page 43

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by 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.

CLOSING PRAYER                                                       hymnal page 43 

M: O Lord God, our heavenly Father, pour out the Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep us strong in your grace and truth, protect and comfort us in all temptation, and bestow on us your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

BLESSING             hymnal page 44

M: Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

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

Then Lord look on you with favor and + give you peace. 

Amen. 

HYMN 327                                  God Be with You till We Meet Again       

Led by soloist Lucas Stelter.

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CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS, INSTRUCTIONS AND ENCOURAGEMENT

Announcements 

Next week’s theme: April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday: “The King Comes To Us”

Emmanuel & St. John’s Lutheran Church leaders offer their response to COVID-19 to align with all current bans and guidelines for the next few weeks.  

1 “God is our refuge and strength,

    an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam

    and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Following the announcement from government officials on March 16, all worship services and gatherings are suspended at Emmanuel & St. John’s.  However worship services will be offered online via our stjohnsmontello.org website “Videos” menu button & linked You Tube channel, or via recorded DVDs, or via printed bulletins and sermons.

4 “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;

    God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.”

Every Saturday at 11:00am, I will record an abbreviated service that will be uploaded to our website/linked You Tube channel together with a bulletin (.pdf) file and available for viewing at your convenience. Remaining Wednesday Lenten Devotions (3/25 & 4/1) via printed materials will be e-mailed out to our members and made available on our website via the “Bulletins” menu button.

7 “The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

While we might be tempted to face this situation with a great deal of disappointment and chagrin, we also recognize the opportunity God is placing before us to ponder and grasp ever more firmly his promise of spiritual health for our souls and to reflect the light of his love to others. We can:

– pray for God’s healing for those affected by the virus

– pray for those involved in essential services – medical personnel, first responders, and those who keep the peace

– share the links to our website and worship service with family, friends, and acquaintances

– renew our daily devotional life

– continue to support the message and ministry of our congregation by responding in thanks to God for his gift of eternal life through offerings mailed to the church office or by electronic giving. Call secretary Ciara Neuhauser at the church office 608-297-2866 for details.

– offer care and compassion for those who need support and a listening ear

8 Come and see what the Lord has done.

   the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease

   to the ends of the earth.

   He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

   he burns the shields with fire.

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the earth.”

Church elders and I have begun contacting all E/SJ members (via email, text, and phone) to make all aware of the situation, to offer alternatives for those who do not have a computer or Internet access, and to offer any special assistance during these challenging times. Following our governor’s announcement on 3/24, all WI residents are to “stay safe at home”. We are suspending all communion distribution until further notice. Pastor Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text) and our E/SJ Elders are also available for emergency home visits. Please reach out to them directly.

Elders: 

Jerre Duerr – (608) 697-6706, glojbean@maqs.net

Jim Eisermann – (608) 297-8171, jay.diane.eisermann@gmail.com

James Wachholz – (608) 369-2635, lwmsreporter@stjohnsmontello.org

Darrell Buchholz – (608) 215-7871, darrell.buchholz@gmail.com

Wayne Stelter – (608) 297-2761, shieldscreamery@gmail.com

“The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – Psalm 46  

We as your church family want to be able to help and serve you, but we can all rejoice as we look to the One who is our real and lasting helper. He is our strength and that’s especially comforting in a time like this, when our human weakness is made so clear!

In Jesus Christ our loving & protecting Savior,

Pastor Pete Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text & ZietlowPL6@hotmail.com)

Through Faith We Are Raised

from Death to Life

The Fifth Sunday of Lent – A

God’s Word for Today

We are drawing ever closer to Holy Week, when Jesus undergoes the incredible events of his Passion.  Now, one week before that begins, we hear about our progress from death to life. Through faith in Jesus, we are raised from our spiritual death to a new life in Christ, and we are nurtured in this new life through the Word and Sacraments. 

First Lesson (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

  1. How does the vision of the dry bones characterize God’s people in Ezekiel’s time?
  1. What tool was used in restoring life to the dead bones?

Second Lesson (Romans 8:11-19)

  1. Through his Spirit, Paul says, God has breathed new life into our mortal bodies (v 11).  What changes does that bring about?
  1. Though life in Christ Jesus means sharing his suffering, what other observation is made?

Gospel (John 11:17-27,38-45)

  1. What does Jesus mean by saying that he is life?
  1. How would Mary and Martha see the glory of God in the raising of Lazarus?

Answers:

  1. The bones were many and very dry.  This indicates the widespread condition of God’s people as they were exiled in Babylon.  Their unfaithfulness had brought about God’s judgment, and they seemed beyond the point of resuscitation.  Yet God’s grace is apparent.
  1. The same tool we use today—the Word of God.  “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.”
  1. Paul previously had said that those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires (vv 5-8).  We now seek to put to death the misdeeds of the body (v 13) and willingly share in Christ’s suffering with a view also to sharing in his glory (v 17).
  1. Paul suggests a wise perspective: our present sufferings are “not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  As a runner endures the pain of the exertion by keeping his eyes focused on the finish line, so the Christian’s perspective will always be goal-oriented.  What waits for us at the end far outshines the clouds that we encounter along the way.
  1. More than saying that he is the source of life or the giver of life, Jesus for the first time (see also 14:6) claims to be life itself.  There is no life apart from him. As life itself, final death is impossible for him. The events surrounding the raising of Lazarus occur just days before the Passion events in Jerusalem.  What a comfort to know that Jesus was confidently assured of the outcome of his upcoming battle with evil—he would be victorious!
  1. Jesus would perform what only God could do—raising someone from death. The glory of God would be seen in Jesus himself both here and then in the future as these events helped to initiate the events leading to the cross, where’s God’s true identity and love were revealed. 

God feeds his flock in a time of crisis

By: Pastor Mark Schroeder

After earlier placing restrictions on the size of public gatherings, today Wisconsin governor Tony Evers issued an even more restrictive “Safer at Home” directive. The directive effectively closes all Wisconsin businesses and entities other than those that are deemed essential. Other states have issued, or likely will issue, similar directives.

Already after the first restrictions were imposed, many WELS congregations found ways to continue to serve their members with God’s Word and with new and different types of worship formats. I am thankful at the way so many of our congregations have put these things into place with only brief notice, and pray they will be able to continue in those efforts.

On Sunday, my wife and I worshiped via an online worship service provided by my home congregation. The service that was broadcast was a complete service with the normal liturgy, hymns, and prayers. Before we began, we wondered just how “worshipful” such a service would be. But by the time the service was over, we agreed that it was one of the most meaningful and moving worship experiences we had ever had.

First, we were reminded that the power of God’s Word and the comfort of the gospel is not in any way diminished by the way it is delivered. We heard law and gospel. We were assured of our forgiveness in Christ. We were directed as always to the cross and empty tomb. Our faith was nourished and our trust in God’s unchanging promises was strengthened.

Second, I couldn’t help but think that being prevented from gathering physically with other believers helped to renew our appreciation for corporate worship, where believers gather not only to be strengthened by the means of grace, but also to provide encouragement and love to each other. Perhaps God will use this experience to lead our WELS members to never take public worship for granted again. Perhaps he also will use this entire crisis as a time to draw many in our nation to see the value of faith and the Word of God.

Finally, we were not alone in this experience. Congregations around the synod moved quickly to see to it that the Word of God would not be silenced. Worship services were streamed live in many places. Devotions and sermons were posted online. Materials and words of comfort and instruction were sent via e-mail. Pastors assured their members that they continued to be ready to serve their flocks whenever called upon to do so.

I pray that the need for online remote worship will end soon. In the meantime, I will join you in thanking God that his Word will not be silenced. As he told us, “[My Word] will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

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God feeds his flock in a time of crisis

After earlier placing restrictions on the size of public gatherings, today Wisconsin governor Tony Evers issued an even more restrictive “Safer at Home” directive. The directive effectively closes all Wisconsin businesses and entities other than those that are deemed essential. Other states have issued, or likely will issue, similar directives. Already after the first restrictions were imposed, many WELS congregations …

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Bearing fruit in a time of need

In his book The Rise of Christianity, Dr. Rodney Stark estimates that Christianity grew an average of 40 percent per decade for the first few centuries of its existence. To put that in perspective, if WELS grew at that rate, in two generations we would have over two million members. How did that happen? Christianity was started by misfits from the …

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Update from WELS Missions

WELS World Missions has always had very straightforward marching orders. “Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely …

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Resources from WELS and NPH

WELS and Northwestern Publishing House (NPH) are offering several resources for free to help you stay connected to your Lord, to your church, and to WELS during this time of unrest and change. Resources include hymn downloads, Sunday school materials, digital access to Forward in Christ magazine, and access to Kids Connection and WELS Connection videos. Hymnal/music options Eighty hymns …

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Spiritual and mental health support

With Americans told to stay home—away from church, school, and in some cases work—in an anxiety-inducing time, WELS ministries are creating and making available resources to help. Here are a few that we found. If your ministry, school, or congregation is offering spiritual or Christian educational resources that can be used by individuals and families, let us know! We’ll continue …

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Online giving options

Congregations are increasingly seeking out options for online giving to meet the preferences of members across generations. The current COVID-19 pandemic has made finding a donation platform even more urgent as restrictions on public gatherings have temporarily moved many worship services online. These platforms offer an array of popular giving options: Online donations—set up a page to collect one-time and …

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You Should Also Know . . .

A Note from the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry

Per an order from Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, workers at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry, Waukesha, Wis., will be working from home until April 24. We will do our best to serve you and thank you for a bit of grace should responses be slightly delayed.

WELS Investment Funds webinar

On Feb. 19, 2020, WELS Investment Funds hosted their inaugural live webinar featuring WELS Investment Funds Executive Director Jim Holm and Vanguard Senior Investment Consultant William Burns.

The webinar provided timely information:

• An introduction and overview of WELS Investment Funds

• A recap of the 2019 market performance

• Investment philosophy of WELS Investment Funds

• Performance and portfolio construction of WELS Balanced Fund and WELS Endowment Fund

• Q&A

Watch the webinar

For more information about WELS Investment Funds, visit wels.net/welsfunds, e-mail WELSFunds@wels.net, or call 877-888-8953.

Together PDF 

NOTE: There will be no printable PDF this week. Please feel free to share any content from the Together e-newsletter online in your newsletters, e-mails, social media, or websites.

Call Reports

Call Reports detail when pastors, teachers, and staff ministers change positions within WELS. View Call Report.

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BULLETIN March 22, 2020- Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church Mecan & Montello, WI

The 4th Sunday in Lent

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P R E P A R A T I O N   F O R W O R S H I P

We prepare ourselves to worship the one Savior God by expressing our humble repentance, offering our fervent prayers and singing our thankfulness of praise.

WELCOME, EXPLANATION OF WHAT WILL FOLLOW & WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT                                               

INVOCATION                               hymnal page 15

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

OPENING PRAYER                                                                   hymnal page 10

M: O Lord — our Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter — we are assembled in your presence to hear your holy Word. We pray that you would open our hearts by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word we may repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION                                                        hymnal page 38

M: We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as his dear children. But we have disobeyed him and deserve only his wrath and punishment. Therefore, let us confess our sins to him and plead for his mercy.

C: Merciful Father in heave, I am altogether sinful from birth. In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child. But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love. Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt. 

M: God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins. By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord, Jesus Christ, he has removed your guilt forever. You are his own dear child. May God give you strength to live according to his will.  Amen.

PSALM 42-43                                                                                                              hymnal page 82

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As the deer pants for streams of water,

So my soul pants for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

Where can I go and meet with God?

Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

For I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Refrain

Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me;

Let them bring me to the place where you dwell.

Then will I go to the altar of God, my joy and me delight.

I will praise you with the hard, O God, my God.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, 

Is now, and will be forever. Amen.

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T H E   W O R D

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

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                          Hosea 5:15–6:3

Summary: The law tears us to pieces, but God’s grace heals us

Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt.  And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me.”

“Come, let us return to the LORD.  He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.  After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

EPISTLE LESSON                                                                                                                             Romans 8:1-10 

Summary: Our sinful nature brings death, but the Spirit gives life

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.

GOSPEL LESSON                                             Matthew 20:17-28   (today’s sermonette text)

Summary: Jesus came to serve by giving his life as a ransom

Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.  They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

“What is it you want?” he asked.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant.  These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.  Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

PRAYER OF THE DAY                                             

Almighty God, we confess that we deserve to be punished for our evil deeds. But we ask you graciously to cleanse us from all sin and to comfort us with your salvation; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

SERMONETTE                                                                                                       Matthew 20: 17-28

“Predictions”

APOSTLES’ CREED                                                     hymnal page 41

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker or heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

LENTEN SEASON PRAYER & INTERCESSORY PRAYERS      read by pastor, bulletin page 12

LORD’S PRAYER               hymnal page 43

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by 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.

CLOSING PRAYER                                                       hymnal page 43 

M: O Lord God, our heavenly Father, pour out the Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep us strong in your grace and truth, protect and comfort us in all temptation, and bestow on us your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

BLESSING             hymnal page 44

M: Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

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

Then Lord look on you with favor and + give you peace. 

Amen. 

CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS, INSTRUCTIONS AND ENCOURAGEMENT

HYMN FOR PERSONAL USE: 

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Announcements 

Next week’s theme: March 29, 2020 Lent 5 “Jesus Creates New Life out of Death”

Emmanuel & St. John’s Lutheran Church leaders offer their response to COVID-19 to align with all current bans and guidelines for the next few weeks.  

1 “God is our refuge and strength,

    an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam

    and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Following the announcement from government officials on March 16, all worship services and gatherings are suspended at Emmanuel & St. John’s.  However worship services will be offered online via our stjohnsmontello.org website “Videos” menu button & linked You Tube channel, or via recorded DVDs, or via printed bulletins and sermons.

4 “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;

    God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.”

Every Saturday at 11:00am, I will record an abbreviated service that will be uploaded to our website/linked You Tube channel together with a bulletin (.pdf) file and available for viewing at your convenience. Remaining Wednesday Lenten Devotions (3/25 & 4/1) via printed materials will be e-mailed out to our members and made available on our website via the “Bulletins” menu button.

7 “The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

While we might be tempted to face this situation with a great deal of disappointment and chagrin, we also recognize the opportunity God is placing before us to ponder and grasp ever more firmly his promise of spiritual health for our souls and to reflect the light of his love to others. We can:

– pray for God’s healing for those affected by the virus

– pray for those involved in essential services – medical personnel, first responders, and those who keep the peace

– share the links to our website and worship service with family, friends, and acquaintances

– renew our daily devotional life

– continue to support the message and ministry of our congregation by responding in thanks to God for his gift of eternal life through offerings mailed to the church office or by electronic giving. Call secretary Ciara Neuhauser at the church office 608-297-2866 for details.

– offer care and compassion for those who need support and a listening ear

8 Come and see what the Lord has done.

   the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease

   to the ends of the earth.

   He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

   he burns the shields with fire.

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the earth.”

Church elders and I have begun contacting all E/SJ members (via email, text, and phone) to make all aware of the situation, to offer alternatives for those who do not have a computer or Internet access, and to offer any special assistance during these challenging times. Lord-willing and law-permitting, we would also like to offer communion distribution (up to 8 communicants at a time) every Sunday from 9-11am at St. John beginning 3/29. Pastor Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text) and our E/SJ Elders are also available for home visits. Please reach out to them directly or by calling the church office.

“The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – Psalm 46  

We as your church family want to be able to help and serve you, but we can all rejoice as we look to the One who is our real and lasting helper. He is our strength and that’s especially comforting in a time like this, when our human weakness is made so clear!

In Jesus Christ our loving & protecting Savior,

Pastor Pete Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text & ZietlowPL6@hotmail.com)

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Emmanuel & St. John’s Lutheran Church leaders offer their response to COVID-19 to align with all current bans and guidelines for the next few weeks.

1 “God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Following the announcement from government officials on March 16, all worship services and gatherings are suspended at Emmanuel & St. John’s.  However worship services will be offered online via our stjohnsmontello.org website “Church Recorded Service” menu button & linked You Tube channel, or via recorded DVDs, or via printed bulletins and sermons.

4 “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.”

Every Saturday at 11:00am, I will record an abbreviated service that will be uploaded to our website Church Recorded Service” menu button and YouTube channel together with a bulletin (.pdf) file and available for viewing at your convenience. Remaining Wednesday Lenten Devotions (3/25 & 4/1) via printed materials will be e-mailed out to our members and made available on our website via the “Bulletins” menu button.

7 “The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

While we might be tempted to face this situation with a great deal of disappointment and chagrin, we also recognize the opportunity God is placing before us to ponder and grasp ever more firmly his promise of spiritual health for our souls and to reflect the light of his love to others. We can:
– pray for God’s healing for those affected by the virus
– pray for those involved in essential services – medical personnel, first responders, and those who keep the peace
– share the links to our website and worship service with family, friends, and acquaintances
– renew our daily devotional life
– continue to support the message and ministry of our congregation by responding in thanks to God for his gift of eternal life through offerings mailed to the church office or by electronic giving. Call secretary Ciara Neuhauser at the church office 608-297-2866 for details.
– offer care and compassion for those who need support and a listening ear

8 Come and see what the Lord has done.
   the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
   to the ends of the earth.
   He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

Church elders and I have begun contacting all E/SJ members (via email, text, and phone) to make all aware of the situation, to offer alternatives for those who do not have a computer or Internet access, and to offer any special assistance during these challenging times. Lord-willing and law-permitting, we would also like to offer communion distribution (up to 8 communicants at a time) every Sunday from 9-11am at St. John beginning 3/29. Pastor Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text) and our E/SJ Elders are also available for home visits. Please reach out to them directly or by calling the church office.

“The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – Psalm 46  

We as your church family want to be able to help and serve you, but we can all rejoice as we look to the One who is our real and lasting helper. He is our strength and that’s especially comforting in a time like this, when our human weakness is made so clear!

In Jesus Christ our loving & protecting Savior,
Pastor Pete Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text & ZietlowPL6@hotmail.com)

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BULLETIN- FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY JANUARY 13, 2019

ST. JOHN’S & EMMANUEL

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Montello & Mecan, WI

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Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

JANUARY 13, 2019

Please welcome Pastor Tom Klusmeyer

from Camp Phillip-Wautoma

Welcome to Our Church! We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors. In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information. In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you. Restrooms and nursery area are located the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and “link-way” at St. John’s. It’s nice to have you visit today. May God bless our worship together!

God’s Word for Today

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

Order of Service

“Camp-style” Worship led by Pastor Tom Klusmeyer from Camp Phillip

Pastor’s Greeting

Invocation & Psalm 118:24

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

“This is the day”

This is the day, this is the day

that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made,

let us rejoice, let us rejoice

and be glad in it, and be glad in it.

This is the day that the Lord has made,

let us rejoice and be glad in it,

this is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made.

“This is the day,” Les Garrett. © 1986 Scripture in Song. CCLI License # 790498.

Scripture reading and Confessions of sins:

Philippians 3:17-4:1

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

4:1 Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!

“Across the lands”

You’re the Word of God the Father From before the world began Ev’ry star and ev’ry planet Has been fashioned by Your hand All creation holds together By the power of Your voice Let the skies declare Your glory Let the land and seas rejoice

Chorus: You’re the author of creation You’re the Lord of ev’ry man And Your cry of love rings out Across the lands.

Yet You left the gaze of angels Came to seek and save the lost And exchanged the joy of heaven For the anguish of a cross With a prayer You fed the hungry With a word You stilled the sea Yet how silently You suffered That the guilty may go free

(Chorus)

With a shout You rose victorious Wresting victory from the grave

And ascended into heaven Leading captives in Your wake

Now You stand before the Father Interceding for Your own From each tribe and tongue and nation

You are leading sinners home

(Chorus)

“Across the lands,” Stuart Townend and Keith Getty. © 2002 Thankyou Music. CCLI song # 3709898. CCLI license # 790498.

Scripture reading: Philippians 1:12-18

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.

15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.

Scripture reading: Philippians 4:2-13

I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me- -put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

“Rejoice in the Lord always”

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, “Rejoice!”

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, “Rejoice!”

Rejoice! Rejoice! And again I say, “Rejoice!”

Rejoice! Rejoice! And again I say, “Rejoice!”

Devotion: Philippians 4:8-9

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Prayer / Offering / WELS Connection DVD / Member welcome and Lord’s supper at St. John

The offering now is for the ministry at your congregation. A door offering after the service is for the ministry at Camp Phillip.

Out of love for God’s Word and people’s souls, we offer the Lord’s Supper only to communicant members of St. John’s and Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Churches or other congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) (1 Corinthians 10:17, 11:26-29). Visitors who are not yet communicant members of our church are respectfully asked to refrain from communing today, but are encouraged to speak with the pastor after the service about how to become communicant members.

Intercessory Prayers (read by pastor)

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

– For teachers called at the 12/16 SJ Voters meeting: Michael & Megan Allard from St. John’s–Neilsville to serve at St. John’s School–Montello as principal/teacher & K4,K5 teacher respectively

– For Dan Finger, after completion of our Bible Information Class, welcomed in today’s service (1/13) as a communicant member at St. John’s

– For our communicants at St. John’s

– For Harold and Judy Fandrey who celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday (1/7).

“You are the Shepherd”

You are the Shepherd; I belong to You. When I walk on rough ground, You can guide me through. You know my name, you know my voice. Before I was born, I was Your choice. Show me how to follow. Lord, keep me close to You. You are the Shepherd; I belong to You. (Repeat)

Open eyes to see You are the Way.

Open ears to hear You are the Truth.

Open hearts to know you are the Lord of life.

For every land, You hold a special plan.

Show me how to follow. Lord, keep me close to you.

You are the Shepherd; I belong to You.

“You are the Shepherd,” Keith and Kristyn Getty. © 2002 Keith and Kristyn Getty/MCPS. CCLI license # 790498.

“Calypso doxology”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Praise God, all you people, let it show.

Praise God above, let all heaven sing it. Creator, Son and Holy Spirit.

Well, A-men, A-men, A-men, Oh, A-men

Yes, A-men, A-men, Creator, Son and Holy Spirit.

“Calypso doxology,” Johann Anderson. © 1971 Songs and Creations. CCLI song # 591422. CCLI license # 790498.

Benediction

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

Announcements

Theme for Next Sunday January 20, 2019

Epiphany 2:  “Jesus Is the Heavenly Bridegroom”

Activities for the week of January 13 – January 19
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A..M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
Mon. 6:30 P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
6:30 P.M. Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 11:30 A.M. St. John’s School Hot Lunch
6:30 P.M. Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s
Wed. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Chapel
10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs early release
2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation at St. John’s
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Teen Confirmation
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Council meeting
Fri.
Sat.
Schedule for Next Sunday: January 20, 2019

Epiphany 2:  “Jesus Is the Heavenly Bridegroom”

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:15 A.M. St. John’s Elders & Shepherds lunch & meeting

Camp Phillip provides relaxation in creation and renewal in Christ to WELS youth, adults, families, churches and schools throughout the year.

W9944 Buttercup Ave Wautoma, WI 54982-7032

Phone (920)787-3202

Fax (920)787-0032

Website www.campphillip.com

E-mail office@campphillip.com

Camp Phillip programs this year include:

Grades K-2: (3) half week Pee Wee camps

Grades 2-4: (3) half week Fledgling camps

Grades 3-5: (1) full week Son Shine camp

Grades 4-6: (2) full week Son Shine camps and (6) full week Specialty camps

Grades 5-8: (1) half week Son Rise camp for grades 5-8

Grades 6-8: (2) full week Son Shine camps and (11) full week Specialty camps

Grades 7-8: (1) weekend Confirmation retreat

Teens: (1) 5-day Jr staff training and (3) weekend Teen retreats

Families: (1) weekend Family Fest and (1) weekend Labor day retreat

Women: (2) weekend Women’s retreat and (2) weekend Quilting retreats

Grandparents/grandchildren: (1) half week Grand camp

Jesus Cares: (1) 4-day Jesus Cares camp

For program dates, go to www.campphillip.com/registration

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

2018 OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP is now available in the link way. Please pick your statement up in the link way as well.

ART FOR DINNER It’s that time of the year, Art for Dinner will be held Saturday, February 2nd ,at 5:00p.m. in the Montello High School community room. This is our 4th Annual Fundraiser to help improve our school. This year the money raised will go to our Athletic Fund (funds will cover things such as new uniforms, tournament fees, updated equipment, etc.) We need your help! Please consider purchasing a ticket and enjoying the evening or consider making a donation. We are also looking for donations of items for our basket raffle. If you would be able to donate a basket already made up, any type of items, or services, gift cards, or products! If you know of any businesses that would be willing to donate, please ask them

as well. Please have all donations turned into the office by Wednesday, January 30th. If you would like to work on projects at home or in the classroom, please feel free to do so and we would love to include them in our silent auction fundraiser. Any other family (Grandmas, Dads, Uncles, Cousins) art projects are welcome as well. God has blessed many of us with lots of different talents! We are very excited to be having this fundraiser and with your help, we are hoping that it will be a great success! Please help spread the word to anyone you think would like to support our school!

Any questions, please contact:

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

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

What Drives You? That is one of the questions we will be thinking about this coming week at the Men’s Bible Study on Tuesday at 6:30pm. We will be asking the man called Saul, who is also the Apostle Paul, the same question. In January/February we will be looking to grow as we consider: “You Can Call Me Saul-You Can Call Me Paul-Just Call Me Saved By Grace,” as we see him in the book of Acts.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “If a church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.”

Usher Schedule
January 13

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Bob Ferber, Joe Heller

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

January 20

E

SJ

Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, DuWayne Sommerfeld

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

January 27

E

SJ

Brian Ninnemann, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wagner

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

February 3

E

SJ

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

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

February 10

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke

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

February 17

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

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

February 24

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

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

St. John’s Greeters Schedule
January 13 Scott & Debbie Ritz
January 20 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
January 27 Jim & Diane Eisermann
February 3 Harold & Judy Fandrey
February 10 Kenon & Mary Smith
February 17 Al & Carolyn Rosenthal
February 24 Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
1-6 1-9 73 127
St. John’s Altar Committee:

January 2019

Elaine Kelm

&

Carolyn Rosenthal

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

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Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135

Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

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Bulletin- August 12, 2018 The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

St. John’s & Emmanuel

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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August 12, 2018

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 12, 2018 St. John’s & Emmanuel

Divine Service II

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

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Jesus Gives the Bread of Life That We Might Fulfill the Impossible – Have you ever been faced with an impossible task? When a job seems impossible, it’s difficult and frustrating to even attempt fulfilling it. For Christians, trusting in Jesus, believing his promises and loving others as he loves us sometimes seems impossible. But in today’s lessons we are shown how Jesus gives us the ability to fulfill impossible tasks by giving us the Bread of Life. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing (Jn 15:5). But with God, nothing is impossible (Lk 1:37).

HYMN 108 “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

INVOCATION

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

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

C: Amen.

CONFESSION

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

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

For faithless worrying and selfish pride,

for sins of habit and sins of choice,

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

You should cast me away from Your presence forever.

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

ABSOLUTION

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

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

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

C: Amen.

LORD, HAVE MERCY Mark 10:47

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

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

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

C: Lord, have mercy.

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

C: Christ, have mercy.

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

C: Lord, have mercy.

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

C: Amen.

GLORY BE TO GOD Luke 2:14 (sung to the tune of Hymn 152 “I Know that My Redeemer Lives”

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

“Glory to God in the Highest” has been a Christian song of worship since the fourth century.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE WORD

SALUTATION

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

M: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

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

C: Amen.

(Please be seated)

FIRST LESSON 1 KINGS 19:3-8

An angel strengthens Elijah

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.

PSALM 145 (hymnal page 119, cantor sings first line, congregation sings second line, all sing refrains and Gloria)

SECOND LESSON EPHESIANS 4:30–5:2

Spiritual living flows from God who has forgiven us

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

VERSE OF THE DAY Alleluia. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Alleluia. (All sing Verse of the Day on bulletin page 6)

Alleluia-Faith

(Please stand)

The congregation stands and speaks words of acclamation out of respect for the words of Christ, our King.

GOSPEL

M: The Gospel according to John chapter 6 verses 41-51

C: Glory be to You, O Lord.

Jesus is the Bread of Life, the True Source of Spiritual Food

At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

“Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

M: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise be to You, O Christ.

(Please be seated)

HYMN OF THE DAY 451 “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

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

SERMON We’ve Got Nowhere To Go But To God (1 Kings 19:3-8)

  1. Giving up (3, 4)
  2. Getting help (5-7)
  3. Going on (8)

(Please stand)

NICENE CREED

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

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 Christian* 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.

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

(Please be seated)

OFFERING

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

(Please stand)

PRAYER FOR BLESSINGS ON THE CHURCH (CWAB, p 291, read by pastor)

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Marilyn Bredeson (Karin’s Stellick’s mother), David Broderick, Mike Brown, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Caleb & Emery Degenstein (Mark Emond’s friends), Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), RaeLynn Hodgkins (Beth Johnson’s daughter), Brian & Bonnie Harmon (Linda Lou Wacholtz’ sister & brother-in-law), Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Aspen Raelynn Lefeber (Barb Hoffman’s greatgrandaughter), Anna Madigan, Kerry & Lily Mann, Ruthie Marcelain (Dawn’s granddaughter), Wayne Riemer, Wilma Rudolph, Frankie Russell, Bob Schrank, Jennifer Strauss, Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother), Dennis & Romana Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Raymond Zacharias (Marilyn Riemer’s brother) – (added this week: )

– For our Vacation Bible School this past week (Mon–Fri) at St. John’s

– For our eight WELS congregations in Alaska and the Hmong mission at Faith–Anchorage

– For our communicants at St. John’s

NOTE: AT EMMANUEL, THE SERVICE CONTINUES WITH…

THE LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9-13 (contemporary version)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,

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

Give us today our daily bread.

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

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

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

Amen.

HYMN 473:1-3 “Savior, I Follow On” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

This christological hymn summarizes the sacrificial, earthly life of our Savior and the glory that is now his forever and ours through faith.

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING

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

M: The Lord bless you and keep you.

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

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

C: Amen.

CLOSING HYMN 473:4 “Savior, I Follow On” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

NOTE: AT ST. JOHN’S, THE SERVICE CONTINUES WITH…

THE SACRAMENT

PREFACE

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

M: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them up to the Lord.

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

C: It is good and right so to do.

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

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

Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9

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

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

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

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

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

Hosanna in the highest! How truly blest is He;

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

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

Deliver us from bondage-Hosanna, mighty Lord!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

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

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

By His incarnation, He became one with us.

By His perfect life, He fulfilled Your holy will.

By His innocent death, He overcame hell.

By His rising from the grave, He opened heaven.

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

C: Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9-13 (contemporary version)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,

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

Give us today our daily bread.

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

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

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

Amen.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:24-25

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

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

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

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: Amen

LAMB OF GOD Agnes Dei John 1:29 Jesus is God’s Lamb (Agnus Dei),who was offered as a sacrifice for sin once for all.

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(Please be seated)

DISTIBUTION HYMN 392 “Not Unto Us”, 473:1-3 “Savior, I Follow On” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

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

(Please stand)

SONG OF SIMEON Nunc Dimittis (sung to the tune of Hymn 166 “The Day of Resurrection”)

Luke 2:29-32

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

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

For I have seen Your promised incarnate, saving Word—

A Light that will enlighten all gloom where Gentiles dwell;

The brilliant, crowning glory of those in Israel!

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

All glory to the Spirit, forever three in one;

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

God’s triune name resounding through all eternity.

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

C: Amen.

BLESSING

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

M: The Lord bless you and keep you.

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

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

C: Amen.

CLOSING HYMN 473:4 “Savior, I Follow On” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost:

Eating Spiritual Food Equals Believing In Christ

Note: Please give your completed friendship register page to an usher or pastor as you leave today’s service.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK AUGUST 12-AUGUST 18
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
Mon. 7:00 P.M. Stewardship/Evangelism meeting at St. John’s
Tues. 9:00 A.M. Elders meeting at St. John’s
6:30 P.M. Men’s Bible Study
Wed. 6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
7:00 P.M. St. John’s Council meeting
Thurs.
Fri.
Sat. 12:00 P.M. Father Marquette Days Float & Parade at Montello City Park
SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost:

Eating Spiritual Food Equals Believing In Christ

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:15 A.M. School Registration & Photos at St. John’s

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him/her.”

SCHOOL REGISTRATION AND PICTURES As we prepare for this school year, there are a few upcoming dates to keep in mind. REGISTRATION for St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School and Little Lambs will be next Sunday, August 19 at 11:15a.m. and Monday, August 20 at 6:00p.m. Both will be held at St. John’s in Pastor’s office. SCHOOL PHOTOS will be taken during registration times.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY A great turnout last week for the first of three summer Men’s Bible Classes! Tuesday night at 6:30PM we do it again. Joshua’s Last Lecture teaches about “blind” faith and the old adage, “practice what you preach.” Meet in the church basement.

CARDS The cards have been restocked! They are located in the lower level of St. John’s. Come check them out and see what’s new!

“WHO IS FATHER MARQUETTE?” is the theme for this year’s Father Marquette Day’s Parade downtown Montello on Saturday 8/18 at 12pm. Come meet FM’s lost cousin (see pic) on our church float as he welcome Indians and Pioneers to “paddle” their canoe and kayaks to his tent church. Float riders and walkers are welcome to help us set up Saturday morning in the St. John’s parking lot, and ride/walk in the parade, and join us for face-painting, food, and fun at parade’s end–Montello City Park.

ST. JOHN’S A/V ROOM–HELP WANTED Our current audio/visual crew (Tracy Hoffman & Aaron Wachholz) welcomes more members to learn what they do to create and show PowerPoint services on the big screen, record services to create DVD’s and upload to our church website, operate the sound system, etc. “Many hands make light work.”

ST JOHN’S STREAMING ON YOUTUBE Church services are now streaming live to our YouTube channel. To find St. John’s YouTube channel, simply visit our website: www.stjohnsmontello.org/ and click on the VIDEO link in the top menu. Prior videos can be watched on this page or you can click the link to our YouTube channel page where services can be watched live, as they happen. Be sure to subscribe on Youtube and click the bell icon in the upper right corner of YouTube to get notified of new videos and live streams.

C:\Users\lwachholz.STJOHN\Downloads\Jennifer & Luke.jpgLET’S CELEBRATE MISSIONS WITH OUR WELS MISSIONARIES IN RUSSIA, LUKE & JENNIFER WOLFGRAMM!

Plan to attend!! We are blessed to have another full day of celebrating missions on Sunday, August 26, with special services at 8 a.m. at Emmanuel and at 10 a.m. at St. John’s. A freewill offering will be taken at both services to support the work in Russia.

Pastor Wolfgramm will lead morning worship with what he calls a “Sermontation,” which will combine the morning sermon with a power point presentation about Russia. Then, following the St. John’s service, ALL are invited for a summer “piknik” lunch (Freewill Offering) in the lower level around *11:15 a.m. The Wolfgramms will then do a tag-team mission presentation, that will be completely different from the morning “sermontation,” beginning around *12:00 p.m. (*Times are approximate.)

See the source imageALTAR FLOWERS If you would like to have flowers put on the altar for a special occasion or just to add beauty to St. John’s, please contact our Altar Ladies, Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036 or Elaine Kelm 920-344-0025, and they can have it arranged. Thank you.

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
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St. John’s Altar Committee:

August 2018

Jennie Utke

&

Susan Brown

St. John’s Greeter Schedule
August 12 Phyllis Farrell & Pat Henning
August 19 Jim & Diane Eisermann
August 26 Wayne & Marilyn Riemer
Usher Schedule
August 5

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Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause, Richard Freitag

Wayne Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Paul Dahlke, comm. assist. Brian Ninnemann

August 12

(with comm) SJ

E

Jack Yates; Chief, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick

Lucas Stelter, Paul Wuerch, Joe Heller

August 19

SJ

E

Don Smith; Chief, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz

Don Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

August 26

(with comm) SJ

E

Kenon Smith; Chief, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz

Brian Ninnemann, Warren Buchholz, Don Stelter

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS

Monday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Tuesday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Wednesday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Thursday – 8:00am-2:00pm

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website & Facebook link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

https://www.facebook.com/St-Johns-Evangelical-Lutheran-Church-107160252675/

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann

Teacher Cassie Doering

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

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

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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BULLETIN- MAY 13, 2018 – THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

ST. JOHN’S & EMMANUEL

Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Montello & Mecan, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

MOTHER’S DAY

MAY 13, 2018


WELCOME GUEST PASTOR JOHN DOLAN

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH!

We extend a warm welcome to everyone this morning, especially our visitors. In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar, and other bits of information. In the red hymn book you’ll find the hymns we sing and the order of service that we follow. Restrooms and a nursery area are located in the lobby. May God bless our worship!

 

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP

Almighty God, your Son our Savior was taken up in glory and intercedes for us at your right hand. Through your living and abiding Word, give us hearts to know him and faith to follow where he has gone. Bless our worship today and every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Our ascended Lord is in heaven, where he sits at the Father’s right hand and prays for his Church.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

The Common Service (hymnal page 15)

NOTE: AT ST. JOHN’S…

SUNDAY SCHOOL SINGS “Jesus’ Ascension” & “Oh, He’s King of Kings” (in place of opening hymn)

NOTE: AT EMMANUEL…

OPENING HYMN 175 “Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise”

(printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

LITURGY The Common Service (hymnal page 15, read & sung responsively)

(Please be seated for today’s Bible readings)

TODAY’S THEME The 7th Sunday of Easter (Mother’s Day): The Ascended Lord, Our Great High Priest, Prepares His Church for Its Work

FIRST LESSON Acts 1: 15-26

Preparation by the disciples for witnessing to the world

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus—he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.”

(With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)

“For,” said Peter, “it is written in the book of Psalms,

”‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’and,” ‘May another take his place of leadership.’

Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”

So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

PSALM 8 (hymnal page 67, cantor sings first line, congregation sings second line, all sing refrains and Gloria)

SECOND LESSON 1 John 4:13-21

We love because he first loved us

We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

VERSE OF THE DAY Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Alleluia. (John 14:18)

After the Verse of the Day is read, all sing:

“Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!” (hymnal page 18a)

 

(Please stand)

After the announcement of the Gospel, all sing:

“Glory be to you, O Lord!” (hymnal page 18b)

GOSPEL John 17:11b-19 (today’s sermon text)

Jesus prays that his disciples may be protected and sent out into the world

Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

After the Gospel, all sing:

“Praise be to you, O Christ!”

APOSTLES’ CREED (hymnal page 19, all read)

(Please be seated)

At Emmanuel, all children ages 2-6 are invited to the parish hall for Nursery Sunday School.

HYMN 359 “Jesus, My Great High Priest” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON John 17:11b-19

“Your High Priest Prays For You, Me & FRAN”

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 20a, all sing)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

OFFERING PRAYER

(Please stand)

MOTHER’S DAY PRAYER

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Caleb & Emery Degenstein (Mark Emond’s friends), Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Brian & Bonnie Harmon (Linda Lou Wacholtz’ sister & brother-in-law), Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Mary Isberner, Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Anna Madigan, Kerry & Lily Mann, Ruthie Marcelain (Dawn’s granddaughter), Sherry Miller (Candace Sonnenberg’s sister), Steve Parrish, Wayne Riemer, Wilma Rudolph, Bob Schrank, Bill Schroeder (Ashley’s father-in-law), Carol Schumann, Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother), Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon – (added this week: Carol Schumann, Paul Weldon)
– For Todd Dahlke, WELS principal and upper grades teacher currently serving at Trinity–Marshfield, who was called by the Lord though his Church at our 4/29 St. John’s Voters Call meeting to serve at St. John’s Lutheran School as 5-8 teacher and principal
– For Martin Luther College graduates and teachers assigned to serve the Lord in WELS schools

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

*NOTE: AT EMMANUEL…

LITURGY (hymnal page 25)

(Please be seated)

HYMN 411:1-2 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING

CLOSING HYMN 411:3 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

*NOTE: AT ST. JOHN’S…

HOLY COMMUNION LITURGY (hymnal page 21, sung & read responsively)

(Please be seated for the distribution)

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

DISTRIBUTION HYMN 173 “On Christ’s Ascension I Now Build”, 411:1-2 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

SONG OF SIMEON, CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal page 24-25)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 411:3 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theme for Next Sunday, May 20, 2018:

Africa Mission Festival–The Day of Pentecost:

The Spirit Gives Life

Note: Please give your completed friendship register page to an usher or pastor as you leave today’s service.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK MAY 13-MAY 19
Sun. MOTHER’S DAY
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:20 A.M. Emmanuel Nursery Sunday School

(final Sunday School class before summer break)

8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School

(final Sunday School class before summer break)

10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
Mon. 6:30 P.M. Senior Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 6:00 P.M. Westfield High School Social Media Awareness Presentation
6:30 P.M. Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s
Wed. 10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
1:40 P.M. SJS/LL early dismissal
2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s
6:00 P.M. St. John’s Stewardship/Evangelism meeting
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
Thurs.
Fri.
Sat.
SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, May 20, 2018

Africa Mission Festival–The Day of Pentecost: The Spirit Gives Life

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Mission Festival Worship
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Mission Festival Worship

(meal, presentation by Cameroon Missionary Dan Kroll)

 


See the source imageLIFETOUCH PHOTOS If you were unable to schedule a photo session through Lifetouch for our new church directory and would still like to be in it in order to receive your copy FREE, please send your photo to Pastor Pete or Ciara BY JUNE 14TH. You may also schedule Ciara to take your picture 608-297-2866. Thank you.

WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL MEDIA AWARENESS PRESENTATION Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00p.m.!

Childcare, snacks & refreshments will be provided.
If you require childcare, email ages with registration to bourmanm@westfield.k12.wi.us
Social media today is more accessible and popular than ever. It can be a risky and dangerous place for children and young adults. Join us to learn about various types of social media, popular apps including what they look like and their capabilities, and the dangers predators and how they infiltrate popular apps. A live demonstration will be conducted to show how quick a juvenile can be targeted by online predators. Come join us and learn valuable information and resources necessary to create and maintain a safe online environment for our youth in Marquette County.
Sponsored By: Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, Westfield Elementary PTO, Westfield Middle School FIE , Thrivent Financial, St. John’s Church/School Montello, Marquette Adams Telephone Company, & Westfield School District Counseling Departments.

See the source imageMEN’S BIBLE STUDY Jesus says to take up your cross. Why? Do I have to? What does that mean anyway? We will be answering questions like that at the Men’s Bible class this month. “Jesus Cross- and Yours!” is the topic. Come join at 6:30pm in St. John’s lower level, Pastor Dolan is leading a 5-week Men’s Bible Study. Questions? Contact Pastor D at: 608-297-1075 or pastordolan@gmail.com

ST. JOHN’S LITTLE LAMBS
is now accepting enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year.  Registration forms are available in the office.  If you would like more information about Little Lambs please call the school at (608) 297-2866 to schedule a time to come visit Little Lambs.

MISSION FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY, MAY 20, OFFERS FOOD FOR BODY & SOUL.  Mark your calendars for a full day celebrating missions!  Cameroon, Africa, will be highlighted at mission festival services at 8 a.m. at Emmanuel and at 10 a.m. at St. John’s with Missionary Daniel Kroll.  A freewill offering will be taken at both services to support the work in Cameroon. 

   The day offers you a “4-Ps Mission Meal” of Preaching- Pasta-Pie- Presentation.  Pastor Kroll will share food for the soul as he preaches God’s Word at both worship services.  Then, ALL are invited for food for the body at a meal of pasta (lasagna) and homemade pie (Freewill Offering), at St. John’s, beginning around 11:30 a.m. and hosted as a Thrivent Action Team event by women of the LWMS.  Finally, more food for the soul as Missionary Kroll and his wife Karen do a tag-team presentation about Cameroon at St. John’s.

C:\Users\secretary\Downloads\842x342-Missions-Cameroon1.jpg    The Lutheran Church of Cameroon (LCC) is on a journey to build up the church and the faith of her members in a land filled with ancestor worship, witchcraft, and false teachers.  Ten seminarians are finishing the second of their five-year seminary. This is big news as there have been no new pastors since 1999—when these men graduate, their pastorate will have more than doubled!  Your prayer and monetary support is vital.  Cameroon currently operates on project funds rather than being part of the WELS budget.


VOTING INFORMATION FOR ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY SOCIETY (LWMS) All confirmed women are eligible to vote for officers on the International Board of Directors and for mission projects for 2018-2019. A voting station is located in the linkway today. Voting continues through Sunday, May 20. Results of this voting will be announced at the LWMS Convention in Green Bay in June.

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

Usher Schedule
May 13 SJ

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Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz, James Kunde, Ken Borzick

Brian Ninnemann, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

May 20 SJ

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Jack Yates; Chief, Ben Emond, Tyler Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke

Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, Joe Heller

May 27 SJ

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Don Smith; Chief, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall

Darrell Buchholz, Bob Ferber, Paul Dahlke

St. John’s Greeter Schedule
May 13 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
May 20 Al & Carolyn Rosenthal
May 27 Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
5-6 5-9 Ascension 100 15 120 22
St. John’s Altar Committee

May 2018

Jennie Utke

&

Susan Brown

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website & Facebook link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

https://www.facebook.com/St-Johns-Evangelical-Lutheran-Church-107160252675/

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Principal Tim Hemling (608) 745-2549

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Sandra Hemling (608) 745-2776

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

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

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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BULLETIN- THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT MARCH 4, 2018

EMMANUEL and ST. JOHN’S

Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Mecan and Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT

MARCH 4, 2018


WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors. In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information. In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you. Restrooms and nursery area are located the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and “link-way” at St. John’s. It’s nice to have you visit today. May God bless our worship together!

THE SEASON OF LENT During the six Sundays of Lent (before Easter Sunday), God invites us to take an honest look at ourselves and REPENT–to turn away from sin and to turn toward Jesus for forgiveness and life. In today’s Scripture readings, God first teaches us the LAW, (summarized in the 10 commandments) that shows us our sin and need for a Savior. God then teaches us the GOSPEL (the good news of Jesus) that shows us our Savior, “Christ crucified” in whom we trust and whose message we proclaim.

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Divine Jesus Rescues Us From God’s Law – The season of Lent has historically been a time for Christians to meditate on Jesus’ passion.  His suffering and death atoned for the sins we committed.  Therefore, Lent is the “serious season” of the church year where we Christians put an extra emphasis on recognizing and confessing our own sins.  Congregations that have special mid-week services are able to make the tone somber and reflective.  The Sundays in Lent, however, serve as “mini Easters” where the readings and hymns bring joy and comfort to the believer who is reflecting on his/her own sins and Jesus’ passion during this season. The third Sunday in Lent reminds us of God’s perfect law and his holy demand that we fear and love him.  Thankfully, Jesus has fulfilled God’s law in our place.

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP

From the cross Your wisdom shining,

breaking forth in conquering might;

From the cross forever beaming,

all Your bright redeeming light.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to You who light does send.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end. (Hymn 280:4)

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

“The Common Service” (hymnal page 15)

PASTOR’S GREETING

Note: At St. John’s…

ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL GRADES 2-4 SING “The Walk to Calvary” (in place of opening hymn)

Note: At Emmanuel…

ADULT CHOIR SINGS “O Crucified Messiah” (in place of opening hymn)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 15, read & sung responsively)

PRAYER OF THE DAY

LITURGY (hymnal page 17b, read & sung responsively)

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

SCRIPTURE READING THEME

Repent!

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Exodus 20:1-17

(today’s sermon text underlined: verses 1-6)

At Mt. Sinai God gives Moses the Ten Commandments–a summary of His Law

And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

“You shall not murder.

“You shall not commit adultery.

“You shall not steal.

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

PSALM 19 (hymnal page 70, lectern side sings the first line, pulpit side sings the second line, all sing refrains and Gloria)

EPISTLE LESSON 1 Corinthians 1:22-25

The preaching of the cross is God’s wisdom

Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

VERSE OF THE DAY Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. (John3:14,15)

(Alleluias are omitted during Lent)

(Please stand)

After the announcement of the Gospel, all sing:

“Glory be to you, O Lord!”

GOSPEL LESSON John 2:13-22

Jesus clears the temple–a call to repentance

When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”

His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

After the reading of the Gospel, all sing:

“Praise be to you, O Christ”

NICENE CREED (hymnal page 18b, all read)

(Please be seated)

At Emmanuel, all children ages 2-6 are invited to Nursery Sunday School in the parish hall.

SERMON HYMN 286 “The Law Commands and Makes Us Know” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON Exodus 20:1-6

“Our God Is King of the Hill”

1. A position he demands

2. A position he deserves

(Please stand after the sermon)

LITURGY (hymnal page 20, all sing)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS , FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS & WELS CONNECTION DVD

OFFERING PRAYER

(Please stand)

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

M: Dear heavenly Father, as we once again journey to the cross this Lenten season, we are humbled by your love for us and our sinful world. We thank you for the gift of your Son, our Savior, and for all you have given us.

C: We especially thank you for your spiritual gifts: for your Holy Word and Sacraments, for the forgiveness of sins in Jesus, and for our eternal home in heaven.

M: We give you thanks for making us valuable sons and daughters to you through the perfect life and redeeming death of our dear Savior, Jesus.

C: Our noble purpose in life – to be your witnesses, your ambassadors, your co-workers in things eternal – is more than we could ever expect or deserve!

M: Father, forgive us when we do not reflect the value we have in Christ; when our lives fail in many ways to show we belong to you.

C: Forgive us when we do not value what you value – in our relationship to you, in our relationship to our families, and to the many others you have placed in our lives.

M: Lord Jesus, we ask that you would change us and strengthen us through the word we have heard to live our values in what we say and in what we do, so that others may know we value you above all.

C: Enable us to reflect your love with forgiving hearts, kind words, Christ-like actions and striking generosity.

M: Use us to share your saving gospel personally through gentle conversation with those we meet, through the outreach of our church in this community, and through eager support of missions around the world.

C: Throughout our lives, and even at death, help us to leave a legacy of faithful devotion to you, our Savior. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Chuck Boetcher, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Brian & Bonnie Harmon (Linda Lou Wacholtz’ sister & brother-in-law), Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Laurana Hoffman (Tim’s daughter), Drake Hunter (Bill & Cally’s grandson), Mary Isberner, Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Anna Madigan, Kerry & Lily Mann, Sherry Miller (Candace Sonnenberg’s sister), David & Janette Mottis (Ed & Marlene Buchholz’ niece and husband), Steve Parrish, Wilma Rudolph, Bob Schrank, Bill Schroeder (Ashley’s father-in-law), Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother) – (added this week: )
– For the family of Roger Stellick (Doug’s uncle) called home on 2/23
– For our communicants at Emmanuel

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

Note: At Emmanuel…

LITURGY FOR HOLY COMMUNION (hymnal page 21, sung & read responsively)

(Please be seated for Holy Communion)

At St. John’s and Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Churches 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 313 “Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior, 285:1-2 “The Ten Commandments Are the Law” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 24-25a, sung & read responsively)

CLOSING HYMN 285:11-12 “The Ten Commandments Are the Law” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

Note: At St. John’s…

LITURGY (hymnal page 25)

(Please be seated)

HYMN 285:1-2 “The Ten Commandments Are the Law” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal page 25, read & sung responsively)

CLOSING HYMN 285:11-12 “The Ten Commandments Are the Law” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theme for next Sunday (3/11):

The Fourth Sunday in Lent: Faith Looks to Jesus

Note: Please give your completed friendship register page to an usher or pastor as you leave today’s service.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK MARCH 4-MARCH 10
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
8:20 A.M. Emmanuel Nursery Sunday School
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:15 A.M. St. John’s teacher call meeting
Mon. 9:00 A.M. Pastor’s Study Club at St. John’s – Montello
6:00 P.M. Hands In Prayer meeting at St. John’s
6:30 P.M. Senior Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 9:00 A.M. St. John’s Elders meeting
6:00 P.M. Joint Ministry Study Committee meeting at St. John’s
Wed. 10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs early dismissal
2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation class at St. John’s
3:30 P.M. Emmanuel Devotion
4:15 P.M.-6:00P.M. Lenten Supper
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Devotion
Thurs. 10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center devotion
6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level
Fri.
Sat.
SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018

Theme for next Sunday (3/11):

 The Fourth Sunday in Lent: Faith Looks to Jesus

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:20 A.M. Emmanuel Nursery Sunday School
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion

ST. JOHN’S OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN-UP The signup sheet is located in the church link way. Please sign up if you wish to have a copy of your 2017 offering statement.

See the source image2017 OFFERING STATEMENTS If you have signed up to receive your 2017 offering statement, please pick it up in the link way.

CHURCH PHOTOGRAPHY SIGN-UP If you would like to be put on a sign-up list for your photography session for our new church directory, please fill out some information on the sign-up sheet located in the church link way. Ciara will sign you up and give you a confirmation call with your date and time of session. We will also have some volunteers in the office for online sign-up on Sunday, March 11, from 9:00am to 10:00am and then after church, 11:00am to 12:00pm. Stop on by!

EASTER FLOWER ORDER There will be a sign-up in the church link way for those who would like to order Easter flowers this year. The deadline is March 18.

LENTEN SUPPERS March 7, 4:15p.m. – 6:00p.m.

Hosted by the HANDS IN PRAYER! A free will offering will be taken.

What’s on the Menu? White chicken chili, chicken soup, chili, fixings, cheese and sausage tray, desserts, coffee and milk. See you there!

See the source imageHELP WANTED! St. John’s is in need of some volunteers to help clean the church. Let’s do our part and take care of God’s house that he has blessed us with! If you are interested, please contact the office.

ARE YOU HIP?! (HANDS IN PRAYER) HIP GROUP would like to invite you to join them March 5th, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the church lower level to see what they are all about. We enjoy Christian fellowship and crochet, knit, quilt, or tie prayer shawls (lap blankets) and other crafty items for congregational members that might need to be uplifted, are dealing with an illness, or just to show a little encouragement. Craftiness is not required and we are willing to teach anyone who might be interested. If you have questions call Bernice Wegner at (608) 297-7185.

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Part of this spring’s Easter for Kids will be a baby animal petting zoo. The event is Saturday, March 24. Would you have any of the following baby animals on that day that you would allow us to borrow? OR do you have leads and contact numbers of someone who might? Kittens, puppies, bunnies, chicks, ducklings, lamb, kids (goats), piglets—we are also open to suggestions. We already have some of the babies lined up, but we would like backup! Please contact Linda Wachholz at 608 369-2635 or lwmsreporter@stjohnsmontello.org


EASTER FOR KIDS DONATIONS APPRECIATED Planning for 75 children on Saturday, March 24.  Monetary gifts help the most—used for advertising, mailings, crafts, baskets, anything & everything for the event. We appreciate donations of home-crafted items for the baskets.  Volunteers are still needed to bake for the baskets & make jello jigglers for the lunch. Volunteers to help the day of the event are also welcome. Please contact Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635 to donate or volunteer.

Still collecting plain print-free ice cream pails (ValuTime brand at Frietags or others) for coming years.  Donation box located in linkway.

kids colorful wordPRE-REGISTER FOR EASTER FOR KIDS Any child, age 3 through Grade 6, is welcome to attend Easter for Kids at St. John’s on Saturday, March 24.  This is an outreach program–it would be great if St. John’s & Emmanuel kids who attend would invite a non-member or unchurched friend! Register online www.stjohnsmontello.org  Get registration forms at both churches, in Monday Magazine, on church & school Facebook, & on public bulletin boards around Montello. This year’s theme is “Jesus—Giver of New Life.”  Storytime, singing, crafts, baby animal petting zoo, egg hunt, & more bring the true meaning of Easter to the children.  Deadline

EASTER FOR

is Friday, March 16.

SPRING MISSION OFFERINGS are being collected by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society through Sunday, March 25. Containers are located in the entrance at St. John’s and Emmanuel—Please give your gift at the church where you are a member. 75% of gifts given will support Beaver Dam Circuit projects—HM/Hmong Evangelist Training & WM/Apache Christian Training School (ACTS). 25% of gifts given will support home & world mission projects described on the poster by the container and will be presented at the next LWMS Convention, June 21-24, in Green Bay. Gifts welcome from all who love missions!

SEND ONE SISTER PROGRAM assists women who would like to attend the LWMS Convention as a first-time attendee. This year’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society Convention will be held June 21-24 in Green Bay, and it’s time to register! Registration materials are available from your reporter (Helen Stelter at Emmanuel; Linda Wachholz at St. John’s). If you have never attended but have thought you might like to attend this mission-packed weekend, you are encouraged to complete a Send One Sister application, also available from your church’s reporter. The Beaver Dam Circuit Board will be holding a Silent Auction at it spring rally to raise SOS funds which will be given to first-time attendees from our circuit to help with their expenses. Why don’t YOU apply!! Deadline: April 15, 2018

YOU ARE INVITED TO HELP WITH A SERVICE PROJECT FOR CAMP PHILLIP-WAUTOMA 1) Donate items on the Camp Wish List (copies at the collection boxes at both churches) and/or 2) Donate monetary gifts towards Camp Phillip’s present $500,000 building project. Please give monetary gifts to the LWMS reporter at your church (Helen Stelter at Emmanuel; Linda Wachholz at St. John’s). Your LWMS sisters thank you for supporting your WELS Lutheran area camp! Collecting through April 15.

WEDNESDAY LENTEN DEVOTIONS “Jesus, Our Great High Priest” (based on the New Testament book of Hebrews) is the theme for this year’s midweek Lenten devotions that began Ash Wednesday, 2/14 3:30 p.m. at Emmanuel and 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s. Supper will be served in the St. John’s lower level from 4:15–6:00 p.m. “Jesus, I will ponder now, on your holy passion.” (Hymn 98)

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): If a church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.

LUTHER PREPARATORY SCHOOL SACRED SPRING CONCERT

Is Sunday, March 11th at 2:00pm in the Luther Prep gym.

THE LUTHERAN GIRL PIONEERS The Lutheran Girl Pioneers invites girls ages 8-15 to join us at the LGP International Camp July 29- August 4, 2018. We have many classes to choose, from canoeing to Zumba, from crocheting to archery.  There are also nightly campfires, daily devotions, and so much more!

LGP Camp is located at Camp Bird, Crivitz, Wisconsin.

You don’t have to be a member of Lutheran Girl Pioneers to come! Girls from all over the U.S. and Canada have joined us! Registrations come out in March.

For more information, email LGPcamp@gmail.com.

Lutheran Girl Pioneers serves girls of the WELS and ELS. For more information about LGP, email girlpioneers@gmail.com

See the source imageCONTEST! Box Tops, Kwik Trip, and Tyson a+ contest has started and ends on April 13th!  Each classroom will compete to see which room can collect the most items and the winning class room will win a “Taco Boat” party. Box Tops do have expiration dates, so if everyone could please turn in what you currently have as soon as possible, it would be much appreciated!  Thank you to everyone for supporting your school and have fun collecting!  Remember that family and friends are happy to help!  Good luck!

See the source imageBECOME A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER! Our volunteers touch lives in the community every day. They are the heart and soul of the Red Cross and represent every age, gender, religion, race and ethnicity. There are so many ways you can help. Start your Red Cross story today.

Red Cross Informational Table on will be on Thursday, March 29 from 11am-1pm at the Montello Public Library. Speak with a Red Cross representative about volunteer opportunities across all lines of business. Contact Lee at 920.227.4286 for more information. Start your Red Cross story by visiting redcross.org/volunteer

Usher Schedule
March 4 E (with comm) Brian Ninneman, Paul Dahlke, Joe Heller, communion assist; Lucas Stelter
SJ Kenon Smith, Chief; Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann
March 7 E Don Stelter, Dave Radke
SJ Cal Kapp; Chief, Corey Kaul
March 11 SJ

(with comm)

James Wachholz; Chief, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner
E Wayne Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Jim Stuempges
St. John’s Greeter Schedule
March 4 Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith
March 11 James & Linda Wachholz
March 18 Scott & Debbie Ritz
March 25 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
2-25 2-28 54 61 163 66
St. John’s Altar Committee

March 2018

Diane Eisermann

&

Delores Cotte

 

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St. John’s & Emmanuel Lent & Holy Week Worship Schedule

Theme: Jesus Christ is Our High Priest

3/7/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 4 Pastor Mike Sheppard

Mt. Zion-Ripon

3/14/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 5 Pastor John Stelter

St. John’s-Princeton

3/21/18 Emm – 3:30p.m.

SJ – 6:30p.m.

Midweek 6 Pastor Pete Zietlow
3/29/18 Emm – 7:00p.m.

(communion)

Maundy Thursday Pastor Pete Zietlow
3/30/18 SJ – 1:00p.m.

(communion)

Good Friday Pastor Pete Zietlow
4/1/18 SJ – 6:00a.m. & 10:00a.m

Emm – 8:00a.m.

Easter Sunrise & Easter Service

Easter Service

Pastor Pete Zietlow

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website & Facebook link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

https://www.facebook.com/St-Johns-Evangelical-Lutheran-Church-107160252675/

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Principal Tim Hemling (608) 745-2549

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Sandra Hemling (608) 745-2776

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

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

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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