Easter Sunrise Worship
April 21, 2019
St. John’s Lutheran Church
St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church
313 East Montello St.
Montello, WI 53949
Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church
W1568 Evergreen Lane
Montello, WI 53949
W E L C O M E T O O U R C H U R C H
We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors. In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information. In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you. Restrooms and nursery area are located in the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and link-way at St. John’s. It’s nice to have you visit today. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Welcome to God’s house! May God bless our worship together.
G O D ’ S W O R D F O R T O D A Y
As “morning breaks upon the tomb” (CW 159) its gaping entrance and vacant depths stir a mixture of emotions among Jesus’ followers. But with proclamation of the resurrection, ignorance turns to understanding and sorrow changes to joy. With the rising of the sun faith-filled hearts soar to proclaim the angels’ message: He is risen!
Treasures in Heaven
Don’t be alarmed!…Why do you seek the living among the dead?…You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene who was crucified….He is not here; he has risen!…See the place where they have laid him…Remember how he told you while he was still with you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again…He is Risen!
HYMN 149 stanzas 1-4 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
P: Christ is risen!
C: (spoken) He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P: Brothers and sisters in Christ, on this joyous resurrection morning, we celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ’s passing over from death to life. We celebrate his victory over death, and our deliverance from the bondage of sin and darkness to everlasting light.
C: Death has been swallowed up in victory! Alleluia!
THE EASTER ACCOUNT John 20:1-18
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she left and ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,” she told them, “and we don’t know where they put him!” – 3 So Peter and the other disciple went out, heading for the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and got to the tomb first. 5 Bending over, he saw the linen cloths lying there, yet he did not go in. – 6 Then Simon Peter, who was following him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there. 7 The cloth that had been on Jesus’ head was not lying with the linen cloths but was folded up in a separate place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who arrived at the tomb first, also entered. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not yet understand the Scripture that he must rise from the dead.) – 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes. – 11 But Mary stood outside facing the tomb, weeping. As she wept, she bent over, looking into the tomb. 12 She saw two angels in white clothes sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” – She told them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they have laid him.” – 14 After she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not know it was Jesus. – 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” – Supposing he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you carried him off, tell me where you laid him, and I will get him.” – 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” – She turned and replied in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means, “Teacher”). 17 Jesus told her, “Do not continue to cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father—to my God and your God.’” – 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” She also told them the things he said to her. (The Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV), New Testament & Psalms ©2017)
HYMN 141 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
OFFERING OF GIFTS AND PRAYERS
During this time, please sign our Friendship Registers and greet one another.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: Almighty God, who through your only‑begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life‑giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: (spoken) Amen.
+ Treasures in Heaven +
Jesus taught us to lay up treasures in heaven, not on earth. His resurrection reminds us that while the things of earth are temporary, we have the precious gift of everlasting life with him awaiting us.
P: In Colossians 3:1-4, St. Paul writes: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
C: Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
HYMN 145 stanzas 1-3, 5 Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won
P: In Matthew 6 Jesus instructed us in his Sermon on the Mount to store up treasures in heaven.
C: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. (6:19-20)
P: The reason for doing so links this command to the desire of our hearts.
C: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (6:21)
P: How do we store up treasures in heaven? We are to treasure the Lord Jesus most of all.
C: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)
P: When we live sacrificially for Jesus’ sake or serve Him by serving the body of Christ, we store up treasure in heaven. Even seemingly small acts of service do not go unnoticed by God.
C: If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward. (Matthew 10:42)
HYMN 143 stanzas 1, 4, 5 He’s Risen, He’s Risen
P: The treasures that await the child of God will far outweigh any trouble, inconvenience, or persecution we may face. Romans 8:18 says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” We can serve the Lord wholeheartedly, knowing that God is the One keeping score, and His reward will be abundantly gracious.
C: Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinth.15:58)
P: The bottom line is this: It’s not all about us. Though the things of this world may appear to hold all we want or need, God knows this is not so. The apostle Paul knew this when he wrote in Colossians 3, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
C: Then, by the power of God’s Holy Spirit, through faith we can put off our old self and put on the new-creation to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
P: Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection from the grave transforms the lives of those who believe in Him for salvation.
C: When we pray, let our words be humble and our thoughts centered on the magnitude of what God has done for us through the redemptive work of His Son.
Let us pray together:
Dearest Father, many times we ask you for unreasonable things with which to satisfy ourselves. Remind us on this Day of Resurrection that only you give what is good. Help us to live-and pray-as you would have us do. And teach us to seek only those things that are above. We pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Offering of Gifts and Prayer
P: You have come again to the empty tomb. You are loved, forgiven, and made new. You are a resurrection people.
C: We have passed out of death into life!
P: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
C: (spoken) Amen.
THE RESURRECTION CHAPTER 1 Corinthians 15
50 Now I say this, brothers: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, and what is perishable is not going to inherit what is imperishable. 51 Look, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 But once this perishable body has put on imperishability, and this mortal body has put on immortality, then what is written will be fulfilled: Death is swallowed up in victory .55 Death, where is your sting? Grave, where is your victory? 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 58 Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
HYMN 149 stanzas 1-6 Christ the Lord is Risen Today
As you leave today’s service, please give your completed Friendship Register sheet to an usher or pastor.
|Activities for the week of April 21-April 27|
|8:00 A.M.||Easter Festival Service at Emmanuel|
|9:00 A.M.||Easter Breakfast at Emmanuel in the parish hall|
|10:00 A.M.||Easter Festival at St. John’s|
|No St. John’s School/Little Lambs|
|7:30 P.M.||Adult Bible Study at St. John’s|
|Tues.||St. John’s School/Little Lambs resumes|
|4:15 P.M.||St. John’s Softball Game Home vs. North Fond du Lac on St. John’s ball diamond|
|6:30 P.M.||St. John’s Council meeting|
|Wed.||8:00 A.M.||St. John’s School Chapel|
|10:00 A.M.||Adult Bible Study at St. John’s|
|3:45 P.M.||Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s|
|4:00 P.M.||St. John’s Softball Game Away vs. Redeemer|
|6:30 P.M.||St. John’s Worship|
|8:00 A.M.||St. John’s School Teen Confirmation|
|10:00 A.M.||Montello Care Center Devotion with communion|
|6:00 P.M.||St. John’s Joint Worship Committee meeting|
|Theme for Next Sunday April 28, 2019
Easter Sunday: “Joy in the Risen Lord!”
|8:00 A.M.||Emmanuel Worship|
|8:30 A.M.||St. John’s Sunday School|
|9:00 A.M.||Emmanuel Council meeting|
|9:00 A.M.||St. John’s Adult Bible Study|
|10:00 A.M.||St. John’s Worship with communion|
|11:15 A.M.||Bible Information Class begins at St. John’s|
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL of your fellow worshipers preparing their hearts for worship. If you are visiting with others, please keep your voices down. Thank you!
EMMANUEL EASTER BREAKFAST Today, following the 8:00 AM Easter service, everyone is invited (members, friends and guests) for pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, ham and fruit. A Freewill Offering will be taken for Emmanuel’s Education Fund. The breakfast is supported by a Thrivent Action Team Project. Join us for food and fellowship in the Parish Hall.
USHER AND GREETER SCHEDULE If you are signed up to be a St. John’s usher and/or greeter, please pick up your April-May hard copy in St. John’s Information Room. Schedules will be available for pick up every 2 months.
NEW ACTS BIBLE STUDY After completing our Study of Matthew recently, our Monday 7:30pm & Wednesday 10am Adult Bible Class members & I began our study of the book of Acts making use of the Acts DVD–“the only dramatization using the actual scriptures…word for word from the New International Version.” Join us in the SJ conference room!
NEW MEMBERSHIP CLASS begins next week, Sunday 4/28 11:15am at St. John’s. Join us in the link-way conference room for an hour or so after the 10am SJ worship service.
PARKING DURING SCHOOL HOURS Please remember that if you plan to be at school or church during school hours, specifically around 7:30-8:00a.m. and 3:00-3:30p.m., to park in the back parking lot. We need to leave room in front of school for the buses to drop off/pick up our children properly. Thanks for understanding.
LITTLE LAMBS PRE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Pick up your 3K/4K registration form in the office today! Please help spread the word!
CHECK OUT OUR UPDATED INFORMATION ROOM This room is located at the top of St. John’s link way stairs and the church entry way. Here you will find bulletin boards labeled “Home Missions” and “World Missions”. Home Missions will provide information on what’s going on at St. John’s church and school. You will also find usher and greeter schedules, the church newsletter, children’s coloring sheets and crayons informational brochures and magazines, and other miscellaneous information related to our church and school. Please help yourself!
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|St. John’s Altar Committee
St. John’s Greeter Schedule
|April 21||Kay Maass & LuAnn Zieman|
|April 28||Ciara Neuhauser & Jennie Utke|
|May 5||Phyllis Farrell & Pat Henning|
|May 12||Jim & Diane Eisermann|
|April 21 Easter E
Sunrise 6:00am SJ
|Brian Ninnemann, Bob Ferber, Paul Dahlke
Cal Kapp; Chief, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher
James Wachholz; Chief, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith
|April 28 E
(with communion) SJ
|Darrell Buchholz, Jim Stuempges, Joe Heller
Jack Yates; Chief, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause, Richard Freitag
|May 5 (with communion) E
|DuWayne Sommerfeld, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wegner, Darrell Buchholz (comm. assist.)
Don Smith; Chief, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick
|May 12 E
(with communion) SJ
|Wayne Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann
Kenon Smith; Chief, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz