ST. JOHN’S & EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCHES
10th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – AUGUST 14, 2022
HARD TRUTH #1: WE WANT PEACE, BUT GOD’S WORD DIVIDES
WELCOME! WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE HERE!
We pray that you find comfort, peace and motivation
through God’s Word today.
At St. John’s, the restrooms are located in the link way, out
the church entry way, to the left and down the stairs. At
Emmanuel, they are located in the lower level, out the church
entry way and to the right. You may also find a nursery
changing station in the lower level of St. John’s.
In our worship bulletin, you will find an outline of today’s order of worship. The entire service can be found in the hymnal, up on the screen on Sunday at St. John’s and livestreamed www.stjohnsmontello.org.
We Want Peace, But God’s Word Divides
We often divide humanity into groupings that are not really significant: this ethnic group versus that one, men versus women, wealthy versus the poor. Yet, every ethnic group is under God’s law. That law convicts both men and women of sin. Because of sin, the wealthy and the poor will both die. Only through faith in Christ is sin forgiven and the sting of death removed. God’s Word creates that saving faith, but not in everyone who hears it. Fallen man retains the awful power to resist the working of the Spirit inside him… to reject the gift of faith. Therefore, God’s Word produces the only people grouping that ultimately matters: believers and unbelievers. We want to overcome division and live in peace with other people. Here is a hard truth: total peace is impossible for the believer to achieve. Those who embrace the gospel in faith will inevitably face hostility and opposition. Following Jesus will come at a price. Yet he promises us our perseverance will be rewarded.
ORDER OF SERVICE The Service Setting 2 – pg. 172
HYMNS 870, 590, 838, 876
PSALM 4A “Answer Me When I Call”
SERMON Luke 12:49-53 “The Other Baptism Is the One That Hurts”
“Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away? 24 Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. 25 “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ 26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds? 27 They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship. 28 Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord. 29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”[a] 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
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– For the sick and others facing trials…Caryl Bassett, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, Darlene Burrough (Judy Fandrey’s niece), Gene Crook, Florence Dahlke, Vicki Davis (Marilyn Riemer’s sister), Reinold Eckelberg, Ken Elmer (Sally’s husband), Earl Ewert, Judy Freitag, Donna Gatzke, Kelleen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Hunter Habersat (Judy Fandrey’s grandson), Kim Hanko (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Jerry & Darlene Hunter (Bonnie Chapman’s parents), John Kelm, Ellie Kendall, Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob & Sandy Klapper, Jeff Krueger (Diane Hintz’s son), Robert Lederer (Jackie & Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Thomas Marcelain (Dawn’s son), Ella Ninneman (Brian & Kathy’s granddaughter), Karen Radke, Wayne Riemer, Sierra Schmidt (Linda Lou Wacholtz’s grand-daughter), Wanda Sellnow (Principal Larry Sellnow’s mother), Pat Sommerfeld, Tom Stempniak (Carol’s husband), Irvin Stuckey (prospective member), Betty & James Weber, Stacy Weisensel – (added this week: Kim Hanko)
NEW – For the family of our Emmanuel member, Sharon Crook, called home on 8/9
– For missions
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Pastor Pete Zietlow: 608-408-7830, Email: zietlowPL6@hotmail.com
Principal & 6-8 Grade Teacher: Larry Sellnow: 616-822-6689
3-5 Grade Teacher: Katlynn Tindall: 262-352-7021
1-2 Grade Teacher: Shelley Myers: 920-285-7554
Kindergarten Teacher: Lynn Sellnow: 616-826-0816
Little Lambs Director: Barbara Stelter: 816-853-9029
Church/School Secretary/Office: Ciara Neuhauser: 608-297-2866
Church/School Address: 313 E Montello St. Montello, WI 53949
Church Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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CHURCH SECRETARY The St John, Montello and Emmanuel congregations are seeking a candidate to fill a full-time church secretary position. The primary duties would include:
* Answer phone, emails, and various correspondence
* Sort and send mail
* Control building security
* Generate various computer programs
* Financial management
* Prepare church bulletin and PowerPoint
* Manage church membership on Shepherd Staff program
* Manage calendar/scheduling and lower-level rental
* Manage Little Lambs preschool files
* Church Facebook management
* Holiday worship planning/advertising
* Payroll submission to treasurer (monthly)
* Manage various shared group forms
* Prepare for Voters meeting (quarterly)
* Prepare offering statements and envelopes (yearly)
The salary is negotiable and contingent upon qualifications and experience.
Additionally, the congregations are in urgent need of volunteers to assist with these duties until the position is filled.
If you are interested in this position or wish to assist on a temporary basis, please reach out to:
Phone: (608) 297-2866, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HELPERS NEEDED & YOU’D BE GREAT! The Everyone Outreach team will soon be sharing personal invitations with our Montello neighbors to the events of our St. John’s September 10-11 kickoff weekend. Help us extend our hand of friendship around Montello and invite community members to this weekend of fun, faith, and fellowship. The invitations and materials we will share include:
* FREE Saturday evening outdoor concert by Branches Band;
* Open doors for any child to a fresh Sunday school year with a Fruit of the Spirit emphasis;
* Open doors for anyone to One by One, a study & discussion series that will implore us to treat every soul as a precious treasure;
* A specially planned Kickoff Sunday service;
* A get-acquainted picnic for everyone!
The invitations will be delivered in the community between Saturday, August 20, and Saturday, August 27. If you could help, please contact James (608-369-4006) or Linda (608-369-2635) Wachholz for more details! Bring a friend, gather a team of friends, or make it a family affair! All ages are welcome to help! And keep watching for more information about the events of Kickoff Weekend!
WE NEED A SCHOOL SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL COACH! If you are interested in coaching, please call Mr. Sellnow 616-822-6689.
TEACHER INSTALLATION FOR BARBARA STELTER, LITTLE LAMBS DIRECTOR SAVE THE DATE: August 21
Located in the link way at St. John’s and entry way of Emmanuel, you will find a gift box. If you would like to give a gift to Barbara, we will be collecting gas cards as she will be driving back and forth from Princeton.We will present these to her at her installation at St. John’s.
PLASTIC PILL BOTTLES FOR CENTRAL AFRICA MEDICAL MISSION ARE AGAIN BEING COLLECTED at both churches. by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS). Collection containers can be found in the linkway at St. John’s and in the parish hall at Emmanuel. Please hand in ONLY bottles which: 1) have the labels removed. 2) have been washed, and 3) have any sticky residue from the labels removed completely (Goo Gone suggested).