ST. JOHN’S & EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCHES
7th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – JULY 24, 2022
FOCUSED PRAYER CLAIMS WHAT GOD WANTS FOR US, NOT WHAT WE WANT FROM
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people…”
1 Timothy 2:1
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 & Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, we practice close
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.
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.
Focused Prayer Claims What God Wants for Us, Not What We Want from Him
In a sense, prayer comes naturally to us. We want so we ask. We hurt so we cry out. We are frustrated so we vent. We are blessed so we give thanks. So we sometimes define prayer as “speaking to God from the heart.” Seems so easy. What does not come naturally, however, is the focused prayer God wants for us. We need focus when it comes to the basis of our prayers. Our prayers are based entirely on the unique and unearned relationship with have with God, our Father. We also need focus when it comes to the content of our prayers. Yes, we can speak from the heart and ask for anything we want. But our Father invites us to pray specifically for the things he wants to give us. Prayer is the opportunity to bring our will into conformity with God’s will, not the other way around. We have much to learn about prayer. So, along with Jesus’ disciples, we say, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).
ORDER OF SERVICE The Service Setting 1 with communion – pg. 154
HYMNS 776, 725, 660, 721
SERMON Genesis 18:20-32 “Let’s Pray Like Abraham”
Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[a] 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[b] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” 27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?” “If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.” 29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.” 30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?” He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” 31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?” He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.” 32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
1 Timothy 2:1-7
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:
“‘Father,[a] hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.[b 3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.[c] And lead us not into temptation.[d]’” 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’
8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[e] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
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– For the sick and others facing trials…Caryl Bassett, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, Darlene Burrough (Judy Fandrey’s niece), Gene & Sharon 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), Jerry & Darlene Hunter (Bonnie Chapman’s parents), Ellie Kendall, Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob & Sandy Klapper, 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), Dixie Wagner, Betty & James Weber, Stacy Weisensel – (added this week: Ella Ninneman)
– For the family of John Goetz, our St. John’s member Janet’s husband, called home on 7/6 at the age of 66
– For the family of our Emmanuel member Edward Buchholz called home on 7/19 at the age of 90
– For marriage and family
– For those straying from the church
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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/School Email: scsecretary@inmarketsuccess_plx6m6
JULY 3 VOTERS’ MEETING HIGHLIGHTS Changes in Membership Releases: Tim & Amanda Gunderson & children Lucas, Ethan, & Elsie. Teen Confirmation: Cody Schultz, Kaleb Schumann, Jack Steuck, & Haiden Van Treeck. Transfers In: Kerrigan Stelter from St. John’s-Princeton via Teen Confirmation. Transfers Out: Don & Fern Hoffman to Christ Alone Lutheran Church-Thiensville 2022-2023 Budget approved as presented after discussion due to changes because of Christ Alone Lutheran Academy. Ministerial Scholarship Fund to be reactivated and a committee formed to explore funding options, management, and possible expansion of recipients to students in area Lutheran high schools.
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).
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