BULLETIN- November 10, 2019

 
EMMANUEL & ST. JOHN’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH
 November 10, 2019
Emmanuel & St. John’s
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
 

Welcome! Thank you for joining us for worship this morning. In our service we gather before our almighty God to offer him our worship and praise. We also gather to strengthen ourselves   through the study of God’s holy and powerful Word.

Restrooms are located in the link way (through the Information Room and down the stairs) at   St. John’s and lower level at Emmanuel.

Nursery In the lower level of both churches, the service is available to watch on TV and children have space for their needs. At St. John’s exiting church, it is located down the stairs to the left, to the link way, and down the stairs again to the left. At Emmanuel exiting church, it is located down the hallway to the right.

Welcome Home!
Our Need for Christian Community
The Lost Are Now Found
You Are Free to Be Yourself
You Are Perfectly Safe Here
You Have an Everlasting Family
You are Part of Christ’s Glorious Kingdom

The Season of End Time The Church Year comes a close in November with the season of End Time. In this season, we are reminded that we are living in the “last days” between Christ’s first coming at Christmas and his second coming on Judgment Day. The world could be ended at any time. For a believer, the end of his life or the end of the world is a wonderful thing! It means the beginning of a new and better existence in a much more glorious world than this one.

Our Worship Series: Welcome Home

The Holy Spirit wants believers to think of each other as family. Having a spiritual family is essential to our well-being. In this worship series, we look at how our Father knits us together in love and unity. We see the benefits of being part of this family. In the Church, Christ has given us a better home.

Our Theme for Today: Home, Where You Are Perfectly Safe

Twenty-one billion dollars. That is how much Americans spend annually on home security. We want our homes to be a place that our family can feel safe, where they can be apart from everything that can hurt them.

However, the reality is that no matter how many locks and alarms and cameras you might use to guard your house, you and your family are not perfectly safe. There is a greater danger than thieves … a greater threat than bullies. There is even something worse than physical death. Judgment Day is coming, and with it, the destruction of all creation. If that day comes and you are not prepared, you begin an eternal nightmare.

In the Church, our brother Jesus has given us a home that is indeed perfectly safe. Not even Judgment Day can touch it. Christians can look forward to Judgment Day with great anticipation. Even as “the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” (Psalm 46:2), we have Christ’s promise that we will be perfectly safe.

Order of Service for THE LAST JUDGMENT  
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X  Gathering  X

OPENING HYMN — 220                                             O’er the Distant Mountains Breaking

Please stand

INVOCATION

M:  The grace of our Lord U Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

      be with you all.        

C:   And also with you.

CONFESSION OF SINS

M:  Beloved in the LORD, the day is surely coming, and it will burn like a furnace.

      Therefore, let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins to God our Father,

      asking him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

C:   Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am sinful by nature,

and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions.

I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good.

For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity.

But I am truly sorry for my sins,

and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray:

Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

M:  God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us

      and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

      Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority,

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

C:   Amen!

M:        In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.


      After a brief musical introduction, soloist sings verse 1, the congregation sings verse 2.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M:  Lord God Almighty, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit that we may always look forward to the end of this present evil age and to the day of your righteous judgment. Keep us steadfast in true and living faith and present us at last holy and blameless before you; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:   Amen.

Please be seated

X  The Word  X

FIRST LESSON                                                                                           Jeremiah 26:1-6

The Lord’s judgment is coming to bring destruction on those who refuse to listen to his Word. We rejoice that in Christ, we are considered the family of God and so will be safe on the Last Day.

1Early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came from the Lord: 2 “This is what the Lord says: Stand in the courtyard of the Lord’s house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the Lord. Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word. 3 Perhaps they will listen and each will turn from their evil ways. Then I will relent and not inflict on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done.Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: If you do not listen to me and follow my law, which I have set before you, 5 and if you do not listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again (though you have not listened), 6 then I will make this house like Shiloh and this city a curseamong all the nations of the earth.’”

PSALM OF THE DAY – 133, Adult Choir                            How Very Good and Pleasant

Choir sings the opening refrain and cantors sing the verses. Congregation joins choir for refrains

after each verse.

Refrain:

♫  How very good and pleasant

     when we live in unity.

     It is like precious oil,

     like fresh morning dew.

    We gather here together

     with our hearts and voices raised

     to God, who’s the center

     Of our unity and praise!

SECOND LESSON                                                                            2 Thessalonians 1:5-10

The Lord Jesus is revealed as a judge. His ruling will be just. Those who do not acknowledge him will be punished. But those who have faith in him will be brought to everlasting glory.


All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

After a brief musical introduction, the congregation sings the following.

♫ 4  Yea, Amen, let all adore you High on your eternal throne.

         Ev’ry knee shall bow before you; Come and take your people home!

         Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

        You shall reign and you alone!

Please stand

GOSPEL                                                                           Luke 19:11-27 (today’s sermon text)

Through a parable Jesus teaches that on Judgment Day those who wasted their God-given gifts will have to give an account. Fortunately, when judging us, the Master will look at what Christ has done as our Savior.

11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’

14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’

15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’

17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’

18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’

19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’

20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’

22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’

24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’

26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”

M:  This is the Gospel of our Lord.

C:   Praise be to you, O Christ!

Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY — 337                                                              Delay Not! Delay Not

SERMON                                    Luke 19:11-27   When Jesus Returns, the Rewards Will Be Right

  1. For those who hated his reign
  2. For those who wasted his gifts
  3. For those who worked for his kingdom

Please stand

CONFESSION OF FAITH                                                                       Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of 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.

Please be seated

THANK OFFERING

Members of this congregation have joined together in love and faith to do the Lord’s work in this community and around the world. Visitors need not feel obligated to participate in this offering which supports our ministry.

X  Prayers  X

Please stand

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

M:  Out of the depths we cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear our voices.

C:   Let your ears be attentive to our cries for mercy.

M:  Heavenly Father, we confess with sorrow that we have sinned

      and deserve only your anger and punishment.

C:   If you kept a record of sins, we would surely be lost.

M:  We confess with joy that your unfailing love has redeemed us.

C:   Our hope is in you and in your full redemption.

M:  Around us we see the birth pangs of the last days:

      war, famine, earthquakes, false prophets, spiritual apathy.

C:   Use these signs to remind us that we do not know

      the day or the hour when Christ will come again.

M:  Keep us faithful to your Word; send your Spirit to strengthen our faith

      so that we are always prepared for your Son’s return as judge.

C:   Make us faithful in sharing your Word,

      and cause many more to put their hope in you before the end comes.

M:  Build our fellowship of love as brothers and sisters in faith.

C:   Help us support one another when trials and troubles come our way.

         Special prayers and intercessions may follow

M:  Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.

         Silent prayer

M:  Heavenly Father, we eagerly await for Jesus to come again and make all things new.

      May he find us, whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life,

      faithfully enduring until the end, through the power of your Holy Spirit.

C:   Come, Lord Jesus. May your grace be with us. Amen.

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS                                                                    listed on page 12

LORD’S PRAYER

M:  Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

C:   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.

*Emmanuel continues with…

Please be seated

ADULT CHOIR                                                                                         Go Now In Peace

*St. John’s continues with…

X  The Sacrament  X

At 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.

COMMUNION LITURGY                                                                            hymnal pages 33-36

Please be seated

DISTRIBUTIUON HYMNS – 306                                    Before You, God, the Judge of All

                                                     382                                   My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

ADULT CHOIR                                                                                      Go Now In Peace

At the close of each service, all veterans are kindly asked to stand be recognized.

After today’s service, please give your friendship registers to an usher or pastor.

 

XAnnouncements X

Activities for the week of November 10 – November 16

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
  2:00 P.M. Sacred Concert at WLA
Mon.   VETERAN’S DAY
  9:00 A.M. Pastor’s Study Club – St. John’s Montello
  6:30 P.M. Choir at St. John’s 
  7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 6:30 P.M. Evangelism meeting at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s 
Wed.   No St. John’s/Little Lambs School – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. Women’s Bible Study at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
 Thurs. 6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (10 of 13 weeks)
  6:00 P.M. School Board meeting at St. John’s
Fri.    
Sat.    
Theme for Next Sunday November 17 , 2019 End Times 3: The Saints Triumphant–Welcome Home #5: You Have An Everlasting Family
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel Congregational meeting
9:00 A.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
9:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Scholastic Book Fair in St. John’s gym
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Wyatt Beahm (infant son of William and Alyssa Beahm), Ron Blada, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Harold Fandrey, Lilah Farrell, Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Shirley Krueger, Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Mark and Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son and daughter in-law), Katie Segrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Jennifer Strauss – (added this week: Wyatt Beahm)

– For the family of John Smith, age 82, (Kenon’s father) called home on 11/3

– For Paul and Luanne Weldon who celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary yesterday (11/9)

– For Veteran’s Day (11/11)

– For our communicants at St. John’s

AMMO BOX As Veterans Day approaches, our congregation’s Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG) is asking for donations in support of our military men, women and their families. LMSG, a partnership of ELS and WELS veterans, is working to grow awareness of and bring Christian support to military members and their families in our congregations and beyond. By placing your gift in the AMMO can located in the front entry of both churches, you are supporting the work of local congregations that are ministering to nearby military families, the WELS European chaplain program and global broadcasts of Time of Grace to our military. Questions? See LMSG Congregational Liaison Mark Emond or visit www.lutheranmilitary.org. THANK YOU for standing shoulder to shoulder with those serving our nation!!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: RUTH “A short story masterpiece that showcases steadfast love and the kind of selfless humility that God rewards.” ~People’s Bible

All women are invited to come to our new Women’s Bible Study for fellowship, fun, and growing in God’s Word!  We have started a four-week study of the book of Ruth this week Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30pm in St. John’s church basement.  Come learn about God-inspired devotion, love, and most importantly, how the Savior ties into the whole thing!  Please contact Rachel Naumann at rnaumann@stjohnsmontello.org or 847.913.2135 with any questions.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY The Men’s Bible study will pick up again this Tuesday and the following, November 12 and 19. See you then.

UPDATE on CARDS FOR PRISON MINISTRY Thanks to all who picked up packs of cards to write for the prison ministry.  All the cards are out.  Please return completed cards by Thanksgiving Day, November 28, to the collection box in the linkway or to the church office.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY A “Sneak Peek at the Gospel” for the day is the topic of the Sunday morning Bible study every week. It’s from 9:00-9:45am – come anytime. We meet in the church. All are welcomed. All are encouraged to attend.

ACTS–ACTIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH THE GOSPEL IN THE EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Adult Bible Study meets Monday at 7:30pm & Wednesday at 10am in the St. John’s conference room.

NEW LIFE IN CHRIST Bible Information Class (leads to membership) is at 7:30pm in the St. John’s conference room (alternate times may also be scheduled).

GRIEFSHARE The 13-week session of Griefshare takes place every Thursday. Sessions are held at 6:00p.m. in the lower level of St. John’s. Join us for week #10, November 14. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.

ACH What is ACH? Automated Clearing House. Interested in having your church offering automatically deposited? Stop by the office or Information Room and fill out your application today.

MEDITATIONS & FORWARD IN CHRIST New “Meditations” and “Forward in Christ” WELS daily devotional booklets and WELS monthly devotional magazine are available in the church entry (many thanks to our generous members for donating!)

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor):  “Prayer: Don’t give God instructions, just report for duty!”

HOLIDAY TRAIL: NOVEMBER 23, 2019 St. John’s is again a part of this year’s Holiday Trail. Our stop will be open from 9:00am – 4:00pm. The Scholastic Bookfair and Thai Village Craft sale will be the main events here along with a few other perks. Plan to come, bring a friend and enjoy a day of Christmas shopping around town.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES IN AFRICA Opportunities for gospel connections are flourishing across the African continent. Christian groups in Uganda, Liberia, Mozambique, and more are learning about WELS and Lutheran doctrine and reaching out for fellowship and doctrinal instruction. To follow what’s happening with WELS mission work across Africa, visit wels.net/missions or follow Missions on Facebook at fb.com/WELSMissions.

EQUIPPING CHRISTIAN WITNESSES Equipping Christian Witnesses, the new campaign from Martin Luther College, focuses on recruitment, financial aid, and facilities. By enrolling more future ministry workers, helping them fund their Christian education, and enhancing their learning environments across the campus, WELS strengthens the foundation for its future. Learn more at mlc-wels.edu/mlc-campaign.

WELS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LUTHERAN LEADERSHIP WELS Congregational Services will host the first WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership at the Sheraton Grand in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 21-23. The conference will have five keynote presentations that deal with major cultural challenges before every WELS congregation. Twenty-five breakout sessions will deal with issues specific to certain congregations, including overcoming a consumer mentality in church, Christian apologetics, increasing volunteerism, retaining and gaining young members, fully utilizing the gifts of women in ministry, equipping members for personal evangelism, having a “high-expectations” church, strategic planning, using social media for outreach, operating a financially sustainable elementary school, and more. Learn more at register at lutheranleadership.com.

Emm/Usher Schedule

 

November 10 

Emm                                      Darrell Buchholz, Glenn Buchholz, Paul Dahlke

   SJ (comm)                             Kenon Smith; Chief, Martin Schmanke, Aaron Kendall,

             Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann

November 17 

Emm                                      DuWayne Sommerfeld, Warren Buchholz, Don Stelter

   SJ                                         Cal Kapp; Chief, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith, Joe Zauner Sr.,

Joe Zauner Jr.

November 24 

   Emm                                     Wayne Stelter, Bob Ferber, Gary Wegner

SJ (comm)                             James Wachholz; Chief, Jon Vote, Joe Vote, Jesse Schable, Richard Freitag

November 27 Thanksgiving Eve

  SJ                                          Jack Yates; Chief, Ben Jaster, Jacob Jaster, Jeff Reimer,

Jeremy Breiwa

November 28 Thanksgiving

   Emm                                     Darrell Buchholz, Don Stelter, Gary Wegner

December 1   

   Emm (comm)                         Lucas Stelter, Jim Stuempges, Paul Dahlke

comm. assist. Brian Ninnemann

SJ                                         Don Smith; Chief, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Gordon Krause,

Glen Bubolz

December 4

   Emm                                     Wayne Stelter, Don Stelter, Joe Heller             

   SJ                                         Kenon Smith; Chief, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Thomas Wojtalewicz

December 8                           

   Emm                                     Don Stelter, Noah Buchholz, Joe Heller

   SJ (comm)                             James Wachholz; Chief, Kenny Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls,

Mark Emond, Ben Emond

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
11-3                                    11-6  110                                   124                                        2
St. John’s Altar Committee November  2019 Jennie Utke & Susan Brown 
Save the Date for our Thanksgiving Services! November 27                6:30pm Thanksgiving Eve at St. John’s     November 28                 9:00am Thanksgiving Day at Emmanuel
●●● Welcome To Our Visitors! Please Sign Our Guest Register Find & Like us on Facebook Visit our website link:  www.stjohnsmontello.org Pastor Peter Zietlow: (608) 408-7830 E-mail: zietlowPL6@hotmail.com Little Lambs Director & Teacher Mrs. Lynn Sellnow: 616-826-0816 K, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher Ms. Shelley Myers: 920-285-7554 3rd-5th Grade Teacher Ms. Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135 Principal & 6th – 8th Grade Teacher Mr. Larry Sellnow:  616-822-6689 Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866 Altar Ladies: Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036 Church & School Address/Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949 Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org   ●●●

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