BULLETIN- November 24, 2019

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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.

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 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.

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

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: You Are Part of Christ’s Glorious Kingdom

Windsor. Bernadotte. Bourbon-Anjou. Orange-Nassau. Glücksburg. Liechtenstein. 

Do you know what those names have in common? They are all names of royal families. A member of each of those families serves as a monarch. The extended members of those families enjoy fabulous privileges, even if the monarch serves largely as a figurehead.

For the past month, we have seen that Christ has welcomed us into his home and made us part of this family. Today, we see that this is a royal family. For our brother Jesus is King. He does more than serve as a figurehead. Christ rules over all Creation for the benefit of his family. He promises us that one day we will sit with him on his throne (Revelation 3:21).

Today—Christ the King Sunday—the Church Year comes to an end. We praise Christ for his glorious reign. We thank him for making us part of his royal family, giving us a claim to the Kingdom.

  Gathering  

*ST. JOHN’S: SUNDAY SCHOOL JOY LITANY            See insert for songs and recitations 

*EMMANUEL: OPENING HYMN — 579       Lift High the Cross

Please stand

INVOCATION

M: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. 

C: To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.             Revelation 1:4-6

CONFESSION OF SINS

M: The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.”               Jeremiah 23:5-6

Since we have such a merciful King, let us humbly approach his throne, confess our sins, and plead for his mercy.

C: Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong. But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple. Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness. For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.                         Psalm 5:2-5,7-8,12

M: As God’s called servant I announce to you what the LORD says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:

“I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King. Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. You are my witnesses, and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.
I am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. I am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:1,10-11,15,25

C: Amen.

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

CW431 - for Christ the King Sunday

After a brief musical introduction, the congregation sings:

PRAYER OF THE DAY

 M: Lord Jesus Christ, 

by your victory you have broken the power of the evil one. Fill our hearts with joy and peace as we look with hope to that day when every creature in heaven and earth will acclaim you King of kings and Lord of lords to your unending praise and glory; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

C: Amen.

Please be seated

  The Word 

FIRST LESSON           Jeremiah 23:2-6

Christ is the King of kings, with countless sheep in his flock. Yet he cares for every single one.
He knows us by name. He leads into his kingdom of peace and righteousness.

  2 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord. “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord. “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

PSALM OF THE DAY— 45             hymnal page 83

SECOND LESSON                     Colossians 1:13-20

Everyone is part of a kingdom. The only question is if it is a kingdom of darkness or light. Everyone has a king. The only question is if your king really cares for you. Our Savior-King has proven his love in blood.

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

VERSE OF THE DAY                        Revelation 22:13

M: Alleluia. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 

Alleluia. 

CW 157 - for Christ the King Sunday

After a one verse musical introduction, the congregation sings

Please stand

GOSPEL                   Luke 23:35-43 (today’s sermon text)

With eyes of faith, the criminal sees Jesus for whom he really is—a gracious
king, suffering and dying that we might be forgiven.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” 38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY — 351                               Hail, O Once-Despised Jesus

SERMON                                                Luke 23:35-43   “Behold, the King on the Cross!”

  1.   Unbelievers deny him    2. A criminal confesses him

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. Please greet one another and sign our friendship register.

  Prayers  

Please stand

PRAYER TO CHRIST THE KING               read by pastor

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

Silent prayer

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS                 bulletin page11

LORD’S PRAYER

M: Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who taught 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: 

PRAYER & BLESSING

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. 

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

C: Amen.

Please be seated

SOLOIST LUCAS STELTER SINGS HYMN — 727                     There Is a Higher Throne

*ST. JOHN’S: 

ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION                                     spoken by pastor

Please be seated

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS — 309                             Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord

          139       Jesus, in Your Dying Woes

Please stand

PRAYER & BLESSING

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. 

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

C: Amen.

Please be seated

SOLOIST JAMES WACHHOLZ SINGS HYMN — 727         There Is a Higher Throne

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

Announcements

Activities for the week of November 24 – November 30

Sun.8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship 
 8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School/Montello Care Center singing  
9:00 A.M.St. John’s Adult Bible Study
 10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
9:00 A.M. –12:00 P.M.Thai Village Craft Sale in St. John’s linkway
9:30 A.M. -12:00 P.M.Scholastic Book Fair in St. John’s gym (final day)
Mon.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. Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s  
6:30 P.M.Council meeting at St. John’s 
Wed.Thanksgiving break – No St. John’s School/Little Lambs
5:15 P.M.Women’s Bible Study at St. John’s 
 6:30 P.M.St. John’s Thanksgiving Eve Worship 
7:30 P.M.Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Thurs.Thanksgiving Day – No St. John’s School/Little Lambs
9:00 A.M.Thanksgiving Worship at Emmanuel
 10:00 A.M.Montello Care Center Devotion with communion 
Fri. Thanksgiving break – No St. John’s School/Little Lambs
Sat. 
Theme for Next Sunday December 1 , 2019Advent 1: “Prepare for Christ’s Coming: Walk in the Light” 
8:00 A.M.Emmanuel Worship with communion
8:30 A.M.St. John’s Sunday School
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 
9:00 A.M. –12:00 P.M.Thai Village Craft Sale in St. John’s linkway

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Wyatt Beahm (William and Alyssa Beahm’s infant son), Ron Blada, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Harold Fandrey, Lilah Farrell, Xzander Jahr, Melvin Johnson, Oliver Knoch, 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: Melvin Johnson, Oliver Knoch)

– For Natasha Rebecca Jahr who was born Friday (11/22) to Andrew and Rebecca Jahr

– For Bob Klapper who will celebrate his 83rd birthday on Monday (11/25)

– For Bob & Sandy Klapper who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday (11/28)

– For the family of Patrick Madigan, father of St. John’s member Mike Madigan, who was called home on Tuesday (11/19).

– For our communicants at St. John’s

MEMBERS OF ST. JOHNS AND SCHOOL FAMILIES This past summer the St. Johns council authorized the borrowing of $10,000 from the church’s line of credit to replace and refurbish the school boilers. As some may be aware, there have been a number of issues from the last couple years keeping the boilers running and the school heated and it could no longer be repaired. This project was completed late last fall. This also means that the church officially is borrowing money from its line of credit. If you wish to donate to help paying off the loan, please go ahead and do so. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Look to the information room for where this project is at with regards to being paid off and where the other projects on the board are at with funding. 

THAI VILLAGE & SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR will be open today at St. John’s. Thai Village will be open today 9:00am-12:00pm. come check out high quality fair trade goods including jewelry, bags/purse, greeting cards, ornaments, gifts and more! You can check out their items ahead of time at https://thaivillage.org/. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open today for the final time 9:00am-12:00pm. 

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT WOMEN’S PROGRAM hosted by Emmanuel will be held Sunday December 8, 2019 at 4:30 at Emmanuel Parish Hall.  This year’s program “An Evening With Isaiah” will be part of our inspirational readings and songs of the season.  This year along with refreshments and desserts we will be serving appetizers.  Signup sheets are out today in St. John’ information room and Emmanuel’s Parish Hall.   We hope you can join us. Any questions contact Sue Stelter (608) 297-2761.

CHOIR Are any members of Emmanuel and St. John’s interested in being part of the choir for the Christmas Eve Services?  If so, practices will be on Monday evenings in Dec., 6:30pm at St. John’s. Any questions, please call Lynn Sellnow 616-826-0816. 

LADIES AID INVITES YOU TO OUR PARISH CHRISTMAS DINNER: DECEMBER 5TH , 2019 5:30pm Punch and Fellowship, 6:00pm Dinner. The cost is $17.65 per person. THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS TODAY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH! What’s on the menu? roast beef, southern fried chicken, baked Virginian ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, steamed veggies and full salad bar. Please pay either Kay Maass or Bernice Wegner or drop your payment off at the school/church office. Checks should be made out to St. John’s Ladies Aid. Hope to see you there! 

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “The will of God never takes you to where the grace of God will not protect you.”

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: RUTH Join us this Wednesday at 5:15pm (a little earlier due to Thanksgiving worship). Come study the last chapter of Ruth and enjoy fellowship and snacks in the lower level of St. John’s. We will take a break after this week for the holidays and pick back up in January. Stay tuned! 

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY See you on November 26 before we break for the holidays! 

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.

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!) 

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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WELS? Subscribe to the WELS Together e-newsletter to stay connected with the people of your synod and the ministry they serve. Also, don’t miss the twice-monthly videos, expanding on important and exciting synod news. Go to wels.net/together to read more and subscribe today.

FOLLOW MISSIONS ON FACEBOOK Like the new WELS Missions Facebook page to stay up to date on news from Home and World Mission fields, read inspiring stories of the gospel at work, and take advantage of the many resources WELS Missions has to offer. Visit facebook.com/WELSMissions to get started.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.”

Choir, Worship, Singers, Praise

Three Unexpected Advent Carols

    … that Ring Out the Good News

Midweek Week Advent Devotions – 2019

Emmanuel, Mecan and St. John’s, Montello, WI

Wednesday December 4, 2019

Moses’ Carol Rings Out the Good News about God’s Nature in Action

Wednesday December 11, 2019

Hannah’s Carol Rings Out the Good News about God’s Help for the Poor and Needy

Wednesday December 18, 2019

Ezekiel’s Carol Rings Out the Good News about the Growth of the Kingdom

3:30pm at Emmanuel, Mecan 6:30pm at St. John’s, Montello

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

December 11

   Emm Wayne Stelter, Don Stelter, Joe Heller 

   SJ James Wachholz, Chief, Ben Emond, Kevin Kaul, Corey Kaul, 

Ken Borzick

December 15

   Emm Darrell Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Gary Wegner 

   SJ Jack Yates; Chief, Paul Van Treeck, Haiden Van Treeck, 

Matt Borzick, Nolan Van Treeck

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St. John’s Altar CommitteeNovember  2019Jennie Utke&Susan Brown  

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