The 16th Sunday after Pentecost
September 29, 2019 St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church Montello, WI
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Please Welcome Guest Pastor Jim Kleist from WELS World Mission “316NOW”
St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church
313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949
Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church
W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949
P R A Y E R B E F O R E W O R S H I P
O Lord–our Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter–we are assembled in your presence to hear your holy Word. We pray that you would open our hearts by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word, we may repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen (Note: additional prayers for before and after worship are found in the hymnal on pages 10-11,134–139)
G O D ’ S W O R D F O R T O D A Y
The human mind is a powerful tool, capable of reasoning its way to much success and many great things. The human mind knows how to guard the bottom line. The human mind knows what is most cost effective. The human mind can quickly determine what is the most reasonable course of action. But the human mind, despite all its vaunted wisdom, cannot find its way to the cross. The cross is incomprehensible to the human mind. One man, the God-man, dies for the sins of all men?! It is only when our fear and trust is in the LORD that we can know his great mercy and love and understand how that affects our lives for him.
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.
A S E R V I C E O F M O R N I N G P R A I S E Morning Praise, composed by Marty Haugen, is based on the historic service called “Matins.” Joined to Christ, our risen Lord, we glorify God as we rise to the activities of this new day.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SINGS Be a Missionary
Be a missionary ev’ry day! Tell the world that Jesus is the way. Be it in the town or country or the busy avenue– Africa or Asia, the task is up to you, so– Be a missionary ev’ry day! Tell the world that jesus is the way. The Lord is soon returning. There is no time to lose, so– Be a missionary ev’ry day.
Be a missionary ev’ry day! Tell the world that Jesus is the way. Be it in the town or country or the busy avenue– Africa or Asia, the task is up to you, so– Be a missionary ev’ry day! Tell the world that jesus is the way. The Lord is soon returning. There is no time to lose, so– Be a missionary– God’s own emissary– Be a missionary today!
L: Pastor C: Congregation
COME, OH, COME, LET US SING TO THE LORD An arrangement of Psalm 95, this song of praise reminds us of the many blessings that come to us from the hands of our Creator God. Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses.
Please be seated
CHOIR SINGS PSALM OF THE DAY “The Perfect Wisdom of Our God” This morning psalm brings to mind the Lord’s abiding presence and unending love through all of life’s ways.
T H E W O R D The Lord Jesus speaks to us in Scripture reading, preaching and song.
FIRST READING Proverbs 9:8-12
Summary: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”
SECOND READING Philemon 1:1,10-21
Summary: Paul’s plea for Onesimus
Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker, I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me. I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced. Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good—no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord. So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
VERSE OF THE DAY Philippians 4:4 Alleluia. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Alleluia.
GOSPEL READING Luke 14: 25-33
Summary: Count the cost of being a disciple
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
C: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Please be seated
HYMN OF THE DAY 528 Christ Is Our Cornerstone
SERMON by guest pastor Jim Kleist Matthew 28:16-20 (EHV)
“Gather Disciples From All Nations”
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some hesitated because they were uncertain. Jesus approached and spoke to them saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and gather disciples from all nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and by teaching them to keep all the instructions I have given you. And surely I am with you always until the end of the age.” Please stand
YOU ARE GOD, WE PRAISE YOU Te Deum
Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses.
Please be seated
O F F E R I N G S O F G I F T S & P R A Y E R S
THE OFFERING During the offering, please greet one another, and sign the friendship register. Musicians: Ellen Kirschbaum, trumpet and Lauren Zietlow, piano – Choir sings “Go Ye Into All the World”
PRAYERS The Offering Prayer, Befriend A Mission Prayer and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor.
P: Almighty God and Father, dwelling in majesty and mystery, filling and renewing all creation by your eternal Spirit, and manifesting your saving grace through our Lord Jesus Christ: in mercy cleanse our hearts and lips that, free from doubt and fear, we may ever worship you, one true immortal God, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, living and reigning, now and forever, C: Amen.
LORD, HAVE MERCY Kyrie
L: Pastor C: Congregation
THE LORD’S PRAYER
C: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION At St. John’s and Emmanuel 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.
Please be seated
DISTRIBUTION HYMN 390 Salvation unto Us Has Come
PRAYER FOR GRACE
L: Pastor C: Congregation
L: ♫ O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have
brought us safely to this new day. Defend us with your mighty power, and grant that this day we neither fall into sin nor run into any kind of danger; and in all we do, direct us to what is right in your sight, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Please be seated
CLOSING HYMN 570 O Christians, Haste
As you leave today’s service, please give your completed Friendship Register sheet to an usher or pastor.
Activities for the week of September 29-October 5
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship “316NOW”
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School 9:00 A.M. SJ Adult Bible Study at St. John’s 10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship “316NOW” & Presentation 11:00 A.M. St. John’s Lunch & 316NOW Presentation 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 Wed. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Chapel
10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s 1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs Early Release 2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s 6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship with communion 7:30 P.M. Bible Information Class begins at St. John’s Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Confirmation Class
12:00 P.M. St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch & meeting 6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (4 of 13 weeks) 6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s Fri. Sat.
Theme for Next Sunday October 6 , 2019
Pentecost 17: “Christ and Christians Are Concerned About Lost Sinners”
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship 8:30 P.M. St. John’s Sunday School 9:00 P.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study at St. John’s 10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Ron Blada, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Harold Fandrey, Lilah Farrell, Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), 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, Karl Whitrock, Shirley Wilkens – (added this week: Harold Fandrey) – For our WELS “316NOW” World Mission – For our communicants at St. John’s
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jon Vote who celebrates his birthday today, September 29th! God’s blessings on your day and always!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Beth Johnson who celebrated her 90th birthday yesterday, September 28th! Birthday blessings to you!
VOTERS MEETING The next Voters meeting will be Sunday, October 20th, following our 10:00am St. John’s service. Save the date!
WELCOME HOME SUNDAY: OCTOBER 13TH Information was sent in the mail last week Wednesday about our upcoming Welcome Home Sunday on October 13th. Our goal is to have 100% of the members of Emmanuel and St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church worship together on this special day. Please do everything possible to set that date aside so that we can pack the house that day. Following the 10:00a.m. St. John’s service, breakfast will be served in the lower level of church.
FORWARD IN CHRIST WELS MAGAZINE Many thanks to an anonymous member for purchasing 100 copies of FIC for our Emmanuel & St. John’s members to enjoy!
CHOIR Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. – Psalm 30:4. If you love to sing, please consider joining the joint choir of St. John’s and Emmanuel.
Choir practices are Monday evenings for just an hour at 6:30. Please contact Lynn Sellnow if you are interested in joining the choir, or if you have questions.
SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY We begin to gather by 9am and are ready to go by 9:15am. “They” were watching Jesus. We need to be watching him too! How? Why?
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Faith is not a good feeling you have. Faith is not the cause of but the result of Truth. Faith says “Yes” when everything else says “No.” This week we will look at the faith of Abel. What made him a hero? Tuesday, 6:30pm. Church basement. Men – about 15 other guys would love to have you join them!
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).
ST. JOHN’S CHURCH DOORS To keep updated on the St. John’s Church Door Project, check out the bulletin board located in the Information Room at St. John’s. The given donation did not cover the full cost of our new doors so donations are still accepted to help offset the remaining cost.
FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS Please complete the friendship register page each week. This helps your pastor and other church leaders stay in touch and keep contact information up to date. Thanks!
GRIEFSHARE The 13-week session of Griefshare has begun. Sessions are held at 6:00p.m. in the lower level of St. John’s. Join us for week #5, October 3. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.
CHILDREN’S CHURCH BAGS Please help yourself to the bags that are hung on the tree in St. John’s Information Room at St. John’s and entry way at Emmanuel. Please return them after each service.
ACH What is ACH? Automated Clearing House is an electronic payments network use by individuals, businesses, financial institutions and government organizations. The network functions as an efficient, electronic alternative to paper checks. It allows funds to be electronically debited or credited to a checking account, savings account, financial institution
general ledger account or credited to a loan account. Please pick your form up in the Information Room or the office and get started today!
MEDITATIONS New “Meditations” WELS daily devotional booklets are available in the church entry (many thanks to our generous members for donating!)
CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”
SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR St. John’s is looking for an individual(s) who would want to run the Scholastic Book Fair. This has been a big success for our school and students in the past and we would love to continue this. Call the office if you or someone you know is interested!
EASTER FOR KIDS COORDINATOR WANTED If you, or someone you know, are interested please contact Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635. Linda is willing to train!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN SEPTEMBER BEFRIEND A MISSION MONTH AT ST. JOHN’S During the month, our assigned missionaries—the Nitzs in Malawi- Africa, the Albrechts in Goodyear, AZ, the Wrights in Mansfield, OH, and the Reeders in Seattle, WA–have enjoyed cards, notes, emails, & art projects from parish members of all ages. Thank you for including them in your prayers and for your gifts to our fall mission collections at St. John’s & Emmanuel. The Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) supports WELS missions by prayer, encouragement, & giving. They work to increase interest in and support mission endeavors of the WELS.
HAVE YOU GIVEN YOUR FALL MISSION OFFERING YET? DEADLINE IS TODAY! Please use the collection container where you are a member (church entrance both at Emmanuel & St. John’s). Be a friend to missions!
HAVE YOU ENTERED THE LWMS TRIVIA CONTEST OR VISITED THE BE-A- FRIEND TREE AT THE LINKWAY DISPLAY at St. John’s? The women of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) thank you for supporting WELS missions!!
SPECIAL FREEWILL OFFERING TODAY FOR 316NOW at both churches. Help share the Gospel in China!
THANK YOU TO OUR GUEST 316NOW MISSION FESTIVAL SPEAKER Please plan to stay for today’s luncheon and afternoon presentation by Pastor Jim Kleist to learn more about this ministry committed to proclaiming grace across China NOW.
BE A FRIEND! God tells us in Proverbs 17:17a that “A friend loves at all times.” This week would YOU be a friend and share God’s love & encouragement by sending a card/note/email to these WELS missionaries. It would mean a great deal to:
Pastor Kent & Alexandra Reeder and Family 11051 Phinney Ave. N Seattle, WA 98133-8742
JOIN US for THE FALL LWMS RALLY AT ZION-COLUMBUS – ALL ARE INVITED! MEN & CHILDREN, TOO! ”The Light of the Gospel Continues Shining in the Desert” is the theme for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) Fall Rally on Saturday, October 19. Pastor Dennis & Nancy Meier share from the 125th Anniversary of our Synod’s oldest mission field– Apacheland. 9:00 Registration begins with displays, Send One Sister silent auction, & an LWMS treasure hunt! 10:30 Apache-flavored Bible Study! 11:15 Business meeting; 11:45 Luncheon; 1:00 Devotion & Speaker. Carpool Signup in the Information Room or call your LWMS reporter Helen Stelter (297-7116) or Linda Wachholz (608-369-2635). Babysitting will be available! FALL SERVICE PROJECT for Peridot Our Savior Lutheran: 1) 4 items ONLY: crayons, markers, pencils, & glue sticks. 2) monetary donations to help Peridot purchase Scholastic books. Collection containers at each church. Your help is appreciated! Collecting through Sunday, October 13.
Beaver Dam Circuit FALL RALLY of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Zion-Columbus (Co-hosts St. John-Doylestown)
Speakers: Pastor Dennis & Nancy Meier “The Light of the Gospel Continues Shining in the Desert” (125 Years of Apacheland Mission History)
Carpooling Signup in the Information Room at St. John’s
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
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St. John’s Altar Committee September 2019
Diane Eisermann & Delores Cotte
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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