The 6th Sunday of Easter
May 26, 2019
St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church
|St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church 313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949 Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949|
|Pastor Peter Zietlow|
|XW E L C O M E T O O U R C H U R C H X 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.|
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|XG O D ’ S W O R D F O R T O D A Y X The Risen One Promises Us Unique Peace – In today’s lessons we hear about peace between us and God. How can rebels find peace with their holy Lord and judge? Not at all by their deserving it, but by his declaring it. God’s peace is so profound and his willingness to receive us as his children so sincere, that Jesus even assures us that he and his Father will come to us and make their home within us.|
XP R E P A R A T I O N F O R W O R S H I P X
We prepare ourselves to worship the one Savior God by expressing our humble repentance, offering our fervent prayers and singing our thankful hymns of praise.
HYMN 154 Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION hymnal page 26
When we confess to God that we have failed to live up to the perfect standards in his law, the pastor announces the perfect forgiveness of sins won for us by Jesus.
LORD, HAVE MERCY hymnal page 27
The Church brings her concerns and prayers to a loving Father in heaven, who has shown great mercy to us and promised to hear our ardent cries for help.
O LORD, OUR LORD hymnal page 28
This song of praise reminds us of the wonderful things God has done for us, not the least of which is the salvation he gives through Jesus Christ.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
M: Father of lights, every good and perfect gift comes from you. Inspire us to think those things that are true and long for those things that are good, that we may always make our petitions according to your gracious will; 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 for the day’s Scripture readings
XT H E W O R D X
The Lord Jesus speaks to us in Scripture reading, preaching and song.
FIRST LESSON Acts 14:8-18 (today’s sermon text)
Summary: Paul heals the crippled man at Lystra
In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.
When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.
But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead.
PSALM 65 hymnal page 89
Lectern side sings the first line, pulpit side sings the second line, everyone sings refrains and Gloria.
SECOND LESSON Revelation 21: 10-14, 22, 23
Summary: The New Jerusalem
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
VERSE OF THE DAY John 14:23
Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia. If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Alleluia.
C: ♫ Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
GOSPEL LESSON John 14:23-29
Summary: Jesus promises the Holy Spirit
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I
leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.
C: ♫ Praise be to you, O Christ!
Please be seated
HYMN OF THE DAY 377:1-4 Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice
SERMON Acts 14: 8-18
“God Has Come Down to Us!”
- He gets our attention
- He broadens our vision
- He personalizes our salvation
NICENE CREED hymnal page 31
Please be seated
X O F F E R I N G S O F G I F T S & P R A Y E R S X
The ushers now gather the “Thank-Offering.” Members of this congregation show their thanks to God for all he has done for them by returning a portion of their income to the Lord. Through these free will offerings, this congregation and its ministries are maintained. Guests need not feel obligated to contribute. Please also sign our Friendship Registers and greet one another.
The Offering Prayer, Easter Season Prayer and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcements for those on our Intercessory Prayers list.
LORD’S PRAYER hymnal page 32
XS E R V I C E O F T H E S A C R A M E N T X
In this service we celebrate the gift of Jesus’ redeeming love, we bear witness to the Christian fellowship we share, and we proclaim his death until he returns.
Please be seated for the distribution
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.
DISTRIBUTION HYMNS 359 Jesus, My Great High Priest
377:5-8 Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice
THANK THE LORD, CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING hymnal page 36, 37
Please be seated
CLOSING HYMN 377: 9-10 Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice
As you leave today’s service, please give your completed Friendship Register sheet to an usher or pastor.
|Activities for the week of May 26-June 1|
|Sun.||8:00 A.M.||Emmanuel Worship|
|9:00 A.M.||Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study|
|10:00 A.M.||St. John’s Worship with communion|
|11:15 A.M.||Bible Information Class at St. John’s|
|NO St. John’s School/Little Lambs|
|6:30 P.M.||St. John’s Ascension Worship with communion|
|9:00 A.M.||Emmanuel Ascension Worship|
|6:00 P.M.||St. John’s School 8th Grade Graduation and Teacher Farewell Ceremony (appetizers and drinks to follow in lower level)|
|Fri.||8:00 A.M.||St. John’s School Chapel|
|8:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M.||St. John’s School/Little Lambs last day of school (early release at 11:30am)|
|11:30 A.M.||Last Day of School Cookout at St. John’s|
|Theme for Next Sunday June 2, 2019 Easter 7: “The Risen Lord Commissions his Church”|
|8:00 A.M.||Emmanuel Worship with communion|
|10:00 A.M.||St. John’s Worship|
|11:15 A.M.||Bible Information Class at St. John’s|
INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Ron Blada, Pat Bornick, Pastor Raymond Cox (Marjorie’s Fabian’s brother), Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Jerre Duerr, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Marjorie Fabian, Harold Fandrey, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Xzander Jahr, Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Jim Kunde (our former SJ member), Pete Laun, Delvin Mittelsteadt, Jean Muhlenbeck (WELS member at Zion–Bristol, St. John’s visitor), Debbie Parrish, Arlene Prill, LuAnn Reber, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Carol Schumann, Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Jennifer Strauss, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Heidi Weishaar (Dennis & Sharon Kekow’s daughter), Karl Whitrock, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: )
– For the graduates of Martin Luther College (5/18) and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (5/24) – Call assignment lists are available in the church entries
– For personal evangelism in our community and supportive evangelism through our prayers and financial support of WELS missions
– For our communicants at St. John’s
– For Memorial Day (5/27)
– For Steve Parish who celebrated his 69th birthday on 5/24
– For Eloise Schultz who celebrated her 87th birthday on 5/25
AMMO BOX Memorial Day is tomorrow and that is one of two holidays (the other Veteran’s Day) where we set out the Ammo boxes to raise funds for the Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG). The funds go to support Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), spiritual counseling, local congregational LMSG, projects, European Chaplain Support, Military Contact Pastor Training, the National Chaplain’s Office, Pastoral travel expenses to remote military families and to mission congregations next to military installations. Our congregation has personal experience with some of these things explained above. The Ammo cans are out today, May 26 and will be next Sunday, June 2. Any questions please contact the Liason for our two congregations: Mark Emond Sr. (608) 697-1600! Thank you in advance for your generosity in this endeavor!
VBS This year’s Vacation Bible School will be June 24-28 at St. John’s. Camp Phillip will be hosting again! We are accepting 3K-8th graders! 3K/4K will run from 8:00am-11:30am. Kindergarten-8th grade will run 8:00am-2:00pm. Stop in or call the office 297-2866 to register today!
CHURCH CLEAN UP DAY! Save the date! June 8th at St. John’s! Lunch will be provided.
ST. JOHN’S VOTERS’ MEETING HIGHLIGHTS 1) Membership Changes: Adult Confirmation via BIC: Willy & Megan Stalker and daughter Maisie, Amanda Stalker & daughter Brittany Pick. Teen Confirmation: Brianna Daniels, Madeline Kraus, Lilly Mann. Transfers Out: Tyler & Kaitlin Emond to Cross of Christ-Portage, and Katherine Zietlow to Christ Alone-Thiensville. 2) Treasurer’s Report: Line of credit exists at bank, but to date, no need to use. 3) New teachers Larry & Lynn Sellnow & Shelley Meyers have been contacted in preparation for 2019-2020 school year. 4) Care Committee for Called Workers (CCCW) to re-start. 5) “Welcome Home” Evangelism program & “Ten for Ten” Stewardship Program start in fall. 6) Budget to be presented at Special Voters’ Meeting in June. 7) Parsonage roof completed. 8) Synod Convention Delegate- Paul Van Treeck. 9) Teacher Installation Service is July 14. 10) Door Projects: Front door stained glass is done; new doors to be installed by June 15. Back Door to be repaired by Memorial Day. 11) ACH Automated Deduction of Offerings in place for use by June 15. 12) Church/School Cleanup Day – Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m.
NEW MEMBERSHIP CLASS began on 4/28 11:15am at St. John’s. Join us in the link-way conference room for an hour or so after the 10am SJ worship service.
DISHES If you have dishes in St. John’s kitchen, please pick them up!
NEW MEDITATIONS are available in St. John’s Information Room and at Emmanuel. Grab yours today!
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL of your fellow worshipers preparing their hearts for worship. If you are visiting with others, please keep your voices down. Thank you!
USHER AND GREETER SCHEDULE If you are signed up to be a St. John’s usher and/or greeter, please pick up your hard copy of April-May and June-July in St. John’s Information Room. Schedules will be available for pick up every 2 months.
LITTLE LAMBS PRE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Pick up your 3K/4K registration form in the office today! Please help spread the word!
CHECK OUT OUR UPDATED INFORMATION ROOM This room is located at the top of St. John’s link way stairs and the church entry way. Here you will find bulletin boards labeled “Home Missions” and “LWMS”. Home Missions will provide information on what’s going on at St. John’s church and school, events, educational and youth group updates. You will also find informational brochures and magazines, usher and greeter schedules, the church newsletter, children’s coloring sheets and crayons and other miscellaneous information related to our church and school. Please help yourself!
CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.”
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 today.
EMMANUEL OFFERING OPTIONS In addition to the traditional offering envelope option for our weekly offerings, Emmanuel is inviting any members to consider direct payment (weekly or monthly) from your bank’s checking or savings account to the church’s account. If you are interested in this option, please pick up an application form in the church entry, and return the completed form to our church treasurer, Wayne Stelter, who will complete the form with the church’s bank routing and account numbers and submit your request to the bank. Please state on the application form when you would like to begin and if you want weekly or monthly auto-payments.
KUNDE FUNDRAISER “Tragedy struck our family last month. As a result of blood clots and infection, Jim’s lower right leg had to be amputated at the end of April. Not only is this emotionally devastating for the family, but there is substantial financial stress involved too. Jim has mounting medical bills relating to the med-flight from Calumet to Wausau, hospital stays, surgery, etc. but also loss of income since Jim can no longer work. Jim has worked all his life at jobs that were very physical, such as firefighter, EMT, Sheriff’s Deputy, Hazmat, and most recently, as a baker, and manual labor. Even with a prosthesis sometime in the future, it is questionable if Jim will be able to find work to help support the family. Additionally, they have four children under the age of 18 still living at home, with the youngest being 7 years old.” Diana’s income (Jim’s wife) is the only income they have left and it is not enough to cover household expenses. This is quite a burden on her and the family doesn’t know where to turn to. Also, their house is not set up to facilitate someone with this type of disability and will need substantial modifications made to accommodate Jim and allow him to be as independent as possible. Any help you can give this family would be so helpful. Thank you.
FROM A MEMBER “Weep but briefly for your loved one as they enter into the Kingdom of God, for they now possess a joy and peace that is unattainable on God’s earthly realm. Rather, rejoice in their everlasting and total happiness, for their eyes have seen God.”
TASTE OF MISSIONS Join us on July 13, 2019, at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis., for the first annual Taste of Missions event! Starting at 12:00 P.M., sample ethnic cuisine from some of our mission fields while enjoying fellowship and presentations from home and world missionaries alike. Meet former missionaries and committee members who have served WELS Missions and hear stories of God’s magnificent grace in action at home and abroad. View displays, participate in family-friendly activities coordinated by our missionaries, and ask questions about the ups and downs of mission work during a panel discussion. We will conclude the event at 4:00 P.M. with a special worship service celebrating the blessings the Lord has showered on WELS Missions. Registration is $5 per person, with children under the age of five attending for free. Register by June 30 at wels.net/tasteofmissions2019.
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|St. John’s Altar Committee May 2019||Jennie Utke & Susan Brown|
|●●● 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 Sara Borck: (858) 731-7919 K & 1st Grade Teacher Cassie Doering: (920) 723-8986 2nd-4th Grade Teacher Karin Stellick: (920) 342-3689 Lead & 5th-8th Grade Teacher Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135 Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866 Altar Ladies: Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036 Church & School Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949 Church & School E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ●●●|