BULLETIN- November 17, 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 end 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: You Have an Everlasting Family

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

Death is ugly. It does not matter if someone dies after a long, protracted fight with some illness or if they die peacefully in their sleep. Either way, the body goes into the ground and begins to decay. Either way, that person is gone, and their absence is constantly noticed. 

Death would be overwhelming were it not for the fact that, for the believer, Christ has completely transformed death. Death is not the end. For those who are part of Christ’s family, death is the beginning of a new and better life, one where the deceased has triumphed over sin and all its consequences. 

We thank God for this beautiful gospel truth—that Christians have an everlasting family. When Christian loved ones die, they are not “lost.” Something is lost when: a) you don’t know where it is, and therefore b) you will not see it again. We know exactly where our deceased Christian loved ones are. We look forward to being reunited with them soon. 

Today, we celebrate the Saints Triumphant—those believers who have died and been welcomed into their true home with Jesus.

  Gathering  

OPENING HYMN — 551: verses 1, 2, & 3         For All the Saints

INVOCATION

M: The grace of our Lord  Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.                   2 Corinthians 13:13

C: And also with you.

M: I heard a voice from heaven say, 

“Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”

C: “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, 

for their deeds will follow them.”           Revelation 14:13

M: For the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom 

and will possess it forever —

C: yes, for ever and ever!       Daniel 7:18 

CONFESSION OF SINS

M: Beloved in the Lord, 

we desire to one day join the saints triumphant in heaven. 

Yet we have disobeyed God, and deserve only his wrath and punishment. 

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 by nature sinful, 

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 you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son  and of the Holy Spirit. 

C: Amen! 

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

After a brief musical introduction, the congregation sings:

ALL (sung): Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine!

We feebly struggle; they in glory shine,

Yet all are one within your grand design. Alleluia! Alleluia!

And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,

Steals on the ear the distant triumph-song,

And hearts are brave again and arms are strong. Alleluia! Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;

Soon, soon, to faithful warriors comes their rest.

Sweet is the calm of paradise the blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M: Almighty God and Savior, 

you have set the final day and hour 

when we shall be delivered from this world of sin and death. 

Keep us ever watchful for the coming of your Son 

that we may sit with him 

and all your holy ones at the marriage feast in heaven; 

through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, 

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 

one God, now and forever. 

C: Amen.

  The Word 

FIRST LESSON                   Isaiah 65:17-25

In the New Jerusalem we will not experience the “former things” like death, crying,
and pain. We will enjoy the company of our Christian family for all eternity.

17 “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.

20 “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child;
the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.
21 They will build houses and dwell in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They will not labor in vain,
nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,

they and their descendants with them.
24 Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.

PSALM OF THE DAY         Psalm 150

M: Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary;

C: praise him in his mighty heavens.

M: Praise him for his acts of power;

C: praise him for his surpassing greatness.

M: Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

C: praise him with the harp and lyre,

M: praise him with timbrel and dancing,

C: praise him with the strings and pipe,

M: praise him with the clash of cymbals,

C: praise him with resounding cymbals.

M: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

C: Praise the Lord.

After a brief musical introduction, the congregation sings:

ALL (sung): But then there breaks a yet more glorious day:

The saints triumphant rise in bright array;

The King of glory passes on his way. Alleluia! Alleluia!

SECOND LESSON                       Revelation 22:1-5

The vastness of our heavenly home is beyond our comprehension.
We will live in our new home “for ever and ever.”

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. 

VERSE OF THE DAY             Revelation 7:15

M: Alleluia. They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple. Alleluia. 

After a brief musical introduction, the congregation sings:

ALL (sung): From earth’s wide bounds to ocean’s farthest coast

Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia! Alleluia!

GOSPEL     Luke 20:27-38 (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.

27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless.30 The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”

34 Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

M: This is the Gospel of our Lord.

C: Praise be to you, O Christ!

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HYMN OF THE DAY — 728                 Jerusalem the Golden 

SERMON                              Luke 20: 27-38  – “You Have Something to Look Forward To”

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.

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, sign our friendship register and enjoy the WELS Connection DVD. 

  Prayers  

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH             with commemoration for the faithfully departed

M: With thanksgiving and praise, O Lord, we remember all your faithful servants who throughout the ages have witnessed to your name: the mighty and the lowly, great leaders and humble men and women, those who have served you in prosperity and those who in the day of trouble have not failed. We rejoice that they now rest from their labors in your presence. 

C: You are the rest of the blessed dead. We thank you for all who have died in the peace of Christ. We thank you for those whom you gave to our congregation for a time as a blessing but have now called home. We remember their names before you.

M: Joel Jaster, age 57, called home on December 19, 2018.

Gordon Fabian, age 90, called home on February 14, 2019.  

I am resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.

C: And whoever lives and believes in me will never die.                 John 11:25-26

M: Penny Brennecke, age 65, called home on February 20, 2019.  

Frieda Otto, age 98, called home March 18, 2019.

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” 

C: “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor.”                         Revelation 13:14

M: Ardis Henning, age 78, called home May 26, 2019.

Harley Crown, age 98, called home on July 14, 2019.  

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

C: Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.             Colossians 3:1-2

M: Carol Schumann, age 76, called home July 26, 2019.

Delores Peterson, age 82, called home August 22, 2019.

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.

C: And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.     Job 19:25-26

M: Karl Whitrock, age 79, called home October 6, 2019.

Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, 

C: the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.       1 Corinthians 15:20

M:  Lyndsay Lynch, age 26, called home October 25, 2019.

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

C: I will come again and will take you to myself.           John 14:3

M: Raymond Zacharias, age 75, called home on November 7, 2019. 

Thanks be to God.

C: He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.                   1 Corinthians 15:57

Silent prayer as we remember other members of the saints triumphant

M: Heavenly Father, we recall with gratitude what you have done for us and for your Church through these saints. May their good works, which were prompted by your love in Christ and performed to your glory while here on earth, encourage us to live for you. As we join our worship and work with theirs, may we acknowledge ourselves to be part of that great cloud of witnesses from every age and place. 

C: Unite all your people in the true faith, in the hope of an eternity at your side, and in the love that reveals us to be your children.

M: Through your Word, remind us who have not yet reached heaven that we remain part of the saints militant. Fill us with your Spirit, so that we continue to wage war for you, as our Christian forefathers did—battling against our sinful flesh, winning souls for Christ, and combating the deadly influence of Satan in this world. 

C: Uphold your promise to use your Word and Sacraments to keep us in the faith so that, when our work on earth is done, we may join the saints triumphant. 

Special prayers and petitions may follow

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.

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.

CLOSING HYMN — 417           I’m But a Stranger Here

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Announcements

Activities for the week of November 17 – November 23

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 
Mon.6:30 P.M. Choir 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 
1:40 P.M.St. John’s School/Little Lambs Early Release
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) 
Fri. St. John’s School Grandparents Day 
Sat. 9:00A.M. – 4:00P.M.Holiday Trail (Scholastic Book Fair & Thai Village) 

Theme for Next Sunday November 24 , 2019End Times 4: “Christ the King–Welcome Home #6: You are Part of Christ’s Glorious Kingdom”
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 
9:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.Scholastic Book Fair in St. John’s gym 
10:00 A.M.St. John’s Worship with communion

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, 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: Don Ebert) 

THANK YOU Emmanuel received a $100 donation from Paul and LuAnn Weldon in honor of their 45th wedding anniversary on November 9th.  It is to be used for the parish hall flooring project.  Thank for the donation.

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.

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. What’s on the menu? roast beef, southern fried chicken, baked Virginian ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, steamed veggies and full salad bar. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 24th. 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! 

AMMO BOX In honor of Veterans Day, our congregation’s Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG) is asking for donations (for one more Sunday) 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 Join us on Wednesday at 6:30pm in St. John’s lower level for women fellowship, snacks and growing in God’s grace through the book of Ruth.  Please contact Rachel Naumann at rnaumann@stjohnsmontello.org or 847.913.2135 with any questions. 

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

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY See you on November 19th

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.

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 #11, November 21. 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!) 

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.

INFORMATION. INSPIRATION. FORWARD IN CHRIST Read Forward in Christ, the official magazine of WELS, and you will receive the latest news from the synod, gain a Lutheran perspective on current events, hear uplifting stories of faith from across the world, and much more every single month. Both print and digital subscriptions are available. Learn more at wels.net/fic.

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.”

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

December 11

   Emm Wayne Stelter, Don Stelter, Joe Heller 

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

Ken Borzick

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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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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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BULLETIN, November 3, 2019- It Is the Gift of God: Celebrate Reformation Sunday

It Is the Gift of God:  Celebrate Reformation Sunday

November 3, 2019

8 a.m. Emmanuel

10 a.m. St. John’s

Pastor Peter Zietlow

St. John’s School Chimes : “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

Pastor’s Greeting–Five Latin phrases emerged during the Reformation to summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.  Sola Scriptura, which means the Bible alone is our highest authority; Sola Fide, which means we are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ; Sola Gratia, which means we are saved by the grace of God alone; Solus Christus, which means Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King; and Soli Deo Gloria, which means we live for the glory of God alone.

Choir:  “On Faith Alone”  (Sola Fide)

Please stand

Congregation Hymn sung to the tune of CW 477 “What Is the World to Me”; 3 verses with new lyrics by Arden W. Mead interspersed with liturgy from Psalm 103 spoken responsively by Pastor and congregation:

♫ By grace we have been saved, by God’s abundant favor.

  It is the gift of God through faith in Christ, our Savior.
    No merit may we claim, no effort of our own;
             It is the gift of God through faith in Christ alone.

P  With all my heart I praise the Lord, and with all that I am I praise his holy name!

C  With all my heart I praise the Lord! I will never forget how kind he has been.

P  The Lord forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick, and protects us from death.

C  His kindness and love are a crown on our heads.

P  Each day that we live, he provides for our needs.

C  He gives us the strength of a young eagle.

P  How great is God’s love for all who worship him?

C  Greater than the distance between heaven and earth!

P  How far has the Lord taken our sins from us?

C  Farther than the distance from east to west!

♫ When we were dead in sin, God sent his Son to save us.

  It is the gift of God that life eternal gave us.
               By God’s abundant grace we with the Lord are raised.
   It is the gift of God, whose name fore’er be praised.

P  The Lord is always kind to those who worship him,

C  and he keeps his promises to their descendants who faithfully obey him.

P  God has set up his kingdom in heaven, and he rules the whole creation.

C  Let all of God’s creation and all that he rules come and praise the Lord.

P  With all my heart I praise the Lord.

♫ We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus.
          It is the gift of God that thus his mercy frees us
                   To live in holiness the life that God desires.
                      It is the gift of God that such good works inspires.

Prayer of the Day

     Your Word tells us, Lord, that it is by grace we are saved, not by works, and that it is a gift from God, lest anyone should boast. Let us bask in the blessing of this true gift from you of our salvation from sin, death and the devil, not because of anything we have done but because of what your Son did for us on the cross by dying in our stead for our transgressions and rising to life three days later that we might live a new life in heaven with you. May this miraculous message, uncovered again during the Reformation, which we celebrate this day, be our guiding light and our bold claim in how we live our lives for you. Amen.

Please be seated

The First Lesson  Isaiah 55:1-11

Summary: Invitation to the Thirsty

 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples. Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.  Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.  Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.  ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.  ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.’”

Psalm 46  The Reformation Psalm is sung by the congregation to the tune of CW 441 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” with words as follows:

God is our Refuge and our Strength, our Helper ever near.
 The Lord of hosts is on our side to shelter us from fear.

Though mountains fall and storms arise and fearful tempests blow,
Our God is with us, and he leads where peaceful waters flow.

God’s steadfast help will surely come as certain as the dawn.
The Lord of hosts is on our side, so let all fear be gone!

The trembling nations hear his voice, their awesome Sov’reign own:
“Be still, and know that I am God, and I will reign alone!”

Come and behold what God has done: as adversaries yield,
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear and burns with fire the shield.

O God our Refuge, God our Strength, accept the praise we bring
For mercy shown by grace alone through Christ, our Savior-King!

The Second Lesson, Ephesians 2:1-10  (sermon text in bold)

Summary: Made Alive in Christ

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,  in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The Alleluia verse is sung by the congregation to the tune of CW 322, “On What Has Now Been Sown”:

It is God’s gift alone that we to Christ belong,
                             Who claims us as his own and will our whole life long.
 Alleluia! By faith alone God’s gift we own. Alleluia!

Rise for The Gospel, John 17:1-10

Summary: Jesus Prays for Himself and for Us

 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.  For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.  And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.  I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.  Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.  For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.  I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.  All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.

Please be seated

Congregational Hymn, CW Supplement 756, “We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight,”  5 verses, see insert

The Sermon:  Ephesians 2:4-10                                       

Grace Makes Everything New                                              

1.  A New Life   2.  A New Name   3.  A New Job

Rise for the Creedal Hymn sung by the congregation to the tune of CW 256, “How Great Thou Art”

♫ We all believe in God, almighty Father
who shattered chaos, said, “Let there be light!”
Sun, moon and stars show forth his praise together,
All things on earth his wisdom and his might.
God loved the world so much he freely gave his only Son the lost to save.
God loves each child; by faith we understand it is God’s gift—a Father’s hand.

    We all believe in God’s true Son, Christ Jesus,
Born of a virgin, for us crucified.
His holy death and resurrection frees us
To rise from sin, and in his grace abide.
Ascended to his throne in heav’n on high with saving love he still is nigh.
He will return as Shepherd, Judge and King. He is God’s gift—his praise we sing!

    And we give thanks for God the Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son,
By whose blest inspiration we inherit the benefits of all that Christ has done.
The holy Church is gathered ’round the Word where God’s good news in faith is heard.
Forgiven and forgiving, we shall rise to claim God’s gift of Paradise.

Please be seated

The Offering (Greet one another and sign the register.)

Please stand

Prayers  based on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism Creed spoken responsively by Pastor and congregation:

P  O God the Father Almighty, we offer our thanks for richly and daily providing us with all that we need to support the bodies you have given us and the lives we are privileged to live.

C  Make us truly grateful for your gifts of goods and clothing, house and home, spouse and children, property, and all that we call ours—that we may regard them as your blessings and dedicate them to your service.

P  O Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, for us and for our salvation you became true man.

C  It is your gift alone that purchased and won us from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil—not with gold or silver, but with your holy, precious blood and your innocent suffering and death. Keep us firm in that saving faith.           

P  O Holy Spirit, we acknowledge all the gifts of God today only because you have called us by the Gospel, enlightened us with your gifts, sanctified and kept us in the true faith.  Continue to inspire us in all these ways, we pray, that the things we do may show forth your glory.

C   By your Word and sacraments, you have united us with the whole Christian Church on earth. Continue to call, gather, enlighten, and sanctify more believers, and keep them with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.    Amen

Intercessory Prayers  listed on bulletin page 11

The Lord’s Prayer

*Emmanuel—Holy Communion—Hymnal pages 21-24; Hymns 309 & 317.             

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.

*St. John’s continues below.

Benediction

It is the gift of God that he has blessed us and keeps us.  The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious unto you.  The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.  Amen.

Please be seated

The Closing Hymn, CW 201, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” 4 verses

After today’s service, please give your completed friendship register page to an usher.

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XAnnouncements X

Activities for the week of November 3-November 9

Sun.   REFORMATION
  8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
  8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School 
  9:00 A.M. Emmanuel Council meeting 
  9:00 A.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
Mon. 6:00 P.M. Hands In Prayer at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. Choir at St. John’s 
  7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 9:00 A.M. Elders meeting at St. John’s
  6:00 P.M. Joint Worship Committee meeting at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. Eastside Cemetery Association meeting 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
  6:30 P.M. Women’s Bible Study begins at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
  7:30 P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s  
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s Teen Confirmation Class
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (9 of 13 weeks)
    SJS/LL Parent Teacher Conferences (evening)
Fri.   NO ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL/LITTLE LAMBS – St. John’s School/Little Lambs Parent Teacher Conferences
  7:00 P.M. WELS National Choral Fest at WLA
Sat.    
Theme for Next Sunday November 10 , 2019 The Last Judgment–Welcome Home #4:  “You Are Perfectly Safe Here”
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
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel Congregational meeting
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
2:00 P.M. WELS Sacred Concert at WLA

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), 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, John Smith (Kenon’s father), Jennifer Strauss – (added this week: )

– For our communicants at Emmanuel

PRAISE THE LORD “I want to thank Pastor Zietlow for his prayers and all the church members for their constant prayers and support. After 3.5 years of cancer treatments, it is now in check!”

                                                                                                                        –Bob Klapper

TRUNK OR TREAT Thank you to all who attended and helped out at this year’s Trunk or Treat. Without you, this event would not be as great as it was! Thanks and blessings to you all.

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 will be starting 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 NOT meet this Tuesday, but will be resuming again the next two weeks, November 12 and 19.

A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – EAST SIDE CEMETERY

The Montello East Side Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting this coming Tuesday, November 5th, at 6:30PM. The meeting this year will take place in the St. John’s church basement. Anyone who owns a cemetery plot at East Side, and all other interested parties are welcome to attend. Contact John Dolan at 608-297-1075 if you have any questions.

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 has begun. Sessions are held at 6:00p.m. in the lower level of St. John’s. Join us for week #8, October 17. 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 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): “If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!”

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.

Emm/Usher Schedule  

 

November 3   

   Emm (comm)                         Don Stelter, Paul Wuerch,

Gary Weger,

comm. assist. Wayne Stelter

SJ                                         Don Smith; Chief, Paul Van Treeck,               Haiden Van Treeck,  

Nolan Van Treeck, Matt Borzick

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, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Gordon Krause

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Please Sign Our Guest Register
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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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Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
10-27                                 10-30  70                                      126                           8        
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  
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BULLETIN- 10/27/19


EMMANUEL & ST. JOHN’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH
 October 27, 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 Reformation On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses—statements for debate—on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, beginning a spiritual and historical movement known as the Reformation. The Reformation did not just change the face of Europe; it restored the gospel to the church. It gave God’s Word to the people. As we celebrate the Reformation, we are not honoring the man for whom our church body is named. We are thanking God for his grace which he has demonstrated through the generations—preserving the church and setting us free.

Our Theme for Today We continue our Welcome Home sermon series. One of the joys of being home is you need not put on airs. Out in the world, we do all we can to hide our faults and failings. You might be afraid if your boss knew your secrets, he’d give you your walking papers. You might be afraid that if neighbors knew your personal issues, they might consider moving. But we know that in a healthy family, people will love us in spite of our faults.

As a young man, Martin Luther thought of himself as God’s slave. Thus, he was terrified of God. Luther believed God was a terrifying taskmaster, looking for every possible reason to punish him. But as Martin Luther studied God’s Word, he realized that was not the case at all. God is a loving Father. He does not pretend we have no brokenness or sin, but he paid for it all by the death and resurrection of Christ. Scripture says that through faith in Christ, we are completely forgiven. We are part of God’s own family—a family where we are loved in spite of our faults.

God’s grace not only frees us from the fear of condemnation and punishment, it frees us to live a better, more grace-filled life. We want to live as God’s children. We want to love and bear with one another—our brothers and sisters—just as our Father loves and bears with us.

This service offers the congregation a form of worship that focuses on the proclamation of God’s Word which God himself preserved through the Reformation of the Church.  
THE FESTIVAL OF THE REFORMATION  
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X  Gathering  X

AT ST. JOHN’S, SUNDAY SCHOOL SINGS                                 

Come Bless the Lord

Come bless the Lord,

All ye servants of the Lord,

Who standby night,

In the house of the Lord.

Lift up your hands,

In the holy place,

And bless the Lord,

And bless the Lord

Make Me a Servant

Make me a servant, humble and meek,

Lord, let me lift up those who are weak.

And may the prayer of my heart always be:

Make me a servant,

Make me a servant,

Make me a servant today.

Make me a servant, joyful and true,

Sharing with others all that You do.

And may the prayer of my heart always be:

Make me a servant,

Make me a servant,

Make me a servant today.

Please stand

INVOCATION & OPENING DIALOGUE

M:       In the name of the Father,

            and of the U Son,

            and of the Holy Spirit.

C:        Amen.

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

Please note that with subsequent verses there will be NO musical introduction.

ALL (sung):  All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall;

                        Bring forth the royal diadem And crown him Lord of all.

                        Bring forth the royal diadem And crown him Lord of all.

                        Hail him, ye heirs of David’s line, Whom David Lord did call,

                        The God incarnate, Man divine, And crown him Lord of all.

                        The God incarnate, Man divine, And crown him Lord of all.

M:       Blessing and honor and glory and power be unto the One who sits on the throne,

C:        And to the Lamb, forever and ever.

M:       His blood sets us free to be the people of God.

ALL (sung):  Sinners whose love can ne’er forget The wormwood and the gall,

                        Go, spread your trophies at his feet And crown him Lord of all.

                        Go, spread your trophies at his feet And crown him Lord of all.

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION

M:  Let us confess our sins to the Lord.

C:  Almighty God, merciful Father, I, a troubled and repentant sinner,

      confess that I have sinned against you in my thoughts, my words, and

my actions.

      I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved others as I should.

      I am distressed by the sins that trouble me and am deeply sorry for them.

M: Jesus’ death paid for the guilt of your sins and the sins of the whole world.

      He said to his people, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.”

      Because of the promise of our Savior Jesus, I forgive you all your sins.

      Be assured that you are a dear child of God and an heir of eternal life!

ALL (sung):  Let ev’ry kindred, ev’ry tribe On this terrestrial ball

                        To him all majesty ascribe And crown him Lord of all.

                        To him all majesty ascribe And crown him Lord of all.

M: Fight the good fight of faith!

C: For the Lord, the righteous Judge, has laid up for us a crown of life.

M: For us, and for all who await his appearing.

ALL (sung): Oh, that with yonder sacred throng We at his feet may fall!

                        We’ll join the everlasting song And crown him Lord of all.

                        We’ll join the everlasting song And crown him Lord of all.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M: Gracious Lord, our refuge and strength,

      pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people.

      Keep them steadfast in your Word,

      protect and comfort them in all temptations,

      defend them against all their enemies,

      and bestow on the Church your saving peace;

      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 31:31-34

Through Jeremiah, the Lord describes the new covenant established by the promised Messiah. He will  forgive sins and write the promise of grace on the hearts of his people, setting them free.

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord.
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

PSALM OF THE DAY 46                                                                         hymnal page 84

Sung in unison.

SECOND LESSON                                                                                  Romans 3:19-28

We are justified by God’s grace, set free from sin’s curse and condemnation

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                   John 8:31,32

M: Alleluia. If you continue in my Word, then you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Alleluia.


After a musical introduction, the congregation sings…

Please stand

GOSPEL                                                                                                         John 8:31-36

Within true discipleship comes the understanding and knowledge of the true mystery of Christ. With this knowledge comes freedom.

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

M: This is the Gospel of our Lord.

C:  Praise be to you, O Christ!

Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY — 201                                            A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Verse 1: all sing    Verse 2: men sing    Verse 3: women sing    Verse 4: all sing

SERMON                                                                  “You Are Free to Be Who You Are”

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

X  Offering & Prayers  X

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 the pew registers.

Please stand

PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer, Prayer of the Church and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcements for those on our Intercessory Prayers list on bulletin page 14.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Based on Luther’s prayer at the Diet of Worms (1521) as he faced the papal and imperial authorities

M: Almighty, eternal God, out of the depths we call to you. The world opens its mouth to swallow your church, and our faith in you is too small to confront its lures and attractions!

C:  We confess the weakness of our sinful flesh. Satan deceives us daily. If we are to depend upon any strength from ourselves, all is lost. Help us, we beg, to withstand the ungodly way of life that the world has to offer.

M: The work is not ours, O God, but yours. O Sovereign Lord and Creator, we have no way to satisfy your righteousness, nothing to contest the Deceiver’s earthly power, nothing to mute its false attractions, nothing to uproot the rule of our sinful flesh.

C:  We would gladly pass our days in happiness and peace in an age awash with iniquity. Hear us, heavenly Father, for the cause is yours. Yes, Creator of all that is, your cause is righteous and everlasting. Vindicate your name among the nations!

M: O all-seeing Lord, have mercy on your church. You understand our plight. We thank you for sending a messenger of peace to correct the times between life and death. This One is your Son, Jesus the Christ, the incarnate Savior, who saves us from calamities that plague your church.

C:  You have chosen us to do your work. Therefore, O God, accomplish it by your will. Stand by your church each day in the name of Jesus, who is our shelter and shield, our mighty fortress. Through the strength of the Holy Spirit, such faith works joy and peace and willingness to serve a world in need.

M: We are even ready to lay down our life for this cause, as were your servants Martin Luther and his fellow Reformers and Confessors, who forcefully stormed the kingdom of heaven to restore the gospel of your righteousness to its central place in Christian life.

C:  For the cause is holy. Though this world is filled with devils and though our bodies perish in persecution, your Word and your Spirit still remain. The church always needs reform as its message encounters the false and frivolous. But the Word of God stands firm forever.

M: In the confidence of this faith, gracious Lord, bless our efforts to spread the gospel of the glory and grace of God throughout the world to the joy and edifying of all who hear and believe and for your glory and our good.

C:  Amen.

         Special prayers and intercessions may follow

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

      Silent prayer

LORD’S PRAYER

M: We pray in Jesus’ name and as he taught.

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.

At Emmanuel, the service continues with…

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

CLOSING HYMN — 203                                    Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word

At St. John’s, the service continues with…

X  Holy Communion  X

At St. John’s & 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.

WORD AND SACRAMENT                                                            hymnal pages 33-35

Please be seated

DISTRIBUTION HYMN — 377                         Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice

Please stand

THANKSGIVING PRAYER & BLESSING                                  hymnal pages 36-37

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

CLOSING HYMN — 203                                    Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word

Following today’s service, please give your completed pew register page to pastor or an usher.

Hymn Appreciation: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word was written by Dr. Martin Luther in 1541 because of a grave and growing threat. Militant Islam was on the move. Seeking to conquer the West and force conversion, the armies of Islam conquered much of the Mediterranean world. They conquered right up to Vienna, the gateway to Europe. A service of prayer for the safety of Christendom was held in 1541, and Luther wrote this hymn for the boys’ choir. It is a prayer that God preserve his people regardless of the evil aims of this world.

XAnnouncements X

Activities for the week of October 27 – November 2

    WELCOME HOME SUNDAY3
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School 
  9:00 A.M. Emmanuel New Member Fellowship 
  9:00 A.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
  1:30 P.M. Reformation Service at St. Peter’s – Fond du Lac
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
  4:00 P.M. Trunk or Treat at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
  7:30 P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s  
Thurs.   REFORMATION DAY
  8:00 A.M. St. John’s Teen Confirmation Class
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (8 of 13 weeks)
Fri.   ALL SAINTS DAY
Sat.   DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
Theme for Next Sunday November 3 , 2019 “It Is the Gift of God–Celebrate Reformation Sunday”
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel Council meeting
9:00 A.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship

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), 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, John Smith (Kenon’s father), Jennifer Strauss, Shirley Wilkens – (added this week: )

– For Wyatt Joseph Beahm born on 10/17 to William and Alyssa Beahm

– For Don & Doris Smith who celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on 10/10

– For our communicants at St. John’s

EMMANUEL NEW MEMBER FELLOWSHIP TODAY 10/27, following the 8:00am service in the parish hall, please take some time to meet our newest members and enjoy donuts, juice and coffee.

TODAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS AT ST. JOHN’S are given by Don & Doris Smith in celebration for their 66th wedding anniversary on 10/10. Refreshments are also being served in the link-way before and after today’s (10/27) 10am worship service at St. John’s.  God bless you Don & Doris!

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 will be starting a four-week study of the book of Ruth on 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.

TRUNK OR TREAT AT ST. JOHN’S: OCTOBER 30TH 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Come join us for this year’s Trunk or Treat at St. John’s! Pick a theme, any theme, and decorate your trunk. Parking spots will be in the back parking lot of the school.
There will be many other fun things to do! Chili cook off contest, kid’s pumpkin carving/decorating contest, trunk and costume contest, games, prizes and more!
If you wish to enter any or all of the contests and/or reserve your parking spot, please call the office 608-297-2866. Bring a friend and come enjoy an evening of spooky fun, food and fellowship.

DONATIONS FOR MARQUETTE COUNTY CARE & SHARE FOOD BANK  St. John’s members are invited to share in the Sunday School’s October service project:  collecting 1) non-perishable food items/paper products (Please be kind and watch expiration dates!)  and 2) new & gently used winter accessories: hats/caps/gloves/mittens/scarves/neckgaiters/etc. Collection containers in the linkway.  Deadline:  End of October.

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 has begun. Sessions are held at 6:00p.m. in the lower level of St. John’s. Join us for week #7, October 17. 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 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): “He who angers you, controls you!”

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!

BAPTISM

A Spiritual D-Day

Most Americans still recognize the significance of a day called D-Day. On that day thousands of Allied soldiers began the invasion of occupied Europe. It was a day of horrendous death and destruction. But that day also marked the beginning of deliverance from tyranny.                                                                                                            

In one sense, the day of your baptism was a spiritual D-Day. On that day the Lord God initiated an invasion through water and Word. That day was also marked by death and deliverance. But that deliverance didn’t take place gradually. On that day you were rescued from hellish tyranny.

Both Peter and Paul invoke this imagery of death yet deliverance in connection with Baptism. The context of Peter’s declaration that “baptism . . . now saves you also” (1 Peter 3:21) is a reference to the universal flood. The flood waters destroyed a world characterized by rampant wickedness. Yet that same water lifted the ark and carried eight people to safety. That water safeguarded the promise first enunciated in the Garden of Eden. Something just as extraordinary happens in the flood at the font. “In [the ark] only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:20,21). Luther captures the idea well. “Now baptism is by far a greater flood than was that of Noah. For that flood drowned men during no more than one year, but baptism drowns all sorts of men throughout the world, from the birth of Christ even till the day of judgment” (Luther’s Works, Vol. 35, page 32).                                           

Paul also invokes an Old Testament allusion that most believers will recognize. “I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (1 Corinthians 10:1,2). The mighty waters of the Red Sea destroyed the enemies of God’s people. Those same waters brought freedom and deliverance to the Israelites.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

We can’t miss the evidence of God’s steady hand of grace. At the font the old Adam is drowned and God delivers us from a death that we inherited at birth. Destruction yet deliverance—the font is a flood that achieves both through the power and Word of the living Lord. Mark the date of your baptism, and each year celebrate that anniversary. On that day God initiated an invasion in order to destroy sin and to deliver you through the blood of Jesus.

What Is Holy, Holy, Holy?

 The word “holy” means different things. It can refer to something that has many holes in it, such as a strainer someone dumps spaghetti noodles into. It can refer to a sacred religious artifact such as the holy grail or the Holy Bible. However, when the Bible uses the word “holy” it refers to someone who is sinless. For example, the Triune God is holy because he does not and cannot sin. Since God is holy, he demands human beings must be holy or sinless to enter heaven. Unfortunately, we are not. We break the Ten Commandments and sin against God every day. This is why God sent Jesus to be our Savior. Jesus lived a holy life and then went to the cross where he took our sins upon himself and suffered and died for them. Through his innocent suffering and death, God the Father forgave our sins. Everyone who believes in Jesus as their Savior is holy in God’s sight and will go to heaven where they will live holy lives forever. As believers in Jesus we eagerly look forward to the day when we will be in heaven singing our praises to God for making us holy so we can live there with him. However, in a basic liturgical worship we already praise God for this now. In this column entitled, “Questions About Christianity”, we are looking at the different parts of a basic Christian liturgical worship service. This month we will learn about the song Holy, Holy, Holy by answering this question, “What is Holy, Holy, Holy?”

Holy, Holy, Holy is often referred to by its Latin name Sanctus (Sanctus means holy). The Holy, Holy, Holy or Sanctus is a liturgical song that closes the Preface. Clement of Rome reported using this song in his worship services as early as 104 A.D. Over the years, different versions of the Holy, Holy, Holy developed. The song became widely used during the service of Holy Communion throughout most of Christianity by the fourteenth century.

The words of Holy, Holy, Holy come from two main Biblical texts. The first is from Isaiah 6. In this chapter the Lord allowed the prophet Isaiah to see a glimpse of heaven. As the Lord sat on his throne, he was surrounded by seraphs with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. As they were flying, they praised the Lord saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The second Biblical text is from Matthew 21:1-11. In these verses Jesus is riding on a colt into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday surrounded by many people who are putting their coats and cut palm branches on the ground as they cried out, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!”

Holy, Holy, Holy is a very fitting song for Christians to sing right before they receive Holy Communion. The word holy is said three times to depict that each person of the Triune God is holy. When Christians sing this song, they humbly admit the Triune God is holy and they are not. But they rejoice because God the Father sent his Son, Jesus, to forgive them of their sins and make them holy in God’s sight through faith in Jesus as their Savior. Through Holy Communion, Christians once again are forgiven of their sins and assured they will go to heaven where they will live in God’s holy presence forever because they themselves will be holy.

Emm/Usher Schedule

October 27    

   Emm                                     Lucas Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Joe Heller

   SJ (comm)                           Jack Yates; Chief, Kevin Kaul, Corey Kaul, Ken Borzick,

James Henke

November 3  

   Emm (comm)                       Don Stelter, Paul Wuerch, Gary Weger,

comm. assist. Wayne Stelter

   SJ                                         Don Smith; Chief, Paul Van Treeck, Haiden Van Treeck,

Nolan Van Treeck, Matt Borzick

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

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
10-20                                  10-23  91                                       148                                      
St. John’s Altar Committee October 2019 Elaine Kelm & Carolyn Rosenthal 
Save the Date for our Thanksgiving Services! November 27                6:30pm Thanksgiving Eve at St. John’s           November 28                 9:00am Thanksgiving 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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BULLETIN- 10/20/2019 Welcome Home

 
EMMANUEL & ST. JOHN’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH
 October 20, 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

Our Worship Series Read through Scripture and count the times it refers to believers as “brothers and sisters.” You will reach the triple digits quickly. The Holy Spirit is deliberate with his choice of words. If he frequently refers to the Church in those terms, there can be only one explanation. He wants us to think of each other as family. Scripture teaches that what unites us to our spiritual family is infinitely more powerful than any biological bond. Moreover, you can lose a blood relative. They can be taken away from you by death. But you will enjoy the companionship of your spiritual family for all eternity.

In this worship series, we will look at how our Father knits us together in love and unity into a spiritual family. We will see the benefits of being part of this family. In the Church, Christ has given us a better home.

Our Theme for Today Is the church more of a country club or a hospital? Is a Christian community full of people who have it all together, whose lives are perfectly in line with God’s will? Or is the family of God an assembly of individuals who are all flawed and broken in multiple ways? Scripture answers that question. God’s Word tells us everyone within the church was at one point deeply lost. What changed that? How were we “found”? Amazing grace! God, in his grace, sought us out, called us to faith, adopted us into his family, and welcomed us home into his Church. Think of what this means. If the church is a collection of people who were lost in their sin, it is unrealistic to think that in the church everyone will be a perfect model of righteous behavior. No one is like that except Christ! Our salvation is an accomplished fact. But our Christian life is going to be one that often takes two steps forward and then at least one step back.

This is another reason we need Christian community! As a loving Christian family, we love one another, forgive one another, proclaim God’s forgiveness to one another. And when a brother or sister drifts backs towards lostness, we give chase, striving to bring them back home.

This service offers the congregation a form of worship that focuses on the proclamation of God’s Word and the celebration of Holy Communion.
SERVICE OF WORD & SACRAMENT
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X  Gathering  X

OPENINGHYMN 379                                                                        Oh, How Good It Is

 

Please stand

INVOCATION

M:  In the name of the Father and of the  Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C:  Amen.

Confession and absolution

M:  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

      But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins

      And cleanse us from all unrighteousness.   (1 John 1:8-9)

C:  For the wrong we have done, and all the good we have failed to do;

      for angry deeds, for hurtful words, for uncharitable thoughts;

      for self-centered living, and for failing to walk with humility and gentleness;

      for longing to have what is not ours, and for failing to give thanks for what is ours;

      for those sins we do not even remember committing:

      Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

M:  God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin,

      and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved.

      In the name of  Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven.

      Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit,

      that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.

C: Amen.

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

FATHER, WE PRAISE YOU                                                             Christe Sanctorum


We worship our God this morning with the ancient song of praise, Christe Sanctorum. This hymn was written by Gregory the Great in the 6th century A.D. It was used by Christians to begin worship during the Sundays after Pentecost. Utilizing this song celebrates the wonderful legacy that historic Christianity has left for the Church today.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M:   Lord, we pray that your mercy and grace may always go before and follow after us that, loving you with undivided hearts, we may be ready for every good and useful work; 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                                                                                             Hosea 3:1-5

The Lord asked the prophet Hosea to turn his entire life into an object lesson. Hosea was to marry a prostitute, to love her and bring her into his home, in spite of her adulteries. This illustrates our God’s love. We all often love other  things more than our God. Yet he forgives us and welcomes us lost and broken people back into his home.

The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

So I bought her for fifteen shekelsof silver and about a homer and a lethekof barley. Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”

For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.

PSALM OF THE DAY 133-134                                                             hymnal page 115

Sung in unison.

SECOND LESSON                                                                          2 Corinthians 2:5-11

A member of the Corinthian congregation had scandalized the congregation by living in public sin. He had
repented. St. Paul urges the Corinthians to welcome him home with open arms, to forgive and comfort
him. Why? Because Christ has forgiven us our countless sins and welcomed us into his eternal home.

If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

VERSE OF THE DAY

M:   Alleluia! Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. Alleluia!

C:

Please stand

GOSPEL                                                             Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 (today’s sermon text)

There is rejoicing in heaven when the lost are found.

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable:

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

M:  This is the Gospel of our Lord.

C:   Praise be to you, O Christ!

Please be seated

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

HYMN OF THE DAY — 388                                           Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven

SERMON                                              Luke 15:1-3, 11-32  “Behold the Father’s Love”

  1. For those lost in sin      2.   For those lost in themselves

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

X  Offering & Prayers  X

OFFERING

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.

Please stand

PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer, Prayer for Finding and Forgiving the Lost and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcements for those on our Intercessory Prayers list on bulletin page 11.

LORD’S PRAYER

M: We pray in Jesus’ name and as he taught.

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.

BLESSING SUNG BY ST. JOHN’S K-8TH GRADE —              May the Peace of God

XAnnouncements X

Activities for the week of October 20 – October 26

    WELCOME HOME SUNDAY2
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  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
  11:15 A.M. St. John’s Voters meeting
  4:00 P.M. Pastor Nick Haasch Installment – Peace Green Lake
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 
  1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs Early Release
  2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation Class
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
  7:30 P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s  
Thurs. 8:30 A.M. District Pastor’s Conference – Appleton, WI
    WELS District Teacher’s Conference – Milwaukee, WI – NO SCHOOL
    NO Montello Care Center Devotion
    NO St. John’s Teen Confirmation Class
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (7 of 13 weeks)
Fri. 8:30 A.M. District Pastor’s Conference – Appleton, WI
    WELS District Teacher’s Conference – Milwaukee, WI – NO SCHOOL
Sat.    
Theme for Next Sunday October 27 , 2019 “Welcome Home #3–You Are Free To Be Yourself “
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel New Member Fellowship & Council meeting
9:00 A.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
1:30 P.M. Reformation Service – St. Peter’s Fond du lac

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), 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, John Smith (Kenon’s father), Jennifer Strauss, Shirley Wilkens – (added this week: )

– For Katie Dolan and Nathan Kempf who were united in Christian marriage yesterday (10/19) at St. John’s

– For Nickolas Haasch (wife Lynn) who will be installed today (10/20) as pastor of Peace–Green Lake

EMMANUEL NEW MEMBER FELLOWSHIP On Sunday October 27th, following the 8:00am service. Please take some time to meet our newest members and enjoy donuts, juice and coffee.

VOTERS MEETING TODAY, following our 10:00am St. John’s service. Please join us in the sanctuary.

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 will be starting a four-week study of the book of Ruth on 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 CLASS! The men Bible class attendees from Emmanuel have invited the group to hold next week’s study (Tuesday, October 22) at Emmanuel in Mecan! What a treat! A chili supper will be served at 6:00pm and the study begins as usual at 6:30pm. THAT NEXT TUESDAY – OCTOBER 22 – AT EMMANUEL. All Emmanuel/St. John’s men are invited and encouraged to attend.

DONATIONS FOR MARQUETTE COUNTY CARE & SHARE FOOD BANK  St. John’s members are invited to share in the Sunday School’s October service project:  collecting 1) non-perishable food items/paper products (Please be kind and watch expiration dates!)  and 2) new & gently used winter accessories: hats/caps/gloves/mittens/scarves/neckgaiters/etc. Collection containers in the linkway.  Deadline:  End of October.

CARDS FOR PRISON MINISTRY–YOU CAN HELP!  Writing messages on card fronts for the WELS Prison Ministry is something everyone can do–men, women, teens, even grade school kids with parents or teachers supervising.  Pick up a packet or two of cards in the St. John’s linkway and spend some time writing Bible verses or short inspirational messages related to the type of card (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or Praying for/Thinking of You cards).  Instructions are included with each packet of cards. Return the completed cards to the collection box by Thanksgiving Day, November 28.  Any questions, contact Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635.

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 has begun. Sessions are held at 6:00p.m. in the lower level of St. John’s. Join us for week #7, October 17. 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 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 promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.”

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!

Emm/Usher Schedule

October 20    

   Emm                                     Wayne Stelter, Noah Buchholz, Paul Dahlke

   SJ                                         James Wachholz; Chief, Kenny Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls,

Mark Emond, Ben Emond

October 27    

   Emm                                     Lucas Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Joe Heller

   SJ (comm)                           Jack Yates; Chief, Kevin Kaul, Corey Kaul, Ken Borzick,

James Henke

November 3  

   Emm (comm)                       Don Stelter, Paul Wuerch, Gary Weger,

comm. assist. Wayne Stelter

   SJ                                         Don Smith; Chief, Paul Van Treeck, Haiden Van Treeck,

Nolan Van Treeck, Matt Borzick

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, Ben Jaster

November 27 Thanksgiving Eve

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

Jeremy Breiwa, Richard Freitag

November 28 Thanksgiving

   Emm                                     Darrell Buchholz, Don Stelter, Gary Wegner

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
10-13                                  10-16 66                                       214                                       3
St. John’s Altar Committee October 2019 Elaine Kelm & Carolyn Rosenthal 
Save the Date for our Thanksgiving Services! November 27                6:30pm Thanksgiving Eve at St. John’s           November 28                 9:00am Thanksgiving 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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BULLETIN- WELCOME HOME October 13th, 2019

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

Our Worship Series Read through Scripture and count the times it refers to believers as “brothers and sisters.” You will reach the triple digits quickly. The Holy Spirit is deliberate with his choice of words. If he frequently refers to the Church in those terms, there can be only one explanation. He wants us to think of each other as family. We understand the important roles a mother and father play. We know the joys (and challenges) of having siblings. Do we grasp that it is just as important that we have a spiritual family? Scripture teaches that what unites us to our spiritual family is infinitely more powerful than any biological bond. Moreover, you can lose a blood relative. They can be taken away from you by death. But you will enjoy the companionship of your spiritual family for all eternity. In this worship series, we will look at how our Father knits us together in love and unity into a spiritual family. We will see the benefits of being part of this family. In the Church, Christ has given us a better home.

Our Theme for Today “Army of One” was the shortest-lived recruiting slogan in US military history. It was meant to stress the strength of the individual. The Army dropped the slogan relatively quickly because they realized it was contrary to the reality that, in the army, you are completely reliant upon your team. In a stressful situation, the individual can be overwhelmed. He or she needs others. God knows this. The first time God looked at Creation and noticed something was off, the issue was that an individual (Adam) was isolated. “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). Humans are hardwired by God to need fellowship, not just with him, but with one another. So, God is determined to bring believers into a loving, nurturing community—the Church.

Perhaps you have been a part of this Christian family for a long time. Perhaps you once belonged to a church, but for whatever reason drifted away. Perhaps you have never belonged to a church. Whatever may be the case for you, mayGod bless you as you listen to his Word today. May he help us all to realize that this Christiancommunity—this spiritual home—is something we badly need. Welcome home!

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SERVICE OF WORD & SACRAMENT  
This service offers the congregation a form of worship that focuses on the proclamation of God’s Word and the celebration of Holy Communion.  
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  Gathering  

Sunday CHOIR SINGS —                                                                              Day By Day

Wednesday HYMN 365                                                    Love Diving, All Love Excelling

Please stand

INVOCATION

M:  In the name of the Father and of the  Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C:  Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

M:  God has called us to live as family. Yet, our love for God and for each other is not what it should be. Our priorities and choices are often flawed. But the power of God’s love enables us to live a new life. Let us confess our sins to God and ask for his forgiveness.

C:  Almighty God, merciful Father, I confess to you that I have not loved you with all my heart. In what I have done and left undone, I have pursued my ways instead of your ways. I have not loved my brothers and sisters as myself. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. I am truly sorry for my sins. I repent of them.

I beg for your mercy, O Lord.

Silence for meditation

M:  Forgive us for the sake of Jesus Christ who suffered and died for us.

C: Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

M: God has been merciful to us and has sent his Son to die for all. For his sake, God forgives our sins and empowers us to be his people. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

M: Our Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven us and reconciled us to God and has promised us the power to forgive and love each other. In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.

After a brief introduction, all sing:

TO GOD ON HIGH BE GLORY                                                Gloria in Excelsis

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PRAYER OF THE DAY

M:   O Lord Jesus Christ,

        preserve the family of believers with your never-failing mercy.

        Bind us together with the bond of your love.

        Help us avoid whatever is wicked and harmful,

        and guide us in the way that leads to our salvation;

        for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

       one God, now and forever.

C:  Amen.

Please stand

  The Word 

FIRST LESSON                                                                                   Ecclesiastes 4:7-12

Scripture says that people are not wired to be rugged individuals. God created us to need
 one another. Two are better than one. Even better is having Christ as the third strand
 within a relationship. He provides the love and grace that keeps that bond strong.

Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless—a miserable business!

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

PSALM OF THE DAY                                Psalm 133 How Very Good and Pleasant

Choir sings.

            Together, together we lift our voices to the Lord.

            Together, together we shout our praise to his name.

            Refrain

            Through water and his Word the Spirit makes us family.

            Salvation and new life are ours to share with everyone.

            Refrain

            You servants of the Lord, now in his house lift up your hands and praise

            the Lord who made the heavens and the earth.

            Refrain

SECOND LESSON                                              Hebrews 2:9-18 (today’s sermon text)

Jesus became our brother so that by his suffering, death and resurrection he might
 unite us to himself and knit us together into a spiritual family

But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.”  And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

VERSE OF THE DAY

M:        Alleluia! I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;

            in the assembly I will sing your praises. Alleluia!

C:

Please stand

GOSPEL                                                                                                 Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus wants us in his family so that he might give us rest and peace.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

M:  This is the Gospel of our Lord.

C:   Praise be to you, O Christ!

Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY — 532                                         God Is Here! As We His People

SERMON                                                       Hebrews 2:9-18 “The Author of Salvation”

  1. Is your suffering brother
  2. Is your conquering high priest

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

  Offering & Prayers  

OFFERING

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.

Please stand

PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer, Prayer for the Need for Christian Community and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcements for those on our Intercessory Prayers list.

LORD’S PRAYER

M: We pray in Jesus’ name and as he taught.

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.

*Sunday at Emmanuel, Wednesday at St. John’s continue with…

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING

CLOSING HYMN                                         Oh, How Good It Is    bulletin pages 12, 13

*Sunday at St. John’s, continue with…

  Holy Communion 

OPENING SENTENCES

M:  The Lord be with you.

C:  And also with you.

M:  Lift up your hearts.

C:  We lift them up to the Lord.

M:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C:  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

M:  Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

      In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.

      He sends his Holy Spirit to testify that we are his children

      and to strength us when we are weak.

      Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God

      and the authority of his Christ.

      To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

      be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever.

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY                                                                                          Sanctus

 

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

M: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

      Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

      The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C:  Amen.

O CHRIST, LAMB OF GOD                                                                           Agnus Dei

SWS 09 Agnus Dei

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS — 492                                         Son of God, Eternal Savior

                                                    309                Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord

CLOSING PRAYER

M:  We give you thanks, O Lord, for the foretaste of the heavenly banquet that you have given us to eat and to drink in this sacrament. Through this gift you have fed our faith, nourished our hope, and strengthened our love. By your Spirit help us to live as your holy people until that day when you will receive us as your guests at the wedding supper of the Lamb, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  Amen.

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.

CLOSING HYMN                                                                                 Oh, How Good It Is

Cantors will introduce with verse 1, congregation can join at any time.

 

Announcements

Activities for the week of October 13 – October 19

    WELCOME HOME SUNDAY
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  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 with communion
  11:15 A.M. St. John’s breakfast in lower level
Mon. 6:30 P.M. Choir at St. John’s 
  7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues.   Joint Pastor’s Conference – Elkhart Lake
  6:30 P.M. Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s 
Wed.   Joint Pastor’s Conference – Elkhart Lake
  8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Chapel 
  1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs Early Release
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
  7:30 P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s  
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Confirmation Class 
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (6 of 13 weeks)
  6:30 P.M. Council meeting at St. John’s 
Fri.  5:00 P.M. Dolan/Kempf Wedding Rehearsal at St. John’s 
Sat.  2:00 P.M. Dolan/Kempf Wedding at St. John’s  
Theme for Next Sunday October 20 , 2019 “Welcome Home – The Lost Are Now Found”
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
11:15 A.M. St. John’s Voter meeting
2:00 P.M. Pastor Nick Haarsch installation – Peace Green Lake

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), 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, Shirley Wilkens – (added this week: Lilah Farrell)

– For the family of Russell Gray, brother of St. John’s members Pam Hunter & Annette St. Onge, called home on 10/6

– For Bernice Wegner who celebrated her 70th birthday yesterday, 10/12

– For the family of our St. John’s member, Karl Whitrock, called home on 10/6

– For our communicants at St. John’s

WELCOME HOMESUNDAY: TODAY, OCTOBER 13TH THE BLESSING OF “HOME”

There’s something about home. Home is where you relax after a long day of work. Home is where you can let your hair down, because you know the people there will love you, even with your quirks and flaws. Home is where you feel most safe, in a world which is anything but. Jesus intended for his church to be more than a school where we learn about God’s Word. He intended it to be more than a cathedral where we praise our Creator. Jesus intended for church to be a home, a place where we gather with Christian family and enjoy all the blessings of home. Today, we are celebrating Welcome Home Sunday. We will talk about the importance of having the support of a Christian community.

ST. JOHN’S BREAKFAST Today, following our “Welcome Home” 10:00a.m. service at St. John’s, Stacie Starke will be hosting breakfast in the lower level. What’s on the menu: Biscuits, biscuits and more biscuits! Biscuits with sausage gravy, biscuits, sausage patty and cheese, biscuits with jam/jelly, cheezy tater tots with eggs and breakfast casseroles. See you there! Free will donations will be accepted. All donations will be going towards St. John’s parking lot.

EMMANUEL NEW MEMBER FELLOWSHIP On Sunday October 27th, following the 8:00am service. Please take some time to meet our newest members and enjoy donuts, juice and coffee.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY In memory of Bernice Wegner’s 70th birthday, yesterday October 12, $70.00 was given for St. John’s door fund. Thank you for your gift and birthday blessings to you!

VOTERS MEETING The next Voters meeting will be next Sunday, October 20th, following our 10:00am St. John’s service.

SNEAK PEAK AT THE GOSPEL Men’s Bible Study will continue this week Tuesday- 6:30pm – in St. John’s church basement.

DONATIONS FOR MARQUETTE COUNTY CARE & SHARE FOOD BANK  St. John’s members are invited to share in the Sunday School’s October service project:  collecting 1) non-perishable food items/paper products (Please be kind and watch expiration dates!)  and 2) new & gently used winter accessories: hats/caps/gloves/mittens/scarves/neckgaiters/etc. Collection containers in the linkway.  Deadline:  End of October

CARDS FOR PRISON MINISTRY–YOU CAN HELP!  Writing messages on card fronts for the WELS Prison Ministry is something everyone can do–men, women, teens, even grade school kids with parents or teachers supervising.  Pick up a packet or two of cards in the St. John’s linkway and spend some time writing Bible verses or short inspirational messages related to the type of card (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or Praying for/Thinking of You cards).  Instructions are included with each packet of cards. Return the completed cards to the collection box by Thanksgiving Day, November 28.  Any questions, contact Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635.

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY At, St. John’s, 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?

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 has begun. Sessions are held at 6:00p.m. in the lower level of St. John’s. Join us for week #7, October 17. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.

ACH What is ACH? Automated Clearing House is an electronic payments network use by individuals, businesses, financial institutions and government organizations. Interested in having your church offering automatically deposited? Stop by the office or Information Room and fill out your application 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 loves everyone, but probably prefers ‘fruits of the spirit’ over religious nuts!”  

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!

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 today 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
10-6                                    10-9 70                                       109                                       4
St. John’s Altar Committee October 2019 Elaine Kelm & Carolyn Rosenthal 

October 6                  

Emm/Usher Schedule  

   Emm (comm)                       Darrell Buchholz, Bob Ferber, Joe Heller,

comm. assist. Lucas Stelter

   SJ                                         Kenon Smith; Chief, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon,

Gordon Krause, Glen Bubolz

October 13                

   Emm                                     DuWayne Sommerfeld, Jim Stuempges, Gary Wegner

   SJ (comm)                           Cal Kapp; Chief, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith,

Calvin Wojtalewicz, Thomas Wojtalewicz

October 20    

   Emm                                     Wayne Stelter, Noah Buchholz, Paul Dahlke

   SJ                                         James Wachholz; Chief, Kenny Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls,

Mark Emond, Ben Emond

October 27    

   Emm                                     Lucas Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Joe Heller

   SJ (comm)                           Jack Yates; Chief, Kevin Kaul, Corey Kaul, Ken Borzick,

James Henke

November 3  

   Emm (comm)                       Don Stelter, Paul Wuerch, Gary Weger,

comm. assist. Wayne Stelter

   SJ                                         Don Smith; Chief, Paul Van Treeck, Haiden Van Treeck,

Nolan Van Treeck, Matt Borzick

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, Matt Neuhauser

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

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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: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org
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BULLETIN- September 29, 2019

The 16th Sunday after Pentecost 

September 29, 2019 St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church Montello, WI 

608.297.2866 

www.stjohnsmontello.org 

Like us on Facebook 

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. 

PASTOR’S GREETING 

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! 

Please stand 

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. 

Please stand 

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. 

NICENE CREED 

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. 

Refrain 

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” 

Please stand 

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 

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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 

Please stand 

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. 

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BLESSING 

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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. 

 Announcements  

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. 

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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. 

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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 

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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. 

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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 

Email: kentreeder@gmail.com 

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 

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Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s 

9-22 9-25 70 104 14 

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: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org 

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BULLETIN- September 22nd, 2019- The 15th Sunday after Pentecost

The 15th Sunday after Pentecost

September 22, 2019

Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Mecan & Montello, WI

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  

 

608.297.2866 www.stjohnsmontello.org Like us on Facebook
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.  
XG O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y X “Hey, that’s my seat!”  School children get in fights day after day, arguing over their special place.  Adults look and laugh, and yet we  do the same in life when we take pains to assure that we get what’s coming to us – at work, at home, among friends and family – and that everybody sees and knows how important we are.  But in these lessons we are reminded that our King is coming, the Almighty Ruler of the universe, Jesus Christ, next to whom, because of sin, we are nothing and deserve the lowest place.  But, because of His love for us, Jesus invites us to the place of honor.      

 

XP R A Y E R     B E F O R E     W O R S H I P X O Lord Jesus Christ, preserve this congregation of believers with your never-failing mercy.  Help us avoid whatever is wicked and harmful and guide us in the way that leads to our salvation.  Through your Holy Word and by your Holy Spirit, come to us, forgive our sins, and cause our faith to grow in strength and productivity–so that, with your help, we produce many fruits of faith pleasing to you.  Bless our worship today, in Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen    

 

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.

OPENING HYMN 478                                                        With the Lord Begin Your Task

Please stand

CONFESSION OF SINS                                                                                              hymnal page 38

We confess to God that we have failed to live up to the perfect standards in his

law, and we plead for his mercy.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FORGIVENESS                                                                   hymnal page 38

The pastor announces the forgiveness of sins won for us by the perfect life and innocent sufferings and death of Jesus, our Savior.

OH TASTE AND SEE                                                                                                                             hymnal page 39

This paraphrase of Psalm 34:8 reminds us of how sweet the good news of salvation is for Christians. Those who take refuge in Jesus, our Good Shepherd, are blessed.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M: Almighty God, your Son our Savior was taken up in glory and intercedes for us at your right hand. Through your living and abiding Word, give us hearts to know him and faith to follow where he has gone; 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                                                                                                                                  Proverbs 25: 6, 7

Summary: Humility is appropriate for Christians

Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among great men; it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.

PSALM 119a                                                                                                                                                hymnal page 109

Men sing first line, women sing second line and all sing refrains and Gloria.

SECOND LESSON                                                                                                                             Hebrews 13:1-8

Summary: A humble Christian loves people and uses money

Keep on loving each other as brothers.  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” {Deut. 31:6}  So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?” {Psalm118:6,7}

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                               Jeremiah 15:16

Alleluia. Your words became a joy to me, and the delight of my heart. 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!                            

Please stand

GOSPEL LESSON                                                                                    Luke 14:1, 7-14  (today’s sermon text)

Summary: Jesus pictures true humility and generosity

One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.  If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, `Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.  But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, `Friend, move up to a better place.’  Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.  Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

C: Praise be to you, O Christ!                                   

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HYMN OF THE DAY 454                                                                        I Gave My Life for Thee

SERMON                                                                                                                        Luke 14:1, 7-14

“Jesus’ Lesson on Attitude Adjustment”

Let’s learn:

  1. Genuine humility
  2. Unselfish  charity

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APOSTLES’ CREED                                                                                       hymnal page 41

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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 OFFERING

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.

PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer, Befriend a Mission Prayer and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcements for those on our Intercessory Prayers list (pg. 8).

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LORD’S PRAYER                                                                                                                                       hymnal page 43

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HYMN 439:1-2                                                                                        Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me

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CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING                                                                           hymnal page 43, 44

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CLOSING HYMN 439:3                                                                                 Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me

As you leave today’s service, please give your completed Friendship Register sheet to an usher or pastor.

XAnnouncements X

Activities for the week of September 22-September 28
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  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
  11:00 A.M. St. John’s Welcome Home phone tree meeting
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. St. John’s Evangelism meeting
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
  7:30 P.M. Bible Information Class begins at St. John’s 
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Confirmation Class
  10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center Devotion with communion
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (4 of 13 weeks)
  6:30 P.M. Preschool Family Night at St. John’s
Fri. 8:00 A.M. 7th/8th Grade Visitation at WLA
Sat.    
Theme for Next Sunday September 29 , 2019 Pentecost 16: “Be Wise! Know the Lord and Know Yourself” 316NOW Mission Festival w/ guest pastor Jim Kleist
8:00 A.M. 316NOW Mission Festival Worship at Emmanuel
8:30 P.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 P.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
10:00 A.M. 316NOW Mission Festival Worship at St. John’s
11:15 A.M. 316NOW Mission Festival Lunch and Presentation at St. John’s

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Ron Blada, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Lilah Farrell, Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Earl “Pete” Laun, Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Mark and Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son and daughter in-law), Doris Smith, Jennifer Strauss, Karl Whitrock, Shirley Wilkens – (added this week: )

– For Dustin Loveland and Melanie Shadel who were united in marriage on 9/14

– For submission to God’s will

– For those straying from the church

SAVE THE DATE FOR WELCOME HOME SUNDAY: OCTOBER 13TH

Worshiping our God—listening to him speak to us in his Word and responding with our praise—is always special. However, it can be especially joyful when the house is packed. Think of the singing on Christmas Eve… or the way we need to set up chairs on Easter Sunday. Yet, even on those days, we have members who are out of town.

The goal of Welcome Home Sunday is to have a day when everyone that is part of our Christian family comes together. After all, church is supposed to be a home, and believers are kin. Our focus of worship on this day is the blessing of Christian community. Thus, we want 100% of our members there.

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.

PLEASE JOIN FAMILY AND FRIENDS AS WE CELEBRATE WITH A PARTY IN HONOR OF BETH JOHNSON’S 90TH BIRTHDAY Saturday, September 28th from 1:00-4:00pm Open House, Location: Senior Dome 140 Lake Ct. Montello, WI (Behind Fire Station) No gifts please.

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 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 #4, September 26.  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 Emmanel. 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!

FORWARD IN CHRIST Please do not turn in any past Forward in Christ magazines as we no longer accept them due to the personal information that is provided inside. Thanks!

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):  “Forbidden fruits create many jams.”

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!

FALL MISSION OFFERINGS ARE BEING COLLECTED DURING SEPTEMBER  Please use the collection container where you are a member:  in the church entrance both at Emmanuel and at St. John’s. Home Mission-Outreach to Asians and World Mission-Ukraine Project will benefit. Offerings are welcome from anyone with a heart for missions!  DEADLINE:  Sunday, September 29.

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!!

316NOW MISSION FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Learn about the ministry committed to proclaiming grace across China NOW.  Special Freewill Offering for 316NOW at both services. Guest speaker is one of the administrators of this ministry. Schedule for the day:

   8:00 a.m.            Emmanuel Mission Festival service

   9:30 a.m.            Learn about 316NOW’s Sheep to Lambs Initiative (school classroom)

   10:00 a.m.          St. John’s Mission Festival service

   11:15 a.m.            Luncheon in St. John’s lower level for EVERYONE!  (Freewill Offering)

   12:00 noon        316NOW power point presentation by guest speaker..come learn more!

FALL SERVICE

PROJECT FOR PERIDOT-OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN SCHOOL IN APACHELAND The women of the LWMS invite our church families to help us 1) collect 4 items for Peridot: crayons, markers, pencils, & glue sticks.  2) collect monetary donations to help Peridot purchase Scholastic books.  Collection containers at each church.  Your help is appreciated!  We will collect through Sunday, October 13.

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 Bradley & Susan Wright

c/o Risen Savior Ev. Lutheran Church

1685 Lexington Avenue

Mansfield, OH 44907

Email:  pastorbradwright@gmail.com

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
●●● 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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BULLETIN- September 1st, 2019

Labor for the Lord:

A Labor Day Service

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September 1, 2019

8 a.m.  Emmanuel

10 a.m.  St. John’s

Pastor Peter Zietlow

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Pastor:  Today we observe a national holiday that honors those whose labor contributes to our well-being.  Our theme is Labor for the Lord. God values productive and honest labor, and blesses it.

Opening Hymn: CW Supplement 777, Now Let Us All in Hymns of Praise”

Invocation

P:  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C:  Amen

Call to Worship

P:  God said, “Six days you will labor and do all your work,

C:  But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord.”

P:  Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,

C:  And I will give you rest.”

P:  We come in the name of the Holy Spirit, resting from our labors,

C:  Let us worship God this day!”

Confession and Absolution

C:  Lord of life, I confess that I have not lived the life of which I’m capable.  I have gifts which I have not used, and gifts which I’ve misused. I have not loved you above all others, and failed to love my neighbor as myself.  Have mercy and forgive and strengthen me for your service.

P:  Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through Jesus Christ.  There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
Therefore, as a called servant of Christ, and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.

C:  Amen

Prayer of the Day

Heavenly Father,  we are blessed to be given work to do and the ability to do it.  Finding satisfaction in the work we do is a gift from God that gives meaning to our lives.  Fill us with your Spirit so that we might live as faithful servants of Jesus our King and do all our work as for the Lord.  Keep us ever grateful for these blessings. In Jesus’ name, Amen

The Word on Work

Reading 1:  Work is ordained by God.  Some have the misconception that labor originated as a result of the Fall into sin. They assume that it is part of the curse that descended upon humanity after the Fall.  But that’s not the case. God’s commission for humans to work was prior to the Fall. In fact, the first one to work was God himself. The Bible declares that God worked in Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  By doing his creative work, God sanctified labor as holy and good and blessed.

Then, after creating the first human, God commissioned him to work.  Genesis 2:15 records: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”  This was before the Fall. It happened in a time of blessing. This means that our labor is a part of God’s blessing.  We were created in God’s image, and part of that image is that we are created to do God’s work on earth as his agents and in his stead.  God cares for the world, so we work to take care of it, just as he cares for other people, so we work to care for them in his name.

Reading 2:  Work is a blessing because it enables us to experience fulfillment in life.  God looked at his work and declared: “It is good!” in Genesis 1:31. We, too, can find satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment in our labor.  It is a high and holy privilege to be able to create, serve and provide for ourselves and others through our work.

Work has three purposes:  to provide money or resources to supply the necessities of life; to provide satisfaction for a job well done; and to serve God.  In order to serve God in our work, we need to follow his commands. His Word gives us the manner in which we are to perform in relation to our employer:  Ephesians 6:6-7 “Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.”

Reading 3:  Work is honorable.  All professions and all kinds of work, assuming they are legal and Biblically ethical, are honorable before the Lord.  There is no difference between sacred and secular work. All work brings glory to God and fulfillment to you, if it is done to God’s glory.  1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”

Work also provides an opportunity for witness.  Wherever we are, we reveal a powerful message, both verbal and nonverbal, by the way in which we perform our work, our attitude, and the way we treat others.  We are Christ to the world. The world today needs this powerful witness to the reality of Christ and the difference that he makes in his followers. Matthew 5:14-16 says: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

P:  But as important and valuable as work is, there is one arena in which our labor holds no value to God.  That is in our salvation. The one work that we cannot do is that of our own salvation from sin, death, and hell.

Usually one has to work to have success.  But this principle doesn’t apply to the most important thing in life—eternal life.  Our work does not precede it. Ephesians 2:8-9 states: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Our sinful nature disqualifies us from eternal life and no amount of hard work on our part can change that! Christ’s saving work of living the perfect life we couldn’t live, dying the sacrificial death we deserved for sin, and rising again in victory over death…this is the work that did it all for us!  Christ’s work earned our salvation.

Now we seek to work for God and with God, not to earn salvation, but out of thanks for it.  Ephesians 2:10 affirms the place of work in our lives. It states: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  We are not saved by our work, but we are saved for good work. As those created in the image of God, we carry out his workmanship in the labor which we do in his name and for his kingdom.

Congregational Hymn, CW 484,  “Brothers, Sisters, Let Us Gladly” 

Sermon—Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:18-26

     “There is Meaning in Life”

          1. Not in human achievement 

          2. But in God’s announcement 

     2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything

is meaningless.”

     18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.

     24 A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Rise for congregational hymn CW 270, “We All Believe in One True God”

Offering (Greet one another, sign the friendship register, and a brief note to the missionary insert.)

Prayer

P.  O God the Father, who planted a garden in Eden laboring in the soil to create your earth-born man; O Christ the Son, who labored in the woodshop and upon the cross; O Holy Spirit who works within and without us to bring the Kingdom to this earth, work within and without us now, we pray.

All:  Make us strong and faithful laborers in your body, the Church, that it might be strengthened by the love you have shown us.

Make us effective and peaceable laborers among the governments of the earth that wisdom, peace, and justice might prevail.

Make us compassionate and tireless laborers among all those who suffer any sort of need, that we may be instruments of your healing and comfort.

Make us diligent and listening laborers in this place of worship that the community around us might see our love for one another and give glory to our Father in heaven.

Make us happy laborers of your Gospel message, that those who mourn may be assured of your powerful resurrection and the joy of life eternal.

All this we pray through Christ our Lord.  Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Communion at Emmanuel follows pages 21-24–The Sacrament–in the hymnal.  Communion Hymns 307 and 309.

St. John’s continues below.

Benediction

May you be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of God.  (Colossians 1:9-10)

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.

Amen

Closing Hymn, CW 518, “Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go”

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Please, during this Befriend A Mission Month, also sign your name, share a brief message/Bible verse, etc. on the Missionary greeting inside each register,

Also, as you leave today’s service, please give your completed Friendship Register sheet to an usher or pastor.

✠Announcements ✠

Activities for the week of September 1-September 7
Sun.8:00 A.M.Emmanuel Worship with communion
10:00 A.M.St. John’s Worship 
11:00 A.M.St. John’s Evangelism Committee meeting 
11:15 A.M.Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Mon.LABOR DAY
Tues.8:00 A.M.St. John’s School/Little Lambs First Day of School 
8:15 A.M.St. John’s School Opening Service
9:00 A.M.St. John’s Elders meeting
6:00 P.M.Hands In Prayer meeting at St. John’s 
Wed.1:40 P.M.St. John’s School/Little Lambs Early Release
6:30 P.M.St. John’s Worship 
Thurs.12:00 P.M.St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch and meeting Fall LWMS Mission Offerings will be collected.
6:00 P.M.Griefshare at St. John’s lower level begins (1 of 13 weeks)
Fri.
Sat.6:00 P.M.Concert on the Ball Diamond featuring Koine 
Theme for Next Sunday September 8 , 2019Emmanuel 8:00a.m. Worship & Church Picnic at Montello City Park: “God’s Creation”
8:00 A.M.Emmanuel Worship 
10:00 A.M.St. John’s Worship & Church Picnic at Montello City Park 
12:00 P.M.St. John’s/Emmanuel Softball games vs. Princeton & Green Lake at Montello City Park 

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Evie & Ron Blada, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Lilah Farrell, Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy & Linda’s son), Earl “Pete” Laun, Robert Lederer (Jackie & Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Karl Whitrock, Shirley Wilkens – (added this week: Xzander Jahr, Earl “Pete” Laun )

– For our St. John’s member Delores Peterson age 82 called home on 8/22 (private funeral in Jefferson)

– For Alexandria, Brianna, Gracie & Lacey Buehrens, Bob & Carolyn Buehren’s grand & great-granddaughters, who were baptized at home yesterday (8/31)

– For Phyllis Farrell who will celebrate her 97th birthday on Tuesday (9/3)

– For Little Lambs Preschool & St. John’s Lutheran Elementary School that begins on Tuesday (9/3)

THANK YOU LuAnn Zieman for arranging today’s special Labor Day service and for our lay readers…at Emmanuel: Darrell Buchholz, Brian Ninneman and Wayne Stelter…and at St. John’s: James Henke, Joe Zauner and Zeb Zuehls.

THANK YOU The Crown family wishes to thank everyone for gifts of remembrance for Harley. May the Lord bless us all through these gifts. 

OLD ST. JOHN’S CHURCH DOORS Please let Ciara know if you are interested in the old St. John’s church doors, currently stored in the old teacherage.

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!

ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL will begin Sunday, September 15 at 8:30a.m. at St. John’s. Ages 3 through 6th grade, member or not, are all invited to come! Please help spread the word! 

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 Aug/Sept in St. John’s Information Room. Schedules will be available for pick up every 2 months. 

GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session of Griefshare will start this Thursday, September 5 at 6:00p.m. in the lower level at St. John’s. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.

CONCERT ON THE BALL DIAMOND is this coming Saturday, September 7 at 6:30p.m. at St. John’s. Bring your lawn chair and come enjoy music, food and fellowship! 

This year, the cost for this event for St. John’s is between $3,400 – $4,000. If you wish to donate to help offset the remaining cost, please call 608-297-2866, email scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org or stop by the office. Thank you! 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH BAGS Check out our new Children’s Church Bags that are located in the Information Room at St. John’s and entry way at Emmanuel. Children: use during the service as you please and return them to the tree at the end of each service! A big thank you to St. John’s Hand In Prayer group for donating towards the bags and to you guys, Gene Crook & Jack Steuck, for building the wooden trees. Thank you to you gals, Ciara Neuhauser & Blake Seeley, for making the children’s church bags for Emmanuel and St. John’s. 

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! 

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! 

FORWARD IN CHRIST Please do not turn in any past Forward in Christ magazines as we no longer accept them due to the personal information that is provided inside. Thanks!

MEDITATIONS New “Meditations” WELS daily devotional booklets are available in the church entry (many thanks to our generous members for donating!) The new ones begin today, September 1st.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.”

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! 

JOYFUL WITNESS will begin rehearsals on Sunday, Sept. 8th at St. Paul’s, North Fond du Lac under the direction of Jeff Krumbein. The first rehearsal will be from 5:30 – 7:30p.m. Our area WELS choir welcomes new singers to enjoy the fellowship and music that proclaims Christ the Savior and His redeeming grace!  Singing traditional and contemporary arrangements, the choir is open to high school students and all adults. This year’s concerts will also include a children’s choir and will be held the weekend of December 13th. Find us at: joyfulwitness.net or @JoyfulWitness on Facebook!

SEPTEMBER IS BEFRIEND A MISSION MONTH AT ST. JOHN’S.  WHAT’S THAT?   The Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society supports WELS missions in 3 ways: prayer, encouragement, & giving.  Missions & missionaries are assigned to our St. John’s & Emmanuel LWMS groups biannually.  Although our support of these missions continues for 2 years, our Beaver Dam Circuit also assigns each church in the circuit a “Befriend A Mission Month.”  Our task is to create a shower of support during that month by increasing our prayers, sending a few more notes & emails, & giving a little extra for missions.  LWMS also uses the month to increase awareness of WELS missions among ALL church members–our Little Lambs, our day school & SS children, our teens & young adults, our adults, & even our older adults in care facilities. Prayer, encouragement, & giving are tasks which have no age-limitations!  We can ALL be a friend!  So when we ask YOU to join us by sending a note or signing a card, by saying a prayer, or by giving a little something extra to missions, we hope you will!  Supporting mission & missionaries and getting to know some of them personally are joy-filled opportunities!

FALL MISSION OFFERINGS will be collected by LWMS during September at both churches. Please use the collection container at the church where you are a member–In the church entrance both at Emmanuel and at St. John’s.  WELS mission projects that will benefit from your gift are these Beaver Dam Circuit projects:  Home Mission—Outreach to Asians and World Mission: Ukraine Project. Other projects to be decided at next summer’s LWMS convention are posted by the collection container. These offerings are important to many missions and are welcome from everyone with a heart for missions! 

316NOW MISSION FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Learn about the ministry committed to proclaiming grace across China NOW.  Special Freewill Offering for 316NOW at both services. Guest speaker is one of the administrators of this ministry. Schedule for the day:

   8:00 a.m. Emmanuel Mission Festival service

   9:30 a.m. Learn about 316NOW’s Sheep to Lambs Initiative (school classroom)

   10:00 a.m. St. John’s Mission Festival service

   11:15 a.m. Luncheon in St. John’s lower level for EVERYONE!  (Freewill Offering)

   12:00 noon 316NOW power point presentation by guest speaker . . . come learn more!

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BULLETIN- August 25, 2019- The 11 th Sunday after Pentecost

The 11th Sunday after Pentecost

August 25, 2019

10:00 a.m. St. John’s

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church 313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949 Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949    
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.  
  Pastor Peter Zietlow  
  Pastor Peter Zietlow  
XG O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y X Faith-Life’s Riches are Hidden with God – Did you know that you are the richest person in the world? Are you saying to yourself: “I didn’t get that memo?” No, you didn’t win the lottery last night. Bill Gates didn’t die and leave you all his money. But the fact still remains that you are the richest person in the world, along with all others who have put their faith in Jesus as Savior. So where are our riches? They’re being stored in heaven for us, “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade” (1 Peter 1:4). They may be hidden with God at this very moment, but that doesn’t mean they’re not ours at this very moment. God has promised them to us, and he will deliver!
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X A   S E R V I C E   O F   M O R N I N G    P R A I S E  X

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.

PASTOR’S GREETING

OPENING HYMN 296:1,2                                                                    Our Children Jesus Calls

HOLY BAPTISM                                                                                               hymnal page 12-14

HYMN 296:3                                                                                                    Our Children Jesus Calls  

Remain standing

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

PSALM 34                                                                                                       hymnal page 80                 

Sung in unison.

XT H E   W O R D X

The Lord Jesus speaks to us in Scripture reading, preaching and song.

FIRST  READING                                                                                     Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:18-26

Summary: All earthly things pass away

 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.

A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

SECOND READING                                                           Colossians 3:1-11 (today’s sermon text)

Summary: Set your mind on things above

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is yourlife, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                               John 14:23

Alleluia. 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.” Alleluia.

Please stand

GOSPEL READING                                                                                            Luke 12: 13-21

Summary: The parable of the rich fool

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

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HYMN OF THE DAY 478                                                           With the Lord Begin Your Task

SERMON                                                                                                                      Colossians 3:1-11

“Look Up to Heaven, Look Away from Here”

Please stand

YOU ARE GOD, WE PRAISE YOU                                                                                                   Te Deum

Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses

Refrain

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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 OFFERING

During the offering, please greet one another and sign the friendship register.

Please stand

PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer, Prayer for the Proper Use of Wealth and Intercessory Prayers (bulletin pg. 13) 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

                  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 HYMNS 393                                                                  If Your Beloved Son, O God

                                                           477:1-3                                                          What Is the World to Me

Please stand

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.

BLESSING

Please be seated

CLOSING  HYMN 477:4                                                                     What Is the World to Me                     

As you leave today’s service, please give your completed Friendship Register sheet to an usher or pastor.

XAnnouncements X

Activities for the week of August 25- August 31
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
  11:00 A.M. St. John’s School /Little Lambs Registration & Pictures  (gym)
  11:15 A.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
  11:15 A.M. Lower level rental for Wachholz baptism
Mon. 6:30 P.M. St. John’s Sunday School Staff meeting
Tues.    
Wed. 6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
Thurs.    
Fri.    
Sat. 10:00 A.M. Private baptism at Buehren’s home
Theme for Next Sunday September 1 , 2019 Pentecost 13: “God’s Children Live By Faith–Looking Forward to Better Things” 
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
11:00 A.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
11:00 A.M. St. John’s Evangelism Committee meeting

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Evie & Ron Blada, Liola Crown & son Terry, Florence Dahlke, Agnes Dassow, Lilah Farrell, Chris Krause (Gordy & Linda’s son), earl “Pete” Laun, Robert Lederer (Jackie & Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Karl Whitrock, Shirley Wilkins – (added this week: Shirley Wilkins )

– For Augusta Wendy Brown, the daughter of Nathanael & Erin Brown, & granddaughter of Mike & Sue Brown, born on 8/8 and baptized last Sunday (8/18)

– For Earl & Lucy Laun who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday (8/23)

– For Mark & Patty Emond who are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary today (8/25)

– For Anna Elizabeth Wachholz, the daughter of Aaron & Victoria Wachholz, who will be baptized in today’s (8/25) service at St. John’s

TODAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS AT ST. JOHN’S and a special gift of $50 were given by Earl “Pete” & Lucy Laun in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday (8/23)

THANK YOU to the Jaster family for donating various items to St. John’s church and school from the former “Kingston House”. Your gifts are appreciated.

THANK YOU to Rick Van Treeck for installing our new water fountains at St. John’s.

OLD ST. JOHN’S CHURCH DOORS Please let Ciara know if you are interested in the old St. John’s church doors, currently stored in the old teacherage.

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!

ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL will begin Sunday, September 15 at 8:30a.m. at St. John’s. Ages 3 through 6th grade, member or not, are all invited to come! Please help spread the word!

ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL & LITTLE LAMBS REGISTRATION School Registration is TODAY in St. John’s gym. Join us!  

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 Aug/Sept in St. John’s Information Room. Schedules will be available for pick up every 2 months.

GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session of Griefshare will start September 5 at 6:00p.m. in the lower level at St. John’s. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.

CONCERT ON THE BALL DIAMOND is September 7 at 6:30p.m. at St. John’s. Bring your lawn chair and come enjoy music, food and fellowship!

This year, the cost for this event for St. John’s is between $3,400 – $4,000.      

If you wish to donate to help offset the remaining cost, please call 608-297-2866, email scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org or stop by the office. Thank you!

CHILDREN’S CHURCH BAGS Check out our new Children’s Church Bags that are located in the Information Room at St. John’s and entry way at Emmanuel. Children: use during the service as you please and return them to the tree at the end of each service! A big thank you to St. John’s Hand In Prayer group for donating towards the bags and to you guys, Gene Crook & Jack Steuck, for building the wooden trees. Thank you to you gals, Ciara Neuhauser & Blake Seeley, for making the children’s church bags for Emmanuel and St. John’s.

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!

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!

FORWARD IN CHRIST Please do not turn in any past Forward in Christ magazines as we no longer accept them due to the personal information that is provided inside. Thanks!

MEDITATIONS New “Meditations” WELS daily devotional booklets are available in the church entry (many thanks to our generous members for donating!) The new ones begin September 1st.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “Stop, Drop, and Roll won’t work in Hell.”

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!

GUIDELINES FOR GIVING FROM GOD’S WORD

Truth #1: Everything belongs to God. (Psalm 24:1)

Truth #2: We give our offerings willingly. (Exodus 25:2) 

Truth #3: We give our offerings joyfully. (2 Corinthians 8:2)

Truth #4: We give of our best (firstfruits). (Proverbs 3:9)

Truth #5: We give in proportion to what God has given us. (1 Corinthians 16:2).

Truth #6: We plan our giving. (2 Corinthians 9:2)

Truth #7: Trustingly put first things first. (Matthew 6:31,33)

JOYFUL WITNESS will begin rehearsals on Sunday, Sept. 8th at St. Paul’s, North Fond du Lac under the direction of Jeff Krumbein. The first rehearsal will be from 5:30 – 7:30p.m. Our area WELS choir welcomes new singers to enjoy the fellowship and music that proclaims Christ the Savior and His redeeming grace!  Singing traditional and contemporary arrangements, the choir is open to high school students and all adults. This year’s concerts will also include a children’s choir and will be held the weekend of December 13th.   Find us at: joyfulwitness.net or @JoyfulWitness on Facebook!

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St. John’s Altar Committee August 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 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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