BULLETIN- THE 2nd SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY JANUARY 20, 2019

EMMANUEL & ST. JOHN’S

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE 2nd SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

JANUARY 20, 2019

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! 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. Restrooms and nursery area are located 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. May God bless our worship together!

A PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP Heavenly Father, you gave your one and only Son to be the Light of the World. Grant that your people, enlightened through your Word, shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory. May our Epiphany Lord be known, worshiped, and believed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and rules as our Triune God. Bless our worship today. Amen.

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Jesus is Our Miraculous Savior In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus performs a miracle at the wedding at Cana: He turns over 120 gallons of water into wine. Jesus doesn’t touch the water. It’s no trick. It’s a real miracle. He does it because the Father now wants him to go “public” and reveal his glory. As a result, his disciples trust in him as the Son of God. In our Old Testament and Epistle lessons, Jesus performs more miracles…as a bridegoom rejoicing over his bride–the church, and as he, the Victorious Lamb, adorns her with a wedding gown and gives her at place of honor at the wedding banquet in heaven.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

Emmanuel 8am & St. John’s “Service of the Word”, hymnal page 38

PASTOR’S GREETING

ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL, LITTLE LAMBS & CHOIR SING (in place of opening hymn, accompanied by youth hand chimes) “The Lord Is My Light & My Salvation”

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 38, pastor and congregation sing responsively)

(Please be seated for the day’s Bible readings)

THEME: Jesus Is The Heavenly Bridegroom

OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 62:1-5 (today’s sermon text)

The heavenly Bridegroom crowns his church with splendor

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married. As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.

PSALM 133-134 (hymnal page 115, cantor sings first line, congregation sings second line, all sing refrains & Gloria)

EPISTLE: Revelation 19:5-9

Blessed are those invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb

Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!”

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)

Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

SEASONAL RESPONSE (read by pastor)

(Please stand)

GOSPEL: John 2:1-11

The heavenly Bridegroom reveals his glory at the wedding in Cana

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

(Please be seated)

CHILDREN’S SERMON

SERMON HYMN 82 “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise”

(Please stand)

APOSTLES’ CREED (hymnal page 41, all read)

(Please be seated)

SERMON Isaiah 62:1-5

“The Lord’s Church Shines Forth”

  1. In the righteousness of Christ
  2. As the bride of Christ

HYMN 91:1-3 “The Star Proclaims the King Is Here”

(printed in the hymnal, all sing)

OFFERING, GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

OFFERING PRAYER

(Please stand)

EPIPHANY SEASON PRAYER (read by pastor)

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Frankie Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Al & Darlene Schmidt (Dawn Marcelain & Candace Sonnenberg’s parents), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: )

– For our government

(Please stand)

THE LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 43a)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 91:4-5 “The Star Proclaims the King Is Here” (printed in the hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal page 43b)

(Note: As you leave today’s service please give your completed Friendship Register sheet to an usher or pastor)

Announcements

Theme for Next Sunday January 27, 2019

Epiphany 3:  “Jesus is the Promised Deliverer”

Activities for the week of January 20 – January 26

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

11:15 A.M.

St. John’s Teacher Call 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

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 at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Worship

Thurs.

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Teen Confirmation

10:00 A.M.

Montello Care Center Devotion with communion

6:00 P.M.

Griefshare (1st of 13 weeks) begins in St. John’s lower level

Fri.

Sat.

Schedule for Next Sunday: January 27, 2019

Epiphany 3:  “Jesus is the Promised Deliverer”

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

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Council meeting

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship with communion

11:15 A.M.

St. John’s Elders & Shepherds lunch & meeting

11:30 A.M.

WLA Let’s Celebrate

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES are ready for pick up in the link way at St. John’s. If you did not receive a box and would like to, please let Ciara know at the office (297-2866) or there is a sign up in the link way.

2018 OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP is now available in the link way. Please pick your statement up in the link way as well.

ART FOR DINNER SILENT AUCTION IN LINK WAY

Come check out some silent auction items that will be at Art for Dinner! They are currently located in the link way at St. John’s and will be there until Feb. 1.

Art for Dinner will be held Saturday, February 2nd, at 5:00p.m. in the Montello High School community room.

This is our 4th Annual Fundraiser to help improve our school. This year the money raised will go to our Athletic Fund (funds will cover things such as new uniforms, tournament fees, updated equipment, etc.)

We need your help! Please consider purchasing a ticket


($25 ea.) and enjoying the evening or consider making a donation. We are also looking for donations of items for our basket raffle. If you would be able to donate a basket already made up, any type of items, or services, gift cards, or products! If you know of any businesses that would be willing to donate, please ask them as well. Please have all donations turned into the office by Wednesday, January 30th. If you would like to work on projects at home or in the classroom, please feel free to do so and we would love to include them in our silent auction fundraiser. Any other family (Grandmas, Dads, Uncles, Cousins) art projects are welcome as well. God has blessed many of us with lots of different talents! We are very excited to be having this fundraiser and with your help, we are hoping that it will be a great success! Please help spread the word to anyone you think would like to support our school!

Any questions, please contact:

Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or

Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com

What Drives You? That is one of the questions we will be thinking about this coming week at the Men’s Bible Study on Tuesday at 6:30pm. We will be asking the man called Saul, who is also the Apostle Paul, the same question. In January/February we will be looking to grow as we consider: “You Can Call Me Saul-You Can Call Me Paul-Just Call Me Saved By Grace,” as we see him in the book of Acts.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.”

C:\Users\secretary\Downloads\Choose Life church bulletin copy January 22 (1).jpgTHE 6TH ANNUAL IRONMEN OF GOD MEN’S CONFERENCE will be held Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Ixonia.  Come and hear God’s word aimed straight at men!  Speakers and registration info at www.ironmenofgodwi.org.

Usher Schedule

January 20

E

SJ

Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Jack Yates; Chief, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause

January 27

E

SJ

Brian Ninnemann, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wagner

Don Smith; Chief, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock

February 3

E

SJ

Darrel Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann, comm. assist. Lucas Stelter

Kenon Smith; Chief, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith

February 10

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke

Cal Kapp; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

February 17

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

James Wachholz; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz

February 24

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

January 20

Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell

January 27

Jim & Diane Eisermann

February 3

Harold & Judy Fandrey

February 10

Kenon & Mary Smith

February 17

Al & Carolyn Rosenthal

February 24

Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner

Attendance

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St. John’s Altar Committee:

January 2019

Elaine Kelm

&

Carolyn Rosenthal

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

Like & find us on Facebook

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135

Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

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BULLETIN- FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY JANUARY 13, 2019

ST. JOHN’S & EMMANUEL

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Montello & Mecan, WI

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Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

JANUARY 13, 2019

Please welcome Pastor Tom Klusmeyer

from Camp Phillip-Wautoma

Welcome to Our Church! 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 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. May God bless our worship together!

God’s Word for Today

Jesus Comes to Save Us, Even as an Infant – Whether or not we had a “good Christmas,” as some may ask us, today over and over we hear good news of God’s grace.

Order of Service

“Camp-style” Worship led by Pastor Tom Klusmeyer from Camp Phillip

Pastor’s Greeting

Invocation & Psalm 118:24

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

“This is the day”

This is the day, this is the day

that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made,

let us rejoice, let us rejoice

and be glad in it, and be glad in it.

This is the day that the Lord has made,

let us rejoice and be glad in it,

this is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made.

“This is the day,” Les Garrett. © 1986 Scripture in Song. CCLI License # 790498.

Scripture reading and Confessions of sins:

Philippians 3:17-4:1

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

4:1 Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!

“Across the lands”

You’re the Word of God the Father From before the world began Ev’ry star and ev’ry planet Has been fashioned by Your hand All creation holds together By the power of Your voice Let the skies declare Your glory Let the land and seas rejoice

Chorus: You’re the author of creation You’re the Lord of ev’ry man And Your cry of love rings out Across the lands.

Yet You left the gaze of angels Came to seek and save the lost And exchanged the joy of heaven For the anguish of a cross With a prayer You fed the hungry With a word You stilled the sea Yet how silently You suffered That the guilty may go free

(Chorus)

With a shout You rose victorious Wresting victory from the grave

And ascended into heaven Leading captives in Your wake

Now You stand before the Father Interceding for Your own From each tribe and tongue and nation

You are leading sinners home

(Chorus)

“Across the lands,” Stuart Townend and Keith Getty. © 2002 Thankyou Music. CCLI song # 3709898. CCLI license # 790498.

Scripture reading: Philippians 1:12-18

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.

15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.

Scripture reading: Philippians 4:2-13

I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me- -put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

“Rejoice in the Lord always”

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, “Rejoice!”

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, “Rejoice!”

Rejoice! Rejoice! And again I say, “Rejoice!”

Rejoice! Rejoice! And again I say, “Rejoice!”

Devotion: Philippians 4:8-9

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Prayer / Offering / WELS Connection DVD / Member welcome and Lord’s supper at St. John

The offering now is for the ministry at your congregation. A door offering after the service is for the ministry at Camp Phillip.

Out of love for God’s Word and people’s souls, we offer the Lord’s Supper only to communicant members of St. John’s and Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Churches or other congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) (1 Corinthians 10:17, 11:26-29). Visitors who are not yet communicant members of our church are respectfully asked to refrain from communing today, but are encouraged to speak with the pastor after the service about how to become communicant members.

Intercessory Prayers (read by pastor)

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Frankie Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Al & Darlene Schmidt (Dawn Marcelain & Candace Sonnenberg’s parents), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: )

– For teachers called at the 12/16 SJ Voters meeting: Michael & Megan Allard from St. John’s–Neilsville to serve at St. John’s School–Montello as principal/teacher & K4,K5 teacher respectively

– For Dan Finger, after completion of our Bible Information Class, welcomed in today’s service (1/13) as a communicant member at St. John’s

– For our communicants at St. John’s

– For Harold and Judy Fandrey who celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday (1/7).

“You are the Shepherd”

You are the Shepherd; I belong to You. When I walk on rough ground, You can guide me through. You know my name, you know my voice. Before I was born, I was Your choice. Show me how to follow. Lord, keep me close to You. You are the Shepherd; I belong to You. (Repeat)

Open eyes to see You are the Way.

Open ears to hear You are the Truth.

Open hearts to know you are the Lord of life.

For every land, You hold a special plan.

Show me how to follow. Lord, keep me close to you.

You are the Shepherd; I belong to You.

“You are the Shepherd,” Keith and Kristyn Getty. © 2002 Keith and Kristyn Getty/MCPS. CCLI license # 790498.

“Calypso doxology”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Praise God, all you people, let it show.

Praise God above, let all heaven sing it. Creator, Son and Holy Spirit.

Well, A-men, A-men, A-men, Oh, A-men

Yes, A-men, A-men, Creator, Son and Holy Spirit.

“Calypso doxology,” Johann Anderson. © 1971 Songs and Creations. CCLI song # 591422. CCLI license # 790498.

Benediction

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

Announcements

Theme for Next Sunday January 20, 2019

Epiphany 2:  “Jesus Is the Heavenly Bridegroom”

Activities for the week of January 13 – January 19
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
Mon. 6:30 P.M. Bible Information Class 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. 11:30 A.M. St. John’s School Hot Lunch
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 at St. John’s
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Teen Confirmation
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Council meeting
Fri.
Sat.
Schedule for Next Sunday: January 20, 2019

Epiphany 2:  “Jesus Is the Heavenly Bridegroom”

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 Elders & Shepherds lunch & meeting

Camp Phillip provides relaxation in creation and renewal in Christ to WELS youth, adults, families, churches and schools throughout the year.

W9944 Buttercup Ave Wautoma, WI 54982-7032

Phone (920)787-3202

Fax (920)787-0032

Website www.campphillip.com

E-mail office@campphillip.com

Camp Phillip programs this year include:

Grades K-2: (3) half week Pee Wee camps

Grades 2-4: (3) half week Fledgling camps

Grades 3-5: (1) full week Son Shine camp

Grades 4-6: (2) full week Son Shine camps and (6) full week Specialty camps

Grades 5-8: (1) half week Son Rise camp for grades 5-8

Grades 6-8: (2) full week Son Shine camps and (11) full week Specialty camps

Grades 7-8: (1) weekend Confirmation retreat

Teens: (1) 5-day Jr staff training and (3) weekend Teen retreats

Families: (1) weekend Family Fest and (1) weekend Labor day retreat

Women: (2) weekend Women’s retreat and (2) weekend Quilting retreats

Grandparents/grandchildren: (1) half week Grand camp

Jesus Cares: (1) 4-day Jesus Cares camp

For program dates, go to www.campphillip.com/registration

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES are ready for pick up in the link way at St. John’s. If you did not receive a box and would like to, please let Ciara know at the office (297-2866) or there is a sign up in the link way.

2018 OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP is now available in the link way. Please pick your statement up in the link way as well.

ART FOR DINNER It’s that time of the year, Art for Dinner will be held Saturday, February 2nd ,at 5:00p.m. in the Montello High School community room. This is our 4th Annual Fundraiser to help improve our school. This year the money raised will go to our Athletic Fund (funds will cover things such as new uniforms, tournament fees, updated equipment, etc.) We need your help! Please consider purchasing a ticket and enjoying the evening or consider making a donation. We are also looking for donations of items for our basket raffle. If you would be able to donate a basket already made up, any type of items, or services, gift cards, or products! If you know of any businesses that would be willing to donate, please ask them

as well. Please have all donations turned into the office by Wednesday, January 30th. If you would like to work on projects at home or in the classroom, please feel free to do so and we would love to include them in our silent auction fundraiser. Any other family (Grandmas, Dads, Uncles, Cousins) art projects are welcome as well. God has blessed many of us with lots of different talents! We are very excited to be having this fundraiser and with your help, we are hoping that it will be a great success! Please help spread the word to anyone you think would like to support our school!

Any questions, please contact:

Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or

Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com

What Drives You? That is one of the questions we will be thinking about this coming week at the Men’s Bible Study on Tuesday at 6:30pm. We will be asking the man called Saul, who is also the Apostle Paul, the same question. In January/February we will be looking to grow as we consider: “You Can Call Me Saul-You Can Call Me Paul-Just Call Me Saved By Grace,” as we see him in the book of Acts.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “If a church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.”

Usher Schedule
January 13

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Bob Ferber, Joe Heller

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr

January 20

E

SJ

Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Jack Yates; Chief, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause

January 27

E

SJ

Brian Ninnemann, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wagner

Don Smith; Chief, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock

February 3

E

SJ

Darrel Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann, comm. assist. Lucas Stelter

Kenon Smith; Chief, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith

February 10

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke

Cal Kapp; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

February 17

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

James Wachholz; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz

February 24

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf

St. John’s Greeters Schedule
January 13 Scott & Debbie Ritz
January 20 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
January 27 Jim & Diane Eisermann
February 3 Harold & Judy Fandrey
February 10 Kenon & Mary Smith
February 17 Al & Carolyn Rosenthal
February 24 Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
1-6 1-9 73 127
St. John’s Altar Committee:

January 2019

Elaine Kelm

&

Carolyn Rosenthal

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

Like & find us on Facebook

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135

Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

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BULLETIN- January 6, 2019

The Light of Wisdom:

A Service for Epiphany

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Where is the wise person? … Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 1 Corinthians 1:20

January 6, 2019

8 a.m. Emmanuel

10 a.m. St. John’s

Pastor Peter Zietlow

Pastor’s Greeting

What does “Epiphany” mean? It comes from the Greek epiphaneia, which means “shining forth,” “manifestation,” or “revelation.” The Epiphany of our Lord is the Christian festival that celebrates the many ways through signs, miracles, and preaching that Jesus revealed Himself to the world as Christ, God incarnate, and King of Kings.

Four incidents that manifested the mission and divinity of Christ are commemorated during the season of Epiphany: First, the visit of the Magi; second, the baptism of Jesus; third, the miracle at Cana; and fourth, the Transfiguration. Today we celebrate the visit of the Magi or wise men, who were gentiles, which is why we often think of Epiphany as the Christmas of the gentiles.

Congregational Hymn Hymn 83, As With Gladness Men of Old, Verses 1, 3, 4, 5

As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold, As with joy they hailed its light, leading onward, beaming bright,

So, most gracious Lord, may we evermore your followers be.

As they offered gifts most rare at your cradle, rude and bare,

So may we with holy joy, pure and free from sin’s alloy,

All our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to you, our heav’nly King.

Holy Jesus, ev’ry day keep us in the narrow way;

And, when earthly things are past, bring our ransomed souls at last

Where they need no star to guide, where no clouds your glory hide.

In the heav’nly country bright need they no created light; You its light, its joy, its crown, you its sun which goes not down.

There forever may we sing alleluias to our King!

The Responsive Reading (from Psalm 111:1-4, 9-10) spoken responsively by the Pastor and the congregation.

P: Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

C: Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.

P: Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.

C: He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.

P: He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.

C: Holy and awesome is his name!

P: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.

C: His praise endures forever!

The Confession and Absolution is spoken responsively by the Pastor and the congregation.

P: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but so often we forsake that wisdom and seek the foolishness and temptations of the world. Let us confess our sins to God and ask his forgiveness.

C: Almighty God, we turn away from the wisdom of your holy Word and instead follow the temptations of the devil, the world, and our own sinful desires. We sin against you each day in our thoughts, words, and actions. Have mercy on us and forgive us for the sake of Jesus our Lord.

P: Christ our Lord, the Child of Bethlehem, was born to save us. He carried our sins in his own body to the cross. For his sake and by his command, I announce to you that your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. His praise endures forever!

The Prayer of the Day

Lord Jesus, Light of the world, a bright star proclaimed your birth and led the wise men to find and worship you, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Lead us by your holy Word that we too might be filled with your wisdom and walk in your light. Teach us by your Spirit to love and serve others in your name. As the star announced your birth, may we too proclaim the good news of your birth, life, death, and resurrection to a world trapped by its own foolish wisdom and lost in the darkness of sin. Amen

The Old Testament Reading Isaiah 60:1-6

1“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. 2See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. 3Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. 4“Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip. 5Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. 6Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the LORD.

Congregational Hymn, Hymn 82, Songs of Thankfulness and Praise, Verses 1 and 5

Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to you we raise,

Manifested by the star to the Magi from afar,

Branch of royal David’s stem, in your birth at Bethlehem.

Anthems be to you addressed, God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see you, Lord, mirrored in your holy Word.

May our lives and all we do imitate and honor you

That we all like you may be at your great epiphany

And may praise you, ever blest, God in man made manifest.

The Epistle Reading, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Verse of the Day

Alleluia. We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him. Alleluia. (Matthew 2:2b)

C: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! (Hymnal p. 18)

Stand for the Gospel Reading, Matthew 2:1-12

C: Glory be to you, O Lord! (Hymnal p. 18)

1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,  are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler  who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

C: Praise be to you, O Christ! (Hymnal p. 18)

Apostle’s 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.

The Sermon Hymn, Hymn 92, “Brightest and Best”, Verses 1, 3


Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, Dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid. Star of the East, the Horizon adorning, Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Shall we not yield him in costly devotion Rarest of fragrances, tribute divine, Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean, Myrrh from the forest and gold from the mine?

The Sermon “The Epiphany Star Sheds New Light on Our Life” Matthew 2:1-12 (The Gospel Lesson)

1. This Star is a joy to follow (1-10) 2. This Star is an honor to worship (11a) 3. This Star makes it a privilege to give (11b)

Congregational Hymn, Hymn 92 “Brightest and Best”, Verses 4 and 5

Vainly we bring him the finest of off’rings, Vainly with gifts would his favor secure, Richer by far is the praise that the heart brings; Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, Dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid. Star of the East, the Horizon adorning, Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

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

Intercessory Prayers

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Frankie Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Al & Darlene Schmidt (Dawn Marcelain & Candace Sonnenberg’s parents), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: )

– For teachers called at the 12/16 SJ Voters meeting: Michael & Megan Allard–principal/teacher & K4,K5 teacher respectively & Michelle Myers–grade 1 & 2 teacher

– For our communicants at Emmanuel

Prayer

As the wise ones of old came bearing gifts, so we come to you, God, with our gifts. Accept and transform them in the light of the gospel, that the world might believe and come to know Him whom to know is life eternal, Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen

Note: At Emmanuel…

Holy Communion Liturgy, hymnal pages 35 & 36a

Distribution Hymn 311 “Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness”

The Blessing

Gracious God, let your servants depart in peace; your word has been fulfilled. We have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all people as a light to reveal you to the nations.

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

The Closing Hymn, Hymn 87 Hail, O Source of Every Blessing, 3 verses

Hail, O Source of ev’ry blessing, Father of our human race! Gentiles now, your grace possessing, in your courts obtain a place; Grateful now, we fall before you, in your Church rejoice to live, See your glory and adore you, thankful for the grace you give.

Once far off but now invited, we approach your sacred throne, In your covenant united, reconciled, redeemed, made one. Now revealed to eastern sages, see the star of mercy shine, Myst’ry hid in former ages, myst’ry great of love divine.

Hail, O all-inviting Savior! Gentiles now their off’rings bring, In your temples seek your favor, Jesus Christ, our Lord and King. May we, body, soul, and spirit, live devoted to your praise, Glorious realms of bliss inherit, grateful anthems ever raise.

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Announcements

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 13, 2019

Epiphany 1: “The Baptism of our Lord”

-Pastor Tom Klusmeyer from Camp Phillip leads services

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OFJANUARY 6-JANUARY 12

Sun.

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

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

Mon.

6:00 P.M.

Hands in Prayer at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

Bible Information Class 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.

St. John’s Elders 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 at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Worship

Thurs.

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Teen Confirmation

10:00 P.M.

Montello Care Center Devotion

6:00 P.M.

St. John’s School Board meeting

Fri.

Sat.

SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 13, 2019

Epiphany 1: “The Baptism of our Lord”

-Pastor Tom Klusmeyer from Camp Phillip leads services

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

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES are ready for pick up in the link way at St. John’s. PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM UNTIL JANUARY 2019! If you did not receive a box and would like to, please let Ciara know at the office (297-2866) or there is a sign up in the link way.

2018 OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP is now available in the link way. Please pick your statement up in the link way as well.

ART FOR DINNER

It’s that time of the year, Art for Dinner will be held Saturday, February 2nd ,at 5:00p.m. in the Montello High School community room. This is our 4th Annual Fundraiser to help improve our school. This year the money raised will go to our Athletic Fund (funds will cover things such as new uniforms, tournament fees, updated equipment, etc.) We need your help! Please consider purchasing a ticket and enjoying the evening or consider making a donation. We are also looking for donations of items for our basket raffle. If you would be able to donate a basket already made up, any type of items, or services, gift cards, or products! If you know of any businesses that would be willing to donate, please ask them as well. Please have all donations turned into the office by Wednesday, January 30th. If you would like to work on projects at home or in the classroom, please feel free to do so and we would love to include them in our silent auction fundraiser. Any other family (Grandmas, Dads, Uncles, Cousins) art projects are welcome as well. God has blessed many of us with lots of different talents! We are very excited to be having this fundraiser and with your help, we are hoping that it will be a great success! Please help spread the word to anyone you think would like to support our school! Any questions, contact:

Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or

Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “I don’t know why some people change churches. What difference does it make which one you stay home from?”

MEN’S TUESDAY BIBLE CLASS The Men’s Bible Class will resume on Tuesday, January 8, at 6:30PM.

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY AT ST. JOHN’S resumes 1/7 at 7:30p.m. & 1/9 at 10:00a.m.

Usher Schedule

January 6

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Warren Buchholz, Paul Dahlke, comm. assist. Darrel Buchholz

James Wachholz; Chief, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall

January 13

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Bob Ferber, Joe Heller

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr

January 20

E

SJ

Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Jack Yates; Chief, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause

January 27

E

SJ

Brian Ninnemann, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wagner

Don Smith; Chief, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock

February 3

E

SJ

Darrel Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann, comm. assist. Lucas Stelter

Kenon Smith; Chief, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith

February 10

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke

Cal Kapp; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

February 17

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

James Wachholz; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz

February 24

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

January 6

Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith

January 13

Scott & Debbie Ritz

January 20

Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell

January 27

Jim & Diane Eisermann

February 3

Harold & Judy Fandrey

February 10

Kenon & Mary Smith

February 17

Al & Carolyn Rosenthal

February 24

Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner

Attendance

Emmanuel

St. John’s

12-30 12-31 1-1

61 37

117 22

St. John’s Altar Committee:

January 2019

Elaine Kelm

&

Carolyn Rosenthal

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

Like & find us on Facebook

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135

Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Please follow and like us:

BULLETIN- NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY DECEMBER 31, 2018 & JANUARY 1, 2019

ST. JOHN’S & EMMANUEL

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Montello & Mecan, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY

DECEMBER 31, 2018 & JANUARY 1, 2019

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! 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 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. May God bless our worship together!

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP

Help us, O Lord, for now we enter

Upon another year today.

In you our hopes and thoughts now center;

Renew our courage for the way.

New life, new strength, new happiness

We ask of you, oh, hear and bless. (Hymn 70:1)

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Jesus Comes to Save Us, Even as an Infant – Whether or not we had a “good Christmas,” as some may ask us, today over and over we hear good news of God’s grace.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

“Service of the Word and Sacrament” (hymnal page 26)

PASTOR’S GREETING

OPENING HYMN 441:1-4 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 26, read & sung responsively)

(Please be seated for the day’s Bible readings)

OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 90

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn men back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, O sons of men.” For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning- though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered.

We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. The length of our days is seventy years- or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Who knows the power of your anger? For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you. Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Relent, O Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us- yes, establish the work of our hands.

PSALM 145 (hymnal page 119, sung in unison)

EPISTLE 1 Peter 1:22-25

Born Anew For the New Year


Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For,

“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

VERSE OF THE DAY (hymnal page 30, all sing)

“Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written…”

(Please stand)

GOSPEL: Luke 13:1-9 (today’s sermon text by Pastor Dave Starr)

Do Not Worry

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

After the Gospel, all sing:

“Praise be to you, O Christ!”

(Please be seated)

SERMON HYMN 69 “Help Us, O Lord, for Now We Enter” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON: Luke 13:1-9 “God Looks For Fruit”

(Please stand)

HYMN 551: 1-2 “For All the Saints” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

READING OF THE NAMES OF OUR 2018 SAINTS TRIUMPHANT (Emmanuel and St. John’s members called home this past year)

Name

To heaven

Age

Mavis DeWitt

December 30

81

Mildred Henke

January 14

102

HYMN 551: 3-4 “For All the Saints” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

Name

To heaven

Age

Linda Malsack

February 23

66

Randy Tutaj

June 27

63

HYMN 551: 5-6 “For All the Saints” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

Name

To heaven

Age

Gertrude Wegenke

September 14

96

Rae Lynn Hodgkins

October 6

67

Joel Jaster

December 19

57

HYMN 551: 7-8 “For All the Saints” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

NICENE CREED (hymnal page 31, read responsively)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, GREETINGS, FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS,

OFFERING PRAYER

(Please stand)

NEW YEAR’S PRAYER (read by pastor)

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Al & Darlene Schmidt (Dawn Marcelain & Candace Sonnenberg’s parents), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: Reinold Eckelberg)

– For teachers called at the 12/16 SJ Voters meeting: Michael & Megan Allard–principal/teacher & K4,K5 teacher respectively & Michelle Myers–grade 1 & 2 teacher

– For the family of Joel Jaster, age 57, called to his heavenly home on 12/19

– For Cadence Joy Kolander born on 12/21 to Dan & Sarah Kolander

– For Ellieanna Marie McGwin, the infant daughter of Patrick & Dalice McGwin, baptized at St. John’s on 12/23

– For Ed & Marlene Buchholz who celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on 12/25

– For Emily Brien & Adam Myers who were united in Christian marriage at St. John’s on 12/26

– For our communicants

LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 32b)

HOLY COMMUNION LITURGY (hymnal page 33, sung & read responsively)

(Please be seated for holy communion)

At St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church & Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church we practice closed Communion. If you are a guest at worship today and interested in receiving the Lord’s Supper, please speak with the pastor prior to the service.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN 310:1-6 “I Come, O Savior, to Your Table”(printed in hymnal, all sing)

(After the distribution, please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 36)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 441:5,6 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”(printed in hymnal, all sing)

Announcements

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2019

Epiphany: “The Light of Wisdom”

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 30-JANUARY 5

Sun.

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

Mon.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

NO St. John’s School/Little Lambs- CHRISTMAS BREAK

7:00 P.M.

St. John’s Memorial Worship with communion

St. John’s Youth Group Lock-in

Tues.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Memorial Worship

with communion

NO St. John’s School/Little Lambs- CHRISTMAS BREAK

Wed.

St. John’s School/Little Lambs resumes

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 at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

NO St. John’s Worship

Thurs.

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Teen Confirmation

12:00 P.M.

St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch and meeting

6:00 P.M.

Joint Worship meeting at St. John’s

Fri.

Sat.

SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2019

Epiphany: “The Light of Wisdom”

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 resumes

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

ALTAR FLOWERS Today’s altar flowers at Emmanuel were given by DuWayne & Pat Sommerfeld in memory of loved ones.

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES are ready for pick up in the link way at St. John’s. PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM UNTIL JANUARY 2019! If you did not receive a box and would like to, please let Ciara know at the office (297-2866) or there is a sign up in the link way.

2018 OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP is now available in the link way. Starting January 1st, we will begin dispersing.

SAVE THE DATE Saturday, February 2nd

Art for Dinner! Join us for a night of fellowship, dinner and a silent auction of the children’s art projects. This year we are raising money for our athletic fund. Funds will be used for things such as upgrading our equipment, jerseys and tournament fees. If there is anyone that would like to help with the dinner or the students with an art project, please feel free to contact:

Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or

Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.”

SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS Sunday 9:00AM Bible class will take a short vacation over Christmas and New Years. We will resume on Sunday, January 6th, 2019.

MEN’S TUESDAY BIBLE CLASS The Men’s Bible Class will resume on Tuesday, January 8, at 6:30PM.

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY AT ST. JOHN’S resumes 1/7 at 7:30p.m. & 1/9 at 10:00a.m.

Usher Schedule

December 30

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Glenn Buchholz, Brian Ninnemann

Kenon Smith; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

December 31

(with comm.) SJ

(New Year’s Eve 7:00pm)

Cal Kapp; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke

January 1

(with comm.) E

(New Year’s 9:00am)

January 6

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Warren Buchholz, Paul Dahlke, comm. assist. Darrel Buchholz

James Wachholz; Chief, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall

January 13

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Bob Ferber, Joe Heller

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr

January 20

E

SJ

Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Jack Yates; Chief, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause

January 27

E

SJ

Brian Ninnemann, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wagner

Don Smith; Chief, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock

February 3

E

SJ

Darrel Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann, comm. assist. Lucas Stelter

Kenon Smith; Chief, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith

February 10

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke

Cal Kapp; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

February 17

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

James Wachholz; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz

February 24

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

Dec. 30

Wayne & Marilyn Riemer

January 6

Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith

January 13

Scott & Debbie Ritz

January 20

Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell

January 27

Jim & Diane Eisermann

February 3

Harold & Judy Fandrey

February 10

Kenon & Mary Smith

February 17

Al & Carolyn Rosenthal

February 24

Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner

Attendance

Emmanuel

St. John’s

12-23 12-24 12-25

46 120 84

St. John’s Altar Committee:

December 2018

Diane Eisermann

&

Delores Cotte

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

Like & find us on Facebook

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135

Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

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BULLETIN- THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 30, 2018

EMMANUEL & ST. JOHN’S

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

DECEMBER 30, 2018

WELCOME GUEST PASTOR John Dolan

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! 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 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. May God bless our worship together!

THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS On the Sundays after Christmas we stop to PONDER and PROCLAIM. With Mary at the manger we ponder the meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Savior. With the shepherds in from the fields we witness the miracle in Bethlehem, then spread the good news of great joy for all people–Jesus Christ the Savior is born!

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP O Lord–my Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter–I have come before you to hear your holy Word. Open my heart by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word I may repent of my sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear me for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

Morning Praise (hymnal page 45)

PASTOR’S GREETING

(Please stand)

OPENING HYMN 343”Christ Is the World’s Light” (sung in place of “Morning Hymn”, printed in hymnal, all sing)

LITURGY (hymnal page 45b, read & sung responsively)

(Please be seated for the day’s Bible readings)

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Christmas Is the Celebration of God’s Grace – God’s grace, or undeserved love, is mighty and accomplishes his will. Despite the opposition of wicked people or human barriers, God’s grace accomplishes his desire:  the eternal salvation of immortal souls. Even after all the gifts have been opened and used, we stand in awe of God’s gift to us, his grace in Christ, Bethlehem’s baby.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Samuel, a type of Christ

But Samuel was ministering before the LORD– a boy wearing a linen ephod. Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the LORD.” Then they would go home.

And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with men.

PSALM 111 (hymnal page 106, sung in unison)

EPISTLE LESSON Hebrews 2:10-18

Christ comes to be our brother

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” {Psalm 22:22} And again, “I will put my trust in him.” {Isaiah 8:17} And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” {Isaiah 8:18}

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy 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 his brothers 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.

(Please stand)

GOSPEL Luke 2:41-52 (today’s sermon text)

The boy Jesus in the temple

Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

(Please be seated)

SERMON HYMN 502 “Lord of the Home” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON Luke 2:41-52 “Go Home With Jesus for Christmas”

HYMN 41:1-4 “Let All Together Praise Our God” (sung in place of Te Deum, printed in hymnal, all sing)

OFFERING, GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

OFFERING PRAYER

CHRISTMAS PRAYER (read by pastor)

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Al & Darlene Schmidt (Dawn Marcelain & Candace Sonnenberg’s parents), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: Reinold Eckelberg)

– For teachers called at the 12/16 SJ Voters meeting: Michael & Megan Allard–principal/teacher & K4,K5 teacher respectively & Michelle Myers–grade 1 & 2 teacher

– For the family of Joel Jaster, age 57, called to his heavenly home on 12/19

– For Cadence Joy Kolander born on 12/21 to Dan & Sarah Kolander

– For Ellieanna Marie McGwin, the infant daughter of Patrick & Dalice McGwin, baptized at St. John’s on 12/23

– For Ed & Marlene Buchholz who celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on 12/25

– For Emily Brien & Adam Myers who were united in Christian marriage at St. John’s on 12/26

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 50, all sing)

THE LORD’S PRAYER

PRAYER FOR GRACE & BLESSING (hymnal pages 50b-51)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 41:5-6 “Let All Together Praise Our God” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

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

Announcements

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2019

Epiphany: “The Light of Wisdom”

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 30-JANUARY 5

Sun.

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

Mon.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

NO St. John’s School/Little Lambs- CHRISTMAS BREAK

7:00 P.M.

St. John’s Memorial Worship with communion

St. John’s Youth Group Lock-in

Tues.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Memorial Worship

with communion

NO St. John’s School/Little Lambs- CHRISTMAS BREAK

Wed.

St. John’s School/Little Lambs resumes

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 at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

NO St. John’s Worship

Thurs.

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s School Teen Confirmation

12:00 P.M.

St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch and meeting

6:00 P.M.

Joint Worship meeting at St. John’s

Fri.

Sat.

SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2019

Epiphany: “The Light of Wisdom”

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 resumes

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

ALTAR FLOWERS Today’s altar flowers at Emmanuel were given by DuWayne & Pat Sommerfeld in memory of loved ones.

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES are ready for pick up in the link way at St. John’s. PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM UNTIL JANUARY 2019! If you did not receive a box and would like to, please let Ciara know at the office (297-2866) or there is a sign up in the link way.

2018 OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP is now available in the link way. Starting January 1st, we will begin dispersing.

SAVE THE DATE Saturday, February 2nd

Art for Dinner! Join us for a night of fellowship, dinner and a silent auction of the children’s art projects. This year we are raising money for our athletic fund. Funds will be used for things such as upgrading our equipment, jerseys and tournament fees. If there is anyone that would like to help with the dinner or the students with an art project, please feel free to contact:

Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or

Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.”

SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS Sunday 9:00AM Bible class will take a short vacation over Christmas and New Years. We will resume on Sunday, January 6th, 2019.

MEN’S TUESDAY BIBLE CLASS The Men’s Bible Class will resume on Tuesday, January 8, at 6:30PM.

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY AT ST. JOHN’S resumes 1/7 at 7:30p.m. & 1/9 at 10:00a.m.

Usher Schedule

December 30

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Glenn Buchholz, Brian Ninnemann

Kenon Smith; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

December 31

(with comm.) SJ

(New Year’s Eve 7:00pm)

Cal Kapp; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke

January 1

(with comm.) E

(New Year’s 9:00am)

January 6

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Warren Buchholz, Paul Dahlke, comm. assist. Darrel Buchholz

James Wachholz; Chief, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall

January 13

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Bob Ferber, Joe Heller

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr

January 20

E

SJ

Don Stelter, Jim Stuempges, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Jack Yates; Chief, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause

January 27

E

SJ

Brian Ninnemann, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wagner

Don Smith; Chief, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock

February 3

E

SJ

Darrel Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann, comm. assist. Lucas Stelter

Kenon Smith; Chief, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith

February 10

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke

Cal Kapp; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

February 17

E

SJ

Wayne Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

James Wachholz; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz

February 24

E

SJ

Lucas Stelter, Warren Buchholz, DuWayne Sommerfeld

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

Dec. 30

Wayne & Marilyn Riemer

January 6

Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith

January 13

Scott & Debbie Ritz

January 20

Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell

January 27

Jim & Diane Eisermann

February 3

Harold & Judy Fandrey

February 10

Kenon & Mary Smith

February 17

Al & Carolyn Rosenthal

February 24

Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner

Attendance

Emmanuel

St. John’s

12-23 12-24 12-25

46 120 84

St. John’s Altar Committee:

December 2018

Diane Eisermann

&

Delores Cotte

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

Like & find us on Facebook

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135

Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

Principal Mr. David Schroeder/WLA office (920) 921-4930

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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BULLETIN- St. John’s Sunday School Christmas Service December 16, 2018

THERE IS NO ROOM

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St. John’s Sunday School Christmas Service

December 16, 2018

PROCESSIONAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Congregation

“Oh, Come, Little Children”

  1. Oh, come, little children, oh, come, one and all, To Bethlehem haste, to the manger so small. God’s Son for a gift has been sent you this night To be your Redeemer, your joy and Delight.
  2. He’s born in a stable for you and for me, Draw near by the bright gleaming starlight to see, In swaddling clothes lying, so meek and so mild, And purer than angels, the heavenly Child.
  3. See Mary and Joseph with love-beaming eyes Are gazing upon the rude bed where He lies. The shepherds are kneeling, with hearts full of love, While angels sing loud hallelujahs above.
  4. Kneel down and adore Him with shepherds today, Lift up little hands now and praise Him as they, Rejoice that a Savior from sin you can boast, And join in the song of the heavenly host.

Please stand.

INVOCATION

Pastor: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Congregation: Amen.

CALL TO WORSHIP

P: Christ, the Savior is born!

C: Oh, come, let us adore Him!

P: You shall find the Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

C: Oh, come, let us adore Him!

P: His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

C: Oh, come, let us adore Him!

P: He shall save His people from their sins.

C: Oh, come, let us adore Him!

P: Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.

C: Oh, come, let us adore Him!

P: He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

C: Oh, come, let us adore Him!

P: Christ, the Savior is born!

Congregation: (sing) Oh, come let us adore Him! Oh, come, let us adore Him! Oh, come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord!

Please be seated.

SONG: “Little Baby Jesus” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children

Violin: Victoria Wachholz

Little Baby Jesus, born in Bethlehem;

Little Baby Jesus, born in Bethlehem;

Little Baby Jesus, born to die,

To suffer on the cross for you and I;

Little Baby Jesus, born in Bethlehem.

PSALM 47, p. 85 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. Wachholz/Congregation

Please stand.

CHRISTMAS PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pastor

Dear Heavenly Father, we praise You for sending Your Son into the world as a little child. Give us the faith of little children, that we may make room for Him in our hearts. Fill us with the Holy Spirit, that we may daily show our thanks for this most previous Gift. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.

Please be seated.

PROPHECY

THE SAVIOR IS PROMISED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. Wachholz

Children: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;

Congregation: “He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Ch: “A star will come out of Jacob;

C: “A scepter will rise out of Israel.”

Ch: “The Lord himself will give you a sign;

C: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Ch: “But you, Bethlehem Ephratha, though you are small among the clans of Judah,

C: “Out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.

THE CHRISTMAS STORY, Part 1, Luke 2:1-7

SONG “In Those Days Caesar Augustus” . . . . . . . . . . Children

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.

He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

THE CHRISTMAS STORY, Luke 2:8-14 . . . . . . . . Children &

Congregation

Children: And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

Congregation: An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Ch: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

C: Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Ch: This will be a sign to you:

C: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

Ch: Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

C: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.

THE OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS,

FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

HYMN “Once in Royal David’s City”. . . . . . . . . . . Congregation

  1. Once in royal David’s city Stood a lowly cattle shed, Where a mother laid her baby In a manger for his bed; Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child.
  2. He came down to earth from heaven Who is God and Lord of all, And his shelter was a stable, And his cradle was a stall; With the poor and mean and lowly Lived on earth our Savior holy.
  3. But our eyes at last shall see him Through his own redeeming love, For that child, so dear and gentle, Is our Lord in heav’n above, And he leads his children on To the place where he is gone.
  4. Not in that poor, lowly stable With the oxen standing by Shall we see him, but in heaven, Set at God’s right hand on high. Then like stars his children crowned, All in white, his praise will sound.

PART 1: THE TRAVELERS

NARRATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. Wachholz

Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Stelter

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation 1: There is no room!

There is no room!

The inns are full;

There is no room!

JOSEPH/Haiden Van Treeck: My wife and I have come from Nazareth to add our names to Caesar’s rolls. But see, my wife is weary from the trip. Our tiny beast of burden groans beneath her weight. He has walked the road so slowly that we are late arriving at this place. Please let us enter, for the light is gone; the chilly wind of night is in the air.

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation 1

SONG “Pitter Patter Donkey Feet” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children

Pitter, patter, donkey’s feet clatter down the busy street. Seek some shelter, find a bed where a child can lay his head. Just ignore the crowds and milling; prophecies await fulfilling. You will see a wondrous sight, for God will visit earth tonight!

RECITATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GATEKEEPER/Mrs. Brown

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation 1

JOSEPH: Come now, donkey, let’s see if we can find a place. Be patient, Mary, we’ve made it to David’s town, but we must find a place to stay. I will knock on every door until I find a place where we can rest our heads.

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation 1

RECITATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . INNKEEPER #1/Mrs. Stelter

SONG “Bethlehem Is Busy Today” V1-2 . . . . . . . . . . Children

  1. Bethlehem is busy today, Crowds of people here to stay. “Have you any room?” Joseph said. Innkeeper sadly shakes his head: “I regret on this occasion Every single room is taken. I suggest you try elsewhere instead!”
  2. Down the street they go once more, Knock upon another door; “Have you any room you could let?” Innkeeper says “I do regret . . . In the present situation, Caused by Caesar’s new taxation, Rooms are just impossible to get!”

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation 1

SONG “There was No Room for Mary There” . . . .V1 Children/

V2-3 Choir, V4 All

  1. There was no room for Mary there In yonder Bethl’em’s inn; They knocked and waited ev’rywhere But no one said, “Come in!” But no one said, “Come in!”
  2. In human form came down the Lord To save all men for lorn; And yet the world would not afford A shelter to be born, A shelter to be born.
  3. And still He stands outside the door Today of ev’ry home; Alas so many lock the door And say, “There is no room,” And say, “There is no room.”
  4. Dear Lord, come in, I welcome You, I pray, do not depart! I pray that You be born in me, There’s room within my heart, There’s room within my heart.

HYMN “O Little Town of Bethlehem” . . . . . . . . . Congregation

1. O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep And dreamless sleep The silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting light. The hopes and fears Of all the years Are met in thee tonight.

  1. O holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin And enter in; Be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell; Oh, come to us, Abide with us, Our Lord Immanuel!

PART 2: THE STABLE

RECITATION . . . . . . . . . . . . .INNKEEPER #2/Mr. Wachholz

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation #2: There is no room!

The inns are full;

The stable old

Will have to do!

SONG “Bethlehem Is Busy Today” V3 . . . . . . . . . . . . Children

  1. Wearily they go their way, There just is no room today; Only one more inn left to try, Innkeeper sadly starts to sigh. “I would help if I were able, Wait a minute, there’s a stable! Hardly five star, but at least it’s dry! And in that stable on that morn, The Savior of the world was born.

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Brown

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation #2

NARRATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Stelter

Mr. Wachholz

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation #3

SONG “The Friendly Beasts” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children

Donkey-Trenton Jahr, Cow-William Stelter, Sheep-Molly Utke, Dove-Rilyn Henke

1. Jesus, our Brother, kind and good Was humbly born in a stable rude. And the friendly beasts around Him stood– Jesus, our Brother, kind and good.

2. “I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown, “I carried His mother up hill and down; I carried her safely to Bethlehem town.” “I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

3. “I,” said the cow, all white and red, “I gave Him my manger for His bed; I gave Him my hay to pillow His head.” “I,” said the cow, all white and red.

4. “I,” said the sheep with curly horn, “I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm; He wore my coat on Christmas morn.” “I,” said the sheep with curly horn.

5. I,” said the dove from the rafters high, “I cooed Him to sleep that He would not cry; We cooed Him to sleep, my mate and I.” “I,” said the dove from the rafters high.

6. So ev’ry beast by some good spell In a stable dark was glad to tell Of the gift he gave Emmanuel, The gift he gave Emmanuel.

HYMN “Away in a Manger” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Congregation

  1. Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head; The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
  2. The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes, But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes. I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky, And stay by my side until morning is nigh.
  3. Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay Close by me forever and l0ve me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in your ender care, And take us to heaven to live with you there.

PART 3: THE SHEPHERDS

ANGEL/Aurora Stelter: Glory in the highest,

Peace on earth to men,

Good will among all people

The Prince of Peace is born!

HYMN “Angels We Have Heard on High” . . . . . . Congregation

  1. Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o’er the plains, And the mountains in reply, Echoing their joyous strain, Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.
  2. Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing. Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.

ANGEL: Run, shepherds, run,

Find the little baby,

He’s your Savior and Lord!

Run, shepherds, run!

SONG “Run, Shepherds, Run!” . . . Mr. Wachholz & Children

Over the hills of Judea,

Stars were shining down so bright;

Angelic voices were singing,

Telling the world “A King is born tonight!”

So . . .Run, shepherds, run to the village,

Run, shepherds, run one and all;

Run till you come to the stable,

He lies within a cattle stall!

Run, shepherds, run till you find Him,

Run till you see the glorious sight!

Kneel and adore Him on bended knee;

Tell ev’rybody you happen to see,

Jesus is born tonight! (repeat)

Jesus is born tonight!

SHEPHERD #1/Brody Henke: We have come to worship this infant, Christ, the Savior of the world! There were angels everywhere! We could barely believe our eyes. They pointed us to this humble stable.

SHEPHERD #2/Nolan Van Treeck: The sky was full of angels! Our ears are still ringing with the song they sang! What a glorious sound!

SHEPHERD #3/Easton Wegner: We kneel at his manger bed. Here lies our Savior, God’s anointed Son, but . . . we do not understand. Why is he here in a barn, in a manger?

MARY/Katie Marlowe: There was no room. There was no place in the whole town, but do not be troubled. These gentle beasts around us have sung a lullaby sweeter than any human voice could offer. Joseph keeps his watch, and I rock Jesus gently in my arms. But come, shepherds, see God’s Son. Tonight He is born for you and everyone!

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Brown

ANGEL: Love came down tonight!

Glory in the highest,

God has sent our Savior,

Love came down tonight!

ANTHEM “This Peaceful Night”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Senior Choir

SHEPHERD #1: We kneel before His manger bed to bring Him our hearts.

SHEPHERD #2: The angels brought the news to us–lowly, humble shepherds. Someday He will be our Shepherd!

SHEPHERD #3: We each lay down our shepherd’s staff. For this Babe is Messiah! We have waited so long for Him to come to be our Shepherd and lead us. To Him we give ourselves. To Him we pray.

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation #3: The inns are full

But there is room

Within our hearts,

O Lord for You

HYMN “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” Congregation

  1. “From heav’n above to earth I come To bear good news to ev’ry home; Glad tidings of great joy I bring, Where-of I now will say and sing:
  2. “This is the Christ, our God and Lord, Who in all need shall aid afford: He will Himself your Savior be From all your sins to set you free.
  3. Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child, Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled, Within my heart, that it may be A quiet chamber kept for Thee.

PART 4: THE WISE MEN

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Stelter

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation #4: Wise men saw

A wondrous star;

It led them to

The tiny Child.

WISE MAN #1/Wally Wolsdorf: We saw a star in the East.

WISE MAN #2/Haiden Van Treeck: It was like no other we had ever seen, so we knew it was special. We loaded our camels, and the star led us to your little village of Bethlehem.

WISEMAN #3/Bruchs Wegner: We followed the star!

WISEMAN #2: Thinking a king would be born in a palace in the great city of Jerusalem, we went there, but soon we learned from the chief priests and teachers of the law that the scriptures said “Go to Bethlehem!”

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation #4

SONG “March of the Kings” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children

Three great kings I met at early morn, With all their retinue were slowly marching. Three great kings I met at early morn were on their way to meet the newly born, With gifts of gold brought from far away, And valiant warriors to guard the kingly treasure, With gifts of gold brought from far away, and shields all shining in their bright array.

MARY/Katie Marlowe: Welcome! Your search ends here. Meet Jesus, the Son of God, the promised Savior, and your King! Guided by God Himself, the star has led you here.

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation #4

WISEMAN #2: We bring great gifts! Dearest Jesus, we lay our crowns before you in solemn worship. We offer our treasures—not only gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but also our greater gifts of love—our faith, our hope, and our joy. In adoration, we lay these gifts at your feet.

SPEECH CHOIR Recitation #3: The inns are full.

But there is room

Within our hearts

O Lord for You!

HYMN “As With Gladness Men of Old” Congregation

  1. As with gladness men of old Did the guiding star behold; As with joy they hailed its light, Leading onward, beaming bright, So most gracious Lord, may we Evermore be led by Thee!
  2. As with joyful steps they sped, Savior, to Thy lowly bed, there to bend the knee before Thee whom heav’n and earth adore, So may we with willing feet Ever seek Thy mercy seat.
  3. As they offered gifts more rare At Thy cradle, rude and bare, So may we with holy joy, Pure and free from sin’s alloy, All our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to Thee, our heav’nly King!

PART 5: IS THERE ROOM TODAY?

NARRATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. Wachholz

Mrs. Brown

CHILDREN: But what about YOU? Have we or any of you really given him the place He deserves in our hearts?

NATIVITY CHARACTERS: Your hearts should overflow with joy! All our sins and your sins are paid for by what Jesus did on the cross. The Baby in the manger is OUR SAVIOR AND YOURS!

SONG: “There’s A Village in Judea” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children

  1. There’s a village in Judea, overcrowded and forlorn; but the village in Judea is the place where Christ was born.
  2. There’s a stable in the village, where the sheep and goats are shorn; and the stable in the village is the place where Christ was born.
  3. There’s a manger in the stable, looking very old and worn; but the manger in the stable is the place where Christ was born.
  4. There’s a baby in the manger; gather round to keep him warm; for the baby is God in human form.
  5. There’s a baby in the manger; see him sleeping peacefully; for the baby in the manger is the one who died for me.

Please stand.

THE CHRISTMAS CREED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Congregation

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth, who sent

His Son as my Savior on Christmas Day;

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

announced by the angels,

worshipped by the shepherds,

adored by the Wise Men,

who lived to suffer, die, and rise again,

to free us from sin, death, and the power of the devil;

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

who has brought me to faith in the Christ of Christmas

and by whose continuous work in my heart

I am ever led to lay before the feet of Christ

the treasures of my love

and live under Him as my King,

both now and forevermore. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER (sung) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Congregation

Melody: Away in a Manger

Our Father in heaven, all praise to your name! Your kingdom among us, your will done the same By mortals and angels. Come, Lord reign alone: Oh, hear us and bless us from heaven’s high throne.

The bread that we yearn for provide us each day; As we forgive others, our sins take away; In times of temptation, to lead us be near; From evil deliver your children most dear.

For yours is the kingdom; o’er all things you reign. And yours is the power; all things you maintain. To you be the glory, resounding again From all of creation, forever. Amen.

THE BENEDICTION

Please be seated.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RECESSIONAL

“Let Us All With Gladsome Voice” . . . . . . . . . . . . . Congregation

  1. Let us all with gladsome voice Praise the God of heaven, Who, to bid our hearts rejoice, His own Son has given.
  2. To this vale of tears He comes, Here to serve in sadness, That with Him in heav’n’s fair homes We may reign in gladness.
  3. We are rich, for He was poor; Is not this a wonder? Therefore praise God evermore Here on earth and yonder.
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BULLETIN- THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT DECEMBER 9, 2018

EMMANUEL & ST. JOHN’S

Ev. Lutheran Church

Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

DECEMBER 9, 2018

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! 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 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. May God bless our worship together!

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP Heavenly Father, the voice of one crying in the wilderness prepared the hearts of your people as your Chosen One entered our world to be our Savior. Let that same Advent voice cry out to my heart so that with true repentance I prepare to celebrate the coming of my newborn King. Replace my spiritual pride with Christlike humility, my apathy with commitment and dedication. With your power, hope and love, come and lead me as I dedicate my life to you. Keep my attention also on the skies as I watch and pray for the triumphant return of Christ my King. Bless my worship. Amen.

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY The Second Sunday in Advent:  Preparing for Purity is Often Painful – Many people look for easy fixes for their problems. God, though, often puts his people through a long, painful process to prepare us to embrace the Savior he has sent. God always works through his Word to develop in us a life that shows the fruit of the purity he has put around us in Christ.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

Service of the Word (hymnal page 38)

PASTOR’S GREETING

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES

(P: Pastor reads – C: Congregation reads)

P: We light two Advent candles remembering Jesus who came in history. He came into a world of sin and death.

C: We remember Jesus who came as the promised Messiah. John the Baptist prepared the way of the Lord.

P: We hear his call to repent.

C: We light two Advent candles as a sign of our repentance and desire for renewal.

P: Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest.

C: Through your Word and Spirit may our souls be blessed.

(Two Advent candles are lit)

OPENING HYMN 3 “Lift Up Your Heads, You Mighty Gates”

(printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 38, read & sung responsively)

PRAYER OF THE DAY (read by the pastor)

(Please be seated for the day’s Scripture readings)

TODAY’S THEME

Rejoice! The Lord is Near!

FIRST LESSON Malachi 3:1-4

The prophet Malachi foretells the coming of “the messenger of the covenant”

“See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.

But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years.

PSALM 24 (hymnal page 73, cantor sings first line, congregation sings second line, all sing refrains and Gloria)

EPISTLE LESSON Philippians 1: 3-11

Our God who brought us to faith will keep us in the faith until Christ returns

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

VERSE OF THE DAY Alleluia! “Prepare the way for the Lord, Make straight paths for him. All mankind will see God’s salvation.” Alleluia! (Luke 3:4,6)

LITURGY (hymnal pages 40, all sing)

(Please stand)

GOSPEL Luke 3:1-6 (today’s sermon text)

John the Baptist urges us to prepare the way for the coming Lord

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene—during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’”

LITURGY (hymnal page 40b, all sing)

“Praise be to you, O Christ”

(Please be seated)

SERMON HYMN 16 “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”

(printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON Luke 3:1-6

“Straight Talk From God”

For people of the 21st century: “Repent!”

(Please stand after the sermon)

THE APOSTLES’ CREED (hymnal page 41, all read)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS, FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS & WELS CONNECTION DVD AT ST. JOHN’S

OFFERING PRAYER (read by pastor)

(Please stand)

ADVENT PRAYER (read by pastor)

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS -For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Joel Jaster, Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark & Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son & daughter in-law), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: Peggy Russell)

– For Adam & Jillian Igl (Adam currently serves as teacher at St. John’s School–Newburg) called at our 11/18 St. John’s–Montello voters meeting to serve as principal/teacher–3-5 or 6-8 grades & K3-K5 director/teacher respectively

– For Rachel Hinz, whose husband William currently serves as principal/teacher at St. John’s School–Pardeeville, called at our 11/18 St. John’s–Montello voters meeting to serve as 1st & 2nd grade teacher

– For our communicants at St. John’s

LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 43, all read)

*Note: At Emmanuel, service continues with…

(Please be seated)

HYMN 13:1-2 “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying”

(printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal page 43, read & sung responsively)

CLOSING HYMN 13:3 “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

*Note: At St. John’s, service continues with…

HOLY COMMUNION LITURGY (hymnal page 33, read & sung responsively)

(Please be seated for the distribution)

At Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church & 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. Thank you.

Z:\CHURCH STUFF\CW Supplement Electronic Pew Edition CD ROM\TIFF files\Hymns\CWS 741.tifDISTRIBUTION HYMNS 741 “Take and Eat” (printed below on bulletin pages 7 & 8), 13:1-2 “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

Z:\CHURCH STUFF\CW Supplement Electronic Pew Edition CD ROM\TIFF files\Hymns\CWS 741.tif(Please stand)

THANK THE LORD, CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal pages 36-37)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 13:3 “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Note: As you leave today’s service, please give your completed friendship register sheet to an usher or pastor. Thank you!)

Announcements

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY DECEMBER 16, 2018

Advent 3: “Produce Fruit in Keeping with Repentance”

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-DECEMBER 15

Sun.

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School (sanctuary)

9:00 A.M.

St. John’s Adult Bible Study (lower level)

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Christmas tree setup & decorating

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship (with communion)

Mon.

6:30 P.M.

Bible Information Class at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

Choir at St. John’s

7:30 P.M.

St. John’s Adult Bible Study

Tues.

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 at St. John’s

3:30 P.M.

Emmanuel Advent Devotion (Zietlow)

6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Advent Devotion (Stelter)

Thurs.

NO St. John’s Teen Confirmation

NO Montello Care Center Devotion

10:00 A.M.

Martin Luther College mid-year graduation

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Ladies Aid Poinsettia delivery

6:00 P.M.

Griefshare at St. John’s

Fri.

Sat.

9:00 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School Christmas rehearsal

12:30 P.M.

Claussen Christmas lunch & show

SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY DECEMBER 16, 2018

Advent 3: “Produce Fruit in Keeping with Repentance”

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School Christmas Service

ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY ADULT BIBLE STUDY will be held in the lower level while Sunday School kids practice in sanctuary.

THANK YOU to all those who donated funding for the beautiful wreaths hanging on St. John’s front doors:  Edith Deusterhoeft, Kay Maass, Marilyn Riemer, Anita Reimer, and Al and Carolyn Rosenthal.  Wreaths are a symbol of welcome to those passing by and to those coming in.  Thank you so much for sharing your blessings with others.  And thank you, also, to Ashley Henke, who used her creative talents to make the wreaths.

THANK YOU to an anonymous donator who gave $2,500.00 towards St. John’s School tuition assistance. Your gift is deeply appreciated. “I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.” Psalm 118:21

PLEASE COME CHRISTMAS CAROLING!  During this season of sharing, we ask St. John’s members of all ages to share a little of your time and the joys of the Christmas season by lending your voices caroling at the Montello Care Center on Sunday, December 23.  All ages are welcome!  Please meet in the entrance of the Center so we can be ready to sing at 9 a.m.  We will return to church in plenty of time for the worship service that day.

SAVE THE DATE Saturday, February 2nd

Art for Dinner! Join us for a night of fellowship, dinner and a silent auction of the children’s art projects. This year we are raising money for our athletic fund. Funds will be used for things such as upgrading our equipment, jerseys and tournament fees. If there is anyone that would like to help with the dinner or the students with an art project, please feel free to contact:

Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or

Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com

FELLOWSHIP AND REFRESHMENTS after the Emmanuel Christmas Eve Service Dec. 23rd at 6:00 PM. Members and guests are all invited to join us in the Parish Hall.  If you have extra cookies please bring a plate to share. If not please come anyway.

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH WELS DVDS are available in the St. John’s link way-$5 donation.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “Be fishers of men. You catch ’em. He’ll clean ’em.”

VOLUNTEERS WANTED AT EMMANUEL Emmanuel Lutheran Church is still recruiting 1 (or more) volunteers to assist with the following position; all expenses are reimbursed by Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  

1) Sunday School Teacher: This individual will help further the Christian up-bringing of parish and non-parish children, historically between the ages of 2 and 6, by managing the weekly Sunday School sessions held in the Emmanuel Parish Hall. The timing of the class and age group preference is flexible.  If you are interested in serving the Lord with your time and talents by assisting with these important activities, please contact Darrell Buchholz or Pastor Zietlow.

MIDWEEK ADVENT DEVOTIONS “A Light in the Darkness” The first 3 Wednesday in December (12/5, 12, 19), Pastor Dolan, Pastor Stelter (from St. John’s–Princeton) and Pastor Zietlow will be leading Advent Devotions. 3:30m at Emmanuel–Big Mecan & 6:30pm at St. John’s–Montello. “Come, O Long-Expected Jesus” (Hymn 6)

PLEASE MUTE YOUR CELL PHONES before the worship service begins. No texting while driving or worshiping.

Usher Schedule

December 9

E

(with comm.) SJ

Lucas Stelter, Jim Stuempges, Brian Ninneman

Don Smith; Chief, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke

December 12

(Advent 3:30pm) E

(Advent 6:30pm) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Don Stelter, Joe Heller

Kenon Smith; Chief, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall

December 16

E

SJ

Don Stelter, Noah Buchholz, Paul Dahlke

Cal Kapp; Chief, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr

December 19

(Advent 3:30pm) E

(Advent 6:30pm) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Don Stelter, Joe Heller

James Wachholz; Chief, Robin Smith, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause

December 23

E

(with comm.) SJ

Brian Ninnemann, Bruce Stelter, Joe Heller

Jack Yates; Chief, Richard Freitag, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock

December 24

SJ

(Christmas Eve 7:00pm)

Don Smith; Chief, Matt Borzick, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith

December 25

E

(Christmas Day 9:00am)

December 30

E

SJ

DuWayne Sommerfeld, Glenn Buchholz, Brian Ninnemann

Kenon Smith; Chief, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul

December 31

(with comm.) SJ

(New Year’s Eve 7:00pm)

Cal Kapp; Chief, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

Dec. 9

Paul & Christa Van Treeck

Dec. 16

Kathy North

Dec. 23

Phyllis Farrell & Pat Henning

Dec. 24

Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell

Dec. 30

Sara Borck & Jennie Utke

Dec. 31

Wayne & Marilyn Riemer

Attendance

Emmanuel

St. John’s

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45 53

St. John’s Altar Committee:

December 2018

Diane Eisermann

&

Delores Cotte

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PERSONAL PRAYERS

For Worship

In the Name of Jesus

FOR PEACE

O God of peace, I turn aside from an unquiet world, seeking rest for my spirit and light for my thoughts. I bring my work to be sanctified, my wounds to be healed, my sins to be forgiven, my hopes to be renewed. In you there is perfect harmony. Draw me to yourself, and silence the discords of my wasteful life. Your greatness is beyond my highest praise. Take me out of the loneliness of self, and fill me with the fullness of your peace.

REMEMBRANCE OF BAPTISM

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: in the water of baptism you forgave my sin and delivered me from death and the devil. You raised me to a new life in Christ and clothed me with his merit. Help me rejoice in your washing of salvation and live before you in righteousness and purity forever.

A PERSONAL CONFESSION OF SIN

Father, I have sinned against you and am no longer worthy to be called your child. Especially am I sorry for ______. Yet in mercy you sacrificed your only Son to purge away my guilt. For his sake, O God, be merciful to me, a sinner, and in the joy of your Holy Spirit let me serve you all my days.

PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING

Praise to you, O God, maker of all things. You gave me life and breath. You sent your Son to cleanse me from sin and your Spirit to make me glad. Thank you for providing me with all that I need to live. Especially do I thank you for ______. To you be honor and glory now and forever.

BEFORE WORSHIP

Heavenly Father, I have come to worship you. Draw near to me in your gracious Word, and assure me of your loving kindness. Curb my wandering thoughts, that with undivided attention I may hear your voice and sing your praise.

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.

BEFORE COMMUNION

Lord, I am not worthy to be a guest at your holy table. But you are the friend of sinners, and you will not cast me out. This bread is your body, which bore my sins upon the tree. This wine is your blood, which purifies me from all guilt. At your invitation, I come rejoicing. Receive me, my Savior.

AFTER COMMUNION

Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for nourishing me in this sacrament with your body and blood. You have given me forgiveness, life, and salvation. Let me always remain in you as a branch remains in the vine. Send me out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

O living Bread from heaven, how richly you have fed your guest! The gifts you now have given have filled my heart with joy and rest. Lord, grant me that thus strengthened with heavenly food, while here my course on earth is lengthened, I serve with holy fear. And when you call my spirit to leave this world below, I enter through your merit where joys unmingled flow.

AFTER WORSHIP

Good Shepherd, I was glad to be here, gathered with your flock to worship you. Cause the Word I have heard to take root in my heart and bear fruit in my life. Guide me in paths of righteousness, that my words and actions might lead others to glorify you.

Grant, O Lord, that the lips which here have sung your praise may continue to glorify you in the world; that the ears which have heard you speak may be open always to your Word and closed to hatred and discord; that the tongues which have confessed your name may always speak the truth without fear; that all of us who have worshiped together today may be united in true love for each other as you have loved us in Jesus.

BY THOSE SERVING AT WORSHIP

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: I am happy for the privilege of ministering in your house. Help me to be reverent and humble in my service, setting a good example by my words and actions. Enable me to fulfill my duties in such a way that I may assist others to worship you joyfully.

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

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Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135

Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

Principal Mr. David Schroeder/WLA office (920) 921-4930

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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BULLETIN- THANKSGIVING SERVICE – November 21 6:30 p.m. St. John’s — November 22 9 a.m. Emmanuel

Let All Creation Join to Praise

A Thanksgiving Service

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November 21 6:30 p.m. St. John’s

November 22 9 a.m. Emmanuel

Pastor Peter Zietlow

Pastor’s Greeting

The First Day Reading: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a formless void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light” and there was light; and God separated the light from the darkness. Evening passed and morning came—the first day.

A Hymn of Invocation is sung by the congregation to the tune of Hymn 193, “Come, Now, Almighty King.” 4 verses.

God, whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard
And took their flight; hear us, we humbly pray, and where the Gospel day
Sheds not its glorious ray, let there be light!

Lord, who once came to bring, on your redeeming wing,
Healing and sight, health to the sick in mind, sight to the inly blind;
Oh, now to humankind let there be light!

Spirit of truth and love, life-giving holy dove,
Speed forth your flight; move on the water’s face bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place let there be light!

Holy and blessed three, glorious Trinity, 
Wisdom, love, might! Boundless as ocean’s tide, rolling in fullest pride.
Through the earth, far and wide, let there be light!

The Litany is spoken responsively by the pastor and the congregation:

P Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

C Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

P Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

C His steadfast love endures forever!

The Prayer of the Day

P Praise and thanksgiving be to you, O faithful Creator. According to your word and promise, you take delight in prospering us. With your good gifts of sun and rain the earth brings forth its bounty; with your good gifts of health and strength, we too perform the work which you have given us to do. Make us truly grateful for each evidence of your delight, and give us grace to show our gratitude; through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.

The Second Day Reading: And God said, “Let there be an expanse to divide the water and separate water from water.” And it was so. God make an expanse, and it separated the water under it from the water above it. He named the expanse “Sky.” Evening passed and morning came—the second day.

The Old Testament Reading, portions from Isaiah 55:  “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! … Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. …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.”

The Third Day Reading: And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. And God said, “Let the land produce vegetation, plants yielding seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth.” And it was so. And God saw that it was good. Evening passed and morning came—the third day.

Congregation Hymn sung in place of Psalm. Hymn 609, “We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer.” 3 verses

We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator!
 In grateful devotion our tribute we bring. We lay it before you; we kneel and adore you;
 We bless your holy name; glad praises we sing.

We worship you, God of our fathers; we bless you;
 Through trial and tempest our guide you have been. When perils o’ertake us, you will not forsake us,
 And with your help, O Lord, our battles we win.

With voices united our praises we offer; To you, great Jehovah, glad anthems we raise. Your strong arm will guide us; our God is besides us. To you, our great Redeemer, fore’er be praise!

The Fourth Day Reading: And God said, “Let there be lights in the sky to give light upon the earth, to serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years.” And it was so. And God saw that it was good. Evening passed and morning came—the fourth day.

The New Testament Reading, from portions of 1 Corinthians 15:

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” … How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. … There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.  So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable. … Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. … But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

The Fifth Day Reading: And God said, “Let the waters teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the heavens.” And God saw that it was good. Evening passed and morning came—the fifth day.

Congregation Hymn, Hymn 234, ”Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.” Verses 1-2

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
 O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!
 Let all who hear now to his temple draw near,
 Joining in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things is wondrously reigning
 And, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.
 Have you not seen all that is needful has been
 Sent by his gracious ordaining?

Rise for the Gospel Reading, Matthew 6:25-34.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Congregation Hymn, Hymn 234, ”Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.” Verses 4-5

Praise to the Lord, who will prosper your work and defend you;
Surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.
 Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
 As with his love he befriends you.

Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore him!
 All that has life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the amen sound from his people again.
 Gladly forever adore him!

The Sixth Day Reading: And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over all the earth.” So God created human beings in his own image. He made them male and female and blessed them. And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. Evening passed and morning came—the sixth day.

Sermon Theme and Text Matthew 6:25-34

“Thank You Jesus” for your 1. promise, 2. plan, 3. plea.

Congregation Hymn, Hymn 610, 3 verses

Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices.
Who, from our mothers’ arms, has blest us on our way
 With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us,
 And keep us in his grace, and guide us when perplexed.
 And free us from all ills in this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
 The Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven,
The one eternal God, whom earth and heav’n adore;
 For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

The Seventh Day Reading: Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and rested from all his work, blessing the day and making it holy.

The Offering. (During the offering, greet one another and sign the friendship register.) There is a solo at St. John’s during the offering. The words are printed below:

We plough the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land, but it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand; he sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain, the breezes, and the sunshine, and soft, refreshing rain.

Refrain: All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above; then, thank the Lord, O thank the Lord, for all his love.

He only is the maker of all things near and far: he paints the wayside flower, he lights the evening star; the winds and waves obey him, by him the birds are fed; much more to us, his children, he gives our daily bread. [Refrain]

We thank thee then, O Father, for all things bright and good, the seed-time and the harvest, our life, our health, our food. Accept the gifts we offer for all thy love imparts, and, what thou most desirest, our humble, thankful hearts. [Refrain]

Rise for Prayer: To you, O God, do we give thanks: for your great mercy toward us; for our creation, preservation, and redemption; for the pardon of sin; for the numerous gifts of your love; and for the promise of eternal life in Jesus Christ our Savior. These are your great mercies, but as we rejoice in them we would not forget that you have given us even more. In the ripening of the grain, in the coming to maturity of the fruit, in the abundance which the land so freely yields, we see your hand and we give you our thanks. Enlarge our spirit of thankfulness, that we may with full willingness and in your spirit of giving share our abundance with all who are in need, that they too may praise you, through Jesus Christ. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer, a hymn version sung to the tune of Hymn 618, “Before the Lord We Bow.” 3 verses

Our heav’nly Father, hear your faithful children’s prayer:
Your name, divine and dear, be hallowed ev’rywhere!
Your kingdom come! Your heav’nly will
Among us, still, on earth be done!

The bread for which we yearn each day, O Father, give.
Forgive us, as in turn our debtors we forgive.
Your people lead in trial’s hour.
From Satan’s pow’r let us be freed!

For you, O Lord, are King; all pow’r is yours, we own;
Your glory now we sing, the glory yours alone.
So shall it be; your kingdom, might,
And glory bright, eternally!

The Benediction

As you, O God, have blessed our coming in, now bless our going forth; and grant that when we leave your house we may not leave your presence, but be ever near us and keep us near to you.

God bless you and keep you. God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you. God look upon you with love and give you peace.

And they all said

C Amen

The Closing Hymn, Hymn 334 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow.”

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, son, and Holy Ghost!

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BULLETIN- THE THIRD SUNDAY OF END TIMES THE SAINTS TRIUMPHANT NOVEMBER 18, 2018

EMMANUEL AND ST. JOHN’S

Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan and Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE THIRD SUNDAY OF END TIMES

THE SAINTS TRIUMPHANT

NOVEMBER 18, 2018

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! 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 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. May God bless our worship together!

END TIMES SUNDAYS Today is the third of the last four Sundays of the church year: Reformation, Last Judgment, Saints Triumphant, and Christ the King. On each of these Sundays we pay close attention to God as he teaches us about the end times of this world and the beginning of eternal life with Jesus in heaven. May Christ bless our worship and prepare our hearts and lives for His return.

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP O Lord–my Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter–I have come before you to hear your holy Word. Open my heart by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word I may repent of my sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear me for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

Morning Praise (hymnal page 45)

PASTOR’S GREETING

LITTLE LAMBS & ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL SING “Give Thanks”

By: Don Moen

Give thanks with a grateful heart

Give thanks to the Holy One

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart

Give thanks to the Holy One

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”

Let the poor say, “I am rich

Because of what the Lord has done for us”

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”

Let the poor say, “I am rich

Because of what the Lord has done for us”

Give thanks with a grateful heart (with a grateful heart)

Give thanks to the Holy One (to the Holy One)

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart (with a grateful heart)

Give thanks to the Holy One (to the Holy One)

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.

Give thanks.

HYMN 216 “Saints, Behold! The Sight Is Glorious” (printed in hymnal, all sing in place of Morning Hymn)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 45b, read & sung responsively)

(Please be seated for the day’s Scripture readings)

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY

Like children playing hide and seek, Jesus calls out to us through his Word, “Ready or not here I come!” Thanks be to God that through Jesus’ saving work on the cross, we have been made ready! May his Spirit keep us in saving faith in him.

FIRST LESSON Daniel 12:1-3

The saints will shine like to stars

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people– everyone whose name is found written in the book– will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”

EPISTLE LESSON 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (today’s sermon text)

“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

VERSE OF THE DAY Alleluia. They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple. Alleluia. (Revelation 7:15)

(Please stand)

GOSPEL John 5:25-29

The Son of God will raise the dead and separate believer from unbeliever

“I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out– those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”

(Please be seated)

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

SERMON HYMN 550 “Behold a Host, Arrayed in White”

(printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

“End Times 101”

  1. Reassurance
  2. Return
  3. Resurrection
  4. Reunion

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(Please be seated)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS, FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS & WELS CONNECTION DVD & INSERT

OFFERING PRAYER (read by pastor)

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 50a, all sing)

SAINTS TRIUMPHANT SUNDAY PRAYER (read by pastor)

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Joel Jaster, Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Arden “Bill” Klimke, Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Anna Madigan, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark Russell (Elsa’s son), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: )

– For those affected by the California wild fires

LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 50b, all read)

(Please be seated)

PRAYER FOR GRACE & BLESSING (hymnal page 50c-51)

CLOSING HYMN 728:3 (printed on bulletin pages 5 & 6, all sing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2018

End Times 4: Christ the King

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-NOVEMBER 24

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

9:30am-12:00pm

Book Fair in Gym

Mon.

6:30 P.M.

Bible Information Class at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

Choir at St. John’s

7:30 P.M.

St. John’s Adult Bible Study

Tues.

6:30 P.M.

Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s

Wed.

NO LITTLE LAMBS/ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL

THANKSGIVING BREAK

10:00 A.M.

Adult Bible Study at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Thanksgiving Eve Worship

Thurs.

THANKSGIVING DAY

NO LITTLE LAMBS/ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL

THANKSGIVING BREAK

9:00 A.M.

Thanksgiving Day Worship at Emmanuel

10:10 A.M.

Montello Care Center Devotion with communion

6:00 P.M.

NO Griefshare

Fri.

NO LITTLE LAMBS/ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL

THANKSGIVING BREAK

Sat.

SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2018

End Times 4: Christ the King

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

11:15 A.M.

Christmas tree decorating & light lunch at St. John’s

MEMORIAL In loving memory of Rai Lynn Hodgkins, $530.00 was gifted to Little Lambs and $20.00 was gifted to St. John’s School by family and friends. The family of Rae Lynn would like to thank all of you for your prayers and kindness shown through this difficult time. The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away-blessed be the name of the Lord.

THANK YOU to all who helped organize Grandparents Day last Tuesday at school and the Holiday Trail events (book fair, bake sale, Thai Village sale) this weekend.

THAI VILLAGE The Thai Village craft sale will be open today after 10:00am church in the St. John’s link way. With Christmas just around the corner, there’s no reason to start shopping now. Come check it out!

ST. JOHN’S DIRECTORIES ARE HERE! If you sat with Lifetouch for a photography session and had a Lifetouch photo put into our new directory, come pick up your free directory in the link way. If you submitted your own photo and would like a directory, they can be purchased for $10.00 ea.

PLEASE MUTE YOUR CELL PHONES before the worship service begins. No texting while driving or worshiping.

MEN’S BIBLE CLASS this week Tuesday at 6:30pm. Being tolerant is good, right? Or is it? What does God say?

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH WELS DVDS are available in the St. John’s link way-$5 donation.

ADVENT begins on Sunday, December 2, this year.  It’s the season that anticipates the coming of the Savior.  We prepare for this coming in many ways.  But one way is by decorating and beautifying our homes and churches.  We use a circle of artificial greens around our Advent candles in the front of the church, with each candle lit in order on Sundays in Advent, and each candle symbolizing an important event on the way to the Savior’s birth—the last candle is the Christ Candle. 

 But another way is to hang Christmas wreaths on the church doors as a sign of welcome. 

 Once again—anyone interested in donating toward the purchase of wreaths for the front doors at St. John’s is encouraged to contact LuAnn Zieman at 608-297-2422 or email zieman@bugnet.net or by mail at W1440 State Rd 23, Montello, WI 53949.

GRIEFSHARE No Griefshare this week due to Thanksgiving. We will see you next week.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): “Quit griping about your church; If it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.”

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/assetuploads/400016_LG_enchanted_forest_clip_art_gnome_toadstool.jpgSCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR It’s the last day to come and check out the book fair! Today, hours are 9:30am-12:00pm!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED AT EMMANUEL Emmanuel Lutheran Church is still recruiting 1 (or more) volunteers to assist with the following position; all expenses are reimbursed by Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  

1) Sunday School Teacher: This individual will help further the Christian up-bringing of parish and non-parish children, historically between the ages of 2 and 6, by managing the weekly Sunday School sessions held in the Emmanuel Parish Hall. The timing of the class and age group preference is flexible.  If you are interested in serving the Lord with your time and talents by assisting with these important activities, please contact Darrell Buchholz or Pastor Zietlow.

WELS VOLUNTEERS – https://www.lutheranvolunteerconnect.com/ ie WELS Kingdom Workers, Mission & Relief Teams

CHARITY GIVING In the past WELS members have asked about supporting the Salvation Army with their time (ringing bells/soliciting offerings) and giving offerings.  Below is a clip from the WELS.net Q&A regarding WELS participation with the Salvation Army.  –Pastor Z

 

Is it acceptable to ring the bells or contribute money for the Salvation Army during Christmas time because of the charity they do, despite the false doctrine in the Salvation Army Church?

     Your question links the charitable work of the Salvation Army with the mission of that church, which is driven by their false doctrine. That is important to keep in mind. The work they do is in line with the mission of their church.

     As you indicated, there is false doctrine in that church. The Salvation Army is a self-described “holiness movement,” placing greater emphasis on the Christian’s life than on what God has done for people through Jesus Christ his Son. The Salvation Army rejects the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

     2 John 10-11 (“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.”) instructs us not to support those whose teachings are contrary to Scripture. That applies to the church in your question. That applies to any church that holds to false doctrine. While we can appreciate the tenacity of the bell ringers of that church at Christmas time, we cannot support their mission.

     There is no need to feel like a Scrooge by walking past the bell ringers. We can help meet the material needs of others (Isaiah 58:7; Galatians 6:10) through contributions to charitable agencies that are not tied to churches that hold to and teach false doctrine. We can give to our church body’s Christian Aid and Relief.

     In gratitude for God’s blessings and in compassionate concern for the material and spiritual needs of others, Christians have reason for charitable giving at Christmas time and every season of the year. Yes, “Let us all be cheerful givers To the glory of your name” (Christian Worship 577:3).

     (Note: Questions submitted to WELS.net Q&A are answered by WELS pastors/professors serving at Martin Luther College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Some of the local, non-religious charities which Emmanuel and St. John’s members do support are: 1. Marquette County “Care & Share” Food Bank, 2. Marquette County Giving Tree, 3. Tots to Teens Holiday Book Drive via Literacy Volunteers of Marquette County, 4. Montello Public Library.)

TREE TRIMMING AT ST. JOHN’S ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25  Come and help decorate the Christmas tree immediately following the  service next Sunday.  All are welcome, but we do need a couple of younger men who wouldn’t mind climbing the tall ladders and balancing on the pulpit to decorate the top of the tree. A light lunch will be served when the work is done! 

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT AT PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

The Lutheran Girl Pioneers of Peace Lutheran Church, 335 West Prairie Street, Wautoma (www.wautomapeacelutheran.org) invite the girls and ladies of your congregation to their annual Advent by Candlelight event on Sunday, December 2 at 1 pm.

This uplifting event begins with a program led by the Girl Pioneers entitled “To the Ends of the Earth” filled with God’s Word and music, followed by yummy desserts and great fellowship. 

Come spend a few hours preparing your hearts for the upcoming Christmas season.

Seats are limited, so RSVP early!

To RSVP, or for more information, please call Christine at 920-787-3856 by November 25. 

The Peace Lutheran Girl Pioneers strive to be a group, open to all youth ages Kindergarten through high school, that strengthens our girls’ faith in Jesus Christ, and teaches life & leadership skills, all while nurturing friendships that last not only through life, but into eternity. 

You do not have to be a member of Peace to join the Pioneers.

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT AT EMMANUEL This year, there will be no Advent by Candlelight at Emmanuel. Thank you.

Attendance

Emmanuel

St. John’s

11-11 11-14

85

144 12

St. John’s Altar Committee:

November 2018

Jennie Utke

&

Susan Brown

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

Nov 18

Don & Doris Smith

Nov 22

James & Linda Wachholz

Nov 25

Ron & Evie Blada

Usher Schedule

November 18

E

SJ

Brian Ninneman, Paul Wuerch, Don Stelter

Don Smith; Chief, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith

November 21

Thanksgiving E

Darrell Buchholz, Glenn Buchholz, Paul Dahlke

November 22

Thanksgiving SJ

Kenon Smith; Chief, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause, Richard Freitag

November 25

E

(with comm.) SJ

Duwayne Sommerfeld, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

Cal Kapp; Chief, Gergardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick

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Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

Like & find us on Facebook

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135

Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

Principal Mr. David Schroeder/WLA office (920) 921-4930

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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BULLETIN- THE SECOND SUNDAY OF END TIMES LAST JUDGMENT Nov 11, 2018

ST. JOHN’S

Ev. Lutheran Church

Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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THE SECOND SUNDAY OF END TIMES

LAST JUDGMENT

NOVEMBER 11, 2015

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! 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 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. May God bless our worship together!

PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP Heavenly Father, I have come to worship you. Draw near to me in your gracious Word and Sacrament, and assure me of your loving kindness. Curb my wandering thoughts, that with undivided attention, I may hear your voice and sing your praise.

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY – Jesus Will Come Back in Glory – At the end of the world, Jesus will come back in glory to judge both the living and the dead. Those who believe in him receive a verdict of “not-guilty.” Those who do not believe stand condemned to the eternal suffering of hell.

ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY

Service of the Word and Sacrament (hymnal page 26)

PASTOR’S GREETING

ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL SINGS “Child of God”, “My Knee Shall Bow” (in place of opening hymn)

CHILD OF GOD

If anybody asks you who I am,

Who I am,

Who I am,

If anybody asks you who I am,

Say that I’m a child of God.

If anybody asks you how I am,

How I am,

How I am,

If anybody asks you how I am,

Say that I’m alive and free.

If anybody asks you what that means,

What that means,

What that means,

If anybody ask you what that means,

Say that I was born again.

If anybody asks you where I’m going,

Where I’m going,

Where I’m going,

If anybody asks you where I’m going,

Say that I am going to heav’n.

If anybody asks you who’s my friend,

Who’s my friend,

Who’s my friend,

If anybody ask you who’s my friend,

Say that Jesus is his name!

MY KNEE SHALL BOW

My knee shall bow;

My tongue shall sing:

Jesus, you are Lord and King,

And wherever I go

And whatever I do,

Let my praise be unto you.

(Please stand)

LITURGY (hymnal page 26, read & sung responsively)

PRAYER OF THE DAY (pastor reads)

(Please be seated for the day’s scripture readings)

THEME FOR TODAY (11/11 END TIMES 2-VETERANS DAY): Last Judgment

OLD TESTAMENT: Malachi 4:1-3 (today’s sermon text)

Christ will appear with healing in His wings

“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the LORD Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty.”

PSALM 90 (hymnal page 99, cantor sings the first line, congregation sings the second line, all sing refrains and Gloria)

EPISTLE: Hebrews 9:24-28

Christ will appear on the Last Day to bring salvation

For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

VERSE OF THE DAY (pastor reads)

Alleluia. “Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” Alleluia. (Matthew 24:42)

LITURGY (hymnal page 30, all sing)

“Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!…”

(Please stand)

GOSPEL: Luke 12:35-40

Christ, the Judge, will come unexpectedly. Be ready!

“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

After the reading of the Gospel, all sing:

“Praise be to you, O Christ”

(Please be seated)

SERMON HYMN 208 “Great God, What Do I See and Hear”

SERMON: Malachi 4:1-3

“A Striking Symbol of the Savior: The Sun”

  1. Burning the arrogant
  2. Healing the reverent

(Please stand after the sermon)

NICENE CREED (hymnal page 31, all read)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

OFFERING PRAYER

(Please stand)

VETERANS DAY PRAYER

Pastor: Everlasting Protector and Defender, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the guns of World War I went silent. To celebrate this armistice a holiday was made of this date. But, the world soon learned that the War to end all Wars did not. A series of wars followed with increased efficiency in killing. Thus the holiday was changed to honor everyone who has served in our nation’s Armed Forces. We now call it Veterans Day.

Congregation: We thank you, Lord, for our military veterans. Through them you have provided us with blessings that people around the world envy.

P: But the presence of our veterans reminds us of your warning that wars and rumors of wars will continue until the end of time.

C: In your mercy, keep war from our shores, and frustrate the plans of all those who would cause us terror.

P: Lord of the Nations, we ask that you would continue to bless our country with men and women who are willing to go to distant and dangerous places to protect us from those who would do us harm.

C: We pray that you will continue to bless us with veterans who have served faithful and true.

P: Be with our veterans as they continue their march through life. Protect them from the ambush of sin and the firepower of Satan. Give them the health and strength they need to carry out the missions in life that you have laid before them.

C: Be, Lord, their shield and strength, their guide and their rearguard. Give to them the peace that surpasses all understanding as they place their trust in Jesus.

P: When their tour of duty in the world is over, give them the order to come home. Bring them to where there are no more wars.

C: Grant unto them this blessing: when we are listening to taps being played over their grave, they may be listening to the joyous trumpet call of God and the music of heaven’s choirs. Grant this for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Earl Ewert, Mike Farrell, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Joel Jaster, Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Anna Madigan, Lilly Mann, LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark Russell (Elsa’s son), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Amanda Stalker, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: Joel Jaster, Amanda Stalker)

– For the family of Caleb Degenstein, Mark Emond’s friend, called home on 10/31

– For Hayes Edward Buchholz, the son of Noah & Elizabeth Buchholz, who will be baptized today (11/11) at noon at Emmanuel

– For our communicants at St. John’s

LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 32, all read)

HOLY COMMUNION LITURGY (hymnal page 33, read & sung responsively)

DISTRIBUTION HYMN 309 “Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord”, 382 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

Confirmed members of Emmanuel and St. John’s Ev. Lutheran churches who have examined themselves and announced their desire to partake of the Lord’s Supper will now be ushered forward to receive Holy Communion. In Communion we receive the true body and true blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in, with, and under the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of sins and strengthening of faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(After the distribution, please stand)

THANK THE LORD, CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING (hymnal page 36-37)

CLOSING HYMN 619 “God Bless Our Native Land”

(Veterans please remain standing after the hymn)

(Note: As you leave today’s service please give your completed Friendship Register sheet to an usher or pastor)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2018

End Times 3: Saints Triumphant

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11-NOVEMBER 17

Sun.

Veteran’s Day

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

8:30 A.M.

St. John’s Sunday School

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship with communion

9:30am-12:00pm

Book Fair in Gym

12:00PM

Hayes Buchholz baptism at Emmanuel

Mon.

6:30 P.M.

Bible Information Class at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

Choir at St. John’s

7:30 P.M.

St. John’s Adult Bible Study

Tues.

11:00AM-4:00PM

Book Fair in Gym

6:30 P.M.

Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s

Wed.

NO LITTLE LAMBS/ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL

10:00 A.M.

Adult Bible Study at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Worship

Thurs.

8:00 A.M.

St. John’s Teen Confirmation Class

6:00 P.M.

Griefshare at St. John’s

6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Council meeting

2:30PM-3:30PM

Book Fair in Gym

Fri.

2:00PM-3:30PM

Book Fair in Gym

Sat.

9:00AM-4:00PM

Holiday Trail/Book Fair/Thai Village Crafts

SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2018

End Times 3: Saints Triumphant

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

9:30AM-12:00PM

Book Fair in Gym

ST. JOHN’S DIRECTORIES ARE HERE! If you sat with Lifetouch for a photography session and had a Lifetouch photo put into our new directory, come pick up your free directory in the link way. If you submitted your own photo and would like a directory, they can be purchased for $10.00 ea.

PLEASE MUTE YOUR CELL PHONES before the worship service begins. No texting while driving or worshiping.

MEN’S BIBLE CLASS this week Tuesday at 6:30pm. Being tolerant is good, right? Or is it? What does God say?

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH WELS DVDS are available in the St. John’s link way-$5 donation.

ADVENT begins on Sunday, December 2, this year.  It’s the season that anticipates the coming of the Savior.  We prepare for this coming in many ways.  But one way is by decorating and beautifying our homes and churches.  We use a circle of artificial greens around our Advent candles in the front of the church, with each candle lit in order on Sundays in Advent, and each candle symbolizing an important event on the way to the Savior’s birth—the last candle is the Christ Candle. 

 But another way is to hang Christmas wreaths on the church doors as a sign of welcome. 

 

Once again—anyone interested in donating toward the purchase of wreaths for the front doors at St. John’s is encouraged to contact LuAnn Zieman at 608-297-2422 or email zieman@bugnet.net or by mail at W1440 State Rd 23, Montello, WI 53949.

GRIEFSHARE A 13-week session has started at St. John’s. We meet in the lower level at St. John’s at 6:00p.m.  Feel free to call or leave a message with any questions or concerns (608) 697-1600 Mark Emond

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): God Himself doesn’t propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/assetuploads/400016_LG_enchanted_forest_clip_art_gnome_toadstool.jpgSCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR This year’s Scholastic Book Fait will start on today, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 18th! Our theme this year is “A Christmas Enchanted Forest”. All purchases benefit the children and our school as we receive scholastic dollars for every item sold, in return buys books for our school library. If anyone is unable to attend, we also have an online book fair. You may access it at scholastic.com/fair and your purchases will be delivered to school. See the book fair schedule below:

Sunday, Nov. 11 9:30am-12:00pm

Tuesday, Nov. 13 11:00am-4:00pm

Thursday, Nov. 15 2:30pm-3:30pm

Friday, Nov. 16 2:00pm-3:30pm

Saturday, Nov. 17 9:00am-4:00pm Holiday Trail

Sunday, Nov. 18 9:30am-12:00pm

GRANDPARENTS DAY This Tuesday, Nov. 13, St. John’s School and Little Lambs will have Grandparents Day. Free hot lunch will be provided for the students and their “grands” (this includes parents, guardians, special family, etc.). The teachers will have special plans for the students and their grandparents during lunch. Free will offering will be accepted but not mandatory. Please RSVP to the office. So kids, invite your Grandparents!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED AT EMMANUEL Emmanuel Lutheran Church is still recruiting 1 (or more) volunteers to assist with the following position; all expenses are reimbursed by Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  

1) Sunday School Teacher: This individual will help further the Christian up-bringing of parish and non-parish children, historically between the ages of 2 and 6, by managing the weekly Sunday School sessions held in the Emmanuel Parish Hall. The timing of the class and age group preference is flexible.  If you are interested in serving the Lord with your time and talents by assisting with these important activities, please contact Darrell Buchholz or Pastor Zietlow.

WORSHIP COMMITTEE UPDATE

Our combined Emmanuel/St. John’s Worship Committee wants your feedback! We have been meeting to discuss opportunities for growth based on feedback you gave during our congregational survey. Your responses indicate that you feel that our worship services, worship attendance, and our level of spiritual growth could all be improved. Guess what? That’s exactly what God wants, too!

In the coming weeks and months we will be incorporating some fresh ideas into our worship life. The Bible clearly teaches that the Word in its truth and purity must never change. But the primary purpose of the manner or style in which it is taught is to reach out to as many people as possible in whatever way is possible and to do it all to the glory of God!

We will be inviting you to complete a brief survey in the weeks ahead. We ask for your honest thoughts, suggestions for improvement, your reasons for the possible changes, and how you might be able to help our congregation move forward. Please feel free to give a note to James Wachholz or the church/school secretary at any time.

All glory to God!

Emmanuel/St. John’s Joint Worship Committee

Attendance

Emmanuel

St. John’s

11-4 11-7

115

122 11

St. John’s Altar Committee:

November 2018

Jennie Utke

&

Susan Brown

St. John’s Greeters Schedule

Nov 11

Linda Lou Wacholtz & Karen Wojtalewicz

Nov 18

Don & Doris Smith

Nov 22

James & Linda Wachholz

Nov 25

Ron & Evie Blada

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Usher Schedule

November 11

E

(with comm.) SJ

Don Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Duwayne Sommerfeld

Jack Yates; Chief, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher

November 18

E

SJ

Brian Ninneman, Paul Wuerch, Don Stelter

Don Smith; Chief, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith

November 21

Thanksgiving E

Darrell Buchholz, Glenn Buchholz, Paul Dahlke

November 22

Thanksgiving SJ

Kenon Smith; Chief, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause, Richard Freitag

November 25

E

(with comm.) SJ

Duwayne Sommerfeld, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

Cal Kapp; Chief, Gergardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org

Like & find us on Facebook

Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135

Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

Principal Mr. David Schroeder/WLA office (920) 921-4930

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org

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