Bulletin-March 29, 2020

The 5th Sunday in Lent

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March 29, 2020

Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Mecan & Montello, WI

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P R E P A R A T I O N   F O R W O R S H I P

We prepare ourselves to worship the one Savior God by expressing our humble repentance, offering our fervent prayers and singing our thankfulness of praise.

WELCOME, EXPLANATION OF WHAT WILL FOLLOW & WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT                                               

HYMN 440                    On Eagles’ Wings

Led by soloist Lucas Stelter. 

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INVOCATION                               hymnal page 15

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

OPENING PRAYER                                                                   hymnal page 10

M: O Lord — our Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter — we are assembled in your presence to hear your holy Word. We pray that you would open our hearts by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word we may repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION                                                        hymnal page 38

M: We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as his dear children. But we have disobeyed him and deserve only his wrath and punishment. Therefore, let us confess our sins to him and plead for his mercy.

C: Merciful Father in heave, I am altogether sinful from birth. In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child. But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love. Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt. 

M: God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins. By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord, Jesus Christ, he has removed your guilt forever. You are his own dear child. May God give you strength to live according to his will.  Amen.

PSALM 116                                                                                                       hymnal page 107

Refrain led by soloist Lucas Stelter. 

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I love the Lord, for he hear my voice;

he heard my cry for mercy.

Because he turned his ear to me,

I will call on him as long as I live.

The Lord is gracious and righteous;

when I was in great need, he saved me.

Refrain

For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death,

my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

How can I repay the Lord

for all his goodness to me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation

and call on the name of the Lord.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, 

Is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Refrain

T H E   W O R D

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

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                          Ezekiel 37:1-14

Summary: God gives hope to the hopeless and life to the lifeless

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.  He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, `Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.  I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'”

So I prophesied as I was commanded.  And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.  I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet– a vast army.

Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.  They say, `Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.  I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.'”

EPISTLE LESSON                                                                                                                           Romans 8:11-19  Summary: God gives spiritual and eternal life

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation– but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.  For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs– heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.

GOSPEL LESSON                   John 11:17-27, 38-45 (today’s sermonette text underlined)

Summary: Jesus is the resurrection and the life

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.  Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.  When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

“Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb.  It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. 

PRAYER OF THE DAY                                             

Eternal God and Father, help us to remember Jesus, who obeyed your will and bore the cross for our salvation that through his anguish, pain, and death we may receive forgiveness of sins and inherit eternal life; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

SERMONETTE                                                                                                                John 11: 17-27

“Christians Comfort Christians!”

APOSTLES’ CREED                                                     hymnal page 41

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker or 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.

LENTEN SEASON PRAYER & INTERCESSORY PRAYERS      read by pastor, bulletin page 13

LORD’S PRAYER               hymnal page 43

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

CLOSING PRAYER                                                       hymnal page 43 

M: O Lord God, our heavenly Father, pour out the Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep us strong in your grace and truth, protect and comfort us in all temptation, and bestow on us your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

BLESSING             hymnal page 44

M: Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

Then Lord look on you with favor and + give you peace. 

Amen. 

HYMN 327                                  God Be with You till We Meet Again       

Led by soloist Lucas Stelter.

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CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS, INSTRUCTIONS AND ENCOURAGEMENT

Announcements 

Next week’s theme: April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday: “The King Comes To Us”

Emmanuel & St. John’s Lutheran Church leaders offer their response to COVID-19 to align with all current bans and guidelines for the next few weeks.  

1 “God is our refuge and strength,

    an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam

    and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Following the announcement from government officials on March 16, all worship services and gatherings are suspended at Emmanuel & St. John’s.  However worship services will be offered online via our stjohnsmontello.org website “Videos” menu button & linked You Tube channel, or via recorded DVDs, or via printed bulletins and sermons.

4 “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;

    God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.”

Every Saturday at 11:00am, I will record an abbreviated service that will be uploaded to our website/linked You Tube channel together with a bulletin (.pdf) file and available for viewing at your convenience. Remaining Wednesday Lenten Devotions (3/25 & 4/1) via printed materials will be e-mailed out to our members and made available on our website via the “Bulletins” menu button.

7 “The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

While we might be tempted to face this situation with a great deal of disappointment and chagrin, we also recognize the opportunity God is placing before us to ponder and grasp ever more firmly his promise of spiritual health for our souls and to reflect the light of his love to others. We can:

– pray for God’s healing for those affected by the virus

– pray for those involved in essential services – medical personnel, first responders, and those who keep the peace

– share the links to our website and worship service with family, friends, and acquaintances

– renew our daily devotional life

– continue to support the message and ministry of our congregation by responding in thanks to God for his gift of eternal life through offerings mailed to the church office or by electronic giving. Call secretary Ciara Neuhauser at the church office 608-297-2866 for details.

– offer care and compassion for those who need support and a listening ear

8 Come and see what the Lord has done.

   the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease

   to the ends of the earth.

   He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

   he burns the shields with fire.

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the earth.”

Church elders and I have begun contacting all E/SJ members (via email, text, and phone) to make all aware of the situation, to offer alternatives for those who do not have a computer or Internet access, and to offer any special assistance during these challenging times. Following our governor’s announcement on 3/24, all WI residents are to “stay safe at home”. We are suspending all communion distribution until further notice. Pastor Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text) and our E/SJ Elders are also available for emergency home visits. Please reach out to them directly.

Elders: 

Jerre Duerr – (608) 697-6706, glojbean@maqs.net

Jim Eisermann – (608) 297-8171, jay.diane.eisermann@gmail.com

James Wachholz – (608) 369-2635, lwmsreporter@stjohnsmontello.org

Darrell Buchholz – (608) 215-7871, darrell.buchholz@gmail.com

Wayne Stelter – (608) 297-2761, shieldscreamery@gmail.com

“The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – Psalm 46  

We as your church family want to be able to help and serve you, but we can all rejoice as we look to the One who is our real and lasting helper. He is our strength and that’s especially comforting in a time like this, when our human weakness is made so clear!

In Jesus Christ our loving & protecting Savior,

Pastor Pete Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text & ZietlowPL6@hotmail.com)

Through Faith We Are Raised

from Death to Life

The Fifth Sunday of Lent – A

God’s Word for Today

We are drawing ever closer to Holy Week, when Jesus undergoes the incredible events of his Passion.  Now, one week before that begins, we hear about our progress from death to life. Through faith in Jesus, we are raised from our spiritual death to a new life in Christ, and we are nurtured in this new life through the Word and Sacraments. 

First Lesson (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

  1. How does the vision of the dry bones characterize God’s people in Ezekiel’s time?
  1. What tool was used in restoring life to the dead bones?

Second Lesson (Romans 8:11-19)

  1. Through his Spirit, Paul says, God has breathed new life into our mortal bodies (v 11).  What changes does that bring about?
  1. Though life in Christ Jesus means sharing his suffering, what other observation is made?

Gospel (John 11:17-27,38-45)

  1. What does Jesus mean by saying that he is life?
  1. How would Mary and Martha see the glory of God in the raising of Lazarus?

Answers:

  1. The bones were many and very dry.  This indicates the widespread condition of God’s people as they were exiled in Babylon.  Their unfaithfulness had brought about God’s judgment, and they seemed beyond the point of resuscitation.  Yet God’s grace is apparent.
  1. The same tool we use today—the Word of God.  “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.”
  1. Paul previously had said that those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires (vv 5-8).  We now seek to put to death the misdeeds of the body (v 13) and willingly share in Christ’s suffering with a view also to sharing in his glory (v 17).
  1. Paul suggests a wise perspective: our present sufferings are “not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  As a runner endures the pain of the exertion by keeping his eyes focused on the finish line, so the Christian’s perspective will always be goal-oriented.  What waits for us at the end far outshines the clouds that we encounter along the way.
  1. More than saying that he is the source of life or the giver of life, Jesus for the first time (see also 14:6) claims to be life itself.  There is no life apart from him. As life itself, final death is impossible for him. The events surrounding the raising of Lazarus occur just days before the Passion events in Jerusalem.  What a comfort to know that Jesus was confidently assured of the outcome of his upcoming battle with evil—he would be victorious!
  1. Jesus would perform what only God could do—raising someone from death. The glory of God would be seen in Jesus himself both here and then in the future as these events helped to initiate the events leading to the cross, where’s God’s true identity and love were revealed. 

God feeds his flock in a time of crisis

By: Pastor Mark Schroeder

After earlier placing restrictions on the size of public gatherings, today Wisconsin governor Tony Evers issued an even more restrictive “Safer at Home” directive. The directive effectively closes all Wisconsin businesses and entities other than those that are deemed essential. Other states have issued, or likely will issue, similar directives.

Already after the first restrictions were imposed, many WELS congregations found ways to continue to serve their members with God’s Word and with new and different types of worship formats. I am thankful at the way so many of our congregations have put these things into place with only brief notice, and pray they will be able to continue in those efforts.

On Sunday, my wife and I worshiped via an online worship service provided by my home congregation. The service that was broadcast was a complete service with the normal liturgy, hymns, and prayers. Before we began, we wondered just how “worshipful” such a service would be. But by the time the service was over, we agreed that it was one of the most meaningful and moving worship experiences we had ever had.

First, we were reminded that the power of God’s Word and the comfort of the gospel is not in any way diminished by the way it is delivered. We heard law and gospel. We were assured of our forgiveness in Christ. We were directed as always to the cross and empty tomb. Our faith was nourished and our trust in God’s unchanging promises was strengthened.

Second, I couldn’t help but think that being prevented from gathering physically with other believers helped to renew our appreciation for corporate worship, where believers gather not only to be strengthened by the means of grace, but also to provide encouragement and love to each other. Perhaps God will use this experience to lead our WELS members to never take public worship for granted again. Perhaps he also will use this entire crisis as a time to draw many in our nation to see the value of faith and the Word of God.

Finally, we were not alone in this experience. Congregations around the synod moved quickly to see to it that the Word of God would not be silenced. Worship services were streamed live in many places. Devotions and sermons were posted online. Materials and words of comfort and instruction were sent via e-mail. Pastors assured their members that they continued to be ready to serve their flocks whenever called upon to do so.

I pray that the need for online remote worship will end soon. In the meantime, I will join you in thanking God that his Word will not be silenced. As he told us, “[My Word] will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

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BULLETIN March 22, 2020- Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church Mecan & Montello, WI

The 4th Sunday in Lent

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P R E P A R A T I O N   F O R W O R S H I P

We prepare ourselves to worship the one Savior God by expressing our humble repentance, offering our fervent prayers and singing our thankfulness of praise.

WELCOME, EXPLANATION OF WHAT WILL FOLLOW & WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT                                               

INVOCATION                               hymnal page 15

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

OPENING PRAYER                                                                   hymnal page 10

M: O Lord — our Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter — we are assembled in your presence to hear your holy Word. We pray that you would open our hearts by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word we may repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION                                                        hymnal page 38

M: We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as his dear children. But we have disobeyed him and deserve only his wrath and punishment. Therefore, let us confess our sins to him and plead for his mercy.

C: Merciful Father in heave, I am altogether sinful from birth. In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child. But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love. Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt. 

M: God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins. By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord, Jesus Christ, he has removed your guilt forever. You are his own dear child. May God give you strength to live according to his will.  Amen.

PSALM 42-43                                                                                                              hymnal page 82

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As the deer pants for streams of water,

So my soul pants for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

Where can I go and meet with God?

Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

For I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Refrain

Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me;

Let them bring me to the place where you dwell.

Then will I go to the altar of God, my joy and me delight.

I will praise you with the hard, O God, my God.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, 

Is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Refrain

T H E   W O R D

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

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                          Hosea 5:15–6:3

Summary: The law tears us to pieces, but God’s grace heals us

Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt.  And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me.”

“Come, let us return to the LORD.  He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.  After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

EPISTLE LESSON                                                                                                                             Romans 8:1-10 

Summary: Our sinful nature brings death, but the Spirit gives life

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.

GOSPEL LESSON                                             Matthew 20:17-28   (today’s sermonette text)

Summary: Jesus came to serve by giving his life as a ransom

Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.  They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

“What is it you want?” he asked.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant.  These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.  Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

PRAYER OF THE DAY                                             

Almighty God, we confess that we deserve to be punished for our evil deeds. But we ask you graciously to cleanse us from all sin and to comfort us with your salvation; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

SERMONETTE                                                                                                       Matthew 20: 17-28

“Predictions”

APOSTLES’ CREED                                                     hymnal page 41

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker or 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.

LENTEN SEASON PRAYER & INTERCESSORY PRAYERS      read by pastor, bulletin page 12

LORD’S PRAYER               hymnal page 43

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

CLOSING PRAYER                                                       hymnal page 43 

M: O Lord God, our heavenly Father, pour out the Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep us strong in your grace and truth, protect and comfort us in all temptation, and bestow on us your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

BLESSING             hymnal page 44

M: Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

Then Lord look on you with favor and + give you peace. 

Amen. 

CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS, INSTRUCTIONS AND ENCOURAGEMENT

HYMN FOR PERSONAL USE: 

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Announcements 

Next week’s theme: March 29, 2020 Lent 5 “Jesus Creates New Life out of Death”

Emmanuel & St. John’s Lutheran Church leaders offer their response to COVID-19 to align with all current bans and guidelines for the next few weeks.  

1 “God is our refuge and strength,

    an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam

    and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Following the announcement from government officials on March 16, all worship services and gatherings are suspended at Emmanuel & St. John’s.  However worship services will be offered online via our stjohnsmontello.org website “Videos” menu button & linked You Tube channel, or via recorded DVDs, or via printed bulletins and sermons.

4 “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;

    God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.”

Every Saturday at 11:00am, I will record an abbreviated service that will be uploaded to our website/linked You Tube channel together with a bulletin (.pdf) file and available for viewing at your convenience. Remaining Wednesday Lenten Devotions (3/25 & 4/1) via printed materials will be e-mailed out to our members and made available on our website via the “Bulletins” menu button.

7 “The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

While we might be tempted to face this situation with a great deal of disappointment and chagrin, we also recognize the opportunity God is placing before us to ponder and grasp ever more firmly his promise of spiritual health for our souls and to reflect the light of his love to others. We can:

– pray for God’s healing for those affected by the virus

– pray for those involved in essential services – medical personnel, first responders, and those who keep the peace

– share the links to our website and worship service with family, friends, and acquaintances

– renew our daily devotional life

– continue to support the message and ministry of our congregation by responding in thanks to God for his gift of eternal life through offerings mailed to the church office or by electronic giving. Call secretary Ciara Neuhauser at the church office 608-297-2866 for details.

– offer care and compassion for those who need support and a listening ear

8 Come and see what the Lord has done.

   the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease

   to the ends of the earth.

   He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

   he burns the shields with fire.

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the earth.”

Church elders and I have begun contacting all E/SJ members (via email, text, and phone) to make all aware of the situation, to offer alternatives for those who do not have a computer or Internet access, and to offer any special assistance during these challenging times. Lord-willing and law-permitting, we would also like to offer communion distribution (up to 8 communicants at a time) every Sunday from 9-11am at St. John beginning 3/29. Pastor Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text) and our E/SJ Elders are also available for home visits. Please reach out to them directly or by calling the church office.

“The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – Psalm 46  

We as your church family want to be able to help and serve you, but we can all rejoice as we look to the One who is our real and lasting helper. He is our strength and that’s especially comforting in a time like this, when our human weakness is made so clear!

In Jesus Christ our loving & protecting Savior,

Pastor Pete Zietlow (608-408-7830 talk/text & ZietlowPL6@hotmail.com)

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BULLETIN- March 8th, 2020 – The 2nd Sunday in Lent

The 2nd Sunday in Lent

March 8, 2020

St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Montello, WI

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church 313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949 Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949    

  Pastor Peter Zietlow  

 

608.297.2866 www.stjohnsmontello.org Like us on Facebook
W E L C O M E    T O    O U R    C H U R C H We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors.  In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information.  In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you.  Restrooms and nursery area are located in the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and link-way at St. John’s.  It’s nice to have you visit today. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Welcome to God’s house!  May God bless our worship together.  
G O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y The Second Sunday in Lent – Saving Faith Trusts in Christ Alone – For most of us who have been acquainted with Christian teachings for many years, it’s an easy question. How are we saved? Answer: Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. But for thousands of years, people didn’t have the knowledge of Jesus Christ. They knew only of a Messiah to come. Nonetheless, their faith was placed in the promise of God to send a Savior, and that faith—a forward-looking faith—was credited to them as the righteousness that God demands to enter heaven.


A SERVICE OF MORNING PRAISE

Morning Praise is based on the historic service called “Matins.” Joined to Christ, our risen Lord, we glorify God as we rise to the activities of this new day.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SINGS                                                                    Jesus Our Good Friend

Please stand

MORNING HYMN                                                                                   hymnal page 45 

MORNING SENTENCES                                                                            hymnal pages 45, 46

In these words of Psalm 51 we confess our sin and ask God to deliver us from that sin.

OH, COME, LET US SING TO THE LORD                                                                        hymnal page 46, 47

Psalm 95 encourages us to praise God for his abundant goodness and his powerful deliverance from all things (Venite).

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M: Almighty God, you see that we have no power to defend ourselves. Guard and keep us both outwardly and inwardly from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  Amen

Please be seated for the day’s Scripture readings

XT H E   W O R D X

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

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                                    Genesis 12:1-8

Summary: Abraham believed God’s promise of the Savior and was justified by faith

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.

PSALM 121                                                                                                                                        hymnal page 112

Lectern side sings first line, pulpit side sings second line, all sing Refrains and Gloria.

EPISTLE LESSON                                          Romans 4:1-5 (today’s sermon text underlined), 13-17

Summary: Abraham was justified by faith in the Savior not by his own good works

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.

It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                               Philippians 2:8b

Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.

*Alleluias are omitted during Lent.

Please stand

GOSPEL LESSON                                                                                                                        John 4:4-26 

Summary: Jesus awakened faith in the heart of the Samaritan woman

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

“I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

Please be seated

SERMON HYMN 391                                                   God Loved the World So that He Gave

SERMON                                                                                                         Romans 4: 1-5

“Paid In Full”

  1. Our debt of sin
  2. Jesus payment of blood

Please stand

NICENE CREED                                                                                                                          hymnal page 31

Please be seated

X O F F E R I N G S   O F   G I F T S   &   P R A Y E R S X

THE OFFERING                   

The ushers now gather the “Thank-Offering.”  Members of this congregation show their thanks to God for all he has done for them by returning a portion of their income to the Lord.  Through these free will offerings, this congregation and its ministries are maintained.  Guests need not feel obligated to contribute. Please also sign our Friendship Registers and greet one another.

XS E R V I C E    O F    T H E    S A C R A M E N T X

In this service we celebrate the gift of Jesus’ redeeming love, we bear witness to the Christian fellowship we share, and we proclaim his death until he returns.

Please stand

PRAYERS & HOLY COMMUNION LITURGY                                        hymnal pages 32-37

Please be seated for the distribution

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

DISTRIBUTION HYMN 306                                               Before You, God, the Judge of All

                                                        399: 1-2                                   To God Be the Glory

Please stand        

THANKSGIVING PRAYER & BLESSING                                               hymnal page 36,37

Please be seated

CLOSING HYMN 399: 3                                                                            To God Be the Glory

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

Announcements

Activities for the week of March 8 – March 14

Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
  9:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
  TBA Luther Prep Coed B Team Tournament
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. Little Lamb’s Dad’s Night 
Wed. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Chapel
  10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs Early Release
  2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s
  3:30 P.M. Emmanuel Lenten Devotion
  4:30 P.M. Lenten Supper at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Lenten Devotion
  7:30P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s Teen Confirmation Class
  10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center Devotion
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level
Fri.   NO SCHOOL & LITTLE LAMBS
Sat.      
Theme for Next Sunday March 15 , 2020 Lent 3: “Jesus Gives Spiritual Sight”
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
Church News               INTERCESSORY PRAYERS (read by pastor) – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Wyatt Beahm (William and Alyssa Beahm’s infant son), David Broderick, Gene & Sharon Crook, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Lilah Farrell, Roger Hillmer, Jerry & Darlene Hunter (Bonnie Chapman’s parents), Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Michael Logemann (Fred Logemann’s father), Wendy Logemann, Delvin Mittelsteadt, Steve Parrish, Karen Radke, LuAnn Reber, Harvey Rudolph, Frank Russell, Kathryn Sigrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Amanda Stalker, Jennifer Strauss, Leevi Walker, Zaelynn Zuehls – (added this week: Michael Logemann (Fred Logemann’s father), Wendy Logemann, Zaelynn Zuehls) – For the family of Richard Winkler called home to heaven on Sunday (3/1) MIDWEEK LENT 2020 That special and important season of Lent is upon us. All of God’s people at Emmanuel/St. John’s are encouraged to make time and make plans to worship at one of our midweek worship devotions – 3:30pm at Emmanuel and 6:30pm at St. John’s.  “The Son of God Goes Forth to War” is the over theme this year. Lenten Supper starts at 4:30pm at St. John’s. What’s on the menu?! Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, assorted desserts, coffee, water and milk. This week’s supper is hosted by Hands In Prayer. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND A CARD… St. John’s called grades 3-5 teacher, Heather Schmidt. If you would like to reach out and offer words of encouragement, thoughts, etc. see contact info below. Heather Schmidt 520 W Riverwood Dr. – Apt. 106 Oak Creek, WI   53154-7582 hschmidt@stpaulsfranklin.org NO MEN OR WOMEN BIBLE STUDY UNTIL AFTER EASTER Stay tuned here for details on our next class. GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session has begun. Please join us in St. John’s lower level on Thursday at 6:30pm. Questions or concerns? Please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.  


Church News continued… SPRING MISSION OFFERINGS will be collected by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society throughout March.Containers will be located in the entrance at both St. John’s and Emmanuel—Please give your gift at the church where you are a member. 75% of gifts given will support Beaver Dam Circuit projects—HM/Outreach to Asians & WM/Ukraine Project.  25% of gifts given will support home & world mission projects that will be decided by ballot in May and will be presented at the next LWMS Convention, June 25-28, in Athens, Georgia.  Gifts welcome from all who love missions! SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS CONTINUES Each Sunday, beginning at 9:15, we spend a half hour before worship to look at part of God’s Word that is used in worship and in the Meditations for the upcoming week. It is a good way to get more our your worship, and to learn more about God’s Word. THRIVENT Look for the Thrivent Choice Dollars postcard in St. John’s link way. Questions? Feel free to contact Pastor Zietlow. MEMBERS OF ST. JOHNS AND SCHOOL FAMILIES St. Johns council authorized the borrowing of $10,000 from the church’s line of credit to replace and refurbish the school boilers. As some may be aware, there have been a number of issues from the last couple years keeping the boilers running and the school heated and it could no longer be repaired. This project was completed late last fall. This also means that the church officially is borrowing money from its line of credit. If you wish to donate to help paying off the loan, please go ahead and do so. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Look to the information room for where this project is at with regards to being paid off and where the other projects on the board are at with funding. (Many thanks to our generous members for donating!) VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BUILDERS FOR CHRIST Make a difference today and volunteer to build churches in AZ, TX, or NC. Sign up for any length of time and help these congregations reach even more people in their community. No experience? No problem! Training is provided on site. Volunteers are especially needed March-April. Learn more: www.kingdomworkers.com/volunteer or call Kingdom Workers @ 414-771-6848.    


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School News SCHOOL 90TH ANNIVERSARY WORSHIP SERVICE & CELEBRATION MEAL For 90 years God has blessed St. John’s Lutheran School with the privilege of sharing Christian education with hundreds of students.  It’s time to celebrate!  Parish members, current students and their families, alumni, and former teachers and principals are invited!  This school milestone will be marked by a special worship service, followed by an anniversary celebration meal, on Sunday, April 19.  The day’s events will include a guest preacher, special music by the choir and present school children, history displays, and the meal and fellowship.  To assist us with meal preparation, please sign the meal reservation signup at either church,  or   email scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org   or   call the church office 608-297-2866.  Reservation deadline is Sunday, April 5. 90 YEARS OF ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL Do you have old pictures or document related to the history of our elementary school. We are especially looking for items from the early years up into the 1950s. Talk to Pastor Dolan if you think you have something. LITTLE LAMBS REGISTRATION IS OPEN Calling all 3 and 4 year olds! Please see the St. John’s Information Room for Little Lambs fliers, brochures and registration information. First come, first serve! Questions? Please call our Little Lambs Director Lynn Sellnow 616-826-0816 or email lynnsellnow@stjohnsmontello.org. SAVE THE DATES! *St. John’s School & Little Lambs Spring Break: March 23-27 *Family Easter Festival: Saturday, April 4. We are planning for 100 children plus family members.  How can you help?   Pray that God would bless our efforts to reach out with the Gospel message this Easter season.  Donate monetary gifts to help defray costs for supplies for our festival.  We will once again fill Easter baskets and, new this year, we will give children an opportunity to make the “12 Eggs of Easter”.  Volunteer your time and talents on the day of the festival  Please contact Lynn Sellnow to donate or volunteer. My email is lynnsellnow@stjohnsmontello.org  or call 616-826-0816 Thank you for helping to share the joyful message of Easter in our community! To God be the Glory as we work together! *Vacation Bible School: June 22-25, 8:00am – 11:30am, snack provided. Everyone is invited to the closing service which will be at St. John’s on June 25 at 6:30pm.  


SJ Usher List

 

James Wachholz’s                                                                                                Dates For Ushering

  1. Kenon Smith                                                                3/11,3/15,4/26,6/7,7/19,8/30,                                                     2.    Chris Smith                                                                   10/11,11/22,11/25,12/27,2/7

3.    Robin Smith                                                                    for a total of 11 days                                        

4.    Thomas W

5.    Kenny W 

Paul Van Treeck’s                                               

  1. Matt Borzick                                                          2/26,3/1,4/8,4/10,4/12,5/24,
  2. Ken Borzick                                                             7/5,8/16,9/27,11/8,12/16  
  3. James Henke                                                           12/20,1/24  for a total of 13 days
  4. Zeb Zuehls

*Haiden Van Treeck

*Nolan Van Treeck

Jerre Deur’s

  1. Joe Zauner Sr.                                                                3/4,3/8,4/19,5/31,7/12
  2. Joe Zauner Jr.                                                8/23,10/4,11/15,13/23,12/2412/25,1/31   
  3. Gordon Krause                                                                                for a total of 12 days
  4. Kevin Kaul
  5. Corey Kaul

*Joey Zauner

*Nathan Zauner   

Ben Jaster’s

  1. Jake Jaster                                                       3/18,3/22,5/3,6/14,7/26,9/6,
  2. Matt Neuhauser                                                 10/18,11/29,12/31,1/3,2/14                                                                                                                       

*Ethen Neuhauser                                                              for a total of 11 days                                      

  • Jeff Reimer                                                                                       
  • Mark Emond
  • Ben Emond

Continued…

Jim Eisermans’s

  1. Chuck Boetcher                                                      3/25,3/29,5/10,6/21,8/2,9/13,
  2. Jessie Schable                                                         10/25,12/2,12/6,1/10,2/21
  3. Mitch Simon                                                                  for a total of 11 days
  4. Gerhardt Voight

Al Rosenthal’s

  1. Glen Bubolz                                                             4/1,4/5,5/17,6/28,8/9,9/20,
    1. Martin Schmanke                                                  11/1,12/9,12/13,1/17
      1. Jon Vote                                                                        for a total of 10 days
      1. Richard Frietag
      1. Aaron Kendall

*Joe Vote

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SJ Greeter Schedule

Feb. 2                Susan Brown & Jennie Utke

Feb. 9                Wayne & Marilyn Riemer

Feb. 16              Jim & Diane Eisermann

Feb. 23              Kenon & Mary Smith

March 1             Aaron Kendall & Chrisopher

March 8             Jerre & Gloria Duerr

March 15          Scott & Debbie Ritz

March 22          Elsa Russell & Dixie Wagner

March 29          Bernice Wegner & Linda Lou Wacholtz

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
3-1                                  3-4 85                                   75 110                                48
St. John’s Altar Committee March  2020 Diane Eisermann & Delores Cotte 
Weekly Schedule

at St. John’s

Midweek 3, March 11, 2020

The Promised Warrior

Isaiah 42:13 (Pastor Michael Sheppard, Ripon)

The Passion History Part 3

Hymns: CW93, CW122, CW595

Midweek 4, March 18, 2020

The Hidden Warrior

John 11:33-37 (Pastor Nicholas Haasch, Green Lake)

The Passion History Part 4

Hymns: CW123, CW124, CW593

Midweek 5, March 25, 2020

Skirmishes

Hebrews 4:15 (Pastor John Stelter, Princeton)

The Passion History Part 5

Hymns: CW116, CW424, CW592

Midweek 6, April 1, 2020

The Warrior Faces Satan’s Ally, the World

John 18:38 (Pastor Zietlow)

The Passion History Part 6

Hymns: CW472, CW121, CW588v1,5-7

at Emmanuel                                                           

Midweek 3, March 11, 2020

Skirmishes

Hebrews 4:15 (Pastor Dolan)

The Passion History Part 3

Hymns: CW116, CW424, CW592

Midweek 4, March 18, 2020

Reconnaissance Report: Know Your Enemy

Ephesians 6:12 (Pastor Dolan)

The Passion History Part 4

Hymns: CW343, CW125, CW 587

Midweek 5, March 25, 2020

The Warrior Rejected by Many Followers

John 6:66 (Pastor Dolan)

The Passion History Part 5

Hymns: CW434, CW127, CW588v1-4

Midweek 6, April 1, 2020

The Warrior Faces Satan’s Ally, the World

John 18:38(Pastor Dolan)

The Passion History Part 6

Hymns: CW472, CW121, CW588v1,5-7

●●● Welcome To Our Visitors! Please Sign Our Guest Register Find & Like us on Facebook Visit our website link:  www.stjohnsmontello.org Pastor Peter Zietlow: (608) 408-7830 E-mail: zietlowPL6@hotmail.com Little Lambs Director & Teacher Mrs. Lynn Sellnow: 616-826-0816 K, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher Ms. Shelley Myers: 920-285-7554 3rd-5th Grade Teacher Ms. Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135 Principal & 6th – 8th Grade Teacher Mr. Larry Sellnow:  616-822-6689 Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866 Altar Ladies: Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036 Church & School Address/Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949 Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org   ●●●
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BULLETIN- 03/01/2020 The 1st Sunday in Lent

The 1st Sunday in Lent

March 1, 2020

St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Montello, WI

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church 313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949 Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949    

XW E L C O M E    T O    O U R    C H U R C H X We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors.  In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information.  In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you.  Restrooms and nursery area are located in the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and link-way at St. John’s.  It’s nice to have you visit today. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Welcome to God’s house!  May God bless our worship together.  
  Pastor Peter Zietlow  

 

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XG O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y X The First Sunday of Lent – Christ’s Victory over Satan Is Ours – The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, observed last week.  Historically, it was a period of time during which the Christian would deny himself certain luxuries or behaviors in order to focus more clearly on the tremendous sacrifice that Christ made for us on the cross.  Technically, the Sundays during Lent are not considered part of the forty-day season, and, therefore, the passion history itself is not generally part of the Scripture lessons appointed for these days.  Today’s lessons remind us of the stark contrast between God’s perfection and our sin-stained imperfection, but also of the victory Christ has won on our behalf and has credited to us.

 

XP R E P A R A T I O N   F O R   W O R S H I P X

We prepare ourselves to worship the one Savior God by expressing our humble repentance, offering our fervent prayers and singing our thankful hymns of praise.

OPENING HYMN 201                                                                    A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Please stand

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION                                                           hymnal page 15

When we confess to God that we have failed to live up to the perfect standards in his law, the pastor announces the perfect forgiveness of sins won for us by Jesus.

LORD, HAVE MERCY                                                                                                             hymnal page 15

The Church brings her concerns and prayers to a loving Father in heaven, who has shown great mercy to us and promised to hear our ardent cries for help.

GLORY BE TO GOD                                                                                                                 hymnal page 16

This song of praise reminds us of the wonderful things God has done for us, not the least of which is the salvation he gives through Jesus Christ.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M: Lord our strength, the battle of good and evil rages within and around us, and our ancient foe tempts us with his deceits and empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your Word, and when we fall, raise us up again and restore us through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

Please be seated for the day’s Scripture readings

XT H E   W O R D X

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

FIRST LESSON                                                                                                     Genesis 2:7-9, 15-17; 3:1-7

Summary: Disobedience brought sin into the world

The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

PSALM 130                                                                                                                                     hymnal page 114

Sung in unison.

EPISTLE LESSON      Romans 5:12, 17-19   (today’s sermon text Romans 5: 12, 17-19 underlined)

Summary: Christ’s obedience justified all people

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.

But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                 Matthew 4:10

It is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”  

*Note: Alleluias are omitted during Lent.

Please stand

C: Glory be to you, O Lord!     

GOSPEL LESSON                                                                                                                          Matthew 4:1-11

Summary: Jesus overcame the devil’s temptations

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

C: Praise be to you, O Christ!    

APOSTLES’ CREED                                                                                hymnal page 19

Please be seated

SERMON HYMN 726                                                         Christ, the Lord of Hosts, Unshaken

SERMON                                                                                                      Romans 5: 12, 17-19

“Sinful In Adam – Righteous in Christ”

  1. All are guilty because of Adam’s sin
  2. All are justified because of Christ’s obedience

Please stand

CREATE IN ME                                                                                                            hymnal page 20

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X O F F E R I N G S   O F   G I F T S   &   P R A Y E R S X

THE OFFERING

The ushers now gather the “Thank-Offering.”  Members of this congregation show their thanks to God for all he has done for them by returning a portion of their income to the Lord.  Through these free will offerings, this congregation and its ministries are maintained.  Guests need not feel obligated to contribute. Please also sign our Friendship Registers and greet one another.

Please stand

PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer, Lenten Season Prayer and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcements for those on our Intercessory Prayers list.

LORD’S PRAYER                                                                                                                     hymnal page 20

Please be seated

HYMN 378: 1-4                                                                 All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall

Please stand

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING                                                                     hymnal page 25

Please be seated

CLOSING HYMN 378: 5-6                                               All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall

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

Announcements

Activities for the week of March 1 – March 7

Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
  8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
  9:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
Mon. 6:00 P.M. Hands in Prayer meeting at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. Choir at St. John’s
  7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 9:00 A.M. Elders meeting at St. John’s
  6:00 P.M. Joint Worship Committee meeting at St. John’s
Wed. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Chapel
  10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs Early Release
  2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s
  3:30 P.M. Emmanuel Lenten Devotion
  4:30 P.M. Lenten Supper at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Lenten Devotion
  7:30P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s Teen Confirmation Class
  12:00 P.M. Ladies Aid lunch and meeting at St. John’s
  4:00 P.M. Boys B basketball game HOME vs. Faith Markesan
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (week 6)
  6:00 P.M. School Board meeting at St. John’s
Fri. TBA Luther Prep Coed B Team Tournament
Sat. TBA Luther Prep Coed B Team Tournament
Theme for Next Sunday March 8 , 2020 Lent 2: “Justified By Faith” Daylight Savings Time (set clocks forward 1 hour)
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
TBA Luther Prep Coed B Team Tournament
Church News               INTERCESSORY PRAYERS (read by pastor) – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Wyatt Beahm (William and Alyssa Beahm’s infant son), Gene Crook, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Diane Eisermann, Lilah Farrell, Roger Hillmer, Jerry & Darlene Hunter (Bonnie Chapman’s parents), Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Steve Parrish, Karen Radke, LuAnn Reber, Harvey Rudolph, Frank Russell, Kathryn Sigrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Amanda Stalker, Jennifer Strauss, Leevi Walker,  Richard Winkler – (added this week: Jerry & Darlene Hunter, Karen Radke, Amanda Stalker) – For Heather Schmidt, currently teaching at St. Paul’s–Franklin, who received the Lord’s Call at our 2/9 St. John’s Voter’s meeting to serve as our 3-5th grade teacher – For Estrella Noelle Kaenel and MaKinleigh Grace Kaenel, the twin daughters of John & Shannon Kaenel, who were baptized yesterday (2/29) at St. John’s – For Holly Bender and Christopher Smith who were united in marriage yesterday in Plainfield   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND A CARD… At last Sunday’s Voters meeting, St. John’s called grades 3-5 teacher, Heather Schmidt. If you would like to reach out and offer words of encouragement, thoughts, etc. see contact info below. Heather Schmidt 520 W Riverwood Dr. – Apt. 106 Oak Creek, WI   53154-7582 hschmidt@stpaulsfranklin.org LENT BY CANDLELIGHT Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s Lent by Candlelight event. What a wonderful evening it was! Thank you to everyone who helped with the event. A special thank you to Christa Van Treeck for her organization and dedication to such a wonderful Lenten experience.   ART FOR DINNER UPDATE: A little over $8,000 was raised last weekend to purchase a security system for our school. Thank you again to all who attended, donated, or participated in any way! St. John’s is truly blessed.

Church News continued… SPRING MISSION OFFERINGS will be collected by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society throughout March.Containers will be located in the entrance at both St. John’s and Emmanuel—Please give your gift at the church where you are a member. 75% of gifts given will support Beaver Dam Circuit projects—HM/Outreach to Asians & WM/Ukraine Project.  25% of gifts given will support home & world mission projects that will be decided by ballot in May and will be presented at the next LWMS Convention, June 25-28, in Athens, Georgia.  Gifts welcome from all who love missions! 90TH SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY We want to be reminded that we are currently in the 90th year of our schools existence. What a blessing and what a milestone! We are looking for any memory items of historical interest –  pictures, documents, anecdotes. Any time frame is good, but especially in the early year up to and including the 1950s. Contact Pastor Dolan or the call the church  office if you have anything. MIDWEEK LENT 2020 That special and important season of Lent is upon us. All of God’s people at Emmanuel/St. John’s are encouraged to make time and make plans to worship at one of our midweek worship devotions – 3:30pm at Emmanuel and 6:30pm at St. John’s.  “The Son of God Goes Forth to War” is the over theme this year. Lenten Supper starts at 4:30pm at St. John’s. COLLECTING GENTLY USED ITEMS FOR WLA’s SECOND IMPRESSIONS THRIFT STORE As a service project, Sunday School is currently collecting donations to support Winnebago Lutheran Academy.  Parish members are invited to donate items that are clean, in working order, & in good condition–and please only items that will fit in a car for transport.  Please pick up a list of ACCEPTED and NOT ACCEPTED items from the collection box located near the office.  Collecting through TODAY, March 1.  If questions, call Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635. THRIVENT Look for the Thrivent Choice Dollars postcard in St. John’s link way. Questions? Feel free to contact Pastor Zietlow.  

 

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Church News continued… MEDITATIONS & FORWARD IN CHRIST New “Meditations” and “Forward in Christ” WELS daily devotional booklets and WELS monthly devotional magazine are available in the church Informational Room. Help yourself! MEMBERSHIP CLASS Recently I began our 20-lesson Bible Information Class entitled “New Life In Christ” with Amanda Bowman on Wednesdays at 7:30pm. If you or someone you know is interested in membership, please phone or text me at 608-408-7830.  –Pastor Zietlow GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session has begun. Please join us for week #5 in St. John’s lower level on Thursday at 6:30pm. Questions or concerns? Please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600. ST. JOHN’S VOTERS’ MEETING HIGHLIGHTS  Membership Changes:  Via BIC: John Kaenel & Rachel Pekowsky.  Transfers In: Tabitha Stelter from Emmanuel-Mecan.  Professions of Faith: Shannon Kaenel, Joshua Pekowsky.  Transfers Out:  Cal Kapp, daughter Tracey Kapp-Powell, granddaughter Bianne to St. John’s-Princeton; Vonnie Kath-Cole to Our Savior-Roanoke, VA. Principal’s Report:  Spelling Bee Feb. 20; Confirmation May 3; tutors & coaches thanked.  Worship Committee:  Congregation thanks for being open to using new liturgies.  Call Meeting:  Heather Schmidt serving at St. Paul’s-Franklin called for Grades 3-4-5.  Election:  Trustees Paul Van Treeck & Gordon Krause; School Board member Ben Jaster.  2020 Parsonage Allowances granted:  Pastor Zietlow $35,000 & Principal Sellnow $16,000. MEMBERS OF ST. JOHNS AND SCHOOL FAMILIES St. Johns council authorized the borrowing of $10,000 from the church’s line of credit to replace and refurbish the school boilers. As some may be aware, there have been a number of issues from the last couple years keeping the boilers running and the school heated and it could no longer be repaired. This project was completed late last fall. This also means that the church officially is borrowing money from its line of credit. If you wish to donate to help paying off the loan, please go ahead and do so. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Look to the information room for where this project is at with regards to being paid off and where the other projects on the board are at with funding. (Many thanks to our generous members for donating!)



 

 

School News LITTLE LAMBS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN Calling all 3 and 4 year olds! Please see the St. John’s Information Room for Little Lambs fliers, brochures and registration information. First come, first serve! Questions? Please call our Little Lambs Director Lynn Sellnow 616-826-0816 or email lynnsellnow@stjohnsmontello.org.   ART FOR DINNER: STILL SAVE YOUR PLASTIC BOTTLE CAPS!   Please save your plastic bottle caps and turn them in to the office. Art for Dinner is saving for a project for next year. Any and all sizes and colors! Thank you!   LUTHER PREP COED B TEAM BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT March 6-8 is the Lutheran Prep tournament in Watertown. Our B boys will team up with a few girls from Green Lake/Princeton schools and compete. Come support your Jaguars! Stay tuned for times. SAVE THE DATES! Little Lambs Dad’s Night: Tuesday, March 10 6:30pm Vacation Bible School: June 22-25, 8:00am – 11:30am, snack provided. Everyone is invited to the closing service which will be at St. John’s on June 25 at 6:30pm. EASTER FOR KIDS  is being renamed  FAMILY EASTER FESTIVAL  Save the date:  Saturday, April 4, 2020. We are planning for 100 children plus family members.  How can you help?   Pray that God would bless our efforts to reach out with the Gospel message this Easter season.  Donate monetary gifts to help defray costs for supplies for our festival.  We will once again fill Easter baskets and, new this year, we will give children an opportunity to make the “12 Eggs of Easter”.  Volunteer your time and talents on the day of the festival  Please contact Lynn Sellnow to donate or volunteer. My email is lynnsellnow@stjohnsmontello.org  or call 616-826-0816 Thank you for helping to share the joyful message of Easter in our community! To God be the Glory as we work together!  

SJ Ushers List

James Wachholz’s                                                                                                Dates For Ushering

  1. Kenon Smith                                                                3/11,3/15,4/26,6/7,7/19,8/30,                                                     2.    Chris Smith                                                                   10/11,11/22,11/25,12/27,2/7

3.    Robin Smith                                                                    for a total of 11 days                                        

4.    Thomas W

5.    Kenny W 

Paul Van Treeck’s                                                

  1. Matt Borzick                                                          2/26,3/1,4/8,4/10,4/12,5/24,
  2. Ken Borzick                                                             7/5,8/16,9/27,11/8,12/16  
  3. James Henke                                                           12/20,1/24  for a total of 13 days
  4. Zeb Zuehls

*Haiden Van Treeck

*Nolan Van Treeck

Jerre Deur’s

  1. Joe Zauner Sr.                                                                3/4,3/8,4/19,5/31,7/12
  2. Joe Zauner Jr.                                                8/23,10/4,11/15,13/23,12/2412/25,1/31   
  3. Gordon Krause                                                                                for a total of 12 days
  4. Kevin Kaul
  5. Corey Kaul

*Joey Zauner

*Nathan Zauner   

Ben Jaster’s

  1. Jake Jaster                                                       3/18,3/22,5/3,6/14,7/26,9/6,
  2. Matt Neuhauser                                                 10/18,11/29,12/31,1/3,2/14                                                                                                                       

*Ethen Neuhauser                                                              for a total of 11 days                                      

  • Jeff Reimer                                                                                       
  • Mark Emond
  • Ben Emond

Continued…

Jim Eisermans’s

  1. Chuck Boetcher                                                      3/25,3/29,5/10,6/21,8/2,9/13,
  2. Jessie Schable                                                         10/25,12/2,12/6,1/10,2/21
  3. Mitch Simon                                                                  for a total of 11 days
  4. Gerhardt Voight

Al Rosenthal’s

  1. Glen Bubolz                                                             4/1,4/5,5/17,6/28,8/9,9/20,
    1. Martin Schmanke                                                  11/1,12/9,12/13,1/17
      1. Jon Vote                                                                        for a total of 10 days
      1. Richard Frietag
      1. Aaron Kendall

*Joe Vote

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
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St. John’s Altar Committee March  2020 Diane Eisermann & Delores Cotte 
●●● Welcome To Our Visitors! Please Sign Our Guest Register Find & Like us on Facebook Visit our website link:  www.stjohnsmontello.org Pastor Peter Zietlow: (608) 408-7830 E-mail: zietlowPL6@hotmail.com Little Lambs Director & Teacher Mrs. Lynn Sellnow: 616-826-0816 K, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher Ms. Shelley Myers: 920-285-7554 3rd-5th Grade Teacher Ms. Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135 Principal & 6th – 8th Grade Teacher Mr. Larry Sellnow:  616-822-6689 Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866 Altar Ladies: Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036 Church & School Address/Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949 Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org   ●●●
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BULLETIN February 23,2020 Transfiguration Sunday

Transfiguration Sunday

February 23, 2020

10:00 a.m. St. John’s

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church 313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949 Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949    
XW E L C O M E    T O    O U R    C H U R C H X We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors.  In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information.  In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you.  Restrooms and nursery area are located in the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and link-way at St. John’s.  It’s nice to have you visit today. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Welcome to God’s house!  May God bless our worship together.  
  Pastor Peter Zietlow  
XG O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y X Transfiguration Sunday – Jesus Reveals His Future Glory – There was only one time recorded in Scripture when Jesus revealed his future glory before his resurrection. That one time was on the Mount of Transfiguration, where Peter, James, and John had a firsthand (and terrifying) look at Jesus’ perfect glory. Why did Jesus do this? He did it to give his disciples a glimpse at what the future holds for all believers. They were about to enter a difficult time as disciples. They would see their Messiah crucified. But future glory would follow!
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X A   S E R V I C E   O F   M O R N I N G    P R A I S E  X

Morning Praise, composed by Marty Haugen, is based on the historic service called “Matins.” Joined to Christ, our risen Lord, we glorify God as we rise to the activities of this new day.

PASTOR’S GREETING

LITTLE LAMBS & GRADE SCHOOL SING                                             I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb

           Rejoice in the Lord

Please stand

COME, OH, COME, LET US SING TO THE LORD

An arrangement of Psalm 95, this song of praise reminds us of the many blessings that come to us from the hands of our Creator God.

 Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses

Please be seated      

XT H E   WO R D X

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

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                                                      Exodus 24:12,15-18

Summary: The Glory of the LORD appeared to Israel

The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commands I have written for their instruction.”

When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai.  For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain.  And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

EPISTLE READING                                                                                             2 Peter 1:16-21 

Summary: Eyewitnesses of Christ’s majesty

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                  Mark 9:7

Alleluia. A voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Alleluia.

Please stand

GOSPEL READING                                                      Matthew 17:1-9  (today’s sermon text)

Summary: The Transfiguration of Our Lord

 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters–one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.  But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Please be seated

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE       

All children 2nd gradeand under are invited to come to the front of church with pastor.

HYMN OF THE DAY 712                                                        Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain

SERMON                                                                                                                    Matthew 17: 1-9

“Jesus Is the Real Thing”  Behold His…

1. Glorious divinity 

2. Heavenly connections

3. Ultimate goal

Please stand

YOU ARE GOD, WE PRAISE YOU                                                                                                   Te Deum

Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses

Refrain

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X O F F E R I N G S   O F   G I F T S   &   P R A Y E R S X

THE OFFERING

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

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PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer, Transfiguration Sunday Prayer and Intercessory Prayers (bulletin pg. 13) are spoken by pastor.

P:  Hear our prayers, Lord Jesus Christ, and come with the good news of your mighty deliverance. Drive the darkness from our hearts and fill us with your light; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  Amen.

LORD, HAVE MERCY                                                                                                                                                      Kyrie

L: Pastor                                    C: Congregation

THE LORD’S PRAYER

                  Our Father, who art in Heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power and the glory

forever and ever.  Amen.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

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

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

                                                           97                                                                     Down from the Mount of Glory

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PRAYER FOR GRACE                                                                                  

L: Pastor                                    C: Congregation

L:   ♫       O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have

                   brought us safely to this new day. Defend us with your mighty power, and

                   grant that this day we neither fall into sin nor run into any kind of danger;

                   and in all we do, direct us to what is right in your sight, through Jesus Christ,

                   your Son, our Lord.

BLESSING

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FAREWELL TO ALLELUIA                                                                                                   read by pastor

CLOSING SONG                                                                                 Alleluia, Song of Triumph

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

Announcements

Activities for the week of February 23 – February 29

Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
  9:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
  5:00 P.M. Lent by Candlelight at St. John’s
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.   ASH WEDNESDAY
  8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Chapel
  10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs Early Release
  2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s
  3:30 P.M. Emmanuel Lenten Devotion
  4:30 P.M. Lenten Supper at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Lenten Devotion
  7:30P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s Teen Confirmation Class
  10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center Devotion with communion
  4:00 P.M. Boys B basketball game @ Faith Markesan
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (week 6)
Fri.    
Sat. 4:00 P.M. Estrella and MaKinleigh Kaenel baptisms at St. John’s
Theme for Next Sunday March 1 , 2020 Lent 1: “Christ’s Victory Over Satan”
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
Church News               INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Wyatt Beahm (William and Alyssa Beahm’s infant son), Gene Crook, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Diane Eisermann, Lilah Farrell, Roger Hillmer, Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Steve Parrish, LuAnn Reber, Harvey Rudolph, Frank Russell, Kathryn Sigrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Jennifer Strauss, Leevi Walker,  Richard Winkler – (added this week: ) – For our 3-5 grade teacher Rachel Naumann who received the Lord’s Call to serve as grade 4-5 teacher and principal at Bethlehem Lutheran School–Hortonville – For Heather Schmidt, currently teaching at St. Paul’s–Franklin, who received the Lord’s Call at our 2/9 St. John’s Voter’s meeting to serve as our 3-5th grade teacher – For Christian education (this past week 2/16-23 was Christian Education week at Little Lambs Pre-school and St. John’s Lutheran School) – For our communicants today at St. John’s  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND A CARD… At last Sunday’s Voters meeting, St. John’s called grades 3-5 teacher, Heather Schmidt. If you would like to reach out and offer words of encouragement, thoughts, etc. see contact info below. Heather Schmidt 520 W Riverwood Dr. – Apt. 106 Oak Creek, WI   53154-7582 hschmidt@stpaulsfranklin.org THANK YOU! (Sorry so long in coming Oliver’s oxygen levels were best when someone was holding him so guess what I was doing!) Kenon and I would like to thank our church family for all your prayers for little Oliver and also at the loss of Kenon’s dad. Your cards and kind words were so helpful!  Kenon’s father now enjoys his heavenly home and Oliver is now talking to us. Not sure what he is saying but he is using all his words! Not sure where he gets  that from!  Again many thanks for all your prayers. Kenon & Mary Smith & Family LENT BY CANDLELIGHT Ladies, TONIGHT at 5:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Montello, WI is the 3rd annual Lent by Candlelight. It’s not too late to join us for an evening of visiting, beautiful music, scrumptious snacks, and reflection on our Savior’s journey to the cross. There is no charge for this event. Bring your friends and join us!  


Church News continued… 90TH SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY Today, we conclude Christian Education Week in our school,we want to be reminded that we are currently in the 90th year of our schools existence. What a blessing and what a milestone! We are looking for any memory items of historical interest –  pictures, documents, anecdotes. Any time frame is good, but especially in the early year up to and including the 1950s. Contact Pastor Dolan or the call the church  office if you have anything. MIDWEEK LENT 2020 That special and important season of Lent is upon us. Ash Wednesday is this week. All of God’s people at Emmanuel/ St. John’s are encouraged to make time and make plans to worship at one of our midweek worship devotions – 3:30pm at Emmanuel and 6:30pm at St. John’s. “The Son of God Goes Forth to War” is the over theme this year. Lenten Suppers start at 4:30pm at St. John’s. COLLECTING GENTLY USED ITEMS FOR WLA’s SECOND IMPRESSIONS THRIFT STORE  As a service project, Sunday School is currently collecting donations to support Winnebago Lutheran Academy.  Parish members are invited to donate items that are clean, in working order, & in good condition–and please only items that will fit in a car for transport.  Please pick up a list of ACCEPTED and NOT ACCEPTED items from the collection box located near the office.  Collecting through Sunday, March 1.  If questions, call Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635. THRIVENT Look for the Thrivent Choice Dollars postcard in St. John’s link way. Questions? Feel free to contact Pastor Zietlow. MEMBERS OF ST. JOHNS AND SCHOOL FAMILIES St. Johns council authorized the borrowing of $10,000 from the church’s line of credit to replace and refurbish the school boilers. As some may be aware, there have been a number of issues from the last couple years keeping the boilers running and the school heated and it could no longer be repaired. This project was completed late last fall. This also means that the church officially is borrowing money from its line of credit. If you wish to donate to help paying off the loan, please go ahead and do so. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Look to the information room for where this project is at with regards to being paid off and where the other projects on the board are at with funding. (Many thanks to our generous members for donating!)  


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Church News continued… MEDITATIONS & FORWARD IN CHRIST New “Meditations” and “Forward in Christ” WELS daily devotional booklets and WELS monthly devotional magazine are available in the church Informational Room. Help yourself! MEMBERSHIP CLASS Recently I began our 20-lesson Bible Information Class entitled “New Life In Christ” with Amanda Bowman on Wednesdays at 7:30pm. If you or someone you know is interested in membership, please phone or text me at 608-408-7830.  –Pastor Zietlow GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session has begun. Please join us for week #5 in St. John’s lower level on Thursday at 6:30pm. Questions or concerns? Please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600. SUMMARIZED MINUTES FROM THE 2/9/2020 EMMANUEL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING 1) The meeting was opened with a prayer
2) Pastor’s provided his report
3) Lucas Stelter read the minutes from previous meeting which the congregation approved.
4) Wayne Stelter read the financial report which the congregation approved.
Old Business:
5) Update on Kitchen floor project: 2 bids have been received however the members present asked that another bid be solicited and that a bid process also be initiated for carpet replacement in the church.
6) Update on West side AC unit: Steve Radaj Heating & Cooling LLC will be replacing the Westside AC unit this Spring.
7) Update on the Parish Hall LED lighting conversion project: The Congregation voted to convert and replace all 7 fixtures with LED bulbs which will be completed within the next few months.
8) Update on survey of Church West property line: The Congregation members voted to commission Rod Steege to survey and update the West property information.
9) Update on furnace evaluation: Steve Radaj Heating & Cooling LLC performed an inspection and replaced some components on both furnaces. Steve also indicated that there was no evidence of any pending major failures.



 


Church News continued… New Business:
1) Election of 2020 officers
The congregation re-elected the following incumbent officers:
a) President – Darrell Buchholz.
b) Treasurer – Wayne Stelter. c) Secretary – Lucas Stelter.
d) Trustee – Duwayne Sommerfeldt and Brian Ninneman.
e) Cemetery committee member – Keith Heller.
2) The congregation voted to set the 2020 CMO (Congregation Mission Offering) goal at $6500. 3) The congregation voted to set a 2020 WLA (Wisconsin Lutheran Academy) contribution amount of $2000. 4) The congregation voted to submit an additional CMO amount of $374 to reconcile the 2019 CMO shortfall to meet the 2019 commitment.
5) The congregation voted to make the following donations:
a) $5000 to St Johns School to help pay down a line of credit balance caused by the need for the installation of a new boiler in the school.
b) $1000 to the Camp Phillip Building Fund.
6) The congregation approved the following member transfers:
a) The transfer of Tom and Donna Kuenn from Peace – Wautoma to Emmanuel.
b) The transfer of Tabitha Stelter from Emmanuel to St Johns – Montello.
7) Volunteers for a maintenance committee were solicited which will have responsibility for monitoring the church structure, grounds, and support systems. The committee would report any requirements to the council for consideration and follow up. Bruce Stelter, Gary Wagner, and Darrell Buchholz volunteered.
8) The meeting was adjourned with a closing prayer ST. JOHN’S VOTERS’ MEETING HIGHLIGHTS  Membership Changes:  Via BIC: John Kaenel & Rachel Pekowsky.  Transfers In: Tabitha Stelter from Emmanuel-Mecan.  Professions of Faith: Shannon Kaenel, Joshua Pekowsky.  Transfers Out:  Cal Kapp, daughter Tracey Kapp-Powell, granddaughter Bianne to St. John’s-Princeton; Vonnie Kath-Cole to Our Savior-Roanoke, VA. Principal’s Report:  Spelling Bee Feb. 20; Confirmation May 3; tutors & coaches thanked.  Worship Committee:  Congregation thanks for being open to using new liturgies.  Call Meeting:  Heather Schmidt serving at St. Paul’s-Franklin called for Grades 3-4-5.  Election:  Trustees Paul Van Treeck & Gordon Krause; School Board member Ben Jaster.  2020 Parsonage Allowances granted:  Pastor Zietlow $35,000 & Principal Sellnow $16,000.  
School News LITTLE LAMBS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN Calling all 3 and 4 year olds! Please see the St. John’s Information Room for Little Lambs fliers, brochures and registration information. First come, first serve! Questions? Please call our Little Lambs Director Lynn Sellnow 616-826-0816 or email lynnsellnow@stjohnsmontello.org.   ART FOR DINNER: On behalf of St. John’s school and the Art for Dinner committee, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the constant support and generosity each year with this event. God has given each of us such different talents and it was nice to showcase and use them this weekend.  Thank you to all who came to support, who donated, who helped set up, who cooked and who helped in any other way! And a big thank you to Megan Jaster for all her hard work, time and dedication. Without everyone one of you, this wouldn’t be possible! We are blessed!     P.S. – STILL SAVE YOUR PLASTIC BOTTLE CAPS!  Please save your plastic bottle caps and turn them in to the office. Art for Dinner is saving for a project for next year. Any and all sizes and colors! Thank you! LUTHER PREP COED B TEAM BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT March 6-8 is the Lutheran Prep tournament in Watertown. Our B boys will team up with a few girls from Green Lake/Princeton schools and compete. Come support your Jaguars! Stay tuned for times. SAVE THE DATES! Little Lambs Dad’s Night: Tuesday, March 10 6:30pm Easter for Kids: Saturday, April 4, 9:00am – 12:00pm. Vacation Bible School: June 22-25, 8:00am – 11:30am, snack provided. Everyone is invited to the closing service which will be at St. John’s on June 25 at 6:30pm.
Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
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St. John’s Altar Committee February  2020 Jennie Utke & Susan Brown 
●●● Welcome To Our Visitors! Please Sign Our Guest Register Find & Like us on Facebook Visit our website link:  www.stjohnsmontello.org Pastor Peter Zietlow: (608) 408-7830 E-mail: zietlowPL6@hotmail.com Little Lambs Director & Teacher Mrs. Lynn Sellnow: 616-826-0816 K, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher Ms. Shelley Myers: 920-285-7554 3rd-5th Grade Teacher Ms. Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135 Principal & 6th – 8th Grade Teacher Mr. Larry Sellnow:  616-822-6689 Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866 Altar Ladies: Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036 Church & School Address/Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949 Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org   ●●●
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BULLETIN- 02/16/2020

The 6th Sunday after the Epiphany

February 16, 2020

Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Mecan & Montello, WI

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church 313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949 Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949    

  Pastor John Dolan  

 

608.297.2866 www.stjohnsmontello.org Like us on Facebook
W E L C O M E    T O    O U R    C H U R C H We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors.  In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information.  In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you.  Restrooms and nursery area are located in the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and link-way at St. John’s.  It’s nice to have you visit today. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Welcome to God’s house!  May God bless our worship together.  
XW E L C O M E     G U E S T     P A S T O R  Pastor John Dolan


G O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y Jesus Reveals His Perfect Word and Will – People love to judge themselves—especially when it comes to moral issues—because they naturally come out looking rather good. They might be willing to admit that they’re not perfect, but they quickly add: “Nobody’s perfect!” Of course, that’s not true. Our God is perfect, holy, and just. He never sins, and in his holy Word, God makes it clear that he holds us to the same perfect standard, even as his perfect will also saves us from our sin through the gospel of his “secret wisdom.” In the gospel and lessons, we see how Jesus reveals his perfect Word and will.

 

XP R E P A R A T I O N   F O R   W O R S H I P X

We prepare ourselves to worship the one Savior God by expressing our humble repentance, offering our fervent prayers and singing our thankful hymns of praise.

OPENING HYMN 283                                                        Speak, O Savior; I Am Listening

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CONFESSION OF SINS                                                                                              hymnal page 38

We confess to God that we have failed to live up to the perfect standards in his law, and we plead for his mercy.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FORGIVENESS                                                                    hymnal page 38

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

OH TASTE AND SEE                                                                                                                             hymnal page 39

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

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M: Lord God, in mercy receive the prayers of your people. Grant them the wisdom to know the things that please you and the grace and power always to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   

C: Amen.

Please be seated for the day’s Scripture readings

XT H E   W O R D X

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

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                                        Deuteronomy 30:15-20      

Summary: Keeping God’s commands

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

PSALM 78                                                                                                                                                        hymnal page 95

Sung in unison.

EPISTLE LESSON                                                                                                                   1 Corinthians 2:6-13

Summary: The Spirit reveals true wisdom

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.However, as it is written:

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                                      John 6: 68

Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.  

C: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!                            

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GOSPEL LESSON                                                                                                                                   Matthew 5:21-37

Summary: Jesus teaches God’s will

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

C: Praise be to you, O Christ!                            

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HYMN OF THE DAY 506                                                   Oh, Blest the House, Whate’er Befall

SERMON by Pastor Dolan                                                                              Deuteronomy 6: 1-9

                              “Christian Education Begins At Home”

Moses spoke as follows:

Now this is the body of commands, and these are the statutes and the ordinances that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, so you may carry them out in the land to which you are crossing over to receive as a possession, so that you may fear the Lord your God by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I am commanding to you, as well as to your children and grandchildren, all the days of your life, and so that your days may be long.

Listen, O Israel, and be conscientious about doing those things, so it may go well for you and so you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, promised you. Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God. The Lord is one! Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words that I am commanding you today are to be on your heart. Teach them diligently to your children, and speak about them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as a sign on your wrists, and they will serve as symbols on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

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APOSTLES’ CREED                                                                                        hymnal page 41

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X O F F E R I N G S   O F   G I F T S   &   P R A Y E R S X

THE OFFERING  

The ushers now gather the “Thank-Offering.”  Members of this congregation show their thanks to God for all he has done for them by returning a portion of their income to the Lord.  Through these free will offerings, this congregation and its ministries are maintained.  Guests need not feel obligated to contribute. Please also sign our Friendship Registers and greet one another.

PRAYERS

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

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LORD’S PRAYER                                                                                                                                       hymnal page 43

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HYMN 515                                                                                         Shepherd of Tender Youth

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CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING                                                                           hymnal page 43, 44

Please be seated

CLOSING HYMN 510                                                                         I Pray You, Dear Lord Jesus

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

Announcements

Activities for the week of February 16 – February 22

Sun.   Christian Education Week
  TBA WALL B Team Basketball Tournament at WLA, Fond du lac
  8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
  9:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
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.   No St. John’s School/Little Lambs
    Art for Dinner donations due to the office
  10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Faculty meeting
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
  6:30 P.M. Women’s Bible Study at St. John’s
  7:30P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s Teen Confirmation Class
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (week 5)
  5:15 P.M. Council meeting at St. John’s
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s School grades 1-8 Spelling Bee in St. John’s sactuary
Fri.    
Sat. 10:00A.M. – 12:00P.M. Little Lambs Open House
  5:00 P.M. Art for Dinner at Montello Public School Community Room  
Theme for Next Sunday February 23 , 2020 Epiphany 6: “Christian Living Means Keeping God’s Word and Doing God’s Will”
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
Church News               INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Wyatt Beahm (William and Alyssa Beahm’s infant son), Gene Crook, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Diane Eisermann, Lilah Farrell, Roger Hillmer, Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Steve Parrish, LuAnn Reber, Harvey Rudolph, Frank Russell, Kathryn Sigrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Jennifer Strauss, Leevi Walker,  Richard Winkler – (added this week: ) – For our 3-5 grade teacher Rachel Naumann who received the Lord’s Call to serve as grade 4-5 teacher and principal at Bethlehem Lutheran School–Hortonville – For Heather Schmidt, currently teaching at St. Paul’s–Franklin, who received the Lord’s Call at our 2/9 St. John’s Voter’s meeting to serve as our 3-5th grade teacher – For Brittany Rose Pick, Lacey Renee Stalker & Zoey Gayle Stalker, Amanda Stalker’s daughters, who were baptized at their home by Pastor Zietlow on Tuesday (2/11) – For the family of Pastor Raymond Cox, Marjorie Fabian’s brother, called to his eternal home in heaven on Tuesday (2/11) – For Frank Russell who celebrated his 52nd birthday on Wednesday (2/12) THANK YOU “I want to thank family and friends for all you have done to help Harold and me in our time of need, especially for your prayers, visits, telephone calls, cards and just being with us.  God has truly blessed us with all of you. Thank you.” — Harold & Judy ALTAR FLOWERS Thank you to the Fandrey family for today’s altar flowers at St. John’s. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND A CARD… At last Sunday’s Voters meeting, St. John’s called grades 3-5 teacher, Heather Schmidt. If you would like to reach out and offer words of encouragement, thoughts, etc. see contact info below. Heather Schmidt 520 W Riverwood Dr. – Apt. 106 Oak Creek, WI   53154-7582 hschmidt@stpaulsfranklin.org OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP The sign up for your 2019 offering statement is  located in St. John’s link way. Statements are ready for pick up so be sure to check.  


Church News continued… 2020 OFFERING ENVELOPES If you haven’t done so by now, please pick up your 2020 offering envelopes in St. John’s link way today! Don’t have any? Call the office 297-2866 and Ciara will gladly help you out. LENT BY CANDLELIGHT Ladies, you won’t want to miss the 3rd  annual Lent by Candlelight on Sunday, February 23 at 5:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Montello, WI. Please plan to join us for an evening of visiting, beautiful music, scrumptious snacks, and reflection on our Savior’s journey to the cross. All women throughout the community are invited and are encouraged to invite their friends to prepare their hearts for Lent.
There is no charge for this event. Seating is limited, so RSVP by selecting “going” on this event, emailing christavantreeck@gmail.com, calling St. Johns at 608-297-2866 or signing up in the link way at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Montello. THRIVENT Look for the Thrivent Choice Dollars postcard in St. John’s link way. Questions? Feel free to contact Pastor Zietlow. MEMBERS OF ST. JOHNS AND SCHOOL FAMILIES St. Johns council authorized the borrowing of $10,000 from the church’s line of credit to replace and refurbish the school boilers. As some may be aware, there have been a number of issues from the last couple years keeping the boilers running and the school heated and it could no longer be repaired. This project was completed late last fall. This also means that the church officially is borrowing money from its line of credit. If you wish to donate to help paying off the loan, please go ahead and do so. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Look to the information room for where this project is at with regards to being paid off and where the other projects on the board are at with funding. (Many thanks to our generous members for donating!) MEDITATIONS & FORWARD IN CHRIST New “Meditations” and “Forward in Christ” WELS daily devotional booklets and WELS monthly devotional magazine are available in the church Informational Room. Help yourself! MEMBERSHIP CLASS Recently I began our 20-lesson Bible Information Class entitled “New Life In Christ” with Amanda Bowman on Wednesdays at 7:30pm. If you or someone you know is interested in membership, please phone or text me at 608-408-7830.  –Pastor Zietlow  


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Church News continued… GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session has begun. Please join us for week #5 in St. John’s lower level on Thursday at 6:30pm. Questions or concerns? Please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600. LADIES AND MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Women’s on Wednesday evenings at 6:30PM, men’s on Tuesdays at 6:30PM. Come study a series of topics: Past Lessons = Present Peace = Future Hope, Basic Bible Stories for Faith and Life led by Pastor John Dolan and Ms. Rachel Naumann. COLLECTING GENTLY USED ITEMS FOR WLA’s SECOND IMPRESSIONS THRIFT STORE  As a service project, Sunday School is currently collecting donations to support Winnebago Lutheran Academy.  Parish members are invited to donate items that are clean, in working order, & in good condition–and please only items that will fit in a car for transport.  Please pick up a list of ACCEPTED and NOT ACCEPTED items from the collection box located near the office.  Collecting through Sunday, March 1.  If questions, call Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635. SUMMARIZED MINUTES FROM THE 2/9/2020 EMMANUEL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING 1) The meeting was opened with a prayer
2) Pastor’s provided his report
3) Lucas Stelter read the minutes from previous meeting which the congregation approved.
4) Wayne Stelter read the financial report which the congregation approved.
Old Business:
5) Update on Kitchen floor project: 2 bids have been received however the members present asked that another bid be solicited and that a bid process also be initiated for carpet replacement in the church.
6) Update on West side AC unit: Steve Radaj Heating & Cooling LLC will be replacing the Westside AC unit this Spring.
7) Update on the Parish Hall LED lighting conversion project: The Congregation voted to convert and replace all 7 fixtures with LED bulbs which will be completed within the next few months.
8) Update on survey of Church West property line: The Congregation members voted to commission Rod Steege to survey and update the West property information.



 


Church News continued… 9) Update on furnace evaluation: Steve Radaj Heating & Cooling LLC performed an inspection and replaced some components on both furnaces. Steve also indicated that there was no evidence of any pending major failures. New Business:
1) Election of 2020 officers
The congregation re-elected the following incumbent officers:
a) President – Darrell Buchholz.
b) Treasurer – Wayne Stelter. c) Secretary – Lucas Stelter.
d) Trustee – Duwayne Sommerfeldt and Brian Ninneman.
e) Cemetery committee member – Keith Heller.
2) The congregation voted to set the 2020 CMO (Congregation Mission Offering) goal at $6500.
3) The congregation voted to set a 2020 WLA (Wisconsin Lutheran Academy) contribution amount of $2000.
4) The congregation voted to submit an additional CMO amount of $374 to reconcile the 2019 CMO shortfall to meet the 2019 commitment.
5) The congregation voted to make the following donations:
a) $5000 to St Johns School to help pay down a line of credit balance caused by the need for the installation of a new boiler in the school.
b) $1000 to the Camp Phillip Building Fund.
6) The congregation approved the following member transfers:
a) The transfer of Tom and Donna Kuenn from Peace – Wautoma to Emmanuel.
b) The transfer of Tabitha Stelter from Emmanuel to St Johns – Montello.
7) Volunteers for a maintenance committee were solicited which will have responsibility for monitoring the church structure, grounds, and support systems. The committee would report any requirements to the council for consideration and follow up. Bruce Stelter, Gary Wagner, and Darrell Buchholz volunteered.
8) The meeting was adjourned with a closing prayer  
School News LITTLE LAMBS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN Calling all 3 and 4 year olds! Please see the St. John’s Information Room for Little Lambs fliers, brochures and registration information. First come, first serve! Questions? Please call our Little Lambs Director Lynn Sellnow 616-826-0816 or email lynnsellnow@stjohnsmontello.org. SPELLING BEE! : This Thursday, February 20 at 6:30p.m.! St. John’s School is hosting our Spelling Bee for grades 1-8. LITTLE LAMBS OPEN HOUSE: This Saturday, Feb. 22 is our Little Lambs Open House from 10:00am-12:00pm. Help spread the word! ART FOR DINNER: Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00pm. Tickets are on sale! This year, we are fundraising for a school security system. Invite your friends and family to a night of fellowship, dinner and a silent auction of the children’s art projects. A few things to think about: Check out the silent auctions items in St. John’s link way! They are now open to start bidding. We will be collecting items for the Marquette County Care and Share Food Bank the day of the event. Please bring in any nonperishable food items (canned goods, dry goods, etc.) the day of and receive a ticket per item for our basket drawings and/or game stations. THE DEADLINE TO PURCHASE TICKETS IS NEXT WEEK MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17! Please turn your packets and money in to the office by then. Tickets are $25 each, a free hot dog meal is available for kids 13 years and under. Need more tickets or don’t have someone to buy them from? Stop by the office today! If you would like to donate art projects, items/baskets, set up, all the above… please feel free to contact: Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com.  The deadline to turn items/donations in to the office is Wednesday, Feb. 19. SAVE YOUR PLASTIC BOTTLE CAPS          Please save your plastic bottle caps and turn them in to the office. Art for Dinner is saving for a project. Any and all sizes and colors! Thank you!
School News Continued… THE 2020 WELS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH RALLY is being held June 23-26 in Knoxville, TN.  We have had the privilege to escort teens from St. John’s to the 2016 & 2018 rallies.  Even though we have resigned as youth group leaders, we felt it was important for our current teens to have the opportunity to go.  So after prayerful consideration, we have decided to come forward to escort our teens to the 2020 rally.  The rally is open for any students currently in 8th grade through 12th grade.  We will be asking around to see who would like to go. If you know of any teens who are interested, please refer them to us. We will soon be announcing an informational meeting for anyone interested.  We will go over the details, the costs, what a rally experience would be like, fundraisers, and any questions teens or parents might have.  You may also go to the website:  wels. net/youthrally.  We are looking forward to this opportunity to bring our teens for fun & fellowship with 2000+ teens who share our same faith.  Mark & Patty Emond
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St. John’s Altar Committee February  2020 Jennie Utke & Susan Brown 
●●● Welcome To Our Visitors! Please Sign Our Guest Register Find & Like us on Facebook Visit our website link:  www.stjohnsmontello.org Pastor Peter Zietlow: (608) 408-7830 E-mail: zietlowPL6@hotmail.com Little Lambs Director & Teacher Mrs. Lynn Sellnow: 616-826-0816 K, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher Ms. Shelley Myers: 920-285-7554 3rd-5th Grade Teacher Ms. Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135 Principal & 6th – 8th Grade Teacher Mr. Larry Sellnow:  616-822-6689 Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866 Altar Ladies: Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036 Church & School Address/Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949 Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org   ●●●
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BULLETIN- January 19, 2020

The 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany 

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January 19, 2020

Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Mecan & Montello, WI

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P R E P A R A T I O N   F O R W O R S H I P

We prepare ourselves to worship the one Savior God by expressing our humble repentance, offering our fervent prayers and singing our thankful hymns of praise.

OPENING HYMN 533                    I Love Your Kingdom, Lord 

Please stand

CONFESSION OF SINS               hymnal page 38

We confess to God that we have failed to live up to the perfect standards in his law, and we plead for his mercy.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FORGIVENESS               hymnal page 38

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

OH TASTE AND SEE                                                        hymnal page 39

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

PRAYER OF THE DAY 

M: Almighty God, you gave your one and only Son to be the light of the world. Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and believed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever.  

C: Amen.

Please be seated for the day’s Scripture readings

T H E   W O R D

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

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                                            Isaiah 49:1-6 

Summary: The Savior of all shines his light and shows his love to all, both Jew and Gentile

Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.  He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” But I said, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing.  Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”

And now the LORD says– he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength– he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.  I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

PSALM 89                                                                                   hymnal page 98

Sung in unison.

EPISTLE LESSON                                                                           1 Corinthians 1:1-9    (today’s sermon text)

Summary: God has made us his own children through faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior of all

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ– their Lord and ours:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.  For in him you have been enriched in every way– in all your speaking and in all your knowledge– because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.  He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                           Isaiah 49:3

Alleluia. He said to me, “You are my servant in whom I will display my splendor.” Alleluia. 

C: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!                            

Please stand

GOSPEL LESSON                           John 1:29-41

Summary: “Look, the Lamb of God….We have found the Messiah!”

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  This is the one I meant when I said, `A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.  I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, `The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’   I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.  When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him.  It was about the tenth hour.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).

C: Praise be to you, O Christ!                             

Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY 27                               O Jesus, Lamb of God, You Are

SERMON by Pastor Dolan                                                                          1 Corinthians 1: 1-9

 “Thank God For What!”

Please stand

APOSTLES’ CREED                                                   hymnal page 41

Please be seated

O F F E R I N G S   O F G I F T S & P R A Y E R S

THE OFFERING  & WELS CONNECTION DVD

The ushers now gather the “Thank-Offering.”  Members of this congregation show their thanks to God for all he has done for them by returning a portion of their income to the Lord.  Through these free will offerings, this congregation and its ministries are maintained. Guests need not feel obligated to contribute. Please also sign our Friendship Registers and greet one another.

PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer, Prayer for the Epiphany Season (hymnal p. 124, read responsively) and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcements for those on our Intercessory Prayers list. 

Please stand 

LORD’S PRAYER                                                              hymnal page 43

Please be seated

HYMN 538: 1-3                                     The Church’s One Foundation

Please stand

CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING                             hymnal page 43, 44

Please be seated

CLOSING HYMN 538: 4-5                                       The Church’s One Foundation

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

Announcements 

Activities for the week of January 19 – January 25

Sun.8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship 
 8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School 
9:00 A.M.Adult Bible Study at St. John’s 
 10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship 
Mon.MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
6:30 P.M.Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M.Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Little Lambs Parent Teacher Conferences
Tues.6:30 P.M.Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s 
Little Lambs Parent Teacher Conferences
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
4:00 P.M.St. John’s School Faculty meeting  
6:30 P.M.St. John’s Worship
6:30 P.M.Women’s Bible Study at St. John’s
Little Lambs Parent Teacher Conferences
Thurs.8:00 A.M.St. John’s School Teen Confirmation
6:00 P.M.Griefshare at St. John’s lower level begins (week 2)
6:00 P.M.Joint Council meeting at St. John’s
7:00 P.M.Council meeting at St. John’s
Little Lambs Parent Teacher Conferences
Fri. Little Lambs Parent Teacher Conferences
Sat. 
Theme for Next Sunday January 26 , 2020“Christ–the Light in the Darkness” (Sanctity of Human Life Sunday)
8:00 A.M.Emmanuel Worship 
8:30 A.M.St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M.Emmanuel Council meeting 
9:00 A.M.St. John’s Adult Bible Study 
10:00 A.M.St. John’s Worship with communion
12:00 P.M.WLA Let’s Celebrate

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Wyatt Beahm (William and Alyssa Beahm’s infant son), Pastor Raymond Cox (Marjorie Fabian’s brother), Gene Crook, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Diane Eisermann, Harold Fandrey, Lilah Farrell, Roger Hillmer, Xzander Jahr, Melvin Johnson (Beth’s son), Cathy Kolpanen (relative of Tim & Patty Schultz), Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Steve Parrish, Frank Russell, Kathryn Sigrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Jennifer Strauss, Marvis Wegner, Richard Winkler – (added this week: Diane Eisermann, Frank Russell)

– For the family of Peggy Russell (Elsa’s daughter-in-law) called home on Tuesday (1/14)

– For the family of Caroline McCabe (Wilma Jaster’s sister-in-law) called home on Wednesday (1/15)

– For our nation

LADIES AND MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Women’s on Wednesday evenings at 6:30PM, men’s on Tuesdays at 6:30PM. Come study a series of topics: Past Lessons = Present Peace = Future Hope, Basic Bible Stories for Faith and Life led by Pastor John Dolan and Ms. Rachel Naumann. 

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OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP The sign up for your 2019 offering statement is located in St. John’s link way. Please sign up if you wish to receive yours. 

2020 OFFERING ENVELOPES Please pick up your 2020 offering envelopes in St. John’s link way today! Don’t have any? Call the office 297-2866 and Ciara will gladly help you out. 

GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session has begun. Please join us for week #3 in St. John’s lower level on Thursday at 6:30pm. Questions or concerns? Please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.

ACH What is ACH? Automated Clearing House. Interested in having your church offering automatically deposited? Stop by the office or Information Room and fill out your application today. 

SAVE THE DATE Sunday, February 9 after worship at Emmanuel and St. John’s – Little Lambs and St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School Information meeting.

MEDITATIONS & FORWARD IN CHRIST New “Meditations” and “Forward in Christ” WELS daily devotional booklets and WELS monthly devotional magazine are available in the church Informational Room. Help yourself! 

MEMBERSHIP CLASS This week we completed our 20-lesson Bible Information Class entitled “New Life In Christ” with John Kaenel and Josh & Rachel Pekowsky.  I am ready to start a new class Wednesday’s at 7:30pm or whatever time fits your schedule. If you or someone you know is interested in membership, please phone or text me at 608-408-7830.  –Pastor Zietlow

LUTHER PREP SCHOOL-WATERTOWN AUCTION GALA Donations of new items are currently being accepted for the Luther Prep Auction Gala to be held on Saturday, April 18. If you have something to share it can be brought to the Mission Advancement office anytime during the LPS school day. Ideas would include – gift cards for national chains (gas/dining), pair of tickets to an event, and specialty type gift. Another idea is to get some members together and sponsor a “”Congregational Basket”.” If you cannot attend the Gala in person this would be a great way to show support! Monetary donations can be made online: 

https://events.readysetauction.com/lutherpreparatoryschool/galaxv

Deadline for donations is February 24. Questions? Contact Sue at 920-262-8104. 

Your support benefits future pastors, teachers, and lay leaders.

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ART FOR DINNER: Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00pm. 

Tickets are on sale! This year, we are fundraising for a school security system. Join us for a night of fellowship, dinner and a silent auction of the children’s art projects. 

A few things to think about: 

  • Complete informational packets were sent home with each family earlier this week. 
  • Tickets are $25 each, a free hot dog meal is available for kids 13 years and under. 
  • If there is anyone that would like to help with art projects, set up, all the above… please feel free to contact: Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com
  • Need more tickets or don’t have someone to buy them from? Stop by the office today! 
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SAVE YOUR PLASTIC BOTTLE CAPS Please save your plastic bottle caps and turn them in to the office. Art for Dinner is saving for a project. Any and all sizes and colors! Thank you!

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

WELS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LUTHERAN LEADERSHIP WELS Congregational Services will host the first WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership at the Sheraton Grand in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 21-23. The conference will have five keynote presentations that deal with major cultural challenges before every WELS congregation. Twenty-five breakout sessions will deal with issues specific to certain congregations, including overcoming a consumer mentality in church, Christian apologetics, increasing volunteerism, retaining and gaining young members, fully utilizing the gifts of women in ministry, equipping members for personal evangelism, having a “high-expectations” church, strategic planning, using social media for outreach, operating a financially sustainable elementary school, and more. Learn more at register at lutheranleadership.com.

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LET’S CELEBRATE Our school has been invited to participate in the WLA Let’s Celebrate Day on Sunday, Jan. 26.  This day focuses on the blessings of Christian education, and we have the opportunity to showcase our school as well as support the WLA Federation.  Three of the federation grade schools will be providing entertainment, while WLA bands and choirs will also be performing. We will be singing a couple songs to provide about 15 minutes of entertainment. We are asking all K-8 families to join us for this exciting day.  Please respond to let us know that we can plan on your children attending. The entertainment portion of the day goes from about noon to 3:00. There will be many other activities going on throughout the school that day, so it gives you a good opportunity to become familiar with the school.  Please note that we are also singing in church here at St. John’s that morning. Again, please let your teacher know that you can attend. Thank you!

Pies and tortes needed . . . lots of them! The WLA Boys Basketball team is off to a great start to their season. As a gesture of fan appreciation they will again be serving pie and ice cream this year at Let’s Celebrate. Would you be willing to make the pies or tortes? If so, plan on delivering your dessert to WLA Saturday, January 25th or Sunday morning, January 26th. Contact Jessi Schwartz jessi@fonddulaclaw.com or Jenny Nell at JennyNell13@yahoo.com with any questions, comments or concerns. THANK YOU!

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St. John’s Altar CommitteeJanuary  2020Elaine Kelm&Carolyn Rosenthal  

January 19

   Emm Darrell Buchholz, Jim  Stuempges, Joe Heller

     SJ Kenon Smith; Chief, Corey Kaul, Ken Borzick, Paul Van Treeck, 

Haiden Van Treeck

January 26

   Emm DuWayne Sommerfeld, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wegner

   SJ James Wachholz ; Chief, James Henke, Matt Borzick, Nolan Van Treeck, 

Martin Schmanke 

February 2

   Emm Darrell Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann, 

comm. assist. Lucas Stelter

   SJ Don Smith ; Chief, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann, 

Jerre Duerr

February 9

   Emm DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke

   SJ Kenon Smith ; Chief, Joe Zauner Sr., Joe Zauner Jr., Jon Vote, Joe Vote

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BULLETIN 01/12/20- 1st Sunday after the Epiphany

1st Sunday after the Epiphany

January 12, 2020

10:00 a.m. St. John’s

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church 313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949 Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949    
XW E L C O M E    T O    O U R    C H U R C H X We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors.  In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information.  In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you.  Restrooms and nursery area are located in the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and link-way at St. John’s.  It’s nice to have you visit today. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Welcome to God’s house!  May God bless our worship together.  
  Pastor Peter Zietlow  
  Pastor Peter Zietlow  
XG O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y X Jesus is Revealed as Our Perfect Substitute – “Why did Jesus need to be baptized? I thought baptism was for sinners?” That’s a common question among Christians. It doesn’t make sense that our Savior, who was perfectly sinless, would need to be baptized, and yet he was. Why? Because Jesus had come to be our perfect substitute, and he is revealed as such in his baptism. God laid on him the sin of the world (Jn 1:29). Even from birth, he endured the effects of our sin. Jesus wasn’t a sinner himself, but he was carrying our sin, pain, and sorrow (Is 53:4). He needed the assurance of God’s love and forgiveness, just as if he were a sinner himself. Jesus received those promises in baptism, just like we do.
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X A   S E R V I C E   O F   M O R N I N G    P R A I S E  X

Morning Praise, composed by Marty Haugen, is based on the historic service called “Matins.” Joined to Christ, our risen Lord, we glorify God as we rise to the activities of this new day.

PASTOR’S GREETING

OPENING HYMN 710                                                                   Jesus, Once With Sinners Numbered

Please stand

COME, OH, COME, LET US SING TO THE LORD

An arrangement of Psalm 95, this song of praise reminds us of the many blessings that come to us from the hands of our Creator God.

 Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses

Please be seated

PSALM 45                                                                                                        hymnal page 83 

Cantor sings the first line, congregation sings the second line, everyone sings the refrains and Gloria.

XT H E   W O R D X

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

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                                                          Isaiah 42: 1-7                        Summary: I will put my Spirit on Him

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.  He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.  In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.  In his law the islands will put their hope.”

This is what God the LORD says– he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.  I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

EPISTLE READING                                                                                             Acts 10:34-38

Summary: God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.  You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.  You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached– how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                  Mark 1:11

Alleluia. You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased. Alleluia.

Please stand

GOSPEL READING                                                        Matthew 3: 13-17   (today’s sermon text)

Summary: The baptism of Jesus

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”  Then John consented.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY 89                                                          To Jordan’s River Came Our Lord

SERMON                                                                                                                    Matthew 3: 13-17

“Jesus’ Baptism and Ours”

1. He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness 

2. We were baptized to wear his righteousness

Please stand

YOU ARE GOD, WE PRAISE YOU                                                                                                   Te Deum

Pastor and congregation join in singing the refrain and the verses

Refrain

Please be seated

X O F F E R I N G S   O F   G I F T S   &   P R A Y E R S X

THE OFFERING

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

Please stand

PRAYERS

The Offering Prayer, Prayer for the Baptism of our Lord and Intercessory Prayers (bulletin pg. 13) are spoken by pastor.

P:  Hear our prayers, Lord Jesus Christ, and come with the good news of your mighty deliverance. Drive the darkness from our hearts and fill us with your light; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  Amen.

LORD, HAVE MERCY                                                                                                                                                      Kyrie

L: Pastor                                    C: Congregation

THE LORD’S PRAYER

                  Our Father, who art in Heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power and the glory

forever and ever.  Amen.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

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

Please be seated

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS 358                                               How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

                                                           90:1-3                                                 The People that in Darkness Sat

Please stand

PRAYER FOR GRACE                                                                                  

L: Pastor                                    C: Congregation

L:   ♫       O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have

                   brought us safely to this new day. Defend us with your mighty power, and

                   grant that this day we neither fall into sin nor run into any kind of danger;

                   and in all we do, direct us to what is right in your sight, through Jesus Christ,

                   your Son, our Lord.

BLESSING

Please be seated

CLOSING  HYMN 90: 4, 5                                                      The People that in Darkness Sat

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

Announcements

Activities for the week of January 12 – January 18

Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
  8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
  9:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
Mon. 9:00 A.M. Pastor’s Study Club at Mt. Zion – Ripon
  6:30 P.M. Choir at St. John’s
  7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Tues. 6:00 P.M. Joint Worship Committee meeting at St. John’s
  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
  4:00 P.M. St. John’s School Faculty Bible Study
  6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
  6:30 P.M. Women’s Bible Study at St. John’s
  7:30 P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
Thurs. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Teen Confirmation
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s lower level begins (week 2)
Fri.    
Sat.    
Theme for Next Sunday January 19 , 2020 The 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany: “Christ Is the Savior of All”
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

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Wyatt Beahm (William and Alyssa Beahm’s infant son), Pastor Raymond Cox (Marjorie Fabian’s brother), Gene Crook, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Harold Fandrey, Lilah Farrell, Roger Hillmer, Xzander Jahr, Melvin Johnson (Beth’s son), Cathy Kolpanen (relative of Tim & Patty Schultz), Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Steve Parrish, Peggy Russell (Elsa’s daughter-in-law), Kathryn Sigrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Jennifer Strauss, Marvis Wegner, Richard Winkler – (added this week: Gene Crook, Richard Winkler)

– For our communicants at St. John’s

THANK YOU Thank you to Jean Sheller, Kay Maass, and Edith Duesterhoeft for their generous donations toward the purchase of the wreaths gracing the front doors of St. John’s.  And thanks to all the others who offered.  It’s a beautiful way of welcoming everyone into our church.  And a special thank you to Ashley Henke, who uses her creativity and skill to fashion those lovely wreaths.

THANK YOU In loving memory of Raymond Zacharias, a donation was given towards St. John’s front doors repair from family and friends. Thank you.

LADIES AND MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Women’s will resume on Wednesday evenings at 6:30PM, men’s will resume on Tuesdays at 6:30PM. Come study a series of topics: Past Lessons = Present Peace = Future Hope, Basic Bible Stories for Faith and Life.

OFFERING STATEMENT SIGN UP The sign up for your 2019 offering statement is located in St. John’s link way. Please sign up if you wish to receive yours.

2020 OFFERING ENVELOPES Please pick up your 2020 offering envelopes in St. John’s link way today! Don’t have any? Call the office 297-2866 and Ciara will gladly help you out.

GRIEFSHARE The next 13-week session will begin Thursday, January 9th in St. John’s lower level.

ACH What is ACH? Automated Clearing House. Interested in having your church offering automatically deposited? Stop by the office or Information Room and fill out your application today.

MEDITATIONS & FORWARD IN CHRIST New “Meditations” and “Forward in Christ” WELS daily devotional booklets and WELS monthly devotional magazine are available in the church Informational Room. Help yourself!

ART FOR DINNER SAVE THE DATE Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00pm.

Join us for a night of fellowship, dinner, basket raffles and a silent auction of the children’s art projects.

A few things to think about:

  • Complete informational packets will be sent home with each school family tomorrow.
  • Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Jan. 13th and will be $25 each. A free hot dog meal will be available for kids 13 years and under. Deadline to purchase is Monday, Feb. 17th. Stop by the office today.  
  • If there is anyone that would like to help with art projects, set up, all the above… please feel free to contact: Megan Jaster- 608-369-3456 mj.jastersag@outlook.com or Ciara Neuhauser 608-369-0901 ciaraneuhauser24@gmail.com. The more the merrier!!

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

WELS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LUTHERAN LEADERSHIP WELS Congregational Services will host the first WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership at the Sheraton Grand in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 21-23. The conference will have five keynote presentations that deal with major cultural challenges before every WELS congregation. Twenty-five breakout sessions will deal with issues specific to certain congregations, including overcoming a consumer mentality in church, Christian apologetics, increasing volunteerism, retaining and gaining young members, fully utilizing the gifts of women in ministry, equipping members for personal evangelism, having a “high-expectations” church, strategic planning, using social media for outreach, operating a financially sustainable elementary school, and more. Learn more at register at lutheranleadership.com.

LET’S CELEBRATE Our school has been invited to participate in the WLA Let’s Celebrate Day on Sunday, Jan. 26.  This day focuses on the blessings of Christian education, and we have the opportunity to showcase our school as well as support the WLA Federation.  Three of the federation grade schools will be providing entertainment, while WLA bands and choirs will also be performing.  We will be singing a couple songs to provide about 15 minutes of entertainment. We are asking all K-8 families to join us for this exciting day.  Please respond to let us know that we can plan on your children attending.  The entertainment portion of the day goes from about noon to 3:00.  There will be many other activities going on throughout the school that day, so it gives you a good opportunity to become familiar with the school.  Please note that we are also singing in church here at St. John’s that morning.  Again, please let your teacher know that you can attend.  Thank you!

Pies and tortes needed . . . lots of them! The WLA Boys Basketball team is off to a great start to their season. As a gesture of fan appreciation they will again be serving pie and ice cream this year at Let’s Celebrate. Would you be willing to make the pies or tortes? If so, plan on delivering your dessert to WLA Saturday, January 25th or Sunday morning, January 26th. Contact Jessi Schwartz jessi@fonddulaclaw.com or Jenny Nell at JennyNell13@yahoo.com with any questions, comments or concerns. THANK YOU!

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
1-5                                  1-8 81 132                                                  3
St. John’s Altar Committee January  2020 Elaine Kelm & Carolyn Rosenthal 
Emm/Usher Schedule  

 

January 12                

   Emm                                          Don Stelter, Bob Ferber, Paul Dahlke

     SJ                                             Don Smith; Chief, Zeb Zuehls , Mark Emond, Ben Emond, Kevin Kaul,

January 19                

   Emm                                          Darrell Buchholz, Jim  Stuempges, Joe Heller

     SJ                                             Kenon Smith; Chief, Corey Kaul, Ken Borzick, Paul Van Treeck,

Haiden Van Treeck

January 26                                                    

   Emm                                          DuWayne Sommerfeld, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wegner                                                    

   SJ                                               James Wachholz ; Chief, James Henke, Matt Borzick, Nolan Van Treeck,

Martin Schmanke

February 2                                                    

   Emm                                          Darrell Buchholz, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann,

comm. assist. Lucas Stelter                        

   SJ                                               Don Smith ; Chief, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann,

Jerre Duerr

February 9                                                    

   Emm                                          DuWayne Sommerfeld, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke                      

   SJ                                               Kenon Smith ; Chief, Joe Zauner Sr., Joe Zauner Jr., Jon Vote, Joe Vote

●●● Welcome To Our Visitors! Please Sign Our Guest Register Find & Like us on Facebook Visit our website link:  www.stjohnsmontello.org Pastor Peter Zietlow: (608) 408-7830 E-mail: zietlowPL6@hotmail.com Little Lambs Director & Teacher Mrs. Lynn Sellnow: 616-826-0816 K, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher Ms. Shelley Myers: 920-285-7554 3rd-5th Grade Teacher Ms. Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135 Principal & 6th – 8th Grade Teacher Mr. Larry Sellnow:  616-822-6689 Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866 Altar Ladies: Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036 Church & School Address/Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949  Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org ●●●
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Bulletin- December 22, 2019

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St. John’s Sunday School 

Christmas Service

December 22, 2019

PRE-PROCESSIONAL  “Joyful Good News”. . . . . . .  Children

Good news!  Good news! The Savior’s born

Good news!  Good news! Our wait is o’er

Good news!  Good news! We’re saved eternally.

That’s wonderful, joyful good news!

PROCESSIONAL  “Oh, How Joyfully”. . . . . . . . . Congregation

  1. Oh, how joyfully, Oh, how merrily Christmas comes with its grace divine!  Grace again is beaming, Christ the world redeeming: Hail, ye Christians, hail the joyous Christmastime!
  1. Oh, how joyfully, Oh, how merrily Christmas comes with its peace divine!  Peace on earth is reigning, Christ our peace regaining: Hail, ye Christians, hail the joyous Christmastime!
  1. Oh, how joyfully, Oh, how merrily Christmas comes with its life divine!  Angels high in glory Chant the Christmas story: Hail, ye Christians, hail the joyous Christmastime!

Please stand.

INVOCATION

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

Congregation:  Amen.

Please be seated.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Pastor:  Behold I bring you Good Tidings of Great Joy, which shall be to all people:  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

Congregational Response: (sung)

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.

Pastor:  Oh, come, let us sing unto the Lord:  Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Congregation:

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.

Pastor:  Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving. And make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.

Congregation:

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.

Pastor:  Oh, come let us worship and bow down:  Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.

Congregation:

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.

Pastor:  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Congregation:  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

RECITATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children

Christmas is a time of joy,

Mary had a little boy.

Though he was a baby small,

Still he is the King of all.

Worship him with heart and voice.

The King is born; let us rejoice!

SONG “The King of Glory Comes” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Children

  1. The King of glory comes; the nation rejoices.

Open the gates before him; lift up your voices.

Who is the King of glory?  How shall we call him?

He is Immanuel, the promised of ages.

  1. The King of glory comes; the nation rejoices.

Open the gates before him; lift up your voices.

He gave his life for us, the lamb of salvation; 

He took upon himself the sin of the nations.

The King of glory comes; the nation rejoices.

Open the gates before him; lift up your voices.

Please stand.

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

Gracious Father in Heaven, you have told us to come to you like a little child.  In that innocence, we give thanks for the child born to us in Bethlehem so many years ago.  Help us always to approach the Christmas season with the joy and wonder of a child. And so today, we “come our hearts and voices raising” to worship the ChristChild, our Savior King, and to “sing his love amazing.” Through this Babe you grant us the peace of forgiveness and the joy of salvation.—What joyful good news you’ve given us to share!  Amen.

Please be seated. 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE BY PASTOR

OFFERING, GREETINGS, FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

JOYFUL GOOD NEWS

TO OUR FIRST PARENTS

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Mr. Wachholz

ADAM/Ethan Cox and EVE/Annalyse Van Treeck

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.”

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Mr. Wachholz

JOYFUL GOOD NEWS

SPOKEN BY THE PROPHETS

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

CHOIR ANTHEM “Prophets Knew”

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Cox

MICAH/Wally Wolsdorf:  “But you, Bethlehem Ephratha, though you are small among the clans of Judah,

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

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Cox

ISAIAH/Blake Walker:  “The Lord himself will give you a sign;

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

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Cox

ISAIAH/Blake Walker:  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.

Congregation:  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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

BALAAM/ Nolan Van Treeck:  “A star will come out of Jacob;

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

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

JEREMIAH/BrodyHenke:  The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch

Congregation:  a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land . . . He will be called: The LORD our Righteousness.

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Mr. Wachholz

HYMN “Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel” . . . . . Congregation

  1. Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear.  Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!
  1. Oh, come, o Root of Jesse, free Your own from Satan’s tyranny; From depths of hell your people save, And bring them vict’ry o’er the grace.  Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!
  1. Oh, come, O Key of David, come, And open wide our heav’nly home.  Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery.  Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!

JOYFUL GOOD NEWS

ON THE FIRST CHRISTMAS

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Mr. Wachholz

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Cox

ANGEL/Easton Wegner SPEAKING TO MARY/Rilyn Henke:  “Greetings, you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.” “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”  

SONG  “We’ll Call Him Jesus” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Children

We’ll call him Jesus, the name the angel whispered

We’ll call him Jesus, come from heav’n to be our friend.

We’ll call him Jesus, the sweetest name in all the world

We’ll call him Jesus, He’ll save us from our sins.

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Cox

ANGEL/Easton Wegner SPEAKING TO JOSEPH/Trenton Jahr:  “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Cox

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.”

RECITATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Younger Children

Fear not, everyone!    

There’s good news for all!

Go look for the Baby

Who sleeps in a stall!

SONG “Christmas News” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Younger Children

Hear us sing; News we bring;

Jesus the Savior is born!

Hear the bells; News they tell:

Jesus the Savior is born!

HYMNS “Away in A Manger” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Children

               “Gentle Mary” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Congregation

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.

Congregation: 

Gentle Mary laid her child Lowly in a manger; There he lay, the undefiled, To the world a stranger. Such a babe in such a place—Can he be the Savior?  Ask the saved of all the race Who have found his favor.

Children: 

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.

Congregation:

Angels sang about his birth; Wise men sought and found him. Heaven’s star shone brightly forth, Glory all around them. Shepherds saw the wondrous sight. Heard the angels singing. All the plains were lit that night; All the hills were ringing.

Children:

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay Close by me forever and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in your tender care, And take us to heaven to live with you there.

Congregation:

Gentle Mary laid her child Lowly in a manger; He is still the undefiled, But no more a stranger. Son of God, of humble birth, Beautiful the story; Praise his name in all the earth, Hail the King of glory!

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.

Children:  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.

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

      SHEPHERDS/Bruchs Wegner/Landon McGwin/Wesley Jahr

SONG “Hear All You Shepherds” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children

  1. Hear, all you shepherds, In fields abiding, Leave your sheep, (Leave your sheep) Go to the manger, Kneel there before Him, Christ is born, (Christ is born)  Christ is born (Christ is born)
  1. There shall you find him In cradle lowly, Gloria (Gloria) O’er her bless’d son sweet Mary is watching, Christ is born, (Christ is born), Christ is born (Christ is born).

Children:  This will be a sign to you:

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

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

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

ANGELS/Aiden McGwin/Milo Henke/Jaxon Wolsdorf

SONG “Angel Voices, Sweetly Singing” . . . . . . . . . . . .  Children

Angel voices, sweetly singing

To the shepherds long ago,

Still resound while bells are ringing;

Joy is reigning high and low.

“Glory in the highest heaven,”

Sing it o’er and o’er again!

God to us His Son has giv’n,

“Peace on earth, good will to men.”

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.
  1. Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be Which inspire your heav’nly song? Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.
  1. 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.

JOYFUL GOOD NEWS

FOR ALL GENERATIONS

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

Trenton Jahr:  Jesus lifts us up when sorrow has us down.

Molly Utke:  Jesus showers us every day with blessings that make our hearts glad.

Annalyse Van Treeck:  Over and over again, Jesus says: “your sins are forgiven.

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

Congregation/Children:  “I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” 

All Children:     Our joy in Jesus stays with us!

SONG “I Have the Joy!” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children

I have the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart,

Down in my heart, down in my heart;

I have the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart,

Down in my heart to stay.

I have the joy of Jesus, joy of Jesus, down in my heart,

Down in my heart, down in my heart;

I have the joy of Jesus, joy of Jesus, down in my heart,

Down in my heart to stay.

HYMN “Oh Jesus, King Most Wonderful” . . . . . . . Congregation

  1. O Jesus, King most wonderful, O Majesty renowned, O Conqueror invincible, In whom all joys are found!
  1. When once you visit darkened hearts, Then truth begins to shine, Then early vanity departs, Then kindles love divine.
  1. O Jesus, Light of all below, O Fount of life and fire, Surpassing all the joys we know, All that we can desire.
  1. Oh, may our tongues forever bless And honor you alone, And may we in our lives express The image of your own!

NARRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Mr. Wachholz

ANTHEM “Go Tell the Good News!” . . . . . .  Choir & Children

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.

PRAYERS

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.

Please be seated.

RECITATIONS

Trenton Jahr:  C – The Christ Child in the manger lay,

Molly Utke:  H – In swaddling clothes upon the hay.

Nolan Van Treeck:   R – There, our Redeemer came to earth,

Rilyn Henke:  I – An infant born of lowly birth.

Brody Henke:  S – The shepherds heard the angels sing,

Blake Walker:  T – And traveled to the newborn King,

Bruchs Wegner: M – Where Mary and Joseph joined their praise.

Landon McGwin:  A – Now, we our Alleluias raise.

Wally Wolsdorf:  S – From heaven above came a Savior Boy

Easton Wegner:  JOY – God’s Christmas gift of endless joy!

THE BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RECESSIONAL “Joy to the World” . . . . . . . . . . . Congregation

  1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!  Let earth receive her King; Let ev’ry heart prepare him room And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.
  1. Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!  Let all their songs employ, While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
  1. No more let sins and sorrows grow nor thorns infest the ground; he comes to make his blessings flow Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as the curse is found.
  1. He rules the world with truth and grace And makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousness And wonders of his love, And wonders of his love, And wonders, wonders of his love.

THANK YOU to Mrs. Erica Cox for substituting for SS Teacher Tabitha Stelter who could not be with us today.

Announcements 

Activities for the week of December 22 – December 28

Sun.8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship 
 8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School Christmas service practice
 10:00 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School Christmas Service
Mon.10:00 A.M.St. John’s School/Little Lambs Final Christmas Service Rehearsal
6:30 P.M. Emmanuel Children’s Christmas Service  
Tues.CHRISTMAS EVE
4:00 P.M.St. John’s School/Little Lambs Christmas Service
Wed.CHRISTMAS DAY
9:00 A.M.Emmanuel Christmas Service
NO ST. JOHN’S 6:30 P.M. WORSHIP
Thurs.10:00 A.M.Montello Care Center Devotion with communion
Fri. 
Sat. 
Theme for Next Sunday December 29 , 2019“Redeemed by God, We are Now His Children”
8:00 A.M.Emmanuel Worship 
8:30 A.M.St. John’s Sunday School
10:00 A.M.St. John’s Worship with communion

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