Evangelical Lutheran Church
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
SEPTEMBER 9, 2018
WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors. In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information. In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. Restrooms and nursery area are located the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and “link-way” at St. John’s. It’s nice to have you visit today. May God bless our worship together!
THE FOCUS OF TODAY’S SERVICE As always the focus of our worship service is God’s love in Christ. The Old Testament reading from Isaiah says that the ears of the deaf will be unstopped by the gospel and that the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy when the gospel is heard. Today’s gospel reading relates an incident when Jesus made a deaf and dumb man hear and speak. The people were amazed by this miracle and cried out, “He even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.” Jesus still opens ears to hear the message of the gospel and gives the will and strength to speak that message in this world. Our epistle lesson is a lesson from James that teaches the Christian how to use his ears and tongue in ways that glorify the God of our salvation who has blessed us with eternal life.
ORDER OF SERVICE–LITURGY
Service of Word and Sacrament (hymnal page 26)
OPENING HYMN 238 “Oh, Bless the Lord, My Soul” (printed in hymnal, all sing)
LITURGY (hymnal page 26, read & sung responsively)
PRAYER OF THE DAY
LITURGY (hymnal page 29b, all sing)
(Please be seated for the Scripture readings)
GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY
Ears Opened by God Enjoy His Good Gifts – If you can hear, you probably take your sense of hearing for granted. Yet what a wonderful gift from God your sense of hearing is! You can hear how Jesus died for you. You can receive not just into your ears, but deep inside you the whole wondrous message of God’s rescue. You can hear the same good news Adam and Noah heard, the same good news Isaiah, Peter, and Jesus preached—preached even to a man who previously had been a deaf-mute.
FIRST LESSON Isaiah 35:4-7
Joy of the redeemed
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
PSALM 146 (hymnal page 120, cantor sings the first line, congregation sings the second line, all sing refrains and Gloria)
EPISTLE LESSON James 1:17-27
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
VERSE OF THE DAY Alleluia! Rejoice in the Lord always;; again I will say, Rejoice. Alleluia. (Philippians 4:4)
LITURGY (hymnal page 30, all sing)
GOSPEL Mark 7:31-37
The healing of a deaf mute
Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man.
After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means, “Be opened!”). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.
Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
LITURGY (hymnal page 30b, all sing)
“Praise be to you, O Christ”
(Please be seated)
SERMON HYMN 235 “Praise the Almighty; My Soul, Adore Him” (printed in hymnal, all sing)
SERMON Luke 9:57-62
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
“Be Dedicated to Serving Your Lord”
- Realize the Cost
- Understand the Urgency
- Keep Your Focus
(Please stand after the sermon)
THE NICENE CREED (hymnal page 31, all read)
(Please be seated)
OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS
PRAYER FOR “BEFRIEND A MISSION” MONTH–SEPTEMBER (read by pastor)
– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Marilyn Bredeson (Karin’s Stellick’s mother), David Broderick, Mike Brown, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Caleb & Emery Degenstein (Mark Emond’s friends), Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Ron Fuerstenau (Bill’s grandfather), Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), RaeLynn Hodgkins (Beth Johnson’s daughter), Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Aspen Raelynn Lefeber (Barb Hoffman’s greatgrandaughter), Anna Madigan, Ruthie Marcelain (Dawn’s granddaughter), LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark Russell (Elsa’s son), Bob Schrank, Joan Schmitz (Lisa Ollendorf’s mother), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Jennifer Strauss, Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother), Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Blake Walker, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Raymond Zacharrias (Marilyn Riemer’s brother) – (added this week: LuAnn Reber, Gertrude Wegenke)
– For those affected by recent flood and wind damage
– For St. John’s Sunday School & Bible Classes and Midweek Bible Classes that begin today (9/9) and this week
– For grandparents (today 9/9 is Grandparent’s Day)
– For Christian Stewardship (today is the first of three Stewardship Sunday sermons)
LORD’S PRAYER (hymnal page 32, all read)
HOLY COMMUNION LITURGY (hymnal pages 33-35, read & sung responsively)
(Please be seated for Holy Communion)
The Bible tells us that those who take Communion together are to:
- Recognize that Christ’s true body and blood are present in the Sacrament (1 Cor. 11:29)
- Examine themselves (1 Cor. 11:28), and
- Be united in faith with the congregation with which they commune (1 Cor. 10:17)
For these reasons, it is our practice that only those who are members of our congregation or a congregation of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod (WELS) join us for Holy Communion. If you are interested in learning more about becoming part of our fellowship, please speak to the pastor after the service.
DISTRIBUTION HYMNS 112 “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood” & 399:1-2 “To God Be the Glory” (printed in hymnal)
(After the distribution, please stand)
THANK THE LORD, CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING
(hymnal pages 36-37)
(Please be seated)
CLOSING HYMN 399:3 “To God Be the Glory” (printed in hymnal)
THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost:
Discipleship Includes the Willingness to Suffer –
Sermon: Stewardship 2
|ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK SEPTEMBER 9-SEPTEMBER 15|
|Sun.||8:00 A.M.||Emmanuel Worship|
|8:30 A.M.||St. John’s Sunday School begins (find us in a classroom)|
|9:00 A.M.||St. John’s Adult Bible Study begins|
|10:00 A.M.||St. John’s Worship with communion|
|Mon.||8:00 A.M.||St. John’s School/Little Lambs begins|
|8:15 A.M.||St. John’s School/Little Lambs Opening Service (all school families are invited to church! Muffins and coffee served.)|
|6:30 P.M.||St. John’s Choir begins in parish hall|
|7:30 P.M.||Adult Bible Study at St. John’s begins|
|Tues.||9:00 A.M.||St. John’s Elders meeting|
|Wed.||8:00 A.M.||St. John’s School Chapel|
|10:00 A.M.||St. John’s Adult Bible Study begins|
|1:40 P.M.||St. John’s School/Little Lambs early release|
|2:15 P.M.||Public School Teen Confirmation begins at St. John’s|
|6:30 P.M.||St. John’s Worship|
|7:30 P.M.||Bible Information Class begins at St. John’s|
|Thurs.||8:15 A.M.||WLA visit|
|10:00 A.M.||Montello Care Center Devotion|
|12:00 P.M.||St. John’s Ladies Aid lunch & meeting in lower level – Collecting Fall Mission Offerings|
|SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost:
Discipleship Includes the Willingness to Suffer –
Sermon: Stewardship 2
|8:00 A.M.||Emmanuel Worship|
|8:30 A.M.||St. John’s Sunday School|
|9:00 A.M.||Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study|
|10:00 A.M.||St. John’s Worship|
|11:30 A.M.||Tanzania Presentation with lite lunch by Christa Van Treeck|
COME SHARE OUR JOY & CELEBRATE WITH US! Aaron Wachholz & Victoria Riendeau cordially invite St. John’s/Emmanuel members to their marriage celebration. Saturday, September 22, 8 p.m. at the Wachholz Family Farm.
TANZANIA PRESENTATION A year ago I was able to go to Tanzania as a part of my work with UW-Extension. My work in Tanzania was working with Caritas staff, community volunteers, and meeting with farmer groups. I also was able to spend a few days on safari.
Come to this presentation, September 16 at 11:30a.m. for a lite lunch and presentation, to see and hear all about my trip, working in the remote villages, going on safari, and what is happening as a result of this trip. –Christa Van Treeck
SEPTEMBER IS BEFRIEND A MISSION MONTH AT ST. JOHN’S. WHAT’S THAT? The Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society supports WELS missions in 3 ways: prayer, encouragement, & giving. Missions & missionaries are assigned to our St. John’s & Emmanuel LWMS groups biannually. Although our support of these missions continues for 2 years, our Beaver Dam Circuit also assigns each church in the circuit a “Befriend A Mission Month.” Our task is to create a shower of support during that month by increasing our prayers, sending a few more notes & emails, & giving a little extra for missions. LWMS also uses the month to increase awareness of WELS missions among ALL church members–our Little Lambs, our day school & SS children, our teens & young adults, our adults, & even our older adults in care facilities. Prayer, encouragement, & giving are tasks which have no age-limitations! We can ALL be a friend! So when we ask YOU to join us by sending a note or signing a card, by saying a prayer, or by giving a little something extra to missions, we hope you will! Supporting mission & missionaries and getting to know some of them personally are joy-filled opportunities!
FALL MISSION OFFERINGS will be collected by LWMS during September at both churches. Please use the collection container at the church where you are a member–In the church entrance both at Emmanuel and at St. John’s. WELS mission projects that will benefit from your gift are these Beaver Dam Circuit projects: Home Mission—Campus Ministry New Start and World Mission: Haiti. Other projects to be decided at next summer’s LWMS convention are posted by the collection container. These offerings are important to many missions and are welcome from everyone with a heart for missions!
2018-2019 ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Teachers look forward to assisting parents by helping the children grow in Christ! Privileged to serve the Lord and you—Susan Brown; Heather Etuk, Linda Wachholz; James Wachholz. Open enrollment means new students are welcome to start at any time. If you know an unchurched child, please share information with the SS staff so a personal invitation can be made. Parents & visitors are always welcome! Another good choice would be attending adult Bible class while children attend SS!!
GIFT TO WELS RUSSIA MISSION totaled $636 (Emmanuel $216 & St. John’s $420) from Mission Festival Sunday on August 26. Thank you for your freewill offerings for the ministry of Pastor Luke & Jennifer Wolfgramm! Please keep Russia in your prayers.
GRIEFSHARE I will be starting the next GriefShare 13-week session on September 27 in the lower level at St. John’s. We start at 6:00p.m. please place in next possible bulletin and on calendar as you see fit. You can give my cell phone out to anyone having questions. It is (608) 697-1600. Please let them know if I don’t answer to leave a message and I’ll return the call as soon as I am able. I will ensure it is placed in the Marquette County Tribune. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. –Mark Emond
VOLUNTEERS WANTED AT EMMANUEL Emmanuel Lutheran Church is still recruiting 1 (or more) volunteers to assist with the following position; all expenses are reimbursed by Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
1) Sunday School Teacher: This individual will help further the Christian up-bringing of parish and non-parish children, historically between the ages of 2 and 6, by managing the weekly Sunday School sessions held in the Emmanuel Parish Hall. The timing of the class and age group preference is flexible.
If you are interested in serving the Lord with your time and talents by assisting with these important activities, please contact Darrell Buchholz or Pastor Zietlow.
SCHOOL HOT LUNCH–HELP WANTED Contact Heather Schwochert at 608-369-1084
CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “Many folks want to serve God…but only as advisers.”
CHOIR! Do you love to sing? Do you enjoy music? Do you love to praise the Lord? Are you looking for an excuse to get out of the house? Would you like to come and hang out with a bunch of great people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please come and give choir a try. We meet on Monday nights from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Our first practice for the fall season will be this Monday, Sept . 10. We would love to see you. If you have any questions, please contact Karin Stellick, 920-342-3689.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Thanks to the men who were able to attend the Bible classes the past Tuesdays. A total of 16 St. John’s and Emmanuel men were able to make at least one of the nights! Watch the announcements for a new study coming in September – a 7 week long study of part of the book of Revelation – “Let’s Talk Turkey.” It starts Sept. 18 at 6:30pm with stew supper.
CARDS The cards have been restocked! They are located in the lower level of St. John’s. Come check them out and see what’s new!
ALTAR FLOWERS The flowers on the altar last Sunday were placed by Kathy North in memory of her husband Don. Friday, August 24th, would have been their 50th wedding anniversary.
|St. John’s Greeter Schedule|
|September 9||Scott & Debbie Ritz|
|September 16||Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell|
|September 23||Harold & Judy Fandrey|
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|St. John’s Altar Committee:
(with comm) SJ
|James Wachholz; Chief, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf
Darrell Buchholz, Jim Stuempges, Joe Heller
Welcome To Our Visitors!
Please Sign Our Guest Register
Visit our website & Facebook link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org
Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321
Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: email@example.com
Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689
Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919
Teacher Rachel Naumann (847) 913-2135
Teacher Cassie Doering (920) 723-8986
Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866
Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &
Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036
Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949
Winnebago Lutheran Academy
Principal Mr. David Schroeder/WLA office (920) 921-4930
WLA website: www.wlavikings.org
St. John’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society’s
BEFRIEND A MISSION MONTH
He tends His flocks like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in His arms
and carries them close to His heart.
These words were written over 2,700 years ago by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 40:11). They speak of the love Jesus, our Savior, has for all people–His sheep and lambs. He kept God’s law perfectly and shed His blood for the sins of all people. Jesus died for all. How great is His love for us!
Consider the thousands of precious sheep and lambs around the world who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ or who reject Jesus as their Savior. How blessed we are to believe Jesus is OUR Savior! How can we thank him?
“So then as you received Christ Jesus as Lord continue to live in him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7).
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) thanks God for calling its members to be his people and equipping them to serve him. Our mission is to increase interest in and to support mission endeavors, which are a part of or in the interest of our Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. We do this by:
- strengthening ourselves through the use of God’s Word in home devotions, in Bible study, in corporate worship;
- praying for our missions and missionaries;
- corresponding with our missionaries;
- supporting WELS mission projects with our monetary gifts;
- attending circuit rallies and conventions to learn more about WELS missions and how God is using our missionaries.
Through participation in LWMS activities, women of the WELS not only enjoy fellowship with one another but also uplift and encourage one another in their endeavors to reach out to others with the Gospel. Our motto is “United to Serve Jesus.”
Every female who is confirmed and a member at St. John’s or Emmanuel IS a member of LWMS through our congregational memberships. You are cordially invited to participate in this fellowship. You will most certainly be blessed and grow spiritually as well!