BULLETIN 5/31/2020


May 31, 2020

Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

O R D E R   O F   W O R S H I P

Bell Peal

Remain seated.


Minister: In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Congregation: Amen.

I rejoiced with those who said to me,

“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”                                 Psalm 122:1

How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty.

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord.                                 Psalm 84:1,2

Blessed are those who dwell in your house.

They are ever praising you.                               Psalm 84:4


Brothers and sisters in Christ:

We rejoice to gather in the Lord’s house today after a significant time without public worship. For several months, our nation and our world have faced the Coronavirus pandemic, and state mandates issued in response to the virus have kept us from gathering here as a congregation. Although we have been strengthened by the gospel during this time, we have missed the cherished blessing of meeting together in God’s house with fellow believers to hear God’s Word, share in Christ’s Supper, and be encouraged by our fellowship together.

These past weeks have provided time for honest personal reflection: Have we taken God’s Word and public worship for granted? Have earthly blessings and entertainment become a higher priority in our hearts than the gospel? Have we doubted the promises of our almighty God to accomplish his good and gracious will in all circumstances?

The Lord uses our troubles in this life for many purposes, especially the purpose of lovingly leading us to repentance and renewed trust in his Word. As we gather in God’s house today, let us confess our sins to him, ask for his forgiveness, and receive his gracious pardon.

Confession of Sins

Almighty and merciful Father, 

We have strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed what we have devised and desired in our hearts. We have offended you and sinned against your holy law. We have done those things that we should not have done, and we have not done those things that we should have done. Have mercy on us, Lord! Spare us, forgive us, and restore us, according to your promises in Christ Jesus.

Silence for reflection.


God, our merciful Father, has forgiven all our sins. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer and Savior. Jesus paid the penalty for our guilt by his death on the cross and freed us from death by his resurrection from the grave. We have peace with God now and forever.


Hymn         To Your Temple I Draw Near         Christian Worship #226

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Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.

Holy Spirit, God and Lord, come to us this joyful day with your sevenfold gift of grace. Rekindle in ours hearts the holy fire of your love that in a true and living faith we may tell abroad the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, one God, now and forever. 


First Reading Joel 2: 28-29                                      

 “And afterward,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your old men will dream dreams,
    your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days. NIV

After the reading:

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God!

Psalm of the Day 51b                                                         Christian Worship: Supplement

The refrain is sung in unison.

The minister will read the verses.  

O Lord, open my lips,

And my mouth shall declare your praise.

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.


Create in me a pure heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence

Or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

And grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

And sinners will turn back to you.

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.


Second Reading                 Acts 2:1-21 

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

After the reading:

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God!


Gospel              John 16:5-11

Sermon text underlined.

But now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. 

After the reading:

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise be to you, O Christ!

Be seated.

Hymn of the Day               Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord

Christian Worship #176

Sermon                                                          John 16:8-11

Help Us, Holy Spirit, to Convince the World of:

  1. Sin

         2. Righteousness

                                                          3. Judgement

Stand after the sermon.

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, 

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Be seated.

Prayer of the Church 

Lord, hear our prayer. Listen to our cry for mercy.

Let the morning bring us word of your unfailing love.                               Psalm 143:1,8

Lord God, your Son ascended into heaven and now sits at your right hand, ruling over all things for the benefit of the Church. Bless the proclamation of Christ’s gospel, especially during this present pandemic, that the good news of salvation may be proclaimed to the ends of the earth. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, your Son came to seek and to save the lost. Reach out with your grace to those who do not know you or who have drifted from faith, that they may return to you and find peace in your gracious forgiveness. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord of the Church, you provide ministers of the gospel to teach and preach your saving truth. Bless all who serve your people with faithfulness to your Word and eagerness to proclaim the good news of salvation. Send your Holy Spirit on all who are about to begin public service in your kingdom. … (Specific people may be mentioned.) … May their service to the Church extend your kingdom and glorify your name. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer. 

Compassionate Lord, your Son is the Great Physician of body and soul. Watch over all who are sick and suffering. According to your will, provide healing to their bodies and comfort for their souls. … (Specific people and circumstances may be mentioned.) … Bless the efforts of doctors, nurses, and all health care workers, that their work may be a blessing to those under their care. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord of the nations, you instituted government to establish peace and order in society. Give wisdom to all leaders in our nation, state, county, and city, that they may enact wise laws, enforce justice fairly, and serve with faithfulness and diligence. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Omniscient Lord, in your wisdom you make the troubles of this life serve for our eternal blessing. Fill our hearts with trust in your promise to make all things work for the good of your people. When we doubt or worry, forgive us. Teach us to look to you as our guide through life and source of all our blessings. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

God of all wisdom, you instill in us all good and useful knowledge. Bless our schools, teachers, parents, and students, as they complete the present school year under unusual circumstances. Fill them with eagerness to carry out the tasks before them. Give them patience especially during these challenging times. Bless especially those who are graduating from schools this spring, that they may faithfully use the knowledge and skills they have learned in the next phase of their lives. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Loving Lord, you are a refuge for all who are in distress. Send your divine comfort on all who experience emotional and psychological trauma because of the current pandemic. Provide them relief from their suffering, strength to bear their crosses, and assurance through your Word. Use us to support the depressed and anxious that they may be encouraged by our words of love and actions of compassion. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Gracious God, you are with your people in every situation. Be present with the members of our congregation who are with us in spirit even though health concerns keep them from being physically among us today. Embrace them with the warmth of your grace, and protect them from illness and harm. Keep them safe in your care so that, at the proper time, we may gather again as one body to worship you. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

God of all grace, even in these uncertain times, you bestow blessing after blessing on your people. We praise you for every good and perfect gift we enjoy from your generous hand. … (Specific people and blessings may be mentioned.) … Teach us to value life, health, family, and all our “daily bread” as your gifts of grace to us. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord of life and death, we thank you for the faithful Christians who have gone before us, who served as examples of faith and love for us, and who now rest from their labors. … (Specific people may be mentioned.) … Comfort those who mourn the loss of loved ones who have died in faith with your promise of the resurrection to eternal life. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Almighty God, you have promised to hear our prayers and answer them according to your wisdom and love. Responding to your promise, we place these petitions before you and ask your blessing through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Lord’s Prayer

Hear us, Lord, as we pray in your Son’s name:

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.


The Lord bless you and keep you. 

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

The Lord look on you with favor and ✠ give you peace.


Be seated.

Hymn                                                                                   Almighty Father, Bless the Word

Christian Worship #323


Next week’s theme June 7, 2020 Trinity: 

“The Festival of the Holy Trinity”


Dear Members of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School,

On May 16, I received the divine call extended to me through the WELS Assignment Committee to serve as your 3rd-5th grade teacher.

I am really looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to serve the congregation, school and most importantly our God. Thank you very much for your thoughts and prayers. I look forward to meeting all of you. God’s Blessings.

In Christ,

Katlynn Tindall

“Hello! My name is Katlynn Tindall. I grew up in Waukesha, WI and graduated from WISCO in 2014. I attended MLC and graduated in December 2018. Upon graduation I taught grade 2 at Trinity in Brillion for a semester. Then I was assigned grades 2-4 at Zion in Toledo, OH. For fun I enjoy baking, drinking coffee, game nights, outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. I am excited to meet all of you and continue sharing Jesus’ love to the students at St. Johns!”


Katlynn Tindall

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2960 W Central Ave. Apt. #122

Toledo, OH  43606



Our New Life Depends

On the Power of the Holy Spirit

The Coming of the Holy Spirit: Pentecost –  A

God’s Word for Today

With the Festival of Pentecost, the Christian Church begins its celebration of the non-festival half of the church year.  During the very long season of Pentecost (which lasts until the middle of autumn), the lessons and Gospel for the day concentrate on our lives of Christian sanctification (sanctify=to make holy).  As we will see today and over the next several weeks, our sanctification – like our salvation – depends entirely upon the working of our almighty God through the good news of eternal salvation.  This good news naturally moves Christians to bear good fruit in their lives.  Yes, our new life as Christians depends on the power of the Holy Spirit.

First Lesson (Joel 2:28,29)

  1. What day was the prophet Joel looking forward to?
  2. Who would receive the blessings and power of the Holy Spirit?

Second Lesson (Acts 2:1-21)

  1. What did the Holy Spirit enable the apostles to do?
  2. How did the people react?
  3. What was Peter’s answer for this miracle?

Gospel (John 16:5-11)

  1. What promise did Jesus make his disciples in verse 7?
  2. What would the Holy Spirit do when he came?


  1. In particular, Joel’s prophecy looked forward to the Day of Pentecost that we hear about in the Second Lesson.
  2. All Christians, both men and women, young and old, would receive the power of the Holy Spirit.  With the Spirit comes gifts of many kinds, as, for instance, St. Paul points out in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.
  3. He gave the apostles the ability to speak in recognizable languages that they had not previously learned or spoken.
  4. Most of the people were amazed that they heard these men “declaring the wonders of God” in their own language.  Other assumed that they were drunk.
  5. Peter pointed out that this miracle was the beginning of the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy.
  6. He promised that after he ascended into heaven he would send his disciples the Holy Spirit as their counselor.
  7. He would convict the world of sin through the law of God, and bring comfort to burdened souls through the gospel of salvation.



FRONT ROW L-R: Emma Steuck, Lucas Gunderson, Anna Steuck

BACK ROM L-R: Principal Larry Sellnow, Joe Vote, Leevi Walker, Pastor Pete Zietlow



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Isaac Emond – Montello High School, parents: Mark & Patty Emond

Anna Glunn – Montello High School, parents: Gary & Gail Glunn, 

Mason Kratz – Montello High School, parents: Rodney & Heather Kratz, 

Brittany Pick – Montello High School, parent: Amanda Stalker

Ella Stelter – Montello High School, parents: Jamie & Heidi Stelter

If you know of a graduate that we missed, please call or email Ciara in the office 297-2866 or scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org. Thank you! 

KIDS GIVE TO MISSIONS Despite the Day School & Little Lambs and Sunday School not meeting together in April and May, our kids still completed their annual mission projects with record amounts!  A salute and thank you to kids and their parents who also helped make our 2019-2020 totals possible!


   St. John’s School & Little Lambs gave $1,012.59 to the Kids C.A.R.E. mission project.  Their gift will help support Early Childhood Education in Indonesia.

   St. John’s Sunday School has given a gift of $405.00 to our WELS 316NOW Sheep to Lambs program in China where teaching Bible truths publicly to youth is illegal.  Their contribution will help produce materials that Chinese Christian parents can use in the privacy of their homes to instruction their children.

   We pray that supporting these annual mission projects inspires our children to be mission-minded for life, to grow up sharing the Word with others, and to give generously to missions all their lives!