BULLETIN- August 22 & 23, 2020

The 12th Sunday after Pentecost

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August 22 & 23, 2020

Emmanuel & St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

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.

Please note bulletin pages 12 & 13. St. John’s Lutheran Church–Montello & Emmanuel Lutheran Church–Mecan Updated Response to Worship Concerns Created by COVID-19 – July 30, 2020 Briefly, all indoor worshipers are required to hand sanitize, maintain social distancing and wear masks.  Also, at all indoor services, a soloist will sing hymns and the congregation will be asked to refrain from singing.  At our outdoor worship services on Saturday (weather-permitting), worshipers are asked to maintain social distancing, are not required to wear masks, and are invited to sing hymns. Thank you for your consideration. May God bless and keep us all safe.


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. 

OPENING HYMN 379     Amazing Grace — How Sweet the Sound

*Indoors: sung by soloist. Outdoors: sung by congregation.                                                          
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Please stand. 


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

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION                                                                   

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 heaven, 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.  

C: Amen.


M: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.  

Be seated. 

T H E   W O R D

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

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON    1 Kings 19:9-18

Summary: The Lord reassured Elijah

There he went into a cave and spent the night.

And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword.  I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword.  I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus.  When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.  Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.  Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel– all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.”


*For your personal devotion at home. 


Surely, it is God who saves me; 

I will trust in him and not be afraid. 

For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, 

and he will be my Savior.

I am always with you, O LORD;*

you hold me by my right hand.

You guide me with your counsel,*

and afterward you will take me into glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you?*

And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

My flesh and my heart may fail,*

but God is the strength of my heart

and my portion forever.

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 LESSON                            Romans 9:1-5 Summary: Paul’s sorrow for the unbelieving Jews

I speak the truth in Christ–I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit–I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.

VERSE OF THE DAY      Hebrews 11: 1

M: Alleluia. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Alleluia. 

Please stand. 

GOSPEL LESSON         Matthew 14:22-33

Summary: Jesus teaches us not to doubt his Word

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.  “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the


“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.  “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Please be seated. 

HYMN 405                                                                     Oh, for a Faith that Will Not Shrink 

*Indoors: sung by soloist. Outdoors: sung by congregation.   
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SERMONETTE              Luke 17:5                                                                                                                     

“Increase Our Faith!” 

1. Listen like Elijah C:\Users\secretary\Downloads\Sermon (1).jpg

2. Look like Peter 

3. Love like Paul

Please stand. 


*For your personal devotion at home. 

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.


*Intercessory prayers listed on page 10.


*Spoken by congregation. 

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.

RITE OF TEACHER INSTALLATION                                                               Ms. Katlynn Tindall

*Spoken by pastor. Saturday service only. 

SOLO   Before You I Kneel (A Worker’s Prayer) by Keith Getty

*Sung by Lucas Stelter.  


*Read by pastor. Please see page 10 for communion schedule. 

Please be seated for the distribution. 

At St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church & Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church we practice close 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. See page 17 for communion schedule and distribution information.

Please stand. 


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. 


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

The Lord bless you and keep you.

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

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


Be seated. 

CLOSING HYMN 439             Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me

*Indoors: sung by soloist. Outdoors: sung by congregation.   

Words: Lutheran Book of Worship, © 1978 Augsburg Fortress.; Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-700000. All rights reserved.
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Next week’s theme:

 August 30, 2020 13th Sunday after Pentecost

 “God’s Mercy Is for All”

◦ ◌ ◦ ◌ ◦ ◌ Teacher Installation Saturday  

August, 22, 2020

Ms. Katlynn Tindall

We want to wish a big welcome our 3rd – 5th grade teacher!

Please shower our new teacher with thoughts, love and blessings as she begins her new journey with us. Located on our outdoor table/in the link way at St. John’s is a 

“Welcome Card Shower” station. 

If you wish to send a card, please mail to 313 E Montello St., Montello, WI 53949.

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St. John’s Lutheran Church Montello & Emmanuel Lutheran Church Mecan

Updated Response to Worship Concerns Created by COVID-19

July 30, 2020

When will we worship?  An outdoor Saturday service is being added to help members worship in a safe environment. This service will replace the Wednesday evening service.

  • Saturdays @ 4:30 pm  (Any St. John’s or Emmanuel members)-Beginning Saturday, August 15
  • Sunday @ 8:00 am  Emmanuel  (Emmanuel members)
  • Sunday @ 10:00 am  St. John’s (St. John’s members 55 and older)
  • Online worship services continue found at  stjohnsmontello.org 

Where will we worship? Groups should be 50 or less indoors. To provide safe worship experiences, the new Saturday worship service will be held outdoors when weather permits. 

  • Saturday @ 4:30 pm will be an outdoor service on the lawn behind the parking lot of St. John’s. In case of inclement weather, we will move to the sanctuary. 
  • Sunday @ 8:00 am at Emmanuel in the sanctuary
  • Sunday @ 10:00 am at St. John’s in the sanctuary

How will we worship? Providing a safe worship experience is a high priority for the leaders in our congregations. Because the virus continues to spread, and because of the science regarding singing and speaking, the following policies will be continued and new ones enacted immediately:

  • Please use the hand sanitizer upon arrival at the worship service.
  • Masks will currently be optional at all services (see below**) Masks will be available.
  • Designated seating will be provided indoors to provide for social distancing.
  • Please bring lawn chairs for the outdoor service. Some seating and a canopy may be available. 
  • The congregation is asked to not sing for the time being.
  • Services will be shortened to a length of approximately 40 minutes. 
  • A soloist will sing the hymns and any liturgical responses.
  • Continuous communion will be practiced on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. The Saturday before the 2nd and 4th Sundays will also include communion. Family units are encouraged to commune together. 
  • The congregations should exit the sanctuary from the back at the end of the service, taking all belongings including the bulletin along with them. 
  • The sanctuary will be cleaned and sanitized between services.
  • **We will abide by any state or local mandates that may change any of these policies

As we hold firmly to the truths of scripture, we know that God continues to keep his promises to us. He has promised the wonderful spiritual blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation. He has not, however, promised that things will always remain the same. In the words of our synod president, Mark Schroeder, “we recommit ourselves–as individuals, as congregations, and as a synod–to the mission that God has called us to carry out, trusting that he will bless us in that work.” Let us work together as we move forward as a congregation. Let us help, support, and encourage each other as we gather around God’s Word. 

Question or Concerns?  Contact your Elders or pastor

Emmanuel Elders: Darrell Buchholz (608) 215-7871, Wayne Stelter (608) 369-1790 

St. John’s Elders: Jerre Duerr (608) 697-8706, Jay Eisermann (608) 297-8171, James Wachholz (608) 369-4006 – Pastor Pete Zietlow (608) 408-7830
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God’s Promises Create

And Strengthen Faith

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – A

God’s Word for Today

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Faith is a spiritual quality and accepts the gracious gift of eternal life from our Savior.  But faith is not something we can achieve on our own.  It is completely the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.  With such a value attached to this gift, God provides means to strengthen that faith so that it will remain strong until the day of Christ Jesus.  Lord, give us such a faith as this!

First Lesson (1 Kings 19:9-18)

  1. Why was Elijah at Mount Horeb?
  2. What did God mean to teach Elijah by appearing in a whisper instead of the other more astounding methods?
  3. What reassurance does God provide Elijah in his loneliness?

Second Lesson (Romans 9:1-5)

  1. Why is Paul grieving the state of his people?
  2. Comment on Paul’s love for his people.
  3. Was it too late for Israel to be saved?

Gospel (Matthew 14:22-33)

  1. What enabled Peter to walk on water?
  2. What caused Peter to begin sinking?


  1. Elijah was fleeing wicked Queen Jezebel who had vowed to execute him.
  1. The whisper represented God’s patience with his people, as opposed to the violent destruction that the other responses indicated.  It also reminded Elijah of the power of the simple word of God, living and active, that called all the worlds into being.
  1. Elijah was not alone as he supposed; there were still seven thousand Israelites who remained faithful to the Lord and his promises.
  1. As a nation, Paul’s people—the Jews—had rejected Christ and therefore were destined to face God’s wrath eternally. 
  1. Paul’s love was of the most selfless variety, a sacrificial love.  Note that in verse three, Paul states that, if it were possible, he would rather face eternal judgment himself than to see his people perish.  What a powerful model of selfless love this is!
  1. Not as long as they were still alive on earth.  Their teachers still held the books of Moses and the prophets, containing the promises of salvation.  They were still living in a time of grace.  (Note that their nationality and lineage would not be sufficient to deliver them from judgment.)
  1. Peter’s Spirit-wrought faith trusting the invitation from Jesus to walk to him. 
  1. When Peter took his focus off Christ, the solid rock, he began to place his trust in earthly things.   But Jesus lovingly forgives Peter’s weakness as he does so often with ours.
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