Bulletin – July 11, 2021

The 7th Sunday after Pentecost

God’s Plan to Save Mankind (from Satan)

St. John’s & Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Churches

Montello & Mecan, WI

Pastor Peter Zietlow

July 10, 2021

4:30p.m. St. John’s

July 11, 2021

8:00a.m. Emmanuel

10:00a.m. St. John’s

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH We extend a warm welcome to everyone worshiping with us today! We ask God that he fill our hearts with peace, joy and understanding as we praise Him together during this Pentecost season.  

Sunday: 8:00a.m. at Emmanuel                     10:00a.m. at St. John’s  
Saturday: 4:30p.m. at St. John’s  

Each worship service is posted to our website. If you don’t have internet access or are unable to attend today’s service, DVDs, sermons and the bulletin are available for your use at home. You may pick them up in the office or request them to be mailed. Please contact our secretary Ciara Neuhauser at the church office or Pastor Zietlow.  

HOLY COMMUNION Communion is offered at both Emmanuel and St. John’s on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and at St. John’s on the Saturdays before those Sundays. Private communion by request is also available from Pastor Zietlow or a church Elder at your home. Please call Pastor or the church office to schedule private communion.  

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Listen for the Message God is Giving You! – Preaching the message of God is not a popularity contest.  The size of the crowd and the level of cheering is not what it is all about, but rather being faithful in speaking God’s word to the specific people and situation.  Sometimes that ruffles feathers.  The response from people and the obstacles in life are humbling but should lead us to pay attention to the message and not the messenger (unless of course it is Christ himself).

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                                                                                               CW 176, Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord

S E R V I C E   O F   W O R D   &   S A C R A M E N T

Please stand.

M:           The grace of our Lord † Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

C:            And also with you.

CONFESSION OF SINS                                                                                                    

We confess to God that we have failed to live up to the perfect standards in his

law, and we plead for his mercy.

M:           God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us.         

C:            Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

M:           God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son (+) and of the Holy Spirit.

C:            Amen.



M:           For all that we need in life and for the wisdom to use all your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord.

M:           For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from your love and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ.

M:           For the well-being of your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord.

M:           Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by your power and keep us in your tender care:

M:           The works of the Lord are great and glorious; his name is worthy of praise.



M:           Let us pray.

God of all power and might, you are the giver of all that is good. Help us love you with all our heart, strengthen us in true faith, provide us with all we need, and keep us safe in your care; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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.

FIRST LESSON                                                                                                             Ezekiel 2:1-5 (today’s sermon text)                      Summary: Ezekiel’s call to rebellious Israel

He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.”  As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.

He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day.  The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says.’ And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them.

PSALM  143                                                                           

* Sing in unison the refrains and verses.

O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy;*

in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.

Do not bring your servant into judgment,*

for no one living is righteous before you.

My spirit grows faint within me;*

my heart within me is dismayed.


Answer me quickly, O LORD;*

do not hide your face from me.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,*

for I have put my trust in you.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;*

may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

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                                                                                                                                2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Summary: Christ’s power in Paul’s ministry became more evident through Paul’s weaknesses

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

VERSE OF THE DAY                                                                                                                                              Luke 8:15

M:           Alleluia. Happy are they who hear the Word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience. Alleluia.

Please stand

GOSPEL LESSON                                                                                                                                             Mark 6:1-6

Summary: Jesus, a Prophet without honor

Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles!   Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”  He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.  And he was amazed at their lack of faith.

Please be seated.

HYMN OF THE DAY                                                                                     CW 536, Lord Jesus Christ, the Church’s Head

SERMON                                                                                                                                                     Ezekiel 2:1-5  God Commissions His Prophet

  1. By preparing the prophet to listen to his Word (v.1,2)
  2. By showing the prophet the scope of his task. (v.3,4a)
  3. By assuring the Prophet of the Lord’s effectiveness (v.4b,5)

Please stand.

NICENE CREED              

All:         We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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


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. The plate is located in the church entryway.


The Offering Prayer, Prayer for Loved Ones Absent From Worship and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcement details of today’s Intercessory Prayers.

Please stand.


All:         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.   


T H E   S A C R A M E N T

Our Lord Jesus has given us a holy supper in which we receive his true body and blood for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of our faith. In this supper we celebrate the gift of his redemption, we bear witness to the fellowship we share as confessors of the truth, and we proclaim his death until he returns.

M:           The Lord be with you.

M:           Lift up your hearts.

M:           Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

M:       Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.

            He raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms and placed all things under his feet for the benefit of the Church.

Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ. To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever.




M:       Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

M:       The peace of the Lord be with you always.


Agnus Dei

Please be seated for the distribution.


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

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.

COMMUNION HYMN                                                                                     CW311, Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness

*Sunday only.


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

O living Bread of heaven, how richly you have fed your guest! The gifts you now have given have filled my heart with joy and rest.

Lord grant me that thus strengthened with heavenly good, while here my course on earth is lengthened, I serve with holy fear.

And when you call my spirit to leave this world below, I enter through your merit where joys unmingled flow. Amen.

Please stand.


M:       Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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.

Please be seated.

CLOSING HYMN                                                                                                CW 291, We Have a Sure Prophetic Word

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July 11 – July 17

Sun.8:00a.m.Emmanuel Worship
with communion
 10:00a.m.St. John’s Worship
with communion
Mon.6:30p.m.Joint Council meeting at Emmanuel
Wed.10:00a.m.Montello Care Center Devotion
 6:00p.m.School Board meeting at St. John’s
Sat.4:30p.m.St. John’s Outdoor Worship (weather-permitting)
    Next week’s theme:  
July 18, 2021
The 8thSunday after Pentecost: God Established Our Ministry  
8:00 a.m.   Emmanuel Worship
10:00 a.m.St. John’s Worship
with school children singing
11:00a.m.Evangelism meeting at St. John’s

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– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Jim & Caryl Bassett, Cheri Borzick, Mike Brown, Ed Buchholz, Darlene Burrough (Judy Fandrey’s niece), Sharon Crook, Jan Dahlke, Don Ebert, Reinold Eckelberg, Ken & Sally Elmer, Mike Farrell, Dan Finger, Kelleen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Marian Heller, Louise Hillmer, Jerry & Darlene Hunter (Bonnie Chapman’s parents), Xzander Jahr, Ellie Kendall, Robert Lederer (Jackie & Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Thomas Marcelain (Dawn’s son), Luanne Mittlesteadt, Shelley Myers, Phil Nelson (Melanie Zuehls’ step-father), Al Pompa (Pete & Lucy Laun’s brother-in-law), Karen Radke, LuAnn Reber, Jeff Reimer & son Tim, Don & Doris Smith, Mary Smith, Tom Stempniak (Carol’s husband), Jennifer Strauss, Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Linda Lou Wacholtz, Dixie Wagner, Kathy Weinfurter (Ken Pabelick’s mother-in-law), John Wildt – (added this week: )

– For Liola Crown who will celebrate her 96th birthday on 7/13.

– For our communicants

CHRISTIAN ONE LINERS (from a member) “Don’t let your worries get the best of you; Remember: Moses started out as a basket case.”

ST. JOHN’S VOTERS’ MEETING HIGHLIGHTS Membership Changes:  Adult Confirmation BIC: Amanda Finger  Teen Confirmation:  Alyssa, Emma, & Katie Mann and Olivia Zuehls  Profession of Faith: Cheryl Smith  Transfer in: David & Kristi Schrimpf & Son Logan from St. John’s, Baraboo, WI.   Releases: Irene Palmer to Catholic; Jacob Polk to ELCA; Kenon & Mary Smith to LCMS.   Transfer Out:  Phyllis Farrell to Grace, Dalton. School Merger – Report update in bulletin; likely no action until 2022-2023 school year.  St. John’s enrollment projected up by 10-15 students for 2021-2022 school year.  New Hymnal to be presented in December.  Karl Whitrock Memorial $181,000 to be invested with Thrivent.  Budget Approved with a deficit of $108,000 due to following needs: 1) second pastor $70,000  2) New boiler & A/C for parsonage $20,000  3) new garage roofs & doors $10,000  4) school curriculum $8,000  5)  school aides $20,000.

CROSSES The Time of the Church is the longest season of the church year. Green represents growth-growing the Church through witnessing and missions-becoming “fishers of men.”

This season appears 1st and 2nd Sunday of Epiphany and ends Transfiguration Sunday just before Lent. It reappears the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost and ends on Reformation Sunday.

Please pick up your ribbon today! If you are in need of a cross or would like to gift to someone, please help yourself. They are available and both Emmanuel and St. John’s. Thank you again to Gene Crook (Emmanuel) and LuAnn Zieman (St. John’s) for creating and coordinating!

CHURCH NEWSLETTER The St. John’s church newsletter will be sent out via email to the congregations. Need to sign up on our mailing list? Please call the office. If you wish to receive a hard copy, we offer a yearly subscription for $10.00.

LIST OF DEDICICATED ACCOUNTS Want to donate and know exactly where your money is going?! Here is a list of accounts between St. John’s church and school that you can choose from:

Church General, School General, House/Parking Lot, Family Easter Festival, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, School Technology, Church Video/Audio System, Security System, Tuition Assistance, Athletic Fund, Outreach Events, School Server Upgrade, School HVAC/Purifying System

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LIST OF DEDICICATED ACCOUNTS Want to donate and know exactly where your money is going?! Here is a list of accounts between St. John’s church and school that you can choose from:

Church General, School General, House/Parking Lot, Family Easter Festival, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, School Technology, Church Video/Audio System, Security System, Tuition Assistance, Athletic Fund, Outreach Events, School Server Upgrade, School HVAC/Purifying System

Listen for the Message God is Giving You!

Pentecost 7 – B

God’s Word for Today

Preaching the message of God is not a popularity contest.  The size of the crowd and the level of cheering is not what it is all about, but rather being faithful in speaking God’s word to the specific people and situation.  Sometimes that ruffles feathers.  The response from people and the obstacles in life are humbling but should lead us to pay attention to the message and not the messenger (unless of course it is Christ himself).

First Lesson (Ezekiel 2:1-5)

  1. What did God call Ezekiel to do?
  2. What was the test of Ezekiel’s effectiveness?

Second Lesson (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

  1. Does a greater level of faith guarantee God will grant your prayer request?
  2. For what reason did God not remove that specific struggle Paul was experiencing in his life?

Gospel (Mark 6:1-6)

  1. What obstacle did Jesus meet while preaching in his hometown?
  2. Of what was their response evidence?


1.             Ezekiel was to go to the Israelites who had rebelled against God.  God had a specific people and a specific message on which he was to focus his life from this point on.

2.             Popularity was not to be the deciding factor in determining his effectiveness.  He continues to remind Ezekiel that he is going up against a rebellious and stubborn people.  His effectiveness will be gauged on his faithfulness in saying God’s words to them no matter how much opposition he gets from them.

3.             Often well-intentioned Christians will say that someone’s situation didn’t get better because they didn’t have enough faith.  Paul was surely a man of great faith.  The Lord had revealed to him things others had never seen and heard.  God is not a “genie in a bottle” to respond to our shortsighted requests in prayer.  Ultimately God’s loving plans for us dictate his wise, caring response.

4.             The Lord knew how sinful nature can pull us away from him (especially pride).  The “thorn in the flesh” was God’s tool to keep Paul humble and to keep him connected to his real strength – the Lord.  When we are “weak,” we despair of our selves and finally give the task over to God. God’s power stands out more brilliantly  with the miracles he accomplishes when we are “weak.”    

5.             The people remembered Jesus as a kid and pictured him as a carpenter.  This isn’t what they expected of a preacher.   Since they were so familiar with him and his family, they were unwilling to see past the person and listen to the preaching.

6.             Their response showed their lack of faith.  They were amazed at his wisdom and the miracles he did, but they let their reasoning get in the way.   Instead they should have seen them as evidence that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and by believing they would have had life in his name. (Jn 20:30-31)

AttendanceEmmanuelSt. John’s
7-4 14
St. John’s Altar Committee for July 2021: Lucy Laun & Kathy North


Monday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Thursday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Welcome To Our Visitors!
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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. Katlynn Tindall: 262-352-7021
Principal & 6th – 8th Grade Teacher Mr. Larry Sellnow:  616-822-6689, Email: principal@stjohnsmontello.org
Church & School Secretary/Office Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866
Church & School Address/Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949
Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org