Bulletin – May 15, 2022


Today’s Theme

Selfless Love Marches Victorious Over Self-Glorification

The disciples argued among themselves about who was

“greatest” (Luke 22:24). We are not immune from such

hubris. Sinful man is entirely self-focused. We often try

and prove our goodness by comparing ourselves to

others. You see this sense of superiority in the way we

prioritize life, typically putting our wants ahead of others.

 Easter ends this focus on self. Right now, we know we

have value, not because of the greatness of our actions,

but because of the great things Christ did to save. We also know a resurrection to glory is in our future. Easter helps us avoid the trap of self-glorification and opens our eyes to a more excellent way: selfless love. Christ did not glorify himself, but selflessly did everything for the benefit of others. This week, he promises to be our inexhaustible power supply that we might also put selfless love into practice.

Order of Service The Service Setting 1 – pg. 154

Hymns 731 (Saturday St. John’s/Sunday Emmanuel), 721 v.3 (Sunday St. John’s), 469, 728

Psalm 145 (Choir v.1,2 Congregation v.3)

Special Music Sunday at St. John’s: Sunday School 721 v.1,2

Sermon John 13: 31-35 “Christ’s Command of Love”

  1. It’s motivation
  2. It’s demonstration


Acts 11:1-18

The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.” Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’ “I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ “The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’ 10 This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again. 11 “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. 12 The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 13 He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. 14 He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’ 15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized  with[a] water, but you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” 18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

John 13:31-35  When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him,[a] God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. 33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”


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Sunday School sings Hymn 721 “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” during today’s worship service.  We invite the congregation to join us on Verse 3.  This hymn has been our theme during a 4-month-long prayer project, which concluded today as we completed our Sunday School year. Each Sunday Schooler kept a personal prayer list, and the children and teachers spent time every Sunday praying aloud for 1) family members  2) church family members 3) community members 4) people or events beyond our community.  Our goal was to help our children to realize how many people need our prayers, to know that prayer is a way they can make a difference even as children, and to make them more comfortable with praying aloud, just by talking to him as we would any friend!  As our Sunday School parents assisted at home, we hope they too realized that prayers do not have to be long and elaborate, nor do they always need to be led by adults, but only spoken from the heart! 

Our Heavenly Father yearns to have each of us talk to him regularly!


– For the sick and others facing trials…Caryl Bassett, Gale “Blackie” Boyd, Ed Buchholz, Darlene Burrough (Judy Fandrey’s niece), Gene & Sharon Crook, Florence Dahlke, Vicki Davis (Marilyn Riemer’s sister), Marlene Draeger, Reinold Eckelberg, Ken Elmer (Sally’s husband), Earl Ewert, Judy Freitag, Donna Gatzke, Kelleen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Jerry & Darlene Hunter (Bonnie Chapman’s parents), Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob & Sandy Klapper, Robert Lederer (Jackie & Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Thomas Marcelain (Dawn’s son), Brian Ninneman, Karen Radke, Wayne Riemer, Sierra Schmidt (Linda Lou Wacholtz’s grand-daughter), Wanda Sellnow (Principal Larry Sellnow’s mother), Tom Stempniak (Carol’s husband), Ramona Wacholtz, Dixie Wagner, Stacy Weisensel (added this week: )

– For the family of our St. John’s member, Dennis Wacholtz, called home on 5/11

– For the family of our St. John’s member, Phil Zieman, called home on 5/9 at the age of 87

– For an end to the war and suffering in Ukraine


St. John’s Saturday 4:30pm

Emmanuel Sunday 8:00am

St. John’s Sunday 10:00am

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Principal & 6-8 Grade Teacher: Larry Sellnow: 616-822-6689,

Email: principal@stjohnsmontello.org

3-5 Grade Teacher: Katlynn Tindall: 262-352-7021

K-2 Grade Teacher: Shelley Myers: 920-285-7554

Little Lambs Director: Lynn Sellnow: 616-826-0816

Church/School Secretary/Office: Ciara Neuhauser: 608-297-2866

Church/School Address: 313 E Montello St. Montello, WI 53949

Church/School Email: scsecretary@inmarketsuccess_plx6m6



ST. JOHN’S LADIES, PLEASE VOTE!  All confirmed women are eligible to vote for officers on the International Board of Directors of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) and for mission projects for 2022-2023. A voting station is located in the linkway today.  Voting ends on Sunday, May 22. Results of this voting will be announced at the 2022 LWMS Convention, in Rochester, NY, June 23-26.  If you have questions, please contact Reporter Linda Wachholz.  Your vote is very much appreciated!

Attendance       St. John’s      Emmanuel

5-7                          10                     –        

5-8                         178                   61


EARTH DAY Little Lambs – 8th grade will spend some time doing yard work, outside clean up and gardening around St. John’s starting at 12:30pm. If you have rakes, gloves, or any thing else you would like your child to use, please bring it to school. Thanks!

CALA TEACHER ”MEET AND GREET” ICE CREAM AND PIE SOCIAL is planned for after our May 26 Ascension service. A combined children’s choir from Montello and Princeton will also sing in church that evening. Church will be at 6 pm instead of 6:30. Please sign up in the link way if you are interested in making pies for this event.  There is also a sign up sheet if you would be interested in helping cut pies, serving or cleanup.  The free will offering will go to help pay for the new, automatic door locks that will be installed at the Princeton school this summer.

KINDERGARTEN/8TH GRADE GRADUATION & CLOSING SERVICE Join us for our all-inclusive Kindergarten/8th Graduation and Closing Service starting at 10:30am at St. John’s. All are welcome to join!