BULLETIN- November 1st, 2020

Here I Stand – A Reformation Celebration

“Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason, my conscience is 

captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do 

otherwise. God help me. Amen.”

(Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms in response to the call of the Holy Roman Emperor to recant, take back, what he had written and was preaching from Holy Scripture.)

Welcome and Introduction to Today’s Worship

Call to Worship

P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

C: (spoken) Amen

Hymn – CW 474v1 Stand up, Stand up for Jesus

*Sung by soloist. 

1 Stand up, stand up for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the cross!

Lift high his royal banner; It must not suffer loss.

From vict’ry unto vict’ry His army shall he lead

Till ev’ry foe is vanquished And Christ is Lord indeed.

Words: public domain. Music: public domain. Setting: public domain. 

Confession and Absolution

P: All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

C: This is most certainly true.

P: But God is merciful and kind, and because of his grace he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins.

C: Here we stand; God help us! Amen.

P: For freedom Christ has set us free.

C: This is most certainly true.

P: Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

C: Here we stand; God help us! Amen.

P: God sent Jesus Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God.

C: This is most certainly true.

P: For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

C: Here we stand; God help us! Amen.

P: God gave Christ to die for our sins, and he raised him to life, so that we would be made acceptable to God.

C: This is most certainly true.

P: And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God.

C: Here we stand; God help us! Amen.

P: You have been saved by God’s grace through faith. This is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God.

C: This is most certainly true.

P: This is the true grace of God; stand fast in it.

C: Here we stand; God help us! Amen.

Hymn – CW 474v4 Stand up, Stand up for Jesus 

*Sung by soloist. 

4 Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The strife will not be long;

This day the noise of battle, The next, the victor’s song.

To him that overcometh A crown of life shall be;

He with the King of glory Shall reign eternally.

Words: public domain. Music: public domain. Setting: public domain. 

The Prayer of the Day

P: Gracious Lord, our refuge and strength, pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your Word, protect and comfort them in all temptations, defend them against all their enemies, and bestow on the Church your saving peace; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

The First Reading … Daniel 6:10-12, 16-23

Daniel stands up for Jesus and worships and prays to the Lord despite the consequences.

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”

The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.

19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

Hymn of the Day – CW 200v1 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God 

*Sung by soloist.

1 A mighty fortress is our God, A trusty shield and weapon;

He helps us free from ev’ry need That has us now o’ertaken.

The old evil foe Now means deadly woe;

Deep guile and great might Are his dread arms in fight;

On earth is not his equal.

Words: public domain. Music: public domain.

The Psalm of the Day … Psalm 46 … The Luther psalm – the psalm of the Reformation

*For your personal devotion at home. 


The mighty Lord is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

God is our refuge and strength,*

an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way*

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam*

and the mountains quake with their surging.


There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,*

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;*

God will help her at break of day.

“Be still, and know that I am God;*

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

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.


Hymn of the Day – CW 200v2 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God 

*Sung by soloist. 

2 With might of ours can naught be done; Soon were our loss effected.

But for us fights the valiant one Whom God himself elected.

You ask, “Who is this?” Jesus Christ it is,

The almighty Lord. And there’s no other God;

He holds the field forever.

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The Reformation Day Gospel … Matthew 10:16-23

The story of faithfulness to the Word often is a story of some form of persecution. In the face of that we can stand up with Luther and confess: “Here is stand. I can do no other. God help me.”

16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your 

Father speaking through you.

21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

Hymn – CW 200v3 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

*Sung by soloist. 

3 Though devils all the world should fill, All eager to devour us,

We tremble not, we fear no ill; They shall not overpow’r us.

This world’s prince may still Scowl fierce as he will,

He can harm us none. He’s judged; the deed is done!

One little word can fell him.

Words: public domain. Music: public domain.

The Sermon … Galatians 5:1-6 You’re Free. Be Free.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Hymn of the Day – CW 200v4 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

*Sung by soloist. 

4 The Word they still shall let remain, Nor any thanks have for it;

He’s by our side upon the plain With his good gifts and Spirit.

And do what they will—Hate, steal, hurt, or kill—

Though all may be gone, Our victory is won;

The kingdom’s ours forever!

Words: public domain. Music: public domain.

A Reformation Litany Based on Five Solas

Sola Scriptura : Scripture alone 

P: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

(2 Timothy 3:16-17) 

C: I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word

(Psalm 138:2) 

Solus Christus: Christ alone

P: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 

(Colossians 1:13-18) 

C: For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men-the testimony given in its proper time. 

(1 Timothy 2:5-6) 

Sola Gratia: Grace alone

P: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:7-8) 

C: But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, 

Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! (Romans 5:15) 

P: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9) 

Sola Fide: Faith alone 

P: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. 

C: And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2)

Soli Deo Gloria: Glory to God alone 

P: So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

(1 Corinthians 10:31)

C: To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father-to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. (Revelation 1:6) 

P: For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:36)

Prayers and Intercessions

A Benediction (spoken responsively)

P: St. Paul writes: “The Lord stood by me, and gave me strength, so that the message might be fully proclaimed, and all might hear it.”

C: This is most certainly true.

P: “So, live your life in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ, standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel.”

C: Here we stand; God help us! Amen.

A Creedal Hymn … (Sung to the tune of CW #203)

When time began, God took a stand

With mighty voice that spoke command:

“Let there be light!” The darkness heard

And bowed to God’s creating Word.

When time was full, that Word made flesh

Came to redeem the world afresh.

Forever lives the Crucified,

Who took his stand here at our side!

The time is now! The Spirit sent,

Active in Word and sacrament,

Unites God’s saints on ev’ry hand,

That with the Lord we e’er may stand.

Portions of this service are adapted from By Arden W. Mead. Art by Sally Beck. © 2010 by Creative Communications for the Parish, 1564 Fencorp Dr., Fenton, MO 63026. 1-800-325-9414. www.creativecommunications.com. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.

The Reformation Litany taken from https://sjbrown58. wordpress.com. A Liturgy Based on Five Solas Worship Ideas You Can Use by Steve Brown, October 23, 2009. 


November 1 – November 7

Sun.8:00 a.m.Emmanuel Worship 
10:00 a.m.St. John’s Worship 
Tues.Election Day
6:30 p.m.Bible Study at Emmanuel 
Wed.11:40 a.m.St. John’s School and Little Lambs Early Release
Sat.4:30 p.m.St. John’s Worship (indoors)

Next week’s theme:November 8, 2020 Second Sunday of End Times:“Last Judgment”
8:00 a.m.    Emmanuel Worship  with communion
10:00 a.m.St. John’s Worship  with communion

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

Worship Updates – September 2020


  • Saturdays @ 4:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend!
  • Sunday @ 8:00 am  Emmanuel sanctuary (Emmanuel members)
  • Sunday @ 10:00 am  St. John’s sanctuary (St. John’s members 55 and older)
  • Online worship services continue found at  www.stjohnsmontello.org 

Groups should be 50 or less indoors. 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. 

Providing a safe worship experience is a high priority for the leaders in our congregations. Christ’s love also compels us to consider the needs of others before our own. In humility we want to protect the health and safety of our bodies and of others. Because the virus continues to spread, and because of the science regarding singing and speaking, the following policies will be continued:

  • Please use the hand sanitizer upon arrival at the worship service.
  • Masks will be worn at all indoor services. Masks are available at both churches.
  • Designated seating will be provided indoors to provide for social distancing.
  • Please bring lawn chairs for the outdoor service. 
  • Services will be shortened to a length of approximately 40 minutes. 
  • The congregation is asked to not sing. A soloist will sing the hymns and any liturgical responses. 
  • Continuous communion will be practiced on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays/Sundays of each month. 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. 
AttendanceEmmanuelSt. John’s
10-24                    10-25                                    30        18                                 36
St. John’s Altar CommitteeNovember 2020Jennie Utke&Susan Brown
  • 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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