BULLETIN- Palm Sunday- April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday 2019

April 14, 2019

St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Montello, WI

St. John’s  Ev. Lutheran Church 313 East Montello St. Montello, WI 53949 Emmanuel  Ev. Lutheran Church W1568 Evergreen Lane Montello, WI 53949    

XW E L C O M E    T O    O U R    C H U R C H X We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors.  In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information.  In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you.  Restrooms and nursery area are located the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and link-way at St. John’s.  It’s nice to have you visit today. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Welcome to God’s house!  May God bless our worship together.  
  Guest Pastor John Dolan  
608.297.2866 www.stjohnsmontello.org Like us on Facebook
G O D ’ S     W O R D    F O R     T O D A Y Jesus Is Our King and Lord of All – Palm Sunday gets its name from the palm branches that people spread to make a path of victory for Jesus as he entered Jerusalem. There he would gain a victory they did not expect. The victory over sin and death, won for us by his own suffering and death. On Palm Sunday, the crowd hailed Jesus as king. Yet Jesus cried on his way down the Mount of Olives on the donkey, because Jerusalem did not recognize God’s coming to them. Bottom line: Jesus is more than the crowds knew. He is Lord of all. He is King of the world. He wore a crown of thorns for us and for all people. Praise his name forever!


Behold Your King!

OPENING HYMN  131 stanzas 1 – 3                                                    All Glory, Laud, and Honor

Please Stand


P:  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God!

C:  Hosanna in the highest.

P:  Lift up your head, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors!

C:  That the King of glory may come in!

P:  Who is the King of glory?

C:  The Lord of hosts is the King of glory!


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

C:     Amen


P:       As we follow Jesus down the road, through the gate and into the holy city of Jerusalem, we are reminded that it is our sin that has put him on this path.

C:       Most merciful God, you sent your one and only Son Jesus to pay the price for our sin.  Instead of glorifying him, we glorify ourselves through our selfishness and the idols we create and worship.  Instead of walking with Jesus, we walk away from him.  We are sinful in thought, word, and deed.  By our evil action and inaction, we lock the door to the future.  But by his life, death, and resurrection Jesus opens it again for us.  Forgive us, Lord.  Renew us and restore us that we would live to your glory, love you, and serve our neighbor.

P:       The very purpose of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was to make his way to the sorrow, pain, and suffering of the cross.  By his perfect life and death your sins have been forgiven and you have been redeemed.  Jesus flings wide open the door to eternal life for you.  Therefore, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C:     Amen


P:       We praise you, O God, for the great acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son, Jesus Christ.  As he was acclaimed by those who scattered their garments and branches of palm in his path, so may we always hail him as our King and follow him with perfect confidence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.

C:     Amen

Be Seated

CHOIR ANTHEM                No Tramp of Soldiers’ Marching Feet (CWS 716)

XT H E   W O R D X

FIRST LESSON                                                                                                                              Zechariah 9:9-10

9Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.

PSALM OF THE DAY  24                                                                                                                          page 73

We will sing the refrain and read the verse in unison.


The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it,*

the world, and all who live in it;

for he founded it upon the seas*

and established it upon the waters.

Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?*

Who may stand in his holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,*

he will receive blessing from God his Savior.


Lift up your heads, O you gates;

be lifted up, you ancient doors,*

that the King of glory may come in.

Who is this King of glory?*

The LORD strong and mighty,

the LORD mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates;

lift them up, you ancient doors,*

that the King of glory may come in.

Who is he, this King of glory?*

The LORD Almighty—he is the King of glory.

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                                                                                                                      Philippians 2:5-11

5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.


P:    The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  1 John 12:23

Please Stand

THE PALM SUNDAY GOSPEL                                                                                                            Matthew 21:1-11

1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
    gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Be Seated

HYMN OF THE DAY 133                                                                             Ride On, Ride On in Majesty

SERMON ON THE PALM SUNDAY GOSPEL                                                                        Matthew 21:1-11

Three Words of Truth:  “Save Us Now!”

HYMN RESPONSE 322                                                                       On What Has Now Been Sown


During offering, please greet one another and sign the worship register in each pew.


Please Stand


P:       O God, our heavenly Father, we come before you with thanksgiving and joy.  In your great mercy, you sent your one and only Son—a King—to share our humanity and to unveil the mystery of your saving will from all eternity. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Lamb of God, in you shines the light of life, yet you became obedient to death, even death on a cross.  Lead us to see the depth of your love and the fullness of your forgiveness.

O Holy Spirit, giver of life, grant to your Church strength of purpose in your holy service, put the song of salvation on our lips, and clothe us with the garments of praise that with joy we may declare: “Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

C:      Amen


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.

Be Seated

XS E R V I C E    O F    T H E    S A C R A M E N T X

The Order for Holy Communion, pages 21 – 25 in front part of the hymnal

At St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church we practice closed 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.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN 311                                                      Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness


P:       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.

C:     Amen

Be Seated

CLOSING HYMN 323                                                                                      Almighty Father, Bless the Word

XAnnouncements X

Activities for the week of  April 14-April 20
Mon. 6:30 P.M. Choir at St. John’s
  7:30 P.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
Wed. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Chapel
  10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
  3:45 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s
  8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Teen Confirmation
  6:00 P.M. Griefshare (11th of 13 weeks) in St. John’s lower level
  7:00 P.M. Emmanuel Worship with communion
1:00 P.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
Theme for Next Sunday April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday: “Joy in the Risen Lord!”
6:00 A.M. Sunrise St. John’s Worship
8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel Easter Breakfast in the parish hall
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship

MEMORIALS From friends and family of Frieda Otto:  Emmanuel has received $575.00 designated for the new Hymnal Project, and $10.00 for the New Roof Project. Thank you!

PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL of your fellow worshipers preparing their hearts for worship. If you are visiting with others, please keep your voices down.  Thank you!

EMMANUEL EASTER BREAKFAST April 21 following the 8:00 AM Easter service, everyone is invited  (members, friends and guests) for pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, ham and fruit.  A Freewill Offering will be taken for Emmanuel’s Education Fund.  The breakfast is supported by a Thrivent Action Team Project.  Join us for food and fellowship in the Parish Hall. 

USHER AND GREETER SCHEDULE If you are signed up to be a St. John’s usher and/or greeter, please pick up your April-May hard copy in St. John’s Information Room. Schedules will be available for pick up every 2 months.

NEW ACTS BIBLE STUDY After completing our Study of Matthew recently, our Monday 7:30pm & Wednesday 10am Adult Bible Class members & I began our study of the book of Acts making use of the Acts DVD–“the only dramatization using the actual scriptures…word for word from the New International Version.”  Join us in the SJ conference room!  

NEW MEMBERSHIP CLASS begins in 2 weeks, Sunday 4/28 11:15am at St. John’s. Join us in the link-way conference room for an hour or so after the 10am SJ worship service.

EASTER FOR KIDS COORDINATOR I am looking for someone who would be willing to take the lead in the future. If you would be interested, please call me 608-369-2635. Thank you! –Linda Wachholz

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member):  “You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him/her.”

“Exercise daily!  Run from the devil.  Walk with the Lord.”

EASTER FOR KIDS Many thanks to the children who attended yesterday’s E4K.  And thanks to all those adults that made it happen.  “Let the little children come to me.” (Mark 10:14)


Worship the Lord – the Purpose of Worship

   If you ask members about the reason why we worship, the various answers include “praising God, giving thanks, and singing and praying together.” It is true that all these things happen during worship, but are they really the purpose of worship?

   As Lutherans, we know that we “cannot by our own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ or come to him.” Faith, forgiveness, and the sacraments are all received.  Worship is primarily God serving his people with Word and Sacrament. Simply put, God gives, we receive. Christian worship enables people to receive the riches of Christ.

   What does Christian worship look like? Well, that depends!  In churches it includes hymns and liturgies, lessons and creeds. In school it can include Bible-based action songs and murals on the walls. Understanding worship’s purpose will help us understand our various worship practices.

   “But I want to feel closer to God. I need emotion.” It’s true, we often feel emotion when we worship. (O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder…” CW 256:1) These human emotions, however, are not the purpose of worship. Rather, they spring from the heart of worship: the Gospel.

    It is hard to find the right balance of church doctrine and expressive worship.  In our defense of solid doctrine, it is easy to forget that God created us with human emotions. If we want more expressive worship, it becomes easy to downplay the importance of correct teaching.

    If worship is my primary opportunity to receive the riches of Christ and to proclaim the Gospel to my neighbor, then, in Christian love, I need to put aside my personal preferences and focus on my neighbor’s interests above my own.

   Satan knows that if he can confuse the purpose of worship, he will get us to take our focus off of Christ and to place it on our emotion or our reaction to Christ. Instead of a purpose-driven church, or a mission- minded church, let us strive to be a Christ-centered church! Everything else flows from there.

   We gather in worship for a very specific purpose; to receive the riches of Christ! To God be the glory!

(Excerpts from “Worship the Lord” No. 36,”Worship is Really Purpose-Driven” by Aaron Christie)

Attendance Emmanuel St. John’s
4-7                                 4-10 83                                      55 108                                       54
St. John’s Altar Committee April 2019 Diane Eisermann & Delores Cotte

St. John’s Greeter Schedule

April 14 Susan Brown & Kathy North
April 21 Kay Maass & LuAnn Zieman
April 28 Ciara Neuhauser & Jennie Utke
May 5 Phyllis Farrell & Pat Henning
May 12 Jim & Diane Eisermann
May 19 Wayne & Marilyn Riemer
May 26 Aaron Kendall & Christopher Smith
Usher Schedule


April 14                              E (with communion) SJ Don Stelter, Warren Buchholz, Brian Ninnemann Don Smith; Chief, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick
April 18        Maundy Thurs. 7:00pm   E   Darrell Buchholz, Don Stelter, Gary Wegner
April 19             Good Friday             1:00pm (with comm.) SJ   Kenon Smith; Chief, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck
April 21                   Easter     E Sunrise 6:00am   SJ   10:00am  SJ                                               Brian Ninnemann, Bob Ferber, Paul Dahlke Cal Kapp; Chief, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher James Wachholz; Chief, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith
April 28                              E (with communion) SJ Darrell Buchholz, Jim Stuempges, Joe Heller Jack Yates; Chief, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause, Richard Freitag
May 5    (with communion) E   SJ DuWayne Sommerfeld, Noah Buchholz, Gary Wegner, Darrell Buchholz (comm. assist.) Don Smith; Chief, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick
May 12                                 E  (with communion) SJ Wayne Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Brian Ninnemann Kenon Smith; Chief, Glen Bubolz, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz
May 19                                 E SJ Lucas Stelter, Paul Wuerch, Paul Dahlke Cal Kapp; Chief, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz
May 26                                 E  (with communion) SJ Don Stelter, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller James Wachholz; Chief, Ken Borzick, Ben Emond, Thomas Wojtalewicz, James Henke

Holy Week Worship

4/14 Palm Sunday 8am/10am at Emm/SJ

4/17 NO Wednesday 6:30pm Service

4/18 Maundy Thursday 7pm at Emm with communion

4/19 Good Friday 1pm at SJ with communion

4/21 Easter 6am/10am at SJ & 8am at Emm

●●● Welcome To Our Visitors! Please Sign Our Guest Register Find & Like us on Facebook Visit our website link:  www.stjohnsmontello.org Pastor Peter Zietlow: (608) 408-7830 E-mail: zietlowPL6@hotmail.com Little Lambs Director & Teacher Sara Borck: (858) 731-7919 K & 1st Grade Teacher Cassie Doering: (920) 723-8986 2nd-4th Grade Teacher Karin Stellick: (920) 342-3689 Lead & 5th-8th Grade Teacher Rachel Naumann: (847) 913-2135 Church & School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser: (608) 297-2866 Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm: (920) 344-0025 & Carolyn Rosenthal: 589-5036 Church & School Mail: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949  Church & School E-mail: scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org ●●●