BULLETIN- September 6, 2020

The 14th Sunday after Pentecost

September 5 & 6, 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 239                         Glory Be to God the Father

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

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, give us an increase of faith, hope, and love; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ, your Son, 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                        Exodus 6:2-8 

Summary: The Lord’s reputation: He keeps His promises to save His people.

   God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. 

  “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.'” 


*For your personal devotion at home. 


Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Taste and see that the LORD is good;*

blessed are they who take refuge in him.

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous*

and his ears are attentive to their cry.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,*

and he delivers them.


The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;*

he delivers them from all their troubles.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted*

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The LORD redeems his servants;*

no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

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 11:33-36  

Summary: A hymn of praise to our wonderful God

   Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 

  “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” 

  For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. 

VERSE OF THE DAY              1 Timothy 1: 10b

M: Alleluia. Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Alleluia.

Please stand. 

GOSPEL LESSON           Matthew 16:13-20 (today’s sermon text)

Summary: Jesus’ reputation is the Rock of His Church

   When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 

  “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 

  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 

  Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ. 

Please be seated. 

HYMN 536                                                                   Lord Jesus Christ, the Church’s Head 

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

SERMONETTE                                                                                                        Matthew 16: 13-20

 “Who Do You Say Jesus Is?”

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.


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.

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


Be seated. 

CLOSING HYMN 323             Almighty Father, Bless the Word 

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


Next week’s theme:-

 September 13, 2020 15th Sunday after Pentecost

“True Discipleship (Following Jesus) Means Giving Up Our Way for His Way”


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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Christ Builds and Sustains His Church

On Those Who Confess His Name

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A

God’s Word for Today

“The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord.”  The Holy Christian Church is not a building made by human hands, but it is a spiritual house made of living stones, people who have confessed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, their Savior.  Built on Christ, the sure foundation, this Church will endure throughout time and into eternity, though the attacks against it will be severe. Praise God that he has made known to us the truth, that we might confess with Peter that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God! 

First Lesson (Exodus 6:2-8)

  1. Four times in this passage God says, “I am the LORD.”  What does he mean by this?
  2. What comfort can Christ’s Church today find in words like these spoken through Moses?
  3. How does God’s picture of freeing Israel from Egypt’s oppression typify our condition?

Second Lesson (Romans 11:33-36)

  1. How is this praise hymn a fitting conclusion to our past weeks’ readings, where Paul spoke of mankind’s disobedience being an opportunity for God to show his mercy?

Gospel (Matthew 16:13-20)

  1. Why must Peter’s confession be ours?  How will this occur?
  2. What are the keys of heaven?Answers:
  1. When it is written in capital letters, it means “the Savior-God,” Jehovah.  This was the same gracious God who had promised salvation to those heroes of faith who had come before Moses, and he would extend his salvation also to the people of Moses’ time.
  1. The same Savior-God is speaking to us today and offers the same salvation and deliverance from bondage that he offered in the past.
  1. The Israelites were to be delivered from slavery, and in its place be given their own land, their freedom, and the joy of serving God.  In the same way we are delivered from our bondage to Satan and brought into the loving family of God where we enjoy freedom in Christ and the opportunity to serve him out of gratitude.
  1. Truly, who can understand the mind and judgments of the Lord?  Instead of treating us as our disobedient rebellion deserves, he uses it as a platform to extend his mercy and grace.  All glory belongs to God alone!
  1. It is through Christ alone that we can enter the kingdom of God.  This confession can come to us only as it is revealed to us by God, for our sinful natures could never come to this knowledge on our own.  It will be revealed to us by the Holy Spirit through the means of grace, and once made, it can withstand even the fullest onslaught of the weapons of Satan.
  1. How amazing that Christ should give us the keys to his kingdom!  Those keys are the authority that Christ gives us to lock and unlock the doors of heaven.  To those who are repentant, we may offer forgiveness through the Gospel and throw the doors of heaven wide open!  But to those who do not repent, we must use the Law to lock the doors of heaven, lovingly praying that they will through this action confess their sins and receive life.
  1. The immediate reward is the healing of her daughter; the ultimate reward is Jesus’ statement regarding her great faith and her life in him.  
AttendanceEmmanuelSt. John’s
8-29                              8-30                              cancelled                                      cancelled
St. John’s Altar CommitteeSeptember 2020 Diane Eisermann&Delores Cotte