Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Mecan & Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod



JULY 29, 2018

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! 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. May God bless our worship together!

GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY Jesus Gives the Bread of Life to Unify Us in Faith, Love, and Purpose – Christian congregations easily get distracted. Sometimes false teaching or overly strong opinions, and the resentment that can follow, destroy a church’s unity. Congregations may get caught up in too many projects or programs that divert them from their divine purpose. Only Jesus can overcome such disasters. He gives us his Word, the Bread of Life, to unify us in faith, love, and purpose.

PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP Lord God, you know that we are surrounded by many dangers and that we often stumble and fall. Strengthen us in body and mind, and bring us safely through all temptations. Teach us today how Jesus feeds our bodies and souls. Amen.

THEME FOR TODAY The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: A Miraculous Meal Points to Fellowship with God (Favorite Hymn Service)


HYMN 225 “This is the Day the Lord Has Made” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(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: Amen

M: We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as he 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 our guilt forever. You are his own dear child. May God give you strength to live according to his will.

C: Amen


O Lord, your ears are always open to the prayers of your humble servants, who come to you in Jesus’ name. Teach us always to ask according to your will that we may never fail to obtain the blessings you have promised; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen (Spoken)

(Please be seated)

HYMN 256 “How Great Thou Art” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

FIRST READING Exodus 24:3-11

When Moses went and told the people all the LORD’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.” Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said.

He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the LORD. Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.”

Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

HYMN 417 “I’m But A Stranger Here” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SECOND READING Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.


Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia. (John 6:68 cf. NIV)

HYMN 153 “Alleluia! Jesus Lives” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)

GOSPEL READING John 6:1-15 (today’s sermon text)

Sometime after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberius), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Feast was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

(Please be seated)

HYMN 616 “Feed Your Children, God Most Holy” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

SERMON The Savior Who Fed 5,000 Feeds Us, Too

  1. He feeds us despite our failure to rely on his power
  2. He feeds us to strengthen our faith in his pardon

(Please stand)

HYMN 379 “Amazing Grace” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please be seated)

OFFERING, WORSHIPER GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS (During the offering, congregation rises and sings hymn 411:1-2 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” as the offering is brought to the altar)

LITANY (based on Hymn 402 “My Faith Looks Up To Thee”

M: Lord Jesus, we thank you for paying the debt that we could not pay. We thank you for coming to earth so that we could be with you forever in heaven. Son of God, you offered up your body as an unblemished sacrifice and shed your blood to purify me from all sin.

  1. My faith looks up to thee,

Thou Lamb of Calvary,

Savior divine.

Now hear me while I pray;

Take all my guilt away;

Oh, let me from this day Be wholly thine!

M: Comfort us with the knowledge of this great love. Give us the peace that the forgiveness of sins brings.

  1. May thy rich grace impart

Strength to my fainting heart;

My zeal inspire!

As thou hast died for me,

Oh, may my love to thee

Pure, warm, and changeless be,

A living fire!

M; Take away our doubts and fears, and daily renew in us the joy of our salvation. Teach us to cast the cares of this brief life on our heavenly Father and commit our bodies and souls to his love

  1. While life’s dark maze I tread

And griefs around me spread,

Be thou my guide.

Bid darkness turn to day,

Wipe sorrow’s tears away,

Nor let me ever stray From thee aside.

M: As we journey through life, make us yearn for the day when you will give eternal life to us and all believers in Christ. Give us the courage to face death, knowing that it is the gate to our home in heaven.

  1. When ends life’s transient dream,

When death’s cold, sullen stream

Shall o’er me roll,

Blest Savior, then, in love,

Fear and distrust remove;

Oh, bear me safe above, A ransomed soul!


– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Marilyn Bredeson (Karin’s Stellick’s mother),  David Broderick, Mike Brown, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown, Agnes Dassow, Caleb & Emery Degenstein (Mark Emond’s friends), Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Donna Gatzke, Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Brody Henke, Ardis Henning, Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), RaeLynn Hodgkins (Beth Johnson’s daughter), Geri Kerl (Sue Brown’s mother), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Doris Klawitter, Aspen Raelynn Lefeber (Barb Hoffman’s greatgrandaughter), Anna Madigan, Ruthie Marcelain (Dawn’s granddaughter), Wayne Riemer, Wilma Rudolph, Frankie Russell, Bob Schrank, Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Jennifer Strauss, Jane Torres (Stacie Starke’s mother), Dennis & Romana Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Raymond Zacharias (Marilyn Riemer’s brother) – (added this week: Dennis Schwanke)

– For Gordon Fabian who is celebrating his 90th birthday today (7/29)


(Please be seated)

HYMN 214 “Jerusalem the Golden” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

(Please stand)


Almighty God, by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you conquered death and opened the gate to eternal life. Grant that we, who have been raised with him through Baptism, may walk in newness of life, rejoice in the hope of sharing his glory and proclaim that the blood of Jesus purifies from all sins. We ask this; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit be dominion and praise now and forever.

C: Amen (spoken)

HYMN 579 “Lift High the Cross” (printed in hymnal, all sing)


C: Amen, Amen Amen, (sung to music on hymnal page 44)

(Please be seated)

CLOSING HYMN 332 “Go, My Children, with My Blessing” (printed in hymnal, all sing)



The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost:

To Attain Spiritual Food: Human Efforts Fail; God’s Gift Prevails
Note: Please give your completed friendship register page to an usher or pastor as you leave today’s service.



8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Council meeting

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship



1:00 P.M.

New Teacher Seminar at WLA & supper


6:30 P.M.

St. John’s Worship



7:00 P.M.

WELS Night at Miller Park



The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost:

To Attain Spiritual Food: Human Efforts Fail; God’s Gift Prevails

8:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Worship with communion

9:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Congregational meeting

10:00 A.M.

St. John’s Worship

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor):  “The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.”

LIFETOUCH PHOTOS If you have not yet picked up your personal Lifetouch photos, please pick them up in the link way at St. John’s.

SCHOOL REGISTRATION AND PICTURES As we prepare for this school year, there are a few upcoming dates to keep in mind. REGISTRATION for St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School and Little Lambs will be Sunday, August 19 at 11:15a.m. and Monday, August 20 at 6:00p.m. Both will be held at St. John’s in Pastor’s office. SCHOOL PHOTOS will be taken during registration times. To all St. John’s School and Little Lambs families, look for an informational school packet coming in the mail to you soon.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY They say that first impressions are lasting impressions. That may be true. But what about last impressions themselves? Wouldn’t the last words from someone we know well and love be important also, and stay with us. Then, if those last words of instruction, encouragement, or blessing are all about faith and the life of faith, how much more valuable! The next men’s Bible Class will read and discuss some of  the last impressions left by three Bible heroes of faith. This short 3-lesson study will be Tuesday nights, 6:30pm on August 7, 14, and 21. Think about  it and plan to make this one hour on a week night a priority for you.

CARDS The cards have been restocked! They are located in the lower level of church. Come check them out and see what’s new!

http://www.campphillip.com/home/2195/2791/images/herebetreasurelogo.pngVACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) 2018 St. John’s Vaction Bible School will be August 6-10 from 9:00am-3:00pm and will be available for ages 3yrs-6th grade. Camp Phillip will be leading it for us this year! There will be sign-up sheets in the office, St. John’s info room and Emmanuel parish hall. OR you can call/email the office during summer hours to sign your child up. The deadline for sign-up is July 30th.

https://download.churchart.com/artlinelibrary/l/la/ladder_16091c.jpgVACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS YEAR’S VBS! If you want to help, call the office and let Ciara know ASAP!

ST. JOHN’S A/V ROOM–HELP WANTED Our current audio/visual crew (Tracy Hoffman & Aaron Wachholz) welcomes more members to learn what they do to create and show PowerPoint services on the big screen, record services to create DVD’s and upload to our church website, operate the sound system, etc. “Many hands make light work.” 

ST JOHN’S STREAMING ON YOUTUBE Church services are now streaming live to our YouTube channel. To find St. John’s YouTube channel, simply visit our website: www.stjohnsmontello.org/ and click on the VIDEO link in the top menu. Prior videos can be watched on this page or you can click the link to our YouTube channel page where services can be watched live, as they happen.  Be sure to subscribe on Youtube and click the bell icon in the upper right corner of YouTube to get notified of new videos and live streams.

See the source imageALTAR FLOWERS If you would like to have flowers put on the altar for a special occasion or just to add beauty to St. John’s, please contact our Altar Ladies, Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036 or Elaine Kelm 920-344-0025, and they can have it arranged. Thank you.

PART TIME ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Martin Luther College is now accepting applications for one part-time Administrative Assistant for Staff Ministry and Congregational Assistant Program and one ​​full-time Administrative Assistant for Human Resources. A comprehensive description of these positions can be found at mlc-wels.edu/hr. Interested individuals should apply online. Applications will be accepted through 12:00 pm (noon) on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Additional information and details can be obtained by contacting the Martin Luther College Human Resources Office at 507-354-8221.

What is a Liturgical Worship Service?

What style of worship service do you prefer? Do you prefer a contemporary style of worship service where the order of service follows a basic outline that consists of things such as prayers, Bible readings, a sermon, testimonials, and upbeat songs played by a band? Do you prefer a liturgical style of worship service, which is a structured service that consists of things such as prayers, Bible readings, a sermon, congregational responses, a creed, hymns, and special songs played by an organ and other musical instruments? Or do you prefer something else? Regardless of which style of worship service you prefer, it is important to understand that no one style is better than another. Any form of worship is beneficial as long as the gospel message about Jesus is preached, and the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are administered.

Many Christian churches in the Portage area have contemporary worship services. Some have liturgical worship services, while others have both. At my church, we have liturgical worship services. Since many people know very little or nothing at all about what a liturgical worship service is like, in this column entitled, “Questions About Christianity”, we will learn over the next several months what it is about. In this month’s article, we will get a simple overview of the liturgy by answering this question, “What is a liturgical worship service?”

The word liturgical or liturgy comes from the Greek word leitourgia meaning “public service”. It is formed from two words: laos (people) and ergon (work). It literally means “work of the people”. In a liturgical worship service, the minister participates the most. He says many parts of the liturgy, reads Bible lessons, preaches the sermon, and administers baptism and Holy Communion. However, musicians and the congregation participate as well, such as by saying different responses, reciting one of the three Christian Creeds, and singing liturgical songs and hymns.

The liturgical worship services congregations use today slowly developed over thousands of years. Certain parts of the service were first used around 1500 B.C. Other parts were first used several hundred years before Jesus’ time, while others were first used after Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Around the time of the Middle Ages, more parts were added. At this time, the service was also arranged in a structured format similar to what is in use today. Many of these different parts were modified during the Reformation and continue to be modified by musicians and Christian denominations today.

Even though liturgical worship services vary from one congregation to another, most consist of two major parts called the Ordinary and the Proper. The Ordinary is parts of the worship service that remain the same from week to week. These parts include: Lord, Have Mercy (Latin-Kyrie), Glory Be to God on High (Latin-Gloria in Excelsis), Creed (Latin-Credo), Holy, Holy, Holy (Latin-Sanctus), and Lamb of God (Latin-Agnus Dei). The Proper is a set of lessons, psalms, and prayers that change Sunday by Sunday according to the season in the Church Year. These include: the Prayer of the Day (Latin-Collect), First Lesson, Second Lesson, and Gospel Lesson, Psalm of the Day (Latin–Gradual), Verse of the Day, hymns, sermon, and Proper Preface.

These parts are all arranged in a structured order in the worship service. The service begins with the congregation confessing their sins to God. After the congregation is assured of their forgiveness, they sing a song of praise to God. Then the congregation says a prayer to ask God to bless them through his Word. Then they hear Bible lessons and a sermon. Either before or after the sermon, the congregation confesses their faith using one of the three Christian Creeds. Then they thank God by giving an offering. After the offering, they say another prayer along with the Lord’s Prayer, followed by Holy Communion. After Holy Communion, the congregation sings a song and says a prayer to thank God for receiving Holy Communion. The service ends with a blessing.

Many people think liturgical worship services are very boring. But they do not have to be. Many congregations use different versions of the Ordinary along with different musical instruments and choirs to change things up. Even if a congregation does not do this, liturgical worship services are very beneficial because they beautifully preach the gospel of Jesus, which people need to hear to come to faith and to be strengthened in their faith. It also allows all Christians to preach this gospel message to others as they use their different gifts to glorify God.



St. John’s

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St. John’s Altar Committee:

July 2018

Elain Kelm


Carolyn Rosenthal

St. John’s Greeter Schedule

July 29

Jon & Jean Sheller

Usher Schedule

July 29



James Wachholz; Chief, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith

DuWayene Sommerfeld, Bob Ferber, Brian Ninneman


Monday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Tuesday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Wednesday – 8:00am-4:00pm

Thursday – 8:00am-2:00pm

Welcome To Our Visitors!

Please Sign Our Guest Register

Visit our website & Facebook link at: www.stjohnsmontello.org


Pastor Peter Zietlow Office (608) 297-2321

Cell & Text (608) 408-7830, E-mail: zietlowpl6@hotmail.com

Principal Tim Hemling (608) 745-2549

Teacher Karin Stellick (920) 342-3689

Teacher Sara Borck (858) 731-7919

Teacher Sandra Hemling (608) 745-2776

Parish/School Secretary Ciara Neuhauser (608) 297-2866

Altar Ladies Elaine Kelm (920) 344-0025 &

Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

Mail to: 313 E Montello St, Montello, WI 53949

OR scsecretary@stjohnsmontello.org

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

Principal Mr. David Schroeder/WLA office (920) 921-4930

WLA website: www.wlavikings.org