The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

July 1 and 2, 2007

WELCOME: To the friends who know us we renew our welcome, to the stranger we extend it most sincerely. If you are new or a long time resident of our area looking for a church home, please accept this invitation to meet with one of the pastors at the close of the service or by appointment at your convenience. If you are visiting us, please sign our Friendship Register during the offering and accept our invitation to worship with us again.

PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP: Almighty God, you sent your one and only Son as the Word of life for our eyes to see and our ears to hear. Help us believe what the Scriptures proclaim about him and do the things that are pleasing in your sight; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. ORDER OF WORSHIP: Common Service – page 15; Communion at 7:30 a.m. and Monday evening HYMNS: Sunday Monday 288 288 536 536 422

MEDITATION BEFORE WORSHIP: It is not always easy to be a Christian, is it? Sometimes we find it difficult to stand up and be counted. Jesus’ disciples were to find that out in the days to come. Remember when Jesus fed the 5,000 - Jesus was experiencing a time in his ministry when “many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:66). He then asked his chosen disciples a question as he does in our Gospel for today. Look at John 6:60-69. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Scriptures for today clearly proclaim who Christ is, what his chief work is and what this means for the life of those who follow him. FIRST LESSON: Zechariah 13:7-9. Here we have a picture of Christ as the Shepherd who suffers God’s wrath on our behalf. PSALM: Christian Worship # 552, stanzas 1 and 4 - “By All Your Saints Still Striving” SECOND LESSON: Galatians 3:23-29 No matter what your race, gender, or social status, recognizing Christ in faith makes you a member of the family of God. GOSPEL: Luke 9:18-24 Jesus told his disciples of his coming suffering, death, and resurrection. Peter’s clear confession of Christ is a wonderful example for us. SERMON TEXT: Luke 9:18-24 Rev. Myron L. Schwanke SERMON THEME: “What Kind of Disciples Does Jesus Expect?” 1. Those who confess him with their words 2. Those who confess him with their actions.

Holy Communion: The Bible teaches….  that Jesus' body and blood are truly present in the sacrament.  that receiving the Lord's Supper in an unworthy manner brings judgment on the individual.  that when we receive Communion together we are making a public statement that we are united in all our teaching and belief. Therefore, we ask that only those who are members of the Wisconsin Synod or members of churches in fellowship with the Wisconsin Synod approach the Lord's table for Communion. Members of St. John's are reminded to thoughtfully and prayerfully prepare to receive the Lord's body and blood. Personal Preparation for Holy Communion on page 156.

PRAYER BEFORE COMMUNION: Father, I have sinned against you and yet in mercy you sacrificed your only Son to purge away my guilt. For his sake, O God, be merciful to me, and in the joy of your Holy Spirit let me serve you all my days. AMEN.

ZECHARIAH 13:7-9 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!” declares the LORD Almighty. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones. In the whole land,” declares the LORD, “two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’” GALATIANS 3:23-29 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. LUKE 9:18-24 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pastor Fricke is preaching at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lime Ridge and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hillpoint today. Eagle Express Flight 4031 St. John’s Vacation Bible School will be held from July 30th through August 3rd from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m. at the school. Children from age 4 through those entering grade 8 this fall are invited to attend. If you are interested and able to help with VBS by teaching, assisting with crafts, snacks or anything else, please contact the church office. Television Broadcasts Remember our Sunday 10:00 a.m. worship services return to television today, July 1 at 12:00 noon. It will be shown on Baraboo Cable Channel 10 and Antenna Channel 43 (PAX). Cost of these broadcasts has increased to $125 per showing. Your support of St. John’s media fund will be greatly appreciated. Feasibility Committee As you read in a recent newsletter, the Church Council has been discussing current and future facility needs. The members who attended the Open Forum on May 20th unanimously agreed the Council should appoint an exploratory committee to study three options: (1) upgrade and repair current school and church, (2) upgrade and build-on to current school and church, (3) build new combined church and school on a new site. The committee is now being organized. Lawns If you know a member of the church who, because of age or disability, is having trouble getting their lawn mowing done this summer, please contact the church office. The cost would be $15.00 per mowing.

FRUITS OF OUR FAITH Week of June 24, 2007 Church attendance Sunday – 333 Monday – 36 Meadows – 8 = 377

SO THAT ALL MAY KNOW Today (July 1) Monday Adult Christ Light Bible study at 8:45 a.m. Monday Meadows’ Service at 6:15 p.m. Worship Service with Communion at 7:00 p.m. B-team softball at 6:30 p.m. vs. New Life/North Freedom on Field #1 A-team softball at 7:45 p.m. vs. Assembly on Field #1 Bible Information Class at 10:00 a.m. Office closed. Happy Fourth of July! Bible Information Class at 9:00 a.m. Worship Committee meeting at 10:00 a.m. Ladies Aid Society at 1:30 p.m. School Board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wedding rehearsal at 4:30 p.m. Wedding at 3:00 p.m. Worship Services at 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. WELS Connection following both services

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday Saturday Sunday (July 8)

Adult Christ Light Bible Study at 8:45 a.m. in fellowship hall Monday Monday Meadows’ Service at 6:15 p.m. Worship Service at 7:00 p.m. Property Committee meeting at 7:00 p.m. B-team softball at 7:45 p.m. vs. St. Joe’s on Field #3 A-team softball at 9:00 p.m. vs St. Joe’s on Field #2 Bible Information Class at 10:00 a.m. Church Council at 7:00 p.m.


Rev. Thomas Fricke 355-3878 Rev. Myron Schwanke 355-3868 Principal John Hartwig 355-6496 Church office 355-3870 School office 355-3860 Live Radio Broadcast of 10:00 a.m. Service – WRPQ, 740 AM Television Rebroadcast at noon on Cable Channel 10 and PAX 43