May 20 and 21, 2007 VISITORS: Welcome to our worship service! We are pleased to have you worship with us today. May the Holy Spirit touch your heart through his Word, and direct you into a life of service. Please sign the Friendship Register during the offering. PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP: Almighty God, you sent your Son to proclaim your kingdom and to teach with authority. Anoint us with the power of your Spirit that we, too, may bring goodness to the afflicted, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captive; 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: HYMNS: Sunday Monday 367 Service of Word & Sacrament on page 26 Service of Word on page 38 558


MEDITATION BEFORE THE WORSHIP SERVICE: After completing his trip to Jerusalem, it was Paul’s plan to visit Rome and then to bring the gospel to Spain. We do not know whether Paul ever made it to Spain, but we do know that the Lord put him exactly where wanted him, where he had work for him to do. You can be sure that he will do the same for you. Read Romans 15:23-33, page 1768. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Jesus continues to rule over his church, and you are a part of his plan to make the church grow through the proclamation of his word! FIRST LESSON: Acts 16:6-10 The Lord directs his missionaries to preach the gospel in Macedonia, where the message about Jesus had never been before. As a result, the church grows and its influence spreads. The Lord will guide you wherever he needs you. SECOND LESSON: Revelation 22:12-17,20 Jesus has ascended, but that does not mean that he has left us to ourselves. He continues to send the Spirit and to offer full and free salvation to all. At his final coming, he will take us to himself in heaven, so we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus!” PSALM OF THE DAY: “Go Into the World” Let All the People Praise You, page 91

GOSPEL: John 17:20-26 Did you know that Jesus is praying for you? Here Jesus prays that his church might continue to know and believe his message of love and through that message enjoy unity and everlasting life. Your Savior has plans for you! SERMON TEXT: ACTS 16:6-10 SERMON THEME: He Puts You Exactly Where He Needs You Rev. Thomas Fricke

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. ACTS 16:6-10 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. REVELATION 22:12-17,20 “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life… He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. JOHN 17:20-26 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

For week of May 13, 2007 Church attendance Sunday – 408 Monday – 38 Meadows – 18 = 464

Open Forum Plan to attend the Open Forum on Sunday, May 20 th, 6:45-8:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Discussion will center around the current buildings’ needs and future ideas. Ushers We are looking for head usher(s) for the 5th Sunday, 7:30 a.m. service. Please call the church office or Marty Brey if you are interested or would like more information. Division D members If you did not receive your new “Meditations” – June 3rd edition, please stop at the church office. Also renewal payments ($9.60) are due and may be given to the church office or Barb Earl.

Dells Discounts Help St. John’s School June 18-22 and July 16-20 are dates available to use the Helping Hands coupons which are available in the church office. You present this FREE “ticket” at one of the participating places and pay a discounted rate (Riverview Water Park - $7.00, Pirate’s Cove Mini-golf or Old River Adventure Golf - $4.00) and $1.25 will be donated to St. John’s School for each ticket sold. SCRIP St. John’s School has SCRIP available for purchase on Tuesdays before and after school. Enrollment forms along with a list of all places participating are available at the school also. All sales bring a profit to St. John’s School. If you have any questions please, call Priscilla Yarish at 356-0125. You may also buy SCRIP at the church office during the week. Bible Information Course Beginning May 30, Pastor Fricke will begin a new BIC class at St. John’s. It will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at church. This course is a 14-week study that covers the basic teaching of the Christian faith as the Lutheran Church confesses them. Non-members who wish to join St. John’s are required to attend this class in order to become members. Members who are interested in a review of the key teachings of God’s Word are also invited to attend.

Today Monday, May 21 “B” team softball practice at lower High School field at 1:00 p.m. Open Forum 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in fellowship hall Newsletter items due by noon NO Altar Guild Worship Service at 7:00 p.m. “A” team softball vs New Life at 9:00 p.m. on field 2 “B” team softball to be determined Library Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Hispanic Outreach at 7:00 p.m. Gateway Bible Study at 10:00 a.m. Kindergarten Graduation at 7:00 p.m. at school Luther Bible Study at 8:00 p.m. Bible Information Class at 9:00 a.m. Call Day at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 10:00 a.m. 8th Grade Graduation and Closing Service at 7:00 p.m. at church Last day of school

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Sunday, May 27Worship Services at 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. Communion at 10:00 a.m. Monday Office closed Monday Meadows at 7:00 p.m. Worship service with Communion at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Gateway Bible study at 10:00 a.m. Devotions at St. Clare Meadows at 2:00 p.m. New BIC (Bible Information Class) begins at 7:00 p.m. Thursday Bible Information Class at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, June 3 Farewell for Myron & TJ Fluegge – Guest pastor, Rev. Melvin Schwark Private baptism at 9:00 a.m. Baccalaureate service at 10:00 a.m. Potluck dinner in honor of Fluegges following 10:00 a.m. service at church. Brief program following meal.
Rev. Thomas Fricke 355-3878 Rev. Myron Schwanke 355-3868 Principal John Hartwig 355-6496 Church Office 355-3870 School Office 355-3860

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