January 13-15 Worship Service Notes

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH  |  Lake Mills, Wisconsin

The Second Sunday after Epiphany     January 13-15, 2018

Welcome to Worship

Service Notes for this Sunday

During this Epiphany season we will celebrate the truth that Jesus is the Savior who came to redeem us. If he is the Savior, how can we know that this is true and how can we believe it?  The answer is simple!  It’s the Word!  It is the Word of God that proclaims Jesus as Savior, and it is through that same Word Jesus calls us to faith!  How important it is then that like Samuel, the Thessalonian Christians, Andrew and Nathanael we listen to Jesus speak through his Word!

PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP                                                   Christian Worship 282 vs. 1,2

Lord, open now my heart to hear, and through your Word to me draw near.

Let me your Word e’er pure retain; let me your child and heir remain.

 Your Word inspires my heart within; your Word grants healing from my sin.

Your Word has pow’r to guide and bless; your Word brings peace and happiness.

January 7 Worship Service Notes

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH  |  Lake Mills, Wisconsin

The Epiphany of Our Lord                                        January 6-8, 2018

Welcome to Worship

We welcome and thank you for joining us for worship today! In our service we gather before our almighty and saving God to offer him our worship and praise. That is our service to him.  But we also assemble to hear God’s holy and powerful word and celebrate his life-giving sacraments. Through these means, God strengthens our faith and walks us ever closer to our eternal home with him – that is how God serves us.

Mothers and small babies seeking some privacy are welcome to use the nursery room at the end of the hall past the family restroom.  Ask an usher for assistance.

 Out of courtesy for others and respect for our services, please turn off your cell phone.  Large Print Hymnals are available. Ask an usher.

Service Notes for Today

A brilliant light illuminates the west; wise men are drawn to its brilliance and journey to Bethlehem. This star resides in the sky, but the greater infant Light dwells with his mother, Mary, and Joseph. This Light breaks the powers of darkness forever. This Light destroys sin, death, and the devil. This Light dawns upon the world and uncovers the will of God. And it is God's will that mankind be saved through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, the very Light of the world. From afar, wise men travel to worship the Light of the world, offering their best. You are invited along this day to Bethlehem, so you too can worship with the Wise Men.

December 30th Worship Service Notes

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH  |  Lake Mills, Wisconsin

First Sunday after Christmas               December 30-31, 2017

Welcome to Worship

We welcome and thank you for joining us for worship! In our service we gather before our almighty and saving God to offer him our worship and praise. That is our service to him.  But we also assemble to hear God’s holy and powerful word and celebrate his life-giving sacraments. Through these means, God strengthens our faith and walks us ever closer to our eternal home with him – that is how God serves us.

Mothers and small babies seeking some privacy are welcome to use the nursery room at the end of the hall past the family restroom.  Ask an usher for assistance.

Out of courtesy for others and respect for our services, please turn off your cell phone.  Large Print Hymnals are available. Ask an usher.

service notes for this sunday

The celebration of the Christmas miracle may be winding down, but the impact of God’s gift of his Son continues in our hearts and lives.  May our hearts brim with peace and joy in the Savior like Simeon and Anna!  May our lives reflect our faith and love for him!  As Pastor Rath concludes his ministry among us, that is his prayer for all of you.

PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP                                                     Christian Worship 75 vs. 3

If in mercy you prolong
Joys that now are mine,
If on life serene and fair
Brighter rays may shine,
Let my glad heart, while it sings,
You in all proclaim
And, whate’er the future brings,
Glorify your name.

December 10th Announcements

WE CONTINUE OUR MIDWEEK ADVENT SERVICES this Wednesday at 3:30 & 6:30 PM. Sermons will be based on the prophet Malachi. His message warning against apathy and complacency fits our times today as well as his own. A light supper will be served from 4:30-6 p.m., with a freewill offering received to cover expenses. This week will be a fundraiser for the teens who will be attending the WELS International Youth Rally next summer.

UPCOMING BIBLE STUDIES This is the last Sunday for our fall Sunday school, teen class, and adult Bible studies. We’ll be taking a three-week break for the Children’s Christmas Service (12/17), Christmas Eve (12/24), and New Year’s Eve (12/31). We’ll resume on Sunday, January 7th with all new topics. Take a look below and join us on Sundays from 9:15-10:15am as we grow in God’s Word together!

Teens: HUMANISM: LIFE WITHOUT GOD
Leader: Pastor Nass
Description: The worldview of more and more Americans is secular humanism. Rather than God being at the center, people are. Truth is whatever people decide is true. Morality is whatever people decide is right. The meaning of life is whatever people want to make of it. Christianity is so refreshingly different! There is a God whose love for us in Christ brings everything else in life into focus.
Length: 4 sessions starting 1/7
Location: 8th Grade Classroom
Format: Videos & Discussion

Adults option 1: THE CHURCH
Leader: Pastor McKenney
Description: If there is only one true Church, why are there so many churches? Where does St. Paul fit in the world-wide picture of churches and where do I fit in the picture of St. Paul’s mission and ministry?
Length: 4 sessions starting 1/7
Location: Sanctuary
Format: Lecture

Adults option 2: THE LIES COUPLES BELIEVE ABOUT MARRIAGE
Leader: Pastor Tomhave
Description: Marriage is a precious union that God created bringing two unique people together as one. Because of the fall into sin, the "oneness" God created is always under attack. This 4 week study will follow the content of Chris Thurman’s book "The Lies Couples Believe about Marriage". The lessons will expose some of the lies we believe and focus us on the truth of Christ who works unity in marriage.
Length: 4 sessions starting 1/7
Location: 7th Grade Classroom
Format: Lecture/Q & A - use of powerpoint and video... 2
Notes: Books will be made available, but not mandatory to participate. Sign up to buy a copy in the gathering area.

BRING YOUR ADVENT SEASON INTO FOCUS! An advent devotional is being offered for your use entitled “Peace for the Broken…” We pray this will be a blessing to you as you stay focused and anticipate God’s greatest gift – his Son, Jesus. You can find them on the information table near the church library.

OUR CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS SERVICE is held next Sunday, December 17 at St. Paul’s gym/auditorium with all children (K-8) participating in both 8:30 & 10:30 services. 3K & 4K will be involved just at 10:30 worship.

MISSION SOCIETY is collecting winter hats and gloves for Mission to the Children. This is an organization that works with our sister churches in Mexico. Most of the homes do not have heat and the temperatures can drop in to the 40s. Mission to the Children hands out hats and gloves to the children of the congregations. There will be a box in the lobby throughout December if you want to participate.

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary December 10, 3 & 7 p.m. Luther Preparatory School December 17, 3 p.m.; Dec. 21, 10 a.m. Lakeside Lutheran High School December 17, 7 p.m.

THANKS to all who attended this year's Advent by Candlelight ... it was a wonderful evening of prayer, song and fellowship with over 115 ladies! The Advent by Candlelight committee also wants to thank everyone for their help with moving the chairs and setting up the tables, as well as those who helped get the church back in order after the event.

ST PAUL HAS GONE MOBILE! Jesus says in the great commission, “Go make disciples of all nations…teaching them everything…” The ministry of St. Paul has been doing this for 125 years by connecting people to Christ by baptizing and teaching. How can we do more? How can we connect to people and allow people to connect to our ministry in this modern age of communication? The St. Paul app is a great place to start. This app will allow us to reach out globally with “one touch” access to sermons, service, topical devotions and blogs… This app will allow people to connect to us with instant access to calendars, prayer and info requests, maps, and events. May God bless this new tool in connecting us to Christ, to one another and into our community.

Just text “STPAULLM APP” to the number: 77977 and a link will be texted to you in minutes. - OR - Find us on the APP store by searching: my church by echurch Download the App, open and type in the keyword: STPAULLM app 3 Press “connect” and follow any further instructions. This App will also give you the ability to give offerings or pay tuition online. Press the “give" button on the bottom and follow the simple instructions. Click here for more details