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Weekly Service Bulletin

March 11, 2018  Traditional Fourth Sunday in Lent 

Five minutes before the service, the Pastor and Elder are praying for you.


As we prepare for worship, please be considerate of those around you who are praying and meditating on Scripture by turning off your cell phones as soon as you enter the sanctuary. May God bless your time of worship!

The Lord’s Supper is Jesus’ gift to his people given for the forgiveness of sins, to strengthen our faith, and to bless his church with unity. We believe and joyfully confess that Jesus Christ is present in, with and under the bread and wine according to his own words, “This is my body…this is my blood” (1 Cor 10.14-16). Our Lord welcomes all who trust these words, acknowledge their sin, and set aside unforgiveness toward others. God’s word also tells us that we do spiritual harm to ourselves if we do not believe that Jesus is spiritually and physically present in the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11.29). If you are not a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, we ask that you speak with our Pastor before receiving the Lord’s Supper. Because we care about your spiritual welfare, our Pastor would be glad to share God’s word with you: so that you can participate in this great blessing.

Welcome in the name of Jesus! Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your family today. We ask you to sign our guest register located in the foyer or fill out a guest card letting us know how we can serve you.  If you have no church home, we invite you to make First Evangelical Lutheran your church home. Please get in touch with our Pastor for the next available new member class.

HYMNS used in today’s service: LSB 905, 765, [571, 420], 809
Divine Service Setting Four LSB pg. 203



HYMN:  LSB 905, Come, Thou Almighty King

In the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
 who made heaven and earth.
If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
 But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.
Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins.  As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Service of the Word
INTROIT:  Ps. 27:3–5; antiphon: Ps. 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
 The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
 though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after:
 that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon
 the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;
 he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

 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.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?



The Lord be with you.
 And also with you.

Let us pray.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Be Seated
4From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. 5And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” 6Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 7And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” 9So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.
This is the Word of the Lord.
 Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL:  Heb. 12:2
[O come, let us fix our eyes on] Jesus,
the founder and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
EPISTLE READING: Ephesians 2:1–10
1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

This is the Word of the Lord.
 Thanks be to God.


HOLY GOSPEL:   John 3:14–21
The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the third chapter.
 Glory to You, O Lord.
14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16[Jesus said:] “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
 Praise to You, O Christ.
 I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
 And 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 sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  From thence 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.
Be Seated

HYMN:  LSB 765, God Moves in a Mysterious Way

SERMON:  WHY? Pastor William Zeige

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH “hear our prayer’

Be Seated


Service of the Sacrament

The Lord be with you.
 And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
 We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
 It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
It is truly good, right, and proper that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, for the countless blessings You pour out on your creation.  Above all, we give thanks for Your amazing love shown to us when You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life. Therefore, with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and singing:



Loving God, in Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life.  Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him.

We give You thanks for the redemption You have prepared for us.  Give us Your Holy Spirit that we may faithfully eat and drink and receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation that come to us in His body and blood.

Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

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.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My (+)  body, which is given for you.  This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My (+) blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

Be Seated

LSB 571, God Loved the World So That He Gave
LSB 420, Christ, the Life of All the Living


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you in body and soul to life everlasting. Depart (+) in peace.

Let us pray.  We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this beautiful and holy gift, and we ask that You would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Let us bless the Lord.
 Thanks be to God.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you (+) peace.

Be Seated
HYMN:  LSB 809, Great Is Thy Faithfulness


Acknowledgments  Divine Service, Setting Four from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Reprinted with permission.  Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

Offerings for last week  $ 9,938
Total church attendance 141
Mortgage Loan Balance $118, 733
ORGANIST: Jennifer Flem
USHERS:  Vern Illg, John Neumiller, Steve Goplin
ELDERS: Les Flem
ALTAR:  Kathy Hohenstein, Corinne Hultman, Robyn Roeber

Personal hearing devices are available for your use.  If you desire one, please ask an usher.

Our nursery (unstaffed) can be found on the lower level of the education wing. 

We ask each worshiper to please sign the Fellowship Record found in each pew during the offering.  If you are visiting with us, please fill out the BLUE visitor card in the pew rack.  List your home address and church home congregation and hand it to the usher when you are exiting church.  You are welcome to take your bulletin home with you to refer to during the week.  Pastor Zeige is our vacancy pastor. Please communicate with the church office 326-5453 if you need to contact him.

Cable TV Broadcast
Proclaiming the Good News of Christ on ICTV (Mediacom Cable Channel 2 and Paul Bunyan Cable Channel 32) each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday at 4 a.m. and 12 noon.

Lenten Series continues- Wednesday, March 18th at 630 p.m. Pastor Zeige will continue the Lenten series entitled Why Doesn’t Somebody Do Something?  Each week we will look at a different character and how they and we relate to Jesus. 

Suggest a Pastor to Call
As part of the process of calling a new pastor, members of First Lutheran have a chance to suggest names of pastors to be considered for our call.  If anyone is interested, please see Dwight Kessler to receive a form to fill out.  Return the form by March 18th, 2018 to Dwight Kessler.  Make sure you print your name on the bottom of the form for it to be recognized as valid. Thank you, Dwight Kessler

Please check your church mailbox for a survey requested by District President, Pastor Fondow.

March Youth Activity:  Youth Sunday, March 18th, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service
There is a sign-up sheet for help with the worship service on Sunday March 18 in the 3 ring binder outside the church office.

Youth will be hosting the Lenten Soup Supper on March 21st.

ALL MEN OF FIRST LUTHERAN- Men’s Morning Bible Study
You are invited to attend Men’s Morning Bible Study each Wednesday morning at Forest Lake Restaurant.  We meet in the upstairs back room at 6:45 AM.  We open with a prayer and then begin our reading for the day.  After our reading we have discussion.  During this time our server takes our breakfast orders.  Some men order just coffee and others a full breakfast.  We are finished by 8 AM.  There is plenty of room so bring your bible and join us in studying God’s word.

If you’re male and a member of First Lutheran you’re automatically a member of Men’s Club.  We have meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7 PM in the church basement.  Our mission is to help the ministry of First Lutheran by providing funds and manpower for the betterment of our church.  Cinnamon Roll Sunday and the Wild Game Feed are a couple of ways for us to raise funds.  Our meetings consist primarily of how to spend these funds.  After a short meeting we have dessert provided by one of the men.  Come and join us.  You’ll enjoy it.

Lutheran Indian Ministries has mailed to us Lenten Devotionals in past years.  They are no longer doing this due to cost of shipping and printing.  You may find this devotional at www.LutheranIndian

Women’s Retreat at Lutheran Island Camp April 13-15.  Guest Speaker is Michelle Diercks, presenting Daughter of the King. There is a pamphlet outside the church office with more information or check out; phone 218-583-2905 

“Thanks for all the prayers.  Obviously the worked.  I am feeling great.”  Lois Bendix.


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