Online Services at St. Peter’s

Here are links for watching our service online. We pray that this will give you an opportunity to participate in worship and grow in Christ. God be with you.

We will be recording the live service at 9:00 am and putting up as soon as we can after the service. 

16th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – September 20, 2020

Bulletin Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HOl5vKgNhob9dewh4e-DfImA4ofAeALd/view?usp=sharing

15th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – September 13, 2020
Bulletin link: 15th Sunday after Pentecost, September 13, 2020
(Note – we had technical issues. There is no sound until 2:15.)

14th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – September 6, 2020
Bulletin link: 14th Sunday after Pentecost, September 6, 2020

13th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – August 30, 2020
We had some technical problems. The service is a combined edit from our Monday night service and Sunday morning.

12th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – August 23, 2020
Bulletin link: 12th Sunday after Pentecost, August 23, 2020

11th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – August 16, 2020
Bulletin link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ezFhRVx-eqMaYjzFXebE_KQNaMFdra8E/view?usp=sharing

10th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – August 9, 2020
Bulletin link: https://bit.ly/33JnFgQ

9th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – August 2, 2020

8th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – July 26, 2020

7th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – July 19, 2020

6th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – July 12, 2020
Bulletin for July 12 – Click Here.

 

5th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – July 5, 2020
Bulletin for July 5 – Click Here.

4th Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – June 28, 2020
Bulletin for June 28

3rd Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – June 21, 2020

2nd Sunday after the Pentecost Worship – June 14, 2020

Trinity Sunday Worship – June 7, 2020

Pentecost Sunday Worship – May 31, 2020

Ascension Worship – Joint Service of Crow River East Circuit

6th Sunday of Easter – May 17, 2020

5th Sunday of Easter – May 10, 2020

4th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday – May 3, 2020

3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER WORSHIP SERVICE – April 26, 2020

2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER WORSHIP SERVICE – April 19, 2020

EASTER SUNDAY FESTIVAL WORSHIP SERVICE – April 12, 2020

Good Friday Worship Service – April 10, 2020 – https://youtu.be/ArxKn-3wkzg

Maundy Thursday Worship Service – April 9, 2020 – https://youtu.be/aq5_YnI_QPI

PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP – April 5, 2020 – https://youtu.be/P88ECzJysCA

 

Children’s Palm Sunday Lesson

WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP — April 1, 2020

Pastor Green shares a message for our spiritual growth. Pastor Green’s theme is: “The Son of God Goes Forth to War – Skirmishes” on Hebrews 4:15.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/Nh8LsDCq0C8 or right below.

Passion Reading on Matthew 27:31-66

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SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP – March 29, 2020 (Below or at this link to our Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/GduNc4sglxc

For our service, Pastor Green and Pastor Bode of Abiding Savior, Elk River, worked together to share the readings, message and service this Sunday for you to use for your worship. Our Theme: Jesus Raises Us from Death to Life! Readings are from John 11 and Romans 8. Pastor Bode shares a message on 2 Kings 4:18-37 about the Lord raising the Shunammite woman’s son. Two hymns with words are provided for you to sing along with: “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus” and “Peace Like a River”.  Thank you to our tech person: Noah Green and singers: Pastor Tim Bode, Naomi, Noah, Natalia & Pastor Green.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP — March 25, 2020

Pastor Paul Schuler of Salem, Loretto shares a message for our spiritual growth. Pastor Schuler’s theme is: “The Son of God Goes Forth to War – Reconnaissance Report: Know Your Enemy” on Ephesians 6:12.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/Nh8LsDCq0C8 or right below.


The Passion History Reading on Matthew 27:1-31 is found here: https://youtu.be/9ZTQoQMcQiM or below.

Passion Reading on Matthew 27:1-31


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SUNDAY WORSHIP – Here is a link to our service on Youtube: https://youtu.be/pJaze4H-768

I am hoping this works for the service to show live below here. If not, click on the link here: http://www.facebook.com/stpetersmonticello

Bulletin is here – https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VmERMjQIogo3G4GBQkqhGDCPf5wWsRS2


LENTEN WORSHIP INFO FOR MARCH 18

Passion Reading: Matthew 26:57-75

Here is a link to the video reading: https://youtu.be/-DrqmGGtR1A?list=PLcJVIuhI8isJJgv2R7PgPTFK5hpZSwckj

Here is a link to Pastor Bode’s Sermon on John 18:36.

 

Readings for Pentecost 11 – August 16, 2020

Isaiah 55:1–51 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. 4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples. 5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”

Romans 8:35–3935 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 14:13–2113 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Rest – Come to Me

Rest

Listen to this devotion:

[Jesus said] Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

President Abraham Lincoln once described how tired he felt. “Nothing could touch the tired spot within,” he said, “which was all tired.”

None of us has ever faced what President Lincoln had to face, of course. Nevertheless, his description of how he felt might touch a nerve with more than a few of us. As you read or listen to this devotion, perhaps you’re on vacation. Perhaps you’re enjoying some downtime or getting ready to dive into a favorite hobby. Or maybe you’re just looking forward to a good night’s sleep or at least a good nap. Whatever it is, enjoy it. Each, in its own way, is a gift of refreshment from God.

But it could also be that, at this moment, you have your own version of “the tired spot” that nothing can touch. It’s the kind of tired that no vacation, hobby, or good night’s sleep will remove.

That’s what sin can do—your sin and mine. The sinfulness of this broken world and the sinful failures of my own life can all roll together into a weariness difficult to describe. But the weariness is there. The weariness is deep.

But, listen to what Jesus tells us in our Bible reading for today, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened.” Jesus, here, is speaking as someone who knows precisely the kind of profound weariness that sin can bring. For this reason, when Jesus says, “I will give you rest,” he’s describing the kind of rest he knows we need.

The rest he brings is not in the perfect vacation. It’s not in your favorite pastime. It’s not in a dreamless sleep. The rest he brings is himself. “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,” the prophet Isaiah said. In going to the cross on our behalf, not only has Jesus washed our sins away. He has also lifted from us the burden of guilt that went with those sins.

In its place? Himself. His forgiveness. His peace. His untiring love.

Prayer:
Lord, bless my moments of refreshment. Most of all, give me rest in you. Amen.

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Taken from WELS Daily Devotions, July 24, 2020.
Find more devotions at https://m.wels.net/devotion/ddlist

Plan for Worship at St. Peter’s

Return to Worship – COVID-19 Guidelines

for

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Monticello

May 29, 2020

Dear Member and Friends of St. Peter’s,

As members of the body of Christ, I pray Jesus has continued to fill you with his peace and the certainty of salvation and eternal life. The Apostle Paul lifts us with his words to the Colossians:

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. … 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:12,15-17).

I rejoice to know you have continued to grow in your faith through Jesus’ word proclaimed online and in your daily devotions. However, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord'” (Psalm 122:1). During the COVID stay-at-home order, God’s people have longed to gather in the same space to spiritually feast on God’s Word and sacrament and join our voices in praise to God our Savior. While online worship has been a blessing for continued spiritual nourishment, it does not and cannot replace the social aspect of worship as a community of believers gathered in place and time.

We are moving toward that opportunity, but carefully with a plan in place and encouragement to all. The council has decided to resume public worship starting June 7th and 8th. We ask that you continue to look to one another’s needs and in love strive to encourage and build one another up. We also do not want you or anyone to feel pressure to come to worship until you feel comfortable. We will continue to offer online worship, although, since we will be recording the morning worship, the service may be put up later on Sunday afternoon.

Here is a summary of our plans, starting June 7th for Sunday and Monday worship following:

  • Church will be regularly cleaned and sanitized, especially all the high touch areas.
  • Hand sanitizer is available.
  • In the worship area, every third pew will be open for seating in the worship service.
  • Members and visitors are asked to practice social distancing – keeping at least 6 feet apart. Social distancing does not apply to those living under the same roof and care-givers.
  • All services will be printed fully in the bulletin and on the screen for the service. We ask members to take their bulletin home with them after the service. Bulletins will not be reused.
  • Offering plates will be at the door to the worship area for you to place your gifts.
  • We will have doors wedged open to achieve as little touching as possible.
  • If you desire to wear a mask, please do so. However, for singing portions of the service, we are recommending people wear their masks.
  • The congregation will be dismissed pew by pew allowing for people to keep a respectable distance from one another. You are encouraged to visit outside but be conscious of your distancing.
  • We encourage no handshaking, but an encouraging smile and wave as you greet one another.

Communion (The Lord’s Supper will be offered on the first three Sundays & Mondays following in June! June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22).

  • The elements of the Lord’s Supper will be consecrated as usual by the pastor and will be offered by way of continuous flow communion; setting aside kneeling and being next to one another. This will also keep from having to use the railings to go up to the altar.
  • You will be invited to come up the outside rows keeping social distance from those not of your family.
  • As you approach the pastor, please hold out your hand to receive a wafer. He will give you the wafer with the words: “The body of Christ given for you.” Following that, you will move to a table and take the individual cup place there and hear: “The blood of Christ shed for you.” Please place your empty cup in the basket and return to your seat. The pastor will come to those that are not able to come up for communion in their seat. After the entire assembly has received the Lord’s Supper, the dismissal and blessing will be spoken to all. We also understand if some are not ready to commune.
  • The pastor and those assisting him will have a mask and will wash and sanitize before the distribution.
  • Private communion is still available for those that are not able to come yet or not comfortable receiving it in worship.
  • Members and visitors are urged to use common sense and practice the same precautions as with the cold and flu, which you have heard from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic:
    • Wash hands your hands regularly.
    • Stay home if you are not feeling well, have a temperature or are sick.
    • Cover your cough in your elbow or handkerchief.
    • If you start to feel ill during the service, please leave immediately.
    • If you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, please stay home.
    • Exercise Christian love and consideration as best you can. May the peace of Jesus continue to fill you each day as you strive to live representing him.
  • We want to encourage Christian freedom and love for one another to guide members – including those who are not ready to meet but wish to stay home. Continue to pray for each other and for our governing officials.
  • Thank you to everyone that has helped in so many ways in church, outside church, with your time, your gifts and offerings. A special thank you to Noah, Naomi & Natalia Green for their work on the video services. It has been a great blessing to our church and worship. It is often in difficult times that the Lord grows us and helps the body of Christ shine.
  • It is also a time that our weaknesses and fears show, but a time in which our Lord Jesus grows us, forgives us and guides us forward with our eyes focused on our Jesus ruling on his throne. He promises to be with us always and to use to us to do great things to his glory.

This document is for purposes only of outlining how our church plans to handle and maintain

social distancing practices for worship. Your pastor and church council will continue to monitor these protocols and make adjustments as appropriate. This has been put together using guidance from the CDC guidelines and MN state health guidelines. While we cannot safeguard against every germ and sickness in this sin-fallen world, we seek to conduct our lives and ministry in love for others – both soul and body.

In Christ,

Pastor Green and the St. Peter’s Church Council

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7th Sunday of Easter Readings

Jesus Lives to Assure Us of His Abiding Presence!

Live in eager expectation of glory! That glory is not dimmed by earthly suffering; rather, such suffering reminds us of the glory that awaits us. First the cross; then the crown. Our light and momentary troubles cannot mute the joy of living in eager expectation of glory. The week that falls between Ascension and Pentecost is one of waiting and expectation for the promised Spirit and the promised glory. The Prayer and Verse of the Day mark the impending nature of our departure and Christ’s return.

Gospel Lesson: John 17:1–11

Can you hear the certainty in Christ’s voice? Can you feel the authority resonate from his words? Stop for a moment and marvel at the words Christ speaks even as his enemies prepare to arrest him, to torture him, to kill him. Christ enters his passion as victor. We know the end of the story; we know this is Christ’s path to glory. But what would the disciples think in the next few hours as the blows landed, the whip bit, the nails pierced, and the blood flowed? This is glory? Just wait…these sufferings would not last. Just wait…glory is coming. Look at Jesus’ promise: he has been granted all authority—but he uses it to give, not to take. He gives us life eternal won by the glory of his completed work. On this post-ascension Sunday, Christ’s promise to return to his Father has proven true. What comfort, then, is his promised prayer for us who remain behind! We are in the world, but not as orphans, and so we bear our sufferings in eager expectation of the glory that’s coming.

John 17:1–111 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. 6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.

First Lesson: Acts 1:1–14

The disciples rightly expected glory; they just expected it too soon. The time would come for them to rule with Jesus in his kingdom. The time would come for glory that knows no limit. But that time had not yet arrived. The Christian life is not lived in glory here and now, but in eager expectation of the glory that’s coming soon.

Acts 1:1–141 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” 12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Second Lesson: 1 Peter 4:12–17, 5:6-11

Peter wrote at a time when Nero and the empire had turned against the Way (Name for Christians). As followers of an illegal religion, great suffering impended for the faithful Christians. The lion’s roar could be heard coming ever closer to the people of God. In this life, sufferings will come; but we live in eager expectation of glory. The God of all grace called us to future glory, and no suffering, no emperor or empire can make us lose sight of what awaits us. The cares we have, we cast on him, knowing that any suffering can be borne in joy with eyes fixed on the glory that’s coming.

1 Peter 4:12–1712 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

1 Peter 5:6–116 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Verse of the Day:
Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Alleluia. (John 14:23).

 

Red Cross Blood Drive – June 1 – 1 to 7 PM

Give the gift of Life, give blood! Red Cross will be collecting blood at St. Peter’s on June 1, 2020 from 1:00 to 7:00 PM.

To give, go to this link: GIVE

(Click on St. Peter’s, Monticello, MN)

or https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=ST%20PETER

St. Peter’s & COVID-19 Update to Worship

St. Peter’s & COVID-19 Update to Worship

Dear friends,
What a strange time it is that we are living in! So many updates, scary information, isolation, fear, uncertainty. At this time when many of us might have been filling in our brackets for March Madness, instead, we are wondering when life will go back to normal. Crazy. The Apostle Paul’s words to the Romans comes to mind in chapter 8. A chapter that speaks of a shaking world and actions of sinful minds, but Paul also directs us to Jesus, our Advocate and Redeemer. He reminds us that we have been chosen and called. Since we have God doing all this for us, what do we have to fear?

33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:33–39

At a time like this it is important to take an inventory of our life and faith. In Jesus, we have forgiveness, God’s certain love and the promise of eternal life! Stepping back from that, we know that even in difficult times, God is still in control using events to humble the proud and lift up the humble. He promises to be with us and grow us in our faith. He is working to share his powerful gospel to lead more to eternal life. You have your Lord’s sure promises!! Stay close to Jesus in these times by remaining in God’s Word. Nothing can separate you from your Savior as you remain close to him in Word and sacrament.

After listening to the information shared by our federal and state governments, discussing things with our council and with pastors in the area, we have decided on the following decisions as a way to respect and honor our government and to show love for one another:

  • LENTEN SERVICES CANCELLED – We will cancel the rest of our Lenten services on Wednesday evenings. Video sermons of the pastors in our area will be made available online as well as written sermons and links to the passion reading videos.
  • SUNDAY SERVICES ONLINE – We will cancel Sunday morning worship for the next two Sundays in March. Instead, we will have a shortened devotional service online via video and/or audio. I will be sending out a note to those without internet, inviting them to call in and listen in to the service live on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM. Go to mywels.com/live for links and information.
  • Communion & Meet with Pastor at Church – I am willing and offer to meet with anyone that would like to at church. Private communion is available to members that would like to receive it. I am also willing to meet with families or if you want to video chat, just let me know.
  • OFFERINGS – The Council and I would also ask that you prayerfully consider the Lord’s blessings and continue to give offerings according to your plan in support of our Kingdom work. You are welcome to use our online giving at mywels.com/giveonline or send in your envelope and/or offerings to church. If you have any questions, please just contact pastor.
  • BIBLE STUDY, JESUS CARES & SUNDAY SCHOOL – Bible studies, Jesus Cares Bible study and Sunday School will be canceled for now, although I will be looking at possibly offering online bible studies.
  • IN NEED OF HELP – if you are need of any help during this time, whether it is getting groceries or supplies, whatever it may be, please just call and ask. It is important for us to show the love of Christ in action at this time. Look for opportunities to show love and kindness for your neighbors. Go out of your way to help others. AND especially keep praying for your neighbors, your governing officials, health care workers, people working in the grocery stores and our senior citizens that are isolated in their apartments or nursing facilities. It is a challenging time, but our Lord promises to answer our prayers and never leave us!
  • Rodney Kisner made it through his procedure Tuesday to repair a valve in his heart. We are thankful and pray he will get home in the day or two. We pray for healing and strength.
    Your fellow servant, priest and Kingdom worker in Christ Jesus, our Lord, Pastor Green

Bulletin from last Sunday – Third Sunday of Lent – March 15, 2020

Here is an interesting video of a fellow pastor describing steps taken during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic and the history around the hymn, Now Thank We All Our God by Martin Rinkert. Hopefully you can open it. It is on Facebook. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/1140436124/videos/10217084023229644/

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St. Peter’s Activities in Light of COVID-19

St. Peter’s & Considerations in Light of COVID-19
Dear friends, Jesus promises to be with us always! He promises us eternal life, now and forevermore! Our Lord in Isaiah 41:10 —10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
And the Psalmist says —1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. (Psalm 46:1-2).

We know that even in difficult times, our Lord will not leave us or forsake us, however, he has also given us wisdom to be good stewards of all he has given us, including our bodies and the care of others. With the warnings and direction given by our federal and state governments, we are making the following changes at St. Peter’s:

  • We will cancel worship on Sunday mornings, together with Bible study and Sunday School.
  • We will cancel the rest of our Lenten Worship services.
  • We encourage everyone to consider using our online giving at www.mywels.com/giveonline. Or send in you offerings in the mail. May the Lord continue to bless our Kingdom work.
  • We will have services available online, either live or following. You can check to find where to go via this link: http://mywels.com/live.
  • Private Communion is available for members that would like to meet with pastor at church.
  • We will not have Jesus Cares Bible Study on Mondays for the next month.

Please be aware that in Jesus you have great hope and the certainty of eternal life. Jesus will never leave you and will use this to grow us in our faith and to lift our eyes to him. Isn’t it amazing how quickly the Lord can bring our busy world to a standstill. He is still God. Many are blind to his wisdom and do not acknowledge him. However, you do and know the wisdom of God. You know the peace and certainty that comes only in Jesus!! You have a living hope (1 Peter 1). Jesus calms your fear! Share this certainty with others. Look for opportunities to speak to your loved ones, your neighbors, coworkers and point them to Jesus. We hear of Jesus opening the eyes of the blind man and giving him wisdom, while also making those who see, blind. True life comes only in Jesus, not just here in this world, but for eternity.

Look for opportunities to show Christian love to others around you! If you know someone that is sick, look for ways you can help or provide in their need. If any of you need any help, please just call and we at St. Peter’s will do what we can to help!! God be with you!! Pastor Green

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Obituary of Bernard M Christianson

Bernard Merle Christianson, 87, passed away October 27th, 2019 at North Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 8th, 1932 to the late Clifford and Gladys (Nelson) Christianson. He was baptized on October 30th, 1932 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Santiago, MN. He was confirmed on May 26th, 1946.

After graduation from Monticello High School in 1950, he worked at Holsom Bakery in Minneapolis. In February of 1952 he joined the U.S. Air Force. He then worked for Honeywell for the next 37 years. During that time at Honeywell he worked on the space program Apollo. He then was promoted to supervisor and continued in various supervision positions until retiring in 1993.

Bernard married Betty Carlson on July 2nd, 1960. They had four children. Anita Ann, Scott Bernard, Jay Merle, and Lee Howard. Bernard and Betty enjoyed traveling in their early and retirement age. They went camping when the kids were growing up and explored many U.S. states. When retired, they traveled to many countries around the world. Norway was their favorite travel destination.

He is survived by his loving wife Betty of 59 years. Sons: Scott (Lori) Christianson, Lee Christianson (Mona Schwier). Sister Marlene Truax and brother-in law Harold Truax, brother-in-law Allen Carlson and wife Audrey. Granddaughters: Heidi, Kayla, and Lydia. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death was his infant daughter Anita an infant son Jay. Father Clifford and mother Gladys (Nelson) Christianson. Brother Charles and sister-in law Fay Christianson. Father in law Alfred and mother in law Christine (Olson) Carlson. Brother in law Robert Carlson. Sisters-in law: Lorraine Carlson and Betty Marie Carlson.

A celebration of life will be held on November 3rd, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 413 3rd St East, Monticello, MN. 1:00 PM gathering, 2:00 PM memorial service. Meal to follow. Private burial will be held at a later date.

  1. May the Lord Jesus that promised Bernie eternal life, give you the family comfort and certainty that one day you…