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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Listen to the Shepherd’s Voice – Follow


My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life.

John 10:27-28b

Listen to the Shepherd’s Voice – Follow

Have you noticed how many people think of God as a driver of the sheep. What I mean is this, they describe God as a hard God only demanding people what he wants them to do! Yes, certainly God does give us his law that demands. However, notice how Jesus describes himself and the sheep. He says they listen to his voice.

The shepherd of Jesus’ day walked ahead of his sheep and led them with his voice. He did not drive them as we often imagine. The shepherd knew his sheep and was with them all through the day and night. The sheep knew him and followed him through the countryside as they foraged for food.

By nature, we often can fall into that thinking of seeing God as a demanding Lord, driving his sheep and making us do what he wants. Let’s be honest, often that is how we work with others and certainly how we often treat God. We want and expect him to give us what we want, expecting and even demanding him to answer our prayers and bless us as we desire. We often judge God by the things he gives us. By nature, we have that law or driving mentality. Also, the less we h

ear and know our Shepherd’s voice, the more we fight and only see God as a driver. Satan loves to get us here. He is one of those enemies, along with the world and our sinful nature. He wants to destroy, to wound and finally to separate us from our Good Shepherd and eternal life!

“I know them” Jesus knows this about us. We are sheep! I may not like to describe myself in that way. But if I am honest, I need help. I need a Savior! Jesus came as our Good Shepherd. He knows you, me! He knows how easily we get lost or taken advantage of or belligerently bolt away on my own, only to need rescuing. In his Word he sooths my soul and forgives my guilt! In his Word I hear of his love and rescue. In his Word, I find peace and certainty. In his voice, I find his mercy that never turns away, but a Shepherd that goes out of his way to bring me back! They follow me. I give them eternal life.

How we get things too confused and mixed up about God. Jesus steps into our lives to love, to save and to give us eternal life – now and for eternity. In the church, we follow our Savior, listening together to our Savior voice! Come listen and follow Jesus!

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, You are the Good Shepherd. You know my life, my fears and where I have fallen. Jesus thank you for rescuing me and having brought me to faith. I am part of your flock. Help me listen and know your voice. Satisfy my soul. Give me strength to endure the challenges of this world. Amen.


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

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.

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.

 

Red Cross Blood Drive – December 16 – 1 to 7 PM

Give the gift of Life, give blood! Red Cross will be collecting blood at St. Peter’s on December 16 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

Heavenly Home

CAMM (Central African Medical Mission)

CENTRAL AFRICA MEDICAL MISSION LUTHERAN MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC – MALAWI August 2019 “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward” Matthew 10:42 Back in biblical times, the Romans it must be […]

LWMS Fall Rally — October 13

LWMS RALLY

Sunday, October 13

Speaker Pastor Paul & Aneela

He currently serves as the leader of the new South Asian Ministry located in Pewaukee, WI, which is reaching out to South Asians residing in North America. Pastor Paul had lived as a doctor in Pakistan, but now is doctor of souls, sharing the gospel here. They were highlighted in the July WELS Connection video. Or for more info on the mission go to https://wels.net/serving-others/missions/jointmissions/south-asian/

St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church

413 E 3rd St, Monticello, MN 55362

  • Rally starts at 1:00 PM with registration & fellowship & devotion
  • Noon meal served 12:00 to 12:45 pm
  • Speaker presentation: 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Mission Service Opportunity

Gather wish list items from the CAMM  (Central African Medical Mission) mission’s August newsletter. Items will be gathered and sent to Africa with a special grant to cover shipping.

Easter Sunday Worship at 7:00 & 9:00 AM

Join in celebrating Christ’s Victory & Resurrection on Easter Sunday Morning at 7 & 9 am.

Easter breakfast starting at 8 am.

Devil Seeks to Destroy

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. (1 Peter 5:8–9)

That poor water buffalo is in trouble! He got separated from the herd as the lions wanted. The lions prey on the weak and lonely, working to separate them from the protection of the herd!

Satan is no different. God tells us that he is the father of lies, sneaky and is set on separating us from the love of God at all costs. He desires to devour and destroy! He knows that if he can separate followers of Jesus, Christians, from Jesus, his Word and the church (the gathering of believers around the Word), that he has the best chance of destroying them eternally. He knows that God has promised that through the Gospel in Word and Sacrament is where the Holy Spirit promises to give and strengthen faith. This spiritual battle is far more dangerous as it is for eternity! The end game is hell!

On the first Sunday of Lent we hear Jesus willingly go to be tempted by the Devil. (Matthew 4:1-11, see below). We get a chance to see how the Devil works. He tries to get Jesus to use his godly powers for his own good. Jesus uses God’s Word to defend himself. Satan comes back using that same Word of God. Yes, Satan knows God’s Word. He knows it well and knows it has power. He twists it to get Jesus to test his Father. Notice how Jesus came back and used God’s Word to fight back against the Devil.

The Devil then tries to deceive Jesus, telling him that he would give him all the treasures of the world if he bowed down to him. Oh, how the treasurers of this world entice us and take our souls. So many things I can’t do without: sports, cell phones, money, clothes, family, relaxation, busyness of our lives… I have to say, the Devil seems to be winning in this area. Leading us to think we have God’s blessings when we can see so much around us, leading us to not have time to listen to Jesus or to come encourage each other around Jesus and his Word! See how Satan leads us to put our trust in the things God has given us, instead of God himself. He is so deceptive! It is hard to get away from Satan when he has set his jaws around our life!

Thank the Lord, Jesus came and defeated the Devil! He defeated our sin! In his Word, the Holy Spirit helps us to resist and to change our lives.  It is interesting that when you search for lions killing water buffalo, you find many times where the lions got killed by the water buffalo. The family of believers gather around the Word of Jesus to grow, encourage and help protect one another! This is why our Lord has brought us together as the family of God!  Praying the Lord helps you keep growing and fighting the Devil’s temptations!  Pastor Green

Jesus Fighting the Temptations of the Devil

Matthew 4:1–111 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

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