April 14, 2019

April 14, 2019

Order of Worship

Palm Sunday

The voice of the suffering savior, Jesus, can be heard in the prophet Isaiah’s words and the pleading of the psalm. We are invited into the agony of our Lord in the extended reading of the story of Jesus’ passion. In the second reading, we who have put on Christ in holy baptism are urged to let the mind of Christ be our own. Lent leads us to this holy moment. Embrace it.


At the ringing of the bell, please observe a moment of silence


Welcome and Reminders


Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who gathers us in the wilderness to redeem us, anoint us, and make us new. Amen.

 In these forty days, let us be honest, confess our sin, and receive God’s promise of mercy.

Silence for reflection.

God at the margins, We have wandered far from your home; again and again, we lose our way. We turn inward, afraid of the world around us. We forget that you have saved your people before and promise to do so again. Do not remember the deeds of our past, but turn our faces toward the future, where your forgiveness is sure, your welcome is clear, and your love overflows. Amen.

 Like a hen who gathers her chicks, God embraces you in tender care. Like manna in the desert, God feeds you with surprising mercy. Like a loving parent, God runs to meet you again this day, forgiving your sins for the sake of ☩ Christ, leading you from death into life. Amen.


Gathering Song – Prepare the Royal Highway, ELW 264



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.


Kyrie p.138


Prayer of the Day

Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Children's Sermon


First Reading – Isaiah 50:4-9a

This text, the third of the four Servant Songs in Isaiah, speaks of the servant’s obedience in the midst of persecution. Though the servant has been variously understood as the prophet himself or a remnant of faithful Israel, Christians have often recognized the figure of Christ in these poems.


4The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens—wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.
7The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 8he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? 

Let them confront me. 9aIt is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 31:9-16

9Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;
  my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my

10For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing;
  my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are


11I am the scorn of all my enemies, a disgrace to my neighbors, a

    dismay to my acquaintances;
  when they see me in the street they avoid me.
12Like the dead I am forgotten, out of mind;
  I am as useless as a broken pot. 
13For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all

  they put their heads together against me; they plot to take

        my life.
14But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord.
  I have said, “You are my God.
15My times are in your hand;
  rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those

        who persecute me.

16Let your face shine upon your servant;
  save me in your steadfast love.”


Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem


Second Reading – Philippians 2:5-11

Paul quotes from an early Christian hymn that describes Jesus’ humble obedience in his incarnation as a human being, even to death, and his exaltation and glory as Lord of all.


5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.
9Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation - Sentence for Lent p. 142


Gospel –Luke 19:28-40

Entrance into the final days


Response after the Gospel is announced: Glory to you, O Lord.


28After he had said this, [Jesus] went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” 32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”
39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”


Response after the conclusion of the Gospel: Praise to you, O Christ.




Song of the Day – Were You There, ELW 353


Apostles' Creed p. 105


Prayers of Intercession - Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying, ELW 752

Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us pow’r, send us


Each petition concludes with, “Lord in your mercy,”

The congregation responds, Hear our prayer


The Meal

Peace - The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.


Offering and Prayer

Generous God, you feed us with the harvest of the land, and you provide for our every need. Receive our gifts of money, imagination, and labor, and transform them into a feast that welcomes all, in Jesus Christ, our host and our guest. Amen

The Great Thanksgiving - page 206

Holy, Holy, Holy – page 207

Words of Institution

The Lord’s Prayer – page 208

The Lamb of God – page 208

Distribution Song – Beneath the Cross of Jesus, ELW 338



Prayer after Communion

Tender and merciful one, at your feast, you fed us who brought nothing, turning our emptiness into joy. Filled with your abundant grace, send us now to be ministers of reconciliation, mending broken hearts, working for justice, and striving for peace among all people, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.



Sending Song – Go to Dark Gethsemane, ELW 347 verses 1-3


Dismissal: We are set free by God’s gift in Christ to share our faith and serve others.


Thanksgivings: For this journey through Holy Week to Easter Sunday.


News and Events:

The palms we have today were purchased through EcoPalms. These fair trade palms provide a higher wage to the gatherers and are harvested responsibly to promote environmental stewardship by taking care of the natural forests.


Noisy Offering today benefits Waushara County Domestic Violence Outreach.


Today is the beginning of Holy Week

Maundy Thursday worship is at 6 pm with absolution and Holy Communion

Good Friday worship is at 6 pm. This will be a Tenebrae service.

Easter Breakfast is at 8 am

Easter Sunday worship is at 9 am.


For those who have signed up to bring food for Easter breakfast, thank you. Please have your donation here by 7:30 am ready to be served. St. John's Women of the ELCA will host breakfast this year. There will be a free will offering.


Movie Day today at 2 pm. “Grace of God”. This movie demonstrates grace in a powerful way. Over $30,000 has been stolen from a church and it is an inside job. It concludes with a powerful sermon by the pastor that inspires several of his congregation to admit they are human and not perfect. The most amazing miracle takes place when Detective Bill Broadly realizes that Christians are real people with real problems, but they have it within themselves to do some amazing things, like confess their sins.


St. John's Women of the ELCA rosettes are ready to be picked up today.


St. John's Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 20 at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome!


Sisters into Soup will meet this Thursday, April 18 at 9:00 am.


There will be an ecumenical Good Friday service at First Lutheran Church, Poy Sippi, at 1:30 pm.


Julie would like verification of your current information including address, phone numbers, email addresses for the new directory asap. Please email Julie with the information at jaattoe@gmail.com or complete the form on the clipboard in the gathering area. Members can submit their own updated photo if desired. Myra has volunteered to take photos for those who would like to have a new photo taken. They will be done after the church service on Sunday, April 28. If neither of these works for you, we have the photos from the 2014 directory still available if you were pictured there.


Like us at https://www.facebook.com/SjJohnsSax


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Paul and Lori

Reader: Terry

Communion Servers: Tim and Jeanne

Coffee Hour: Cindy and John & Julie


Readings for next week: Acts 10:34-43; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12


Calendar This Week:


Thursday, April 18         9:00 am – Sisters into Soup

                                           6:00 pm – Maundy Thursday worship

Friday, April 19               1:30 pm – Good Friday ecumenical                                                                            service at First Lutheran

                                            6:00 pm – Good Friday Tenebrae service

Sunday, April 21              8:00 am – Breakfast

                                             9:00 am – Easter worship


                            St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371    saintjohns@centurytel.net    stjohnssaxeville.org

Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home, rtengen@aol.com

Debi Smith, Secretary (920) 622-3358


Welcome to those visiting today. Please fill out the yellow visitor card in the pew rack in front of you. May the Holy Spirit who has gathered us together for worship today be with you.


In Holy Communion we believe we receive the body and blood of Christ for forgiveness, renewal and strength in our faith and life. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Gluten-free wafers are available. Take one from the center cup of the bread tray.


On the first Sundays of the month, the sacrament is served at the altar. Come forward, kneel or stand at the rail. You will be served the bread. The wine is served in individual glasses. The lighter colored glasses in the center of the tray are juice.


Other Sundays we serve the sacrament by intinction in procession. Come forward, receive the bread and dip it in one of the chalices (the gold chalice has wine in it, the silver chalice has juice). Gluten-free wafers are in the cup in the center.


People with special needs should make these known to the ushers or to the servers as they are being served. Children who have not made their First Communion and those who do not wish to commune are invited to come forward for a blessing.


Arm chairs in the sanctuary are available for people with special circumstances. Two portable lift cushions are available to help those who need assistance getting up from a sitting position. Contact an usher for assistance.


You are encouraged to contact Pastor Rick anytime at

920-566-4014 or 414-403-1497