April 7, 2019

April 7, 2019

Order of Worship

Fifth Sunday in Lent

The Lord our God makes all things new. In the first reading God promises it. In the gospel Mary anticipates it, anointing Jesus’ feet with costly perfume in preparation for the day of his burial. In the second reading we recall the transformation of Saul, the persecutor, into Paul, the apostle. In baptism, God’s new person (you!) rises daily from the deadly mire of trespasses and sins.


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 – Be Thou My Vision, ELW 793



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

Creator God, you prepare a new way in the wilderness, and your grace waters our desert. Open our hearts to be transformed by the new thing you are doing, that our lives may proclaim the extravagance of your love given to all through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Children's Sermon


First Reading – Isaiah 43:16-21

The prophet declares that long ago the Lord performed mighty deeds and delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage through the waters of the sea. Now, the Lord is about to do a new thing, bringing the exiles out of Babylon and through the wilderness in a new exodus.


16Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, 17who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 18Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.
19I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 20The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, 21the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 126

1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
  then were we like those who dream.
2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great         things for them.”

3The Lord has done great things for us,
  and we are glad indeed.
4Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like the watercourses of the Negeb. 
5Those who sowed with tears
  will reap with songs of joy.
6Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves. 


Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem


Second Reading – Philippians 3:4b-14

Writing to Christians in Philippi, Paul admits that his heritage and reputation could give him more reason than most people to place confidence in his spiritual pedigree. But the overwhelming grace of God in Jesus calls Paul to a new set of values.


[Paul writes:] 4bIf anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation - Sentence for Lent p. 142


Gospel –John 12:1-8

Judas willfully misinterprets as waste Mary’s extravagant act of anointing Jesus’ feet with costly perfume. Jesus recognizes that her lavish gift is both an expression of love and an anticipation of his burial.


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


1Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”


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




Song of the Day – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, ELW 803


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 –You Satisfy the Hungry Heart,ELW 484




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 –We Give Thee but Thine Own, ELW 686


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


Thanksgivings: With joy and thanksgiving we give to God for he has first given to us. 


News and Events:

This week is our Second Wednesday Meal at 5 pm with the Holden Evening Prayer Service at 6 pm. Please bring along a nonperishable food item or hygiene item to donate.


Next week is Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday, April 14. There will be a Noisy Offering to benefit Waushara County Domestic Violence Outreach.

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 planned for 8 am Easter Sunday.Individuals will bring food already prepared, everyone eats, enjoys fellowship, takes their serving pieces home with them so there is minimal cleanup, and everyone is able to attend worship then spend the rest of the day with family and friends. Easy peasy. There is a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Area. St. John's Women of the ELCA will host breakfast this year. There will be a free will offering.


Movie Day next Sunday, April 14, 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 Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 20 at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome!


St. John's Women of the ELCA will be taking orders for rosettes. $7.50 per dozen. Rosettes will be made April 13, delivered April 14, Palm Sunday. Just in time for Easter!


If you would like an Easter flower donated in memory or in honor of someone, please contact Bea. Flowers are $10 each.


It is time for a new directory with updated information on all members. Please give Julie your current information regarding address, phone numbers, email addresses. 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: Steve and Jackie

Reader: Bonnie

Communion Servers:Mike and Dorothy

Coffee Hour: Steve and Pat


Readings for next week: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11;

                                            Luke 22:14-23:56


Calendar This Week:

Monday, April 8           1:30 pm – WELCA Bible Study

Tuesday, April 9            8:30 am - Quilters

Wednesday, April 10   10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                           4:15 pm – Confirmation class

                                           5:00 pm – 2nd Wednesday Meal

                                           6:00 pm – Lenten Worship - Holden                                                                         Evening Prayer Service

Sunday, April 14              9:00 am – Worship

Palm Sunday

Noisy Offering for Waushara County Domestic Violence Outreach

                                              2:00 pm – Movie “Grace of God”


                       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