March 8, 2020

March 8, 2020


Order of Worship

Second Sunday in Lent

During Lent we journey with all those around the world who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. In today’s gospel Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born of water and Spirit. At the font we are a given a new birth as children of God. As God made a covenant with Abraham, in baptism God promises to raise us up with Christ to new life. From worship we are sent forth to proclaim God’s love for all the world.


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


Welcome and Reminders


Thanksgiving for Baptism

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,who is present, who gives life, who calls into existence the things that do not exist. Amen.


If you were to keep watch over sins, O Lord, who could stand? Yet with you is forgiveness, and so we confess.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Gracious God, have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned away from you, knowingly and unknowingly. We have wandered from your resurrection life. We have strayed from your love for all people. Turn us back to you, O God. Give us new hearts and right spirits, that we may find what is pleasing to you and dwell in your house forever. Amen.


Receive good news: God turns to you in love. “I will put my spirit in you, and you shall live,” says our God. All your sin is forgiven in the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, who is the free and abounding gift of God’s grace for you. Amen.


Gathering Song – Lift High the Cross, ELW 660



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

O God, our leader and guide, in the waters of baptism you bring us to new birth to live as your children. Strengthen our faith in your promises, that by your Spirit we may lift up your life to all the world 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.


First Reading – Genesis 12:1-4a

God’s call of Abram and Sarai has a clear purpose—that through them all the families of the earth would gain a blessing. As they set out on their journey, they are accompanied by promises of land, nation, and a great reputation.


1The Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
4aSo Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 121

1I lift up my eyes to the hills;
  from where is my help to come?
2My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.
3The Lord will not let your foot be moved
  nor will the one who watches over you fall asleep.
4Behold, the keep er of Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep; 
5the Lord watches over you;
Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6the sun will not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7The Lord will preserve you from all evil
  and will keep your life.
8The Lord will watch over your going out and your coming in,
from this time forth forevermore.


Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem – It Is Well with My Soul


Second Reading – Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

In the person and example of Abraham we discover that a right relationship with God does not involve earning a reward from God but entails trusting God’s promises. Abraham is the forebear and model for both Jews and Gentiles, because we too trust that ours is a God who gives life to the dead.


1What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? 2For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” 4Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. 5But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.
13For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.
16For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, 17as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation during Lent p.142 (bottom of the page)


Gospel –John 3:1-17

A curious Pharisee visits Jesus by night to learn from the teacher his friends reject. Jesus speaks to him about life in the Spirit and the kingdom of God.


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


1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?
11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14And just 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“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”


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




Song of the Day – Jesus Loves Me!, ELW 595


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

Holy and generous host, you set a table where we feast as friends. Prepare us to witness to your goodness with every gift you have given us to share, that all people may know your peace through Jesus Christ, now and forever. 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 – As the Grains of Wheat, ELW 465



Prayer after Communion

We thank you, living God, for the body and blood of your Son, which sustains us in the wilderness and the garden alike. As Christ has loved us in this feast, so send us to love Christ in our neighbors. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.




Sending Song – In the Cross of Christ I Glory, ELW 324


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


Thanksgivings: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believe in him shall inherit eternal life.

News and Events:

Our 2nd Wednesday Meal is this week at 5:00 pm. Our Lenten evening worship service will follow at 6:00 pm. Midweek Lenten services will be held every Wednesday at 6:00 pm using the Holden Evening Prayer Service preceded by a soup and sandwich supper at 5:00 pm.


Next Sunday is Food Pantry Sunday. Your donations of nonperishable food items are delivered to a local food pantry for distribution to those in our community seeking food security.


Our Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry will be at Oakwood Campsite on March 20 at 5:30 pm. Let the Faheys know if you will be attending.


Sunday. March 15 will be Movie Day.The Case for Christ will be shown at 2:00 pm.


If you are interested in donating Easter flowers in memory or in honor of a loved one, the cost is $10. Please contact Bea


If you have not already picked up your updated directory labels, please take home one copy for your home directory. The labels are in a marked box in the Gathering Area.


We will continue to tie fleece blankets to be donated to TreeHouse Central Wisconsin or a local nursing home as our Lenten project.


We are planning a day outing on Thursday March 19. As a group we will travel to Shawano for a guided tour of the Twig’s Museum (Sundrop). We will stop for a lunch on your own at The Farm Inn’ on Main. The tour is free and also has free samples. The tour is for 10:00 am so we would carpool and leave the church about 8:15 am. Contact Steve by March 15 if interested.


Newsletter deadline is March 25. Please submit your Twitters.


Save the date: March 28 beginning at 8:30 am will be our annual church cleaning day. The more volunteers we have, the quicker and more enjoyable the job will be. Please lend a hand.


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Bea and Mike

Reader: John

Communion Servers: Paul and Debi

Coffee Hour: The Smiths


Readings for next week: Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11, 13-17;

                                            John 4:5-42


Calendar This Week:

Wed, March 11    9:15 am and after Lenten service – Choir practice

                             10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                               4:00 pm – Confirmation Class

                                5:00 pm – 2nd Wed Meal

                                6:00 pm – Midweek Lenten Worship

Sun, March 15       9:00 am – Worship Food Pantry Sunday

                                 2:00 pm – Movie “The Case for Christ”



                     St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371

Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home,

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