WELCOME TO WORSHIP
In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we welcome you to St. Paul’s. We especially welcome our guests who have joined us today. We pray that your soul will be strengthened by the good news of God’s forgiveness through Jesus.
PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR TODAY’S WORSHIP
Father, you have given something to me that is worth more than anything else: an eternity in heaven with you. As I face the consequences of being a follower of Christ in this life, forgive me for the times I value anything more than him. Remind me today that the cost of being Jesus’ disciple is worth it because of the value of the eternal life I have in him. In his name I pray. Amen.
OPENING HYMN I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say | 338
LORD, HAVE MERCY
GLORY BE TO GOD
PRAYER OF THE DAY
FIRST LESSON Deuteronomy 30:15-20
SECOND LESSON Philemon 7-21
GOSPEL Luke 14:25-33
HYMN OF THE DAY My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less | 382
SERMON Luke 14:25-33 Count the Cost
CREATE IN ME
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
O CHRIST, LAMB OF GOD
DISTRIBUTION HYMN Your Works, Not Mine, O Christ | 401
DISTRIBUTION HYMN Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me | 428
DISTRIBUTION HYMN I Gave My Life for Thee | 454
SONG OF SIMEON
CLOSING HYMN God Be with You till We Meet Again | 327
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
THANK YOU FROM THE LINDEMANNS
Dear Members of St. Paul’s,
My wife, Barb, and I, and our family, thank you for the wonderful reception we have had to St. Paul’s in Bangor. We do feel welcome to this friendly place and look forward to soon be among you. We thank you for all the generous cards and gifts that we received. All are much appreciated. Thank you.
The school year has had a great beginning. We look forward to an awesome year in the Lord’s care. Please feel free to visit your school whenever you are able. We will be glad to see you.
In His service,
Jon and Barb Lindemann
NEW FELLOWSHIP HOUR SIGNUP
There’s a new Fellowship Hour (the hour in between Sunday services) signup sheet on the bulletin board in the lobby. Please sign up and help us prepare for refreshments during Bible study starting next month!
BIBLE STUDIES BEGIN SUNDAY, SEPT. 11
Our Sunday School and Bible studies will begin back up this fall on Sunday, September 11. Midweek studies will then begin on Tuesday the 13th at 7:00 pm and Wednesday the 14th at 9:00 am.
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY
Sunday School and Sunday adult Bible study will once again take place between services, with Sunday School in the sanctuary and Bible study in the basement. It’s an easy way for parents to both have their kids in the Word and get in the Word themselves at the same time. Both will cover the same portions of Scripture each week, which also allows for good application at home throughout the week. For parents with small children who aren’t quite old enough for Sunday School yet, there’s also the Kids Corner in the basement that the kids can use during study. “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory, both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).
BIBLE BASICS CLASS BEGINS SEPT. 11
Our next Bible Basics class (also called the new member class or Bible Information Class) will begin Sunday, September 11, at 5:00 pm, and it will continue for 13 weeks at the same time on Sunday evenings. I ask that you block off 1.5 hours for each session, but usually it will be closer to 1 hour. Free childcare can be available upon request. If you or someone you know would be interested in taking the class, please contact Pastor Groth at email@example.com. Long-time members are also invited, as it’s always a good refresher of the foundations of our faith. For more info on the class itself, visit www.stpaulsbangor.com/new/bic.
MIDWEEK STUDY – 10 LIES ABOUT GOD
Our first midweek Bible study this fall is entitled 10 Lies About God. The study provides Bible-based responses to common but inaccurate teachings about God to help participants defend their faith in a secular society. Professor David Scharf explains how these inaccurate beliefs distort your relationship with God and offers loving, Bible-based corrections that participants can use in response.
The study includes ten lessons to help participants respond to false teachings about God and defend what the Bible teaches:
Lesson 1: God Wants Me to Be Happy
Lesson 2: There Are Many Ways in God’s Presence
Lesson 3: God Has Grown Softer on Sin
Lesson 4: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
Lesson 5: God Has Made Death a Natural Part of Life
Lesson 6: A God of Love Wouldn’t Send People to Hell
Lesson 7: It Doesn’t Matter How God Made the World
Lesson 8: God is Distant and Disinterested in What Happens
Lesson 9: I Don’t Need the Bible or Worship to Have a Relationship with God
Lesson 10: God Doesn’t Judge Anyone, and Neither Should You
Midweek Bible studies are Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm, with the same study repeated the following morning, Wednesdays at 9:00 am. The study takes place in the church basement.
Adult choir practice begins Thursday, September 8, at 7:00 pm. If you’re interested in joining the choir, contact Brian Berg at 608-486-4049.
COULEE REGION WELS YOUTH NIGHT
On Sunday, October 16, from 6:00-8:30 pm, St. Paul’s Onalaska will be hosting a Coulee Region WELS Youth Night. Youth will experience an inspiring evening of games, music, prayer, Bible messages, small group discussion, and fun with high school youth (9th-12th grade) from all over the area. If any young adults (age 18-24) are interested in volunteering to lead a small discussion group, or if you have any questions, contact Pastor Ben Schmudlach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS) cordially invites you to join them for their annual convention. This year’s convention will be held at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Convention Center, 3060 South Kinney Coulee Road, Onalaska, WI 54650, from October 10-13, 2022. Area church members, age 55 and up, may wish to attend the daytime and early evening events and commute from home each day instead of staying at the hotel. Full details can be found by going to www.csm.welsrc.net/download-csm/owls-convention/. Scroll down to “Downloadable Resources,” including the Schedule, Workshops and Presentations, and Registration. Discounts are available before September 10, 2022.
A memorial of $150 has been given to St. Paul’s in memory of Gary Hass.
TODAY 8:00 am Worship with Communion
10:00 am Worship with Communion
WEDNESDAY 6:00 pm Education Committee Meeting
7:00 pm Council Meeting
THURSDAY 7:00 pm Choir Practice
NEXT SUNDAY 8:00 am Worship
9:10 am Sunday School
9:15 am Bible Study
10:00 am Worship
5:00 p.m. Bible Basics Class