Luke 16:1-13 – Keep an Eternal Focus

Luke 16:1-13 – Keep an Eternal Focus

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 
Lord of the universe, you are the God who opens his hand and provides for every living thing. I praise you for the daily blessings you have bestowed upon me. Forgive me for the times and ways I forsake you for the riches you have given me. Refocus me today on the heavenly riches you’ve promised to me as the sole focus of my life and how I can help others have the same. I pray in my Savior-King’s name, Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen. 

CHOIR Praise, O Praise Our God and King 
OPENING HYMN Alleluia! Sing to Jesus | 169
INVOCATION 
CONFESSION 
ABSOLUTION 
Prayer and Praise 
LORD, HAVE MERCY 
O LORD, OUR LORD 
PRAYER OF THE DAY 
The Word 
FIRST LESSON Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 
SECOND LESSON 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19 
GOSPEL Luke 16:1-13 
HYMN OF THE DAY Crown Him with Many Crowns | 341 
SERMON Luke 16:1-13 Keep an Eternal Focus 
NICENE CREED 
OFFERING 
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH  
LORD’S PRAYER 
The Sacrament 
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY 
WORDS OF INSTITUTION 
O CHRIST, LAMB OF GOD 
DISTRIBUTION 
DISTRIBUTION HYMN I Leave All Things to God’s Direction | 414
DISTRIBUTION HYMN If God Himself Be for Me | 419 
DISTRIBUTION HYMN O God, My Faithful God | 459 
Thanksgiving 
THANK THE LORD 
PRAYER 
BLESSING 
CLOSING HYMN Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow | 334 

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

SUNDAY SCHOOL AND SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY 

Sunday School and Sunday adult Bible study 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). 

CHURCH DIRECTORY 

Church directories are in! If you had your pictures taken or if you submitted pictures to the church directory committee, your complimentary copy of the 2022 St. Paul’s church directory can be found in the church basement. Once you grab your copy, please cross your name off of the list provided near the box of directories. If you did not have your pictures taken or submit a picture, please speak with Sue Gollnik or Mary Schmidt to purchase one of the extra copies. 

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 22 

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. 

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 schmudbs@gmail.com. 

MEN OF HIS WORD CONFERENCE 

The annual Men of His Word Conference is Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. This year’s conference is entitled: “More than Conquerors.” Pastor Joel Heckendorf will provide the keynote address. Registration will remain open through October 16. You can register at: https://2022-mohw-rochester-tickets.eventbrite.com. 

CAMM MONTHLY LETTER 

The Central Africa Medical Mission letter for September can be found printed in the lobby. 

CALENDAR 

TODAY 8:00 am Worship with Communion 

9:10 am Sunday School 

9:15 am Bible Study 

10:00 am Worship with Communion 

5:00 pm Bible Basics Class 

TUESDAY 10:00 am Mornings with Mommy 

7:00 pm Bible Study 

WEDNESDAY 9:00 am Bible Study (same as Tues.) 

7:00 pm Accreditation Committee 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 pm Bible Basics Class