Matthew 16:21-26 – The Divine Job Description

Matthew 16:21-26 – The Divine Job Description

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 Jesus, you endured the cross as part of God’s plan to save me. Forgive me today for the times I fail to take up my cross and follow you. Focus me today on the life that truly matters, my eternal life in heaven, and strengthen me for a life of continually taking up my cross out of love and devotion to you above all things, even my earthly wellbeing. In your name I pray. Amen. 

OPENING HYMN 702 Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spake 
INVOCATION 
CONFESSION 
ABSOLUTION 
LORD, HAVE MERCY 
GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH
The Word 
PRAYER OF THE DAY 
FIRST READING Jeremiah 15:15–21 
SECOND READING Romans 8:18–25 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Mark 8:34 
GOSPEL Matthew 16:21–26 
HYMN OF THE DAY 694 Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken 
SERMON Matthew 16:21–26 The Divine Job Description 
NICENE CREED 
OFFERING 
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH 
The Sacrament 
PREFACE 
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING 
LORD’S PRAYER 
WORDS OF INSTITUTION 
O CHRIST, LAMB OF GOD 
DISTRIBUTION 
DISTRIBUTION HYMN 831 Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me 
DISTRIBUTION HYMN 529 In the Cross of Christ I Glory 
DISTRIBUTION HYMN 861 Lord Jesus Christ, the Church’s Head 
THANKSGIVING 
BLESSING 
CLOSING HYMN 704 Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

THANK YOU 

Thank you to all who gave a comment, card or gift for my 60 years as a Church Organist. I thank the Ladies Aid for all they did including refreshments, cupcakes and the beautiful plaque of the Church. It was much appreciated. Thanks again. –Harriet Langrehr 

ST. PAUL’S CHOIR 

Choir practice will begin on Monday, September 11, at 7:00 pm at church. If you enjoy singing, please join us as we sing God’s praises. We will be working with the new hymnal and preparing for upcoming festivals and holiday services. Any questions call Brian Berg at 608-486-4049. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL AND BIBLE STUDY RETURNING SOON 

Our Sunday morning Bible study and Sunday School will start back up the week after Labor Day on Sunday, September 10. Our first midweek studies will be September 12 and 13. 

HELP BUILD UP SUNDAY SCHOOL 

Sunday School is one of the main ministries our church offers to Christian families for the biblical instruction of their children. Sunday School lessons allow children to become familiar with Bible stories and create a deeper understanding of Scripture and of God’s plan of salvation. It also helps develop the godly habit of attending Bible study on Sunday mornings beyond 8th grade. Parents can grow, too, as adult Bible study takes place at the same time. 

The Lord blessed us with an increase in Sunday School attendance last year, but we’re looking to continue to build off of last year and build up our numbers so more families are in God’s Word together on Sundays. So we’d love to see you there when Sunday School and Bible study start back up on September 10. And bring a friend! 

PUBLIC SCHOOL PRE-CONFIRMATION 

If you have a child in the public school in grade 5 or 6, we will be having pre-confirmation studies on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm starting on September 13 (same time as confirmation class). The class will be led by Mr. Mark Larson. Please notify Pastor Groth at pastor@stpaulsbangor.com of your interest in enrolling your child.

MIDWEEK STUDY – THE BOOK OF REVELATION 

Our first midweek Bible study this fall will be on one of the most interesting books of Scripture: Revelation. Chapter by chapter the author cuts a pathway through each vision and prophecy of Revelation until he reaches the clearing where we behold a new heaven and a new earth. The 12 Lessons include: The Purpose, Outline and Interpretation of the Book; The Letters to the Seven Churches; God’s Rule of the World; The Seven Seals; God’s Judgment of the World; The Church Secure and Glorified; The Devil and His Helpers Appear; The Seven Bowls of Wrath; The Downfall of the Devil’s Allies; The Millennium; The New Heaven and the New Earth; and Review. Join me as we dive into the imagery and meaning of Christ our Savior in the book of Revelation. 

BIBLE BASICS CLASS 

Our next Bible Basics class (also called Bible Information Class or the new member class) will be on Mondays at 6:00 pm starting Monday, October 2. If interested in attending, please contact Pastor Groth at pastor@stpaulsbangor.com. 

SCRIP 

St. Paul’s gets money when you purchase gift cards through the Scrip program. The gift cards can be used for things you already purchase all the time from common stores (Hansen’s, Walmart, Home Depot, etc.). The percentage of your purchases that St. Paul’s receives varies depending on the store. 

If you would like to purchase gift cards through Scrip, use the order forms found in the church lobby or at the school. Return the order form to the Scrip box at church by the 15th of each month. The cards will come in the mail and be distributed to you. 

Or, if you’re tech savvy, you can simply use the RaiseRight app and do everything from your phone. Your gift cards then are automatically added to the app and you can use the barcode that shows on your phone to make your purchases. Our school’s enrollment code for the app can be found on a piece of paper next to the Scrip box at church or in the school office. 

You can designate a specific family or the credit will go to the general fee assistance fund. Families will then be able to use the credit that was built up over the year (July 1 – June 30) and can choose to apply that credit towards next school year’s tuition. 

Thank you for considering helping out our ministry using Scrip!  

RECOVERY IN CHRIST OFFERS HOPE IN JESUS 

A symptom of addiction of any kind is hopelessness. The focus of Recovery in Christ is to bring the hope of Jesus. RIC meets most Sundays (the next meeting is 9/10), 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Onalaska, Wisconsin (school library), and Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m. at Coulee Recovery Center at La Crosse’s Coulee Recovery Center (933 Ferry St.). To confirm meeting days/times call 608-567-3038 for Sundays, 608-784-4177 for Wednesdays. 

PART-TIME FOOD SERVICE JOB OPENING 

Luther High School is accepting applications for a part-time food service worker. The person would be responsible in assisting the food service manager with the hot lunch program. Duties include food preparation, food service, and kitchen clean-up. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. during the school year. Interested candidates should contact Luther High School Principal Phil Punzel at punzphil@luther.k12.wi.us for a job description. 

COULEE REGION OWLS 

The Coulee Region OWLS will be holding their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at First Ev. Lutheran Church, 400 West Avenue South, La Crosse at 12:00 noon for a potluck luncheon. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Coffee will be provided. All church members – men and women age 55 or older – are welcome. The program will be Jeff Essig, the new Manager of Good Steward, giving us a presentation about how Good Steward operates and who receives their profits. Please come for a visit, enjoy the friends you meet, a good lunch, and an excellent program. There will be a free will offering. 

MEN OF HIS WORD CONFERENCE 

The 7th annual Men of His Word Conference (Theme: MAN UP: in a man down world) will be held at the Rochester Civic Center in downtown Rochester on October 28, 2023. Please go online at www.menofhisword.org to register and get details about schedule, breakout sessions, keynote speaker, cost, etc. Join for a day of worship, praise and fellowship in God’s Word! 

CALENDAR 

TODAY 8:00 am Worship with Communion 

10:00 am Worship with Communion 

TUESDAY 8:00 am Pre-K First Day of School 

10:00 am Mornings with Mommy 

WEDNESDAY 5:30 pm Education Committee Meeting 

7:00 pm Church Council Meeting 

THURSDAY 6:00 pm Accreditation Meeting 

NEXT SUNDAY 8:00 am Worship 

9:10 am Sunday School 

9:15 am Bible Study 

10:00 am Worship 

7:00 pm PACE Meeting