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
Heavenly Father, you have forgiven my many sins, even sending your Son to pay in full the debt I owed. Help me to have the same forgiving heart toward my brothers and sisters. Bless me today with godly sorrow over my lack of forgiveness for others, and motivate me with your grace to be a servant who is quick to forgive. In my Savior’s name I pray. Amen.
OPENING HYMN 733 Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive
LORD, HAVE MERCY
GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH
PRAYER OF THE DAY
FIRST READING Genesis 50:15-21
The Word of the Lord.
SECOND READING Ephesians 4:29-5:2
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Colossians 3:13
GOSPEL Matthew 18:21–35
HYMN OF THE DAY 576 Amazing Grace
SERMON Matthew 18:21-35 The Forgiven Forgive.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
O CHRIST, LAMB OF GOD
DISTRIBUTION HYMN 712 Delay Not! Delay Not
DISTRIBUTION HYMN 673 O Lord, We Praise You
DISTRIBUTION HYMN 660 Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face
CLOSING HYMN 726 Love in Christ Is Strong and Living
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND BIBLE STUDY ARE BACK!
Our Sunday morning Bible study and Sunday School continue today. Sunday School for the younger children is downstairs in the basement. Bible study is as well. Sunday School for the older students is upstairs in the balcony.
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!
MIDWEEK STUDY – THE BOOK OF REVELATION
Our first midweek Bible study this fall is 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 us as we continue to 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 email@example.com.
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.
The old hymnals have been placed in boxes in the basement elevator hallway. On one side are hymnals dedicated in honor or memory of someone. The boxes are listed with the range of names contained within (there are a number of repeats) and are (generally) in alphabetical order. On the other side of the hallway are hymnals with no names mentioned for dedication. You are free to take any hymnals (and as many as) you would like, but please give first opportunity to families of the memorials.
Registration for this year’s fall Scrap-N-Craft event can be found printed in the narthex. The event is at Mt. Calvary Grace School (1614 Park, La Crosse) on Saturday, October 14, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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!
TODAY 8:00 am Worship with Communion
9:10 am Sunday School
9:15 am Bible Study
10:00 am Worship with Communion
MONDAY 7:00 pm Choir Practice
TUESDAY 10:00 am Mornings with Mommy
7:00 pm Bible Study
WEDNESDAY 9:00 am Bible Study (same as Tues.)
3:30 pm Public School Catechism Class
NEXT SUNDAY 8:00 am Worship
9:10 am Sunday School
9:15 am Bible Study
10:00 am Worship