Sunday, April 26, 2020

Worship for April 26, 2020

Pastor Arnold has posted his sermon, along with a confession of sins, the Apostles' Creed, prayer, and benediction. You can listen in MP3 format (18M) or read his sermon in PDF format.

The readings for today are:
The hymns for today would have been:
  • 143, "He's Risen, He's Risen"
  • 160, "This Joyful Eastertide"
  • 142, "Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain"
  • 159, "Morning Breaks upon the Tomb"

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Pastor on WOCO

Pastor Arnold is up for Lutheran Meditations on WOCO radio this coming week, Monday through Friday, at 9:05 A.M. His devotions will be all about the comfort and confidence we can receive in times like this from Psalm 103. They will be broadcast on FM 107.1 and AM 1260. Once they have all been broadcast, Pastor Arnold will post them on this site. May God strengthen and support us through his powerful Word, just like he promised!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Email Scam

Apparently there is a new email scam going around that has happened with a couple of pastors in the area. The scammers will make the email look like it is coming from Pastor Arnold. The email will appear to come from his email address when it is in fact coming from another one. They will ask you to buy iTunes or some other kind of gift card. He would never in a million years under any circumstances email ask you to buy gift cards for him like this. Just delete the email.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Technical Issues Resolved

It seems that all of our technical issues have been resolved. We once again apologize for the inconvenience. The website is functioning properly again and the pastor@stpaul-ocontofalls.org is also working. If you have any issues, please feel free to contact Pastor Arnold at that email address.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Worship for April 19, 2020

Pastor Arnold has posted his sermon and a brief service based on the General Devotion in the hymnal. You can listen to it in MP3 format (17M) or read his sermon in PDF format.

The readings for today are:
The hymns we would have sung are:
  • 147, "Like the Golden Sun Ascending"
  • 161, "Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands"
  • 165, "O Sons and Daughters of the King"
  • 162, "He Is Arisen! Glorious Word"

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Worship for Easter

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor Arnold has posted a special service for Easter Sunday in MP3 format (19M). You can also download his sermon in PDF format. Here are the lessons for Easter morning:
The hymns we would have sung are:
  • 154, "Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks"
  • 150, "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia"
  • 167, "Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense"
  • 152, "I Know that My Redeemer Lives"
  • 153, "Alleluia! Jesus Lives"
Remember there will be a special Easter service at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 6:00 P.M. Following that service there will be some question and answer time with Seminary President Pastor Earle Treptow and Pastor Jon Hein, coordinator of WELS Congregational Services. This will be available for viewing afterward if you can't be there at 6:00.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Worship for Good Friday

Pastor Arnold has posted the service for Good Friday in MP3 format (21M). It includes a reading of Jesus' seven words from the cross, his sermon, prayer, and a special reading at the end. You can also download his sermon in PDF format. The Psalm for today is Psalm 22 where the Holy Spirit inspired King David to write about the events of Good Friday almost 1000 years ahead of time.

The hymns we would have sung today are:
  • 137, "Oh, Darkest Woe"
  • 139, "Jesus, in Your Dying Woes"
  • 105, "Sacred Head, Now Wounded"
  • 138, "Oh, Perfect Life of Love"
It is finished, just like Jesus said!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Worship for Maundy Thursday

Pastor Arnold has recorded a service for Maundy Thursday as an MP3 (32M) that includes his sermon as well as an explanation of the Communion liturgy in the Service of Word and Sacrament. You can also download his sermon in PDF format.

The readings for tonight would have been the seventh part of the Passion History as published by the Wartburg Project, the translators of the Evangelical Heritage Version of the Bible. The Psalm would have been Psalm 116.

The hymns we would have sung are:
  • 136, "'Twas on that Dark, that Doleful Night"
  • 309, "Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord"
  • 135, "The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord"
  • 317, "O Lord, We Praise You"

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Worship for April 5, 2020

Pastor Arnold has recorded his sermon, along with an invocation, confession of sins, Apostles' Creed, prayer, and benediction. You can download it in MP3 format (17M). You can also download his sermon in PDF format.

The lessons for this Sunday, which is Palm Sunday, are:
The hymns we would have sung in church today are:
  • 131, "All Glory, Laud, and Honor"
  • 133, "Ride On, Ride On in Majesty"
  • 134, "O Bride of Christ, Rejoice"
  • 315, "Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face"
  • 130, "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna"
Those links for the readings will open up in Bible Gateway, showing the passages in the Evangelical Heritage Version of the Bible. May God bless our worship, even though we can't be together!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Synod-Wide Holy Week Worship Opportunities

In addition to the sermons that will be posted here for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, we will have some special worship opportunities Synod-wide for Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, April 5, WELS President Mark Schroeder will have a special message for our members that will be posted at 6:00 P.M. On Easter Sunday there will be a special service at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary also at 6:00 P.M. Following that service there will be some question and answer time with Seminary President Pastor Earle Treptow and Pastor Jon Hein, coordinator of WELS Congregational Services. Both of those opportunities will be available online afterward if you are not able to watch when they are broadcast live.