Sunday, May 31, 2020

Worship for May 31, 2020

For the benefit of our members who are shut-in or are at-risk of contracting COVID-19, we have posted the service for today in MP3 format (48M). You can also read Pastor Arnold's sermon in PDF format, based on John 20:1-18.

The amplifier at church did not work this morning, so this was recorded through Pastor's phone. Please let him know how the sound quality is for you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Church Reopening Guidelines

Pastor Arnold and the Church Council have come up with a list of guidelines for reopening church for services. This letter will also be sent via email to everyone we have email addresses for and by mail to those we don't. Please read the letter carefully. If you have any questions, please email Pastor Arnold or call him at the parsonage. We thank our God that we will be able to gather together again for worship!

Our services will resume this Sunday, May 31, at 9:00 A.M. We will also be starting our mid-week summer services on Monday, June 1, at 7:00 P.M.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Worship for May 24, 2020

Pastor Arnold has posted a short service and sermon in MP3 format (18 M). You can also download and read his sermon in PDF format. Today we are celebrating the festival of the Ascension of our Lord. The readings for this festival are:
The hymns we would have sung are:
  • 174, "See, the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph"
  • 173, "On Christ's Ascension I Now Build"
  • 171, "A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing"
  • 169, "Alleluia! Sing to Jesus"
  • 175, "Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise"

In-Person Services Restarting May 31

We will be resuming services in-person starting on Sunday, May 31. A letter will be coming soon with information on how we will be following the guidelines put forth by Oconto County.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Call Day and Graduation

Our Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary will be holding a virtual call day and graduation service today at 10 A.M. You can view the service online. May God bless those men who will be serving us in the pastoral ministry!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Worship for May 17, 2020

Pastor Arnold has posted the service for May 17 in MP3 format (15M). You can also read his sermon in PDF format. The lessons for May 17, which is the Sixth Sunday in Easter, are:
The hymns we would have sung are:
  • 185, "O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace"
  • 479, "Jesus, Your Boundless Love to Me"
  • 377, "Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice"

Friday, May 15, 2020

MLC Graduation/Call Day

Tomorrow, Saturday 16, at 10:00 A.M. Central time, Martin Luther College will be livestreaming its virtual graduation and call day service. The stream will also be available to be watched at a later time. My God bless our new teacher graduates as they are assigned to serve in our schools and to our new pastor track graduates as they continue their studies at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary!

Guidance from Oconto County

Oconto County has released re-opening guidelines. Included in there are guidelines for churches. This information is obviously brand new. Pastor Arnold has been in contact with our congregation president on this matter, but that was before these were released. The Council is scheduled to meet next week. One of the guidelines is that there should be no more than 50 per service. Since our first summer service would normally be on June 1, it might make sense to have our first service back on May 31. This assumes that the state will not issue a new order next week. This would also enable the Council to meet, to implement the new procedures for services, to publish those changes, and to have the church building itself thoroughly cleaned.

Keep an eye on this site for more information. For now, the sermon and service will be posted online like usual for Sunday.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Supreme Court Ruling

Many of you are no doubt aware that the state Supreme Court struck down the extension of the safer-at-home order. What does this mean for services? The short answer at this very moment is: we don't know. Local governments are debating how to handle this. Brown country has extended the order there. Watch the website for further guidance as we hear from state and synodical officials.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Worship for May 10, 2020

Pastor Arnold has posted a brief service and a sermon for this week. The service uses an abbreviated version of the Common Service on page 15 in the hymnal. You can listen in MP3 format (17M) or download the sermon to read in PDF format (49K). The readings for the fifth Sunday of Easter are:
The hymns which we would have sung are (note: this would have been confirmation Sunday as well):
  • 599, "Our Lord and God, Oh, Bless This Day"
  • 141, "At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing"
  • 367, "Christ Be My Leader"
  • 597, "May God the Father of Our Lord"
This Sunday is also Mother's Day in our country. We thank God for our mothers and grandmothers. Through their love for us, we see a picture of God the Father's own great love for us all. May God be with them and bless them and continue to make them a blessing to us!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Worship for May 3, 2020

Pastor Arnold has posted a brief service and sermon for this week. The service uses Morning Devotion on page 152 in our hymnal. You can listen to the service (MP3, 16M) or read his sermon (PDF, 47K). The readings for the fourth Sunday in Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday, are:
The hymns we would have sung are:
  • 374, "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need"
  • 375, "The King of Love My Shepherd Is"
  • 598, "My Maker, Be with Me"
  • 432, "I Am Jesus' Little Lamb"
As Pastor Arnold mentioned in his sermon, here is a setting of Johann Sebastian Bach's beautiful "Sheep May Safely Graze."

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Lutheran Meditations from Last Week

As promised, here are Pastor Arnold's Lutheran Meditations (PDF, 58K) for this past week which were broadcast on WOCO radio. He looked at different verses from Psalm 103 to find comfort and strength for times like these.