Connections E-Newsletter - March 7, 2021
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Weekend Worship - Return to the Lord: Return from False Witness
One of the most straightforward sayings in the Book of Proverbs states, “A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies” (Proverbs 14:5). A word of false witness can direct a series of actions in a deviant and destructive path. We find that negative action happening in the Passion account of our Lord, where we see Jesus standing before Caiaphas with a series of false witnesses seeking to defame the holy, innocent Lamb of God with untruths and lies. False witness can be a deadly weapon. Whenever we ask, as did the psalmist, “O Lord, open my lips” (Psalm 51:15), may what we then express always be true witness set in speech that declares the praises of God.
Wednesday Worship - Psalms of Lent: Psalm 19 - God's Perfect Law
Worship Readings: Psalm 19, John 2:13–22
The book of Psalms is often known as “Israel’s Prayer Book”. These prayers, songs, and exclamations were lifted to the Lord at various times to express the thoughts, concerns, worries, and joys that the people of God were experiencing at the time.

Our Lenten Wednesday services will focus on a few of these Psalms and focus on how these prayers point us to Christ and His faithfulness in hearing and acting on them.  This week we will focus on the words of Psalm 19. Please join us for Lent worship on Wednesdays at 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Our 6:00 PM services will be livestreamed.
Return to the Lord – Easter

"They shall come and proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn, that He has done it.” Psalm 22:31

Yesterday our midweek Lenten worship service revolved around Psalm 22. It was another opportunity for God’s people to root the middle of their week in God’s Word and promises. Maybe without realizing it, we were also looking ahead to Easter. Psalm 22:31 is the leading verse from the “Return to the Lord” Daily Devotional for this coming Easter Sunday. I don’t mean to spoil the ending, but we have much to celebrate because “He had done it,” and His calling to us is “come and proclaim His righteousness.”

Last year, Easter worship services were hosted exclusively online; this year, we will be in person. Because Easter worship is an important and well-attended time of ministry together, we need to plan with diligence and care for one another.

Much like our plans from this past Christmas services, Easter worship will require preregistration. St. John’s is hosting five worship services for Easter worship on April 3 and 4:

Saturday 6:00 PM, Sunday 6:00 AM, Sunday 8:00 AM, Sunday 9:30 AM, and Sunday 11:00 AM. We will continue to utilize the same socially distant seating pattern that is currently in place. Check-in ahead of each service will also be required, so please plan to arrive a few minutes early.

Register for Easter Worship HERE.

When you register for your preferred service time, you will see four seating options: Sanctuary, Balcony, Narthex (area before entering the sanctuary), and Gathering Space. Seating in the Gathering Space will utilize a video feed for participation. Seating options will be removed from that list as the available seating in that space is filled. Utilizing these spaces and options gives us additional seating and helps you and your household plan your Easter around worshiping together.

Please note that Maundy Thursday worship and Good Friday worship do not require preregistration at this time. However, we have added a 3:30 PM service for Good Friday along with the usual 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM services.

The resilience and understanding of the people of St. John’s helped our Christmas preregistration go incredibly smoothly, and as a congregation, we were blessed. This Easter, we have another opportunity to move with grace, gather in hope, and keep God’s promises ever before us; “He has done it!”
It’s good to be together in the Lord!

Doug Raddemann
Director of Worship


Order and Easter lily for the alter HERE, through the St. John's App,
or by contacting the church office at 262-334-490
or stjohns@stjohnswestbend.org.
Previous Worship
Reach in Prayer
Members in treatment, at home, or recovering: Sandra Bowlin, Monica Rosholt, Sherry Cullen, Julie Buss, Peter Schlefke, David Sitzberger, Kay Herbst, Sandy Berres, Darrell Olson, Harold Justman, Carolyn Mengel, Marcy Donaldson, Lloyd Prost, Eric Gilbert, Junette Wilke, Gloria Cassidy, Paul Johnson, Rick Heintz, Richard Ellis, Adrian Buntrock, Sue Knight, Tom Kohn, Cathy Schimmels, Elvera Voss, Ron Newell, Bev Sturgeon, Brad Sitzberger, Bill Ladwig, Sandy Lovato, Larke Mor, David Vernon, Doug Zarling, Darrel Hegy, Carla Kinkel, Carrie Kuehl, Delores Fischer, Robert Polivka, Evelyn Wornardt, Leatrice (Lea) Strupp, Gloria Kohn, Joseph (Tom) Augustine, Ken Endlich, Brandee Michels, Cindy Doers, Verna Kissinger, Lois Lewinski, James Zimbal, Sharon Stenschke, Barbara Moritz, Donna Menzel, Elmyra Martin, Mary Plaskey, Al Schaetz, Arlene Goebel, Gladys Hron, Mary Ann Yahr, Lois Gauger, Ellen Frank, Cheryl Eberhardt, Charles Frank, Lucille Seil, Nancie Purskey

Non-Members: Holly Reinke (Chris Reinke’s mother), Kathy Benner (Carmen & Mike Kuntz’s daughter), Forrest Blum (Clara Guse’s brother), Jackie Farr (Clara Guse’s sister), Kathryn Hirsch (Joel Ruprecht’s sister), Mike Schultz (Lynn Niver’s friend), Forrest & Louis Blum (Clara Guse’s brother & sister-in-law), Cordell Strack (Carol Roecker’s sister & Sherry Cullen’s mother), Marlys (Nonhof) Lohr (Diana Portlance’s mother), Roo Bublitz, Jeff Lee (Bruce & Denise Biendarra’s friend), Laura Moore & Family (Maggie Leimkuehler’s friend), Kathy Rosholt (Monica Rosholt’s mother), Debra Wussow (request from Kathleen Sitzberger), Ruth Seider (Joe & Marge Ruprecht’s friend), Barbara Black (Jean Black’s daughter), Al Danninger (Tina Noren’s Uncle), Steve Williams (Rick Dusenbery’s brother-in-law), Jason Collins, Dinah Cogdill (Arnie Mengel’s Sister). Pastor Matt Hoehner (Pastor Robert Hoehner’s son), Ben & Lucy (Mark Cassidy’s friends), Phillip S. (Jeff & Tina Noren’s neighbor), Betty Moskler (Mark Cassidy’s friend), Doug (Mark Cassidy’s friend), Ashlyn Roecker (Carol Roecker’s great-grand niece), Sherry (Kathy Sitzberger’s friend), Ashley Doll (Cathy Schimmel’s niece), Rich Buss, Mickie Wagner (Tom & Peggy Bruce’s friend), Audrey Fellenz (Lynn Fellenz’s mother-in-law), Scott & Val and family (friends of Susan Mueller), Duane (Jerry & Terri Buettner’s friend), Mary Ours (Janet Haliburton’s friend), Mason Jan (Jenny Wolf’s sister), Jack (Melede Meinzen’s friend), Danielle Hayburn (Paul & Charlene Otto’s daughter), Bridgette Finster (Norm Finster’s mother), Kris Kraase (Evelyn Wornardt’s granddaughter-in-law), James Oelhafen (brother of Audrey Weiland), Richard Davies (father-in-law of Nicole Davies), Shane Nault (grandson of Carmen Kuntz), Mary (friend of Bruce & Denise Biendarra), and Steve Strehlow (brother of Melede Meinzen)
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809 South 6th Ave
West Bend, WI 53095
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