This Week at St. Paul
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
What Seems to Help in Life Fails in Death; What Seems to Fail in Life Helps in Death
Last week we learned the hard truth that while money can help make life easier in some ways, it cannot bring true happiness and fulfillment. This week we see that as much as money lets us down in life, its ultimate failure to deliver on its promises happens in death. Those who live with hearts filled with love for money and void of love for God will receive the only eternity that money can buy: one void of God and filled with pain. Though we might be fooled into thinking money helps in life, it will certainly fail us in death. Conversely, that which seems to offer little help in life will never fail us in death. The best example of this is the gospel. Those who hear and heed the Scriptures often appear to receive little benefit in life. Living by God’s Word doesn’t make life easier. In fact, faithfully following Christ often means a more challenging life, one filled with crosses and self-denial. Great wealth gains you the admiration and respect of the world. Being true to Scripture is more likely to gain you scorn and ridicule. Yet those who find the help they need in God rather than in money will never be disappointed. In death they will receive a reward that dwarfs even the best things money can buy.
This Week in Worship
First Reading—Amos 6:1–7
Second Reading—Hebrews 13:1–6
Psalm of the Day—Psalm 146
Gospel Acclamation—Luke 16:31
Hymn of the Day—Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart
Right Love Prevails Only in Jesus
Join Us for Worship!
Remember in your prayers...
- Robert Lange, who is nearing death.
- Sid Schroeder & Mary Voigt, who are recovering from surgery.
- Our brothers and sisters in the Ukrainian Lutheran Church and the Concord Evangelical Lutheran Church (Russia), our brothers and sisters in Burma, and all others affected by war and rumors of war around the world. Pray for peace among nations and for protection over God's people as they proclaim the true, eternal peace we have in Christ.
Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Adult Bible Study and Sunday School is held every Sunday at the Hillsboro Campus. The Wonewoc Campus has Adult Bible Study only. All begin at 9:15am. Next Sunday Adult Bible Class will begin a new study titled “A God Lived Life.” In that study, as well as in worship, we will be talking about a life of being a disciple, a life lived for others, a life of hospitality, and a life lived shrewdly. Thursday Bible Class is held at the Wonewoc Campus at 9:30am. This group is looking at various hymns and how they fit in with the church year.
LWMS Fall Rally
The LWMS Scenic South Central Fall Rally will be held at Faith Lutheran in Reedsburg on Thursday, October 20. Registration begins at 10:00am and opening devotion will be at 10:30am. More information will be in an insert in the bulletin next week. All ladies of the congregation are members of the Lutheran women’s Missionary Society (LWMS). LWMS is women dedicated to serving Jesus by increasing awareness of, interest in, and support of the mission outreach of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). If you would like to help LWMS provide support for home and world missions, there was an envelope in your offering packet in August to help with a financial gift. That envelope can still be used, or you can just mark a plain envelope with “LWMS”. Gifts need to be turned in by October 9 to apply to this year.
Church Directory Pictures
Please pick up your complimentary picture or ordered packets in back of church. If you ordered a download, you should have gotten a link to print them. Let us know if you did not receive what you ordered.
Lutheran Leadership Conference
The WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership will be held January 16–18, 2023 in Chicago, IL. A group from our congregation attended the first conference in 2020, and we would like to help any members interested in attending next year's event to be able to do so. If you are interested or have any questions, speak with one of the pastors or contact the church office. More information can be found at lutheranleadership.com.
Opportunities to Serve—Help Needed
Both of our campuses have some physical needs that we could use some help with. Wonewoc campus is looking for cleaners to keep the sanctuary clean and supplied. Cleaners usually only clean once in the week, but occasionally we have extra light vacuuming, etc. if we have extra service. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or talk to Jan Fick if you can help. The maintenance committee has also compiled a list of some minor fix-it projects at both campuses. We will have that list available on the bulletin boards in the narthexes at both campuses. Thank you to all who give so generously of their time to meet these needs.
Preaching Pictures: Art and Symbols in the Sanctuary
Sundays at 9:15am—Both Campuses
From humble house churches to sprawling cathedrals, Christians have been decorating their places of worship for millennia. Sometimes, decorations are simply for the sake of decoration. But in churches, art and architecture can serve a much greater purpose; they can help us to learn the good news about Christ. In this study we’ll learn about the history of God’s people’s worship spaces—from the tabernacle to today—and the meaning behind the art and symbols we see each week in worship.
Sunday School (PreK–8)
Sundays at 9:15am—Hillsboro Campus
Calling all kids, Sunday School is in session! All children in the congregation, and friends and family who aren't members, are invited and encouraged to attend Sunday School, held at our Hillsboro campus. Students learn about God's love for them revealed in the Bible, and participate in learning and service activities to show that love to their neighbor. Come and join us!
New Life in Christ
Bible Information Class
Mondays at 5:00pm—Wonewoc Campus
An opportunity for a careful study of Basic bible teachings. In this class we will see from Scripture how God carried out his plan of salvation to give us new life in Christ and how that life is shown in our lives. This class is ideal for those interested in becoming members of our congregation, members looking to review these foundational teachings, or anyone simply curious about what God's Word says.
Bible Parables and Word Pictures
Wednesdays at 10:30am—St. John's, Kendall
August 31—October 19
This Bible study clarifies many of the metaphors and analogies--the picture language--that are an integral part of God's Word.
Part I of the study focuses on parables and their relationships to the kingdom of God, setting and applying principles for interpreting parables. Part II explores words God uses to paint pictures of major scriptural truths.
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
Thursdays at 9:30am—Wonewoc Campus
God has given us the gift of music and poetry, which we can use to bring the truths of his Word to hearts and minds in memorable ways. Each week we'll look at a different hymn or song, the truths of Scripture it teaches, and the encouragement God gives us in those Bible truths. Talk to Pastor Limpert to request a favorite for study.
WELS Together—News & Updates
Images of Grace: Communicating the gospel through art
Many cultures don’t have a strong tradition of reading and writing and communicate concepts and stories in other ways, often through oral traditions and through art. This often makes communicating God’s Word to people unfamiliar with it a difficult challenge. With those realities in mind, Missionary Terry Schultz began exploring ways to create art that can be used to more easily teach the Word of God in any culture.
Recognizing the great need and drawing upon longtime friendships with Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minn., art professors Andy Overn and Jason Jasperson, Schultz suggested a project involving the professors and interested students in partnership with WELS Multi-Language Productions. The project would involve creating new artwork of as much of the Bible as possible.
A group of students met with the professors and Missionary Schultz, and the project was immediately launched. An initial 54 Bible stories were chosen and divided between the students and professors. The artists spent many hours studying the Bible, utilizing commentaries, and talking with theology professors before beginning final artwork. At the same time, they needed to study various cultures to make the art as usable as possible in a variety of cultural contexts.
Each Bible story was created in a poster-sized format with multiple frames. These posters can easily and economically be printed in nearly every mission field.
Bethany Lutheran College students Holly Harris, Maida Jasperson, Lydia Kratz, and Abby Nelson joined Missionary Schultz and Professors Overn and Jasperson along with WELS World Missions Administrator Rev. Larry Schlomer for a gallery exhibition and panel discussion on September 1, 2022. The exhibition, “Images of Grace,” showcased the artwork at Bethany Lutheran College.
Bethany students, faculty, and staff, as well as guests, turned out to see the artwork and listen to the story behind the project. Missionary Schultz stressed that this project is only beginning, and his hope is to have many more Bible stories available in this format in the future.
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church
579 Lake St., Hillsboro, WI 54634 ~ 608 489-2189
119 S East St., Wonewoc, WI 53968 ~ 608 464-3212
Pastor Peter Snyder
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Pastor Jacob Limpert
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Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version® (EHV®) © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Hymns marked CW are from Christian Worship: Hymnal © 2021 by Northwestern Publishing House.