This Week at St. Paul
Second Sunday in Lent
A Gift for the World
When assessing the seriousness of need, one factor is how widespread that need is. A homeless individual needs food. During a famine, an entire nation needs food. It is substantially easier to meet the needs of the former than the latter! The more widespread a need, the greater the need.
When Jesus said, “No one can enter the kingdom of God,” he declared that the need for salvation is universal. He rightly condemned humanity as a whole. There is no one on the face of the earth who can make the case that they deserve God’s blessing. Yet, ages ago, God declared that all nations would be blessed. God has declared his love for the world and promised he would save the world. God’s gift of salvation is meant for all people.
Some interpret this to mean that all people will be saved in the end. This is not true. The gift of salvation is meant for the world; however, it is received by faith. “Whoever believes in him...” the Gospel says. However, the good news is that faith is also God’s gift, imparted through that gospel.
This Week in Worship
First Reading—Genesis 12:1–8
Second Reading—Romans 4:1–5,13–17
Psalm of the Day—Psalm 121
Gospel Acclamation—John 3:16
Hymn of the Day—God Loved the World So That He Gave (CW 570)
A Gift Even for Me
Join Us for Worship!
Remember in your prayers...
- Bill Steckel, who remains hospitalized with ongoing complications.
- Val Hagemann, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
- John Honer, who is 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.
Lenten Midweek Worship Schedule
The theme for the 2023 midweek Lenten sermons is "His Final Steps." The series explores Jesus' final days before, during, and after his crucifixion. Different locations, including the temple and Golgotha, serve as themes for each Lenten and Holy Week service, leading up to Jesus' first steps out of the tomb. Pastors from the area churches will be preaching on a rotating schedule.
For Hillsboro/Wonewoc the schedule is:
March 8—Pastor Sellnow "His final steps led to his Father's house."
March 15—Pastor Wilke "His final steps led to a fig tree."
March 22—Pastor Zuehlke "His final steps led to some Greeks."
March 29—Pastor Waldschmidt "His final steps led to his enemies."
Services will be at 3:30 & 6:30 pm with a meal in between. February 22 through March 8 services will be held at Wonewoc; March 15 through March 29 services will be held at Hillsboro.
Lent Fellowship Suppers
Fellowship suppers will be held between services during Lent. The hosts for the rest of the suppers are:
March 8 – Mitchell Family (Wonewoc)
March 15 – Panther Parents (Hillsboro)
March 22 – Senior Choir (Hillsboro)
March 29 – Elders/Trustees (Hillsboro)
A new Bible study series began last week. It is titled In Season and Out of Season. Using St. Paul’s experiences in the city of Philippi as a model, In Season and Out of Season seeks to encourage and equip God’s people to share the Gospel in any and every situation with those who desperately need to hear it. Bible study takes place each Sunday at 9:15am at both campuses.
We now have SCRIP cards available for immediate purchase or you may order in advance. We have Kwik Trip gas and gift cards on hand that may be picked up after church on Sunday or at the office during the week. You can order many other options. Please contact Brooks Mitchell (608-479-2860) or Bev Ward (608-548-3641) with questions or to order cards.
If you still need your 2022 contribution statements, please email the church office. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org. We can then email them directly to you.
Meditations that begin next Sunday are available in the church entry in Hillsboro or on the back table in Wonewoc. Suggested donation is $3.00. The current Forward in Christ is also there.
In Season and Out of Season
Sundays at 9:15am—Both Campuses
February 26—April 2
In his second letter to Timothy, St. Paul wrote, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season” (4:2). Although originally written as an encouragement to a first-century pastor, Paul’s words are equally applicable to twenty-first century Christians. We have the same message to share with sinners who desperately need to hear it. Using St. Paul’s experiences in the city of Philippi as a model, In Season and Out of Season seeks to encourage and equip God’s people to share that message in any and every situation.
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!
Women's Bible Study—Mondays at 6:30pm—St. John's, Kendall
^Note date change during season of Lent.^
Women's Bible Study continues to meet at St. John's in Kendall. The next study, beginning February 20, is Heirs Together. This study looks at God's design for men and women and how they work together for the good of his kingdom. All the lessons are meant to provide opportunities for men and women to discuss what Scripture says about their interdependence and the unique applications of unchanging principles for different ministry settings.
Wednesdays at 10:30am—St. John's, Kendall
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.
WELS Together—News & Updates
Together Video Update – February 28, 2023
Home Missionary Rev. Joel Prange shares his experiences of being called to a new home mission in North Dakota – from gathering the core group in his living room to ways to get involved in the community.
Bible lessons, music, and activities for kids preschool aged through eighth grade.
Bible class geared toward adults and teens, studying books of the Bible and topics of Christian faith and living.
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
email@example.com ~ 608 479-0778
Pastor Jacob Limpert
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 608 462-7601
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.