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THE JOURNEY THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE A JOURNEY THAT EXPOSES YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE May 18, 19, and 22, 2019 Walking with Jesus through life can lead to some uncomfortable comparisons. His selfsacrificing love puts to shame our best efforts at love. But his love also changes what we are. BELLS AND WELCOME HYMN 160

This Joyful Eastertide


In the name of the Father and the Son † and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


O Father, who creates and sustains all life, may your Word encourage us as we recall the stories of your unfailing love.


O Son, who restores life to us by your death and resurrection, may your Word revive our weary souls with the message of your forgiving love.


O Spirit, who daily regenerates life within in us, may your Word fill us with the power of your renewing love. Amen.


Dear friends, “how great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)



The apostle John calls us to “love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love”(1 John 4:7,8). As we come before our God today, let us, therefore, confess our lack of love for others and the many sins that flow from our love of self. Merciful Father in heaven, I am altogether sinful from birth. In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child. But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love. Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt.




God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins. By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, he has removed your guilt forever. You are his own dear child. May God give you strength to live according to his will. Amen. PRAYER AND PRAISE


In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.

HYMN 265, VV. 1-3

This Is the Feast of Victory

This is the feast of victory for our God, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, Whose blood set us free to be people of God. This is the feast of victory for our God, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Power, riches, wisdom, and strength, And honor, blessing, and glory are his. This is the feast of victory for our God, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Sing with all the people of God, And join in the hymn of all creation. This is the feast of victory for our God, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! PRAYER OF THE DAY M C

The Lord be with you. And also with you.


Let us pray. Heavenly Father, you are a God of mercy and grace. “You will not always accuse. Nor will you harbor your anger forever. You do not treat us as we deserve or repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:9,10).


Give us hearts that fully grasp the significance of these words. We are infinitely loved! No matter what, we can approach your throne with freedom and confidence.


Now, Lord, empower us to do what is even more difficult: to believe these truths and truly make them our own. We pray through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.



1 Samuel 20:12-17, Bible page 288 Despite the bad blood Jonathan’s father, Saul, has toward David, Jonathan continues to love David like a brother.

PSALM OF THE DAY (Saturday, Sunday 7:45 am, Wednesday)

ANTHEM (Sunday 9:15 am)


Psalm 145, Hymnal page 119 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise!

No Greater Love, Lutheran School Grades 4 and 5

Revelation 21:1-6, Bible page 1252 In his great love for us, God has prepared a new heaven and a new earth, a beautiful and perfect world for us, where we will dwell together with him forever.


At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing


John 13:31-35, Bible page 1080 Pastor Peter Panitzke

APOSTLES’ CREED I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


Jesus Loves, Brass Ensemble arr. by Al Schumacher




O Lord God, our strength, our song, and our salvation, you fulfilled your promises by the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead. Thanks be to God! You give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57). In your compassion you sent Christ, the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life to rescue the lost. Drive out all doubt and gloom that we may delight in your glorious triumph. Lift our eyes heavenward to see him who lives to make intercession for the saints, and grant us confidence in the greatness of his power. Keep before us the vision of your redeemed people standing before your throne and singing the song of victory: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive wisdom and power and honor and glory and praise (Revelation 5:12). Make us instruments of your peace as we bring the good news of hope and new life to those around us. Guide us in the use of all that you have entrusted to us: our time, our talents, and our treasures. Risen Lord, live in us that we may live for you. Merciful Lord Jesus, grant healing to the sick, and strengthen the faith of the suffering and the dying. Assure them of your abiding presence, and comfort them with the hope of eternal life. Special prayers and intercessions may follow.


Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions. Silent prayer.


Gracious Father, you have restored to us the joy of your salvation. With happy hearts, we come before you and say: Alleluia! Thanks be to God! Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN 499, vv. 1-4

O God of Mercy, God of Might



Almighty God, grant to your Church the Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes from above. Let nothing hinder your Word from being freely proclaimed to the joy and edifying of Christ’s holy people, so that we may serve you in steadfast faith and confess your name as long as we live, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.



The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look on you with favor and † give you peace. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS POSTLUDE (Sunday) O Beautiful for Spacious Skies, Brass Ensemble PRESIDING MINISTER (Sunday) Pastor Jeffrey Bonack ORGANIST Susan Oakes

FREE WILL OFFERING FOR OUR TEACHERS LEAVING US Mrs. Theresa Kirchoff and Mrs. Jessica Vanderhyde will be stepping down as teachers in our school to dedicate more time at home to their young children. As is our custom at St. Paul’s we will be giving the congregation the opportunity to express their thankfulness and appreciation for these teachers through a free will offering. Today we will gather an offering for Mrs. Kirchoff; the weekend of May 26 for Mrs. Vanderyhde. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Our vision is that by every possible means we bring every person in our area of influence closer to Christ through regular worship, small groups, and serving together.

WEEKLY CALENDAR For the week of May 20, 2019 MON

10:00 am 7:00 pm

Walking Club (10:30 am if raining) Woodwind Rehearsal (Church Balcony)


9:30 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 10:30 am 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

Ladies Bible Study (Grace Room) Walking Club (10:30 am if raining) Circuit Meeting at Reformation, Dousman Ministerial Team Meeting Handbell Rehearsal (Church Balcony) Following the Promise Bible Study (Faith Room) Dorcas Society Meeting (Grace Room)


9:30 am 4:30 pm 7:00 pm

Mommy and Me (Faith Room) Public School Confirmation Instruction Classes Traditional Worship Service


6:30 am 10:00 am 7:00 pm


8:00 am 5:00 pm


7:45 am 9:15 am 9:15 am 9:15 am 9:45 am 10:15 am 10:45 am

Sunrise Bible Study (Faith Room) Walking Club (No Walking Club if raining) The Bridge and Contemporary Band Practice Men’s Breakfast Bible Study (Grace Room) Traditional Worship Service with Holy Communion Traditional Worship Service with Holy Communion Traditional Worship Service with Holy Communion Grace Room Bible Study Kids Club and Boost Youth Ministries Closing Program The Bridge Holy Communion The Bridge Contemporary Worship Service with Holy Communion

JOIN US ONLINE If you can’t join us in person, join us online! A video archive of sermons is available at The Bridge, our casual contemporary service, is livestreamed every Sunday at 10:15 am on each of the following platforms. You can find an archive of past messages on each site, with the fullservice replay on YouTube.

@ The Bridge Church Muskego @ The Bridge at St. Paul’s

ST. PAUL’S NEWS PRAYERS REQUESTED Please pray for the following individuals in their time of need: Carol Beyer, David Burkowitz, Carol Gosseck, Connie Hikade, Lucille Krebs, Bruce Marggraf, Shelly Pearson, Mary Schauwitzer, Carol Smith, Jeanne Steinbrecher, and Dick and Jane Sternberg. HOSPITALIZED Lois Guhr is at The View at Pine Ridge in Oconomowoc, Gary Ives and Debra Witte at the VA Hospital, baby Dawson Lindner at West Allis Women’s Pavilion, Skyler Kreger at Children’s, Lucille Krebs at West Allis Memorial, and Audrey Wefel at The Virginia Rehab and Health Center. Dorothy Wardin is in home hospice care. Diane Bryant, Sandee Keller, and Sam Lindner have been discharged from the hospital. SUNDAY MORNING NURSERY We have a staffed nursery every Sunday during the 9:15 and 10:45 am services in the east wing of the church. A silent pager system allows child care providers to alert you to any need your child has. A worship host will be happy to assist you with directions if needed. ATTENDANCE 1256 attended last week’s worship services. JUNE FAMILY IN NEED A St. Paul’s family hopes to get a service dog to help one of their children. The cost for the dog and training is approximately $5000, which far surpasses this family’s financial ability. If you would like to give a special gift to help this family, mark your gift clearly “June Family in Need.” Thank you in advance for faithfully fulfilling our God’s command: “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10). WISH LIST The Wish List contains items that would greatly benefit the ministry at St. Paul’s but are above and beyond the budgeted expenses. If you would like to give toward a Wish List item, clearly mark your envelope, “Wish List,” with the item title, or give online at Item Martin Luther College Tuition Assistance Grant

Est. Cost $4,000

Received $3,125

Still Needed $ 875

Martin Luther College Tuition Assistance Grant This grant will provide tuition assistance for our members and members of Garden Homes Lutheran Church, our sister congregation, who are attending Martin Luther College preparing to become pastors, teachers, and staff ministers. Currently 6 students from St. Paul’s and Garden Homes are enrolled at MLC. The gifts given to this grant will be matched by the college, providing up to $1,000 per student. The deadline is June 1 for gifts to apply to the next school year. THANK YOU Hello St. Paul’s! I am writing to say thank you as a recipient of the Martin Luther College Tuition Assistance Grant. I can’t thank you enough for all the support you have given me. It is such a blessing to be able to continue my studies in the loving, Christian environment of Martin Luther College. I am a Spanish major and it is so exciting to be studying something that I am so passionate about! Mark 16:15 says, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” I pray that God uses me to spread his saving gospel message across the globe! Your gift toward my tuition has both encouraged and inspired me. I hope one day to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me. Thank you for being a part of my journey. God's blessings! -Gabrielle Steidl

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2019 The entire St. Paul’s family says, “Congratulations and God’s blessings!” to the 8th and 12th grade graduates in the Class of 2019 who are members and friends of the congregation. May the Lord move all of you to follow the same advice that Paul gave to the young Timothy: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” ~ I Timothy 4:12


8th Grade Graduate

School Graduating From

High School Entering Fall of 2019

Evan Artlip Brady Becker Amanda Berry Anna Bonack Kyle Byley Emma Eilertson Abigail Esmeier Molly Fitzsimmons Jack Goelz Rowan Gray Samuel Grimes Noah Gruetzmacher Ethan Haag Abigail Hockers Leah Hudock Ellie Johnson Joshua Johnson Sophia Kennedy Grace King Chloe Klopf Hannah Klopf Zachary Koch Brady Kremkau Wolfgang Krill Joshua Kwiatkowski Amber Larson Logan Lawonn Eli Lepke Mason Mazziotti Katie Meyer Ryan Miller Kierstan Proite Abigail Prosser Jude Radish Ian Rintelman Isabella SanFelippo Katelynn Schneider

Lake Denoon St. Paul’s Lutheran Pilgrim Park – Elm Grove St. Paul’s Lutheran Lake Denoon St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran Lake Denoon Yorkville St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran Muskego Lakes St. Paul’s Lutheran Lake Denoon Lake Denoon St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran Forest Park – Franklin Eisenhower – New Berlin Muskego Lakes St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran Lake Denoon St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran Park View – Mukwonago Muskego Lakes St. Paul’s Lutheran Eisenhower – New Berlin St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran

Muskego Muskego Michigan Lutheran Seminary Waterford Muskego Mukwonago Mukwonago Luther Prep – Watertown Wisconsin Lutheran Muskego Union Grove Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Lutheran Muskego Muskego Wisconsin Lutheran Muskego Muskego Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Lutheran Franklin Eisenhower – New Berlin Muskego Wisconsin Lutheran Muskego Muskego Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Lutheran Mukwonago Muskego Wisconsin Lutheran Eisenhower – New Berlin Muskego Burlington Muskego

8th Grade Graduate

School Graduating From

High School Entering Fall of 2019

Melanie Schwartz Isabelle Steidl Weston Sundholm Melanie Tonn Elizabeth Veley Maddie Watry Tresna Wehking Thomas Westendorf Serenity Witzlsteiner Lucy Younk Ryleigh Zeller

Whitnall – Greenfield St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran Park View – Mukwonago Eisenhower – New Berlin St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran St. Paul’s Lutheran

Whitnall Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Lutheran Muskego Mukwonago Eisenhower – New Berlin Wisconsin Lutheran Muskego Waterford Wisconsin Lutheran

12TH GRADE GRADUATES 12th Grade Graduate

School Graduating From

Plans for Fall of 2019

Emma Arrowood Grace Beyer Alexis Blundon Julien Bonack Morgan Dunn Ian Eppen Elizabeth Fink Lauren Flater Kaitlin Foley Nathan Grimes Ethan Hall William Kamper Jerryd Kolesari Michael Lynn Elisa Marggraf Daniel Marlowe Aaron Miller Samantha Pearson Joey Remschak Kyle Ristow Mikayla Rivera Alexandra Rynders Nicole Schmidt Shannon Schwartz Marisa Shevey Carissa Sundholm Abby Westendorf Jake Zeller

Muskego Wisconsin Lutheran Franklin Waterford Union Wisconsin Lutheran Franklin Muskego Muskego Muskego Union Grove Wisconsin Lutheran Veritas – Milwaukee Muskego Wauwatosa West Luther Prep – Watertown Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Lutheran Muskego Whitnall – Greenfield Wisconsin Lutheran Muskego Muskego Muskego Muskego Luther Prep – Watertown Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Lutheran

University of Wisconsin – Waukesha University of Minnesota – Minneapolis North Central College – Naperville, IL Undecided University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh University of Wisconsin – Whitewater Minnesota State University – Mankato University of Wisconsin – La Crosse St. Norbert College – De Pere University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Entering Workforce Unknown University of Wisconsin – Whitewater Milwaukee School of Engineering Entering Workforce University of Wisconsin – Madison University of Wisconsin – Madison Michigan Technological Univ. – Houghton, MI Undecided Waukesha County Technical College Carthage College – Kenosha University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Waukesha County Technical College Wisconsin Lutheran College – Milwaukee University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Wisconsin Lutheran College – Milwaukee Steamfitters Local 601 Apprenticeship

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10

ST. PAUL’S NEWS COMING YOUR WAY JUNE 11 Following the Promise is a class designed to challenge us in what we think we know, introduce us to the world's only Savior in Jesus, and take us on a journey from creation to the cross and to the halls of heaven. Join Pastor Nate for a look at the basics of what the Bible teaches and how God’s promises relate to you on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:15 pm, for 12 weeks. Members and guests! Text Pastor Nate at (414) 426-8236, email at [email protected], or register on the back of your Connection Card. ANOTHER BLESSED YEAR FOR SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH MINISTRIES St. Paul’s Sunday morning youth ministries (Kids Club, 3K-6th Grade and Boost, 7th-8th Grades) completed the 2018-2019 year on Sunday May 19. We thank the 40 adults and teens who served on the staffs and helped make these ministries possible. Attendance for 2019-20 (not counting in the final week’s attendance) is 2,631 for the year. Last year total attendance was 2,472, and the year before that was 2,274. Roughly, 200 more each year. We praise and thank the Lord for this growth. Kids Club Staff: Katie Becker, Savannah Christopherson, Kara Darling, Mikala Ellis, David Friesner, Vicky Gabrus, Deaune Gray, Amy Grimes, Nathan Grimes, Stacy Guhr, Annmarie Hintze, Laura Horn, Susan Kuehl, Catherine Massie, Aaron Miller, Layla Nowak, Kim Redmond, Kimmy Remschak, Sarah Scheblein, Natalie Schmit, Caleb Schneider, Alexis Shannon, Kurt Steffen, Kaitlyn Sutton, Brian Tonn, Cole Vahovick, Kennedy Vahovick, Lisa Van Landeghem, Amanda Veley, Joel Weaver. Boost Staff: Kristen Barrett, Bryan Guhr, Andrew Lehmann, John Oswald, Carrie Rynders, Brian Tonn, Nathan Zastrow. Substitutes: Nicole Glodowski, Taryn Volbrecht, Jeff Wetzel. MAY / JUNE GRACE ROOM SERIES: A CASE FOR FAITH Why does God permit evil? Why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Why has God allowed the church to engage in brutality and hypocrisy? Tough questions demand convincing answers. Using video segments by journalist, Lee Strobel, as he journeys across the country challenging philosophers, theologians, and ordinary believers to defend their faith, St. Paul’s member and leader, Mr. Jim Haag, will challenge Grace Room participants to discover what Jim’s small group did when they went through the book A Case for Faith together. This Bible study will meet Sundays, May 19-June 23, in the Grace Room at 9:15 am. UNDER THE CANOPY HOSTS Available dates for this summer’s Under the Canopy are June 2, June 16, June 23, July 21, and August 18. This is a great opportunity to share information about your organization with the congregation while meeting new people. Please contact Tammy Miller at (414) 422-0320 ext. 111 or [email protected] for more information and to reserve your date. JAMMIN’ ON JANESVILLE COMMUNITY OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY – JUNE 7 St. Paul’s will be sharing our joy with the community on Friday, June 7 at Jammin’ on Janesville. We will have a booth set up from 5:00 until 9:00 pm with one of The Bridge worship bands performing near-by. A new inflatable ball game will be enjoyed by the kids while information about our church and school will also be available. A few volunteers are still needed to help with set up, running games, passing out candy, and being a smiling face to communicate with visitors. To sign up: • •

Mark the back of your Connection Card and you will be contacted by Community Outreach Coordinator Sally Wallner. Call or text Sally directly at (414) 218-5197.

GroupWork Bible Study Discussion Starters Life application materials for us in Connector Groups, home devotions, and other small groups .

1. Share highs and lows with the group and pray for each other.

2. “Everyone will know you are my disciples if you love one another” (John 13:34). Share an example of Christian love in action that made a lasting impression on you.

3. The love of David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 20 stands out as an example of self-sacrificing love that glorifies the Son of Man. Read 1 Samuel 20 and answer these questions. a. How does this account convict you?

b. How does this account comfort you? c. What does this account teach you about showing love in your life? d. What does this account make you want to pray about?

4. What does St. Paul’s/The Bridge do to put Jesus’ command “to love one another as I have loved you” into practice? What other ideas does your group have? What could your group do to show love to each other and to others? Send noteworthy ideas to Pastor Pete at [email protected]

5. Close by praying or singing Christian Worship 491, vv. 1,4 O Master of the loving heart, the friend of all in need, We pray that we may be like you In thought and word and deed. Oh, grant us hearts like yours, dear Lord, So joyous, free, and true, That all your children, ev’rywhere, Be drawn by us to you. Amen.

NoteSheet Sermon Outline Take notes during the sermon to help you remember the main points

One Journey Can Change Your Life: The Journey Exposes You for What You Are John 13:31-35 1. The journey exposes you as a sinner in whom the Son of Man is glorified. a. The sinner exposed. “As I have loved you, so you must _________ one another.” i. ii. iii. iv.

Like Put up with Pretend to love None of the above

b. The Son of Man glorified. “God is glorified in him …” i. When Jesus c_______________ his enemies. ii. When Jesus r_______________ the dead. iii. When Jesus d_______________ for sinners. (“At once”!) 2. The journey exposes you as a saint through whom the Son of Man is made known. a. The saint exposed. The love of the Son of Man is made known to me… i. 1 John 1:8-9 – in c_________________ and a_________________ ii. Ephesians 5:25-27 – in b_______________________ iii. Matthew 26:28; Jeremiah 31:34 – in c____________________ b. The saint exposed. The love of the Son of Man is made known through me… i. In the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) ii. In self-sacrifice: “As I have loved you…” Jesus said, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” Peter asked, “Why can’t I follow you now?” My Next Steps on the Journey •

Glorify the Son of Man: Consider your relationships within your family, at work or school, among your friends. When have you been guilty of “putting up with” or “pretending to love”? Confess your sins and claim Jesus’ forgiving love. Read 1 John 1:8-9. Make the Son of Man Known: Memorize the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. How can you make daily use of God’s Word so that the Spirit might create this fruit within you?