17th Sunday After Pentecost: Sunday, Sept. 16

Songs/Hymns for the Day

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

8:30am Contemporary Service

From the Inside Out

10,000 Reasons

Here’s My Heart

Mighty to Save

11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service I, page 151




Collect of the Day

Lord Jesus Christ, our support and defense in every need, continue to preserve Your Church in safety, govern her by Your goodness, and bless her with Your peace; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament Reading                                                          Genesis 15:1–6

P   The Old Testament Reading is from Genesis, the fifteenth chapter.

1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram,   I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

P:  This is the Word of the Lord.

C:   Thanks be to God.

Epistle                                                                                       Galatians 3:1–9

P    The Epistle is from Galatians, the third chapter.

1O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

7Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

P:  This is the Word of the Lord.

C:   Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                                               John 8:31–38

P: The Holy Gospel according to John, the eighth chapter.

C:   Glory to You, O Lord.

31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C:  Praise to You, O Christ.

TO ALL VISITORS ATTENDING WORSHIP THIS MORNING:  We are thankful that you are worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus with us.  Part of worshiping our Lord is bringing our financial gifts in the form of offerings to support the ministry of Christ’s church.  As our guest today, please do not feel obligated to give an offering.  We are just thankful that you are here and hope you will continue to worship with us. Want to give your offerings online? Go to www.copperluth.org/give.

 HOLY COMMUNION: In preparation to receive the Lord’s Supper, please ask yourself these questions: Have I confessed and repented of my sins? Do I believe that in this Sacrament I am receiving the actual body and blood of Christ, under the bread and wine, into my mouth, for the forgiveness of my sins? Do I share the confession and wish to participate in the unity of this congregation? Will I, with the Lord’s help, amend my sinful life? If you answer, “yes” to all of these questions, please join us for this blessed gift from God for our forgiveness.

If you need a gluten free wafer, please ask the pastor when you are kneeling at the rail.

MISSED A SERVICE?  Watch archive sermons at www.copperluth.org/sermon-archive.

Church Communications Updates

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Baptisms of August Scherr and Isaac Scherr, sons of Dustin & Lauren Scherr will take place this morning at the early service.  Sponsors for August are Lisa Fay and Graham Scherr and sponsors for Isaac are Brooke Bachelder and Rob Cooke. We rejoice with the family as August and Isaac are welcomed into God’s Kingdom through this sacrament.

Looking for a Truck: We are looking for a used, but decent plow truck for the church. Ideally it would be 3/4 ton with a V plow. If you or someone you know is looking to sell one, please let me know. pastorgehrke@copperluth.org.

Portals of Prayer:  The Oct. – Dec. Portals of Prayer are located on the information table in the narthex, please take one as you leave today.

New Members Class: Pastor Aaron will be leading a new members class for 5 weeks beginning Sunday, October 7th. The class will be held from 10am-10:45am at the church. Location TBD. This class is the formal process for joining the membership of Saints Peter and Paul. There is no obligation to join after going through the class if you would like to sit in simply to learn more about the teaching and practice of our congregation. Sign up at church or copperluth.org/newmembers.

Financial Peace University, a bibically based curriculum that teaches people how to handle money God’s way. This 9-week class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! The class has been transformational for many members of our church and we’re happy to offer it once again. The class is starting October 15-December 10 and will be Monday nights 6:30-8. The cost for the class is $119. Register online at http://copperluth.org/fpu.

Dorcas Society Reminders:  1) Will hold its first meeting  for the 2018-19 season on Tuesday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m.  It will be a planning meeting, so no program or Bible Study that evening, but there will be a dessert. We invite all the ladies to join us at our get-togethers.  2) Annual Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, noon-3:00 p.m.  Anyone wishing to provide baked goods, treat for the Tea Table, craft items, or for the white elephant table is welcome to do so. Funds raised go toward missions.  3)  The Advent by Candlelight event will take place on Sunday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m.  Anyone willing to serve on the Planning Committee may contact Nancy Smith or Cathy Paul for further information.  4) LWML Zone 2 Fall Rally is at Our Redeemer Lutheran, Kingsford, on Saturday, September 29.

Stamps for Missions – There is a plastic bag on the bulletin board, near the church mailboxes, where you may place cancelled 1st class postage stamps, commemorative stamps, and foreign stamps, all trimmed to 1/4″.  (No bulk rate stamps are accepted.) The stamps are sent to the North Wisconsin LWML, who sells them to stamp collectors.   Since 1995, $13,602.64 has been sent to support mission projects through this means.

 Dorcas Sales Case – Please check out the items for sale in the glass sales case near the Fellowship Hall doors, including greeting cards for all occasions.  There are also Mite Boxes on the table next to the case for anyone wishing to fill them with coins or currency, and return them to that area.  Funds raised go to the NWD LWML  for missions grants.
Church cookbooks are for the Youth Group, so anyone purchasing one of them should make the check payable to SS Peter & Paul, noting “Cookbook” on the memo line.  The youth also collect Econo Foods slips and Our Family SPC codes.  There’s a container for them in the Fellowship Hall near the green kitchen counters.

Senior Saints – Is going to have its first get-together of the season on Thursday, September 27, with a color tour up the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Further details are forthcoming.  A signup sheet is on the table in the Narthex to help with plans.  Contact John or Jean Pemberton for more information (487-9412).

SERVING: Ushers:   Christian Fitzgerald, Craig Sporalski,

Mark VanWagner, John Litzner (Early)

Peter Pietila, Jerry Smith,

Jim Lahti, Marilynn Dewald (Late)

Elders:     Jim Hewett, Dennis Hagenuch (Early)

Jon Leinonen (Late)

Acolytes: Amelia Sander, Keira Chrestensen (Early)

Jonah Horning (Late)

Lay Reader: Jean Pemberton

Greeters: Stan & Lou Ann Vitton (Early)

Jerry & Nancy Smith (Late)


Sunday           8:30 AM  Contemporary Svc., w/comm.

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc.

Monday          6:00 PM  Bd. of Elders

Tuesday          9:00 AM Triple G

6:30 PM Dorcas/LWML

Wednesday     9:00 AM Parents Day Out

4:00 PM            Confirmation Class

Thursday         4:30 PM Praise Team Rehearsal

Next Sunday   8:30 AM  Contemporary Svc.

10:00 AM            Education Classes

11:00 AM            Traditional Svc., w/com

“Lutheran Hour” Radio Ministry, Sunday 8:30 AM, WHKB 102.3FM


Sun. 9/9 – (10:00) 250 (Rally Day)

Pray this week for:

Submit a Prayer: www.copperluth.org/prayer-request

Cancer: Julia Munson, Nancy Pintar, Elaine Monette, Sue Etapa,

Lori Pemberton, Mary Ann Tervo, Linda Toijala, Julie Sutinen,


Other Prayers: Jen DePuydt, Mary, Bob Paul

Missionary of the Month: Britt Odemba, Kenya


Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,296 
Last Week  
Offerings $   9,237.66
Other Income $   2,279.92
Total $11,517.58
Year to Date Budget Need $325,360.00
Year to Date Actual $318,278.47
Year to Date Difference $   (7,081.53)

Office Information:

Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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906-482-4750 | info@copperluth.org


Pastor: Aaron Gehrke; pastorgehrke@copperluth.org

Director of Youth & Campus Ministry: Marcus Huff: marcus@copperluth.org

Preschool Director/Teacher: Jaime Schuldt: preschool@copperluth.org

Office Manager: Judy Fenske; secretary@copperluth.org

Facilities Manager: Don Kuiper; maintenance@copperluth.org

Business Manager: Jason Auel; business@copperluth.org

Volunteer Ministry Staff:

Director of Care Ministry: Lou Ann Vitton; louann@copperluth.org

Group Life: Rob Cooke; groups@copperluth.org

Hospitality: Anne Cooke: anne@copperluth.org

Community: Kerri Mayra; community@copperluth.org

Children’s Ministry: Abby Gehrke; children@copperluth.org

Director of Communication: Bryant Weathers: bryant@copperluth.org