18th Sunday After Pentecost: Sunday, Sept. 23

Songs/Hymns for the Day

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

8:30am Contemporary Service


Christ Be All Around Me

Take My Life

One Thing Remains

11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Svc. II, page 167





Collect for Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

O God, whose strength is made perfect in weakness, grant us humility and childlike

faith that we may please You in both will and deed; through Jesus Christ, Your Son,

our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and


Old Testament Reading                                                       Jeremiah 11:18–20

P  The Old Testament Reading is from Jeremiah, the eleventh chapter.

18The Lord made it known to me and I knew;

then you showed me their deeds.

19But I was like a gentle lamb

led to the slaughter.

I did not know it was against me

they devised schemes, saying,

“Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,

let us cut him off from the land of the living,

that his name be remembered no more.”

20But, O Lord of hosts, who judges righteously,

who tests the heart and the mind,

let me see your vengeance upon them,

for to you have I committed my cause.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Epistle                                                                                  James 3:13—4:10

P   The Epistle is from James, the third chapter.

13Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

1What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

P  This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                                      Matthew 6:19–24

P  The Holy Gospel according to Matthew, the sixth chapter.

Glory to You, O Lord.

19“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24[Jesus said:] “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C   Praise to You, O Christ.


Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Notes and News

 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.

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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.

 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).


Sunday           8:30 AM  Contemporary Svc..

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc., w/comm.

Tuesday          9:00 AM Triple G

10:30 AM    Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday    9:00 AM  Parents Day Out

4:00 PM Confirmation Class

Thursday      10:30 AM   Senior Saints

4:30 PM Praise Team Rehearsal

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

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc., w/comm.

12:30 PM Yoop Group BBQ

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


Sun. 9/16 – (8:30) 188 + (11:00) 124 = 312

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, Nancy Smith

Missionary of the Month: Britt Odemba, Kenya

SERVING: Ushers:   Lorna Kaspala, Greg Blust,

Wayne Volk, volunteer (Early)

Sam Coates, Deb Olson,

Ken Clark, Peter Pietila (Late)

Elders:     Duane Fenske (Early)

Jon Leinonen, Dale Dewald (Late)

Acolytes: Ally Etelamaki (Early)

Abbigail Hietala, Kierah Hietala (Late)

Lay Reader: John Pemberton

Greeters: Charlotte Clouthier, Jim Walters (Early)

Roger & Janet Turpening, Elsa Strayer (Late)


Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,296 
Last Week  
Offerings $   8,832.56
Other Income $      167.98
Total $  9,000.54
Year to Date Budget Need $334,656.00
Year to Date Actual $327,279.01
Year to Date Difference $   (7,376.99)

Office Information:

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

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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