2nd Sunday in Lent: Sunday, Mar. 17

Songs/Hymns for the Day

2nd Sunday in Lent

  8:30am Contemporary Service


“Christ Be All Around Me”

“We Give You Thanks”

“One Thing Remains”

11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service III, page 184

#431 “Not All the Blood of Beasts”

#434 “Lamb of God, Pure and Holy”

#610 “Lord Jesus, Think on Me”

Collect of the Day

O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament Reading                                                                                        Genesis 50:15-21

P  The Old Testament Reading is from Genesis the fiftieth chapter  

15When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died, 17‘Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

 Epistle                                                                  Acts 9:4–9, 15–19

P The Epistle is from Acts the ninth chapter.

4And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 7The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

15But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; 19and taking food, he was strengthened.

For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                          Matthew 18:21–35                                                P   The Holy Gospel according to Matthew the eighteenth chapter.

C   Glory to You, O Lord.

21Peter came up and said to [Jesus], “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

23“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C   Praise to You, O Christ.


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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.

Notes and News


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

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc.

12:30 PM Youth Group – Laser Tag II

Monday         7:30 AM  Early Learning Center

5:00 PM Ministry Council

6:00 PM  Elders Meeting

Tuesday         7:30 AM  Early Learning Center

7:30 AM   Men’s Bible Study

6:30 PM Dorcas/LWML

Wednesday    7:30 AM  Early Learning Center

9:00 AM   Parents Day Out

4:00 PM Confirmation

5:00 PM Praise Team Rehearsal

5:30 PM Adult Choir

6:00 PM Lenten Supper

7:00 PM Lenten Service

Thursday        7:30 AM  Early Learning Center

Friday             7:30 AM Early Learning Center

Next Sunday  8:30 AM   Contemporary Svc.

10:00 AM Education Classes

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

6:00 PM CSM – Student Supper

7:00 PM CSM – Bible Study

Pray this week for:

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

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

Lori Pemberton, Julie Sutinen, Jim, Karen Donovan,

Dave Stimac, Rick Williams, Jerry Dummann

Other Prayers: Jen DePuydt, Pastor Paul, Nancy Smith

Missionary of the Month: Rev. Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr., Latin America & Caribbean Region

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

 Church Communications

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 Nominations for the Board of Directors:  Would you like to nominate someone to serve in Church leadership on the Board of Directors?  See bulletin insert or table in Narthex for details. Deadline for submitting nominations is March 24.

Lenten Services: Our Lenten Services will be on Wed., Mar. 20th, 27th, Apr. 3rd & 10th.  Suppers will be provided before each service at 6:00 p.m. Services will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 Lay Readers: Saints Peter and Paul are inviting children and youth to read during the 2nd service. We would pair them up with an adult reader and assigned a Sunday.  The readings would be sent to both the adult reader and the student’s family. At that time the student can decide which of the two readings they would prefer to do and the adult would read the other. If your child/children are willing to be scheduled with an adult please phone the church office at 482-4750 or e-mail secretary@copperluth.org.

CSM –  Concordia student ministries or CSM is our college focus ministry based out of our student house at Michigan Tech. We have events every Saturday afternoon/ evening Bible study on Sunday nights. Come connect with other Christian college students and join us at one of our weekly events!

The Spring Love Inc Banquet is April 12th at 6:30pm at the Magnuson Hotel. The menu will be Roast Beef, Chicken Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Rice, Veggies, Buttermilk Biscuits, House Salad, Dessert, Coffee & Punch
Food, fellowship, Live Music, Love Inc stories & a simple thank you to all who supported this wonderful ministry! Tickets are $50.00 each. If you are interested in attending, please contact bryant@copperluth.org.

Dorcas Society – will meet on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. Program
for the evening will be Mike Lutz, Executive Director of the Omega
House.  It will be interesting to hear all that is going on at that
special place and what its needs are, as it provides such a vital
service.  All the ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.  We
look forward to seeing you!

Coffee Donations:  We are running low on regular coffee.  Anyone who would like to donate cans of coffee to be used for church functions, please bring them to the church kitchen and they will be stored there until needed.  Thank you.

 Limited Time Engagement! The choir is calling all voices! We are going to beef up the choir for Holy Week, during which we will be singing on at both services on Palm Sunday (April 14) and Easter (April 21). We’d like as many as possible to join us as we praise God for His glorious work of redemption through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Rehearsals for this limited-time commitment are at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays through April 17. Stay afterwards for Lenten supper and service. For more information contact the Jason Sommerville at jason.sommerville@gmail.com or 906-370-2377.

Children’s Choir Forming: We are putting together a children’s choir that will sing at both services on Palm Sunday. Children up through sixth grade who are able to read words are encouraged to join the children’s choir, which will be rehearsing in the sanctuary during the Sunday school hour between services starting on March 17th. Parents, please encourage your children to join by bringing them to the rehearsals. For more information contact the Jason Sommerville at jason.sommerville@gmail.com or 906-370-2377.

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

 Senior Saints – Will meet on Thursday, March 28, starting at noon with
lunch.  Program for the day will be a presentation by Stan Vitton, who
will talk to us about a Review of the 1,000-year Father’s Day Flood of
last June and a report on the Enbridge #5 situation at the Straits of
Mackinac.  We invite all Seniors in our midst to join us for a day of
fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ, good food, and
enlightenment.  Contact John or Jean Pemberton (487-9412) for more

Thrivent Choice Dollars – The 2018 designation of your Choice Dollars
will expire on Sunday, March 31.  Plan ahead if you prefer to call in to
have your Choice Dollars designated because they expire on a Sunday and
Thrivent is closed that weekend, so online is the only option to
designate your Choice Dollars those two days.  Please keep in mind that
the phones will be very busy on Friday, March 29, so why not designate
your Choice Dollars now. It is simple and doesn’t cost you anything but
your time.  Only about 1/3 of Thrivent members take advantage of this,
which means charities lose 2/3 of the Thrivent Choice Dollars.  You must
be at least 16 years of age and have Thrivent products with annual
premiums of $750 or more per year,  Thrivent investments, or retirement
products with a value of at least $20,000 to earn Choice Dollars.
You must renew the distribution of your Choice Dollars every year.
Your choice of a prior year does not carry over.  There are two ways to
direct your Choice Dollars.  Go to www.thriventchoice.com or call
1-800-847-4836 and say “choice dollars’ at automation.  Thank you for
considering SS Peter & Paul when making your Choice Dollars donation.
Funds raised are mainly earmarked for Spring Student Mission Trips.

SERVING: Ushers:   Mark VanWagner, Craig Sporalski,

Christian Fitzgerald, volunteer (Early)

Peter Pietila, Deb Olson,

Jim Lahti, Ken Clark (Late)

Elders:      Warren Weingarten, Jim Hewett (Early)

Dale Dewald (Late)

Acolytes: Bob Cooke, Jordan Chrestensen (Early)

Logan Moilanen (Late)

Lay Reader: Marilynn Dewald

Greeters: Bev Auel, Wayne Volk, Pauline Kokkonnen (Early)

Jean Pemberton, Rachele Lambert (Late)

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


Sun. 3/10 – (8:30) 100 + (11:00) 75 = 175

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

Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,719 
Last Week  
Offerings $   10,121.51
      Other Income $        150.00
Total $  10,271.51
Year to Date Budget Need $  94,400.00
Year to Date Actual $  99,773.12
Year to Date Difference $    5,373.12