12th Sunday after Pentecost: Sunday, Sept. 1

Songs/Hymns for the Day

12th Sunday after Pentecost

  8:30am Contemporary Service

“Come As You Are”

“I Will Rise”

“Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)”

“This Is Amazing Grace”

10:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service I, page 151

#592 “Dearest Jesus, We Are Here”

#863 “Our Father, by Whose Name”

#849 “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness”

Collect of the Day

O Lord of grace and mercy, teach us by Your Holy Spirit to follow the example of Your Son in true humility, that we may withstand the temptations of the devil and with pure hearts and minds avoid ungodly pride; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament Lesson                                                                   Genesis 24:52-67

P  The Old Testament Lesson is from Genesis the twenty-fourth chapter.

52When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the earth before the Lord. 53And the servant brought out jewelry of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments. 54And he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they arose in the morning, he said, “Send me away to my master.” 55Her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go.” 56But he said to them, “Do not delay me, since the Lord has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.” 57They said, “Let us call the young woman and ask her.” 58And they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will go.” 59So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,

“Our sister, may you become
thousands of ten thousands,
and may your offspring possess
the gate of those who hate them!”

61Then Rebekah and her young women arose and rode on the camels and followed the man. Thus the servant took Rebekah and went his way.

62Now Isaac had returned from Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in the Negeb. 63And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming. 64And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel 65and said to the servant, “Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. 66And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Epistle Lesson                                                                            Romans 9:1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                      P The Epistle Lesson is from Romans the ninth chapter.                                           

1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return and Sarah shall have a son.” 10And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of his call— 12she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                              Mark 10:13-16

P   The Holy Gospel according to Mark the tenth chapter.

C   Glory to You, O Lord.

13And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C   Praise to You, O Christ.

SERVING: Ushers:   Christian Fitzgerald, Craig Sporalski,

Mark VanWagner, volunteer (Early)

David Hermanson, Nancie Hermanson,

Marilynn Dewald, Jim Lahti

Elders:      David Kuhn, Warren Weingarten (Early)

Tim Stites (Late)

Acolytes: Bob Cooke, Sam Roberts (Early)

Kierah Hietala (Late)

Lay Reader: Don Kuiper

Greeters: Carol Garnell, Kim Tunstall (Early)

Roger & Janet Turpening (Late)

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 Traditional Svc.

Tuesday         7:30 AM  Early Learning Center

Wednesday   7:30 AM   Early Learning Center

5:00 PM Praise Team Rehearsal

Thursday        7:30 AM  Early Learning Center

Friday             7:30 AM Early Learning Center

Next Sunday 10:00 AM  Rally Day Svc., w/comm.

Pray this week for:

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

Cancer: Julia Munson, Nancy Pintar, Elaine Monette, Julie Sutinen,

Jim, Rick Williams, Jerry Dummann, John DePuydt

Other Prayers: Jen DePuydt, Pastor Paul, Nancy Smith, Gail Ross

Missionary of the Month: Rev. Dr. John & Melinda Bombaro, Latvia

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

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Baptisms of Scott Rose and Emma Joyce Rose, daughter of Scott and Tiffany Rose will take place this morning at the late service.  Sponsors for Emma are Karen Jarvi and Hailee Faria.  We rejoice with the family as Scott and Emma are welcomed into God’s Kingdom through this sacrament.

 Rally Day: Fall Kick-Off

On September 8th, we will have our annual Rally Day. Here’s what this entails:

@10am: One combined worship service outside. Bring a chair or picnic blanket for your family. Dress for the weather. In case of inclement weather, the worship service will move inside.

@11am: Move inside where we will be enjoying a BBQ picnic with all the sides.  Please bring a dessert to share!

@11:30am: Take the kids outside for inflatable games.

 Fall Schedule:  Our Fall Schedule will begin on Sunday, Sept. 15th.  Early svc. will begin at 8:30 a.m., Education classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Late svc. will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Needed: Volunteers To Help With Coffee Hour: Looking for individuals, families, couples…anyone who would like to help in the kitchen with coffee hour. The more volunteers we have, the less often we all have to work. Please call or email Lou Ann Vitton if you’d like to join our team: lavitton@gmail.com OR 487-6524

Sunday School Registration:  Sunday School will begin on September 15th at 10:00 a.m.  Please bring your kids directly to their classrooms. Register online at www.copperlugh.org/ssregistration. In person registration will occur on Rally Day, September 8th.

 New Members Class Starting in October: Interested in taking the next step and learning what it means to be a member at Saints Peter and Paul? Pastor Aaron will be starting a new members’ class on October 6th from 10-10:45am.  The last day of class will be November 3rd. If you’re curious about membership, this is a great place to begin. Also, this is the official membership process at our congregation if you desire to join. Sign up at www.copperluth.org/newmembers.

Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers to put on meals once a month for the college students.  It involves planning, preparing, and delivering the meal to the CSM house.  If you are interested, please contact Bev Auel at 370-9994 or email at blauel@aplhacomm.net.  You would not do this by yourself and it is a great way to serve our students once a month with a home cooked meal.

 Church-wide Small Group Bible Study – For the last several years our church has been participating in a church-wide small group Bible study for the 4 weeks after Rally Day.  Each week Pastor Aaron provides some material for discussion that follows with the message and theme from the Sunday service.  For those who have participated in the past, if you haven’t already, please reach out to your small group leader if you would like to join in this year.  If you are new to the church or would like to join a small group, please call/text/email Rob Cooke at rob@copperluth.org or 906-231-7769 and we’ll find a group for you to participate with.

Small group leaders – please don’t forget that we have a Leader’s training after second service on Sunday the 1st or at 6:00PM on Tuesday the 3rd.

Adopt-A-College Student opportunity

Three Reasons You Should Host a Student: 

  1. This may be your only chance at staying up-to-date on current slang and technology.  Learn the art of emojis and brush up on your selfie game.
  2. Your family may be getting tired of hearing the same jokes at dinner, but these students haven’t heard anyof your best material. Dad jokes all day long!
  3. The next generation isn’t coming soon – they are here now. You’d be surprised how much our college students want to learn from your experiences and benefit from having a relationship with people who aren’t college students.

Three Reasons Students Should Sign Up:

  1. This may be your best chance to eat something besides Ramen noodles occasionally. Most hosts would love to have you over for a home-cooked meal, or at least an occasional meal after church on Sunday.
  2. Your “adopted parents” can be the people you tell about that regrettable tattoo you got on Thursday night, as practice, before you have to tell your actual parents.
  3. Making a personal connection with people at church who aren’t college students can actually help you integrate into the life of the church. Being connected makes it more likely you will grow spiritually during the school year.

To SIGN-UP, contact Marcus Huff marcus@copperluth.org

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


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Office Information:

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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:   children@copperluth.org

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

Weekly Operating Budget Need $9,440
Last Week  
Offerings $   9,326.15
      Other Income $        20.00
Total $  9,346.15
Year to Date Budget Need $  320,960.00
Year to Date Actual $  326,001.98
Year to Date Difference $      5,041.98