15th Sunday after Pentecost: Sunday, Sept. 22

Songs/Hymns for the Day

15th Sunday after Pentecost

  8:30am Contemporary Service

“Lord I Need You”

“I Stand Amazed”

“How He Loves”

“God is Able”

10:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service II, page 167

#932 “Jesus Sat with His Disciples”

#542 “When I Behold Jesus Christ”

#611 “Chief of Sinners Though I Be”

#691 “Fruitful Trees, the Spirit’s Sowing”

Collect of the Day

O Lord, keep Your Church in Your perpetual mercy; and because without You we cannot but fall, preserve us from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament Lesson                                                                            Isaiah 5:1-7

P  The Old Testament Lesson is from Isaiah the fifth chapter.

1Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
2He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it;
and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.
3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard.
4What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?
5And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
6I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and briers and thorns shall grow up; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
7For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting;
and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed for righteousness, but behold, an outcry!

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Epistle Lesson                                                                            1 Peter 1:13-25                                                                                                                                                                                                      P The Epistle Lesson is from 1 Peter the first chapter.

13Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, 21who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24for

“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                                   John 15:1-17

P   The Holy Gospel according to John the fifteenth chapter.

C   Glory to You, O Lord.

1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C   Praise to You, O Christ.

SERVING: Ushers:   Jed Chrestensen, Dennis Hagenbuch,

Robert Scholie, volunteer (Early)

Peter Pietila, Sam Coates,

Deb Olson, Jerry Smith

Elders:      Jim Hewett (Early)

Chris Willison, Tim Stites (Late)

Acolytes: Alex Geborkoff (Early)

Sam Leinonen, Mikko Salmi (Late)

Lay Reader: Mike Salmi

Greeters: Wayne Volk, Pauline Kokkonnen (Early)

John & Dala Beard (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

LORD’S WORK AT SS PETER & PAUL, WEEK OF SEPT. 22 – 29

Sunday          8:30 AM   Contemporary Svc.

10:00 AM  Education Classes

11:00 AM  Traditional Svc., w/comm.

Monday         7:30 AM  Early Learning Center

Tuesday         7:30 AM  Early Learning Center

7:30 AM   Men’s Bible Study

10:30 AM Women’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 Pietila Home Bible Study

5:00 PM Praise Team Rehearsal

Thursday        7:30 AM  Early Learning Center

11:45 AM Sr. Saints/Fall Color Tour

Friday             7:30 AM Early Learning Center

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

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional 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, Molly Kus

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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BAPTISM of Caleb Thomas Middlebrook, son of Christopher & Rebecca Middlebrook will take place this morning at the early service.  Sponsors for Caleb are Robert & Joanne Chalgren.  We rejoice with the family as Caleb is welcomed into God’s Kingdom through this sacrament.

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.

LWML Zone 2 Fall Rally, October 5 – Hosted by the Dorcas Society/LWML at our church.  Guest speakers for the day will be Kipp & Tammy Beaudoin, who will tell us about preparing to be LC-MS Missionaries in the Ukraine.  They plan to leave the USA around Christmas time.  In-gathering for the event will be items for the Operation Christmas Child program. The event will also include a Bible Study titled “It Matters What We Believe:  A Bible Study of Different Religions.” Business for the day will be led by Dee Mattson, Zone 2 President.  There are flyers posted on the bulletin board in the entryway and in the church kitchen, with further information.

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

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.

 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.

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

ATTENDANCE AT SERVICES: 

Sun. 9/15 – (8:30) 155 + (11:00) 138 = 293

Office Information:

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

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Staff:

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 Gilbertson; 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 $   8,087.79
      Other Income $        22.00
Total $  8,109.79
   
Year to Date Budget Need $  349,280.00
Year to Date Actual $  357,135.58
Year to Date Difference $      7,855.58