Monona Ev. Lutheran Church  4411 Monona Dr., Madison, WI 53716


                              Welcome to Monona!                            Wishing everyone a Blessed Thanksgiving - 2020

Dear Members,


From now on  Sunday services will be available through YouTube and Facebook (contains a link to the YouTube video).  Daily devotions are also available there.  


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If you would like to receive the Word and Sacrament in your home to make sure your faith remains strong and your inner peace and faith controls your outlook, please call me at 1-516-477-1770.  Let us know what is happening with your family so we can keep caught up as if we were at church.

What a brand-new world we live in.  Psalm 91 read and digest often.  I do every day!


Blessings and peace,

Pastor Nowak





Monona Ev. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

4411 Monona Dr., Monona, WI 53716



Sunday 9:00 a.m.

November 29th, 2020




A New Church Year



The Church Year begins by taking us to the scene of our Lord’s final entry into Jerusalem that great and holy week. Yes, Christmas is at hand. Surely the preparations for the celebration of His incarnation, His earthly birth of the Virgin Mary, are already well underway. But wait a moment. We enter this new year already knowing why He became incarnate of the Holy Spirit for us and for our salvation, which is only by way of His passion, death, and resurrection. We begin by continuing to “wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ” on the Last Day (1 Corinthians 1:7), sustained by Him now in the forgiveness of our sins, guiltless and ready. In readiness, we boldly pray that our Lord comes to rescue and save us. 





OPENING HYMN    O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide      LSB 355 Sts. 1-4, 7 


LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE      Isaiah 2:23, 5; Psalm 119:105


HYMN                 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.              LSB 357 St. 1 


P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen. 


Confession and Absolution         1 John 1:8; John 3:16; Matthew 5:16 

 P: As we begin a new Church Year, let us put behind us everything in the past that would disqualify us from a new life, and remembering our Baptism, we boldly petition our Savior Jesus Christ, seeking for our entry into His presence and His plan and future for us, saying, stir up Your power, O Lord, and come,

C: that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance.

P: What are those threatening perils? I now ask you before God, who searches the heart, do you sincerely confess that you have sinned against God and deserved His wrath and punishment?

C: I do confess.

P: So you should confess as Holy Scripture says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Do you also repent of all your sins committed in thought, word, and deed?

C: I do repent.

P: So you should repent as did King David, who prayed for a contrite heart; Peter, who wept bitterly; the sinful woman; the prodigal son; and others.

Do you sincerely believe that God, by grace, for Jesus’ sake, will forgive you all your


C: I do believe.

P: So you should believe as Holy Scripture declares, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Do you promise that with the aid of the Holy Spirit you will amend your sinful life?

C: I do promise.

P: So you should promise for Christ the Lord says, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Finally, do you believe that through me, a called servant of God, you will receive the

forgiveness of all your sins?

C: I do believe.

P: As you believe, even so, may it be to you. Upon this, your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God to all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come,

C: that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance. Amen. 




INTROIT          Psalm 84
1How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
C: 2My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing

for joy to the living God.

P: 3Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.

C: 4Blessèd are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!

P: 5Blessèd are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

C: 6As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.

P: 7They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

C: 8O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! 

P: 9Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed!

C: 10For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

P: 11For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

ALL: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

P: 12O LORD of hosts, blesséd is the one who trusts in you! 


KYRIE              Kyrie! God, Father.                                LSB 942 

© 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission.   Public domain


P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.



P: Let us pray.


ALL: Heavenly Father, let me share the joy of the psalmist who said, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” May every opportunity offered to worship You in your house find me eager to join in hearing your Word, in singing your praise, in lifting up my heart to you in prayer.


May your Holy Spirit so bless the hour of worship in your house that I may be refreshed after the toils and burdens, the sins and failures of the weekday world. I need so much my Savior’s invitation, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”


Teach me to come into Your presence with a contrite heart, and let me depart with the knowledge that my sins are forgiven. Fill my spirit with the peace which the world cannot give. Amen.


OLD TESTAMENT READING Isaiah 64:19 (Rend the heavens and come down)

1Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boilto make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence!

3When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.
5You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
6We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.
8But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
9Be not so terribly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.
P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God. 


GRADUAL                Zechariah 9:9; Psalm 118:26, alt.
ALL: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion. Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.

Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation.
Blessèd is He who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord, we bless you.


EPISTLE           1 Corinthians 1:39 (Thanksgiving)
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge 6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you 7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.                                                      All Rise


VERSE                         Psalm 24:7
C: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O

ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


HOLY GOSPEL              Mark 11:110 (The triumphal entry)
P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the eleventh chapter.
C: Glory to You, O Lord.
1Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to You, O Christ.

                                                                                                 Be Seated 

Hymn of the Day       O Lord, How Shall I Meet You        LSB 334 Sts. 1, 3-4, 6 

Public domain 


Sermon Theme & Text   “Your King Comes to You”.             Mark 11:1-10 


ALL: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. 



P: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Almighty God, our Father, we give You thanks that You bring us once again into a new Church Year whereby we confess and proclaim Your great love for the world in the sending of Your only-begotten Son as the Child of the Virgin Mary, the Lamb proclaimed by John the Baptist, the teacher of the holy apostles, the sacrifice for the sins of the world on the cross, and the risen Savior of all, who will come again in glory on the Last Day. Lord, keep us in this confession and faith and bless its proclamation throughout the world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Supply Your whole Church on earth with faithful pastors and laborers who will continually feed and lead Your people, rightly proclaiming Your Word, administering Your Holy Sacraments, and caring for all in their charge. Guard and bless Your servant Matthew Harrison, our Synod President, and John Wille, our District President. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: That we may live in peace and safety, we ask You to continually bless those in the authority of government, the President and Congress of the United States, the governor and legislature of this state, and all those who make, administer, and judge our laws.

Grant that they rule according to Your good pleasure by Your grace. Lord, in Your


C: hear our prayer.

P: Comfort, O Lord, all who are in trouble, danger, or illness. Grant healing, peace, and courage for all bearing their crosses to Your praise and honor. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: As Your dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, came down to us at Christmas and now comes to us by Your Spirit in Your Word, we pray for His final coming to deliver us all in the great day of the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: Amen.


LORD’S PRAYER         Matthew 6:913
ALL: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. 



P: The Lord bless you and keep you.
    The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

    The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

C: Amen.                                                                                 Be Seated 


Closing Hymn.     Word of God, Come Down on Earth.            LSB 545 

© 1969 OCP Publications. Used by permission.    Public domain






Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series B, Quarter 1. Copyright © 2020 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission. 






Scripture Reading:

Zechariah’s Song: Luke 1:67-79


What Jesus Brings


You may remember from your reading of the first
part of Luke 1 that, when Zechariah was told by the
angel that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a
son, he questioned the announcement. The angel

Gabriel patiently explained that he was God’s messenger but then added that Zechariah would not speak until his son was born. That’s quite a while to be without speech!


What is the first thing Zechariah says when his speech is returned to him? It is the prayer that you read as you began this devotion. And that prayer begins with exultation in the Lord, the God of Israel, Who has come to earth to redeem us, His people.


This is what Jesus, our Savior, brings to us: redemption from sin which brings about our death and everlasting separation from God.


Our Savior comes to fulfill prophecy which says that from the line of David would come the “horn of salvation.”


He comes to save us from our enemies, and He comes to show us mercy.

And He comes “to enable us to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.”


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son Who has redeemed us from sin, death, and the power of Satan. Thank you for making this message new and fresh to me every time I hear it. Lord, forgive me when I forget that You enable me to serve You fearlessly and in holiness and righteousness. Give me boldness to bring to others the good news of what Christ brings to us. In His holy name, I pray. Amen. 




Fellow Workers on God’s Team


Dear Friends in Christ: 


In his first letter to the church in Corinth, the Apostle Paul wrote, “For we are God’s fellow workers...” (1 Corinthians 3:9). Through Paul, God was telling the people in Corinth that they had the honor and privilege to work with Him and to be important participants in His mission. In the same way, God makes us His fellow workers on His team. Even though we are undeserving and have nothing to offer, God, in His sovereignty, chooses us to be His vessels through which He will accomplish His purposes. As God’s fellow workers, we become His hands, feet, and mouth to the world.


God does not schedule tryouts for those He selects to be on His team. He isn’t seeking the most talented, the most powerful, or the most attractive. He invites and encourages everyone to be part of His team. The people who become part of God’s team vary in appearance, in gifts, in stations in life, and in other ways. Although God’s team is made up of people who are different in some ways, the one common factor is that they are all new creations with transformed hearts for Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). Through the work of the Holy Spirit, they have become people of faith who see God as their greatest treasure. Faithfulness is a top priority as a fellow worker with God. Through faith, we commit and are energized to serve God by serving others. What we do with our time, talents, and money gives evidence to which team we belong.


In God’s Word, we find examples of people who were not eager always to be fellow workers on God’s team. Moses gave numerous excuses that God shouldn’t use him to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian captivity. Saul hid! David felt unqualified to be king. God caused Jonah to be swallowed by a fish in order to get him on His team. God didn’t give up on these people. He chose and equipped each of them to be fellow workers on His team.


God blesses each of us with the privilege to be a fellow worker on His team. Whether we willingly join or are at first resistant, we are now participants in God’s mission to help others “to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). God uses ordinary people like us to do extraordinary things. Are you ready to go to work?


In the love of the Christ Child,

Pastor Nowak





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