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


                              Welcome to Monona!                            Welcome to the season of Easter

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 Drive

Monona, WI 53716 



Sunday 9:00 a.m.

May 28th, 2023




The Spirit of the Message



The messenger may change; the message remains the same. When Jesus is the sum and focus of the messenger who stands before you this day, the message is Jesus Himself. Pentecost proves this. The power of Pentecost, as we will see in Acts 2, is not the persuasiveness of Peter and the other disciples. No, the power of Pentecost is the Spirit of the message: Jesus Christ Himself. Working through the Spirit whom He poured out upon the lives of His followers, Jesus equips those who carry His message into all the world. These are the messengers who spread the Good News of the One who was crucified for us, who rose again, who reigns on high, and who will one day return in His full glory. Listen to His message today as the Spirit brings it to you and be assured that as you are called to faith in Christ, you receive the fullness of who He’s called you to be.



OPENING HYMN               O Holy Spirit, Enter In                                  LSB 913



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

C: Amen.


P:   Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful,

C:   and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


In silent prayer, we ask the Holy Spirit to create clean hearts within us.


P:   O Spirit of God,

C:   we confess that we have dishonored Your Holy Word through our lives of disobedience. By what we do and what we fail to do, we have not allowed Your message of truth to rule in us. Forgive us, faithful God. By Your grace, draw us to the cross of Jesus. Through faith in His promises, enable us to receive the restoring mercy that You alone can give. Amen.

P:   In Christ Jesus, you and I receive the fullness of who we are called to be through the Spirit who has been given to us. United with Christ through our Baptism, the Spirit who claims us as the Father’s own now delivers to us the message of His mercy. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, commissioned by His Spirit, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C.   Amen.




INTROIT          Psalm 104:24, 2728, 30; antiphon: Liturgical Text
P: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful,
C: and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Alleluia.
P: O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all;

C: the earth is full of Your creatures.

P: These all look to You,

C: to give them their food in due season.

P: When You give it to them, they gather it up;

C: when You open Your hand, they are filled with good things.

P: When You send forth Your Spirit, they are created,

C: and You renew the face of the ground.
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: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful,

C: and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Alleluia.


HYMN OF PRAISE       With High Delight Let Us Unite                             LSB 483



P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.



P: Let us pray.
O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit.

C: Grant to us the same Spirit so that we may joyfully receive the message of Christ, who has come for us all;

P: through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                                Numbers 11:2430


R: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


GRADUAL            Acts 2:17b; Romans 10:10
ALL: I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall

prophesy. With the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Amen.


SECOND READING                                                                             Acts 2:121


R: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


VERSE         Liturgical Text
P: Alleluia. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful,

C: and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Alleluia.


HOLY GOSPEL                                                                                  John 7:3739


P:   The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the seventh chapter.

C:   Glory to You, O Lord.


(The Gospel is read.)


P:   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C:  Praise to You, O Christ.

CREED                Nicene Creed                                                        Back of hymnal


HYMN OF THE DAY   We Are Called to Stand Together                        LSB 828


SERMON THEME           “Counseling with Conviction”

           TEXT                                                      John 16:5-11



P: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful,

C: and kindle in them the fire of Your love.

P: Confident in Christ our Savior and in the promised intercession of the Holy Spirit, let us lift up our hearts and voices in prayer to our Father above.
Faithful Lord, Your mercies are new every morning. Even when we stray from Your presence through disobedience to Your commands, You reconcile and restore us through the Spirit of the message, who is Christ Himself, our hope of glory.

C: Give us the fullness of Your Spirit.

P: Redeeming Savior, You prepare a place for us in Your Father’s kingdom and promise to all who trust in You the inheritance of life forever in Your presence. Help us with our hearts to believe and with our mouths to confess Your saving name.

C: Give us the fullness of Your Spirit.

P: Sanctifying Spirit, You fill the lives of all who trust in Jesus. Grant restoration and peace to those who are broken in heart and mind, body and soul. Grant that each one of us find refreshment in Your presence. Open our eyes to the needs of our neighbors, for in them we see You and, in serving them, we give our service to You.

C: Give us the fullness of Your Spirit.

P: Sovereign King, You are Lord of all things in heaven and on earth. Watch over the community, the state, and the nation in which we live, guiding all public servants to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with You as their God. Enable us to dwell in security and peace, giving witness to the message of Christ with both boldness and gentleness so that those who have yet to receive You as their Savior may be brought to saving faith.

C: Give us the fullness of Your Spirit.

P: Great Physician, You give healing to those who cry to You for mercy. Today we lift up before You [names]. Whatever issues we may be facing, help us to look to You and remember that in Christ alone we receive the fullness of who we are called to be.

C: Give us the fullness of Your Spirit.

P: Receiving the fullness of Your Spirit and offering these prayers to You, O gracious Lord, we trust that You hear and answer us according to Your good and gracious will.

C: In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.



PREFACE 2 Timothy 4:22

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give Him thanks and praise.



P: It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give hanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who sends to us Your Holy Spirit that with our hearts we believe in You and with our mouths we confess Your saving name. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:


SANCTUS                     Holy, Holy, Holy                                                     LSB 961



P: Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son to bear our sin and be our Savior.

C: In humble faith and with hearts of joy, we receive the message of Your salvation, which comes into our midst through Your promised Holy Spirit.

P: Gathered in the fellowship of Your Spirit, we trust in You, O Lord, to forgive us, renew us, and lead us by means of Your Holy Word.

C: As we gather at Your Table, You unite Your body and blood to the bread and wine so that we share together in Christ, in whom we receive the fullness of Your grace.

P: To You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be all the glory and honor, now and forever.

C: Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER             Matthew 6:913





P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: Amen.


AGNUS DEI             Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid                            LSB 500 St. 1, 4





           I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table   LSB 618
           Come Down, O Love Divine   LSB 501
           Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared     LSB 622


POST-COMMUNION CANTICLE    Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid   LSB 500 St. 5-7



P: Let us pray.
We give thanks to You, gracious Father, that You have refreshed us through this
saving and renewing gift of Your Son’s body and blood. Seal us with Your Holy Spirit that the message we have here received may be our guide as we go forth in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.


BENEDICTION           Numbers 6:2426
P: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful,

C: and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


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 andgive you peace.

C: Amen.

CLOSING HYMN          Voices Raised to You We Offer                                 LSB 795




Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series A, Quarter 2. Copyright © 2022 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.





Many Thanks

to the following members of Monona who donated Red Geraniums for the altar today. They will be planted outside to be enjoyed by everyone.

Wayne & Linda Kosbau in memory of our parents

Gloria Lawton in celebration of my 80th Birthday

John & Anna McNeil in memory of Anna’s mother, Margaret Lippert and son, Michael

Steve & Ellen Peck in memory of our parents; Lorraine, Bill, BJ and John Diana Russell in memory of John Russell
Phyllis Siegenthaler
in celebration of Sunday School and in memory of Fred, Leora and Julie Sieg; and Fred Siegenthaler
Gary & Judy Thompson
in celebration of our Sunday School and
in memory of our parents

Thanks too to the members of Our Savior Deaf Lutheran for participating with us in providing Red Geraniums for the outside of the church. Following are those who contributed:

Robert Byington in memory of Karen Lea Byington
Donald & Nora Kolda
in celebration of Freedom; in honor of Welch, Kolda, Wegner, & Vandre; and in memory of World Wars
The McDermott Family
in celebration of Kaj’s Bithday
Joan Schenck in memory of Richard Schenck, Sandra Misa,
and Marlene Swiggum


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      Each household has its own routine. We go to work; we help the kids with their homework and attend their events; we make the meals, clean the house, and do the laundry. Our days are fullsometimes too full. So full that time for the Lord is abbreviated or omitted altogether. We gather together for worship. We hear about Jesus’ ministry, about all the events that eventually lead up to His Crucifixion, about the zeal for the Lord’s house. We hear His prayer for His disciples and His words of comfort and preparation to them.


      Our hearts are turned to Christ instead of toward ourselves. We ask for grace to love and serve as He did, sacrificing self for the good of others, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Paul comments, “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7-8). God loved and chose us, the unlovely, to shed His grace upon. We are reminded, “since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11).


     “Love one another.” Not just our close friends or those that agree with us, but “one another.” We can’t do it, can we? Some people are just too hard to love. Some people are not deserving of our gifts and our attention. Some people aren’t interested in the love we have to offer. The command remains: “Love one another.” Now is a good time to read John 15. Here we find the secret of loving and serving. Here we find the source of love, of faith, of everything we need. That source is Jesus. He is the vine. He sustains and nurtures us, the branches. He enables us to bear fruit, to “love one another.” He calls those who obey Him His friends and tells us He will give us whatever we ask in His name. So, we pray, Lord let us “love one another.”


Rejoicing in His love,

Pastor Nowak




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To all who are lonely and need sheltering love,

To all who sin and need a Savior, and

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