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


                              Welcome to Monona!                            Wishing everyone a Blessed Trinity season - 2020


June 4,2020


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.  



This week’s Sunday service can be found here:


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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


ORDER OF WORSHIP: Setting 1 - page 151

Sunday 9:00 a.m.

August 2, 2020 





Word of Welcome


Opening Hymn   Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun                   LSB 868

                                                                                                                   (All Rise)           

Confession and Absolution

L: In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

L: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C: But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

L: Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

L: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C: Amen. 

                                         + Service of the Word +


L: I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

C: I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

L: Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

C: This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.

L: The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

C: Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessèd is the man who takes refuge in him!

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.

L: I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 


Gloria in Excelsis                                                                             Page 154


Salutation and Collect of the Day

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray.

ALL: Almighty and most merciful God, preserve us from all harm and danger that we, being ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish what You want done; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

                                                                                                                    (Be Seated)

Old Testament Reading                                  Job 38:418

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurementssurely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb
when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band
and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors,

and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’? “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?
It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment.
From the wicked, their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.

“Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God. 



Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing! Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. 


Epistle                                                                        Romans 10:5-17

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God. 

                                                                                                                                   (All Rise) 

Alleluia and Verse

Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.. Alleluia, alleluia.



Holy Gospel                                                                   Matthew 14:22-31

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fourteenth chapter.

C: Glory to You, O Lord.

Immediately [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were
terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” 

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to You, O Christ. 

                                                                                                      (Be Seated) 


Hymn of the Day             In Holy Conversation                  LSB 772


Sermon                      “The Prayer of Faith”

        Text  James 5:13-18

                                                                                                              (All Rise)  

Apostles’ Creed
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. 


Prayer of the Church

L: Lord, You have bidden us to come without money to receive grace beyond price. Hear us as we heed Your call and turn to You in prayer, confident of Your promise to hear and answer us.

Brief silence

L: Father, we have sought meaning, comfort and sustenance from all the wrong places. Grant us Your Holy Spirit, that our hearts may be turned to Your Word, that we may hunger for Your Son’s body and blood, and that we may discern truth from error. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

L: Father, we give You thanks that You have blessed us beyond what we deserve and given to us Your Church. Guard her life by Your Spirit, and strengthen her witness before the nations. Bless all pastors and church workers in their service to us in Your name, and bless those now considering and preparing for church-work vocations. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

L: Father, we too quickly focus on what we lack and not upon Your unlimited grace. Bless all relief agencies and services of Your Church on behalf of the hungry, the homeless, the hurting and those who have lost hope. Bless those visited by disaster and tragedy, and open our hearts to help them recover from their loss. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

L: Father, we are daily blessed to know abundance and freedom. Bless those who defend us from our enemies, who serve us in government and who protect us in our communities. Be with our president, the Congress, our governor, and our judges and magistrates, that they may discern the right path and lead us with honor and integrity. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

L: Father, we suffer with all manner of ills and afflictions. Hear us and grant to us healing according to Your will, strength in time of trial and peace at the last. We pray especially for those named in our hearts. Good Lord, deliver us and teach us to depend upon Your grace in all things. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

L: Father, we are daily and richly surrounded with Your love and care. Grant us eyes to see Your mercies new every morning and grateful hearts, that what we have received we may share with those in need and generously support the work of Your Church. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

L: Father, we remember the saints who lived by Your mercy and died in Christ. We long for that day when all divisions will end and the Church in heaven and earth shall be one in Your presence, singing Your praise in Your kingdom without end. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

L: Father, we ask You to grant us all things needful and to keep from us all things harmful to us and to our salvation for we trust Your wisdom and Your love. Teach us to pray without fear “Your will be done”; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C: Amen. 


Lord’s Prayer                                                                           Page 162
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.


Closing Hymn         Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me                LSB 722






Great Is Thy Faithfulness                                                        LSB 809 


Scripture Reading:

“Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward, You will take me into glory. Whom have I in Heaven but You? And Earth has nothing I desire besides You” (Psalm 73:23-25).

God’s Everlasting Grip

Isn’t it amazing that birds go to sleep on their perches and never fall off? This is because God has created them so that when their legs are bent, the claws contract and grip like a steel trap. The claws will not let go until the knees are unbent. The bended knee enables the bird to hold tightly to its perch.

As strong as this grip is, it is not as strong as the hold God has on us. Think about Daniel, a young man in a pagan environment. With all the temptations and threats around him, he was safe because of God’s everlasting grip. On his bended knees before his open window, he prayed every day three times a day – giving thanks for God’s protection, and God didn’t let go of him, even in the den of lions (Daniel 6:10-22).

We might also consider Joseph who, through all the twists and turns of his lifetime, found one constant: “The Lord was with Him” (Genesis 39:3, 21, 23). Taken away from his family at a young age, immersed in an idolatrous culture, tempted by Pharaoh’s wife, he was safe in God’s everlasting grip.

Like both Daniel and Joseph, we live in a sinful world. We may not be facing false accusations and a den of lions, but we, too, face temptations and threats. We, too, earnestly pray for God’s protection and safekeeping of our souls, and His Word assures us that we can rest secure in His everlasting grip.


Prayer: Lord, You are so gracious to us. You gave Your Son to die for our sins, and You give Your Spirit, Who, through Word and Sacrament, convicts us of sin, builds faith in us, and keeps us close to You. Thank You for Your everlasting grip on us, even when we let go of You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. 







+ A Person’s a Person No Matter How Small +


Dear fellow redeemed.

In the Dr. Seuss classic Horton Hears a Who, Horton the elephant is the only one who can hear a still small voice calling to him from his “world” on a speck of dust. As the story unfolds, Horton is introduced to the citizens of Who-ville and learns various lessons about the diversity but importance of each individual, and the importance of standing up for what he knows is right.

Horton was ostracized by the other animals in his community for believing in the voice from Who-ville. In much the same way, following the leading of God in our lives is not always an easy or popular task. Trusting that God has done everything necessary for our eternal salvation is one thingbut equally important is responding to His tremendous grace day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Sometimes we feel we are too busy, or too intelligent, or too in control, or too ‘cool’ to give God what He deserves—our undying gratitude and devotion all the time, not just on Sundays mornings.

Being part of a faith community like a church can help. Not only are we surrounded by living examples of God’s faithfulness, but we are also surrounded by opportunities to serve Him by serving those around us. Seeing examples of God’s faithfulness helps our faith to grow, and opportunities to serve to help us to become responsible Christians as we put our faith into action.

Like Horton, who had the faith to believe in a world he could not see, we are surrounded in our congregation by great examples of faith and responsibility. Do yourself the favor of befriending those around you who you meet in church. Start off with a simple “hi”, and share a simple question or a story about how God has touched your life, or how things are going in their families, jobs, or hobbies. You will be blessed and be a blessing. “Therefore, as we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal.6:10).


Working the harvest with You!

Pastor Nowak 



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