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


                              Welcome to Monona!                            Wishing everyone a great Fall - 2021

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



ORDER OF WORSHIP: Setting 2  Page 167

Sunday 9:00 a.m.
October 17th, 2021



Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost 



Word of Welcome

Opening Hymn      O Day of Rest and Gladness.                                       LSB 906 


Confession and Absolution.                                                             Page 167

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

C: Amen.

P: 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.

          Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

P: 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.

P: Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I, therefore, forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 

C: Amen.


Service of the Word


P: The LORD is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
C: I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
P: My soul makes its boast in the L
ORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
C: Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
P: I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
C: When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

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: The LORD is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

This Is the Feast                                                                                Page 171 


Salutation and Collect of the Day                                                    Page 172

P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray. 

ALL: O God, Your divine wisdom sets in order all things in heaven and on earth. Put away from us all things hurtful and give us those things that are beneficial for us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Old Testament Reading                                               Ecclesiastes 5:1020

10He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. 11When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? 12Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.

13There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt, 14and those riches were lost in a bad venture. And he is the father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand. 15As he came from his mother’s womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand. 16This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind? 17Moreover, all his days he eats in darkness in much vexation and sickness and anger.

18Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. 19Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toilthis is the gift of God. 20For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.

R: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


ALL: He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Amen.


Epistle                                                                             Hebrews 4:113

1Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,
“As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’”
although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.”
6Since, therefore, it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. 9So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
11Let us, therefore, strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

R: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


Alleluia and Verse                                                                           Page 173


Holy Gospel                                                                            Mark 10:2331

P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark 10:2331
C: Glory to You, O Lord.
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”
24And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to You, O Christ. 


Hymn of the Day.        When I Behold Jesus Christ                                 LSB 542


Sermon Theme   “God Loves Us and Meets Us at the Point of our Need” 

       .                 Text.                          1 John 4:7-12 


Nicene Creed.                                                                                 Page 174 

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

and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father 
before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen. 


Stewardship Litany:  

P: Dear Father, out of unfathomable love You made heaven and earth. You have honored us with the privilege of being Your stewards to care for Your creation.

C: Help us, Lord, to carry out our stewardship tasks faithfully and responsibly.

P: As Your stewards, we pray that You will fill us with Your wisdom and strength so that we may use our time, talents, and treasures in ways that glorify You.

C: Lord, we thank You for the opportunity of being Your stewards. Help us to be instruments of Your love to others.

P: Dear Jesus, in Your ministry here on earth, You became our model for stewardship. You lived the perfect life of stewardship in our place. Because of Your love, sacrifice, and obedience, we are delivered from the requirements of the Law to stewardship motivated by grace.

C: Lord, we pray that what we do as Your stewards will give You honor and praise.

P: Help us, Lord, to be faithful channels through which You work. Through our hands and feet, You bring love and care to the needy; through our lips, You tell others of Your life-saving Gospel; and through our minds, hearts, and checkbooks, You support the work of Your Church.

C: Lord, help us to respond to Your love and grace with thankful and grateful hearts. 


Prayer of the Church

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

O God, with us salvation is impossible, but with You all things are possible. Give boldness to Your Church to proclaim Jesus Christ, our Lord, by whose death and resurrection the way to Your kingdom has been opened. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Spare the servants of Your Church from the love of wealth and from fear of the difficulty of their task, that they would gladly set aside every comfort for Your sake and for the Gospel. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Heavenly Father, lead our households to find eternal rest in Your Son and His Word. Give fathers and mothers diligence in teaching their children, and preserve us all from the hardness of heart. Give us the urgency to hear the good message of salvation today. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Almighty God, guide our nation and its leaders in true wisdom to promote honest labor, temporal protection, and fitting enjoyment under the sun. Guide Your Christians to serve Christ in their citizenship and callings. Do not let our hearts be occupied with the vanity of riches that perish, but with the true joy of Christ. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: When the righteous cry, You hear, O Lord, and deliver them out of all their troubles. Draw near to save the brokenhearted, the crushed in spirit, the sick, and those in need. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Since we have a great High Priest, Jesus Christ, Your Son, hold us fast in our confession through all temptation and preserve us from sin, O Lord. Give Your blessing to all who draw near to Your throne of grace, especially those who receive the blessed Sacrament this day, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

C: Amen.

Service of the Sacrament

Preface.                                                                                               Page 177

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 thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who on this day overcame death and the grave and by His glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. 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                                                                                               Page 178


Prayer of Thanksgiving

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 into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.


The Words of Our Lord                                                                      Page 179

P: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”


In the same way, also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the New Testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”


Proclamation of Christ

P: As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
C: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
P: O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, in giving us Your body and blood to eat and to drink, You lead us to remember and confess Your holy cross and passion, Your blessed death, Your rest in the tomb, Your resurrection from the dead, Your ascension into heaven, and Your coming for the final judgment. So remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray: 


Lord’s Prayer                                                                                   

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.


Pax Domini

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

C: Amen.


Agnus Dei                                                                                      Page 180


The true body of Christ, given for you. Amen.
The true blood of Christ, shed for you. Amen.
P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you in body and soul to life everlasting. Depart in peace.
C: Amen.


Distribution Hymns

                   Lord Jesus, Think on Me.                                                     LSB 610

                  Seek Ye First.                                                                        LSB 712
                  When Peace, like a River.                                                     LSB 763


Thank the Lord                                                                           Page 181 


Post-Communion Collect                                                          Page 183

P: Let us pray.
O God the Father, the fountain and source of all goodness, who in loving-kindness sent Your only-begotten Son into the flesh, we thank You that for His sake You have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament, and we ask You not to forsake Your children but always to rule our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that we may be enabled

constantly to serve You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns

with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: 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      The King of Love My Shepherd Is                                LSB 709





Acknowledgments: Divine Service, Setting Two from Lutheran Service Book. Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. 



Love as Jesus Loved 


In the coming weeks, we will be starting our stewardship sermon series, God’s Love Compels Us. Through faith, we are able to begin to comprehend God’s unfathomable love for us. As recipients of God’s love, our hearts are changed, and we seek to return His love by loving and serving our neighbors.

So how well are you doing in your love for others? Are you seeking the highest good for those you love? If you were to rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 on your ability to obey God’s command to love your neighbors as yourself, what score would you give yourself? Perhaps you think you deserve a score of 7 or 8. You may even see yourself as a loving person but think some of your family members or friends could be more loving.

How you rate yourself on your loving scale will likely drop when you read what Jesus says. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34). We are told to love “just as I have loved you.” Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to go to the cross for us. He loved us enough to give His very own life. His love for us has no limits. There is no scale that can measure the depth of Jesus’ love for us. His love is a new standard.

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he lists virtues that ought to be seen in our lives as Christians. He tells us that we are to “put on compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another” (Colossians 3:12-13). Overall these virtues, Paul concludes, “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (verse 14). Love is the crowning virtue in every Christian’s life, the one without which all the others cannot even exist. The love that crowns all Christian virtues finds its perfect example in Christ. It is love extended even to the unloving and the unlovable.

We know we can never fully love as Jesus loves us, but He has commanded us to try and love others in the same way. May our prayer be that we don’t try to love in our own strength but seek Jesus’ help to love others as He has loved us. And we pray that God will bless our stewardship emphasis, God’s Love Compels Us, which will be offered in a few weeks. 


Your Servant in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Nowak 


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