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




Sunday 9:00 a.m.

September 26th, 2021 





Worth Your Salt



In biblical times, salt was treasured almost as much as gold. Among its many uses was preserving food and other perishables. In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls us salt, by which He reveals how much God values us. Sometimes people outside the Church also see our worth and offer their support. It is nothing new! Moses valued two men who received the Spirit even though they were missing from gathering with the seventy elders. Jesus valued a man healing in His name, though he was not one of the Twelve. We are worth our salt, our relationship to Christ, so much that a person receiving us receives Christ. And within the Church, our saltiness supports, prays for, cheers up, confesses, and forgives our fellow members. We are worth so much that God does not want anything to cause us to stumble. “Have salt in yourselves,” He says, “and be at peace with one another.”



OPENING HYMN    From All That Dwell Below the Skies             LSB 816



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

C: Amen.


OPENING SENTENCES         Psalm 104:3334
P: I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
C: I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

P: May my meditation be pleasing to Him,
C: for I rejoice in the LORD.



P: We enjoy singing praises to God, but we truly need Him to look down on us in mercy. So often we fail to follow the directives for Christian living, which we will read about in today’s Epistle. So James urges, “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” Let us ask God for grace and mercy.


         Silence for reflection.


P: James writes, “Be patient . . . until the coming of the Lord. . . . Do not grumble against one another, brothers. . . . Let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no. . . . Is anyone among you sick.. . Pray over him.”

C: We confess our impatience, our lack of love for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and our words that do not always reflect the love You have for us. We 

have sinned in thought, word, and deed. Heavenly Father, our only hope is in

Your grace and mercy. Forgive us for Jesus’ sake.

P: God has cured our sickness of sin by sending His Son to die in our place. He values us and calms our fears, saying, “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace.” As a called and ordained servant of Christ, I, therefore, forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: May the glory of the LORD endure forever;

C: May the LORD rejoice in His works. Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!



P: Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages.

C: Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O servants of the LORD,

P: who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God!

C: Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!

P: Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages.

C: For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants. 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: Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages. 



HYMN OF PRAISE.  Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.             LSB 802



P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.



P: Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, You want nothing to separate us from Your grace and mercy.

C: Grant that we realize how valuable You consider us and then seek to be at peace with one another;

P: through 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 11:46, 1016, 2429

                 (The Holy Spirit even comes upon two men in the camp.)

4Now the rabble that was among [the children of Israel] had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat!
5We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. 6But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”

10Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the LORD blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased. 11Moses said to the

LORD, “Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all these people on me? 12Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,’ to the land that you swore to give their fathers? 13Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep before me and say, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ 14I am not able to carry all these people alone; the burden is too heavy for me. 15If you will treat me like this, kill me at once if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.”

16Then the LORD said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you...
24So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.

26Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!”
R: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God. 


GRADUAL             Psalm 91:11; 103:1
R: He will command His angels concerning you
C: to guard you in all your ways.
R: Bless the LORD, O my soul,
C: and all that is within me, bless His holy name! 


Epistle                                                                           James 5 (1-12)1320

                James outlines what Christians ought to do for one another.)

13Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

19My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
R: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God. 


VERSE               Mark 9:50b
P: Alleluia. Have salt in yourselves,
C: and be at peace with one another. Alleluia. 


HOLY GOSPEL                                                                  Mark 9:3850

        (Jesus teaches how much God values all who have a relationship with His Son.)

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the ninth chapter.

C: Glory to You, O Lord.

38John said to [Jesus], “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”
39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40For the one who is not against us is for us. 41For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.

42“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to You, O Christ.


HYMN OF THE DAY Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow.   LSB 805



SERMON THEME & TEXT “Understand the Christian Life”    Mark 8:27-35



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 Christian Church and for all people in their various needs.

For the Church here and around the world, witnessing to the good news in Christ, that we see the worth within one another, the value our heavenly Father places on us, let us pray to the Lord.

C: Lord, have mercy, and grant that nothing separates us from You and Your love for us in Christ.

P: For those who do not know Christ but support the work of the Church to meet people’s physical, social, and spiritual needs, let us pray to the Lord.

C: Lord, have mercy, and bless them according to Your abundant grace.

P: For people who serve in positions of governmental authority among the nations, for those who raise crops and tend herds, and for all who connect resources with the needs of their fellow citizens, let us pray to the Lord.

C: Lord, have mercy, and give them joy in serving.

P: For all who struggle to put bread on the table and a roof over their families, those who face injustice and discrimination, and all who are denied human rights, let us pray to the Lord.

C: Lord, have mercy, and give us hearts to help those in need.

P: For all near and dear to us who call out to God in their distress, let us pray to the Lord.

C: Lord, have mercy, and bring about healing, comfort, and relief as fits Your gracious plans for them.

P: For ourselves, that we recognize the gifts God has placed among us by which we may care for one another and our community, let us pray to the Lord.

C: Lord, have mercy, and give us guidance and strength to serve in Your name.

P: Grant us, heavenly Father, that what we ask for in faith we may obtain through Your unfailing mercy for the sake of 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


Benediction.                                                                           Numbers 6:2426      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       How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord                       LSB 853                           


P: Go in peace as you serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God! 







Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series B, Quarter 4. Copyright © 2021 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission. 


God’s Love Compels Us

(A Three-week Stewardship Emphasis Beginning October 10th)

Weekly Themes:

Week One: “God Is Love”
Week Two: “God Loves Us and Meets Us

                     at the Point of Our Need”

Week Three: “Because God Is Love,

                      We Can Love” 




Coming Soon: “God’s Love Compels Us”


This year’s stewardship theme is God’s Love Compels Us. This will be an exciting and beneficial three weeks of sermon messages and Bible studies. We will focus on God’s amazing and unconditional love for us and the privilege and joy we have as we share His love with others. God’s love is much more meaningful than any of the common uses of the word love in today’s language. God’s love is so profound that He is willing to give us the most inexpressible gift, His Son. This is the love that God had and has toward us. “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus gave His life for us, and He keeps on giving. His love is sacrificial, and no one is excluded.

God’s love is not common. From our human perspective, we find it very difficult to love someone we believe does not deserve our love. God’s love overcomes barriers that each of us has as we try to love others. He loves us even though we are unworthy of His love. This is the difference between God and us. Our love insists that people deserve and return our love. God’s love insists on loving those who do not love in return and are not loveable. The Apostle Paul writes, “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). We are all sinners, and Christ died for us all.

God takes love seriously. He loves us, and He commands us to love one another. Jesus said, “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34). We express our love to Jesus when we serve those around us. Serving communicates love. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

The love that Jesus places in our hearts can be the fuel that makes a difference not only in our lives but in the lives of those around us. It is important to express verbally our love as we thank God for His abundant grace, mercy, and blessing, but our words must be supported through the greater expression of our love as seen through our giving and serving as God gives us grace to do. “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Love compels us to carry out actual deeds for the benefit and blessings of another.


Your Servant in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Nowak 


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