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


                              Welcome to Monona!                            Wishing everyone a great summer - 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 4 Page 203

Sunday 9:00 a.m.
August 1
st, 2021 





Word of Welcome


Opening Hymn      Glorious Things of You Are Spoken.                                LSB 648 


Confession and Absolution

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

C: Amen.

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C: who made heaven and earth.

P: If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C: But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P: Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

C: Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. 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: With upright heart, he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.

C: He commanded the skies above and opened the doors of heaven,

P: and he rained down on them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven.

C: Man ate of the bread of the angels; he sent them food in abundance. 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: With upright heart, he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.


Gloria in Excelsis                                                                                 Page 204


Salutation and Collect of the Day                                                       Page 205

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

P: Let us pray.

All: Merciful Father, You gave Your Son Jesus as the heavenly bread of life. Grant us faith to feast on Him in Your Word and Sacraments that we may be nourished unto life everlasting; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Old Testament Reading                                                             Exodus 16:215

2And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
4Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. 5On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” 6So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7and in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD because he has heard your grumbling against the LORD. For what are we, that you grumble against us?” 8And Moses said, “When the LORD gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full because the LORD has heard your grumbling that you grumble against himwhat are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the LORD.”
9Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, ‘Come near before the LORD, for he has heard your grumbling.’” 10And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. 11And the LORD said to Moses, 12“I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight, you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’”
13In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp. 14And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. 15When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.
R: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


ALL: Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How

unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.


Epistle                                                                                      Ephesians 4:116
1I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spiritjust as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8Therefore it says, 

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”
9(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
R: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


Alleluia and Verse                                                                               Page 205


Holy Gospel.                                                                                  John 6:2235

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. John the 6th chapter
C: Glory to You, O Lord.
22On the next day, the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to You, O Christ.


Nicene Creed.                                                                                      Page 206
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.


Hymn of the Day        Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer                       LSB 918


Sermon              “What Has God Done Lately?”

           Text.                Exodus 16:2-5


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.

Gracious heavenly Father, as You provided for the Israelites during their journey through the wilderness to the land You had promised, give us the confidence to trust in Your promises and to look to Your hand to provide all we need for this life and for the life to come. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Master of the vineyard, sustain those who You send into Your harvest. Give Your blessing to pastors, teachers, Christian leaders, and all who abide in Your Word, that they would be enabled to work diligently and faithfully for Your kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: God and Father of all, enable us to walk in humility, gentleness, and patience, that we would bear with one another in love and be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Lord of all, hear our prayers for the hungry and the homeless. Provide for them not only bread to satisfy their hunger but, above all, the true bread of life, Jesus Christ, who alone can fill and satisfy every need of body and soul. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Show Your mercy to the sick and hospitalized. Provide doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to care for those who need health and healing. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Father in heaven, sustain the proper use of the Sacraments among us, that Your Church would continue to be blessed with Your gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation through the waters of Holy Baptism, and through the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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 208

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, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for the countless blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new 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 208


Prayer of Thanksgiving.                                                                     Page 209

P: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

In Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life. Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him.

We give You thanks for the redemption You have prepared for us through Jesus Christ. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may faithfully eat and drink of the fruits of His cross and receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation that come to us in His body and blood.

Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:


Lord’s Prayer
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.


The Words of Our Lord

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.”


Pax Domini

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

C: Amen.


Agnus Dei.                                                                                          Page 210




Distribution Hymns

                     At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing.                                            LSB 633
                    You Satisfy the Hungry Heart.                                                     LSB 641 
                    How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds.                                     LSB 524


Nunc Dimittis.                                                                                     Page 211 


Post-Communion Collect.                                                                       Page 212

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. 


Benedicamus & Benediction.                                                            Page 212

P: Let us bless the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.
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       Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go.                              LSB 920  






Acknowledgments: Divine Service, Setting Four 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. 





God Is Love


In a couple of months, we will begin a stewardship series focusing on God’s love in Jesus. Pastor Rick Warren, a noted author, and speaker wrote, “God is love. He didn’t need us, but He wanted us. And that is the most amazing thing.” Pastor Warren’s Scriptural basis comes from 1 John 4:8, which reads: “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Love is not merely an attribute of God; it is His very nature and character. God is not

only loving; He is fundamentally love. God alone loves in the completeness and perfection of love.


Thus, if God is love and we, His followers, are made in His image, then we will also love. “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Because of sin, the image is marred, and our love is far from perfect. Yet, by His grace, we are empowered to love because we have received love from Jesus, Who loved us first. St. Augustine wrote, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” God’s love within us overflows from us toward God and others.

God’s love is referenced throughout the Old and New Testaments. However, in the Apostle John’s first letter, we find love mentioned more often than in the other books of the Bible. For example, in 1 John 4:7-21, John uses the word “love” 24 times. The entire passage speaks of God's loving nature. These 14 verses teach us how to show God’s love to others, to our friends, family, and even our enemies. God's love is unconditional; His love is very different from the human love we experience with one another because it is not based on feelings. He doesn't love us because we please Him. He loves us simply because He is love.


God's love is a gift. God's love is a life-giving, energizing force. This love was demonstrated in Jesus Christ: "But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ did for us” (Romans 5:8). When we receive God's love, we are enabled through that love to love others. In the words of Francis of Assisi, “Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.” May God use us all as His instruments of love.



Your Servant in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Nowak 



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