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:


Our Facebook page can be found here:


NOTE:  You’ll need to ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


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 3 Page 184 

Sunday 9:00 a.m.

 September 20th, 2020 





Word of Welcome

Opening Hymn            Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee                    LSB 803


Confession and Absolution                             Page 184



P: I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.

C: What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?

P: I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.

C: Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

LSB 803 Page 184

P: O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.

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: I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD


Gloria in Excelsis                                               Page 187


Salutation and Collect of the Day                      Page 189

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And with thy spirit. 


P: Let us pray.

ALL:  Lord God, heavenly Father, since we cannot stand before You relying on anything we have done, help us trust in Your abiding grace and live according to Your Word; 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           Isaiah 55:6



ALL: 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                                   Philippians 1:1214, 1930 

Alleluia and Verse                                                  Page 190


Holy Gospel                                       Matthew 20:116 


Nicene Creed                                                          Page 191 


Hymn of the Day           Hark the Glad Sound            LSB 349 


Sermon Theme                     “Can God be Trusted?” 

               Text                          Isaiah 55:6-9 


Installation of Teachers 


Prayer of the Church

P: In peace, let us pray to the Lord and offer to Him the petitions and supplications of a people confident of His promise to hear and answer us with mercy.

Brief silence

That we may seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him in the day of salvation, and be prepared by His mercy for the Day of Judgment, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: That we may delight in the light of Christ and His salvation, and that sinners may find refuge in His mercy and comfort in His forgiveness, let us pray to the Lord:

C: Lord, have mercy.

P: That we may hear the voice of God speaking in His Word and be nurtured by faithful pastors who preach and teach this Gospel, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: That this Word may be the foundation of the home, that husband and wife may be united in this faith and hope, and that their children may hear and be nurtured in this Word by faithful parents, let us pray to the Lord:

C: Lord, have mercy.

P: That the Church may nurture the lives of our children in Sunday school and catechism classes, and that we may all be grounded in the doctrine of Scripture through the study of God’s Word, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.

P: That the Lord may bless missionaries far and near, that He may nurture newly planted congregations, and that He may renew those congregations in distress, that those from every nation and culture may be united with us in faith and life, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.

P: That we may enjoy the blessing of good government, faithful leaders, peace in our land and peace among the nations, and that we may be good citizens and neighbors, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: That the sick may be healed, the troubled know peace, the grieving be comforted and the dying be delivered to everlasting life in Christ, that we may all be delivered from fear, anxiety, and despair by God’s gracious care, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy. 

P: That we may commune in faith, that no unrepentant sin may hinder our reception of Christ’s body and blood, and that the fruits of this communion may be reflected in a manner of life in keeping with who we are as God’s children by Baptism and faith, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: That we may honor the Lord with praise and thanksgiving and bring to the Lord the tithes and offerings of a grateful people, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: That we may not forget the witness of the faithful who lived and died in Christ, and that we may, at last, be joined with them in the marriage supper of the Lamb in His Kingdom without end, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: Hear the prayers of Your people, O Lord, and grant to us all things good and wholesome and keep from us all things harmful. Give us contentment, that trusting in Your mercy we may delight in Your saving will where the last are made first by Your generosity and grace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: Amen.

Service of the Sacrament 


Preface                                                       Page 194

 Page 195   

Lord’s Prayer                                             Page 196


The Words of Our Lord                             Page 197


Pax Domini

Agnus Dei                                                   Page 198




Distribution Hymns

                 Hark, the Voice of Jesus Crying         LSB 826

                 Our Father, by Whose Name             LSB 863


Nunc Dimittis                                             Page 199 

Thanksgiving                                             Page 200

Salutation and Benedicamus                   Page 201

Benediction                                               Page 202


Closing Hymn           We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight              LSB 720






Acknowledgments: Divine Service, Setting Three 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. 




Faithful Stewards of God’s Gifts 





“For we are His workmanship, created

in Christ Jesus for good works, which

God prepared beforehand, that

we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). 






Relying on Jesus



Dear Friends in Christ: 

Many of us have experienced the fun of playing sports. One of the more exhausting sports is basketball. The pace of the game can be very demanding. During the midst of an intense game, it is a great relief to hear the referee blow his whistle indicating a time-out during which time players get their energy revived after drinking some needed water. The player almost thinks, “That water saved my life!”

The Christian life can be compared to a basketball game. As Christians saved by Christ's atoning work on the cross, we remain on earth to be Christ's ambassadors in order that others might come to saving faith also (2 Corinthians 5:20). But it gets to be exhausting. No one seems to appreciate our efforts to be kind and loving. In fact, sometimes we're made fun of when we try to explain our relationship with Jesus. It's like being tripped on the basketball court with no ref to call a foul. We need the whistle to blow, so we can get to the sidelines to be refreshed. That's why it's so important to be reading and studying the Bible. The Word of God is like that water bottle during the time-outs of the basketball game. It clears our heads. It reminds us of our goal and revives us so we can get back into the "game" of living the Christian life.

In our lives, we don’t always win, but we don't dwell on our losses. As Christians, we experience failures. Mistakes, failures SIN are part of being a Christian. It's important to remember that Christ, knowing our sinfulness, lived the perfect life in our places. He took our mistakes, our failures, our SIN to the cross, and we are free from the burden of carrying our sin around.

The Apostle Paul knew about discouragement; he experienced failure. He was often tired and friendless. He was stoned and whipped by his own people! Still, he wrote, "Let us not become weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9). He knew firsthand how difficult this command is to fulfill. In fact, it's impossible. We can't do it on our own. Only in Christ's strength can we find the energy to keep on "doing good." To that end, he prayed, "May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ" (2 Thessalonians 3:5).

So, don't give up! When you get tired, find your spiritual water bottle, your Bible. Health experts tell us to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day. Even eight minutes a day spent in reading God's Word, accompanied by prayer and meditation on your reading, could do wonders for your spiritual vitality. Persevere in Christ's energy!


Working the harvest with You!

Pastor Nowak 



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To all who are weary and need rest,

To all who are lonely and need sheltering love,

To all who sin and need a Savior, and

To whomever will come, our church opens its doors in the name of Jesus Christ.


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