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May 14, 2023

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sermon Notes for Sunday

  • Sermon Notes

    Sermon based on Matthew 16:13-20

    Today we hear about Peter’s confession of faith and how, like Peter, we are given the Spirit of Christ to confess the one true Christian faith boldly and confidently, and that even when we do not confess as we ought, our God and Savior continues to forgive, strengthen, and renew us so that we learn to confess His name before others.

Serving Schedule

This Week’s Servants

  • ELDER: Chad Calander
  • Usher: Derek Marxhausen
  • Reader: Travis Bemboom
  • Organist: Jane Marquardsen
  • Acolytes: Waylon/Lily Dreyer
  • Sound Booth: OPEN
  • Altar Guild: Wilma Frazier
  • Fellowship: Kris M./Laurie M.

Next Week’s Servants

  • Elder: Chad Calander
  • Usher: Dan Dreyer
  • Reader: Jason Theisen
  • Organist: Jane Marquardsen
  • Acolytes: Ella Roehl/Brantley Frazier
  • Sound Booth: Chase/Lizzy Calander
  • Altar Guild: Wilma Frazier
  • Fellowship: Cassie Yeats/Lane Frazier

If you are unable to keep your scheduled serving day, please contact the church at least a few days before the service so there is time to find a replacement. Thank you!

Statistics for Last Week


  • Regular Offering: $4,612.00
  • Online Giving: $0.00
  • Non-Budget: $0.00
  • Memorial: $0.00
  • Scholarship: $45.00
  • Building Fund: $95.00


  • Worship Attendance: 60
  • Sunday School: 4
  • Youth Group: 3
  • Midweek Bible Study: 0

Please make every attempt to have your kids in Sunday School each week, and your teens in Youth Group.

Important News & Announcements


Please ask Pastor if you would like a printed copy of the announcements. Thank you.

Council Meeting TODAY at 11:15.

Summer Bible Study Opportunities

There is no time like the present to be in the Word, studying and growing in Christ. To that end, we will continue to have our Thursday morning class where we study the Book of Concord. As Lutherans, we believe the Book of Concord is a correct exposition of the Holy Scripture and thus it’s important we are familiar with it. Join us Thursdays at 9:00 am and bring your Book of Concord with you. If you don’t have one, speak to pastor about getting one for you.

Pastor is starting a weekly Men’s Bible Study in June. Our first meeting will be Thursday, June 8th at 6:30pm. Bring your bibles. This Bible Study will be very informal and open for questions and discussion. Please read the first several chapters of Romans before you come. And invite your friends. If you can help with coffee or snacks, speak to pastor.

Beginning in June, Pastor Carlson will resume teaching the Sunday morning Bible Study at 10:30. Adults and youth are encouraged to attend. Pastor will be following the “We Preach Christ Crucified” series from the LCMS in preparation for the national convention.

Lifetree Cafe is coming in August…

Senior Social Day

Seniors, why not come to the church every 2nd Thursday at 10am for a time of good fun, fellowship and games, coffee and treats, and to meet other Milaca seniors? We’ve got a good group of people but would love it if you could come too! Bring your favorite board game or card game with you.

Youth Volleyball Night

Youth Open Volleyball night scheduled for Friday, June 9th at 6:00 PM. There will be food and a devotion…and volleyball! Bring friends.

Board of Education

A Board of Ed. meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 4 at 10:30 AM.

The MAY NEWSLETTER is out! If you’re subscribed to email news, you should have received it already. Otherwise, a copy should be in your mailbox.

Subscribe to the official newspaper of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod! Visit to get regular updates, notices, synodical news, and more!

Pastor Carlson has been publishing a daily devotion online and emailing it to subscribers. That’s right! This is a great way to start of your day in the Word and prayer. Simply go to or speak to Pastor, and you’ll start to receive a devotion every weekday in your email inbox. Devotions return this Monday!

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 68th Regular Convention is July 29 through August 3. Pastor Carlson, along with a lay delegate from our circuit, will be attending the convention and representing St. Paul’s and our circuit. The convention is in Milwaukee, WI at the Wisconsin Center/Arena.

Pastor will spend a little time at the next quarterly voters meeting detailing the convention and provide for you a list of matters which will be voted on.

To keep up with the convention timeline, to read the overtures, and to learn about the various candidates who will fill positions nationally, please visit LCMS National Convention – The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Also, please pray for safe travel for all who are preparing to head to Milwaukee in late July.

Prayer Requests

Tom LitfinGlen Hamann
Family of Harry Totzke
Please keep the prayer list updated by contacting the church via email ( or calling 320-982-6703. You may also speak to Pastor or an Elder. Anyone missing on this list? Let Pastor or an Elder know right away!

Weekend Devotion

Prayer: Heavenly Father, keep me from inventing sins and instead forgive me of the true sins of thought, word, and deed which I commit against You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

SCRIPTURE: When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” – John 8:7

This woman was caught in adultery and was in dire need. This was no joke, not to her, not to Jesus, and not to her accusers. Mosaic Law was clear and she was judged: “Stone her to death.” She wasn’t looking forward to this most painful and drawn out punishment…who would? This woman was seized with fear, and outside of a man scribbling in the dirt, she had no hope of acquital. How surprised she must have been when this Jewish man, this rabbi, stands and says, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

All sinners, even like this woman, are the ones who belong to the kingdom of Christ. Jesus doesn’t want those sinners who refuse to admit they are sinners! Such sinners think that, because they’ve not sinned in some earth-shattering, notorious way, they’ve not murdered a person or robbed a bank or lied under oath, that they don’t really need God’s help all that much. They look at their days and say, “I’ve not done anything evil, I obeyed my manager, I prayed, I hugged my wife, thus God will be merciful to me.” Such people might even invent sins! Yes, they might even come up with their own sins which aren’t sins at all, just so they don’t have to confront the REAL sinning in their hearts.

Self-invented sins — which aren’t even sins — are silly. God has no compassion or concern for our made-up, silly sins. The sins He forgives must be REAL sins, such as not fearing, trusting, or believing in God and placing Him first in one’s life; not loving the neighbor; not honoring the marriage bed; not speaking well of the neighbor; not praying; not abiding in Christ or listening to sermons; not doing what the Law of Moses commands. Real sins really break God’s law, and no one can ignore these sins. These are the sins that really need God’s forgiveness and not meaningless forgiveness. In fact, if we think we have to ask for forgiveness for every little thing we do or say, such that we must make up sins, then what are we really believing about true sinning and the Law? But as with the woman caught breaking the 6th commandment and caught in adultery, real sins require real forgiveness. And we must guard against such sins for they are destructive and truly vile. But know that it is also to real sins and the sinners who commit them that the Gospel reaches out!

This Week’s Activities

  • Council Meeting
  • LAST Confirmation class (pizza) this Wednesday
  • Adult Bible Study this Thursday at 9:00 AM.

Coming Events

  • Confirmation Sunday is May 21st!
  • Board of Ed/VBS Meeting, June 4th

“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”

— St. Jerome (AD 342-347)