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June 18, 2023

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

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: Jason Theisen
  • Usher: Derek Marxhausen
  • Reader: Derek Marxhausen
  • Organist: Sue Drury
  • Acolytes: Lane Marxhausen
  • Sound Booth: Chase/Lizzy Calander
  • Altar Guild: Carin Calander
  • Fellowship: Nelsons/Dreyers

Next Week’s Servants

  • Elder: Jason Theisen
  • Usher: Dan Dreyer
  • Reader: Jaiden K./Makenna M.
  • Organist: Jane Marquardsen
  • Acolytes: Lily Dreyer
  • Sound Booth: OPEN (need volunteers)
  • Altar Guild: Carin Calander
  • Fellowship: Jen VanDonsel/Sue Drury

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: $907.00
  • Online Giving: $385.16
  • Non-Budget: $0.00
  • Memorial: $0.00
  • Scholarship: $48.10
  • Building Fund: $0.00


  • Worship Attendance: 42
  • Sunday School: 14
  • Youth Group: n/a
  • Midweek Bible Study: 3
  • Men’s Bible Study: 2

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.

Stewardship Thought for This Week

Romans 5:8 – “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God did not wait for mankind to make the first move. He did not wait for Adam and Eve to come looking for Him — He went and found them. And while we were still sinners, still enemies of God, still set against Him, God looked on us with kindness and generosity, and so loved us that He sent His Son Jesus to suffer, die and rise for us. We now seek to grow up into His image as loving, generous and kind sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.

Sunday School/VBS News

Children’s and Youth Sunday School is over for summer, but children and youth are always encouraged to attend adult Bible Study.  Instill a good habit of churchly participation!  Bring them to Bible Study.

Vacation Bible School is slated for Monday, August 14 – Wednesday, August 16th in the evenings.  We need adults and older youth to participate and help lead.  More information will be coming soon.

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.

Adult Bible Study continues this Sunday at 10:30 with a multi-week study on the Lord’s Supper.  Today we will talk about some foundational matters: theology and the proper way to read and interpret the Scripture.  Join us, and bring a bible if you have one!

Men, join us Thursdays at 6:30pm for Men’s Bible Study.

Lifetree Cafe is coming in August…

Morning Prayer @ St. Paul’s

Join us at the church or online every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:30 for morning prayer, a short service of responsive prayers, hymns, and readings.

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.

We will not have a monthly Newsletter during the summer months. Important announcements, schedules, and meetings will be printed/emailed in the weekly news.

Special Voters Meeting scheduled for June 25th after Fellowship time. It will be a brief meeting, covering only two important topics: the parking lot and air conditioning units. Please plan on attending this meeting. Thank you.

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

Subscribe to the Minnesota North District e-News service! Visit to subscribe to regular emails, updates, and more!

Pastor Carlson has been publishing a regular 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 regular devotion in your email inbox.

Also visit and memorize a verse of Scripture a day!

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 TotzkeGary Anderson
Gary Asher
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!

SACRED MUSIC STATION… You can listen to the best of the Church’s music for the past 2,000 years on Lutheran Public Radio.  LPR streams 24/7 at, TuneIn, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomePod and the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.

Weekend Devotion

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for sending Your Son to die and forgive me of my sins forever. Keep me in the one true faith and from following uncertain paths as I traverse this foreign land. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

SCRIPTURE: “See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,” says the LORD Almighty, “and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.” – Zechariah 3:9

An engraved stone and a promise that sin would be taken away in one day. This is a prophecy of the Christ who died and took away our sin in a single day. His suffering resulted in the forgiveness of sins. Isaiah wrote of this, as did Peter and Paul and John. This stone symbolizes Christ, the engravings symbolize His whips and bruises.

This promise given through the prophet Zechariah shows us that the old system, the priesthood, the temple, the animal sacrifices, etc. were not capable of providing forgiveness of sins. God did not save His people through these things. But only Jesus’ suffering and death can take sin away and nothing….NOTHING else. Good works, no matter what they are, are worthless and even sinful before God. We can stand, all we want, as the arrogant pharisee in the temple and say, “see, look at me, Lord,” and fool ourselves into thinking our goodness has earned God’s favor. But only the engraved foundation stone, the bruised and beaten Christ, can achieve forgiveness of sins for us.

And this is a strong and mighty forgiveness! God achieved it in a “single day.” This means it is a once for all accomplishment, all done at once and forever. His death means forgiveness and reconciliation for the whole world, from the very beginning until the Last Day. God didn’t want to continually arrange for more forgiveness of new sins on a daily or yearly basis, as was the case under the old system. Those miserable people had to make satisfaction for their sins through daily or yearly sacrifices and worship. But in Christ, all sins are forgiven “in one day,” that is to say, His forgiveness is enough forever. As the author of Hebrews writes, “By one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Hebrews 10:14).

This Week’s Activities

  • Adult Bible Study this Thursday at 9:00 AM.
  • Morning Prayer, Tuesday & Thursday at 7:30am
  • Men’s Bible Study this Thursday at 6:30pm
  • New Member Class, Friday at 10am

Coming Events

  • LCMS National Convention, July 31st through August 3rd.
  • Vacation Bible School coming in August

We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.

— A.W. Tozer (d. 1963)