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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Worship/Bible Classes/Devotions

The service bulletin follows below. You may also access as a PDF for printing by clicking here.
  
Worship Online
The 8:00am Sunday morning services will continue to be live-streamed on our Facebook page (Zion Lutheran Church and School) as long as the shelter-in-place advisory is in effect. The services are also available as an archive at any time on our Facebook page.  Bulletins are available digitally through a link on our website (www.zionseymour.org) and through our church-wide email distribution list. To be placed on that list, please call the church office. You may also make the request on the “Contact Us” page of our website.
 
Share the Peace of the Lord – Please join the livestream of the service during the ten minutes leading up to the start time. During that time, please feel free to post a comment or greeting to your fellow worshipers, perhaps by sharing the peace or with a simple “hello.”
 
Offerings may be mailed to or dropped off at Zion. If you would like to set up automatic withdrawal of your offerings, please call the church office, or download this form and return it to the office. Thank you to everyone whose offerings help us to give witness to the unchanging Christ and His promises in these times.
 
Prayer List – If you would like the names of those included in the Prayer of the Church in the upcoming service, please contact the church office so that your email might be added to the weekly prayer chain list. Out of respect for the privacy of our members, we will not be publishing the names of those on the prayer list in any communications that are available on the internet.

In-Person Worship – While in-person worship has been suspended for the time being, please check the website, Facebook page, and your email for updates. Your board of lay ministry remains committed to resuming in-person worship as soon as possible.

Altar Flowers –To place flowers on the altar please sign up on the flower chart in the hallway across from the sacristy. 

Sunday Morning Zoom Bible Class, "To Walk and Not Grow Weary: Renewing Your Strenghth in Difficult Times" meets at 9:30am. Please contact Pastor Stuckwisch for information on how to join the meeting from a computer, tablet, or phone.

"To Walk and Not Grow Weary" study sheet used by the Sunday morning Bible class may be downloaded here. Use the sheet to prepare for Sunday's class or incorporate into your personal devotions throughout the week.

Sunday School Materials for the 3rd Sunday of Easter are available for home use by clicking here.

8th Grade Confirmation Class meets Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

A Young Adult Bible Study and Discussion Group on current events in our world meets at 9pm on Tuesday evenings. To join via Zoom, please contact Pastor Stuckwisch.  

The Treasury of Daily Prayer devotions premier at 11:00 a.m. Monday - Saturday on our Facebook page.

Weekly Chapel Services for our church and school families are available on Facebook on Wednesdays at 9:30am. 

Youth Nights resume on April 26th at their normal times. Jr. ZYO will meet at 5:30pm; Sr. ZYO at 7:00pm. Please get in touch with Pastor Akey for information on how to join the meeting from a computer, tablet, or phone.

All Other Announcements follow the worship service below.

Word & Worship

Divine Service - Setting Three
Third Sunday of Easter


Theme
A crooked generation instinctively clings to wealth and riches, grasps human logic, and understands ordinary fact.  The baptized fervently cling to forgiveness and grace in Christ, believe divine mysteries, and confess Christ crucified.  Jesus’ death was necessary that we would know imperishable life.  Without His death, the breaking of bread would be empty ritual.  But in the Eucharist, we receive the broken bread and the body of Christ that sustains extraordinary faith and enables us to confess divine truths.
 
Hymn of Invocation - LSB 474 Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen
Alleluia!
Jesus is risen!
    Trumpets resounding in glorious light!
Splendor, the Lamb,
Heaven forever!
    Oh, what a miracle God has in sight! Refrain
 
Refrain   Jesus is risen and we shall arise:
               Give God the glory! Alleluia!
 
Walking the way,
Christ in the center
    Telling the story to open our eyes;
Breaking our bread,
Giving us glory:
    Jesus our blessing, our constant surprise. Refrain
 
Jesus the vine,
We are the branches;
    Life in the Spirit the fruit of the tree;
Heaven to earth,
Christ to the people,
    Gift of the future now flowing to me. Refrain
 
Weeping, be gone;
Sorrow, be silent:
    Death put asunder, and Easter is bright.
Cherubim sing:
“O grave, be open!”
    Clothe us in wonder, adorn us in light. Refrain
 
City of God,
Easter forever,
    Golden Jerusalem, Jesus the Lamb,
River of life,
Saints and archangels,
    Sing with creation to God the I AM! Refrain
Text: © 1995 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729

Invocation
P   In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C   Amen.
 
Exhortation - Hebrews 10:22; Psalm 124:8; Psalm 32:5
P   Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
 
P   Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C   who made heaven and earth.
P   I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,
C   and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
 
Confession of Sins
P   O almighty God, merciful Father,
C   I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.
 
Absolution - [John 20:19–23]
P   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C   Amen.
 
Introit (chanted) - Psalm 133; antiphon: v. 1
Behold, how good and pleas- | ant it is*
   when brothers dwell in | unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of | Aaron,*
   running down on the collar | of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of | Zion!*
   For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life for- | evermore.
Behold, how good and pleas- | ant it is*
   when brothers dwell in | unity!
 
Gloria Patri (sung)
C   Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
 
Kyrie (sung) - Mark 10:47
C   Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
 
Hymn of Praise - LSB 950 Splendor and Honor
Splendor and honor, majesty and power
Are Yours, O Lord God, fount of ev’ry blessing,
For by Your bidding was the whole creation
    Called into being.
 
Praised be the true Lamb, slain for our redemption,
By whose self-off’ring we are made God’s people:
A priestly kingdom, from all tongues and nations,
    Called to God’s service.
 
To the Almighty, throned in heav’nly splendor,
And to the Savior, Christ our Lamb and Shepherd,
Be adoration, praise, and glory given,
    Now and forever.
Text: © 1990 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
Salutation and Collect of the Day
P   The Lord be with you.
C   And also with you.
 
P   Let us pray.
O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
 
 
First Reading - Acts 2:14a, 36–41
   Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, . . .
Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
   Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
 
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Gradual (chanted) - adapt. from Matthew 28:7; Hebrews 2:7; Psalm 8:6
Christ has risen  | from the dead.*
   [God the Father] has crowned him with glory and  | honor.
He has given him dominion over the works  | of his hands;*
   he has put all things un- | der his feet.
 
Epistle - 1 Peter 1:17–25
   If you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
   Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for
“All flesh is like grass
   and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
   and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
 
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Alleluia (sung)
C   Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
 
Holy Gospel - Luke 24:13–35
P   The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-fourth chapter.
C   Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
 
   That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
   So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
 
P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C   Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
 
Apostles’ Creed
C   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 T everlasting. Amen.
 
Hymn of the Day - LSB 476 Who Are You Who Walk in Sorrow
Who are you who walk in sorrow
    Down Emmaus’ barren road,
Hearts distraught and hope defeated,
    Bent beneath grief’s crushing load?
Nameless mourners, we will join you,
    We who also mourn our dead;
We have stood by graves unyielding,
    Eaten death’s bare, bitter bread.
 
Who is this who joins our journey,
    Walking with us stride by stride?
Unknown Stranger, can You fathom
    Depths of grief for one who died?
Then the wonder! When we told You
    How our dreams to dust have turned,
Then You opened wide the Scriptures
    Till our hearts within us burned.
 
Who are You? Our hearts are opened
    In the breaking of the bread—
Christ the victim, now the victor
    Living, risen from the dead!
Great companion on our journey,
    Still surprise us with Your grace!
Make each day a new Emmaus;
    On our hearts Your image trace!
 
Who are we who travel with You
    On our way through life to death?
Women, men, the young, the aging,
    Wakened by the Spirit’s breath!
At the font You claim and name us,
    Born of water and the Word;
At the table still You feed us,
    Host us as our risen Lord!
 
“Alleluia! Alleluia!”
    Is the Easter hymn we sing!
Take our life, our joy, our worship
    As the gift of love we bring.
You have formed us all one people
    Called from ev’ry land and race.
Make the Church Your servant body,
    Sent to share Your healing grace!
Text: © 2000 National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
SermonLuke 24:13-35 – Scriptures Opened-On the Road
 
Collect
P    Abide with us, Lord, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. Abide with us and with Your whole Church. Abide with us at the end of the day, at the end of our life, at the end of the world. Abide with us with Your grace and goodness, with Your holy Word and Sacrament, with Your strength and blessing. Abide with us when the night of affliction and temptation comes upon us, the night of fear and despair, the night when death draws near. Abide with us and with all the faithful, now and forever.
C   Amen.

Hymn - LSB 585 Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide
Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide,
For round us falls the eventide.
O let Your Word, that saving light,
Shine forth undimmed into the night.
 
In these last days of great distress
Grant us, dear Lord, true steadfastness
That we keep pure till life is spent
Your holy Word and Sacrament.
 
To hope grown dim, to hearts turned cold
Speak tongues of fire and make us bold
To shine Your Word of saving grace
Into each dark and loveless place.
 
May glorious truths that we have heard,
The bright sword of Your mighty Word,
Spurn Satan that Your Church be strong,
Bold, unified in act and song.
 
Restrain, O Lord, the human pride
That seeks to thrust Your truth aside
Or with some man-made thoughts or things
Would dim the words Your Spirit sings.
 
Stay with us, Lord, and keep us true;
Preserve our faith our whole life through—
Your Word alone our heart’s defense,
The Church’s glorious confidence.
Text: © 1982 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
Offering
Offerings may be mailed to or dropped off at Zion. If you would like to set up automatic withdrawal of your offerings, please call the church office, or download this form and return it to the office. Thank you to everyone whose offerings help us to give witness to the unchanging Christ and His promises in these times.

Offertory (sung) - Psalm 51:10–12
C   Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

Prayer of the Church
If you would like the names of those included in the Prayer of the Church in today’s service, please contact the church office so that your email might be added to the weekly prayer chain list. The names will be available through that list. Out of respect for the privacy of our members, we will not be publishing the names of those on the prayer list in any communications that are available on the internet. 
 
Lord’s Prayer - Matthew 6:9–13
P   Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:
C   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.
 
Salutation - 2 Timothy 4:22
P   The Lord be with you.
C   And also with you.
 
Benedicamus - Psalm 103:1
A   Bless we the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Benediction - Numbers 6:24–26
P   The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.
C   Amen, amen, amen.
 
Hymn to Depart - LSB 919 Abide, O Dearest Jesus
Abide, O dearest Jesus,
    Among us with Your grace
That Satan may not harm us
    Nor we to sin give place.
 
Abide, O dear Redeemer,
    Among us with Your Word,
And thus now and hereafter
    True peace and joy afford.
 
Abide with heav’nly brightness
    Among us, precious Light;
Your truth direct and keep us
    From error’s gloomy night.
 
Abide with richest blessings
    Among us, bounteous Lord;
Let us in grace and wisdom
    Grow daily through Your Word.
 
Abide with Your protection
    Among us, Lord, our strength,
Lest world and Satan fell us
    And overcome at length.
 
Abide, O faithful Savior,
    Among us with Your love;
Grant steadfastness and help us
    To reach our home above.
Text: Public domain
 
Acknowledgments
Divine Service, Setting Three from Lutheran Service Book
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

Weekly Announcements

 

Zion Boards/Organizations

Voters Meeting Cancellation - Under the current Federal, State, and Local regulations it is not possible for us to assemble for a Voters meeting in April.  We are monitoring the situation closely, and PPC is meeting weekly to make quick changes.  As soon as we think there is a high percentage of relaxing regulations we will get the Q2 voters meeting on the schedule.

The Parish Planning Council is meeting weekly to coordinate the overall ministry of Zion during COVID-19. Please give your pastors or leaders a call if you have suggestions that might be helpful in serving others in the uncharted waters of our time.
 
Schneck Coronavirus Hotline - If you believe you have been exposed to the virus or have concerning symptoms, call Schneck's dedicated 24/7 hotline at 812-524-4266 for free coronavirus phone screenings.  Healthcare professionals staffing the hotline will recommend the most appropriate next steps for your care.  Individuals may also reach out to their provider's office if they have questions or concerns. 

Office Hours - The church office is open as normal to accomplish essential tasks.

Cornerstone -  The May newsletter is available by clicking here .  It is also "in the mail".
 
Easter Lilies
can be picked up anytime.

Zion Women's Fellowship meetings have been cancelled until June.

Men's Bible Study will begin a new study on the Parables starting in May. We will take a look at Jesus' parables, their meaning and what they can teach us today as we live out our lives as Christian men. Join us for the study of God's word and fellowship, we meet the first Saturday of each month at 8 am at Zion.  Our next study will take place on May 2 at 8 am.  See Mike Schult for any questions.

The Zion Foundation Board is accepting grant requests again this year.  Requests may come from any board, committee, or member of Zion Lutheran Church; however, grants must be approved by the appropriate board. In an effort to help people better understand and to guide them through the process for grant requests, the Zion Foundation Board has developed a grant application form.  This form has all the key information needed for the review, plus it also has a narrative of helpful hints of items.  Please be very specific about the amount requested (have a quote sheet if possible) and the way the requested money will be used.  Also work with the board that will be responsible for the grant. The Zion Foundation Board is currently accepting grant requests for the 2020 year. The request should be submitted no later than May 3, 2020.  All requests must be made in writing on the grant application form and delivered to the church office or the foundation president, Matt Meyer.  Grant application forms are available in the church office.

Schools

Zion Lutheran School
Registration Open
-- Zion Lutheran School 2020-2021 school year registration is open.  Our programs consist of classes ranging from 2-year old children through kindergarten and extend care offerings in both the 2020 summer & 2020-2021 school year.  Please get enrollments into the school office right away!

ZLS Freddy's Fundraiser has been extended for every Monday in May.

ZLS Mission Effort – The new reading curriculums for ZLS for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year has been ordered.  As you have seen in past weeks, we are promoting a “Reading Curriculum Sponsorship” fund drive.  The purchase cost of these materials is $14,817.62 for all student/teacher materials (consumable & non-consumable).  Currently we have raised $4,797 toward our fund drive goal—still needing $10,020.62 to fulfill the cost.  Join us in this effort by donating to this most worthy cause, to help our ZLS children to become proficient readers!    We need your financial assistance desperately!  Sponsorship levels are:

  • Platinum Level: $2,500+
  • Gold Level: $1,500 - 2,499
  • Silver Level: $500 - 1,499
  • Bronze Level: any amount up to $499
Make your check payable to "Zion Lutheran School Reading Curriculum".
 

Daily Word & Worship

Know Your Bible - is a short devotional program produced by area LCMS pastors that airs Monday through Saturday at 7am on local radio stations 1390 AM and FM 99.3 FM.

Portals of Prayer, a daily devotional booklet, is available for pickup at the church office.

The Lutheran Witness, a monthly magazine containing news, information, and a short Bible study is available in the office.

Lutheran Service Book can be purchased from cph.org to follow along during the worship service.

Daily Devotions, both in print and/or video are available from the following sites.

Home Devotions - Fathers (and heads of households), click here for a marvelous video by the chaplain of our LCMS International Center on how to do family devotions.
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