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Word & Worship

September 20, 2020

Divine Service - Setting Three
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Christ’s compassion and pardon embrace, console, and encourage believers.  Sinners will abandon wickedness, confess transgressions, and receive the Lord’s forgiveness.  Prisoners of the faith will remain steadfast in conflict, endure hardship, and yet be confident in the Gospel of Christ.  God’s kingdom is revealed to us by a continuum of generous, undeserved grace for all those who seek Christ, call upon His name, and believe in Him.
Hymn of Invocation - LSB 612 As Rebels, Lord, Who Foolishly Have Wandered
As rebels, Lord, who foolishly have wandered
    Far from Your love—unfed, unclean, unclothed—
Dare we recall Your wealth so rashly squandered,
    Dare hope to glean that bounty which we loathed?
Still we return, our contrite words rehearsing,
    Speech, that within Your warm embrace soon dies;
All of our guilt, our shame, our pain reversing
    As tears of joy and welcome fill Your eyes.
A feast of love for us You are preparing;
    We who were lost, You give an honored place!
“Come, eat; come, drink, and be no more despairing—
    Here taste again the treasures of My grace.”
Text: © 1992 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
Invocation - Matthew 28:19b; 18:20
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.
Psalm - Psalm 27:1–9
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
   whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
   of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
   to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
   it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
   my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
   yet I will be confident.
One thing have I asked of the Lord,
   that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
   all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
   and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
   in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
   he will lift me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up
   above my enemies all around me,
   and I will offer in his tent
   sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody
     to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
   be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said,
    “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
   “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me.
    Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,

   O God of my salvation!
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.

Kyrie - Mark 10:47
C   Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Gloria in Excelsis - Luke 2:14; John 1:29
P   Glory be to God on high:
C   and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee,
we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory.
O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father Almighty.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord.
Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,
art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Salutation and Collect of the Day
P   The Lord be with you.
C   And with thy spirit.
P   Let us pray.
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.
C   Amen.
Old Testament Reading - Isaiah 55:6–9
“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
Epistle -Romans 7:14–25a
   We know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
   So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
C   Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Holy Gospel - Matthew 20:1–16
P   The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twentieth chapter.
C   Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
   [Jesus said:] “The kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ So the last will be first, and the first last.”
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 698 May We Thy Precepts, Lord, Fulfill
May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfill
And do on earth our Father’s will
    As angels do above;
Still walk in Christ, the living way,
With all Thy children and obey
    The law of Christian love.
So may we join Thy name to bless,
Thy grace adore, Thy pow’r confess,
    From sin and strife to flee.
One is our calling, one our name,
The end of all our hopes the same,
    A crown of life with Thee.
Spirit of life, of love and peace,
Unite our hearts, our joy increase,
    Thy gracious help supply.
To each of us the blessing give
In Christian fellowship to live,
    In joyful hope to die.
Text: Public domain
Sermon Romans 7:14-25a – Christ, Our Deliverer

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 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.
Hymn to Depart - LSB 826 Hark, the Voice of Jesus Crying
Hark, the voice of Jesus crying,
    “Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting—
    Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the Master calleth;
    Rich reward He offers thee.
Who will answer, gladly saying,
    “Here am I, send me, send me”?
If you cannot speak like angels,
    If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
    You can say He died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
    With the judgment’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
    To the Savior’s waiting arms.
If you cannot be a watchman,
    Standing high on Zion’s wall,
Pointing out the path to heaven,
    Off’ring life and peace to all,
With your prayers and with your bounties
    You can do what God commands;
You can be like faithful Aaron,
    Holding up the prophet’s hands.
Let none hear you idly saying,
    “There is nothing I can do,”
While the multitudes are dying
    And the Master calls for you.
Take the task He gives you gladly,
    Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth,
    “Here am I, send me, send me!”
Text: Public domain
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.

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Weekly Announcements

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Worship/Bible Classes/Devotions

The service bulletin as a printable PDF may be accessed by clicking here.

Livestream Service - The 8am service continues to be live-streamed via Facebook.
An Adult Information Class examining the basic teachings of the Lutheran Christian faith will begin soon. If you are interested in attending, or know of someone who might be, please contact Pastor Stuckwisch.

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.

Mid-Week Lord's Supper Celebrations - For those who are at higher risk or cannot worship in-person for health reasons, small group communion celebrations are available by calling the church office at 812-522-1089 to schedule a time.

Altar Flowers – Today are given to the glory of God in honor of Jack Doriot's 4th birthday.  To place flowers on the altar please sign up on the flower chart in the hallway across from the sacristy. 

Sunday School Materials  are available for home use by clicking here.

New CPH Youth and Children's Ministry Resources are available by clicking here.

Zion Boards/Organizations

Knowing God Through the Psalms, an In-Person Adult Bible Class, meets on Sundays at 9:30am in the fellowship hall. Participants are asked to wear masks/facecoverings if social distancing is not possible.  If you would like to receive the study sheet early and/or information on how to join remotely, please contact Pastor Stuckwisch or the church office. The study sheet may also be downloaded here.  Those who would like to participate via Zoom may do so by clicking here or by phone by calling 312-626-6799 and entering the Meeting ID: 930 357 8784 #. 

In-Person Sunday School will not meet until sometime later this Fall. The Board of Christian Studies has put together a survey for all parents to fill out in regards to resuming Sunday School.  Click here for a link to the survey.

The timpani drums were purchased with money from the Irma Darlage Music Fund.  Thank you to all who have donated to this fund.  If you are interested in learning to play them (about a 10 minute lesson) contact Becky Grelle for more information.  

Oktoberfest Apple Dumplings!!  Oktoberfest apple dumpling making continues today!

Clarity (previously Pregnancy Care Center) is moving and will be in their new office Friday, September 4th.  It will be at 325 N Walnut St., Suite C (same building as Dr. Kirtley). Our Board of Christian Witness agreed to collect coins and paper money in Clarity baby bottles the month of September.  They should be returned by the last week of September.  We feel it is a good project since we have a new baby in our congregation! - - The Board of Christian Witness

Schneck Coronavirus Hotline - If you believe you have been exposed to the virus or have concerning symptoms, call Schneck's dedicated hotline Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 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. 


 Apple Dumpling Making - TODAY, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  Come and help make apple dumplings!  Sign-ups are in the Narthex.
Youth Night - October 4th, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Youth Night
- October 4th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Zion Lutheran School
Looking for something fun and exciting to get out of the house and also get paid?  What works best for you - 10, 20, 30 hours/week? Consider applying for a part-time job in extend care or as a teacher's aide at Zion Lutheran School.  You need to be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma and love to work with children 2-5 years old.  Stop by the office weekdays between 9AM and 1PM to pick up an application, email the office at or call 812-522-5911.

Thrivent Action Team - Are you a Thrivent member?  If so, did you know that you are eligible to sponsor up to two “Thrivent Action Team” events each year that would give a grant of $250 per event to Zion Lutheran School from the Thrivent Organization.  Mrs. Wright will be glad to help any Thrivent member to apply for such a grant. 
Kindergarten SGO Planning - The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) accepts donations for a 50% state tax credit by the donor.  To be a donor to this program for Zion Lutheran School you can visit the website or you can stop by the school or church offices for a donation form. New donor forms, specific to Zion Lutheran School, are available in the Zion church & school offices, and the church narthex.  Contact Mrs. Wright with questions.

Kleinhenn Fundraiser - Starting Tuesday, September 22 through Thursday, October 22 we will be taking Kleinhenn orders for a school fundraiser. Catalogs and an order form is in the narthex if you are interested in placing an order.

Immanuel Lutheran School
ILS 7th grade fundraiser for Washington DC is Marion Kay Spices—now through September 23

Trinity Lutheran High School
Celebrate Trinity Lutheran High School's 20 years!!!  A celebration will be held at Trinity Lutheran's campus on Saturday, September 26th, 2020 starting at 3:00 pm.  This celebration will include food booths, alumni games, a bonfire, tailgate games and fun with our community.  Please bring a chair and help celebrate our amazing school!

$25,000 GIVE-AWAY:  Trinity Lutheran High School invites you to participate in an officially licensed (License #016067) raffle/donation drawing fundraiser for our school.  One winner will receive $23,500 in cash (subject to all tax withholdings) or they can choose to apply $23,500 toward a new vehicle at Bob Poynter GM (excludes all taxes and title fees).  Five winners will receive $200 in cash and five winners will receive $100 in cash.  Raffle/donation tickets cost $100 each and a total of 500 tickets will be sold.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the general fund needs at Trinity.  Tickets can be purchased at Trinity sporting events, the school office, or by emailing the school at The raffle/donation drawing will take place on Saturday, December 12 during the Trinity Varsity Boys’ Basketball game.


A group from Jackson County is organizing to travel to the hurricane damaged area of Fairhope, AL and serve families in the removal of trees – a “chainsaw gang”.  If you are interested, please contact Pastor Rodriguez at Immanuel (812-522-3118).  Details are still being worked out, but possible travel would be as early as September 27.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Vallonia is holding its 19th Annual Fish Fry today from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  We will have ready to pickup meals for adults and kids.  The adult menu includes a Deep-Fried Fish Sandwich, Pasta Salad, Scalloped Potatoes and Cookies for Dessert.  The Kids meal will feature a Hot Dog Sandwich, Cookies and a Bag of Chips.  Both meals will include bottled water.  We will serve till 7:00 p.m. or until our supplies run out.  Hope to see everyone there!

Immanuel Guild Nut Sale - Immanuel Guild will be selling PECAN HALVES, PECAN EXTRA LARGE PIECES, DELUXE MIXED NUTS, ENGLISH WALNUTS AND WHOLE JUMBO CASHEWS.  Nuts will not be available at the Immanuel Craft Show due to cancellation of the show this year.  All nuts will be $10.00 per one pound package.  Orders need to be placed by October 1st and will be arriving approximately the first week of November.  If you would like to order nuts, please contact one of our members: Sandy Kilgas (812-525-9675), Adrene Wunder (812-524-7241), Pat Nicholson (812-521-3070), or Jackie Hill (812-528-0432).


    TODAY                         8:00 AM      Worship
                                         9:15 AM      Adult Bible Class
                                       10:30 AM      Worship
                                        11:00 AM      Apple Dumpling Making
                                         2:30 PM      Apple Dumpling Making
                                         5:30 PM      Apple Dumpling Making
    WEDNESDAY              4:45 PM      Midweek Confirmation
                                         6:00 PM      Midweek Worship
     NEXT SUNDAY           8:00 AM     Worship/Communion
                                         9:15 AM      Adult Bible Class
                                        10:30 AM     Worship/Communion

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 in your mailbox in the narthex or 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 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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