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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Worship/Bible Classes/Devotions

The service bulletin follows below. You may also access as a PDF for printing by clicking here.
 
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.
 
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. 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.
 
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" begins on April 19 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 study sheet 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 2nd 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 get in touch with Pastor Stuckwisch.  

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

Matins
Second Sunday of Easter


Theme
Persecution cannot silence those who teach and preach Christ crucified, dead, and risen.  This unwavering testimony is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.  Trials, sorrows, and temptations will never eclipse the revelation of Jesus to whom belongs all glory and honor.  Just as Jesus, risen and scarred, stood in the midst of His disciples, so also He remains steadfast in the Church, through bread and wine, reminding us of His wounds, nourishing our faith, and bestowing peace on all who see Him.
 
Hymn - LSB 480 He’s Risen, He’s Risen
He’s risen, He’s risen, Christ Jesus, the Lord;
He opened death’s prison, the_incarnate, true Word.
Break forth, hosts of heaven, in jubilant song
And earth, sea, and mountain their praises prolong.

The foe was triumphant when on Calvary
The Lord of creation was nailed to the tree.
In Satan’s domain did the hosts shout and jeer,
For Jesus was slain, whom the evil ones fear.
 
But short was their triumph; the Savior arose,
And death, hell, and Satan He vanquished, His foes.
The conquering Lord lifts His banner on high;
He lives, yes, He lives, and will nevermore die.
 
O, where is your sting, death? We fear you no more;
Christ rose, and now open is fair Eden’s door.
For all our transgressions His blood does atone;
Redeemed and forgiven, we now are His own.
 
Then sing your hosannas and raise your glad voice;
Proclaim the blest tidings that all may rejoice.
Laud, honor, and praise to the Lamb that was slain:
With Father and Spirit He ever shall reign.
Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
Common Versicles (chanted) - Psalm 51:15; Psalm 70:1
L   O Lord, open my lips,
C   and my mouth will declare Your praise.
L   Make haste, O God, to deliver me;
C   make haste to help me, O Lord.
C   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.
Praise to You, O Christ. Alleluia.
 
Antiphon (chanted)
L   The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
C   O come, let us worship Him.
 
Venite - Psalm 95:1–7
C   O come, let us sing to the Lord,
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving,
let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise.
 
For the Lord is a great God
and a great king above all gods.
The deep places of the earth are in His hand;
the strength of the hills is His also.
The sea is His, for He made it,
and His hand formed the dry land.
O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord, our maker.
 
For He is our God,
and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.
 
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.
 
Antiphon (chanted)
L   The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
C   O come, let us worship Him.
 
Introit - Psalm 105:1–5, 8; antiphon: 1 Peter 2:2–3
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—
   if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
   make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
   tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
   let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;
   seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
   his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.
He remembers his covenant forever,
   the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.
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.
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—
   if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 
 
Office Hymn - LSB 818 In Thee Is Gladness
In Thee is gladness
    Amid all sadness,
Jesus, sunshine of my heart.
    By Thee are given
    The gifts of heaven,
Thou the true Redeemer art.
    Our souls Thou wakest,
    Our bonds Thou breakest;
    Who trusts Thee surely
    Has built securely;
He stands forever: Alleluia!
    Our hearts are pining
    To see Thy shining,
    Dying or living
    To Thee are cleaving;
Naught can us sever: Alleluia!
 
Since He is ours,
    We fear no powers,
Not of earth nor sin nor death.
    He sees and blesses
    In worst distresses;
He can change them with a breath.
    Wherefore the story
    Tell of His glory
    With hearts and voices;
    All heav’n rejoices
In Him forever: Alleluia!
    We shout for gladness,
    Triumph o’er sadness,
    Love Him and praise Him
    And still shall raise Him
Glad hymns forever: Alleluia!
Text: Public domain
 
First Reading - Acts 5:29–42
   But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
   When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
 
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Second Reading - 1 Peter 1:3–9
   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
 
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Alleluia and Verse - Romans 6:9; John 20:29b
P    Alleluia. We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
C    Alleluia. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. Alleluia.

Holy Gospel - John 20:19–31
P    The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twentieth chapter.
C    Glory to You, O Lord.
 
   On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.”
   Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
   Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
   Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
 
P    This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C    Praise to You, O Christ.
 
Responsory (chanted) - Psalm 119:89; 26:8; Luke 11:28
L   Forever, O Lord, Your Word is firmly set in the heavens.
C   Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.
L   Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.
C   Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.
L   Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
C   Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.
 
Hymn - LSB 470 O Sons and Daughters of the King
O sons and daughters of the King,
Whom heav’nly hosts in glory sing,
Today the grave has lost its sting!
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
 
That night the_apostles met in fear;
Among them came their master dear
And said, “My peace be with you here.”
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
 
When Thomas first the tidings heard
That they had seen the risen Lord,
He doubted the disciples’ word.
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
 
“My piercèd side, O Thomas, see,
And look upon My hands, My feet;
Not faithless but believing be.”
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
 
No longer Thomas then denied;
He saw the feet, the hands, the side;
“You are my Lord and God!” he cried.
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
 
How blest are they who have not seen
And yet whose faith has constant been,
For they eternal life shall win.
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Text: Public domain
 
Sermon - 1 Peter 1:3-9 - The Genuineness of Your Faith
 
Te DeumLSB 941 We Praise You and Acknowledge You, O God
We praise You and acknowledge You, O God, to be the Lord,
The Father everlasting, by all the earth adored.
    To You all angel powers cry aloud, the heavens sing,
    The cherubim and seraphim their praises to You bring:
“O holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth;
Your majesty and glory fill the heavens and the earth!”
 
The band of the apostles in glory sing Your praise;
The fellowship of prophets their deathless voices raise.
    The martyrs of Your kingdom, a great and noble throng,
    Sing with the holy Church throughout all the world this song:
“O all-majestic Father, Your true and only Son,
And Holy Spirit, Comforter—forever Three in One!”
 
You, Christ, are King of glory, the everlasting Son,
Yet You, with boundless love, sought to rescue ev’ryone:
    You laid aside Your glory, were born of virgin’s womb,
    Were crucified for us and were placed into a tomb;
Then by Your resurrection You won for us reprieve—
You opened heaven’s kingdom to all who would believe.
 
You sit in splendid glory, enthroned at God’s right hand,
Upholding earth and heaven by forces You command.
    We know that You will come as our Judge that final day,
    So help Your servants You have redeemed by blood, we pray;
May we with saints be numbered where praises never end,
In glory everlasting. Amen, O Lord, amen!
Text: © 1999 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
Offering - "Easter Medley" - Sarah Akey
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.

Kyrie (sung) - Mark 10:47
C   Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.
 
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
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.
 
Collect of the Day
L    Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
 
Collect for Grace
L   O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, You have safely brought us to the beginning of this day. Defend us in the same with Your mighty power and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings, being ordered by Your governance, may be righteous in Your sight; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
 
Benedicamus (chanted) - [Psalm 103:1]
L   Let us bless the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Benediction (chanted) - 2 Corinthians 13:14
P   The grace of our Lord T Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C   Amen.
 
Hymn to Depart - LSB 829 Christ the Eternal Lord
Christ the eternal Lord,
    Whose promise here we claim,
Whose gifts of grace are freely poured
    On all who name Your name;
With thankfulness and praise
    We stand before Your throne,
Intent to serve You all our days
    And make Your glory known.
 
Christ the unchanging Word
    To ev’ry passing age,
Whose timeless teachings still are heard
    Set forth on Scripture’s page;
Transform our thought and mind,
    Enlighten all who read,
Within Your Word by faith to find
    The bread of life indeed.
 
Christ the redeeming Son,
    Who shares our human birth,
And by His death salvation won
    For ev’ry child of earth;
Inspire our hearts, we pray,
    To tell Your love abroad,
That all may honor Christ today
    And follow Him as Lord.
 
Christ the unfading Light
    Of everlasting day,
Our Morning Star in splendor bright,
    The Life, the Truth, the Way;
That light of truth You give
    To servants as to friends,
Your way to walk, Your life to live,
    Till earth’s brief journey ends.
 
Christ the ascended King
    Exalted high above,
Whose praise unending ages sing,
    Whom yet unseen we love;
When mortal life is past
    Your voice from heaven’s throne
Shall call Your children home at last
    To know as we are known.
Text: © 1999 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
Acknowledgments
Matins 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.
 
Easter Lilies
can be picked up anytime.

Camp Lakeview Scholarship Applications are in the Narthex.  Sponsored by Zion Women’s Fellowship-LWML. Pick one up and return by Sun., Apr 26.

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 will be 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.

Women’s Bible Study is cancelled. Please read the last 2 chapters on your own to complete the study. We will regroup in the fall. Thanks to all who participated. - Sherry & Marie

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 an extend care offerings in both the 2020 summer & 2020-2021 school year.  Please get your enrollments in right away!
 
Be a Sponsor! – Don’t forget the Zion Lutheran School “Reading Curriculum Sponsorship” Fund Drive.  The goal is $15,000 to help purchase our new reading curriculum materials for the upcoming school year.  Sponsorship levels include:

  • Platinum Level: $2,500+
  • Gold Level: $1,500 - 2,499
  • Silver Level: $500 - 1,499
  • Bronze Level: any amount up to $499
We are currently at $4,797 toward the goal.  If you can be a sponsor, at any of these levels, please make your check out to “Zion Lutheran School Reading Curriculum” and get it to the school.  Help our ZLS children become proficient at their reading skills!

Reminder of ZLS Fundraising Opportunities:
  • Papa John’s Pizza – besides ZLS getting 10% of your order cost, you get a 30% discount.
  • Freddy’s Steakburgers – Every Monday through March & April
  • Laura Jo’s Cookies for Kids -- ongoing
There are handouts and cards in the church narthex giving details for each of these.
 
Donations to the Zion Lutheran School SGO account can be done by visiting the website http://www.lutheransgo.org/donate/ or sending in a completed donor form to “The Lutheran SGO of Indiana” in Fort Wayne. These donation forms are available at Zion in the church narthex and the church & school offices.

Words from Scripture to Help You Follow God’s Financial Counsel
“But as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you - see that you excel in this act of grace [giving] also” (2 Corinthians 8:7).
 

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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