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Word & Worship

November 1, 2020

Divine Service - Setting One
All Saints Sunday

 

Theme
The confession resounds in every time and place by all believing peoples, tribes, and churches: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:10).  These words emanate from faith-filled saints who belong to Jesus.  In His eternal presence, the beloved saints are utterly content in endless service and worship.  Saints are the ones forever blessed, comforted, satisfied, and rewarded, because their inheritance is the very kingdom of God.

Hymn of Invocation - LSB 725 Children of the Heavenly Father
Children of the heav’nly Father
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.
 
God His own doth tend and nourish;
In His holy courts they flourish.
From all evil things He spares them;
In His mighty arms He bears them.
 
Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth,
And their sorrows all He knoweth.
 
Though He giveth or He taketh,
God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely
To preserve them pure and holy.
Text: © Augsburg 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 - 1 John 1:8–9
P   If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C   But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

Confession of Sins
P   Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C   Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
 
Absolution - [John 20:19–23]
P   Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C   Amen.
 
Introit - Psalm 31:1, 3, 5; antiphon: Revelation 7:14b
These are the ones coming out of the great tribu- | lation.*
   They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood | of the Lamb.
In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be | put to shame;*
   in your righteousness de- | liver me.
For you are my rock and my | fortress;*
   and for your name’s sake you lead me and | guide me.
Into your hand I commit my | spirit;*
   you have redeemed me, O Lord, | faithful God.
Glory be to the Father and
| to the Son*
   and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be-
| ginning,*
   is now, and will be forever. | Amen.
These are the ones coming out of the great tribu- | lation.*
   They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood | of the Lamb.
 
Kyrie - Mark 10:47
A   In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C   Lord, have mercy.
A   For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C   Lord, have mercy.
A   For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.
C   Lord, have mercy.
A   For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C   Lord, have mercy.
A   Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C   Amen.
  
This Is the Feast - Revelation 5:12–13; 19:5–9
C   This is the feast of victory for our God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
 
Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God.
 
This is the feast of victory for our God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
 
Power, riches, wisdom, and strength, and honor, blessing, and glory are His.
 
This is the feast of victory for our God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
 
Sing with all the people of God, and join in the hymn of all creation:
Blessing, honor, glory, and might be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.
 
This is the feast of victory for our God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
 
For the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign. Alleluia.
 
This is the feast of victory for our God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
 
Salutation and Collect of the Day
P   The Lord be with you.
C   And also with you.
 
P   Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, You knit together Your faithful people of all times and places into one holy communion, the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that, together with them, we may come to the unspeakable joys You have prepared for those who love You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
 
First Reading - Revelation 7:2–17
   Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,
12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,
12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
12,000 from the tribe of Asher,
12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,
12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,
12,000 from the tribe of Levi,
12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,
12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,
12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.
   After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
   Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
“Therefore they are before the throne of God,
   and serve him day and night in his temple;
   and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
   the sun shall not strike them,
   nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
   and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
 
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Gradual - Revelation 7:14b; Psalm 84:5 (sung by cantor)
These are the ones coming out of the great tribu- | lation.*
   They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood | of the Lamb.
Blessèd are those whose strength is | in you,*
   in whose heart are the highways to | Zion.
 
Epistle - 1 John 3:1–3
   See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
 
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Verse of the Day - Hebrews 12:1a, 2a
P    Alleluia. Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
C    let us [look] to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. Alleluia.

Holy Gospel - Matthew 5:1–12
P   The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fifth chapter.
C   Glory to You, O Lord.
 
   Seeing the crowds, [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
   And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
   “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
   “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
   “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
   “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
   “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
   “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
   “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
   “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
   “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
 
P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C   Praise to You, 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 677 For All the Saints
For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
 
Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light.
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
 
Oh, may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold!
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
 
Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
 
And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
 
The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
 
But, lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day:
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of Glory passes on His way.
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
 
 From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
Text: Public domain
 
Sermon - Revelation 7:9-17 - The Great Tribulation
 
Remembrance of the Faithfully Departed
P   In joyful expectation of the resurrection to life eternal, we remember before the Lord our departed family and friends who have gone before us in the faith since last All Saints’ Day.  We thank God for their earthly lives now concluded and ask that we may follow their examples of faith as we continue our earthly journeys.
+ Tyler Shafer +
P   I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies;
C   And whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. (John 11:25-26)
+ Ben Emkes +
P   Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
C   Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:1-2)
+ Doris Johnson +
P   I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.
C   And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God. (Job 19:25-26)
+ Thelma Goecker +
P   I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has eternal life.
C   And will not be condemned: He has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24)
+ Nancy Stewart +
P   For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we belong to the Lord.
C   So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Rom 14:7-8)
P  Almighty God, we remember with thanksgiving those who loved and served You in Your Church on earth and who now rest from their labors.  Keep us in fellowship with all Your saints, and bring us at last to the joy of Your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. LSB Agenda, p. 152
Amen.
 
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 - Psalm 116:12–13, 17–19
C   What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?
I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord.
I will take the cup of salvation and will call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people,
in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
 
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. 
 
Preface - 2 Timothy 4:22; [Colossians 3:1]; [Psalm 136]
P   The Lord be with you.
C   And also with you.
 
P   Lift up your hearts.
C   We lift them to the Lord.
 
P   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C   It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
 
Proper Preface
P   It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God. In the communion of all Your saints gathered into the one body of Your Son, You have surrounded us with so great a cloud of witnesses that we, encouraged by their faith and strengthened by their fellowship, may run with perseverance the race that is set before us and, together with them, receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:
 
Sanctus - Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9
C   Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might:
Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.
Hosanna. Hosanna.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
 
Prayer of Thanksgiving
P   Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.
 
Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
 
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.
 
The Words of Our Lord
P   Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”
 
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
 
Pax Domini - John 20:19
P   The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C   Amen.
 
Agnus Dei - John 1:29
C   Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.
 
Distribution
 
Hymn - LSB 510 A Multitude Comes from the East and the West
A multitude comes from the east and the west
    To sit at the feast of salvation
With Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the blest,
    Obeying the Lord’s invitation.
        Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!
 
O God, let us hear when our Shepherd shall call
    In accents persuasive and tender,
That while there is time we make haste, one and all,
    And find Him, our mighty defender.
        Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!
 
All trials shall be like a dream that is past,
    Forgotten all trouble and mourning.
All questions and doubts have been answered at last,
    When rises the light of that morning.
        Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!
 
The heavens shall ring with an anthem more grand
    Than ever on earth was recorded.
The blest of the Lord shall receive at His hand
    The crown to the victors awarded.
        Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!
Text: Public domain
 
Hymn - LSB 563 Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.
 
Bold shall I stand in that great day,
Cleansed and redeemed, no debt to pay;
Fully absolved through these I am
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.
 
Lord, I believe Thy precious blood,
Which at the mercy seat of God
Pleads for the captives’ liberty,
Was also shed in love for me.
 
Lord, I believe, were sinners more
Than sands upon the ocean shore,
Thou hast for all a ransom paid,
For all a full atonement made.
 
When from the dust of death I rise
To claim my mansion in the skies,
This then shall be my only plea:
Jesus hath lived and died for me.
 
Jesus, be endless praise to Thee,
Whose boundless mercy hath for me,
For me, and all Thy hands have made,
An everlasting ransom paid.
Text: Public domain
 
Hymn - LSB 517 By All Your Saints in Warfare
By all Your saints in warfare,
    For all Your saints at rest,
Your holy name, O Jesus,
    Forevermore be blest!
For You have won the battle
    That they might wear the crown;
And now they shine in glory
    Reflected from Your throne.
 
Apostles, prophets, martyrs,
    And all the noble throng
Who wear the spotless raiment
    And raise the ceaseless song—
For these, passed on before us,
    We offer praises due
And, walking in their footsteps,
    Would live our lives for You.
 
Then let us praise the Father
    And worship God the Son
And sing to God the Spirit,
    Eternal Three in One,
Till all the ransomed number
    Fall down before the throne,
Ascribing pow’r and glory
    And praise to God alone.
Text: Public domain
 
Hymn - LSB 594 God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It
God’s own child, I gladly say it:
    I am baptized into Christ!
He, because I could not pay it,
    Gave my full redemption price.
Do I need earth’s treasures many?
I have one worth more than any
    That brought me salvation free
    Lasting to eternity!
 
Sin, disturb my soul no longer:
    I am baptized into Christ!
I have comfort even stronger:
    Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.
Should a guilty conscience seize me
Since my Baptism did release me
    In a dear forgiving flood,
    Sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood?
 
Satan, hear this proclamation:
    I am baptized into Christ!
Drop your ugly accusation,
    I am not so soon enticed.
Now that to the font I’ve traveled,
All your might has come unraveled,
    And, against your tyranny,
    God, my Lord, unites with me!
 
Death, you cannot end my gladness:
    I am baptized into Christ!
When I die, I leave all sadness
    To inherit paradise!
Though I lie in dust and ashes
Faith’s assurance brightly flashes:
    Baptism has the strength divine
    To make life immortal mine.
 
There is nothing worth comparing
    To this lifelong comfort sure!
Open-eyed my grave is staring:
    Even there I’ll sleep secure.
Though my flesh awaits its raising,
Still my soul continues praising:
    I am baptized into Christ;
    I’m a child of paradise!
Text: © 1991 Robert E. Voelker. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
Nunc Dimittis - Luke 2:29–32
C   Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of ev’ry people:
A light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel.
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.
 
Post-Communion Collect
A   Let us pray.
We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
 
Benediction - Numbers 6:24–26
P   The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.
C   Amen.
 
Hymn to Depart - LSB 676 Behold a Host, Arrayed in White
Behold a host, arrayed in white,
Like thousand snow-clad mountains bright!
    With palms they stand;
    Who is this band
Before the throne of light?
These are the saints of glorious fame,
Who from the great affliction came
    And in the flood
    Of Jesus’ blood
Are cleansed from guilt and shame.
They now serve God both day and night;
They sing their songs in endless light.
    Their anthems ring
    As they all sing
With angels shining bright.
 
Despised and scorned, they sojourned here;
But now, how glorious they appear!
    Those martyrs stand,
    A priestly band,
God’s throne forever near.
On earth they wept through bitter years;
Now God has wiped away their tears,
    Transformed their strife
    To heav’nly life,
And freed them from their fears.
They now enjoy the Sabbath rest,
The heav’nly banquet of the blest;
    The Lamb, their Lord,
    At festive board
Himself is host and guest.
 
O blessèd saints in bright array
Now safely home in endless day,
    Extol the Lord,
    Who with His Word
Sustained you on the way.
The steep and narrow path you trod;
You toiled and sowed the Word abroad;
    Rejoice and bring
    Your fruits and sing
Before the throne of God.
The myriad angels raise their song;
O saints, sing with that happy throng!
    Lift up one voice;
    Let heav’n rejoice
In our Redeemer’s song!
Text: Public domain
 
Acknowledgments
Divine Service, Setting One 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.
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Faithful Stewards of God's Gifts

Our focus for this week is “As we Have Opportunity, Let Us Do Good to Everyone.”  The Apostle Paul wrote the following to the believers in Ephesus.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”  (Ephesians 2:10).  With changed hearts, we are enabled to render help and service to others.  We are the instruments through which God works.  Through our hands and feet, He brings love and care to the needy; through our lips, He tells others of His life-saving Gospel; and through our minds, hearts, and checkbooks, He supports the work of the Church.  As God enables us, we can give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord.  “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

In His three years of ministry on earth, Jesus lived a life of service to others.  He is the ultimate example of humility.  He washed His disciples’ feet.  He modeled servanthood.  He humbled Himself, even onto the death on the cross.  In the same way, we are to live a life of service.  Robert Kolb, in his book The Christian Faith, wrote, “Christ bestows peace upon us by putting us to death as sinners and raising us up to newness of life…We can relax in His presence, and we can turn our focus to the lives of our neighbors, where He wants us to focus, so that we can carry His love and care to them.  Thus, our trust in his love inevitably produces deeds of love for others.”
 

Weekly Announcements

Sunday, November 1, 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.

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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

The Lutheran Difference: Predestination, an In-Person Adult Bible Class, meets 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

It's time to order Christmas Poinsettias for the altar.  To place your order use the forms that are in the narthex on the table by the greeting cards.  Please complete the form, include payment, put into an envelope and place in narthex box #245, Mary Lou Shollenberger.  Poinsettias will be $8.00 each.  The deadline for ordering is Sunday, December 13, 2020.

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. 


Youth

Jr. ZYO
Youth Night Sunday, November 8th, 5:30 - 7:00  p.m.
Paintball Sunday, November 15th at 1:30 p.m.

Sr. ZYO
Youth Night Sunday, November 8th, 7:00 - 8:30  p.m.


Schools

Zion Lutheran School
Thank you to those who ordered from Kleinhenn! We appreciate your support of Zion School.
 
Don’t forget our Papa John’s Pizza Fundraiser: Everyday get 30 % off your order when you order online and type in the Promo Code: ZIONLS30. ZLS will then receive 10% of your order total! This offer is good indefinitely.
 
The Zion Lutheran School SGO account needs monetary donations.  Any donations to this fund into the Zion Lutheran School account would be greatly appreciated.  You can do this 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 in the church & school offices. 

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.  Email the school office at ZLS@zionseymour.org or call 812-522-5911

Trinity Lutheran High School
The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) campaign for Trinity Lutheran High School students has begun.  Now anyone who supports Trinity can provide a much-needed tuition assistance scholarship for our students during this difficult time and receive an Indiana State tax credit equal to 50% of your contribution.  This Indiana State tax credit is deducted from the tax liability you would owe the State of Indiana next April.   Please go online to lutheransgo.org and click on Donate Now on the bottom right corner of the page if you wish to donate, or email David Probst at dprobst@trinitycougars.org if you have any questions or need further information.

“MUSIC MAN” 
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in Gym
Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in Gym
Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in Gym
Festival Seating, Tickets $10.00 each, Purchased through School Office 812-524-8547
 Come enjoy our “Radio Theater Concert Version” of the MUSIC MAN at Trinity Lutheran High School!  We will be presenting the musical with a socially distanced cast on the gym floor and a socially distant audience in the bleachers. We hope to deliver an entertaining performance while following health guidelines.  Come back in time with us to River City and 76 Trombones!

$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 cdarlage@trinitycougars.org. The raffle/donation drawing will take place on Saturday, December 12 during the Trinity Varsity Boys’ Basketball game.

Community

The 2020 Lutheran Mission Federation Reformation Rally Service can be viewed by going to https://www.facebook.com/lutheranmissionfederation/videos/712744676004629/

Service Project Opportunity:  The Lutheran Community Home has graciously donated the former maintenance building to Lakeview Ministries.  Lakeview is organizing volunteers to assist in disassembling the building and removing the components from the property.  We will be working on the project Tuesdays thru Saturdays starting on October 31st.  To sign up for the project or to find out more information please visit www.lakeview.camp/volunteer

St. John Lutheran Church, Sauers, will have their annual Turkey & Ham Supper and Ladies Aid Bake Sale today.  The dinner will be drive thru and carry out only.  Serving will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Free will offering.


WEEK AT A GLANCE

TODAY                                    All  Saints Day          
                             8:00 AM      Worship/Communion
                             9:15 AM      Adult Bible Class
                           10:30 AM      Worship/Communion  

TUESDAY                               Election Day                      

WEDNESDAY     12:30 PM    Japanese Class
                              1:00 PM    Orphan Grain Train
                              4:45 PM    Midweek Confirmation
                              6:00 PM    Midweek Worship
                              7:00 PM    Parish Planning Council

THURSDAY           6:00 PM    Board of Zion Lutheran School

SATURDAY           8:00 AM    Men's Bible Study

NEXT SUNDAY     8:00 AM     Worship/Communion
                               9:15 AM     Adult Bible Class
                             10:30 AM     Worship/Communion 
                               5:30 PM    Jr. ZYO Youth Night 
                               7:00 PM    Sr. ZYO Youth Night              

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 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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