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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Worship/Bible Classes/Devotions

The service bulletin follows below. You may also access as a PDF for printing by clicking here.
  
Eve of the Ascension of our Lord service takes place at 6:00pm on Wednesday, May 20th. Both the sanctuary and fellowship hall will be used to accommodate social distancing. Please see the "In Person Worship" announcement for information about the procedures and to sign up to reserve a spot.

In Person Worship Resumes - Please click here to read the announcement regarding the process and procedures that will be followed as we resume in-person services at Zion. Please note that your attendance at each service is being restricted. You will need to reserve a spot. Information on how do that is found in the announcement.

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.

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 have been scheduled on Tuesday evening, May 12. Please call the church office at 812-522-1089 to schedule a time. When you schedule, please take note of which door you should wait to enter.

Altar Flowers – Today are given to the glory of God in honor of Emma Doriot's 10th birthday.  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 Strength in Difficult Times" meets at 11:30am on May 10 & 17. Please watch for information regarding plans for the following Sundays. 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 5th Sunday of Easter are available for home use by clicking here.

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.  

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

All Other Announcements follow the worship service below.

Word & Worship

Divine Service - Setting One
Fifth Sunday of Easter

 

Theme
People can be obstinate, impervious even to the workings of the Holy Spirit.  Faithful apostles, prophets, and preachers can become martyrs because they earnestly believe in Jesus.  But for us, Jesus becomes the martyr – the sacrifice – the cornerstone, so that we may be His people, basking in light, shrouded in mercy.  Christ ushers us, His precious, chosen, and holy ones, into His eternal realm that we may reside in the heavenly mansion prepared by God the Father.
 
Hymn of Invocation - LSB 645 Built on the Rock
Built on the Rock the Church shall stand
    Even when steeples are falling.
Crumbled have spires in ev’ry land;
    Bells still are chiming and calling,
Calling the young and old to rest,
But above all the souls distressed,
    Longing for rest everlasting.
 
We are God’s house of living stones,
    Built for His own habitation.
He through baptismal grace us owns
    Heirs of His wondrous salvation.
Were we but two His name to tell,
Yet He would deign with us to dwell
    With all His grace and His favor.
 
Here stands the font before our eyes,
    Telling how God has received us.
The_altar recalls Christ’s sacrifice
    And what His Supper here gives us.
Here sound the Scriptures that proclaim
Christ yesterday, today, the same,
    And evermore, our Redeemer.
 
Grant, then, O God, Your will be done,
    That, when the church bells are ringing,
Many in saving faith may come
    Where Christ His message is bringing:
“I know My own; My own know Me.
You, not the world, My face shall see.
    My peace I leave with you. Amen.”
Text: Public domain
 
Invocation
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 30:1–5; antiphon: Psalm 149:1
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a | new song,*
   his praise in the assembly of the | godly!
I will extol you, O Lord, for you have | drawn me up*
   and have not let my foes rejoice | over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to | you for help,*
   and you have | healed me.
O Lord, you have brought up my soul | from Sheol;*
   you restored me to life from among those who go down | to the pit.
Sing praises to the Lord, O | you his saints,*
   and give thanks to his | holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a | lifetime.*
   Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the | morning.
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.
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a | new song,*
   his praise in the assembly of the | godly!
 
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
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.
O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
 
Epistle - 1 Peter 2:2–10
   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.
   As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
   a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the cornerstone,”
and
“A stone of stumbling,
   and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
   But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
 
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Alleluia and Verse - John 6:68
C   Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Holy Gospel - John 14:1–14
P   The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fourteenth chapter.
C   Glory to You, O Lord.
 
   [Jesus said:] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
   Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
   “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
 
P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C   Praise to You, O Christ.
 
Nicene Creed
C   I believe in one God,
     the Father Almighty,
     maker of heaven and earth
          and of all things visible and invisible.
 
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
     the only-begotten Son of God,
     begotten of His Father before all worlds,
     God of God, Light of Light,
     very God of very God,
     begotten, not made,
     being of one substance with the Father,
     by whom all things were made;
     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
     and was made man;
     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
     He suffered and was buried.
     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
          and ascended into heaven
     and sits at the right hand of the Father.
     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
     whose kingdom will have no end.
 
And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the Lord and giver of life,
     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
     who spoke by the prophets.
     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
     and I look for the resurrection of the dead
     and the life T of the world to come. Amen.
 
Hymn of the Day - LSB 633 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
Praise to our victorious King,
Who has washed us in the tide
Flowing from His piercèd side.
    Alleluia!
 
Praise we Him, whose love divine
Gives His sacred blood for wine,
Gives His body for the feast—
Christ the victim, Christ the priest.
    Alleluia!
 
Mighty Victim from the sky,
Hell’s fierce pow’rs beneath You lie;
You have conquered in the fight,
You have brought us life and light.
    Alleluia!
 
Now no more can death appall,
Now no more the grave enthrall;
You have opened paradise,
And Your saints in You shall rise.
    Alleluia!
 
Easter triumph, Easter joy!
This alone can sin destroy;
From sin’s pow’r, Lord, set us free,
Newborn souls in You to be.
    Alleluia!
Text: Public domain
 
Sermon - John 14:1-14 - The Way, The Truth, The Life
 
Offering - "Thy Word Is a Lamp" - Abby Schult
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. 
 
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. And most especially are we bound to praise You on this day for the glorious resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the very Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us and bore the sins of the world. By His dying He has destroyed death, and by His rising again He has restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, and with all the witnesses of the resurrection, 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.
 
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 722 Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me
Lord, take my hand and lead me
    Upon life’s way;
Direct, protect, and feed me
    From day to day.
Without Your grace and favor
    I go astray;
So take my hand, O Savior,
    And lead the way.
 
Lord, when the tempest rages,
    I need not fear,
For You, the Rock of Ages,
    Are always near.
Close by Your side abiding,
    I fear no foe,
For when Your hand is guiding,
    In peace I go.
 
Lord, when the shadows lengthen
    And night has come,
I know that You will strengthen
    My steps toward home.
Then nothing can impede me,
    O blessèd Friend;
So take my hand and lead me
    Unto the end.
Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729

Hymn - LSB 861 Christ Be My Leader
Christ be my Leader by night as by day;
Safe through the darkness, for He is the way.
Gladly I follow, my future His care,
Darkness is daylight when Jesus is there.
 
Christ be my Teacher in age as in youth,
Drifting or doubting, for He is the truth.
Grant me to trust Him; though shifting as sand,
Doubt cannot daunt me; in Jesus I stand.
 
Christ be my Savior in calm as in strife;
Death cannot hold me, for He is the life.
Nor darkness nor doubting nor sin and its stain
Can touch my salvation: with Jesus I reign.
Text: © 1964, renewed 1992 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
Hymn - 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
 
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 584 Faith and Truth and Life Bestowing
Faith and truth and life bestowing,
    Open now the Scriptures, Lord,
Seed to life eternal sowing,
    Scattered on the wind abroad.
Let not hearts, Your Word receiving,
    Like a barren field be found,
Choked with thorns and unbelieving,
    Shallow earth or stony ground.
 
May the Spirit’s pow’r unceasing
    Bring to life the hidden grain,
Daily in our hearts increasing,
    Bearing fruit that shall remain.
So in Scripture, song, and story,
    Savior, may Your voice be heard.
Till our eyes behold Your glory
    Give us ears to hear Your Word.
Text: © 1997 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
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.
Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

 

Weekly Announcements

 

Zion Boards/Organizations

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.
 

Schools

Zion Lutheran School
Extend Care –
ZLS Extend Care will be open once again starting tomorrow, May 11th.  While there will be some special COVID-19 regulations/mandates that will make some things a little different than normal we will once again have children in the building throughout the day, along with our childcare providers staff members.  We pray that everything goes well as we serve those families who need our support!
 
Registration Open -- Registration for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year continues at Zion Lutheran School, Seymour. As plans are now being made for the new school year, we encourage you to get your registrations completed quickly. In listening to comments & suggestions from parents at our feedback sessions last fall, changes to the program set-up has been made for the start of the new school year, with Extend Care to once again be open during the full school day in addition to before & after school hours.  As always, Preschool 2, Preschool 3, Preschool 4 & Kindergarten classes are also available.  Specific details & information for each program is available by checking out the school website at www.zionschoolseymour.org or calling the school office at 812-522-5911. Again, plans are already being put into place for the 2020 summer extend care program & the 2020-2021 school year; thus, get your registration process completed right away.

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 $5,297 toward our fund drive goal—still needing $9,520.62 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".

Freddy’s Fundraiser – Remember our Freddy’s Restaurant fundraiser continues through May.  Purchases made on Monday’s throughout the month will benefit our fundraising efforts.
 
Thank You Teachers! – This past week was “Teacher Appreciation Week”.  Please be sure to give a huge “THANK YOU” to all our ZLS, ILS, TLHS & public schools teachers for their service!
 

Virtual VBS 2020 - Rainforest Explorers

 Sunday, May 31, 2020 to Thursday, June 4, 2020
 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
 1501 Gaiser Drive, Seymour, IN
 

It’s easy to get lost. That’s why we need Jesus!

To make it through this unknown world safely, kids need a guide who can keep them on the right path. At Rainforest Explorers, learn how Jesus is our ultimate guide in the rainforest and our lives. He leads us to the treasure of eternal life, and He’ll never leave us!


Join us online via Facebook for songs, craft ideas and worship.

Learning and loving through Jesus' teaching while staying safe at home. Be sure to sign up everyone as we will be handing out crafts and activity sheets for each participant. Watch our Facebook page and website www.ZionSeymour.org for the day and time to grab these goodies. Ideal for ages PreK-5th grade.

 

Grandparents! Sign up your grandkids!

 

Caretakers! Have your kids join us, play the videos when it's convenient for you.

 

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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