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Word & Worship

September 6, 2020

Matins
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

Theme
God’s laws are just.  His prophets and pastors exercise authority in condemning sin, wickedness, and evil.  Iniquities cannot be ignored; all are subject to God’s authority.  We are also subject to earthly governments and authorities who strive to restrain unruly behavior.  As citizens in both kingdoms, our conduct should reflect humility, love, duty, and honesty.  As members of the Church, it is just that we are called to care for and regain unrepentant sinners.

Hymn - LSB 966 Before You, Lord, We Bow
Before You, Lord, we bow,
    Our God who reigns above
And rules the world below,
    Boundless in pow’r and love.
Our thanks we bring
    In joy and praise,
    Our hearts we raise
To You, our King!
 
The nation You have blest
    May well Your love declare,
From foes and fears at rest,
    Protected by Your care.
For this bright day,
    For this fair land—
    Gifts of Your hand—
Our thanks we pay.
 
May ev’ry mountain height,
    Each vale and forest green,
Shine in Your Word’s pure light,
    And its rich fruits be seen!
May ev’ry tongue
    Be tuned to praise
    And join to raise
A grateful song.
 
Earth, hear your Maker’s voice;
    Your great Redeemer own;
Believe, obey, rejoice,
    And worship Him alone.
Cast down your pride,
    Your sin deplore,
    And bow before
The Crucified.
 
And when in pow’r He comes,
    Oh, may our native land
From all its rending tombs
    Send forth a glorious band,
A countless throng,
    With joy to sing
    To heav’n’s high King
Salvation’s song!
Text: Public domain
 
Common Versicles - 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
L   Blessed be God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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
L   Blessed be God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
C   O come, let us worship Him.
 
Psalm - Psalm 32:1–7; antiphon: v. 1
Blessèd is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
   whose sin is covered.
Blessèd is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
   and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
   through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
   my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
I acknowledged my sin to you,
   and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
   and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Therefore let everyone who is godly
   offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
   they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me;
   you preserve me from trouble;
   you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
 
Office Hymn - LSB 707 Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways
Oh, that the Lord would guide my ways
    To keep His statutes still!
Oh, that my God would grant me grace
    To know and do His will!
 
Order my footsteps by Thy Word
    And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
    But keep my conscience clear.
 
Assist my soul, too apt to stray,
    A stricter watch to keep;
And should I e’er forget Thy way,
    Restore Thy wand’ring sheep.
 
Make me to walk in Thy commands—
    ’Tis a delightful road—
Nor let my head or heart or hands
    Offend against my God.
Text: Public domain
 
Old Testament Reading - Ezekiel 33:7–9
   “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.”
 
P   O Lord, have mercy on us.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Epistle - Romans 13:1–10
   Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
   Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
 
P   O Lord, have mercy on us.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Holy Gospel - Matthew 18:1–20
P   The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the eighteenth chapter.
C   Glory to You, O Lord.
 
   At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
   “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
   “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
   “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man came to save the lost. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
   “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
 
P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C   Praise to You, O Christ.
 
Responsory - 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.
 
Children's Message
 
Hymn - LSB 797 Praise the Almighty
Praise the Almighty, my soul, adore Him!
    Yes, I will laud Him until death;
With songs and anthems I come before Him
    As long as He allows me breath.
From Him my life and all things came;
Bless, O my soul, His holy name.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
 
Trust not in rulers; they are but mortal;
    Earthborn they are and soon decay.
Vain are their counsels at life’s last portal,
    When the dark grave engulfs its prey.
Since mortals can no help afford,
Place all your trust in Christ, our Lord.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
 
Blessèd, oh, blessèd are they forever
    Whose help is from the Lord Most High,
Whom from salvation can nothing sever,
    And who in hope to Christ draw nigh.
To all who trust in Him, our Lord
Will aid and counsel now afford.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
 
Penitent sinners, for mercy crying,
    Pardon and peace from Him obtain;
Ever the wants of the poor supplying,
    Their faithful God He will remain.
He helps His children in distress,
The widows and the fatherless.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
 
Praise, all you people, the name so holy
    Of Him who does such wondrous things!
All that has being, to praise Him solely,
    With happy heart its amen sings.
Children of God, with angel host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
    Alleluia, alleluia!
Text: Public domain
 
Sermon - Romans 13:1-10 -Living in Mercy and Faithful Obedience
 
Te Deum
C   We praise You, O God; we acknowledge You to be the Lord.
All the earth now worships You, the Father everlasting.
To You all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the pow’rs therein.
To You cherubim and seraphim continually do cry:
 
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Your glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise You.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise You.
 
The noble army of martyrs praise You.
The holy Church throughout all the world does acknowledge You:
The Father of an infinite majesty; Your adorable, true, and only Son;
also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.
 
You are the king of glory, O Christ;
You are the everlasting Son of the Father.
 
When You took upon Yourself to deliver man,
You humbled Yourself to be born of a virgin.
When You had overcome the sharpness of death,
You opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
 
You sit at the right hand of God
in the glory of the Father.
We believe that You will come
to be our judge.
 
We therefore pray You to help Your servants,
whom You have redeemed with Your precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Your saints
in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save Your people and bless Your heritage.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify You.
And we worship Your name forever and ever.

Grant, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let Your mercy be upon us, as our trust is in You.
O Lord, in You have I trusted; let me never be confounded.

 
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.
 
Kyrie - 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 (sung)
Our Father, which 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 debts as we forgive our debtors; 
       and lead us not into temptation,
       but deliver us from evil. 
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.
 
Salutation - 2 Timothy 4:22
P   The Lord be with you.
C   And also with you.
 
Collect of the Day
L    O God, from whom all good proceeds, grant to us, Your humble servants, Your holy inspiration, that we may set our minds on the things that are right and, by Your merciful guiding, accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
 
Luther’s Morning Prayer
I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
 
Benedicamus - [Psalm 103:1]
L   Let us bless the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Benediction - 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 965 God Bless Our Native Land
God bless our native land;
Firm may she ever stand
    Through storm and night.
When the wild tempests rave,
Ruler of wind and wave,
Do Thou our country save
    By Thy great might.
 
So shall our prayers arise
To God above the skies;
    On Him we wait.
Thou who art ever nigh,
Guarding with watchful eye,
To Thee aloud we cry:
    God save the state!
Text: Public domain
 
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.

 

Jesus as the Good Shepherd, mid 3rd century AD
 
Bust of Nero at the Capitoline Museum, Rome

Weekly Announcements

Sunday, September 6, 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 Roger & Linda Pollert's 49th wedding anniversary.  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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9303578784 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 in the Fall. The board of Christian studies will be sending out a survey to parents in September to gather information on how to resume in-person Sunday School with our children.

Oktoberfest Apple Dumplings!!  Oktoberfest apple dumpling making sign ups are in the narthex.

The adult handbell choir is in serious need of some bell ringers!! Can't read music? That is okay! We would love to have you come and check it out! Rehearsals will be Wednesday evenings from 5:15-5:50 p.m. We will start on September 17th.  Please call Heidi Scheiderer at 812-655-2324 for more information!

Men’s Bible study will meet on the second Saturday of Sept.(Sept 12) at 8 am instead of the first Saturday of month which is Labor Day weekend.  All men of Zion are invited to attend.  We are currently studying The Parables of Jesus.

Financial Peace.  Zion will be offering Financial Peace University beginning September 13th at 6:00 p.m. To find out more or to register, click here!  Financial Peace University (FPU) is the nine-lesson class that will teach you how to pay off debt, save and invest for your future. You’ll also connect with others, just like you who can hold you accountable, encourage you, and celebrate your progress! 

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.  These bottles will be in a display in the narthex beginning September 6th.  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. 

Youth

Jr. ZYO
   Youth Night - September 6th, 5:30 -  7:00 p.m.
   Apple Dumpling Making - September 20th, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  Come and help make apple dumplings!
      Sign-ups are in the Narthex.
Sr. ZYO
  Youth Night - September 6th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  Apple Dumpling Making - September 13th, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Come and help make apple dumplings!
      Sign-ups are in the Narthex.

Schools

Zion Lutheran School
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 http://www..lutheransgo.org/donate/ 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.

Immanuel Lutheran School
ILS 7th Grade is selling mums for their Washington D.C. trip.  The mums are $10 each and come in yellow, orange, red, or purple. If interested, please contact a 7th grader or Immanuel school office.

Sunday, Sept. 13 Immanuel school will hold a grab ‘n go fish fry at the school.  Drive through the parking lot between 4-7 p.m. and place your order for complete fish dinners or hot dog kids’ meals.  No pre-ordering needed.  Freewill offerings support the ministry of Immanuel Lutheran School.

Trinity Lutheran High School
TLHS is seeking qualified applicants for the following roles: Director of Outreach and Admissions, Athletic Director, and Men's Varsity Basketball Coach. Roles may stand alone or be combined for a full-time arrangement. Complete positional descriptions can be sent upon request. Please submit all interest letters, resumes, and/or questions to Mr. Clayton Darlage at cdarlage@trinitycougars.org

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! 

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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