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Word & Worship

November 22, 2020

Divine Service - Setting Three
Last Sunday of the Church Year

 

Theme
The Lord draws decisive boundaries between the faithful and the faithless, the humble and the arrogant, the brokenhearted and the proud.  The gavel of divine justice declares both punishment and life, casts the guilty into the abyss of hell, and opens the gates of heaven.  Christ Himself balances all of this paradox, delivering the kingdom of God through His Word and actions – suffering, death, and resurrection.  And now we eagerly wait for His return in glory and justice.

Hymn of Invocation - LSB 540 Christ, the Word of God Incarnate
Christ, the Word of God incarnate,
    Lord and Son of Abraham;
Christ, the radiance of the Father,
    Perfect God, the great I AM;
Christ, the light, You shine unvanquished,
    Light and life You bring to all;
Light our path with Your own presence,
    Grant us grace to heed Your call.
 
Christ, the living bread from heaven,
    Food for body, food for soul;
Christ, the manna daily given,
    Nourish, strengthen, make us whole.
Feed us with the food of heaven,
    Foretaste of the feast to be;
Quench our thirst with living water
    Springing up eternally.
 
Christ, the shoot that springs triumphant
    From the stump of Jesse’s tree;
Christ, true vine, You nurture branches
    To bear fruit abundantly.
Graft us into You, O Savior;
    Prune our hearts so we remain
Fruitful branches in Your vineyard
    Till eternal life we gain.
 
Christ, our good and faithful shepherd,
    Watching all Your lambs and sheep;
Christ, the gate that guards the sheepfold,
    Never-failing vigil keep.
When we stray, Good Shepherd, seek us,
    Find us, lift us, bear us home;
Lamb of God, our shepherd, keep us;
    Let us hear Your voice alone.
 
Christ, the way that leads unfailing
    To the Father’s home on high,
Christ, the truth that frees the captive,
    Christ, the life that cannot die.
Mediator to the Father,
    Sacrifice and great High Priest:
Lead us to Your heav’nly mansions,
    There to share Your wedding feast.
 
Christ, the Alpha and Omega,
    Christ, the firstborn from the dead,
Christ, the life and resurrection,
    Christ, the Church’s glorious head:
Praise and thanks and adoration
    And unending worship be
To the Father and the Spirit
    And to You eternally.
Text: © 2001 Steven P. Mueller. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
Invocation - Matthew 28:19b; 18:20
P   In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C   Amen.
 
Exhortation - Hebrews 10:22; Psalm 124:8; Psalm 32:5
P   Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
 
P   Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C   who made heaven and earth.
P   I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,
C   and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
 
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
 
Confession of Sins
P   O almighty God, merciful Father,
C   I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.
 
Absolution - [John 20:19–23]
P   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C   Amen.
 
Introit - Psalm 39:4–5a, 7–8, 12; antiphon: 2 Peter 3:13 NIV
In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a | new earth,*
   the home of | righteousness.
O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure
| of my days;*
   let me know how fleeting | I am!
Behold, you have made my days a few
| handbreadths,*
   and my lifetime is as nothing be- | fore you.
And now, O Lord, for what
| do I wait?*
   My hope | is in you.
Deliver me from all my trans-
| gressions.*
   Do not make me the scorn | of the fool!
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace
| at my tears!*
   For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my | fathers.
In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a
| new earth,*
   the home of | righteousness.
 
Gloria Patri
C   Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
 
Kyrie - Mark 10:47
C   Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
 
Gloria in Excelsis - Luke 2:14; John 1:29
P   Glory be to God on high:
C   and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee,
we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory.
O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father Almighty.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord.
Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,
art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
 
Salutation and Collect of the Day
P   The Lord be with you.
C   And with thy spirit.
 
P   Let us pray.
Eternal God, merciful Father, You have appointed Your Son as judge of the living and the dead. Enable us to wait for the day of His return with our eyes fixed on the kingdom prepared for Your own from the foundation of the world; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
 
Old Testament Reading - Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24
   “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. . . .
   “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.”
 
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Epistle - Romans 14:1–12
   As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
   One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
   Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
   and every tongue shall confess to God.”
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
 
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Alleluia
C   Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
 
Holy Gospel - Matthew 25:31–46
P   The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-fifth chapter.
C   Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
 
   [Jesus said:] “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
   “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
 
P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C   Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
 
Apostles’ Creed
C   I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
     maker of heaven and earth.
 
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
     born of the virgin Mary,
     suffered under Pontius Pilate,
     was crucified, died and was buried.
     He descended into hell.
     The third day He rose again from the dead.
     He ascended into heaven
     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the holy Christian Church,
          the communion of saints,
     the forgiveness of sins,
     the resurrection of the body,
     and the life T everlasting. Amen.
 
Hymn of the Day - LSB 513 The Clouds of Judgment Gather
The clouds of judgment gather,
    The time is growing late;
Be sober and be watchful,
    Our judge is at the gate:
The judge who comes in mercy,
    The judge who comes in might
To put an end to evil
    And diadem the right.
 
Arise, O true disciples;
    Let wrong give way to right,
And penitential shadow
    To Jesus’ blessèd light:
The light that has no evening,
    That knows no moon or sun,
The light so new and golden,
    The light that is but one.
 
The home of fadeless splendor,
    Of blooms that bear no thorn,
Where they shall dwell as children
    Who here as exiles mourn;
The peace of all the faithful,
    The calm of all the blest,
Inviolate, unfading,
    Divinest, sweetest, best.
 
Oh, happy, holy portion,
    Relief for all distressed,
True vision of true beauty,
    Refreshment for the blest!
Strive now to win that glory,
    Toil now to gain that light;
Send hope ahead to grasp it
    Till hope be lost in sight.
Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
SermonRomans 14:1-12 - Christ's Eternal Rule
 
Offering
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Prayer of the Church
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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 up unto the Lord.
 
P   Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.
C   It is meet and right so to do.
 
Proper Preface
P   It is truly meet, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who, having created all things, took on human flesh and was born of the virgin Mary. For our sake He died on the cross and rose from the dead to put an end to death, thus fulfilling Your will and gaining for You a holy people. 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 Sabaoth;
heav’n and earth are full of Thy glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, hosanna, 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 - Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25
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   O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us Thy peace. Amen.
 
Distribution
 
Hymn - LSB 348 The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns
The King shall come when morning dawns
    And light triumphant breaks,
When beauty gilds the eastern hills
    And life to joy awakes.
 
Not as of old a little child,
    To bear and fight and die,
But crowned with glory like the sun
    That lights the morning sky.
 
Oh, brighter than the rising morn
    When Christ, victorious, rose
And left the lonesome place of death
    Despite the rage of foes.
 
Oh, brighter than that glorious morn
    Shall dawn upon our race
The day when Christ in splendor comes
    And we shall see His face.
 
The King shall come when morning dawns
    And light and beauty brings.
Hail, Christ the Lord! Your people pray:
    Come quickly, King of kings!
Text: Public domain
 
Hymn - LSB 711 Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
Savior, like a shepherd lead us;
    Much we need Your tender care.
In Your pleasant pastures feed us,
    For our use Your fold prepare.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    You have bought us; we are Yours.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    You have bought us; we are Yours.
 
We are Yours; in love befriend us,
    Be the guardian of our way;
Keep Your flock, from sin defend us,
    Seek us when we go astray.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    Hear us children when we pray.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    Hear us children when we pray.
 
You have promised to receive us,
    Poor and sinful though we be;
You have mercy to relieve us,
    Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    Early let us turn to You.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    Early let us turn to You.
 
Early let us seek Your favor,
    Early let us do Your will;
Blessèd Lord and only Savior,
    With Your love our spirits fill.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    You have loved us, love us still.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    You have loved us, love us still.
Text: Public domain
 
Hymn - LSB 525 Crown Him with Many Crowns
Crown Him with many crowns,
    The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark how the heav’nly anthem drowns
    All music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
    Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless king
    Through all eternity.
 
Crown Him the virgin’s Son,
    The God incarnate born,
Whose arm those crimson trophies won
    Which now His brow adorn:
Fruit of the mystic rose,
    Yet of that rose the stem,
The root whence mercy ever flows,
    The babe of Bethlehem.
 
Crown Him the Lord of love.
    Behold His hands and side,
Rich wounds, yet visible above,
    In beauty glorified.
No angels in the sky
    Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bend their wond’ring eyes
    At mysteries so bright.
 
Crown Him the Lord of life,
    Who triumphed o’er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife
    For those He came to save.
His glories now we sing,
    Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring
    And lives that death may die.
 
Crown Him the Lord of heav’n,
    Enthroned in worlds above,
Crown Him the king to whom is giv’n
    The wondrous name of Love.
Crown Him with many crowns
    As thrones before Him fall;
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns,
    For He is king of all.
Text: Public domain
 
Hymn - LSB 980 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
Refrain   Jesu, Jesu,
               Fill us with Your love,
               Show us how to serve
               The neighbors we have from You.
 
Kneels at the feet of His friends,
Silently washes their feet,
Master who pours out Himself for them. Refrain
 
Neighbors are wealthy and poor,
Varied in color and race;
Neighbors are nearby and far away. Refrain
 
These are the ones we will serve;
These are the ones we will love;
All these are neighbors to us and You. Refrain
 
Kneel at the feet of our friends,
Silently washing their feet:
This is the way we will live with You. Refrain
Text: © 1969, revised 1997 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
Post Communion Canticle - LSB 680 Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise
Thine the amen Thine the praise
    Alleluias angels raise
Thine the everlasting head
    Thine the breaking of the bread
Thine the glory Thine the story
    Thine the harvest then the cup
Thine the vineyard then the cup is lifted up lifted up.
 
Thine the life eternally
    Thine the promise let there be
Thine the vision Thine the tree
    All the earth on bended knee
Gone the nailing gone the railing
    Gone the pleading gone the cry
Gone the sighing gone the dying what was loss lifted high.
 
Thine the truly Thine the yes
    Thine the table we the guest
Thine the mercy all from Thee
    Thine the glory yet to be
Then the ringing and the singing
    Then the end of all the war
Thine the living Thine the loving evermore evermore.
 
Thine the kingdom Thine the prize
    Thine the wonder full surprise
Thine the banquet then the praise
    Then the justice of Thy ways
Thine the glory Thine the story
    Then the welcome to the least
Then the wonder all increasing at Thy feast at Thy feast.
 
Thine the glory in the night
    No more dying only light
Thine the river Thine the tree
    Then the Lamb eternally
Then the holy holy holy
    Celebration jubilee
Thine the splendor Thine the brightness only Thee only Thee.
Text: © 1983 Augsburg Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
 
Thanksgiving - Psalm 107:1
A   O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,
C   and His mercy endureth forever.
 
Post-Communion Collect
A    Let us pray.
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in the Holy Supper of Your Son’s body and blood. Keep us firm in the true faith throughout our days of pilgrimage that, on the day of His coming, we may, together with all Your saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
 
Salutation - 2 Timothy 4:22
P   The Lord be with you.
C   And also with you.
 
Benedicamus - Psalm 103:1
A   Bless we the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
 
Benediction - Numbers 6:24–26
P   The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.
C   Amen.
 
Hymn to Depart - LSB 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
 
Acknowledgments
Divine Service, Setting Three from Lutheran Service Book
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2020 Concordia Publishing House


 

Faithful Stewards of God's Gifts

As stewards, we have the responsibility to be knowledgeable and wise.  In order to be effective in our stewardship, we need to seek God’s wisdom.  “For the Lord gives wisdom and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6).  God’s Word illustrates the poor consequences that result when we think and act foolishly.  For example, in Matthew 6:26-27, we read of the man who built his house on the sand, and, when the rain come, the house came crashing down.  Wisdom teaches us to build our houses on solid ground.  As God’s stewards, we can best fulfill our calling when we seek and use His wisdom.  With God’s wisdom, we will build on solid ground; we will acknowledge God as our source of all things, and we will be prepared for Christ’s coming again.  Because God grants us His wisdom, we can be God-pleasing stewards.

Weekly Announcements

Sunday, November 22, 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.
 
The staff of the Indiana District meets for prayer and Bible Study on Monday mornings.  At this time they pray for the congregations and schools of the district.  This week our congregation will be specifically named in their prayers.  Continue to remember the District office in your prayers as they walk with us to carry out the work of the Kingdom.
 
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 celebration of Kim & Kathy Overgaard and Nick & Angela Overgaard's anniversaries.  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

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.

Faith Promise Forms - There's still time to turn in your form! You can find copies in the narthex.  Please complete the form and either mail or leave it in the church office. Your faithful and generous giving is appreciated.

Give Thanks and Share Your Blessings - The Board of Christian Witness wants to include the Zion congregation in our efforts to help those less fortunate in our community.  We have pledged donations to Anchor House and Provisions to help provide food and to Waymaker helping provide housing to those homeless and in need of nourishment during this COVID Pandemic.  Starting on Thanksgiving Eve and including church services on November 29 - December 6 we will be collecting a free will offering.  What better way to share your blessings with others during this holiday season!  See the "Give Thanks: basket in the narthex.  (For checks write "Give Thanks" in the memo line.)

Christmas Decorating for Zion Church will take place on Sunday, November 29 right after the second service.  If you would like to help, please join us.  An hour or two of your time would be greatly appreciated.  Any questions, contact Joyce Stuckwisch or Betty Noel.

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.

Anyone who is interested in learning how to video the service for Facebook please contact a member of the Board of Public Relations (Angela Overgaard, Jill Kamman, Rachel Foster, Leslie Stuckwisch).

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

Sr. ZYO
   December 6—Scavenger Hunt, 4:00—8:00 p.m.  Meet at Zion
Jr.  ZYO
   December 13 - Christmas Party, time TBA
Jr. & Sr. ZYO
   January 24—Youth Night
   January 31—Ski Trip.  Please plan to go to early service so we can leave quickly after 2nd service.

Schools

Zion Lutheran School
Zion School has chosen Clarity Pregnancy Services as their Christmas Mission this year. If any congregational members would like to donate, we are collecting the following items: Diapers (any size), Wipes, Baby wash & lotion, Baby bottles, Pacifiers, Baby bath towels & wash cloths, Burp cloths, Pack-n-Play sheets, Crib sheets, Baby socks & shoes, Sleep sacks, Onesies (any size), and Sleepers. You may drop off items starting Monday, November 30 in the church Narthex in the decorated box! Thank you!
 
Looking for a Thanksgiving/Holiday treat to send to loved ones or for yourself? Support ZLS by ordering some Laura Jo’s Cookies! Go to their website: www.laurajoscookiesforkids.com and designate Zion School as your recipient for support!
 
We are still collecting Box Tops for the school. If you have any, please drop them off in the narthex.

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
Trinity’s Family Christmas Movie Night: Trinity is hosting a community-wide Family Christmas Movie Night on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be showing. Free will donations for concessions will go to support Trinity’s Riley Dance Marathon. Please RSVP to Sarah Bumbleburg at sbumbleburg@trinitycougars.org no later than Friday, November 27.

Trinity is looking to partner with church workers from around the country and world who desire a Christian education for their children, but do not have a local Lutheran high school. Our plan is to reach out to military chaplains, overseas missionaries, and other church workers domestically and overseas. To help us facilitate this program we are looking for local families who would be willing to house these students during their time at Trinity. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Ryan Cremeans at rcremeans@trinitycougars.org or Clayton Darlage at cdarlage@trinitycougars.org.  Thank you and God Bless you as you prayerfully consider this service to the church.

Trinity Lutheran High School is seeking qualified applicants for the following salaried, full-time position (benefits included) with two primary responsibilities being: Admissions Director and Development Office Assistant. (This is a single, full-time position).  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
Admissions Director – General description: The leader of all admission and recruitment activities, including school visits, open houses, shadow days, and other programming to promote TLHS. This position also facilitates student ambassadors to assist in these activities as well as the need to effectively relate and communicate with middle school students. This position includes occasional evening and weekend hours.
Development Office Assistant – General description: To be an integral part of the team ministry of TLHS through support of the Development Office, communicating with donors, efficiently using necessary software, processing donations and correspondence, overseeing and leading the TLHS Alumni Organization, and taking a lead role in the TLHS Dinner Auction. This position may include occasional local travel, no overnights.
 

Community

Redeemer Meatloaf Dinner and Christmas Bake Sale -  The Evangelism Board will not be able to have the Ladies Christmas Tea this year.  This has been their annual fundraiser to help support Redeemer mission work.  The missions that Redeemer supports at this time are 4KenyasKids, CrossLife Ministries, Seminarian Jacob Sipes, Chaplain Matt Prince, and Heart-4-Haiti.  Instead of the Ladies Christmas Tea, they are planning the following:

Drive-thru Meatloaf Dinner

Saturday, December 5th   4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Redeemer

- Each meal will include meatloaf, potatoes, green beans, roll and apple      cobbler (no variations)

- You may pre-order for faster pickup (please call 522-1837 up to 5:00 p.m.- Friday, Dec. 4 and then Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

- Everyone will enter the east side parking lot from Chestnut Street to pick up your meal(s).  There will be a separate line for those who pre-ordered.

- Freewill offering

Christmas Cookie Tray and Bake Sale

Saturday, December 12th  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Redeemer

- Trays of various sizes and assortments will be available.

- Items will be marked with price.

All proceeds from both events will go towards Redeemer missions.

 


WEEK AT A GLANCE

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

MONDAY                                No School - Thanksgiving Break
                                                 (ZLS, ILS, TLHS, SCS)

TUESDAY                               No School - Thanksgiving Break
                                                 (ZLS, ILS, TLHS, SCS)   

WEDNESDAY                         No School - Thanksgiving Break
                                                  (ZLS, ILS, TLHS, SCS)
                              5:15 PM    Thanksgiving Eve Worship
                              7:00 PM    Thanksgiving Eve Worship

THURSDAY                            Thanksgiving Day  
                                                No School - Thanksgiving Break
                                                 (ZLS, ILS, TLHS, SCS)
                                                Church Office Closed
 
FRIDAY                                   No School - Thanksgiving Break
                                                  (ZLS, ILS, TLHS, SCS)
                                                Church Office Closed
                           
NEXT SUNDAY     8:00 AM     Worship/Communion
                               9:15 AM     Adult Bible Class
                             10:30 AM     Worship/Communion     
 

 
Special Services

Nov. 25th Thanksgiving Eve Services
5:15pm Communion
7:00pm Communion

Dec. 2nd, 9th, & 16th Advent Services
5:15pm No Communion
7:00pm No Communion

Dec. 23rd & 30th No Service

Dec. 24th Christmas Eve Service
1:00pm Communion
5:30pm Communion
7:30pm Communion

Dec. 25th Christmas Service
9:00am Communion

Dec. 27th & Jan 3rd Children’s Christmas Program
8:00am No Communion
10:30am No Communion

Dec. 31st New Year’s Eve Service
7:00pm Communion

Daily Word & Worship

Know Your Bible - is a short devotional program produced by area LCMS pastors that airs Monday through Saturday at 7am on local radio stations 1390 AM and FM 99.3 FM.

Portals of Prayer, a daily devotional booklet, is in your mailbox in the narthex or available for pickup at the church office.

The Lutheran Witness, a monthly magazine containing news, information, and a short Bible study is available in the office.

Lutheran Service Book can be purchased from 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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