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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Worship/Bible Classes/Devotions

The service bulletin follows below. You may also access as a PDF for printing by clicking here.
COVID-19 Response Plan
Zion, along with other area congregations is joining in the effort to contain the virus while also taking care of the ongoing ministry and the needs that increase during these times.
In-Person Worship – While in-person worship has been suspended for the time being, please check the website, Facebook page, and your email for updates. Your board of lay ministry remains committed to resuming in-person worship as soon as possible.
Worship Online
Since the shelter-in-place advisory is still in effect for April, the following services will be live-streamed on our Facebook page (Zion Lutheran Church and School).

  • Every 8am Sunday morning service in April (with the exception of Easter)
  • The Maundy Thursday Service on April 9 at 7pm
  • The Good Friday Service on April 10 at 7pm
  • The Easter Service on April 12 at 7am

These services are also available as an archive at anytime on our Facebook page.  Bulletins will be made available digitally through a link on our website ( and through our church-wide email distribution list. To be placed on that list, please call the church office. You may also make the request on the “Contact Us” page of our website.
Share the Peace of the Lord – Please join the livestream of the service during the ten minutes leading up to the start time. During that time, please feel free to post a comment or greeting to your fellow worshipers, perhaps by sharing the peace or with a simple “hello.”
Offerings may be mailed to or dropped off at Zion. If you would like to set up automatic withdrawal of your offerings, please call the church office, or download this form and return it to the office. Thank you to everyone whose offerings help us to give witness to the unchanging Christ and His promises in these times.
Prayer List – If you would like the names of those included in the Prayer of the Church in the upcoming service, please contact the church office so that your email might be added to the weekly prayer chain list. The names will be available through that list. Out of respect for the privacy of our members, we will not be publishing the names of those on the prayer list in any communications that are available on the internet.
Altar Flowers –To place flowers on the altar please sign up on the flower chart in the hallway across from the sacristy. 

Bible Classes – All in-person Bible classes are suspended. Please see below for opportunities for Bible study and devotions.

8th Grade Confirmation Class meets Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

A Young Adult Bible Study and Discussion Group on current events in our world via Zoom is starting soon.  Watch your email for more information regarding start date and time. 

The Passion of Our Lord - Please click here to download an at home Bible Study of Holy Week and Easter.

Children's Messages are posted daily at 9:30 a.m. on the Facebook page and the Treasury of Daily Prayer devotions premier at 11:00 a.m. Monday - Saturday.
All Other Announcements follow the worship service below.

Word & Worship

Divine Service
Setting Three
Palm Sunday

Crowds pursue Jesus to see Him, hear Him, ridicule Him, and finally crucify Him.  The sequence from popularity to persecution unfolds on this Sunday of the Passion.  Hosanna accolades would be stifled by jeering mockery.  The imagery of palm branches would be obscured with the bloodied palms and wounded head of Jesus.  Within a week, Christ is adorned in beauty and fame, scorning and shame.  For us, He decidedly unravels death’s hideous sting!
P   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C   Amen.
P   Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
C   Hosanna to the Son of David.
P   Let us pray.
Most merciful God, as the people of Jerusalem, with palms in their hands, gathered to greet Your dearly beloved Son when He came into His Holy City, grant that we may ever hail Him as our King and, when He comes again, may go forth to meet Him with trusting and steadfast hearts and follow Him in the way that leads to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
Holy Gospel - Matthew 21:1–9
P   The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-first chapter.
C   Glory to You, O Lord.
P      When they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
   humble, and mounted on a donkey,
   and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C   Praise to You, O Christ. 
HymnLSB 443 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Hosanna, loud hosanna,
    The little children sang;
Through pillared court and temple
    The lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them,
    Close folded to His breast,
The children sang their praises,
    The simplest and the best.
From Olivet they followed
    Mid an exultant crowd,
The victor palm branch waving
    And chanting clear and loud.
The Lord of earth and heaven
    Rode on in lowly state
Nor scorned that little children
    Should on His bidding wait.
“Hosanna in the highest!”
    That ancient song we sing;
For Christ is our Redeemer,
    The Lord of heav’n our King.
Oh, may we ever praise Him
    With heart and life and voice
And in His blissful presence
    Eternally rejoice!
Text: Public domain
P   Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
C   Hosanna in the highest.
Collect of the Day
P    Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen. 
Old Testament Reading - Isaiah 50:4–9a
The Lord God has given me
    the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word
    him who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens;
    he awakens my ear
    to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious;
    I turned not backward.
I gave my back to those who strike,
    and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face
    from disgrace and spitting.
But the Lord God helps me;
    therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like a flint,
    and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
    He who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
    Let us stand up together.
Who is my adversary?
    Let him come near to me.
Behold, the Lord God helps me;
    who will declare me guilty?
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
Epistle - Philippians 2:5–11
   Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
Verse - Philippians 2:8b
C    He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Holy Gospel - Matthew 27
P   The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-seventh chapter.
C   Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
   When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.
   Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”
   Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
   Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”
   So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
   Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.
   As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
   Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
   And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
   There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
   When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
   Next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C   Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day - LSB 442 All Glory, Laud, and Honor
 All glory, laud, and honor
    To You, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
    Made sweet hosannas ring.
 You are the King of Israel
    And David’s royal Son,
Now in the Lord’s name coming,
    Our King and Blessèd One. Refrain
The company of angels
    Is praising You on high,
And we with all creation
    In chorus make reply. Refrain
      The multitude of pilgrims
    With palms before You went;
Our praise and prayer and anthems
    Before You we present. Refrain
To You before Your passion
    They sang their hymns of praise;
To You, now high exalted,
    Our melody we raise. Refrain
As You received their praises,
    Accept the prayers we bring,
O Source of ev’ry blessing,
    Our good and gracious King. Refrain
Text: Public domain
Sermon - Matthew 27:1-66 - Hosanna
Offertory (sung) - Psalm 51:10–12
C   Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. 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.
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 - 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.
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 - Hebrews 12:2; Numbers 6:24–26
P   Let your eyes be fixed on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

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 give you peace.
C   Amen.
Hymn to Depart - LSB 444 No Tramp of Soldiers’ Marching Feet
No tramp of soldiers’ marching feet
    With banners and with drums,
No sound of music’s martial beat:
    “The King of glory comes!”
To greet what pomp of kingly pride
    No bells in triumph ring,
No city gates swing open wide:
    “Behold, behold your King!”
And yet He comes. The children cheer;
    With palms His path is strown.
With ev’ry step the cross draws near:
    The King of glory’s throne.
Astride a colt He passes by
    As loud hosannas ring,
Or else the very stones would cry
    “Behold, behold your King!”
What fading flow’rs His road adorn;
    The palms, how soon laid down!
No bloom or leaf but only thorn
    The King of glory’s crown.
The soldiers mock, the rabble cries,
    The streets with tumult ring,
As Pilate to the mob replies,
    “Behold, behold your King!”
Now He who bore for mortals’ sake
    The cross and all its pains
And chose a servant’s form to take,
    The King of glory reigns.
Hosanna to the Savior’s name
    Till heaven’s rafters ring,
And all the ransomed host proclaim
    “Behold, behold your King!”
Text: © 1984 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
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Weekly Announcements


Zion Boards/Organizations

The Parish Planning Council is meeting weekly to coordinate the overall ministry of Zion during COVID-19. Please give your pastors or leaders a call if you have suggestions that might be helpful in serving others in the uncharted waters of our time.
Office Hours - The church office is open as normal to accomplish essential tasks.
Easter Lilies
can be picked up anytime after Easter Sunday, April 12th.

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

Zion Women's Fellowship meetings have been cancelled until June.

The LWML Spring Workshop scheduled for April 18th has been cancelled.

Men's Bible Study will begin a new study on the Parables starting in May. We will take a look at Jesus' parables, their meaning and what they can teach us today as we live out our lives as Christian men. Join us for the study of God's word and fellowship, we meet the first Saturday of each month at 8 am at Zion.  Our next study will take place on May 2 at 8 am.  See Mike Schult for any questions.

The Zion Foundation Board will be accepting grant requests again this year.  Requests may come from any board, committee, or member of Zion Lutheran Church; however, grants must be approved by the appropriate board. In an effort to help people better understand and to guide them through the process for grant requests, the Zion Foundation Board has developed a grant application form.  This form has all the key information needed for the review, plus it also has a narrative of helpful hints of items.  Please be very specific about the amount requested (have a quote sheet if possible) and the way the requested money will be used.  Also work with the board that will be responsible for the grant. The Zion Foundation Board is currently accepting grant requests for the 2020 year. The request should be submitted no later than May 3, 2020.  All requests must be made in writing on the grant application form and delivered to the church office or the foundation president, Matt Meyer.  Grant application forms are available in the church office.

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


Zion Lutheran School
Zion Lutheran School 2020-2021 school year registration is open
. Our programs consist of classes ranging from 2-year old children through kindergarten and an extend care offerings in both the 2020 summer & 2020-2021 school year, throughout each week.  We ask that anyone who tends to enroll a child in one of these programs please do so as soon as possible!
We need your help! – don’t forget the Zion Lutheran School “Reading Curriculum Sponsors” Fund Drive.  The goal is $15,000 to help purchase our new reading curriculum materials for the upcoming school year. We are currently at $550 toward the goal. If you can be a sponsor, at any of these levels, please make your check out to “Zion Lutheran School Reading Curriculum” and get it to the school. Help our ZLS children become proficient at their reading skills!
ZLS Fundraising Opportunities:

  • Papa John’s Pizza – besides ZLS getting 10% of your order cost, you get a 30% discount. Use promo code ZIONLS30
  • Freddy’s Steakburgers – Every Monday in April. Show the Freddy’s flyer (found on the church website) when ordering.
Donations to the Zion Lutheran School SGO account can be done by visiting the website or sending in a completed donor form to “The Lutheran SGO of Indiana” in Fort Wayne. These donation forms are available at Zion in the church narthex and the church & school offices.


During this critical period, Lutheran Hour Ministries has free resources available online for you! The Lutheran Hour delivers sermons every Sunday morning that are relevant and share truth. The sermon is available to listen to online and as a podcast. LHM Learn is an online learning platform that has free courses on many different topics. Take some classes while you have some extra time on your hands. Gospel Adventures provides kids and adults a way to take a mission trip, from your living room! And, don’t forget the daily devotions, available as a mobile app or via email! Visit to find these resources and more!


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.

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 chaplain of our LCMS International Center on how to do family devotions.
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