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Rembrandt, The Return of the Prodigal Son, c. 1668

Word & Worship

October 4, 2020

Divine Service - Setting Two
LWML Sunday
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost


God mightily delivered Israel to the Promised Land, but the Israelites were also indicted for their profound rebellion.  Resolute confidence as God’s elect is laid to waste in the wake of overwhelming sin.  Paul’s confidence was not in his genealogy but rather grounded in his resolute faith in Christ, through whom we receive every bit of righteousness and grace.  Jesus is God’s own son, sent amid conspirators and murderers to face death that we may inherit life.
Pre-Service: Choir - "My Song is Love Unknown" - arranged by Molly Ijames
Hymn of Invocation - LSB 645 Built on the Rock (choir sings vs. 3)
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.
Surely in temples made with hands
    God, the Most High, is not dwelling;
High above earth His temple stands,
    All earthly temples excelling.
Yet He who dwells in heav’n above
Chooses to live with us in love,
    Making our bodies His temple.
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 - Matthew 28:19b; 18:20
P   In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C   Amen.
Exhortation - 1 John 1:8–9
P   If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C   But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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.
Psalm - Psalm 62
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress;
I shall not be greatly shaken.
How long will all of you attack a man
to batter him,
like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse.
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress;
I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
Those of low estate are but a breath;
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no trust in extortion;
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
according to his work.
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.

Gloria in Excelsis - LSB 946 Glory to God, We Give You Thanks and Praise
Glory to God, we give You thanks and praise;
    Of heav’nly joy and earthly peace we sing.
We worship You, to You our hearts we raise,
    Lord God, almighty Father, heav’nly King.
Lord Jesus Christ, the Father’s only Son,
    You bore for us the load of this world’s sin.
O Lamb of God, Your glorious vict’ry won,
    Receive our prayer, grant us Your peace within.
 Alone, O Christ, You only are the Lord,
    At God’s right hand in majesty most high:
Who with the Spirit worshiped and adored,
    With all the heav’nly host we glorify.
Text: © 1991 Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
Salutation and Collect of the Day
P   The Lord be with you.
C   And also with you.
P    Let us pray.
Gracious God, You gave Your Son into the hands of sinful men who killed Him. Forgive us when we reject Your unfailing love, and grant us the fullness of Your salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C   Amen.
Old Testament Reading - Isaiah 5:1–7
Let me sing for my beloved
    my love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
    on a very fertile hill.
He dug it and cleared it of stones,
    and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
    and hewed out a wine vat in it;
and he looked for it to yield grapes,
    but it yielded wild grapes.
And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem
    and men of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard.
What more was there to do for my vineyard,
    that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes,
    why did it yield wild grapes?
And now I will tell you
    what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge,
    and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall,
    and it shall be trampled down.
I will make it a waste;
    it shall not be pruned or hoed,
    and briers and thorns shall grow up;
I will also command the clouds
    that they rain no rain upon it.
For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts
    is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah
    are his pleasant planting;
and he looked for justice,
    but behold, bloodshed;
for righteousness,
    but behold, an outcry!
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
Gradual - Psalm 91:11; 103:1
He will command his angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
   and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Epistle - Romans 8:12–17
   So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
A   This is the Word of the Lord.
C   Thanks be to God.
Alleluia and Verse - John 6:68
C   Return to the Lord, your God,
for He is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and abounding in steadfast love.
Holy Gospel - Matthew 21:33–46
P   The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-first chapter.
C   Glory to You, O Lord.
   [Jesus said:] “Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”
   Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
“‘The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
   and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”
   When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.
P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C   Praise to You, O Christ.
Apostles’ Creed
C   I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
     maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
     born of the virgin Mary,
     suffered under Pontius Pilate,
     was crucified, died and was buried.
     He descended into hell.
     The third day He rose again from the dead.
     He ascended into heaven
     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the holy Christian Church,
          the communion of saints,
     the forgiveness of sins,
     the resurrection of the body,
     and the life T everlasting. Amen.
Hymn of the Day - LSB 594 God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It
God’s own child, I gladly say it:
    I am baptized into Christ!
He, because I could not pay it,
    Gave my full redemption price.
Do I need earth’s treasures many?
I have one worth more than any
    That brought me salvation free
    Lasting to eternity!
Sin, disturb my soul no longer:
    I am baptized into Christ!
I have comfort even stronger:
    Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.
Should a guilty conscience seize me
Since my Baptism did release me
    In a dear forgiving flood,
    Sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood?
Satan, hear this proclamation:
    I am baptized into Christ!
Drop your ugly accusation,
    I am not so soon enticed.
Now that to the font I’ve traveled,
All your might has come unraveled,
    And, against your tyranny,
    God, my Lord, unites with me!
Death, you cannot end my gladness:
    I am baptized into Christ!
When I die, I leave all sadness
    To inherit paradise!
Though I lie in dust and ashes
Faith’s assurance brightly flashes:
    Baptism has the strength divine
    To make life immortal mine.
There is nothing worth comparing
    To this lifelong comfort sure!
Open-eyed my grave is staring:
    Even there I’ll sleep secure.
Though my flesh awaits its raising,
Still my soul continues praising:
    I am baptized into Christ;
    I’m a child of paradise!
Text: © 1991 Robert E. Voelker. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
Sermon - Romans 8:12-17 - God Our Father

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.
Lutheran Women's Missionary League Pledge
P    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
C   In fervent gratitude for the Savior’s dying love and His blood-bought gift of redemption we dedicate ourselves to Him with all that we are and have;
P    God has entrusted to His people the task of teaching all nations. We thank Him for the 75 years He has blessed the work of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. 
C   and in obedience to His call for workers in the harvest fields, we pledge Him our willing service wherever and whenever He has need of us.
P    That the joyous truth of the Gospel may be known in every generation;
C   We consecrate to our Savior our hands to work for Him, our feet to go on His errands, our voice to sing His praises, our lips to proclaim His redeeming love, our silver and our gold to extend His Kingdom, our will to do His will, and every power of our life,
P    We are mindful of the shortness of time and uncertainties of life. Preserve our faithfulness and strengthen us for service in our communities and throughout the world.
C   to the great task of bringing the lost and the erring into eternal fellowship with Him.  Amen!
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.
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 - Serve the Lord with Gladness (Tune: LSB 662)
“Serve the Lord with gladness!”
It is He alone
Who redeemed us sinners,
Guides us as His own
To enjoy the blessings
Of His love and grace,
Will at last in glory
Meet us face to face.
Onward, then, for Jesus!
Let this be our aim:
“Serve the Lord with gladness!”
Glorify His name.

“Serve the Lord with gladness!”
He gave us command
To proclaim His Gospel
Now in every land
So that fellow sinners
May, like us, be blest.
Leading them to Jesus,
We can serve Him best.
Onward, then, for Jesus!
Let this be our aim:
“Serve the Lord with gladness!”
Glorify His name!

“Serve the Lord with gladness!”
There’s no greater joy
Than to serve the Master,
Work in His employ.
As we build His kingdom
Angels, too, rejoice
Over every sinner
Brought to hear His voice.
Onward, then, for Jesus!
Let this be our aim:
“Serve the Lord with gladness!”
Glorify His name!

Prof. Ernest Lewerenz
Divine Service, Setting Two 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.

Coming Soon: Faithful Stewards of God’s Gifts
As God’s stewards, we are to devote our lives and gifts to fulfill His purpose.  However, our human nature seeks the possession of things, wants to be important, and desires to be in control.  With the help of the Holy Spirit, we understand that God is in control and that He owns everything.  “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof…” (Psalm 24:1).  With transformed hearts, we can be God’s stewards who express our faith in the way we live our lives.  Through faith, God provides motivation and power to live the Christian life in a growing awareness of God’s redeeming grace.  In the coming weeks, we begin a stewardship emphasis titled Faithful Stewards of God’s Gifts.  In these three weeks of sermons and Bible studies, we will understand that being a Christian steward is a wonderful privilege.  God calls and chooses us to be His stewards, and He acts in and through us.  We are God’s hands, feet, and mouth to the world.

Rembrandt, The Return of the Prodigal Son, c. 1636

Weekly Announcements

Sunday, October 4, 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 memory of Jim Schneider by Maggie.  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 or by phone by calling 312-626-6799 and entering the Meeting ID: 930 357 8784 #. 

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.  Stop by the office weekdays between 9AM and 1PM to pick up an application, email the office at or call 812-522-5911.

Portals of Prayer for the last quarter are in your mailbox.  Extra copies are also available on the table in the narthex.

Trunk or Treat at Zion will be hosted in the North parking lot on Sunday, October 25th from 3pm -4:30pm. All are welcome!! If you would like to have a trunk please contact Melanie Pumphrey at or call / text 317-601-2563.

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

Schneck Coronavirus Hotline - If you believe you have been exposed to the virus or have concerning symptoms, call Schneck's dedicated hotline Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 812-524-4266 for free coronavirus phone screenings.  Healthcare professionals staffing the hotline will recommend the most appropriate next steps for your care.  Individuals may also reach out to their provider's office if they have questions or concerns. 


Youth Night - TONIGHT, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Youth Night
- TONIGHT, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Zion Lutheran School
September 22 through Thursday, October 22 we will be taking Kleinhenn orders for a school fundraiser. Catalogs and an order form is in the narthex if you are interested in placing an order.
Are you or anyone you know interested in being a daycare provider or a classroom teacher’s assistant?  If so, please get with Mrs. Wright in the Zion School office for an application.  The school is currently in need of part-time staff members in these positions.
Reminder, you can order cookies from Laura Jo’s Cookies for Kids at any time by logging into their website at and going to the “Cookie Store” & “Order Cookies” tabs.  By selecting Zion Lutheran School as the donation recipient, half of the cost of the cookies ordered will be donated to our school.  It’s a very easy process; thus, come on board and show your support for Zion Lutheran School by ordering cookies for a special occasion or just for any time.  Cookies ordered will be delivered to wherever you direct, via the order process.

Immanuel Lutheran School
Immanuel Lutheran School is looking for two Robotics Coaches to help with the VEX Robotics program.  Coaching commitment will be one day a week and helping at tournaments. Please contact Dallas Goecker with any questions or more information at (812)525-3516.

Trinity Lutheran High School
Trinity Times - You can pick up a copy from the table in the narthex.  COVID circumstances have limited Trinity's ability to send out our mass newsletter mailing.

$25,000 GIVE-AWAY:  Trinity Lutheran High School invites you to participate in an officially licensed (License #016067) raffle/donation drawing fundraiser for our school.  One winner will receive $23,500 in cash (subject to all tax withholdings) or they can choose to apply $23,500 toward a new vehicle at Bob Poynter GM (excludes all taxes and title fees).  Five winners will receive $200 in cash and five winners will receive $100 in cash.  Raffle/donation tickets cost $100 each and a total of 500 tickets will be sold.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the general fund needs at Trinity.  Tickets can be purchased at Trinity sporting events, the school office, or by emailing the school at The raffle/donation drawing will take place on Saturday, December 12 during the Trinity Varsity Boys’ Basketball game.


ST. JOHN SAUERS MEN’S CLUB is having a drive thru Soup & Sandwich meal today from 4pm-7pm. Menu: chili or chicken soup; fish or hot dogs and assorted drinks. Free will offering. 

Wegan October Supper (Drive-Thru only) will be held Sunday, October 11 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Free will donation.

Jackson County Clothing Center is in need of volunteers to work the clothing center on Mondays from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Some instruction will be given the first day you work as to what needs done.  If you are able to help out please contact Sandy Royer at 812-343-9726 or Cheryl Verling at 812-528-0747.

A note from Lakeview Ministries - Camp changes lives. We need your help to sustain this life-changing ministry. We have weathered many storms in our 55 years of existence, but this pandemic has been crippling.  Due to the cancellation of summer camp programs and group rentals, we have seen a loss of income nearing $800,000.  We have cut expenses wherever possible, but we need additional assistance in order to help preserve this ministry for future generations.  Our goal is to generate $400,000 of income by the end of the year.  This will help sustain us until summer 2021.  For more information and to find out how you can donate and/or take action, visit  Please help us weather this storm and continue to be a place for people to connect, grow in faith, and spend incredible time in God’s creation for years to come. 


TODAY                 8:00 AM      Worship
                             9:15 AM     Adult Bible Class
                           10:30 AM     Worship
                             5:30 PM     Jr. ZYO Youth Night
                             7:00 PM     Sr. ZYO Youth Night
WEDNESDAY    12:30 PM     Japanese Outreach
                             1:00 PM     Orphan Grain Train       
                             4:45 PM     Midweek Confirmation
                             5:00 PM     Board of Christian Studies
                             6:00 PM     Midweek Worship
                             7:00 PM     Board of Stewardship

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