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Sunday, March 22, 2020

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Word & Worship

Divine Service
Setting Four
The Fourth Sunday in Lent

People endure debilitating disabilities - blindness, deafness - and these ailments are not punishment for sin. Without intervention, people in darkness and utter silence remain isolated. Jesus attends wholeheartedly to those who live in darkness and silence. He illuminates minds and hearts with faith, so that people would confess Him as Lord. He heals the blind so that people would see who He is! Christ's amazing miracles confound the arrogant and enlighten the repentant.

Hymn of Invocation  LSB 345 Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding
Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding!
    “Christ is near,” we hear it say.
“Cast away the works of darkness,
    All you children of the day!”
Startled at the solemn warning,
    Let the earthbound soul arise;
Christ, its sun, all sloth dispelling,
    Shines upon the morning skies.
See, the Lamb, so long expected,
    Comes with pardon down from heav’n.
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
    One and all, to be forgiv’n;
So, when next He comes in glory
    And the world is wrapped in fear,
He will shield us with His mercy
    And with words of love draw near.
Honor, glory, might, dominion
    To the Father and the Son
With the ever-living Spirit
    While eternal ages run!
Text: Public domain
P    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C    Amen.
P    Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C    who made heaven and earth.
P    If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
C    But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.
P    Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
Confession of Sins
C    Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
Absolution - [John 20:19–23]
P     Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C    Amen.
Introit - Psalm 27:4–6; antiphon: Psalm 25:15
My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
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.
My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
Kyrie - Mark 10:47
P    Lord, have mercy.
C    Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P    The Lord be with you.
C    And also with you.
P     Let us pray.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; 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 42:14–21
For a long time I have held my peace;
    I have kept still and restrained myself;
now I will cry out like a woman in labor;
    I will gasp and pant.
I will lay waste mountains and hills,
    and dry up all their vegetation;
I will turn the rivers into islands,
    and dry up the pools.
And I will lead the blind
    in a way that they do not know,
in paths that they have not known
    I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
    the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I do,
    and I do not forsake them.
They are turned back and utterly put to shame,
    who trust in carved idols,
who say to metal images,
    “You are our gods.”
Hear, you deaf,
    and look, you blind, that you may see!
Who is blind but my servant,
    or deaf as my messenger whom I send?
Who is blind as my dedicated one,
    or blind as the servant of the Lord?
He sees many things, but does not observe them;
    his ears are open, but he does not hear.
The Lord was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake,
    to magnify his law and make it glorious.
A    This is the Word of the Lord.
C    Thanks be to God.
Epistle - Ephesians 5:8–14
   For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
   and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
A    This is the Word of the Lord.
C    Thanks be to God.
Holy Gospel - John 9:1-7; 13-17, 34-39
P    The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the ninth chapter.
C    Glory to You, O Lord.
   As [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

    They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

    They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

    Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”

P    This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C    Praise to You, O Christ.
Nicene Creed
C    I believe in one God,
     the Father Almighty,
     maker of heaven and earth
          and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
     the only-begotten Son of God,
     begotten of His Father before all worlds,
     God of God, Light of Light,
     very God of very God,
     begotten, not made,
     being of one substance with the Father,
     by whom all things were made;
     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
     and was made man;
     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
     He suffered and was buried.
     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
          and ascended into heaven
     and sits at the right hand of the Father.
     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
     whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the Lord and giver of life,
     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
     who spoke by the prophets.
     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
     and I look for the resurrection of the dead
     and the life T of the world to come. Amen.
Hymn of the Day  LSB 571 God Loved the World So That He Gave
God loved the world so that He gave
His only Son the lost to save,
That all who would in Him believe
Should everlasting life receive.
Christ Jesus is the ground of faith,
Who was made flesh and suffered death;
All then who trust in Him alone
Are built on this chief cornerstone.
God would not have the sinner die;
His Son with saving grace is nigh;
His Spirit in the Word declares
How we in Christ are heaven’s heirs.
Be of good cheer, for God’s own Son
Forgives all sins which you have done;
And, justified by Jesus’ blood,
Your Baptism grants the highest good.
If you are sick, if death is near,
This truth your troubled heart can cheer:
Christ Jesus saves your soul from death;
That is the firmest ground of faith.
Glory to God the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To You, O blessèd Trinity,
Be praise now and eternally!
Text: Public domain
SermonJohn 9:1-7, 13-17, 34-39 - Blind from Birth
Thank for supporting our ministry. Please contact the church office if you would like to arrange for electronic transfer of your offering. You may also download the form in the announcements section below. Otherwise, please mail it to Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 Gaiser Drive, Seymour, IN 47274. Thank you to everyone whose offering assists us in giving witness to the Christ who never leaves us nor forsakes us, but strengthens us to move forward boldly in uncertain 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
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.

Benedicamus - Psalm 103:1
A    Let us bless the Lord.
C    Thanks be to God.
P    The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.
C    Amen.
Hymn to Depart- LSB 849 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
Praise the One who breaks the darkness
    With a liberating light;
Praise the One who frees the pris’ners,
    Turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the Gospel,
    Healing ev’ry dread disease,
Calming storms, and feeding thousands
    With the very Bread of peace.
Praise the One who blessed the children
    With a strong, yet gentle, word;
Praise the One who drove out demons
    With the piercing, two-edged sword.
Praise the One who brings cool water
    To the desert’s burning sand;
From this Well comes living water,
    Quenching thirst in ev’ry land.
Let us praise the Word Incarnate,
    Christ, who suffered in our place.
Jesus died and rose victorious
    That we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness,
    Seeing what our God has done;
Let us praise the true Redeemer,
    Praise the One who makes us one.
Text: © 1987 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001729
Divine Service, Setting Four 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.
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Weekly Announcements

Ministry Announcement – Please click here to access the announcement from our leadership regarding our ministry for the days ahead.


Altar Flowers –Today are given to the glory of God by Zion Women’s Fellowship. To place flowers on the altar please call the church office.

Bible Classes – All in-person Bible classes are suspended. Please keep an eye on the Zion Facebook page for opportunities for Bible study and devotions online in the days ahead.

Offerings may be mailed to or dropped off at Zion. If you would like to set up automatic withdrawal of your offerings, please download this form, fill it out, and mail it to the church office. Thank you to everyone whose offering helps us to give witness to the unchanging Christ and His promises in these unprecedented times.

Prayer List – 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.

Zion Boards/Organizations
The church office will remain open during regular hours.

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.

Groundwork Guatemala connects the lost to the Living Word, Jesus Christ, then equips them for a life of service to their Savior and Lord. A team is forming among area Lutherans for a mission trip August 22-29. The team will serve alongside the Guatemalan missionaries as they teach and mentor youth and adults in that country. The call-out meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th is cancelled. For more information, please call the church office at 812-522-1089 or contact DB Horton or Andy & Misty Royalty.

It’s time to order Easter Lilies 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, fold or put into an envelope and place in narthex box #245 or give to Mary Lou Shollenberger. Easter Lilies will be $8.00 each this year. The deadline for ordering is March 29, 2020.

Zion Sunday School will have an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 12, @ 9:15am Items are needed for filling the eggs!  If you are able to support this “hunt” with a bag or two of individually wrapped candy or small trinkets that would fit inside an egg, there will be boxes in the narthex and the kitchen marked Easter Egg Hunt. If you prefer to make a cash donation, please give to Sandra Franke or Jana Gray in person. All donations are needed no later than Sunday, March 29. Thank you!

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

The Lutheran Witness Magazine is available monthly on the shelf in the narthex. Please pick up a copy to take home.There are many great articles plus a section on Indiana District news. All excellent reading. Enjoy!

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
No Youth Night on Sunday, March 29th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
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 through March & 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.

Daily Word & Worship

The 8:00am Sunday service and the 7:00pm Wednesday service are live-streamed on our Facebook page. You may watch the archive of the service at anytime. 

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.
Zion's Facebook Page Zion's Facebook Page
Zion's Website Zion's Website

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