ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST— August 13, 2023 –     Christ – the Lord of the Universe!

 ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH – LCMS – 700 Main St.  P.O. Box 220   Clyman, WI  53016

 Pastor Dan 1-(920)-341-2025

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AS WE GATHER – The rule of God is so far above us that we cannot comprehend it.  He has all power throughout all time and eternity.  Although God rules in might, as He tells Job (and us), He demonstrated His rule in grace by sending His Son, our Lord Jesus, to become one of us to die and rise for us. But God’s rule is thwarted in the lives of those who do not know about our Savior and reject Him.  Paul in the Epistle points out that “faith comes from hearing” and earnestly desires that all his fellow Jews might hear the Gospel and be saved (Romans 10:17).  God, speaking to us through Paul is urging us to get the Good News to people so they may hear and believe.”  Even within the Church doubts arise about our Lord’s care and control.  As Peter needed to look to Jesus amid the stormy seas, so our faith must look beyond what we see, to God’s rule over creation.  He has destroyed death itself in Jesus’ resurrection, and we already live in His eternal kingdom. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Ringing of the Bell and Welcome

Hymn  “What God Ordains is Always Good”       LSB 760

Invocation – In the name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit.    Amen

 Opening Sentences    Psalm 18:1-6    All: I love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;   Men:  my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  Women:  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  All: I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.  The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.  Men: The cords of the grave coiled around me; Women: the snares of death confronted me.  All: In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.  From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

Confession and Absolution –  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.    Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  I said I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord, and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

All:  O Almighty God, merciful Father, 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.

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 X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.      Amen

Hymn of Praise – Gloria in Excelsis  LSB 187   Pastor: Glory be to God on high:

Prayer of the Day – Almighty and most merciful God preserve us from all harm and danger, that we being ready in both body and soul may cheerfully accomplish what You want done; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.    Amen.

Old Testament Reading   Job 38:1–18     (God questions Job.)   Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?  Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.  “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?  Tell me, if you understand.  Who marked off its dimensions?  Surely you know!  Who stretched a measuring line across it?  On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone–while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?  “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?  “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?  The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.  The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.  “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?  Have the gates of death been shown to you?  Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?  Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?  Tell me, if you know all this.

Epistle  Romans 10:5–17 – (Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.)    Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: “The man who does these things will live by them.”  But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  But what does it say?  “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:  That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  But not all the Israelites accepted the good news.  For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?”  Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

Verse          Matthew 14:27 –   Immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying,  “Take heart; it is I.  Do not be afraid.”  Alleluia.

 Holy Gospel  Matthew 14:22–33  (Jesus walks on water and rescues sinking Peter.)

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fourteenth chapter.       Glory to You, O Lord.

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.  When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.  “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”  “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  “Come,” he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.  “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”  And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”    This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to You, O Christ.

Nicene Creed –  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 X of the world to come.    Amen.

Hymn Sing vs1 then *Alternate verses 2 & 3 then vs 4      “Eternal Father Strong to Save”   LSB 717


Prayers of the Church

The Lord’s Prayer –   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.

We Gather our Tithes and Offerings

Offertory  LSB 192

 Service of the Sacrament  

Preface   2 Timothy 4:22 –  The Lord be with you.    And also with you.  Lift up your hearts.     We lift them to the Lord.  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.     It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

Proper Preface –   It is truly good, 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, therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and singing:

Sanctus  LSB 195

Prayer of Thanksgiving –   Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, with repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.   Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit.  Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us.  To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.     Amen

 The Words of Our Lord – Consecration of the Elements

 Proclamation of Christ     1 Corinthians 11:26; Revelation 22:20    As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.      Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Pax Domini – The peace of the Lord be with you always.   Amen.

Agnus Dei   LSB 198

We Celebrate our Lord’s Supper – Distribution Hymns:  “Earth and All Stars”  LSB 817                                 “Be Still, My Soul”   LSB 752       “O Worship the King”  LSB 804

Post-Communion Canticle – With Simeon We give thanks to You, gracious God, saying  “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation that You have prepared in the presence of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Your people Israel.”

Post-Communion Thanksgiving –   We give You thanks, heavenly Father, that You have given us Your Son’s body and blood in this Sacrament,    Strengthen us thereby that we may serve You in loving obedience throughout all our days; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.        Amen.

Dismissal – Go in peace as you serve the Lord.     Thanks be to God.

 Benediction      Numbers 6:24–26

Hymn:  “From All That Dwell Below the Skies”        LSB 816



From the Board of Stewardship and Evangelism:    Matthew 14:30 – “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’” The world really is a scary place, with natural disasters, disease, terrorism and a hundred other things. But where do we place our hope, our trust, our vision? Where do we look for aid and comfort? When Peter’s eyes were on the Lord, he had confidence. When he turned to look at his problems and took his eyes off the Lord, he fell apart. Sometimes God’s call to support the work of His church with our offerings makes us nervous. But put your eyes back on your Lord, trust Him, follow His Word and all really will be well.

The Pewpoint – THEME OF THE DAY – Christ the Crucified Comes to Save Us by the Word of Faith  The Lord who “laid the foundation of the earth” (Job 38:4) is the Author and Giver of life who governs all things by His Word. His wisdom and power are beyond our understanding, except as He reveals Himself in the incarnate Word, Christ Jesus. He has “entered into the springs of the sea” and “walked in the recesses of the deep” (Job 38:16), and He draws near to us in mercy. We have been “a long way from the land, beaten by the waves” and tossed about by hostile winds (Matt. 14:24). In our mortality and sinful unbelief, we do not always recognize the Lord Jesus. But as we cry out in fear, He speaks tenderly to us, “Do not be afraid,” and He reaches out His hand to save us (Matt. 14:27, 31). “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13), and now we call upon Him in faith, because we have heard “through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (Rom. 10:8).

YES IN CHRIST  —  Saying Yes With Our Treasures     Needed per week to make budget: $3,072                Sunday Envelopes $2,110   Plate $54    Cemetery Fund Memorial: Eli Dornfeld $50     Deanne’s Mission $200

Attendance:  Sunday Service: 39  Communed:  34     Mid-Week Service:  15   Communed:   14

 Brothers and sisters in Christ to lift up in prayer!  

  • RAIN, RAIN, RAIN – thank you God
  • Those in our congregation who are facing health challenges and are in need of God’s strength, healing and presence.
  • Lana Sterwald, Phyliss sister of Felix and Janet Ortega, Sharon niece of Felix & Janet Ortega as they are healing after surgeries.
  • Richard Seufzer, father of Chris & Serene Seufzer was given his crown of life on Tuesday August 8th.

Just received the August 2023 Lutheran Witness.   Copies are in the back – pick one up!

Wish a Happy Birthday to these members


Mark F 8/14
Alexan S 8/17
Ainsley A 8/17
Jessica A 8/19
Nathan C 8/22
Griffin J 8/24
Martha C 8/25
Bentley H 8/25
Craig K 8/26
Beverly S 8/28
Carmella M 8/29
Dick B 8/31
Elizabeth G 8/31
Serene S 8/31


Happy Anniversary to these Couples


Ron & Kim L 8/22
Richard & Carmella M 8/24
Kyle & Kate B 8/26