TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST—August 20, 2023 – God’s Kingdom Is For All People! 

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

Pastor Dan 1-(920)-341-2025

 AS WE GATHER –  There are no outsiders in the true invisible church of God. Whether Jew or Gentile, lifelong worshiper or newcomer, young or old, rich or poor—no matter who you are or where you have come from—the promises of God are for you!  As you gather in this place, God offers His grace to you through His living and active Word.  Through the shed blood of Jesus, His Son, our gracious Father includes you in His everlasting kingdom. This is His Church, the family He has claimed as His own, the people whom He has saved, delivered, and called to Himself as sons and daughters in His Son Jesus Christ.  So don’t choose to stand on the outside looking in! The King invites you in through His grace!  Come to His feast of forgiveness and love prepared for you.

Ringing of the Bell and Welcome

 Hymn  “Jesus Shall Reign”                                   LSB 832

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

 Confession and Absolution –   Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon My salvation will come, and My deliverance be revealed.”      The deliverance of the Lord comes to us today as we gather in His house of prayer, united as one with all people who believe in the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Let us search our hearts and minds, bowing before our gracious Father and confessing our sins to Him.

We take a moment of silence to repent of those sins heavy on our hearts

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.       Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life.  Amen.

Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit.  Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.    Amen  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 + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.      Amen

Introit Psalm 67; antiphon: v. 5  May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.     The May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.   May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.     May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth.  May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.   Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us.  God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him.   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.

 Hymn of Praise

Gloria in Excelsis                                                         LSB 204

 Salutation  The Lord be with you.        And also with you.

 Prayer of the Day – We give thanks and praise to You, O God, for making Your house a place of prayer and worship for all people.  You have blessed us with Your grace and salvation!  Through the Gospel, make us voices of invitation to all people, that with us they may hear about You, believe in You, and serve You with joy all our days.  We pray this 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   Isaiah 56:1, 6–8   (The Lord’s salvation comes for all people) 

This is what the Lord says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.  Vs6-8  And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve him, to love the name of the Lord, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant–these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer.  Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”  The Sovereign Lord declares–he who gathers the exiles of Israel:  “I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered.”

Epistle  Romans 11:1–2a, 13–15, 28–32  (God will reveal His mercy to all people.)   Vs.1-2a I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.  God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew.  Vs13-15  I am talking to you Gentiles.  Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.  For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?  Vs28-32   As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.  Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you.  For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

Verse  Psalm 147:2–3    Alleluia. The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel.      He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Alleluia.

 Holy Gospel           Matthew 15:21–28        (A Canaanite woman shows great faith.)

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fifteenth chapter.       Glory to You, O Lord.  Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me!  My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”  Jesus did not answer a word.  So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”  He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”  The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.  He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”  “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”  Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.”  And her daughter was healed from that very hour.    This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to You, O Christ.

Apostles’ Creed – 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 everlasting. Amen.

Hymn:  “A Multitude Comes…”                           LSB 510


 Prayers of the Church

 We Gather our Tithes and Offerings

X Service of the Sacrament X  

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 – You have blessed us, gracious God, with the invitation to come to Your holy house as a place of worship and prayer for all people.  You gather us from the ends of the earth—from every nation, tribe, people, and language—that we may feast at the Table of Him who was crucified and then raised to life again for our salvation.  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 208

Prayer of Thanksgiving – Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom! By Your grace alone, we receive the salvation that has come to us in the person of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.      He has delivered us so that all who trust in You may receive the promised inheritance of life everlasting.  Gathered to remember Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation, we ask You, O Lord:     Forgive us, renew us, and lead us!  Standing together in Your holy house of prayer, help us to know the unity You give through Your Son’s body and blood.  Hear us now as we pray in His name and in the words He has taught us:

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.

The Words of Our Lord – Consecration of the Elements

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

Agnus Dei                                                                     LSB 210

 We Celebrate our Lord’s Supper

Distribution Hymns:  “Jesus Shall Reign”  LSB 832    “Come, My Soul, with Every Care”  LSB 779                       “O Christ, You Walked the Road”   LSB 424

Post-Communion Thanksgiving – We give thanks to You, our good and gracious King, that You have refreshed us through this sacred Meal, and we implore You that of Your mercy You continue to make Your deliverance known to us and to all people so that we may live in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.       Amen.

Benediction      Isaiah 56:1; Numbers 6:24–26 –    Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon My salvation will come, and My deliverance be revealed.”    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  X give you peace.        Amen

Hymn:  “Lord Dismiss Us with Your Blessing”      LSB 924



From the Board of Stewardship and Evangelism:    Matthew 15:27 – “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” These are the words of faith, for faith means receiving what God gives. And God has given us so much more than just the crumbs that fall from the table — He has given us life, salvation, body and soul, eyes and ears, possessions and income. That’s where our stewardship starts: with faith in the God who is the greatest Giver.

The Pewpoint – THEME OF THE DAY – The Church Lives Under the Cross of Christ and Prays in the Hope of His Mercy –   By her persistent prayer that Jesus would have mercy and help her (Matt. 15:22, 24), and even in the face of His initial silence and apparent rejection (Matt. 15:23–26), the Canaanite woman boldly confessed her faith in Him (Matt. 15:27–28). Her beautiful example encourages us to cling to the words and promises of the Gospel, even in the face of the Law that accuses and condemns us. “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29), and His Law “has consigned all to disobedience” for the very purpose “that he may have mercy on all” (Rom. 11:32). Hence, the woman’s faith and hope were not disappointed, but her prayers were answered in the mercy of Christ. Not only does He grant us the crumbs from His table, but He also feeds us with “the children’s bread” in the house of His Father (Matt. 15:26–27). He has brought us to His “holy mountain,” and He makes us joyful in His house, where He hears our prayers and accepts our sacrifice of praise upon the altar of His cross (Is. 56:7).

YES IN CHRIST  —  Saying Yes With Our Treasures – Needed per week to make budget: $3,072                 Sunday Envelopes $1,645   Plate $55    Cemetery Fund Memorial: Eli Dornfeld $50    Deanne’s Mission $500

Attendance:  Sunday Service: 48  Communed: 37      Mid-Week Service:  6    Communed:     6

Brothers and sisters in Christ to lift up in prayer!

  • 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.

Wish a very blessed and Happy Birthday to theses members

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


Wish a Happy Anniversary to these Couples

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