Built on nothing less than Jesus, the Rock from which we are cut!
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST—August 27, 2023
ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH – LCMS 700 Main St. P.O. Box 220 Clyman, WI 53016
Pastor Dan 1-(920)-341-2025 email@example.com
Bulletin Announcement email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guests. Welcome to Zion. We are glad to have you with us. Please sign our guestbook located in the Narthex. About Holy Communion: We welcome to the Lord’s Table all who have repented of their sins and seek to amend their sinful life; all who believe that Jesus is truly present in, with, and under the bread and the wine; and all who believe that through the words “given and shed for you” forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given. If this is your confession and you are a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, then come with a thankful heart and join us. If you are a visitor and would like to commune, please talk with Pastor Dan before the service. To help in preparing to receive Holy Communion open the front cover of the Burgundy hymnal or turn to pages 329 & 330. Gluten free wafers are available, please talk with an Elder or Pastor before the service if you would appreciate them.
AS WE GATHER Throughout the Bible, we find God sculpting rocks, constructing with rocks, and protecting others by means of rocks. Ever the master architect, the Lord uses rocks to accomplish His purposes. More than that, the Lord Himself is our rock, the One in whom we have lasting and eternal security. “Built on the Rock the Church shall stand,” we sing (LSB 645:1). How do we stand? The prophet Isaiah tells us: “Look to the rock from which you were hewn” (Isaiah 51:1). When we see our God as the rock from whom we come and by whom our lives are built, we find that He alone is our lasting foundation, our mighty fortress, and the reason why we gather to worship today.
Ringing of the Bell and Welcome
Hymn “Christ Is Our Cornerstone” LSB 912
Invocation In the name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Confession and AbsolutionThat we may stand on the sure foundation of Jesus and His unchanging grace, let us with repentant hearts confess our sins in the presence of God and one another. 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 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 X Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Introit Psalm 138; antiphon vs 3 When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted. I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
Lectern: I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness,
Pulpit: for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted. Lectern: May all the kings of the earth praise you, O Lord,
when they hear the words of your mouth. Pulpit: May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great. Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.
Lectern: Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; Pulpit: you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands. When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.
Kyrie In peace let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy. For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy. For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy. Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord. Amen
Hymn of Praise – This Is the Feast LSB 155
Prayer of the Day Almighty God, grant us to know Your Son, Jesus Christ, to be the rock upon whom our lives are built. Help us rest securely in Your promises and find strength in Your mighty deliverance; 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 51:1–6 (“Look to the rock from which you were hewn.”)
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many. The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing. “Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation:
The law will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.
Epistle Romans 11:33–12:8 (Do not be conformed; be transformed.)
Vs33-36 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. 12:1-8- Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Verse Ephesians 2:19b–20 Alleluia. You are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone. Alleluia.
Holy Gospel Matthew 16:13–20 (“On this rock I will build My church.”)
The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the sixteenth chapter. Glory to You, O Lord.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly warned his disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. 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: “Built on the Rock” LSB 645
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
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, who, out of love for His fallen creation, humbled Himself by taking on the form of a servant, becoming obedient unto death, even death upon a cross. Risen from the dead, He has freed us from eternal death and given us life everlasting. 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 161
Prayer of Thanksgiving – Blessed are You, O Lord, for You have sculpted and shaped us, designed and established us on the foundation of Jesus Christ, our true and lasting cornerstone. Looking to the rock from which we have been hewn, and trusting the saving promises of Your mighty Word, establish our hearts in a living hope so that we may joyfully remember our Redeemer, sharing together in the Meal He has prepared.
The Words of Our Lord – Consecration of the Elements
Pax Domini P The peace of the Lord be with you always.
Agnus Dei LSB 163
We Celebrate our Lord’s Supper
Distribution Hymns: “Son of God, Eternal Savior” LSB 842 “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” LSB 761 “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” LSB 657
Post-Communion Canticle – Thank the Lord LSB 164
Post-Communion Thanksgiving – Gracious Savior, You are the cornerstone on whom our lives are built. We thank You for Your saving blood and cleansing righteousness, which we have received in Your most sacred Meal. Reign in our hearts by Your Holy Spirit so that, in a world of sinking sand, we may stand on You, our solid rock and sure foundation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Benediction Numbers 6:24–26 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. Amen.
Hymn “I Know My Faith is Founded” LSB 587
From the Board of Stewardship and Evangelism: Matthew 16:27 – “For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” St Paul talks about rewards on the Last Day in 1 Corinthians 3, and Jesus says more about this “repaying” in Matthew 19:27–30. Bottom line: your good works can’t buy you heaven, but in Christ your good works do matter. They are pleasing to your Heavenly Father, and they will be rewarded. In other words, your sacrifices for the Lord’s kingdom are not in vain and do not go unnoticed by your Father. This should encourage you in your faithfulness.
The Pewpoint THEME OF THE DAY The Lord Jesus Christ Is the Son of the Living God Jesus asked His disciples: “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15). The question is also put to us: Who do you say that He is? Flesh and blood do not reveal this to us, but by the ministry of the Gospel, the Father in heaven reveals His Son to us on earth, who has become flesh and suffered death for our salvation. Thus, we believe and confess that He is “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). As He died for our transgressions and was raised for our justification, He looses us from all our sins and preserves our life within His Church, against which even “the gates of hell shall not prevail” (Matt. 16:18–19). His salvation is forever, and His righteousness “will never be dismayed” (Is. 51:6). He comforts us with the Gospel in His Church, so that “joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song” (Is. 51:3). Therefore, “according to the measure of faith that God has assigned” (Rom. 12:3), we also offer ourselves “as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Rom. 12:1) through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
YES IN CHRIST — Saying Yes With Our Treasures Needed per week to make budget: $3,072
Sunday Envelopes $1,475 Plate $45 Cemetery Fund Memorial: Eli Dornfeld $50
Attendance: Sunday Service: 38 Communed: 35 Mid-Week Service: 7 Communed: 7
Brothers and sisters in Christ to lift up in prayer!
We received another newsletter from Cindy Zirbel Wrucke – copies are in the back of church.
Happy Birthday to
Happy Anniversary to these couples
|Kasandra & Jeff M||9/14|
|Paul & Lori P||9/16|
|Tim & Mary D||9/17|
|Quendin & Lana S||9/20|
|Robert & Marilyn S||9/21|
|Dick & Nancy B||9/29|
Bread and Roses! September 21st!
If you would like to help by providing individual desserts, Dinner buns, or working that evening, please consider it and sign up in the Narthex. This is what our members need to provide. 1) 4-6 Adults from 3:30pm-6pm 2) 225- prepackaged Dinner rolls 3) 225- prepackaged desserts- bars, cookies etc. 4) Prayers for those this meal helps, nourishes, and shows the love of Christ to. Thank you for your help and willingness to show God’s love to those less fortunate! If donating and you are not serving, please make arrangements with someone who is serving to get donations to Bread & Roses.