TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST— October 22, 2023
ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH – LCMS – 700 Main St. P.O. Box 220 Clyman, WI 53016
“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
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 – The most profound comfort lies in the assurance that God is always working out His purpose no matter the circumstances or the people. God’s saving purpose cannot be thwarted. Isaiah lived in an age of bad news and despair, but he was confident that God could overcome them all. In the short term, this redemption came through an unlikely messianic figure named Cyrus. At the appointed time, however, the true Messiah would come and save Israel and all who trust in Him. As we live as children of God, our trust in our Lord should be easily seen by all around us, believers and unbelievers alike! Giving to Caesar what is Ceasar’s, is respecting authority and living as good citizens in this world. Giving to God what is Gods is giving Him our hearts and all glory and praise, for He said; “I am the Lord, and there is no other.”
Ringing of the Bell and Welcome
Hymn “Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good” LSB 819
Invocation – In the name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Opening Sentences Psalm 121:2, 7 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth The LORD will keep you from all evil;; He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.
Confession and Absolution – If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Let us then confess our sins to God our Father. 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 + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Introit Psalm 96 – Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.
Kyrie LSB 152 – 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
Salutation – The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Prayer of the Day – O God, the protector of all who trust in You, have mercy on us that with You as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; 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 45:1–7 – (“I am the LORD, and there is no other.”)
“This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor,
though you do not acknowledge me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.
Epistle 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10 (Become imitators of us and of the Lord.)
Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia–your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore, we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
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!
Holy Gospel Matthew 22:15–22 (“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”)
The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-second chapter. Glory to You, O Lord.
Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
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: “We Give Thee But Thine Own” LSB 781
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 – With joy we lift up to You songs of praise and thanksgiving prompted by Your Word and Spirit. Songs raised up by the voices of many generations to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who is the revelation of Your mercy and the incarnation of Your steadfast love, through which we shall be saved. Remembering the saints who have gone before us we join our voices with angels, archangels, and all the company of heaven, in their unending hymn, evermore praising You and singing:
Sanctus LSB 161
Prayer of Thanksgiving – God of all mercy and grace, in patience You bore with us sinners who deserved nothing of Your kindness and at the time of Your bidding revealed to us Your love in Your Son, Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin by the Holy Spirit. As He has accomplished all things for our salvation, grant us Your Holy Spirit so that we may believe in Him with all our hearts, bodies, souls, and minds, and confess Him boldly before the world. Be with us as we approach now His Table there to receive His own testament of His flesh in bread and His blood in wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and as the foretaste of the eternal to come. 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 LSB 163 – P The peace of the Lord be with you always.
Agnus Dei LSB 163
We Celebrate our Lord’s Supper
Distribution Hymns: “Before You Lord We Bow” LSB 966 “O Christ, Our True and Only Light” LSB 839 “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” LSB 940
Post-Communion Canticle – Nunc Dimittis LSB 165
Post-Communion Thanksgiving – Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever! You are without equal, O Lord, and mighty in purpose and power. Deliver us from all our fears and grant our hearts to know with confidence that You will work through all things to accomplish Your purpose and fulfill Your promise. Help us by this very Communion upon the holy food of Christ’s flesh and blood to be comforted in adversity and encouraged to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Hymn: “My Soul Rejoices” LSB 933
From the Board of Stewardship and Evangelism: Matthew 22:21 – “Then he said to them, ‘Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” So what is Jesus saying? Doesn’t everything belong to God? Yes — and God has a place for everything. Some of what He gives us goes to Caesar. Some must come back to the work of His church. And some goes to support the families He has given us. All belongs to God, and He has work for us to do with what He has given us in the home, in the church and in society.
The Pewpoint – THEME OF THE DAY – We Are Recreated in the Image of God by the Cross of Christ
Plotting against Jesus, the Pharisees attempted “to entangle him in his words” by asking about the payment of taxes to Caesar (Matt. 22:15). The Lord pointed to coins required for the tax, and He answered that we should “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21). But if coins bearing the image of Caesar should be rendered to him, then man — who is made in the image of God — must be rendered to the Lord. That tax is paid for us by the Lord Jesus, the image of God in the flesh, by His self-offering on the cross. And from His cross, as the Lord’s anointed, He reigns as the true Caesar over all nations “from the rising of the sun and from the west” (Is. 45:6). The Lord once called and anointed Cyrus “to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings” (Is. 45:1). Now by the preaching of the Gospel, “in power and in the Holy Spirit” (1 Thess. 1:5), foreigners from all over the world are “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Thess. 1:9–10).
YES IN CHRIST — Saying Yes With Our Treasures Needed per week to make budget: $3,072
Sunday Envelopes $3,165 Plate $34
Attendance: Sunday Service: 52 Communed: 47 Mid-Week Service: 6 Communed: 6 Bible Class 13
Brothers and sisters in Christ to lift up in prayer!
1) Dan Ruppel whose cancer has spread. Pray for healing, strength and insight for the doctors caring for him.
2) Felix Ortega who is in need of healing.
3) Danasha, and family as her husband Ryan was given his crown of life unexpectedly. Danasha is the niece of Ron and Dee Dee.
4) Continued prayers for Carol, mother of member Erica Tyler, that her treatments help bring healing.
5) Kent and Carol McDonald, Theresa’s parents, as Carol was moved into an assisted living facility. An adjustment for both of them.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THESE MEMBERS!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO THESE MEMBERS
|Ralph & Nancy K||10/23|
|Mark & Dianne B||11/1|
|Lanny & Cindy B||11/3|
|David & Pennie H||11/14|
|Chris & Dana L||11/21|
The Chosen Bible Study meets at 6pm in the Parsonage/Office next to the church. Mark your calendars as classes will also be held October 31st. November 7th, 21st, December 5th, and 19th! Class will then take a break until the new year!
Dates to Remember:
Oct. 26 – Quilting from 11am to 2pm
Oct. 29th – Zion Cemetery meeting immediately after church
Nov. 5th Clocks will fall back!! Pastor always says if you forget to change your clocks and you come early – he’ll have the coffee ready.
Nov. 5th Semi Annual Meeting immediately after church
Nov 12th – Last day for Shoe boxes
Just received the October Lutheran Witness. Pick up a copy in the back of church or in the narthex.
Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes have arrived. Please take how many you want to make some child feel special. Zion will be covering the $10.00 shipping cost for up to 50 shoe boxes. We encourage you to participate in this project by picking up a box in the narthex (or use your own), fill it with appropriate age items and attach the label on the outside of the box. Please place your box(es) on the altar, on or before Sunday November 12th.
Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can include a personal note or photo and the child may write back.
Questions? Contact Tracy Schwartz @ 262-366-2069
Shoebox Gift Suggestions – there are printouts in the narthex by the shoeboxes if you want to pick one up.
A thank you from the Gathering Source
We are very grateful for your generous donation of 27 pounds of paper products! Your gift speaks volumes to how much you care about your neighbors. Thank you!
Because of the generosity of individuals like you, we provide, on average, needed food and other items to over 400 people each month at our pantry. In addition, each week we provide food for weekend meal backpacks to local schools. And lastly, 175 children in need received backpacks filled with school supplies to start the school year. Our pantry continues to be filled with nutritious food and other items for anyone in need.
We are very grateful for your generous donation of school supplies for our annual backpack program! Your gift speaks volumes to how much you care about your neighbors.
Because of your generosity, we assembled over 235 backpacks for children at local schools. Thank you again. We hope we can count on you for continued support. Sincerely. Bruce M. Wadman President In kind gift: $770 worth of school supplies