Hope in Christ even though we are sinners living in a sinful, sin ruined world

 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 –   “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.”  When we hear these words of the prophet Zechariah in the season of Advent, we are ready to rejoice, as Christmas is coming.  But hearing those words at the beginning of summer challenges our hearts and minds. The pressures of daily life can cloud our Christmas joy.  In fact, the call to rejoice can seem pointless as we live in a sinful world.  No matter how many Christmases we have celebrated, like Paul, we are trapped by our sinfulness.  True joy comes only as we receive the comforting words of our Lord, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  That invitation is the goal of Christmas.  To be able to go to the one born of a woman, sitting on His throne in heaven, ruling all things for our good.  In worship today, by means of His Word, and the receiving of His body and blood, that Son of Mary, and Son of God, gives you faith to believe in, and to receive eternal salvation…the rest He invites you to come to Him and receive.

Ringing of the Bell and Welcome

 Hymn  “Hark the Glad Sound”                              LSB 349

 Invocation- In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.    Amen

 Confession and Absolution Romans 7:15; Matthew 11:28 –   With the apostle Paul we admit, “I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”  At the invitation of God our Savior, let us bring our sins, our weariness and burdens to Him, that His forgiveness may rescue us and restore to us the joy of His salvation.     For 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 and cannot free ourselves from our sin.  Daily our sins of thought, word, and deed lead us to despair.  We have turned away from You and looked to the world when we needed You the most.  Our love for You and our neighbor has failed.  For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and at His invitation we come to You asking for Your forgiveness and the peace of having those sins lifted from our hearts, souls and minds.  In Your infinite mercy forgive us dear Father.  Amen.

Our Lord invites us- “Come to Me, all who are weary and  heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  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 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 + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.      Amen.

Psalm  Psalm 145:1–14; antiphon: v. 19 – (The Lord is near to all who call on Him.)

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.  I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.  Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.  Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.  One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.  They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,  and I will meditate on your wonderful works.  They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.  They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.  The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.  The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.  All you have made will praise you, O Lord; your saints will extol you.  They will tell of the glory of your kingdom  and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.  The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.  The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.  He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.


Kyrie  LSB 168 –   In peace let us pray to the Lord.         For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.        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.    For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.         Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

 Hymn of Praise –  Gloria in Excelsis  LSB 170- Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

 Prayer of the Day-   Gracious God, our heavenly Father, Your mercy guides, protects and enlivens us all our days. Be our strength and support amid the wearisome changes of this world, and at life’s end grant us Your promised rest in the full joys of Your salvation; 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   Zechariah 9:9–12 – (The coming of Zion’s King)


Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.  I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken.  He will proclaim peace to the nations.  His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.  As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.  Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.

Epistle  Romans 7:14–25a   (Release from the law of sin in Christ the Lord)

 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So, I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.  What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Gradual and Verse       Romans 11:33, 36; Matthew 11:28 – Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!  For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be glory forever. Amen.  Alleluia.  Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Alleluia.

Holy Gospel  Matthew 11:25–30 – (The Father is revealed in the Son He sent)

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

 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the   wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.  Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.  “All things have been committed to me by my Father.  No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”   This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn  “Come Unto Me Ye Weary”                         LSB 684


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.

Prayers of the Church

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.  We praise You for the glorious resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the very Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us and bore the sins of the world on His cross.  By His dying He has destroyed death, and by His rising again He has restored to us everlasting life.  Therefore, with the angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and singing:

Sanctus  LSB 178

Prayer of Thanksgiving –  Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior.  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.  Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end.    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

 Our Lord’s Meal reminds us of These Things – O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, in giving us Your body and blood to eat and to drink, You lead us to remember and confess Your holy cross and passion, Your blessed death, Your rest in the tomb, Your resurrection from the dead, Your ascension into heaven, and Your coming for the final judgment.  So remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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.

Pax Domini   LSB 180  –  The peace of the Lord be with you always.  Amen

Agnus Dei  LSB 180

 We Celebrate our Lord’s Supper

 Distribution Hymns:  “Be Still, My Soul”   LSB 752     “Jesus Shall Reign”  LSB 832                                             “The Advent of Our King”   LSB 331

Post-Communion Canticle –  Thank the Lord LSB 181

Post-Communion Thanksgiving –  O God the Father, the fountain and source of all goodness, who in loving-kindness sent Your only-begotten Son into the flesh, we thank You that for His sake You have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament, and we ask You not to forsake Your children but always to rule our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that we may be enabled constantly to serve You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.


Hymn:  “Oh, That the Lord Would Guide…”         LSB 707



From the Board of Stewardship and Evangelism:   Matthew 11:28 – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus has come to do the work so that we might have rest from burdens and labors we are not capable of bearing. He frees us from sin, death and the demands of the Law. In that peace and rest of Jesus we find a new purpose — His light yoke is not a burden to bear, but a joy!

The Pewpoint – THEME OF THE DAY – Jesus Christ, Our Savior, Is Our True Peace and Sabbath Rest Though we have died with Christ in Holy Baptism, and we are raised to new life in Him, we find “another law waging war” in our body and life, that is, between our old Adam and the new man (Rom. 7:23). By the Spirit of Christ, we “desire to do what is right,” but we are not able to do so because “nothing good” dwells in our sinful flesh (Rom. 7:18). “Thanks be to God,” therefore, “through Jesus Christ our Lord,” who delivers us from “this body of death” (Rom. 7:24–25). We rejoice in Him, our gentle King, who comes “righteous and having salvation” (Zech. 9:9). He speaks peace to our embattled hearts, and by His blood of the New Testament He sets us “free from the waterless pit,” and He returns us to the stronghold of our Baptism (Zech. 9:10–12). Though we “labor and are heavy laden,” He calls us to Himself and gives rest to our souls through His free and full forgiveness (Matt. 11:28), not because we are “wise and understanding,” but by the “gracious will” of God the Father, whom “the Son chooses to reveal” in love (Matt. 11:25–27).

YES IN CHRIST  —  Saying Yes With Our Treasures –   Needed per week to make budget: $3,072                Sunday Envelopes $1,915     Plate $166    General Memorial: Eli Dornfeld $50

Attendance:  Sunday Service: 43   Communed: 36       Mid-Week Service:  7     Communed: 7

 Brothers and sisters in Christ to lift up in prayer! 

Member Dan Ruppel is home recovering after surgery.

Those in our congregation who are facing health challenges and are in need of God’s strength, healing and presence.

Joan, sister to DeeDee & Ron Wille whose cancer has spread.

All those affected by the plane crash in Watertown.

Wish these members a Happy Birthday when you see them!


Joshua S 7/12
Hudson Lee H 7/14
Serena K 7/21
Dan R 7/23
Gordy K 7/24
Kai K 7/27
Alissa M 7/28


A Happy Anniversary to – Doug and Karen R who will be celebrating 45 years of marriage on July 22. Take time to wish them a blessed day.

The new July – Sept. Portals of Prayer have arrived and ready to be picked up in the back or in the narthex.

We received the June/July Lutheran Witness and they also are available to be picked up in the narthex or the back of church.