The Call to follow the Lord of Light is Made.  As we follow Him may we become fishers of men!

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY – January 22 and January 25, 2023

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 land where the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali settled was repeatedly overrun by the armies of other nations.  It was the invasion route into the Promised Land, the route for conquerors God allowed to punish Israel.  But a new and different “conqueror” would come.  In our Old Testament reading Isaiah is using the land as a metaphor for our Lord’s coming to conquer and rule our hearts.  He would be light in the darkness of unbelief.  He calls His first disciples who would come to know our Lord personally, follow Him to the cross, and give their lives proclaiming His message of life.  Our worship today is an opportunity to rejoice over the light, joy, and salvation Christ brought from heaven into our lives as we live in a dark, and fallen world.  As we leave, He gives us the opportunity to be fishers of me, calling all people to follow Him and live in His light, joy and peace!

Ringing of the Bell and Welcome

Hymn  “O Christ, Our True and Only Light”        LSB 839

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

 Opening Sentences  1 Corinthians 1:18; Psalm 27:14-   The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage;   wait for the LORD!  

Confession and Absolution- Matthew writes that Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” We respond by confessing our sins and asking our Lord’s forgiveness.  I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned in thought, word, and deed, by my fault, by my own fault, by my own most grievous fault: wherefore I pray to God Almighty to have mercy on me, forgive me all my sins, and bring me to everlasting life.  Amen     In the stead and by the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the  Son and of the Holy Spirit.     Amen.    

Kyrie           LSB 168    P:  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.

Prayer of the Day   Lord Jesus, You came from heaven to earth to heal us in body, soul, and spirit so that we may believe in You, follow You, and serve You in joy, now and always.  Through the Holy Spirit give us the words to share and the confidence to proclaim the light of Your love and the life of Your victory to all people.  As the Lord of life, You reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.

Old Testament Reading    Isaiah 9:1–4 – (Light and joy will replace gloom and sadness.)  

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.  In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan–The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.  You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.    For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.

Epistle   1 Corinthians 1:10–18   (There should not be divisions in the one Church.)

I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.  My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.  What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you?  Were you baptized into the name of Paul?  I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized into my name.  (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.)  For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.


Gradual   Psalm 117:1–2a; 96:8 – Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol Him, all peoples!    For great is His steadfast love toward us,  and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.   Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name;   bring an offering, and come into His courts!  

 Holy Gospel           Matthew 4:12–25    (In Galilee, Jesus calls His first disciples to make them fishers of men.)  

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

When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee.  Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali–to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:  “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles–the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”   From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”  As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew.  They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.  Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John.  They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets.  Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.  Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.  News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.  Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.  This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to You, O Christ.

 Hymn  “Come, Follow Me the Savior Spake”     LSB 688


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

 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   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; for what had been hidden from before the foundation of the world, You have made known to the nations in Your Son.  In Him, being found in the substance of our mortal nature, You have manifested the fullness of Your glory.  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 178

Prayer of Thanksgiving- Blessed are You, O Lord our God, As the glory of Your presence once filled Your ancient temple, so in the incarnation of Your Son, Jesus Christ, You manifested the fullness of Your glory in human flesh.  We give You thanks that in His most Holy Supper You reveal Your glory to us. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood so that we may one day behold Your glory face to face.  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.

 Agnus Dei  LSB 180

We Celebrate our Lord’s Supper

Distribution Hymns:  “Take My Life and Let It Be”  LSB 783    “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”  LSB 649           “Hark, the Voice of Jesus Crying”   LSB 826 

Post-Communion Canticle –   Nunc Dimittis –  Lord, now let Your servant go in peace; Your Word has been fulfilled.  My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of every people:  A light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel.  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                                          

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.

 Benediction- The peace of God Almighty—the Father, the +  Son, and the Holy Spirit—be with you today and forever.    Amen.

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

 Hymn:  “Praise the One Who Breaks…”                   LSB 849                     



From the Board of Stewardship and Evangelism:  Matthew 4:20 – “Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” Discipleship cost Peter and Andrew everything they had. They left their trade, their hometown, their families, and they followed Jesus. God has called us to the same discipleship, the same devotion, though the exact details of how that is lived out will vary. The important thing is this: we know that all we have is the Lord’s, to be used for His purpose. We are His disciples and are ready to follow where He leads.

The Pewpoint – THEME OF THE DAY – The Lord Manifests His Glory through His Office of the Holy Ministry-   By His coming in the flesh and by His preaching and miracles, the Lord Jesus shines the light of His Gospel upon “the people who walked in darkness” and “who dwelt in a land of deep darkness” (Is. 9:2). He also has “multiplied the nation” and “increased its joy” (Is. 9:3) by calling disciples to Himself from the ends of the earth. For this purpose, He calls Peter and Andrew, with James and John, to follow Him and be “fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). As Jesus did, they also go forth “proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people” (Matt. 4:23). They preach the foolishness of the cross of Christ as the very power and wisdom of God. This word and preaching of the cross divides “those who are perishing” from “us who are being saved” (1 Cor. 1:18), but it unites the Church, the one Body of Christ, “in the same mind and the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10).

YES IN CHRIST  —  Saying Yes With Our Treasures – Needed per week to make budget: $3,072             Envelopes $1,980  Plate $60    General Memorial: Eli Dornfeld $50                                                                                      Pew Repair: Shirley Bubholz $25  Marty Ninmann $25

Attendance:  Sunday Service:  39    Communed:  35    Wednesday Service: 14  Communed:     13

It’s that time of the year and I’m going to need reports from the following people by the end of January.   Elder – Dan Chaveriat.    Thanking everyone in advance  Nancy Kohlhoff

TODAY – Bells Resume right after church, 9:45am

January 25th – Choir Resumes 6pm

January 26th – Quilting 11am to 2pm

January 29th – Special Meeting after Church

January 30th – Elders Meeting 7pm

February 2nd – Council Meeting 6pm

February 22nd – Ash Wednesday 7pm

On their special day please wish them a Happy Birthday.


Brett 1/22
Deanne 1/22
Justin 1/26
Jane 1/29
Lori 1/29
Nancy 1/31

Announcement   The church council has called for 2 special congregational meetings with the purpose of discussing and approving Zion’s revised constitution.  The first meeting was held after worship on January 15th.  The second special congregational meeting will follow the worship service on Sunday January 29th.  The goal of the 2nd meeting on the 29th, is to vote on and accept the revised constitution so it can be sent to the District and be approved by their Constitution Committee.  If you would like a copy sent to you by email or a printed copy, please talk to Pastor.  Thank you