Our God Desires Mercy not Works! 


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 –   So many in our world today, as did many in Jesus’ time believed that the only way to know and receive God’s love was through works and sacrifices. Believing that you earn God’s love can only lead to despair as we are sinful human beings.  Jesus confronted that false way of believing with these words. “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”  Words of comfort and grace as the way to God’s love is through a faith like Abraham’s which looks past this world, to what God has promised.  That faith is seen as we who mercy to others in the confidence of God’s love and forgiveness for us and all people.    

Ringing of the Bell and Welcome

Hymn  “Today Your Mercy Calls Us”                     LSB 915

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

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 heavenly 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  X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.    Amen.

Psalm Psalm 119:65–72, antiphon vs 68 –   All: You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.  Do good to your servant according to your word, O LordPulpit: Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I   believe in your commands.  Lectern: Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.
All: You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.  Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart.  Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law.  Pulpit: It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.
Lectern: The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.  All: You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.  

Kyrie 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 – This Is the Feast   LSB 171

 Salutation – The Lord be with you.     And with thy spirit.

 Prayer of the Day – Almighty and most merciful God, You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to seek and to save the lost.  Graciously open our ears and our hearts to hear His call and to follow Him by faith.  We thank you for giving us that saving faith which allows us who were lost, to be forgiven, and to show Your mercy to all people; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.         Amen.

 Old Testament Reading   Hosea 5:15–6:6 – (The Lord desires that His people show mercy.)     Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me.”  “Come, let us return to the Lord.  He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.  After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him.  As surely as the sun rises, he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”  “What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah?  Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.  Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth; my judgments flashed like lightning upon you.  For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

Epistle Romans 4:13–25 – (An account of the faith of Abraham)   It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.  For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath.  And where there is no law there is no transgression.  Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring–not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham.  He is the father of us all.  As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”  He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.  Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.  This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”  The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.  He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Gradual and Verse       Psalm 145:3, 5b, 6b; Matthew 9:13b – Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. On Your wondrous works, I will meditate, and I will declare Your greatness. Alleluia. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.    Alleluia.

Holy Gospel           Matthew 9:9–13 – (Jesus calls Matthew as a disciple.)

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the ninth chapter.    Glory to You, O Lord.        As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.  While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples.  When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”  On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to You, O Christ.

 Hymn  “Let Me Be Thine Forever”                    LSB 689


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 proper that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, because Your mercy attends us all our days. In mercy, You provide for all our wants of body and soul, and graciously You invite us to come to the Lord’s Table, granting us a foretaste of the feast to come. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You with joyous song:

Sanctus                                                                         LSB 178

Prayer of Thanksgiving – Grant us Your Spirit, gracious Father, that we may receive the bread and wine, that is, our Savior’s body and blood, as a gift, guarantee, and pledge of His salvation.  Strengthen us in hope; 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

What our Lord’s Supper Reminds Us Of – 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   The peace of the Lord be with you always.

 Agnus Dei                                                                     LSB 180

We Celebrate our Lord’s Supper

Distribution Hymns:   “By Grace I’m Saved”  LSB 566   “Your Table I Approach”  LSB 628                                 “The Gifts Christ Freely Gives”    LSB 602

Post-Communion Canticle – Nunc Dimittis  LSB 182

Post-Communion Thanksgiving – Grant, O Lord, that the lips that have sung Your praise this morning, glorify You in the week ahead, that the ears that have heard Your voice in Your Word and promises, may be closed to the voices of the world and satan’s temptations, that the eyes that have seen Your great love may be able to look beyond this world to Your blessed hope, that the tongues that have confessed Your name may speak the truth and share the news of Jesus Christ, and that the bodies of all who have tasted Your Son’s living body and blood may be restored to newness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.   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 X give you peace.       Amen.

Hymn:  “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”                LSB 803   



From the Board of Stewardship and Evangelism:    Matthew 9:9 – “As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he rose and followed him.” When Jesus talks, Matthew listens and acts. Jesus says, “Follow me,” and Matthew follows. What does this tell us about Matthew? It tells us that he believes in Jesus. Our actions flow out of our faith. Show me what a man does, and I’ll tell you what he really believes. Our sinful actions uncover our false beliefs and our need for repentance and a return to the forgiveness we find in Jesus. Our godly actions display our faith in Jesus. What kind of faith (or false belief) do your financial actions display?

The Pewpoint – THEME OF THE DAY – Jesus Calls Sinners to Repentance and Newness of Life in Accordance with His Mercy-   In calling Matthew the tax collector to follow Him, Jesus demonstrates that He has come “not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matt. 9:9, 13). As a good physician, He comes not to confirm them in their sins, but to heal them with His grace, calling them to repentance, faith and newness of life (Matt. 9:12). He puts them to death by the preaching of His Law, in order to raise them with His Gospel, to live before Him in the righteousness of His resurrection (Hos. 6:1–2, 5). It is in this way that God “gives life to the dead,” that is, through faith in Jesus, “who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Rom. 4:17, 24–25). Thus, sinners from all nations are called to share the same faith as Abraham, the father of all who trust in Jesus (Rom. 4:16–18). And as our Lord in mercy thus welcomes us poor sinners to recline at the table in His house, so does He “desire steadfast love and not sacrifice” (Matt. 9:10, 13; Hos. 6:6), that we should have mercy on our neighbors and forgive their sins against us for Jesus’ sake.

YES IN CHRIST  —  Saying Yes With Our Treasures –   Needed per week to make budget: $3,072                Sunday Envelopes $1,550    Plate $24     Deanne’s Mission $1,000    General Memorial: Eli Dornfeld $50

Attendance:  Sunday Service:  60   Communed:    37    Mid-Week Service:  11  Communed:    11

Brothers and sisters in Christ to lift up in prayer!

  • Member Dan Ruppel who is home after surgery.
  • Those in our congregation who are facing health challenges and are in need of God’s strength, healing and presence.

Wish a Happy Birthday to these people.


Neal K 6/14
Tracy S 6/18
Ellie R 6/20
De Ann E 6/20
Greg S 6/24
Marilyn S 6/25

Volunteers Needed – Synod Convention – The LCMS Convention will be held July 28-August 3 at the Wisconsin Convention Center in downtown Milwaukee. Many volunteers are needed to serve in the days leading up to and throughout the convention in various areas – Hospitality, Information, Registration and more. Visit or scan the QR code below to review the available slots and sign up by Tuesday, June 27. If you can speak Russian, Korean or Spanish, the International Guests Hospitality Committee could use your assistance in greeting guests at the airport and assisting at the convention. Thank you for serving at the Convention!

Up Coming Opportunities

June 15th – Quilting from 11am to 2pm

July 30th – Trinity, Milwaukee “Just Bach” – posters on both doors for more information

November 5th – Semi-Annual Meeting Immediately after church – Please start thinking of mission funds for 2024. These need to get to one of the Council Members by the end of October so that they’re able to document and enter into the phamplet.

Happy Anniversary to these members!


Pastor & Theresa 6/11
Martin & Dawn P 6/11
Jason & Lisa J 6/13
Craig K & De Ann E 6/16
Dawn & Michael L 6/19
Dick & Rita W 6/24
Ron & DeeDee W 6/27