The Kingdom Belongs to You! O Child of God!
TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST—October 23, 2022
ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH – LCMS – 700 Main St. P.O. Box 220 Clyman, WI 53016
Pastor Dan 1-(920)-341-2025 email@example.com
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AS WE GATHER – “Let the children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16). Take these words of Jesus to heart! No matter your age, no matter your life’s journey, when you believe in the Lord Jesus as your King and Savior, our Father in heaven sees you as His precious child! “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1). Today, we come into the presence of Jesus, dear children of God! We come at His gracious invitation, to be comforted by the assurance of His forgiveness and love. Enjoy all the benefits of being a child of God! His Kingdom belongs to you because of all He has done for you!
Ringing of the Bell and Welcome
Hymn “The Lord, My God, Be Praised” The Lutheran Service Book Hymnal Hymn number 794
Invocation- In the name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Opening Sentences- Pulpit: Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are adopted as God’s sons and daughters and drawn into His kingdom. Lectern: By means of His Word and Holy Supper, we gather to receive our Savior’s mercy and then respond to Him in thanksgiving and praise.
Confession and Absolution- Pastor: Because of our sins of thoughts, words, and actions, we are unworthy of the grace we receive through Christ. All: Therefore, at our Lord’s invitation, let us come before our heavenly Father in humility and faith, seeking His pardon for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner. Heavenly Father, we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life for the sake of Christ Jesus our Lord. God be merciful to me, a sinner. 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.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 204
Psalm Psalm 51-8, 11- All: Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. Pulpit: In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Lectern: You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell. Pulpit: The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.
Lectern: You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the Lord abhors. All: But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple. Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness, because of my enemies–make straight your way before me. Pulpit: But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Lectern: Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Prayer of the Day- Almighty and everlasting God, You are always more ready to hear than we to pray and always ready to give more than we either desire or deserve. Strengthen us in the certainty of the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting in Your heavenly kingdom, that, as Your children, we may love and trust in You all our days; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Old Testament Reading Genesis 4:1–15 (Cain and Abel bring their offerings to the Lord.) Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” But the Lord said to him, “Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.
Epistle 2 Timothy 4:6–8, 16–18 (The Lord will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom.) For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Verse Luke 18:16b- Alleluia. “Let the children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” Alleluia.
Holy Gospel Luke 18:9–17 (The kingdom of God is entered through a child-like faith!) The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the eighteenth chapter. Glory to You, O Lord.
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 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 “Father Welcomes” Lutheran Service Book Hymnal Hymn # 605
Prayers of the Church
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, for the countless blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and reigning at Your right hand, we have certainty that You, O Lord, will rescue us from every evil and bring us safely into Your heavenly kingdom. 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 208
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. 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
Pax Domini- The peace of the Lord be with you always. Amen.
Agnus Dei LSB 210
We Celebrate our Lord’s Supper- Distribution Hymns: “Just as I Am, without One Plea” LSB 570 “Thy Body, Given for Me, O Savior” LSB 619 “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” LSB 563
Post-Communion Canticle – Nunc Dimittis LSB 211
Post-Communion Thanksgiving- O God the Father, who in love and mercy 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. Strengthen us in the certainty of our Savior’s work to save us that we may live securely as children in Your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Closing Sentences- Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
Benediction Luke 18:16; Numbers 6:24–26- As His children, receive your Father’s blessing: 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: “I Love Your Kingdom, Lord” LSB 651
From the Board of Stewardship and Evangelism: 2 Timothy 4:6 – “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.” As St. Paul nears the end of his life, he continues to view it as something to be spent in sacrifice toward God – just as he had told the Romans (12:1) to be “living sacrifices.” And why does St. Paul do this? Because he knows that His Lord has already won for him the crown of life. Jesus’ sacrifice that purchased our salvation leads us to imitate His sacrifice in our living for Him.
The Pewpoint – THEME OF THE DAY- In Humble Repentance, Faith Lives by Grace and Mercy and Is Exalted by God in Christ – Jesus tells a parable “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous” (Luke 18:9). In this parable, the Pharisee unjustly boasted before God on the basis of his own merits, whereas the tax collector intently prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” (Luke 18:13). That poor, miserable sinner trusted Christ, and he went “down to his house justified, rather than the other” (Luke 18:14). So do little children, “even infants,” come to Jesus with their need, and they “receive the kingdom of God” through faith (Luke 18:15–17). For “the one who humbles himself will be exalted,” but “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled” (Luke 18:14). That is why “the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard” (Gen. 4:4–5). St. Paul’s life, “poured out as a drink offering,” was another sacrifice like Abel’s (2 Tim. 4:6). The Lord stood by Paul and strengthened him, that “the message might be fully proclaimed” (2 Tim. 4:17). It is by that Gospel message of Christ that we “have loved his appearing” and as repentant sinners pray to “the Lord, the righteous judge” by faith (2 Tim. 6:8).
YES IN CHRIST — Saying Yes With Our Treasures- Needed per week to make budget: $3,025 Sunday Envelopes $2,160 General Memorial: Roy & Ruth Burdick & Bob & Betty Mink $300
Attendance: Sunday Service: 47 Communed: 45 Mid Week Service: 14 Communed: 9
Brothers and sisters in Christ to lift up in prayer!
1) Deanne as she continues on her teaching and missionary experience
2) Gary and Beth Baehmann have asked us to keep their Niece Abby and children Hannah and Elijah in prayer as her husband was killed in a traffic accident on October 12th.
3) We rejoice with Felix Ortega who remains cancer free after 7 years.
4) Paul and his unit that were deployed. We also keep all the families of those deployed in prayer. Thomas is the son-in-law of members Dick & Rita.
125th Anniversary – Help Needed-
Attention Bakers, we are looking for desserts for the anniversary celebration, please sign up in the narthex if you would like to help. Desserts can be dropped off on Saturday at Lions Hall between 10am & 12pm or bring Sunday before service.
Setup Help Needed – Saturday, Nov 5th at 10am – Sign up in the narthex
Clean up Help Needed – Sunday, Nov 6th – Sign up in the narthex
Thank you so much Tracy and Caroline
On their special day please wish them a Happy Birthday.
|Ralph & Nancy||10/23|
|Lanny & Cindy||11/3|
|David & Pennie||11/14|
|Chris & Dana||11/21|
Please take the time to wish Lanny & Cindy a Happy and Blessed 10th anniversary.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES YOU CAN BE A PART OF!
October 27th – Quilting 11 am – 2 pm
October 29th – Choir Rehearsal @ 9:30 am
October 30 – Cemetery Meeting following church service
November 5th – Choir Rehearsal @ 9:30 am
November 6th – 125th Church Anniversary Special Service @ 10:30
November 13th – Semi Annual Meeting after church
December 1st – Council Meeting @ 6pm
FOR OUR UP-COMING Semi-Annual Voters Meeting on November 13th
Council has requested this information to be passed onto the congregation so they can be prepared for the Semi-Annual meeting.
1) If anyone has a report they want included in the Nov. 13th voters meeting packet, have it to Connie no later than November 9th.
2) If you have an idea to be considered for our local mission money to go toward, please have the name and short description of the mission idea to Connie no later than November 9th.