Chosen to love and live as our Heavenly Father has loved us!
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY – January 29, February 1, 2023
ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH – LCMS – 700 Main St. P.O. Box 220 Clyman, WI 53016
Pastor Dan 1-(920)-341-2025 email@example.com
Bulletin Announcement email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AS WE GATHER- The love of our God is foolishness to the world and those who do not want to follow Him. In love and power, He brought His children out of Egypt leading them to the promised land He had promised. They complained that He did not treat them fairly. Paul reminds us of what the world cannot understand or believe. How the Father in His love for the world, allowed His Son to die on a cross. But Christ crucified and risen is the message we are to proclaim. In our Gospel reading, Jesus teaches how to be blessed by Him and how to live before our Heavenly Father. A teaching of humility, love and putting others first which goes against everything the world and our sinful nature believes and thinks. May we in the Love of our God, go against the thinking of the world, and proclaim His love for all people.
Ringing of the Bell and Welcome
*This is a 5th Sunday where the congregation has picked the hymns for the day! That is why there are no hymns listed
Opening Sentences Psalm 1:1–5; antiphon: v. 6 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, they are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore, the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous
Introit Psalm 16: antiphon vs1- Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” Pulpit: As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. Lectern: The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. Pulpit: Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. Lectern: The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
Pulpit: You have made known to me the path of life; Lectern: you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
Kyrie (Sung to “Amazing Grace”) Have mercy on Your people Lord. Have mercy, Christ our King. Renew us by Your mercy, Lord. Accept the prayers we bring.
Gloria (Sung to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”)- Glory be to God on High! This is now our joyful cry. Peace to all who live on earth, grace and favor for new birth. You we praise and glorify, worship You, O Lord most high. Gracious Father, heav’nly King. To Your name alone we sing; praise the glory of Your name, now and evermore the same!
Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, sole-begotten, Holy One, born on earth from realms on high, born true man for us to die, Lamb of God, You take away this world’s sin; grant peace we pray. With the Spirit, You alone are most high, O God the Son, and the Father, God above. Praise we now Your glorious love.
Hymn of Praise – “This is the Feast” –
This is the feast of victory of our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Worthy is Christ, the lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God. This is the feast of victory of our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Power, riches, wisdom and strength, and honor, blessing, and glory are His. This is the feast of victory of our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Sing with all the people of God, and join in the hymn of all creation; blessing, honor, glory and might be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen
This is the feast of victory of our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. For the Lamb who was slain Has begun His reign. Alleluia. This is the feast of victory of our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Prayer of the Day- Almighty God, You have told us what pleases You and how we should live. Help us to do justice and love kindness in response to Jesus’ life of perfect obedience and sacrificial death on our behalf; through the same 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- Micah 6:1–8- Listen to what the Lord says: “Stand up, plead your case before the mountains; let the hills hear what you have to say. Hear, O mountains, the Lord’s accusation; listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth. For the Lord has a case against his people; he is lodging a charge against Israel. “My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me. I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam. My people, remember what Balak king of Moab counseled and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.” With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:18–31- 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. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Verse Matthew 5:3- Alleluia. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Alleluia.
Holy Gospel Matthew 5:1–12- The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fifth chapter. Glory to You, O Lord.
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You, O Christ.
Creed (Sung to “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”)
In God we believe; the Creator whose pow’r, In mercy has brought us for worship this hour. He graciously grants us our years and our days And blesses with kindness our work and our ways.
In Jesus, the Savior our hope is secured. True God and true man once the cross He endured, To grant our lives wholeness, forgiveness of sin With hearts freed from guilt, we know true peace within.
God’s Spirit at work in our lives we confess; With power and truth the church now He does bless As saints, God’s forgiven one day we shall then Be living in glory forever. 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
Confession and Absolution- I, a poor miserable sinner, plead guilty of all my sins before You O God. I have lived as if You do not matter, and I have lived as if I mattered most. Your name I have not honored as I should; my worship and prayers of You have faltered. I have not let Your love have its way with me, and so my love for others has failed. There are those whom I have hurt, and those whom I have failed to help. My thoughts and desires have been stained by my sin. O God, I am sorry for all of this and ask for Your grace in Christ my Lord. I want to do better! I want to change my sinful life through the power of the Holy Spirit.
God’s forgiveness and Absolution of sins is given by Pastor
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.
We Celebrate our Lord’s Supper
Distribution Hymns: 3 Hymns
Post-Communion Thanksgiving- We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Benediction (Sung to the tune “Edelweiss”) May the Lord, mighty Lord, bless and keep us forever, Grant us peace, perfect peace, courage in ev’ry endeavor. Lift up our eyes to see His face, and His grace forever. May the Lord, mighty Lord, bless and keep us forever.
Dismissal- Go in peace as you serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. We go in the Peace and Joy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
From the Board of Stewardship and Evangelism: 1 Corinthians 1:18 – “Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” God’s ways are certainly not the world’s ways, including the way God tells us to manage the resources He’s given to us. The world says, “hold on, hold back and gather up.” Jesus says to store up treasure in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where no thief breaks in to steal. Whose way do you think is best? What is wiser: the wisdom of the financial gurus or the foolishness of God?
The Pewpoint – THEME OF THE DAY- God Manifests His Glory in the Humility and Weakness of Christ Crucified- The Lord tells His people, “I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery” (Micah 6:4). By the sacrifice of His beloved Son, He has redeemed us from our slavery of sin and death; He has forgiven our transgressions by the shedding of His blood. His great mercy and salvation lead us “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly” with our God (Micah 6:8). We boast only in the incarnate and crucified Lord Jesus. He is “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:24). He is our life and salvation, our “wisdom” and “righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30). Now He opens His mouth and teaches us His wisdom. By His cross and Passion, the kingdom of heaven is ours. We receive mercy and are satisfied; we see God and are called sons of God in Christ. “Blessed are you,” therefore, “when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely” on account of Christ (Matt. 5:11).
YES IN CHRIST — Saying Yes With Our Treasures – Needed per week to make budget: $3,072 Envelopes $8,780 Plate $8 General Memorial: Eli Dornfeld $50 Marty Ninmann $25
Attendance: Sunday Service: 39 Communed: 29 Wednesday Service: 20 Communed: 17
January 29th – Special Meeting after Church Today
January 30th – Elders Meeting 7pm
February 1st – Voice Choir 6pm
February 2nd – Council Meeting 6pm
February 5th – Bell Choir after church
February 8th – Voice Choir 6pm
February 12th – Bell Choir after church
February 15th – Voice Choir 6pm
February 17th – Bell Choir after church
February 22nd – Voice Choir 6pm
February 22nd – Soup Supper 6pm
February 22nd – Ash Wednesday 7pm
On their special day please wish them a Happy Birthday.
|Happy Anniversary to
Larry & Linda
|Neal & Kris
|Robert & Lynn
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 today, January 29th. The goal of our meeting today is to vote on and accept the revised constitution so it can be sent to the District to 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.
The flowers that are gracing our altar are in memory of Robert & Betty Mink.
The 2022 Annual report has been printed and is available in the back and the narthex.