“Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; To His feet your tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Evermore His praises sing!” (WS 742:1)


SEVENTH SUNDAY after TRINITY        JULY 31, 2022




To prepare for worship – read Hymn 743
The bell calls us for worship


Opening Prayer
P: Dearest Jesus, our blessed Redeemer, we pray that You would be with us this day as we gather to hear Your Word.  Grant us sincere repentance from all sin and move us to live our lives in loving service to You and in joyous anticipation of Your return.  Amen.


Hymn 548



P: We begin in the name of the Triune God:
C: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Confession and Absolution of Sins
P: We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve Him as His dear children.  But we have disobeyed Him and deserve only His wrath and punishment.  Therefore, let us confess our sins to Him and plead for His mercy.
ALL: Merciful Father in heaven, I am altogether sinful from birth.  In countless ways I have sinned against You and do not deserve to be called Your child.  But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: Have mercy on me according to Your unfailing love.  Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt.
P: God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins.  By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, He has removed your guilt forever.  You are His own dear child.  May God give you strength to live according to His will.

C [spoken]: Amen.

ALL SING: Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.  Lord, have mercy on us. 1.  Glory to God, we give You thanks and praise; Of heav’nly joy and peace on earth we sing.  We worship You, to You our hearts we raise, Lord God, almighty Father, heav’nly King.  2.  Lord Jesus Christ, the Father’s only Son, You bore for us the load of this world’s sin.  O Lamb of God, Your glorious vict’ry won, Receive our prayer, grant us Your peace within.  3. Alone, O Christ, You only are the Lord, At God’s right hand in majesty most high: Who, with the Spirit worshiped and adored, With all the heav’nly host we glorify.

P: Let us pray. O God, Your never-failing providence orders all things both in heaven and on earth. We humbly ask that You would graciously abide among us with Your blessing, keeping us from covetousness and the cares of this life, that we may seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever.
C [spoken]: Amen.


First Reading – Old Testament – Deuteronomy 30: 9-14
9 The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, 10 if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”


Second Reading – New Testament Epistle – Colossians 1:1-14
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; 5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; 7 as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
P: Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and treasure it - Alleluia!

ALL SING: Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.   Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  

ALL: I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.   I believe 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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; From there 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.


Hymn 394


Sermon Text – New Testament Gospel reading – Matthew 14:22-33
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”


Sermon Theme: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
1)Remember that Jesus is fully aware of your storm. 
2) Remember that Jesus is always with you in your storms. 
2) Remember that Jesus will deliver you from your storm, but when the time is right. 
(Sermon originally given by Pastor Mark Weis)


ALL SING: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from Your presence.  Take not Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.  Uphold with Your Spirit free.

Hymn 338


The Offering is collected / brought forward


Responsive Prayer

P: O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier,
C: we thank You for graciously promising to hear all who call upon You in truth.
P: Fill each of us with a longing for Your Word that by reading it, studying it, and hearing it preached,
C: we grow in our faith toward You, in our knowledge of the truth, and in our love for one another.
P: Teach us to place all our burdens and cares upon You through fervent and frequent prayer, and grant us faith to believe that when we ask of You, we shall receive.
C: Help us count our blessings and to remember that every good gift comes from You.
P: Cheered by the knowledge that in all things You work for the good of those who love You,
C: enable us to bear our lot in life without complaining.
P: Give us strength to endure all trials to our faith
C: and to overcome every temptation.
P: That Your kingdom of grace may be brought to the hearts of others, give us a godly zeal to show forth Your salvation
C: from day to day and from place to place.
P: May we never fear or be ashamed or hesitate to confess Your name before the world.
C: All these things we ask of You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in our Savior’s name. Amen.
P: any special prayers there may be will be offered here...
We also join to pray the words Jesus taught us:
ALL: 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. 


The Benediction
P: The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you His peace.
C [spoken]: Amen.


Closing Hymn 50




TODAY >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.  – Lay services – Tim F.
NEXT SUNDAY >>Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m. 
      NOTE: Our monthly communion service will be on August 14.


7/31 & 8/7 Lay services at Trinity and Zion; Krauses will be on vacation


While Pastor Krause is on vacation today and next Sunday, John Klatt will be “pastor on call.” If you need pastoral care, please call him at 605.303.1258. (PK can also be contacted by cell.)


HARVEST FEST Pastor Tim Daub sends the following... Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Hecla, SD, welcomes you to our annual Harvest Festival, 4 pm, Sunday, Aug. 14.  An outdoor service will be held on the grounds of the historic Guelph School, followed by a turkey barbecue dinner.  


>> Many thanks to Tim Fuerstenau for leading our worship services today!
>> Do you have something you are thankful for at Zion/Trinity?  Let Pastor Krause know, and he will be happy to include it in the bulletin!


DEBORAH UDE’S FIFTH BOOK AVAILABLE Prof. John Ude sends the following... Deborah Ude’s fifth book, Called Katie Belle, is now available.  It is available in printed form at the CLC Bookstore or directly from John Ude, john.ude@ilc.edu  ($12.00). It is available on Amazon in print or digital format: https://tinyurl.com/CalledKatieBelle. ($11.99 and $2.99) For more information on this book or her other books go to this link: https://tinyurl.com/CalledKatieBelle5

Trinity Lutheran Church           Watertown, SD – 9:00 a.m.
Zion Lutheran Church    Hidewood Township, SD – 11:00 a.m.
Members:     Church of the Lutheran Confession      www.clclutheran.org
Pastor Paul Krause. . . parsonpaulkrause@gmail.com cell:920-238-5775
Teacher Collette Krause . . collettekrause@gmail.com   cell: 920-238-5132
Krause’s home: 886-6887                                  Church and School: 886-2976
Organists: Melanie Dummann, John Klatt, Rebecca Larson, Naomi Rehder


NATIONAL WOMEN’S RETREAT (VIRTUAL) You're Invited! A women's event is planned for two hours on Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Central Time), via Zoom. The event theme is: "Press Pause: God's Daily Encouragement in the Moments of Life." 
The two hours will include speakers from CLC congregations around the country in a panel session focused on personal devotions for all types of schedules. Breakout groups will be included for discussion and sharing. 
Register at: https://tinyurl.com/Gethsemane-Lutheran This is a free event. You can participate from home via Zoom or at church with Gethsemane participants. Not good with Zoom? Not to worry, help is available!
Contact Tina Eichstadt (teichstadt@gmail.com, 651-398-2386) with  questions.          See you (virtually) there!