“Salvation is of the LORD.” Jonah 2:9
THIRD SUNDAY after TRINITY JUNE 20, 2021
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH HIDEWOOD TWP SD
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH WATERTOWN SD
ORDER for WORSHIP
P: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Amen.
Hymn – From All That Dwell Below the Skies – page 9
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
P: God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
C: If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
P: Let us pray:
C: Almighty God, merciful Father, we are sinful by nature, and have sinned against You in our thoughts, words, and actions. But we are sorry for our transgressions and pray You, of Your bountiful mercy, to be gracious and merciful unto us.
Forgive us for Jesus’ sake, renew us by Your Spirit, and lead us in the way everlasting. Amen.
P: Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. We are forgiven! With boldness and confidence we may approach the throne to find grace to help in time of need. In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord!
C: 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.
God uses the picture of breaking off the top of a cedar tree and planting it to vividly prophesy the miraculous success of his people. They would start off insignificant and small, but this kingdom of God would grow more powerful than any other nation because Jesus will be at its core. This kingdom of God would have a worldwide influence. People with every kind of background from all over the world will find safety and shelter in its "branches."
22 Thus says the Lord God: “I will take also one of the highest branches of the high cedar and set it out. I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and will plant it on a high and prominent mountain. 23 On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it; and it will bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a majestic cedar. Under it will dwell birds of every sort; in the shadow of its branches they will dwell. 24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I, the Lord, have brought down the high tree and exalted the low tree, dried up the green tree and made the dry tree flourish; I, the Lord, have spoken and have done it.”
Hymn – Beautiful Savior – pages 10-11
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Our bodies on this earth are not our permanent dwelling but just temporary (like a tent). We groan with the pains and struggles of our bodies but know that God has given us more—eternal life! The more we understand what is coming up, the more we will long for it. How much is this a part of your daily perspective? Because we confidently look ahead to the judgment, we make it our goal to please him and do all for the glory of God. Christian living is not a matter of rules and regulations but a joyful response to the gospel as we join in unfolding God’s effect on the world.
1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
In Paul's day, the gospel was growing and bearing fruit all over the world. In other words, more and more people were coming to faith in Christ and growing in faith, hope, and love. Epaphras told Paul how the gospel was growing in Colosse. Epaphras—a grateful "slave" of Christ, along with Paul—had started the congregation in Colosse. Later he went to see Paul who was under house arrest. What a report Epaphras could give about God’s grace, despite the doctrinal troubles in Colosse.
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.
The growth of God's kingdom is God's work, not ours. God almost invisibly provides progress within us, progress toward bearing fruit for the final harvest. In a big world, the kingdom of God seems small and insignificant, but it grows to be the largest kingdom of all. The parable of the mustard seed shows the extraordinary power of the word as it brings growth to the church, so people worldwide benefit ("perch in its shade").
26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
30 Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? 31 It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; 32 but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”
33 And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. 34 But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.
CONFESSION OF FAITH – THE APOSTLES’ CREED
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 – Children of the Heavenly Father – page 12
Sermon Text – Jonah 3:1-10; 4:1-4
3:1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. 4 And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 6 Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying,
Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?
10 Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.
4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. 2 So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!”
4 Then the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
Hymn – Amazing Grace – page 10
Offering is brought forward
P: Lord Jesus, the Lover of our souls, take full possession of our hearts today.
C: Make us dwelling places of Your Holy Spirit!
P: Preserve in us clean hearts which love You
C: and do Your will at all times.
P: Save us from the follies of sin
C: and the despair of a guilty conscience.
P: Keep us free from envy and discontent,
C: bitterness and strife.
P: Banish all wicked desires from our hearts, and grant that in word and deed we may honor You,
C: for You have gone to the cross to set us free from the power of Satan and sin.
P: Strengthen and increase our faith, and lead us into the paths of righteousness,
C: where we will serve You.
P: Give us grace to grow in the knowledge of You and of Your Word that, living to You,
C: we may die daily to sin and the world and serve You with all our hearts.
P: Abide with us, gracious Savior, that we may continue from day to day in Your presence until life’s journey is ended
C: and we come into Your presence to praise and glorify You, forever and ever. Amen.
(Any special requests there may be will be offered here.)
P: And we 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.
P: The service is ended,
C: but our life in Jesus Christ goes on.
P: We go now, in His name, into all the world.
C: Let our light so shine and our joy be so obvious, that all who see us will come to praise God!
The Apostolic Benediction
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all! Amen.
Hymn – Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow – page 11
CALENDAR and ANNOUNCEMENTS
TODAY >> Combined outdoor service/picnic at 10:30 a.m.
at Memorial Park
THU-SUN >> CLC Delegate Convention at ILC, Eau Claire, WI
NEXT SUNDAY – 9 a.m. Zion; 11 a.m. Trinity
7/4 Sun Guest speaker – Dave Koenig – at Zion and Trinity
IN OUR PRAYERS We ask for God’s healing on behalf of Melanie Dummann (after her successful kidney removal surgery on Monday) and also on our fathers, since today is Fathers Day!
Pastor Stefan Sonnenfeld, St. Louis, MO, to Sister Lakes, MI
Teacher Andrew Roehl, Eau Claire, WI, to Clarkston, WA
Vanessa Wales to grades 2-6 at Valentine, NE
Greta Brown-Kempenaar, Markesan, WI, music/pre-school aid one year
Matthew Kranz to Immanuel Lutheran, Mankato, MN
Teacher Michaela Winters, Hales Corners, WI, to Clarkston, WA
Pastor Tom Naumann, Detroit, MI, to Eden Prairie, MN
Pastor Mark Tiefel, Lynnwood, WA, to Sister Lakes, MI
ILC Dorm Supervisors – Paul and Courtney Agenten, Red Wing, MN, have accepted the roles of boys' and girls' dormitory supervisors at ILC.
Zion Lutheran Church Hidewood Township, SD – 9:00 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church Watertown, SD – 11:00 a.m.
Members: Church of the Lutheran Confession www.clclutheran.org
Pastor Paul Krause. . . firstname.lastname@example.org cell:920-238-5775
Teacher Collette Krause . . email@example.com cell: 920-238-5132
Krause’s home: 886-6887 Church and School: 886-2976
Organists: Melanie Dummann, John Klatt, Rebecca Larson, Naomi Rehder
STATISTICS - week of June 13, 2021
Attendance – Trinity Sun a.m. svc: 28; Zion Sun a.m. svc: 25
Trinity $$: will be caught up next week...
Today’s Father’s Day Prayer
Dear heavenly Father, on this Father’s Day, it is an unparalleled joy to acknowledge that you are the Father we’ve always longed for and needed. Our most loving and engaged fathers have been a wonderful hint of what it means to be your beloved children; but they could never be to us what you alone can be. And our most broken and irresponsible fathers cannot rob our hearts of the joys we find in knowing you and crying, “Abba, Father.”
Thank you for adopting us, through the finished work of Jesus. Thank you for freeing us from our slavery to sin and our orphan-like ways; and for giving us the Spirit of son-ship, a secure place in your family, and an inheritance that can never spoil or fade, kept in heaven for us. Thank you for promising to complete the work you began in us, and for always, and only, disciplining us in love, even when it hurts.
Father, thank you for grace to forgive our earthly fathers who failed us, including those who broke our trust, hurt us, and misrepresented you to us. Continue to heal us and free us from the lingering effects.
And thank you for grace to acknowledge our failings as fathers, and for promising us the strength we need to humble ourselves before our children, and to trust you to write stories of redemption in our families. Please do so, Father, to your glory.
Lastly, Father, we thank you for the spiritual fathers you’ve given us—the “dads of grace” who help us discover more and more of the multi-dimensional love of Christ. So it is that we pray in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name. Amen.