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“He who slumbered in the grave is exalted now to save;
Now thru Christendom it rings that the Lamb is King of kings!” (Hymn 190:5)


3rd SUNDAY in the season of EASTER   APRIL 14, 2024


To prepare yourselves for worship you are welcome to meditate on:

Today’s Psalm 4

   1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
     You have relieved me in my distress;
     Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
   2 How long, O you sons of men,
     Will you turn my glory to shame?
     How long will you love worthlessness
     And seek falsehood?
   3 But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly;
     The Lord will hear when I call to Him.
   4 Be angry, and do not sin.
     Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.
   5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
     And put your trust in the Lord.
   6 There are many who say,
     “Who will show us any good?”
     Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
   7 You have put gladness in my heart,
     More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
   8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
     For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.


The bell calls us for worship


Opening Prayer

P: Lord God, we are glad and thankful to be able to honor You and receive blessing from Your holy Word.  Be with us in our worship and bless us for Your mercy’s sake.  Teach us, encourage us, strengthen us, and enable us to flee temptation and honor You in all that we say and do.  Amen.


Hymn 207: 1-3


P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.



P: Beloved in the Lord!  Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins to God, our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.  Our help is in the name of the Lord.

ALL SING: Who made heaven and earth.

P: I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.

ALL SING: And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

P: Almighty God, our Maker and Redeemer, we poor sinners confess to You that we are by nature sinful and unclean and that we have sinned against You in our thoughts, words, and actions. Therefore we flee for refuge to Your infinite mercy, seeking and imploring Your grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.
ALL: O most merciful God, You have given Your only begotten Son to die for us! Have mercy upon us and for His sake grant us remission of all our sins; and by Your Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of You and of Your will and true obedience to Your Word, to the end that by Your grace we may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.
P: Almighty God, who is our heavenly Father, has had mercy upon us and has given His only Son to die for us and for His sake has forgiven us all our sins. To those who believe on His name He gives power to become the sons of God and has promised them His Holy Spirit. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.  Grant this, Lord, to us all!

ALL SING: Amen. 


Responsive Reading
P: The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord;
C: by the word of the word were the heavens made.
P: Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous;
C: for praise from the upright is beautiful!

ALL SING:  Glory be to God on high; and on earth peace, good will toward men.  We praise You, we bless You, we worship You; we glorify You; we give thanks to You for Your great glory.  O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty, O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, You take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.  You take away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.  You sit at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy on us.  For You only are holy; You only are the Lord.  You only, O Christ, with the Holy Spirit, are most high in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

First Reading – New Testament Epistle – 1 John 3:1-7
Jesus has made us God's children right now, even though the unbelieving world does not recognize us as such. We are not to let that worry us, because the world did not recognize Jesus either! We know that when He appears, we shall share in His glory.
1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.
P: Blessed are those who hear and treasure God’s Word! Hallelujah!

ALL SING: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!


Second Reading – New Testament Gospel – Luke 24:30-49
Our Savior calming the fears of His frightened disciples, teaching them the Word of God and its fulfillment in Him, and commissioning them to be His witnesses.

ALL SING: Glory be to You, O Lord!

30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.
44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”P: So far the Gospel reading.

ALL SING: Praise be to You, O Christ!



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 201


Sermon Text – Acts 3:11-21
11 Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. 12 So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. 14 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. 16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
17 “Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. ...”


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

Hymn 505


The Offering is collected / brought forward

Prayer led by the pastor

P: Tarry with us, Lord. Open our eyes, dear Savior. Make this a day of better understanding. Your Word and will are our command.
We know so little, Teacher of truth. Our understanding is so shallow. The precious Word, the revelation of Your thoughts and truth is like a hidden treasure. You who have revealed all we need to know for our salvation in the sacred Scriptures, open up to us the Scriptures’ meaning.
You really do mean it when Your Word declares You would have “all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” Your Father is serious when He promises that He “will remember our sins no more.” What the prophets and apostles tell us is true – “Then you will call, and the LORD will answer.”  Our hopes are so high and our trust is so meager. Your ways are so different from our ways. Teach us to know and to trust Your revelation. Cause that mind to be in us which was also in You and in Your Father.
The knowledge of this world deceives us. We study this world’s wonders and master this world’s laws. Our pride presumes we have produced what we discover and invented what we learn. Keep us humble. Preserve in us the sense of awe and wonder at what Your omnipotence has wrought. Abide with us. We need You to guide us and inform us as You bring all things into subjection to the plan and purpose of Him who is Your Father and our Father, too.
Be the tender companion of all who need Your presence. Visit the hospitals and give hope to those who languish there. Enter classrooms and teach wisdom to teachers and learners alike. Sit in the councils of those who rule and give them judgment. And to the church and through the church reveal the mysteries of the Gospel to all people everywhere. Amen.

P: any special prayers there may be will be offered here...
P: And so 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. 


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.

ALL SING: Amen, Amen, Amen.


Closing Hymn 207: 4-6

STATISTICS – week of 4/7/24
Zion: Sun a.m.: 30; SS: 8
Trinity: Sun a.m.: 46; SS: 5; Wed BC: 16; elders: 3


Zion Lutheran Church    Hidewood Township, SD – 8:30 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church           Watertown, SD – 10:30 a.m. 
Members:     Church of the Lutheran Confession
Pastor Paul Krause. . . cell:920-238-5775
Teacher Collette Krause . .   cell: 920-238-5132
Church and School:                  886-2976
Organists:                      John Klatt, Rebecca Larson, Naomi Rehder


TODAY >> Zion: 8:30 a.m.; Trinity: 10:30 a.m.
        >> Sunday School – Zion after church; Trinity at 9:20 a.m.
     >> “postponed” Palm Sunday breakfast held today – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
        >> Trinity School Board meeting after church
MON >> Pastors’ Study Conference – Pierre - 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
TUE >> Gabe Meier instruction class – 10:30 a.m.
WED >> Trinity – choir meeting – 6:45 p.m.
           >> Trinity – adult Bible Class – 7 p.m.
THU >> Lucas Bruna catechism class – 5:30 p.m.
FRI   >> Trinity trustees make a “tour” of our church campus – 6 p.m.
         >> Trinity church council meeting – 7 p.m.
NEXT SUNDAY   >> Zion: 8:30 a.m.; Trinity: 10:30 a.m.
        >> Sunday School – Zion after church; Trinity at 9:20 a.m.
   >> Trinity special PLANNED meal after church - details BELOW
   >>  Trinity quarterly voters’ meeting – 1 p.m.
   >> Trinity Ladies’ Aid meeting – 1 p.m.


4/23 Tue Zion Brookings Bible Study - DeBough’s place – 7 p.m.
4/26&27 ILC Visitors’ Day weekend / play production
5/15 Wed Last day of school at Trinity Lutheran
5/15 Wed Last Wed p.m. adult Bible study at Trinity for the summer
5/17-18 ILC Class Day, closing concert, graduation weekend
5/19 Sun Last day for Sunday School sessions at Zion / Trinity
5/21-23 West Central Delegate Conference – Valentine, NE


NEXT SUNDAY’S MEAL AT TRINITY The congregation is invited for a birthday celebration honoring Paul Dummann turning 75 years old. The family will provide a dinner and cake following church NEXT SUNDAY, on April 21st. 


NO MORE ANNUAL WORSHIP SCHEDULE CHANGE Last Sunday the Trinity voters’ agreed with the suggestion from Zion that instead of trading worship times every year we continue into the future with the current worship schedule – Zion at 8:30 a.m. and Trinity at 10:30 a.m.


>> 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!


CLC NEWS    Undecided calls:
Teacher Katie Naumann, Winter Haven, FL, to Fond du Lac, WI
Retiring Teacher Ann Sprengeler, Markesan, WI, to Valentine, NE
(temporary call (Sep-Dec ‘24) until Noah Ohlmann graduates from ILC)
Mrs. Karen Swyter, Onalaska, WI, to teach at Markesan, WI
Blair Sydow (of West Columbia) to teach at West Columbia, SC
Seminary graduate call/assignment
Seminary graduate Paul Agenten to Marquette/Iron River, MI


NEEDED: VOLUNTEERS FOR PROFESSORAGE WORK  With Professor Mark Kranz retiring and moving out at the end of the school year, and, Lord willing, our new professor moving in this summer, we are planning to do a considerable amount of renovations in a short amount of time at 505 Ingram. To facilitate these renovations, we would especially welcome volunteers with the skills in the following areas: general carpentry, wall framing, window installation, trim work, concrete cutting, flooring installation, electrical, and plumbing. Help with demo, clean up, and painting would also be welcome. We would like to complete much of the work from June 1 to July 1. If you are able to help, please contact Paul Heinze ( or 715-456-7194) before April 15. After that date, we will need to begin hiring local contractors to complete tasks that we are not able to do on our own. Thank you for considering using your time and God-given talents in this work for our synod.


UPDATE FROM MISSIONARY BRUCE NAUMANN...written Monday, April 8... "He shall give His angels charge over you...”
On a two-lane Tanzanian road north of Dar es Salaam we patiently crawled along behind a ponderous 18-wheeler. I waited for a nice clear stretch of road before I punched the gas on the Rav4 to pass. Out of nowhere, a smaller truck shot out into our passing lane from a side road. A jerk of the wheel pulled us in front of the big rig, with only centimeters to spare. Whew! This type of incident on the roads is all too common, and I'm certain the LORD’s angels kept us safe throughout our travels! 
During our 2-week Easter break from seminary classes, Pastor Jeremia, Paula and I travelled to Tanga and Zanzibar to visit TCLC pastors and churches. It was about 900 miles round trip, and my first experience with driving that kind of distance and terrain in Tanzania. We met with pastors and members in Tanga, Korogwe, and Zanibar.
One feature of the trip was an outreach event at Pastor Kimemele's church in Korogwe. We had an outdoor viewing of the "Jesus Film," based on Luke's Gospel, and in the Swahili language. We had about 30 attending at the start, and more than 100 by the end. Pastor Kimemele preached a devotion after the film. He was also provided with a Teacher's Guide for a Bible study on Luke, for a follow-up class.
It is by God's grace, with the help of his protecting angels, that we returned to Arusha safely after our 5-day journey. Classes at Wittenberg Seminary resume this week, following our 2-week Easter break. We thank God for these opportunities to bear witness to the crucified and risen Lord Jesus, and to train a future generation to proclaim His saving Gospel!


EXCERPTS FROM PAULA NAUMANN’S JOURNAL IN AFRICA ON THE MONTH OF MARCH... The following accompanied the report (above) from Missionary Naumann...
Our avocado tree has hundreds of avocados that are ripening this month. I thought I read somewhere that avocados will not fully ripen while they are on the tree, so you can leave them on the tree and harvest when you want to use them. What I’ve learned from experience is that it is true that the fruit doesn’t ripen on the tree, but you don’t always have the choice of leaving them on the tree. Every morning, we find between one and three avocados on the ground. Needless to say, we have been giving lots of them away because we can’t eat that many! Yesterday I tried making avocado muffins. They don’t have any avocado flavor that I can tell; they are moist and a bit heavy like a banana muffin. The advantage of adding in the avocado is that the recipe uses a little less butter due to the fat in the fruit. We’ve also harvested many, many limes this month, and have picked bushels of amaranth (called “spinach” locally). Again, we make use of some of it, but it’s too much for the two of us. It’s fun to give it to others, and the cook for the seminary makes good use of it.
I also experimented with making crackers a couple of times. I’m sure I could make some pretty good ones if I was willing to invest my expensive butter in the project, but I’m not. The two snacks we have in the house are chocolate bars and popcorn. Bruce also has peanuts, but I can’t eat those. I made some tahini so I could make hummus, and that turned out pretty well. I also made some pita bread to eat with it. I like to cook and bake, but that was a pretty time-consuming process just to have a snack! I’ve decided we should have pizza every other Monday. This is another time-consuming thing to do, but it’s fun and turns out great! Last time I made a double batch so we could have leftovers. I should mention that there are snack foods available for sale in the stores, but food items that exist mostly for expatriates are usually priced pretty high. We also snack on raw fruit and vegetables, which are VERY cheap, so no need to feel sorry for us. ☺
I like to point out the things that are different here in Tanzania compared to the USA. Bruce finds the different names of Toyota models sold here entertaining, for instance, Noah, Spacio, Auris, Ractis, Vanguard, Voxy, Wish, Probox, and Harrier. The vehicle we drive is the familiar Rav4.

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