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
Pastor Paul Krause. . . cell:920-238-5775
Teacher Collette Krause . . cell: 920-238-5132
Krause’s home: 886-6887 Church and School: 886-2976
The 20th Sunday after Trinity Sunday – October 25, 2020
Organists: Melanie Dummann, Naomi Fuerstenau,
John Klatt, Rebecca Larson
“Then [the Lord says,] ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’” (Hebrews 10:17)
ORDER for WORSHIP
as printed in this bulletin
To prepare for worship read Hymn 325 in The Lutheran Hymnal
The bell calls us for worship
P: O merciful Lord, You desire worshipers who will honor You in spirit and in truth. Send Your Spirit to cleanse us from dead works to serve You in righteousness and holiness and to honor Your great and saving name for giving us Jesus, who is the expression of Your special, eternal love unto salvation to everyone who believes. Amen.
Opening Hymn 363
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.
TODAY’S BIBLE CHAPTER – Exodus 32
1 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
2 And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf.
Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!”
5 So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.” 6 Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
7 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. 8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!’” 9 And the Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! 10 Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.”
11 Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: “Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ” 14 So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.
15 And Moses turned and went down from the mountain, and the two tablets of the Testimony were in his hand. The tablets were written on both sides; on the one side and on the other they were written. 16 Now the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God engraved on the tablets.
17 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a noise of war in the camp.”
18 But he said: “It is not the noise of the shout of victory,
Nor the noise of the cry of defeat, But the sound of singing I hear.”
19 So it was, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. So Moses’ anger became hot, and he cast the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. 20 Then he took the calf which they had made, burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder; and he scattered it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it. 21 And Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?”
22 So Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord become hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. 23 For they said to me, ‘Make us gods that shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 24 And I said to them, ‘Whoever has any gold, let them break it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out.”
25 Now when Moses saw that the people were unrestrained (for Aaron had not restrained them, to their shame among their enemies), 26 then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, “Whoever is on the Lord’s side—come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. 27 And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let every man put his sword on his side, and go in and out from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and let every man kill his brother, every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.’ ” 28 So the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And about three thousand men of the people fell that day. 29 Then Moses said, “Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, that He may bestow on you a blessing this day, for every man has opposed his son and his brother.”
30 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” 31 Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! 32 Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”
33 And the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book. 34 Now therefore, go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you. Behold, My Angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit for punishment, I will visit punishment upon them for their sin.”
35 So [better: Thus] the Lord plagued the people because of what they did with the calf which Aaron made.
P: Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and keep 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!
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.
Sermon Text – Key Chapters of the Bible – Exodus 32
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.
The Offering is brought forward
P: O most merciful God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You fill heaven and earth with Your presence
C: and You reign over every creature with Your power and glory.
P: We thank You for Your Word which enables us to know and worship You as our Creator and Benefactor,
C: our Redeemer from sin and our Sanctifier.
P: We also thank You for the many everyday, personal evidences of Your loving and watchful care. Truly, You are our God!
C: All glory, honor, and praise to You, now and forever!
P: Our heavenly Father,
C: continue to love, preserve, and defend us.
P: Guard us from the wicked attacks of our foe, the devil,
C: and help us resist the temptations of the world and our flesh.
P: In spite of our sinful and stubborn natures do not forsake us,
C: but keep us as Your dear children all our days.
P: Accept the prayers we send to Your throne of grace through Jesus,
C: and answer our prayers.
P: According to Your gracious, good will allow us to live out our days in good health,
C: and permit us to find continual safety under Your protection.
P: Our Savior Jesus Christ, cover our sins with Your shed blood
C: and hide them forever from Your sight.
P: Fill our hearts with joy
C: and may our inmost being experience the peace and calm that comes from sins forgiven.
P: Take our prayers to the Father, and as our Advocate speak in our behalf.
C: As our Head direct us always to do what is right and pleasing to God.
P: As the source of our righteousness and salvation fill us with contentment,
C: and keep our minds uncluttered by the riches, cares, and worries of this life.
P: Holy Spirt, our divine Helper, keep us faithful to Your Word,
C: and through that Word feed our souls on Christ, the living Bread.
P: Strengthen our faith day by day, and make us fully committed to bearing fruits of righteousness
C: to the honor and praise of God.
P: Purify us from all pride and self-righteousness,
C: and teach us to rely alone on the sacrifice of Christ for everlasting life.
P: O Holy Trinity, accept our praise, and hear us always when we pray.
C: For Jesus’ sake, we ask this. Amen.
P: any special requests...
P: And – before we offer the Lord’s Prayer together, we take a moment to review the meaning of the Fourth Petition:
ALL: Give us this day our daily bread.
P: What does this mean?
ALL: God gives daily bread without our asking, even to unbelievers, but we pray in this petition that He would teach us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.
P: What is meant by daily bread?
ALL: “Daily bread” means everything we need for our bodily well-being. It includes food, drink, clothes, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money and goods, a godly husband or wife, devout children, good workers, honest and faithful leaders, good government, good weather, peace, health, law and order, an honorable name, faithful friends, trustworthy neighbors – and things like that.
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.
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 – 778
In today’s service at Zion...
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Addison Leigh Krause
infant daughter of Travis and Mindy Krause
born Saturday, October 17, 2020
“... baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
CALENDAR and ANNOUNCEMENTS
THIS WEEK Adult instruction classes and confirmation/catechism class
TODAY >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.
>> Sunday School sessions at Trinity (10:15) and Zion (10:15)
WED >> Trinity Adult Bible Study – 7 p.m. at church - evangelism video
SAT >> Reformation invite to Hecla (see more below)
NEXT SUNDAY – >>Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.
>> Celebration of the REFORMATION in both services
>> Sunday School sessions at Trinity (10:15) and Zion (10:15)
IN OUR PRAYERS
>> Tammy Sieg was hospitalized this week; our prayers are requested
>> Pastor Dave Naumann sent this out regarding Pastor Ben Libby and his family (Tacoma, WA)... “Ben and his wife Krissy had their 3rd child, William David, on September 28, at 33 weeks gestation. Baby Libby is doing well, but is still in the hospital. Last Friday afternoon (Oct 16), Krissy was admitted with a serious and extremely painful blood clot in her lung. She too, is still in the hospital a couple floors above her newborn son.”
>> Jyothi Benjamin (CLC-India) writes... “My Mother Mary Benjamin, went to be with the Lord yesterday (earlier this week). Please pray for the comfort of Rev VS Benjamin, sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and CLCI church members.
Her race ended, but we still have our race to run.”
REFORMATION INVITE Pastor Tim Daub sends the following... Come celebrate Reformation Day at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Hecla, SD: 11 am, Sat. Oct. 31. The service theme will be Martin Luther’s seven psalm-based hymns. A light German meal (oxymoron intended) will follow at the parsonage. You are welcome to bring a dish to pass, if you are so inclined.
TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK before you go to bed Saturday night! You would be welcome to come an hour early to church, but you might prefer to have the extra hour of sleep...
INFO from last Sunday’s voters meeting at Trinity will be made available during this coming week – watch your e-mail or your church mail box!
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FUND Paul Reinschmidt reports that $520.50 was sent to ILC to go toward Marisa Konshak and Stephen Krause’s school bills.
>> Our adult Bible Classes at Trinity are focusing on evangelism. Our discussion is centering around 5 30 minute videos done by the CLC’s Committee on Domestic Fields (CDF). After we watch and discuss the videos, they will be made available to all of you via e-mail. We hope that you will make the time to watch the videos at home and share any comments or questions you may have with PK!
>> We are also beginning a congregation-wide evangelism effort (both Trinity AND Zion!) which will center around watching for new people moving into our area and then welcoming them with goodies – and a packet of evangelism materials. We hope you will be able/willing to be involved – initially we will welcome you to watch for houses/etc being sold and new people moving in. Then we will need help to make goodies and then help to go to the homes to welcome the newcomers.
CANDIDATES FOR ILC PROFESSOR CALL The Board of Regents for Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary invites “all pastors, professors, male teachers, and voting members of member congregations of the Church of the Lutheran Confession” (CLC Constitution) to nominate an individual or individuals to fill the vacancy which will be created by the retirement of Professor John Reim at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The position would require someone seminary trained with the ability to teach primarily music, college Greek, and other potential disciplines commencing with the 2021-22 academic year. The person would serve as the director of the mass and tour choirs, potentially teaching piano and organ. It would be helpful if any nominations would also include information regarding the nominee’s educational background and teaching and/or professional experience, also indicating how the person might help our school in technology expertise, extracurricular activities, or administrative positions. Nominations are to be received by email or letter no later than midnight November 20, 2020 (letters postmarked November 10, 2020) to: Mr. James Burkhardt; 217 Windy Lane; Rockwall, TX 75087; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnathan Schnose (recent colloquy candidate) has been called to:
>> fill the vacancy at Morris, MN;
>> fill the vacancy at Bowdle and Ipswich, SD
June Schmid to part-time 4th grade teacher for one year, Eau Claire, WI
Bethany Gurgel to ILC/Eau Claire, WI part time on campus counselor