“If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”
THIRD SUNDAY after EPIPHANY JANUARY 24, 2021
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH WATERTOWN SD
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH HIDEWOOD TWP SD(John 12:26)
ORDER for WORSHIP
To prepare for worship – read Hymn 3
The bell calls us for worship
P: Almighty, ever-living God, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word and that all our worship may be acceptable to You, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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.
First Reading – Old Testament – Jonah 3: 1-5, 10
The people of Nineveh changed their ways at Jonah’s preaching, and the Lord shows Himself to be merciful
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. ... 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.
Second Reading – New Testament Epistle – 1 Corinthians 7: 29-35
Paul encourages us to remember that this world is only temporary; therefore we should concentrate on what matters and serve Him faithfully.
29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, 30 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, 31 and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away. 32 But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. 33 But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife. 34 There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. 35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.
P: So far with the Scripture readings –
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!
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 – NT Gospel – Mark 1: 14-20
14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” 16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. 20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.
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
INSTALLATION OF NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS AT TRINITY
P: O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You for sending Your Son Jesus, and for making known in Him the mystery of Your gracious will,
C: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life.
P: We offer thanks for the redemption that You have given us through the blood of His cross,
C: for the forgiveness of our sins,
P: for deliverance from all evil,
C: and for the hope of glory.
P: We praise You, Lord, for You have bestowed upon us Your saving Word,
C: through which Your Holy Spirit has called us to faith and enlightened our understanding.
P: We pray, O God, that the Gospel of Christ crucified for sinners may have free course in the lives and hearts of people the world over, that Your house may be filled with believers from every race and nation,
C: and that heaven and earth may ring with songs of praise for this great salvation.
P: Dear Lord, watch over Your Church throughout the whole world, and grant unto it faithful leaders who are true shepherds,
C: proclaiming Your Word without the errors of human opinions.
P: For all who have the cares of government in their hands, give guidance, wisdom, and a sense of true justice and morality,
C: so that our land may be governed in a way that is in harmony with Your Word and will.
P: Graciously help us, O God, to redeem the time,
C: using our days wisely as disciples of our Lord.
P: Stir us up to use the gifts that You have given us
C: for the work of Your kingdom.
P: Renew in us a steadfast spirit;
C: turn us away from the paths of sin;
P: comfort all who may be afflicted;
C: guard our loved ones wherever they may be.
P: We especially ask, dear Lord, for Your protection for those who are serving our country in the armed forces overseas,
C: and for the potential victims of violence in foreign conflicts.
P: Dear Father, as we have received Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior, so let us live our lives for Him,
C: rooted and built up in faith, and abounding in all good works.
P: All these things we pray in the name of Him who loved the Church and gave Himself for it,
C: Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. 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.
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 – 773
CALENDAR and ANNOUNCEMENTS
THIS WEEK >> Adult instruction and confirmation classes
TODAY >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.; both have SS at 10:15 a.m.
>> Zion annual meeting – after church and lunch
TUE >> Zion/Brookings Bible Study – at Tramps – 7 p.m.
WED >> Trinity adult Bible study – 7 p.m.
NEXT SUNDAY – >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.; SS at 10:15 a.m.
02/7 (Sun) 6 p.m. Sunday pizza/game night for anyone wishing to come!
02/17 (Wed) Ash Wednesday – Lent begins
TRINITY ONLINE GIVING OPTION This comes by way of “reminder” that members at Trinity do have the option of making their contribution to Trinity online. The “offerings” link is on Trinity’s website. If you have any questions, please find PK.
ILC TOUR CHOIR CD’S are available on the back table – $12.00 for one; two for $20.00 – payable to PK.
Pastor David Schaller, Sister Lakes, MI, to ILC Professor
Pastor Mark Tiefel, Lynnwood/Seattle, WA, to Cheyenne, WY
Teacher Neil Bernthal, Winter Haven, FL, to Markesan, WI
Resignation (from call):
Megan Goodwin, teacher at Winter Haven, FL
Resignation (from call and CLC):
Teacher Sherman Carstensen, Mankato, MN
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS CLC Moderator Pastor Paul Nolting sends out the following... Pastors, professors, male teachers, and voters of congregations within the Church of the Lutheran Confession are invited to nominate individuals for the following synodical offices to be elected at the 2021 CLC Convention:
Board of Trustees--Called Servant
Board of Trustees--Lay Member
Board of Regents--Called Servant
Board of Regents--Lay Member
Board of Missions--Called Servant
Board of Missions--Lay Member
Board of Education--Teacher Member
Board of Education--Lay Member
Member nominations will be received January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021. Nomination forms, lists of eligible called servants, and submission information are available on the clclutheran.org website. Those candidates nominated this past January through March will be retained on the 2021 ballot.
>> 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!
Attendance: Trinity – 1/17: 44; SS: 5; Wed p.m. BC: 10; school board: 5 (+PK/CK); annual voters mtg: 18
Zion – 1/17: 20; SS: 5
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
Organists: Melanie Dummann, Naomi Fuerstenau, John Klatt, Rebecca Larson
TRINITY CONSTITUTION – ARTICLE XIII – Duties of Officers
The duties of the officers of the church are the following:
1. They shall adorn their high office with an honest conduct and be good examples to the congregation (1 Timothy 3:8-12).
2. The church elders shall aid the pastor in the spiritual affairs of the church; they shall be responsible for good order in the services; and they shall particularly care in love for the poor, the sick, the widows, and the orphans (Galatians 6:9-10).
3. The school elders shall serve as members of the school board.
4. The trustees shall, according to the resolutions of the congregation, administer the temporal affairs of the congregation, keep its property in good repair, and provide for all other necessary expenses. The trustees shall also be responsible for the counting of the offerings.
5. The president shall preside at all meetings of the congregation and see to it that its decisions are executed. In the absence of the president the congregation shall elect a temporary chairman. The president shall also review the needs of the servant or servants of the Word and submit a report on this matter to the voters at the annual meeting (1 Corinthians 9:6-14; Luke 10:7ff; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; Galatians 6:6).
6. The recording secretary-treasurer shall keep an accurate and permanent record of all proceedings of the congregation and also of the church council, and as treasurer shall receive all local budget monies from the financial secretary, keep an accurate record of them, and disburse them according to the instructions of the congregation and submit his books quarterly to the congregation for an auditing.
7. The financial secretary shall receive all collections, contributions, and monies for the local budget of the congregation; he shall keep an accurate record of them and deliver them to the treasurer, instructing him for what purpose or purposes they are intended, and receive from the treasurer the proper vouchers. He shall make a report for the regular meetings of the congregation and submit his books to the congregation for quarterly auditing.
8. The mission secretary shall receive all collections, contributions, and monies for the congregation, except those for the local budget, and keep an accurate account of and disburse them according to the designated purposes. He shall make a report for the regular meetings of the congregation and submit his books to the congregation for quarterly auditing.
OFFICERS ELECTED AT TRINITY’S ANNUAL MEETING
One year terms – President: Dave Klatt
Secretary-Treasurer: Paul Reinschmidt
Financial Secretary: Jim Thompson
Mission Secretary: Jim Zwieg
Three year terms – Trustee: Jamison Strege
School Elder: Brian Tvedt
Two year term – Elder: Tim Fuerstenau
Many thanks to Mike Fuerstenau for his service on the board of trustees and the school board!