“Christian, dry your flowing tears, Chase your unbelieving fears;
Look on His deserted grave, Doubt no more His power to save!” (TLH 203:3)
SIXTH SUNDAY of the EASTER season MAY 22, 2022
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH WATERTOWN SD
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH HIDEWOOD TWP SD
ORDER for WORSHIP
To prepare for worship – read Hymn 204
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.
Hymn 199: 2-4
P: Let us pray. My sins, dear Lord, disturb me sore, my conscience cannot slumber; but though as sands upon the shore my sins may be in number, I will not quail, but think of Thee; Thy death, Thy sorrow, borne for me, Thy sufferings shall uphold me. I am a branch in Thee, the Vine, and hence the comfort borrow that Thou wilt surely keep me Thine through fear and pain and sorrow; and when I die, I die to Thee, Thy precious death hath won for me the life that never endeth.
C [spoken]: Amen.
First Reading – New Testament – Acts 15:36 - 16:12
The second missionary journey begins with the Holy Spirit’s guidance
36 Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.” 37 Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work. 39 Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus; 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
16:1 Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek. 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
11 Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days.
Second Reading – New Testament – Revelation 22: 12-21
The conclusion of God’s revelation to John
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
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.
Hymn 207: 1-3
Sermon Text – Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 5: 1-7
1 Now let me sing to my Well-beloved A song of my Beloved regarding His vineyard: My Well-beloved has a vineyard On a very fruitful hill.
2 He dug it up and cleared out its stones, And planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, And also made a winepress in it;
So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, But it brought forth wild grapes.
3 “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, Judge, please, between Me and My vineyard. 4 What more could have been done to My vineyard That I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, Did it bring forth wild grapes?
5 And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned; And break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. 6 I will lay it waste; It shall not be pruned or dug, But there shall come up briers and thorns. I will also command the clouds That they rain no rain on it.”
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, And the men of Judah are His pleasant plant. He looked for justice, but behold, oppression; For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.
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 207: 4-6
The Offering is collected / brought forward
Choir Selection – Our Paschal Lamb, That Sets Us Free
Our Paschal Lamb, that sets us free, Is sacrificed. O keep The feast of freedom gallantly; Let alleluias leap: Refrain: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Again Sing alleluia, cry aloud: Alleluia! Amen!
2. Let all our lives now celebrate The feast; let malice die. Let love grow strong anew, and great, Let truth stamp out the lie. Refrain
3. Let all our deeds, unanimous, Confess Him as our Lord Who by the Spirit lives in us, The Father’s living Word. Refrain
P: O Jesus Christ, our crucified and risen Lord,
C: accept our offerings of thanks and praise.
P: How great was Your devotion to the task of our redemption!
C: How totally unselfish was the sacrifice You made in our behalf!
P: You exchanged Your righteousness for our sins so that we can stand before our God unashamed and fully accepted.
C: In Your glorious resurrection we now find the certain hope of our own resurrection.
P: Forgive every occasion when we failed to trust You, to love You, to keep You in our thoughts, to serve You, to continue in Your Word, to pray to You, to praise You, or to witness about You to others.
C: Cover us with Your righteousness.
P: How it comforts us to know that You are our ever-living King who reigns supreme, hearing and answering our prayers, and causing all things to work for our good – yes, even those things that frighten and afflict us.
C: All praise to Your name in earth and heaven, precious Jesus. 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 189
CALENDAR and ANNOUNCEMENTS
TODAY >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.
>> LAST Sunday School sessions at both Trinity and Zion
Trinity – after church; Zion – at 10 a.m.
TUE-THU >> West Central Delegate Conference – Lakeland, CO
NEXT SUNDAY >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.
>> Sunday School sessions at both Trinity and Zion
Trinity – after church; Zion – at 10 a.m.
6/13-17 Mon-Fri Vacation Bible School at Trinity
IN OUR PRAYERS >> We thank the Lord for His blessings on bringing Briar Christine Krause into His family through baptism yesterday!
>> We also ask God’s blessings on those traveling to and participating in the West Central Delegate Conference in Lakeland, CO, this week!
PASTOR IS GONE THIS WEEK God willing I will be attending the delegate conference in Colorado. I will have my cell phone with me, so you are welcome to call if you have need – or you are welcome to contact one of our elders – Trinity: Myron Kuhlman (Tim Fuerstenau will also be in Colorado); Zion: Dan Krause, Garry Krause, Dennis Tramp.
THIS YEAR’S GRADUATES ARE... ? At the end of the school year it is our practice to ask God’s blessings on those in our congregations who are graduating from their various levels of education. So if you have graduated since last May, please let Pastor Krause know – thanks so much! Our special prayer in their honor will be next Sunday, May 29th.
VBS HELP NEEDED! These are areas we can use help in for our VBS (June 13-17). Teaching Bible stories, monitoring recess, being an “all around” helper, providing/serving snacks, anyone interested in handing out flyers in the community. If you can help in any other capacity, please see Collette or PK soon!
BRIDAL SHOWER INVITE! The women at Trinity and Zion are invited to a bridal shower honoring Kayla Dummann on Saturday, June 18th at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity. Kayla is registered at Target, or you can visit Kayla’s site on The Knot.
DAILY REST is a daily devotional booklet published by the CLC. It is available for the annual subscription cost of $15. A sample copy is available on the back table for you to look over. If you have not subscribed in the past but would like to start, please let Pastor Krause know by the end of Sunday, May 29th. Thanks so much!
CLC NEWS Undecided calls:
Pastor David Ude, Appleton, WI, to Lynnwood (Seattle) WA
Pastor John Hein, Fridley, MN, to Winter Haven, FL
>> From Paul and Melanie Dummann – “Thank you - thank you - thank you!! Thanks a lot to our Sunday School teachers for the past year. I know you spend time preparing the lessons for our students. You are there for them every Sunday. ‘Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.’ Our kids are our future. Jesus loves the little children – we must try to bring them up in the one true faith. Thanks also to our day school teacher. Our school has been operating 50 years - give or take a few. What a blessing for our children! ‘Only one life will soon be past – only what’s done for Christ will last!!’”
>> 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!
STATISTICS – week of May 15, 2022
Attendances- Zion: 27; SS: 5; Brookings BC: 7; Trinity: 39; SS: 5; Wed BC: 12
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. . . email@example.com cell:920-238-5775
Teacher Collette Krause . . firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 920-238-5132
Krause’s home: 886-6887 Church and School: 886-2976
Organists: Melanie Dummann, John Klatt, Rebecca Larson, Naomi Rehder
“SENT TO BANGLADESH”
Excerpts from Missionary Todd Ohlmann’s report on his recent trip
– to read more, and to see photographs, go to:
There are always a lot of ... frustrations involved with traveling and working in foreign mission fields. There are long days of travel and short, very hot, and sweaty nights in less than desirable sleeping conditions. There are the frustrations of working with different cultures and personalities and misunderstandings of customs and language. But there are days like yesterday when tears of joy get all wrapped up in the awe and wonder of seeing God's love at work in the hearts of those He died to save. When one can only bow your head in gratitude for the privilege of being called to work in His kingdom on this particular day, at this specific moment in time, in this far-flung place. Let me explain...
The next few days involved getting each day started with early morning worship at 6:30 am, followed by breakfast and pastoral training lessons at 8:00 am. I mentioned hot and sweaty nights earlier...that's because every night, the electricity would go out for most of the night and the weak (not really working) air-conditioning and ceiling fan along with it. Bangladesh is a sweltering and humid tropical climate that doesn't cool off much at night. Sound sleep was hard to come by. But the appreciation for our Savior's commitment to those dedicated individuals who came to the training always gladdens the heart and lifts one's spirits. During the training seminars, we worked our way through the book of Philippians, studied proper Biblical interpretation, discussed the work of the CLC Bd of Missions worldwide, and made plans to begin formal training for BLCM pastors, evangelists, elders, and Bible teachers. As is always the case, according to God's promise, it was a profitable few days spent in our Savior's word.
We traveled about 2 hours to a congregation I have visited before called Livingstone Lutheran Church. It is located in a very rural and secluded part of southern Bangladesh. The low-lying terrain can best be described as villages, and rice paddy land claimed from the river delta swamps that lead into the Bay of Bengal. Several very narrow raised roads are surrounded by channeled waterways and flooded rice-paddy land. Between the roads and rice paddies, there are small raised patches of ground where homes, small lean-to sheds, and barns have been built. Livingstone Lutheran Church is about an hour off the main road. Eventually, the roads became too narrow, uneven, and unstable, so we had to walk the last few kilometers. When we arrived at the church, we had to cross one of the waterways channeled through the swamp on a wobbly bamboo pole bridge to get to the church.
This is where the story of God's grace and mercy and His love for us gets really good...I was told that there would be a few baptisms, and there was one person who Pastor M.B. was really excited to baptize. The service began as usual, with a few people gathered to begin things with a lot of singing and drums and clapping as a call to worship. Gradually several individuals began to make their way into the church. They followed a liturgical form of worship with confession and absolution, prayers, confession of faith, etc., and then I was given the opportunity to preach. I had been told before when I was here that this was a primarily Hindu area of Bangladesh. The people here are impoverished and have been systematically marginalized by the Muslim majority national and regional governments that prioritize and benefit Muslims and deny rights and privileges to minority religions. (By the way, Bangladesh is about 95% Muslim, 3-4% Hindu, and Christianity represents less than 1%.) So, I was excited to preach on John 14:1-6, "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled...Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
Following the sermon, Pastor M.B. invited an older lady in the back of the church to come to the front for baptism. As she made her way through the crowd of people sitting cross-legged on the floor, you could see that she was very emotional. By the time she made it to the front, she was sobbing and laid her head in the arms of Pastor M.B. I later found out from M.B. that this woman had heard and resisted the Gospel/Jesus for several years. But just in the past few months, she began to listen and ask questions and was finally brought to faith by the Holy Spirit. I can only imagine what this woman must have been feeling at that moment as she was about to have her sins washed away in the water and word of Baptism! Her whole life had been spent worshiping the idols of Hinduism. She had been treated as a second-class citizen and denied fundamental human rights by neighbors and government alike. She had carried the burden of her sins as she tried hopelessly to follow the tenants of Hinduism, hoping to die and be reincarnated into a better station in life, based on her attempts to be a better person to affect her "karma." But now, finally, she had come to know the love of Jesus and His sacrifice that paid for her sins, gave her a new life, and provided her with forgiveness, salvation, and an eternal home in Heaven. And all of this was His free gift to her, not based on what she had done for God, but instead on His love for sinners and what His only Son had done for her and for all on the cross! It's no wonder she was filled with emotion and overcome with tears of joy on this particular day, at this specific time! I was overcome as well and couldn't hold back the tears at this moment. They were tears of joy for this woman and tears of praise for my Savior, and tears of gratitude for the privilege of being there to witness God's grace and mercy in action. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!