17TH SUNDAY after TRINITY SUNDAY OCTOBER 1, 2023
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH WATERTOWN, SD
“Here may we gain from heaven the grace which we implore, And may that grace, once given, Be with us evermore Until that day When all the blest To endless rest Are called away.” (TLH 465:4)
ORDER for WORSHIP
To prepare for worship – read Hymn 466
The bell calls us for worship
P: Dear Savior Jesus, we praise You for Your grace and mercy which led You to give Yourself as a sacrifice for our sins. Come to us today in Your Word and in the Lord’s Supper that we may learn from You and find rest for our souls. Amen.
P: We begin in the name of our Triune God:
C: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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.
ALL: 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.
First Scripture Reading – NT Epistle – 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Members of the body of Christ
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
Second Scripture Reading – NT Epistle – Romans 12:3-8
Various gifts given by God to His body
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Hymn 477: 1, 3
Today’s Sermon Theme – MEMBERSHIP
Offering is brought forward
P: O God the Father, You are the loving Creator of all things in heaven and earth. You are over all, supreme and almighty in Your sustaining power.
C: We bow before You and offer to You our praise and prayers.
P: Look in mercy on Your Church, O God,
C: and grant that we and all believers may keep in peace and love the unity which You give.
P: Give to us an abiding sense of our oneness in faith in Christ, in repentance for sin, in knowledge of Bible teaching,
C: and in obedience to all of Your revealed will.
P: Bless our nation, that throughout our land people may worship
C: and serve You in spirit and truth.
P: Be the Guardian of all our families, dear Lord. Enable all parents to give their children a godly example, loving discipline, and wise spiritual counsel.
C: May the words we use in our homes be such that build up each family member in faith and trust toward You.
P: O God, work Your healing power for the blessing of all those who are sick and afflicted.
C: Hear their cry and remember them in Your mercy, lifting them up by the power of Your Spirit.
P: Show Yourself to them as a very present help in trouble.
C: Increase their trust in You, through the love of Your Son Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
P: any special prayers there may be will be offered here...
P: What do we mean when we pray, “Our Father, who art in heaven?”
ALL: With these words God tenderly encourages us to believe that He is our true Father and we are His true children, so that we may ask Him boldly and with complete confidence as dear children ask their dear father.
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.
Hymn 750: 1-2
OF HOLY BAPTISM
Dillon Carter Wiste – August 24, 2023
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
1 Peter 3
20...in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ...
1) What is baptism?
A: Baptism is not just plain water. It is water used by God’s command and connected with God’s Word.
2) What are the benefits of baptism?
A: Baptism works the forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe, as the words and promises of God declare.
3) How can water do such great things?
A: The water doesn’t actually do anything by itself. The power is in God’s Word, which is with the water, and the faith which trusts this Word of God in the water.
Without the Word of God it is just plain water, and there is no baptism. But with the Word of God it really is a baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and washing of rebirth through the Holy Spirit.
4) What is the meaning of this baptism with water?
A: It means that the old Adam in us should be drowned by daily contrition and repentance and die with all sins and evil desires. It also means that a new Man should daily appear and arise, who lives eternally before God in righteousness and purity.
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 750: 3-4
NEW MEMBER AT TRINITY
“We welcome you in Jesus’ name!”
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
P: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night He was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
COMMUNION DISTRIBUTION – Hymn 315
Communicant members of Zion or Trinity Lutheran Church or of a sister CLC congregation are invited to come forward. For more information regarding the Lord’s Supper, please see the “Note” box below. You are also welcome to speak with the pastor after the service. Thank you!
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 469: 4
Note to Visitors about Holy Communion at Trinity and Zion today
Holy Communion is rightly called a ‘Sacrament’ because it is a “sacred act;” not in what WE do for Christ, but in what Christ does for US! Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity (1 Corinthians 1:10; 10:16-17 Romans 16:17-18), we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith with us by membership at Trinity or Zion or another CLC church come forward to receive the Sacrament. This is not a judgment of anyone’s faith, but rather an expression of ours. Please speak with the pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions. We’d love to have you!
STATISTICS – week of September 24, 2023
Trinity: 44; SS: 5; Wed BC: 14
Zion: 27; SS: (video); Brookings BC: 8
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 www.clclutheran.org
Pastor Paul Krause. . . email@example.com cell:920-238-5775
Teacher Collette Krause . . firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 920-238-5132
Church and School: 886-2976
Organists: John Klatt, Rebecca Larson, Naomi Rehder
CALENDAR and ANNOUNCEMENTS
TODAY >> Zion: 8:30 a.m.; Trinity: 10:30 a.m.
>> Sunday School – Zion: after church; Trinity at 9:20 a.m.
BAPTISM at Trinity – Dillon Carter Wiste
>> Special VOTERS’ MEETING after church today at Trinity
>> ALL ARE INVITED to a meal after church at Trinity
TUE >> Trinity Ladies’ Aid meeting – 6:00 p.m.
WED >> Trinity Bible Class – 7:00 p.m.
NEXT SUNDAY >> Zion: 8:30 a.m.; Trinity: 10:30 a.m.
Holy Communion ONLY at Trinity
>> Sunday School – Zion after church; Trinity at 9:20 a.m.
NEW MEMBER! After finishing instruction class with Pastor Krause, Sarah Wiste is becoming a communicant member at Trinity today. “We welcome her in Jesus’ name!”
BAPTISM – THIS AFTERNOON Plans are to have Pastor Krause baptize Claire Margaret Tramp at Derek/Liz Tramp’s home at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. May God’s blessings be with Claire as He brings her in as a member of His family by faith!
MEAL TODAY AT TRINITY All are invited to stay for a meal after church today at Trinity, celebrating Dillon Wiste’s baptism.
>> We thank the Lord for bringing Sonja Bettendorf safely through knee replacement surgery, and ask that He would continue to bless her recovery!
>> 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!
UPCOMING SERMONS What follows is a listing of Scriptural themes/topics we will be addressing in upcoming sermons in these next weeks: >> Fellowship >> Friendship >> Kinship >> Headship
UPDATE ON KATE SAUERS Pastor Rob Sauers, Winter Haven, FL, sends the following about his wife’s cancer diagnosis... A few days later than expected, but we now know what we're dealing with. Kate has ALK-positive anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. From what everyone working on this has said, this is a much better diagnosis than breast cancer would have been, so in the realm of bad news, this is good news. Kate had a port put in Monday and was released from the hospital yesterday. She has two appointments on Friday, one with her regular doctor to check on the infection that was the first symptom of all of this, and then a meeting with the oncologist. As long as the infection clears up sufficiently, we expect that chemo will start on Monday. We'll have more of a timeline on Friday. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us in the past week. In the whirlwind of things that have been going on, we haven't responded to many of you personally, but know that we so much appreciate the Scripture passages you have shared with us along with your prayers. Please keep us in your prayers as embark on this journey. We'll probably set something up on caringbridge as an easy way to keep everyone updated. I'll let you know once that's created.
CLC NEWS Undecided call:
Pastor Neal Radichel, Mankato, MN, to Messiah, Eau Claire, WI
Pastor Terrel Kesterson, Addison, IL, to Iron River AND Marquette, MI
NOMINATIONS FOR IMMANUEL 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 Mark Kranz at the end of the 2023-24 academic year. The position would be best served by someone who is teacher trained and has the ability to teach high school (if nominee is male or female) and college classes (if nominee is male) primarily in social studies (history/geography), elementary education methods, and other potential disciplines commencing with the 2024-25 academic year. Those submitting nominations would need to 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, 2023 (letters postmarked November 10, 2023) to: Mr. James Burkhardt; 217 Windy Lane; Rockwall, TX 75087; email: email@example.com.
NOMINATION FOR ILC PRESIDENT The Board of Regents invites nominations for the office of President of Immanuel Lutheran College. The current term of Professor Daniel Schierenbeck concludes on June 30, 2024. All pastors, professors, male teachers, and voting members of member congregations of the CLC are entitled to nominate a man from the faculty of Immanuel Lutheran College to serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2024. Nominations are to be received by email or letter no later than midnight November 20, 2023 (letters postmarked November 10, 2023) to: Mr. James Burkhardt; 217 Windy Lane; Rockwall, TX 75087; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCTOBER 2023 CLC MISSIONS PRAYER LIST The latest edition is out – printed copies are available on the back table, and the prayer list will also be posted on our web site and sent to your e-mail address.
CLC MISSIONS/MISSIONARIES ONLINE INFORMATION
To keep up on our CLC missionaries, and to learn more of our overseas brethren, go to lutheranmissions.org
>> for the blogs posted by Bruce Naumann or Todd Ohlmann, scroll down and click on either Naumann’s or Ohlmann’s photo
TOOLS OF THE TRADE Posted by Missionary Bruce Naumann on Monday, September 25, 2023...Greetings from Wittenberg Seminary in Arusha, Tanzania. I'd like to share some specific blessings the LORD has provided here in the past few weeks. We are now past the one-month mark since Paula has joined me here in Africa. We are adjusting well to the surroundings and enjoying our day-to-day life in this community, even though we have been challenged with nearly daily power outages that have lasted between four and ten hours. Our seven seminary students and the Wittenberg faculty are hard at work as we prepare the men for service in our LORD's kingdom. There are 8 weeks left for this last semester of the year. Wittenberg Seminary is developing a website which includes an academic catalog, a student handbook, and an application form for enrollment. The students have benefitted from some recent improvements, including rechargeable battery lighting for when the power goes out, as well as wall mounted desks and shelving for their small dormitory rooms.
Each of the students also received a new Swahili Bible and Bible cover.
The men are very thankful for these "tools of the trade" to assist in their studies for the pastoral ministry. This fall I have the opportunity to speak "live" via remote video call with several CLC churches for their mission festivals. I have also made a narrated video of the same presentation. I give thanks to God that many hearts have been moved to support our CLC missions program, through your offerings and with your prayers. Through these, along with the efforts of our Board of Missions, our LORD is blessing us with the needed "tools of the trade" for operating Wittenberg Seminary.
EXCERPTS FROM THE CURRENT MISSION PRAYER LIST
Myanmar (Southeast Asia) – A recent email was received from Pastor Thang letting us know that Pastor Kham was injured by bomb shrapnel from an early morning attack near the CLC-Myanmar headquarters and orphanage. He was treated for head and shoulder injuries and is expected to be released soon. There was also an incident with Pastor Kham's wife, Huai. As military forces stopped and interrogated her as she returned from the market, they searched her phone. They found chats and memes critical of the Junta. She was arrested and spent a few days in jail while Pastors Thang and Kham went to friends and relatives to borrow money for her release. She is safely home now, but they now have approx. $1000 in debt. Thank the Lord for sparing the life of our brother in Christ, and ask for strength and courage as he heals. Pray for strength and courage for Haui as she deals with the emotional and physical trauma of her arrest. Pray for the children Pastor Kham and Haui care for as they live in constant fear of military attack and now also the fear of losing those who love and care for them. Continue to Pray especially for our brothers and sisters in Christ that our Savior will give them strength, comfort, courage, and boldness during these difficult times and that He will provide for all their needs. Thank the Lord for moving the hearts of His children to give generously to the needs of others through their offerings and prayers.
The Philippines (Southeast Asia) – Pastor Andrew Schaller (CLC Bd of Doctrine Secretary) continues the colloquy with Pastor Jordan Palangyos and the Lutheran Autonomous Mission in the Philippines (LAMP) via email correspondence. Pray that the Lord will bless the colloquy and that this will lead to a God-pleasing unity of faith and teaching. Ask the Lord to provide opportunities and all that is necessary for Pastor Jordan to continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ!