“Grace to you and peace be multiplied!” 1 Peter 1:2


NINTH SUNDAY after TRINITY             AUGUST 1, 2021




To prepare for worship – read Hymn 296

The bell calls us for worship


Opening Prayer
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.


Hymn 550: 1-2, 5-6


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.

ALL: O almighty God, merciful Father, I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess to You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray that of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son Jesus Christ, You will be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

P: Upon this your confession, by virtue of my office as a called servant of the Word, I announce the grace of God to all of you, and in the place and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Scripture Reading – Old Testament – 2 Kings 4: 38-44
It is not just in the New Testament that we find a miracle recorded in which many were fed with little (see today’s sermon text from John!) – but also here in the Old Testament where the Lord blessed His people through His prophet Elisha – keeping them alive by saving them from poisonous gourds and by multiplying the 20 loaves from the man from Baal Shalisha...
38 And Elisha returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. Now the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.” 39 So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were. 40 Then they served it to the men to eat. Now it happened, as they were eating the stew, that they cried out and said, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it.
41 So he said, “Then bring some flour.” And he put it into the pot, and said, “Serve it to the people, that they may eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.
42 Then a man came from Baal Shalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley bread, and newly ripened grain in his knapsack. And he said, “Give it to the people, that they may eat.”
43 But his servant said, “What? Shall I set this before one hundred men?”
He said again, “Give it to the people, that they may eat; for thus says the Lord: ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’ ” 44 So he set it before them; and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.


Scripture Reading – New Testament Epistle – Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16
In our text Paul emphasizes that Christians are to desire unity and “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” That means being “humble and gentle.” We need to “be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  Jesus has given the Church public ministers of the Gospel ("pastors and teachers"). The ultimate purpose of their work is that the Church might “reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature.” This unity is reached in God’s Church through a faithful proclamation of the truth, the Word of God, the Bread of Life.
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. ...
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.


P: Blessed are they who hear and treasure God’s Word! Hallelujah!

ALL SING: Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

ALL: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.       And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, By whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven And was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary And was made man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, And sits at the right hand of the Father; And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead; whose kingdom will have no end.    And I believe in the Holy Spirit, The Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets.  And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, And I look for the resurrection of the dead, And the life of the world to come.  Amen.


Hymn 312: 1-2


Sermon Text – New Testament Gospel – John 6: 1-15

1 After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. 3 And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.
4 Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. 5 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” 6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.


Sermon Theme: “Leave it to...”

Hymn 312: 3-4


The Offering is collected and brought forward


Responsive Prayer

P: Almighty and everlasting God, You search all hearts, know all thoughts, and see all things, both evil and good.
C: Grant us, as we approach the throne of Your grace, true humility and sorrow over our sins.
P: We beseech You, Lord – do not remember the sins of our youth or our many transgressions, but according to Your tender mercy pardon our iniquity
C: on account of Jesus Christ, Your only-begotten Son.
P: Graciously give to us a true understanding of Your Word, so that we may be guided in every facet of our lives,
C: and that we may clearly see the path to everlasting life.
P: Keep before us the warning and encouragement of the Holy Scriptures. Enable us to learn, by the examples we find in the Bible,
C: what things You would have us do.
P: Help us to keep Your commandments with joy, so that we may do the work You have given us to do while it is day,
C: before the night comes when no one can work.

P: Dear Father, glorify Your name in all the earth, and send forth willing workers to proclaim the Gospel of reconciliation with wisdom, love, and boldness,
C: so that great numbers out of every nation shall trust alone in Christ and be saved.

P: Keep our country and people within Your care, that honor and honesty, truth and integrity may be upheld,
C: and that all lawlessness, wickedness, and rebellion may be put down.
P: In particular we pray for our elected officials and all who bear responsibility for our government, that they may be endowed with wisdom that is in accord with Your will. Guard and defend our homes, that parents may be kept in the bonds of love and godliness,
C: and may raise their children well, nourishing them in truth and righteousness.

P: We pray for all who may be ill in body or mind, for all who may be in danger of body or soul, for all who may be in distress and confusion,
C: and especially for those who suffer persecution because of their Christian faith.
P: Lord, be present with them in their affliction, show them the comfort of Your presence, and grant them relief
C: according to Your good and gracious will.

P: Heavenly Father, You did not spare Your own Son
C: but gave Him up for us all.
P: According to Your mercy grant these and all other needs that You see in our hearts.
C: We ask it in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ.  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 ... 

ALL SING: For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the
glory forever and ever.  Amen.

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.”


The peace of the Lord be with you always! Amen.

O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world.
Have mercy upon us!
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world.
Have mercy on us!
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world.
Grant us Your peace! Amen!

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 box on page 10, and/or please speak with the pastor after the service.  Thank you!

ALL SING: Lord, now You let Your servant depart in peace according to Your word.  For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Your people Israel.


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 – 659

Note to Visitors about Holy Communion
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 Zion or Trinity 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!



THIS WEEK >> Trinity elders will be meeting
TODAY >> Zion: 9 a.m.; Trinity: 11 a.m. Trinity Sunday
   >> Lord’s Supper celebrated at both congregations
  >> Refreshments are available at Trinity’s kitchen counter if you can stay!
    >> Trinity School Board meets after church
TUE >> Trinity Ladies’ Aid meeting at church – 7 p.m.
NEXT SUNDAY >> Zion: 9 a.m.; Trinity: 11 a.m.
     >> Lord’s Supper at Trinity only


8/22    Zion/Trinity – Education Sunday
8/22    ILC Opening Service – 3:00 p.m. (first day of school – August 23)
8/30    Trinity Lutheran School (4th grade) first day
8/31    Trinity Lutheran School (1st grade) first day
9/12 Sun   TENTATIVE - Trinity organ dedication/mortgage burning??
9/17-19        CLC Western Women’s Retreat – Chadron State Park, NE
9/_?_    Mission Festival Sunday (guest speaker – Pastor J. Schnose - Morris, MN)
9/7-9    West Central Pastoral Conference - Sioux Falls, SD


TRINITY SCHOOL AIDES?  Collette appreciates and always welcomes more help in the classroom. Would you be able to this school year? Perhaps you could listen to a child read, give spelling words for practice or tests, gather and direct art projects, supervise an occasional recess.... If you have interest and free time in your week, please talk to her personally.  It could be as short as 30 minutes once a week or as frequently as a daily time slot. Thank you for considering – and thank you for the support and prayers offered all year!


CLC CONVENTION IN TEN MINUTES Starting next Sunday we will be dedicating ten minutes after church to our delegates relating the goings-on at the CLC Convention. NOTE: This “10 minutes” was meant to start today, but is postponed due to the School Board needing to meet today.


PASSING THE PLATE Starting today at Trinity we will return to our custom of passing the collection plate for taking the offering.


TRINITY REFRESHMENTS We make refreshments available after church at Trinity for those who are able to or interested in staying to visit after church. Anyone is welcome to sign up and bring refreshments if you can – please sign up on the sheet in the kitchen by the telephone – thanks so much!


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.


>> 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!


ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Pastor Tom Schuetze writes... St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lakewood, Colorado, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the dedication of its worship facility on Sunday, August 29. All former members and friends of the congregation are invited to be part of this celebration of thanksgiving to the Lord. Pastor Delwyn Maas of Mapleton, North Dakota – a former pastor of the congregation – will serve as guest speaker for the occasion. The celebration service will be at 3:00 pm. A meal and fellowship time will follow.


Undecided calls:
Becky McKenney to Valentine, NE
Pastor Mike Gurath, Phoenix, AZ, to St. Louis, MO
Recently colloquized Pastor Luke Willitz to Cheyenne, WY
Pastor Mark Tiefel, Seattle, WA, to Eden Prairie, MN
Matthew Kranz to Immanuel Lutheran, Mankato, MN
Accepted call:
Greta Brown-Kempenaar, Markesan, WI, music/pre-school aid one year
Synodical appointment:
Pastor Mark Bernthal will be retiring within the year, and has asked to be released from the CLC Board of Doctrine; CLC President Mike Eichstadt has appointed Pastor Frank Gantt to replace him.


WOMEN’S RETREAT WEST Plans are being made for the 2021 Women’s Retreat West.  The dates are September 17-19, 2021, at Chadron State Park near Chadron, Nebraska. Questions? Please feel free to contact Colleen Kalblinger (womensretreatwest@gmail.com) or Candy Ohlmann (ocandice@hotmail.com)  We look forward to welcoming you back to Nebraska for a weekend of Christian inspiration, fun, and fellowship.


Zion Lutheran Church    Hidewood Township, SD – 9:00 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church           Watertown, SD – 11:00 a.m.
Members:     Church of the Lutheran Confession      www.clclutheran.org
Pastor Paul Krause. . . parsonpaulkrause@gmail.com cell:920-238-5775
Teacher Collette Krause . . collettekrause@gmail.com   cell: 920-238-5132
Krause’s home: 886-6887                                  Church and School: 886-2976
Organists: Melanie Dummann, John Klatt, Rebecca Larson, Naomi Rehder