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 6th Sunday after Easter (Ascension celebrated) – May 24, 2020

Organists: Melanie Dummann, Naomi Fuerstenau, 
John Klatt, Rebecca LarsonWelcome!


“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18)

as printed in this bulletin


To prepare for worship read Hymn 214 in The Lutheran Hymnal

The bell calls us for worship


Opening Prayer
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 737


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 218: 1-3


1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, 16 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; 17 for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.”
18 (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. 19 And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
‘Let his dwelling place be desolate,   And let no one live in it’;
and,   ‘Let another take his office.’

21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
23 And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen 25 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” 26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.


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!  

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 218:4-6


Sermon Text – Key Chapters of the Bible – Acts 1

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 223

The Offering is brought forward


Responsive Prayer
P: O Jesus Christ, most merciful re-ascended Lord, we praise You, our glorious Prince and Savior, for the victory You won in our behalf over death, the devil, sin, and hell,
C: and that You rose again from the dead to be glorified at God’s right hand in heaven.
P: From the depths of our hearts come inexpressible thanks
C: for all that Your great love and humility have done for us!
P: You have led captivity captive, freeing us from sin,
C: and delivering us from eternal death!
P: O everlasting King, great is our need of Your love and mercy
C: and of Your continual help in these evil times.
P: It is our confidence that if we will but seek You by faith, we shall find You, for You have promised to be always with us
C: and to hear and answer our prayers.
P: Therefore be to us the complete cure for our sins, our protector in peril,
C: our source of supply in time of need, our deliverer in temptations,
P: our strength for every trial and temptation, our guide in times of confusion,
C: and finally, our redeemer from death.
P: Be our comfort and our support until Your glorious reappearing turns the yearning of our weary hearts
C: to everlasting songs of joy!
P: Through the Holy Spirit’s gracious power and indwelling, may we be given a victorious faith and hearts so filled with Your love
C: that we be led to live full and complete Christian lives to Your praise and glory.
P: How glorious beyond comparison it is for us sinners to be able to lay claim to Your promises by faith,
C: and to know that You forgive our sins, hear our prayers, fill our lives with good things, and crown our faith with eternal life!
P: Oh, count not our sins against us, but clothe us with Your perfect righteousness before Your Father in heaven;
C: and intercede for us at His throne of grace.
P: To You, O glorious and powerful and always gracious Lord, our Prince and Savior,
C: be everlasting honor and praise!  Amen.
P: any special requests...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.


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.C [spoken]: Amen.


Closing Hymn – 215




THIS WEEK >> adult instruction continues
TODAY >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.
    >> Ascension celebrated at Trinity and Zion
NEXT SUNDAY – PENTECOST!  >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.
       >> we will also be celebrating our Trinity/Zion graduates!


06/07 (Sun) Trinity Sunday
06/8-10 (Mon-Wed) CLC Boards meet at ILC
06/8-12 (Mon-Fri) Zion/Trinity members only VBS at Trinity
07/21-23 (Tue-Thu) West Central Delegate Conference - Denver, CO
07/30-08/02 (Thu-Sun) CLC Convention - ILC - Eau Claire, WI


GRADUATES! On May 31 we will celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduates; please let Pastor Krause know about yours!


VBS THIS YEAR At their meeting last Sunday, Trinity’s school board discussed various options regarding VBS this year and decided to welcome only those youngsters who are members at Trinity and Zion.


CHURCH PICNIC – Trinity’s school board also discussed our annual church picnic/service – currently Memorial Park’s shelters are closed; updates are posted weekly – we will keep you informed of any plans when things open up!


KEY BIBLE CHAPTERS!  This comes as a reminder that our worship service readings and sermons will focus on key chapters of the Bible. 


NEIGHBORING PASTOR INSTALLATION!   Cory Drehle, who graduated from seminary this year, will be installed as the new pastor at Berea in Sioux Falls, SD, in a special afternoon service on June 14. Pastor Krause will be conducting the service.


CLC NEWS   Undecided calls:
Pastor Paul Tiefel, Sr, Eau Claire, WI, to Bowdle/Ipswich, SD
Teacher Quinn Sprengeler, Seattle, WA, to West Columbia, SC
Returned calls:
Teacher Dan Barthels, Saginaw, MI, to Cheyenne, WY
Teacher Neil Bernthal, Winter Haven, FL, to Mankato, MN
Pastor Mike Gurath, Phoenix, AZ, to Lemmon, SD


>> “Dear members of Trinity,  Once again this past year, you have supported our school with your prayers, words of encouragement, and financial ability to stay open.  Thank you for the opportunity to share Jesus daily with the students.  It is a joy and privilege to work among you.” CK
Alice Krause: “Thank you for letting us go to school here.”
Ruthanna Larson: “To Trinity Church -  Thank you for helping us learn to write and get stuff.  And learn all kinds of stuff.”


ATTENDANCES 05/17 – Trinity: 44; Zion: 12

Lutheran Church

Pastor Paul Krause

(605) 886-2976

1800 E Kemp Ave

Watertown, SD 57201

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