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. . . email@example.com. .cell 920-238-5775
Teacher Collette Krause . . cell: 920-238-5132
Krause’s home: 886-6887 Church and School: 886-2976
8th Sunday after Trinity – August 2, 2020 –
Organists: Melanie Dummann, Naomi Fuerstenau, John Klatt, Rebecca Larson
“The Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s.” (1 Samuel 17:47)
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!
ORDER for COMMUNION SERVICE
To prepare for worship read Hymn 445 in the hymnal
The bell calls us for worship
P: O Lord, our Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter, we are assembled in Your presence to hear Your Holy Word. We pray You so to open our hearts by Your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of Your Word we may be taught to repent of our sins, to believe in Jesus in life and in death, and to grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Opening Hymn 451
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
ALL SING: Amen.
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.
ALL SING: Amen.
Hymn – 444: 1, 4
Today’s Bible Chapter – 1 Samuel 17
David and Goliath
1 Now the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle, and were gathered at Sochoh, which belongs to Judah; they encamped between Sochoh and Azekah, in Ephes Dammim. 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and they encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in battle array against the Philistines. 3 The Philistines stood on a mountain on one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side, with a valley between them.
4 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. 7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him. 8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, whose name was Jesse, and who had eight sons. And the man was old, advanced in years, in the days of Saul. 13 The three oldest sons of Jesse had gone to follow Saul to the battle. The names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 14 David was the youngest. And the three oldest followed Saul. 15 But David occasionally went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.
16 And the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening.
17 Then Jesse said to his son David, “Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp. 18 And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them.” 19 Now Saul and they and all the men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.
20 So David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, and took the things and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the camp as the army was going out to the fight and shouting for the battle. 21 For Israel and the Philistines had drawn up in battle array, army against army. 22 And David left his supplies in the hand of the supply keeper, ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers. 23 Then as he talked with them, there was the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, coming up from the armies of the Philistines; and he spoke according to the same words. So David heard them. 24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid. 25 So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.”
26 Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
27 And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.”
28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”
29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” 30 Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did.
31 Now when the words which David spoke were heard, they reported them to Saul; and he sent for him. 32 Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
38 So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.
40 Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine. 41 So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. 43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.
And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 52 Now the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines as far as the entrance of the valley and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell along the road to Shaaraim, even as far as Gath and Ekron. 53 Then the children of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their tents. 54 And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.
55 When Saul saw David going out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is this youth?”
And Abner said, “As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.”
56 So the king said, “Inquire whose son this young man is.”
57 Then, as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?”
So David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.”
P: Here ends the reading.
Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and keep it! Hallelujah!
ALL SING: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
CONFESSION OF FAITH – THE NICENE CREED
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 453: 1-3
Sermon Theme - The Battle is the Lord’s!
Hymn 453: 4
The Offering is brought forward
P: Heavenly Father, we are constantly assailed by the forces of evil
C: which seek to destroy our souls.
P: In his bold attacks Satan not only tries to make us ashamed of the Gospel and too timid to confess our Savior;
C: his objective is to rob us of our faith altogether.
P: With deep guile and cunning he tries to snare our hearts with worldly cares and subtle schemes for happiness
C: and to cloud our minds with doubt and confusion regarding Your Word.
P: He seems never to tire in his wily efforts to lead us away from the godly path of righteousness
C: to the ways of sin.
P: As the father of lies he delights in sowing seeds of discord and suspicion
C: especially among us believers.
P: Dear God, in Your Word You promise that if we resist the devil
C: he will flee from us.
P: You have admonished us to take up the shield of faith
C: with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
P: We implore You, therefore, to bless our hearts richly with Your grace through the Holy Spirit,
C: giving us a strong faith and an overwhelming love for our Savior.
P: Only then will we be able to rout Satan from our lives,
C: and turn away his temptation from our hearts.
P: Protect us at all times, lest Satan snatch the Word of salvation from us
C: and bring us to unbelief and despair.
P: By Your Spirit keep us steadfast and true to Your Word, causing us to search it diligently in private study
C: and to give prayerful attention to it when it is preached and taught.
P: Nourish and strengthen our faith by Your Word, and cause the instruction, guidance, and the encouragement it gives
C: to produce rich fruits in our lives.
P: Forgive the times when we lost the good fight
C: and fell into sin.
P: Forgive and renew us, strengthen and sustain us
C: until we finally enter the Kingdom of Glory in heaven.
P: Make Your Word powerful to save wherever it is proclaimed that more and more souls be won for Christ and rescued from Satan.
C: For Jesus’ sake we ask it. Amen.
P: Any special requests – and then we join to pray the words Jesus taught us to pray:
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.
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.”
The peace of the Lord be with you always!
ALL SING: Amen.
ALL SING: O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us Your peace. Amen.
COMMUNION DISTRIBUTION – Hymn 447, etc. as needed
Communicant members of Trinity or Zion Lutheran Church or of a sister CLC congregation are invited to come forward. For more information regarding the Lord’s Supper, please see page 1 of this bulletin, or 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.
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 45
CALENDAR and ANNOUNCEMENTS
THIS WEEK >> adult instruction classes continue
TODAY >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.
>> there will be communion at both services
MON >> Pastoral Study Conference – Mapleton (Fargo), ND
NEXT SUNDAY – >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.
>> there will be communion ONLY at Trinity
Sept 8-10 (Tue-Thu) West Central Pastoral Conference - Cheyenne, WY
>> Mortgage burning/organ dedication – date to be determined
>> Education Sunday – date to be determined (Aug/Sept)
>> Mission Festival Sunday – date to be determined (Sept/Oct)
A COUPLE NOTES FROM TRINITY’S VOTERS’ MEETING When the “unapproved” minutes are printed from last week’s meeting, PK will make all the materials from the meeting available to our membership - you will be receiving them either via e-mail or in your mailbox at church. Here are a couple things:
>> Nick and Katherine Moffenbier and their daughter Avery were accepted as members via transfer from St. John’s Lutheran of Okabena, MN.
>> Trustees things: they will be looking into/working on putting new (brighter) lighting in the church sanctuary; the carpets in the church/school will be professionally cleaned.
>> The voters have set up a “Parking Lot Fund” at Trinity. The trustees reported that to pave the parking lot (up to the orange flags in our lot) would cost as follows:
concrete: between $95,000.00 and $120,000.00
blacktop: about $80,000.00
The voters also decided to take $10,000.00 from the General Fund and put it into this new “Parking Lot Fund” as seed money. Future action on this project will be revisited at future meetings.
THIS IS MEANT TO BE A SURPRISE!! Retired pastor/foreign missionary Dave and Mary Koenig were married on August 8, 1970, so they will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on August 8th. If anyone would like to send them a card, I am sure they would really enjoy hearing from their friends. Their address is: Dave & Mary Koenig, 130 Parkwood Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170
UPDATE ON THE FIRE AT GRACE IN FRIDLEY The following was in Grace’s bulletin last Sunday (July 26)... Fire Update This Week:
>> Pastor and his family moved back into the parsonage this past Monday.
>> The carpets in the parsonage and the school were cleaned. Some carpets in the classrooms and school hallway will need to be replaced due to soot that got tracked in by the firefighters.
>> An inventory was taken of all the items in the garage, separating those that belong to the church from those that belong to the Heins. Some items will be cleaned and returned. But most items were damaged due to smoke or by being burned. Everything was removed this past Friday.
>> During the move on Friday, the items in the attic of the garage were removed. This is an area that had not yet been inspected. Many things, especially desks and tables, were burned quite badly. By appearances, the floor of the attic is compromised. We are quite fortunate that the fire damage did not lead to the attic floor collapsing to accelerate further fire.
>> Pastor’s and Janelle’s clothes were cleaned and returned on Friday.
MAN UP! WEEKEND Pastor Nathanael Mayhew sends the following...
The 2020 ManUp! Men's Retreat will be held September 24-27, 2020, at beautiful Wyalusing State Park near Prairie du Chien, WI, about an hour south of La Crosse. ManUp! offers strength and encouragement for men 18 and older for their personal faith, family, and fellowship at church. The weekend will include Bible study, fellowship, leadership training, team building, relationship building, worship, and many outdoor bonding activities. The cost is $75, including lodging and meals. You can register at this link: wwww.tinyurl.com/manup-2020. Visit our website, www.manup.clclutheran.org, for more information, pictures of previous “ManUp” weekends, and reviews of those who have attended in the past.
ILC MAINTENANCE POSITION AVAILABLE A full-time position has opened in the maintenance department of ILC following the faithful service of John Fox. In service to the LORD and for the welfare of our students, the responsibilities include: 1) the maintenance and improvement of the grounds and roads on the campus (e.g., mowing, tree trimming, plowing, road repair, etc.); 2) the repair, maintenance, and improvements of the buildings on the campus (e.g., equipment maintenance, plumbing, electrical, furnace and boiler care, building improvements, furniture repair, etc.); and 3) being available for certain scheduled 'on call' evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. Those who are interested may contact Prof. Dan Schierenbeck (firstname.lastname@example.org/660.864.9231) who can provide more details along with compensation. Applications will start being reviewed on August 15, 2020.
CLC NEWS (including updated incorrect info from last Sunday...)
Marie Muehlenhaupt, upper grade teacher, Markesan, WI, one year
Ann Sprengeler/Marie Muehlenhaupt, co-principals, Markesan, WI, 1 yr
Pastor Stefan Sonnenfeld, St. Louis, MO, to Bowdle/Ipswich, SD
ILC BUILDING FUND PAID OFF – AND THEN SOME! We have received some INCREDIBLE news! As is announced in the CLC Coordinating Council report, a substantial financial gift of approximately $2 MILLION was recently given by a CLC member to the CLC, designated for the ILC Building Fund. This special gift completely paid off the entire Academic Center AND North Hall mortgage balance (which as of the end of June 2020 was at $1.05 million!) AND provided approximately $1 million for a future building project. What a blessing the Lord has provided!
FUTURE ILC BUILDING PLANS? CLC President Mike Eichstadt has appointed a Planning Committee to “do initial work on an ILC campus building proposal for the 2021 Convention. The committee may spend up to $40,000.00.” The Committee is using the 2006 ILC Long-Range Planning Committee's 134 page report as its starting point.
In recent years some have wondered what the next ILC building project will be. An updated and expanded gym? A dedicated Chapel? The 2006 Planning Committee did some work in that area. Since the current gym’s footprint could not accommodate the space requirements of the new gym, the 2006 Planning Committee recommendation was to build a new gym to the south of the Commons (in the area between the Commons, slab, and amphitheater) and to completely renovate the existing fieldhouse to house functions like morning chapel, mass choir and band practices, plays, musicals, CLC GPC and conventions, storage, etc. Look for more details to be announced in the future.
Whatever the current Planning Committee may recommend to the 2021 Convention, we recognize this as just one more example of how, "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). Thank the LORD for his bounty, and for the fruits of faith in our CLC members!
TRIP TO ISRAEL STILL ON! A group trip to Israel, which has been planned for January 2021, is still scheduled and is now less than six months away. The dates are set for January 13-22, 2021 with a possible three day extension to Jordan for those who are interested. We currently have 17 members of CLC congregations registered for the trip, and over a dozen more have expressed an interest. The tour company is expecting that our tour will be possible, but they do have options available for us if it has to be cancelled due to the situation at that time. You are invited to join this group of like-minded believers as we see the places where God stepped into History to fulfill His plan of salvation for sinners! The trip will include visits to Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Cana, Capernaum, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, En Gedi and more. It will include visits to the traditional sites of many of the events in the ministry of Jesus as well as those of the prophets and apostles. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Pastor Nathanael Mayhew (404-729-4602 or email@example.com).
THIRD DEB UDE BOOK AVAILABLE Prof. John Ude writes... Take a refreshing walk, basking in the Sunshine. Deborah Ude’s third book, “Sunshine in Shadows,” is now available. This book paints the dark miasma of this life’s valley of tears but shows the Light from above is shining. By faith we too must continually struggle, yet we do not walk in shadows but in the light of Christ’s empty tomb. Though part of a series, this book stands on its own. Here is the link to its sale on Amazon: (The digital version is $2.99 and the printed paperback is $11.99.) All three of Debi’s books are also available in printed form at the CLC Bookstore or directly from John Ude, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance record: Zion - 7/26: 15; Trinity - 7/26: 34; Trinity voters’ meeting: 12