“Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.” Ephesians 6:23-24
SECOND SUNDAY of EASTER APRIL 11, 2021
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH WATERTOWN SD
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH HIDEWOOD TWP SD
ORDER for WORSHIP
To prepare for worship – read Hymn 734
The bell calls us for worship
O Lord, You are a God of mercy and great blessing. In Your love You have redeemed our souls and have given us the gift of eternal life. Be with us, O Lord, in the midst of the struggles and suffering of this life. Comfort us with Your promises. Guide us by Your Word this morning and bless us with the certainty of Your presence as we worship You, the one true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Hymn 732: 1-2
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 207: 1, 6
First Reading – Acts 4: 32-35
This Acts reading talks about the character of the post-resurrection Christian community.
32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. 34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.
Second Reading – New Testament Epistle – 1 John 1:1-2:2
The Epistle is the opening portion of John's first letter, where the Apostle once again connects to "the beginning", this time from a post-resurrection standpoint. The light of God shines brightly in the resurrection of Christ, and faith in that resurrection connects us to Christ's redemption for our sins.
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But 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.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
P: Blessed are they who hear and treasure the Word of God! 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 732: 3-4
Sermon -- Gospel Reading – John 20:19-31
19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
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.
The Offering is brought forward
P: O God of all grace, mercy, and peace: We give You our worship and praise, because You have declared Jesus to be Your Son and our Savior
C: by His resurrection from the dead.
P: We thank You, because You have given us the assurance that our faith stands upon a most true and sure record, by the faithful testimony of the apostles and evangelists.
C: We glorify Your name for the marvelous gift of eternal life in Your Son.
P: Preserve and defend us, we pray, from all assaults upon our souls, so that we may hold fast to the profession of our faith.
C: Deliver us from doubt and despair.
P: Save us from empty philosophies and worldly wisdom.
C: Give us Your wisdom, the Spirit of truth, and the mind of Christ.
P: Bless Your Church, that is, all those who place their trust alone in Christ,
C: that we may faithfully proclaim Your Word
P: and spread the Gospel of our risen Savior with courage
C: in all lands and to all people.
P: Dear Lord, give special care and attention to all the schools in our worldwide fellowship, its college, high schools, Bible institutes, seminaries, and Christian day schools, that they may be and remain true to Your Word.
C: Bless all of our children and youth, wherever they may be.
P: By the power of Your Word, lead forth youth who love You, who are moved by the Gospel of forgiveness through Christ to serve You in their callings,
C: and who show forth their Savior by their lives of happy obedience to Your Word.
P: Forgive now, O God, the sins of Your people.
C: Strengthen the doubting and the weak in faith.
P: Bring back the forgetful and wayward, and comfort the anxious and distressed.
C: And, as we go from this hallowed place this day, grant unto us Your peace.
P: All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
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.
The Service of the Sacrament
P: The Lord be with you.
C: (spoken) And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts.
C: (spoken) We lift them up to the Lord.
P: It is right and beneficial that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we praise You especially for the glorious resurrection of Your Son, the true Passover Lamb, who by His sacrifice took away the sins of the world and by His resurrection restored everlasting life. Therefore with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise Your holy name and join their glorious song:
ALL SING: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of Sabaoth, adored; Heav’n and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name. Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord; truly blest is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
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! Amen.
ALL SING: O Lamb of God, O Christ our Lord, whose blood, once shed, true life restored, Impart Your joy, our faith increase. Sustain with Your mercy and grant us Your peace.
DISTRIBUTION of the SACRAMENT (Hymns 198, 190, 201) Communicant members of Trinity Lutheran Church or of a sister CLC congregation are invited to come forward – more information is in the box on page 11.
ALL SING: 1. O Lord, now let Your servant Depart in heav’nly peace, For I have seen the glory Of Your redeeming grace: A light to lead the Gentiles Unto Your holy hill, The glory of Your people, Your chosen Israel. 2. All glory to the Father, All glory to the Son, All glory to the Spirit, Forever three in one; For as in the beginning, Is now, shall ever be, God’s triune name resounding Through all eternity.
P: Go in peace! Serve the Lord with gladness!
ALL SING: My heart has now become Your dwelling, O blessed, holy, Trinity. With angels I, Your praises telling, Shall live in joy eternally. Lord, may Your body and Your blood Be for my soul the highest good!
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 – 785
CALENDAR and ANNOUNCEMENTS
TODAY >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.
SS at 10:15 a.m. – Lord’s Supper will be at Trinity only
>> Zion – last “nothing hot” lunch after church
>> Trinity – School Board meeting after church
>> Trinity – family game and pizza night – 6 p.m.
WED Trinity Bible Class at 7 p.m. at church – we begin Ezekiel
FRI Trinity - church council meeting at 7 p.m.
NEXT SUNDAY >> Trinity: 9 a.m.; Zion: 11 a.m.; SS at 10:15 a.m.
>> Trinity – Quarterly voters meeting – 1:30 p.m.
4/19 Mon Area pastors study conference – Bowdle, SD
4/30 & 5/1 Fri/Sat ILHS - Eau Claire, WI, Visitors Day & theater/play
5/2 Sun Service time switches: Zion at 9 a.m.; Trinity at 11 a.m.
Teacher Carrie Reim, Eau Claire, WI, to Hales Corners, WI
Eric Libby to Immanuel, Mankato, MN school
Matthew Kranz, Mankato, MN, to Messiah, Eau Claire, WI
>> 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!
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.
Note to Visitors about Holy Communion at Trinity 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 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!
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
Organists: Melanie Dummann, Naomi Fuerstenau, John Klatt, Rebecca Larson
STATISTICS – WEEK OF APRIL 4, 2021
Attendance: Trinity – Sun a.m.: 61; SS: 1;
Ladies Aid: 7(+PK); Wed p.m. Bible Class: 15
Zion – Sun a.m.: 33; SS: not held
ILC HIGH SCHOOL VISITORS DAY Prof Joel Gullerud sent out the following... Immanuel Lutheran High School in Eau Claire, WI will host an in-person High School Visitors Day on Friday, April 30, 2021, starting at 9:00 am for students grades 8 and up. Please register students and chaperones at by Friday, April 23. A live theater performance Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch will take place on Friday at 1:30 pm for those attending Visitors Day and for families of performers. A limited live audience may attend the Saturday performance at 7:30 pm. Both performances will be livestreamed at youtube.com/ilcvideos. An outdoor band concert will be open to the public on Friday at 3:30 pm. For additional information please contact Prof. Joel Gullerud (email@example.com 715-544-8446).
RETIREMENT GIFT – PROF. JOHN REIM has announced his retirement effective the end of the current academic year. His faithful service to our church and our school will be acknowledged during the ILC Class Day/Graduation festivities on May 21-22. Our custom is to present a monetary gift as a token of our appreciation. CLC members are invited to contribute to this gift which will be presented to him at Graduation. Please make your checks payable to Immanuel Lutheran College and indicate: "Prof. Reim Retirement." Send your gift to: Immanuel Lutheran College, 501 Grover Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701.
PROF. REIM RETIREMENT VIDEO If you attended Immanuel (Eau Claire, WI) in the past 33 years, you are invited to partake in a commemoration video for Prof. John Reim. All that is needed is a short video clip of you saying, "Thank you Prof. Reim." If you wish to elaborate more and/or share memories, you are most welcome! Entries may be emailed by May 1 to ILC student Sam Radermacher: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECOVERY FROM MALARIA Foreign Missionary Peter Evensen reports that 2 weeks ago he was diagnosed with malaria. He had had a cough for several weeks and an irritated throat and mild headaches and possibly mild night sweats along with some other body pains. The doctor put him on some antibiotics and medicine to help him sleep while they did a blood work, including a malaria test. His most recent doctor visit/tests shows that everything has returned to normal.