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Trinity Lutheran Church

February 4, 2018 8:00 am 2163 Mayhew Lake Rd. NE Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Those Serving Today Officiating Today




Musician Screen Team


Daniel Reineke 10:30am

8:00am 8:00am

Acolyte Visuals



Lay Minister

Jeff Zimmer Josh Borgerding


Pastor John Bakou Andrew Kath, Nick Lindquist


Katie Philabaum, Richelle Peacock

8:00am 8:00am

Daniel Reineke

Altar Guild Information Desk

Ruth Immerfall Jon Fuchs

10:30am Lector

Rev. David Hinz

Judy Lazer 8:00am

Zone – 5

Marie Mendel


Zone – 1


Zone – 5

Barb Mingo Diane Haffner, Marie Mendel, Amy Schaefer


Zone – 1


Zone – 5


Zone – 1


Tom Skuza, Shirley Skuza, Lori Zipp Luke Wendt, Jim & Kathy Stueve, Trevor Jevne Mark Helgeson, Dick Mingo, Norm Greenwaldt, Bob Koroll, Dan Reberg, Russ Riehm Jeff Snyder, Bob Koroll


Jon Lentz

Cover Artwork is provided by a student of Prince of Peace Lutheran School. Trinity is a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran School Association and the Good Shepherd Community. 1

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Divine Service Setting 3 (LSB pg 184) February 4, 2018

8:00 a.m.

AS WE GATHER Today’s Readings have one point in common: There is no competition to our great God on any level. In Isaiah’s day, the people feared the nations around them. But the prophet reminds them that God is in control of not only nations but His whole creation. When Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, the people were amazed. But Jesus is ready to conquer the true opposition by preaching and casting out demons in towns throughout the area. The limited expectations about God by Jews and Gentiles alike were a challenge to Paul. But by becoming “all things to all people,” he hopes to open their eyes to see the God who offers the blessings of the Gospel to everyone.

PRESERVICE MUSIC WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OPENING HYMN: “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” LSB 398 INVOCATION The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism. P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen. P: Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness. P: Our help is in the name of the Lord, C: who made heaven and earth. P: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord, C: and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination. P: O almighty God, merciful Father, C: I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto 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 You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, 2

bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being. P: Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead 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. C: Amen. INTROIT P: I will sing to the Lord, C: because he has dealt bountifully with me. P: Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; C: light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, P: lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” C: lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. P: But I have trusted in your steadfast love; C: my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. P: I will sing to the Lord, C: because he has dealt bountifully with me. GLORIA PATRI




Luke 2:14; John 1:29



P: O Lord, keep Your family the Church continually in the true faith that, relying on the hope of Your heavenly grace, we may ever be defended by Your mighty power; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Isaiah 40:21-31 21Do

you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; 23 who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. 24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. 25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing. 27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; 6

they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. L: This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God. EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 9:16-27 6 For

if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. 18 What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. 19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. L: This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God. Stand ALLELUIA

HOLY GOSPEL: Mark 1:29-39 P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter. 7

And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon's mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told about him about her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

NICENE CREED 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 8

prophets. And I believe in 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 Sit HYMN OF THE DAY: “Arise and Shine in Splendor” LSB 396 THE MESSAGE (1 Corinthians 9:16-27) OFFERTORY

OFFERING (Please sign and date the Rite of Friendship pad located in the pew. The children are invited to bring their offerings to the front at this time.)



P: It is truly good, right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord for what had been hidden from before the foundation of the world You have made known to the nations in Your son. In Him, being found in the substance of our mortal nature, You have manifested the fullness of Your glory. Therefore, with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name evermore praising you and saying… SANCTUS




THE WORDS OF OUR LORD PAX DOMINI P: The peace of the Lord be with you always. C: Amen. AGNUS DEI


About Holy Communion—The Lord’s Supper is celebrated here in the belief and glad confidence that our Lord gives us as He says, not only bread and wine, but His very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with Him and with one another. Our Lord invites to His table those who trust His words, repent of all sin, and forgive and love as He forgives and loves us. If this is your belief, we welcome you to join us at the Lord’s table. Because we are called to examine ourselves before receiving the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:28-29), we encourage you to consider the questions on p. 329-330 in the front of the hymnal. If you are communing with us for the first time, or if you would like a fuller understanding of what we as Lutherans believe about the Lord’s Supper, please pick up a copy of “What is the Lord’s Supper?” at the Information table in the entryway. Please reserve the white grape juice cups in the center of the communion trays for those who for health reasons are unable to drink wine. If your health requires glutenfree wafers, they are available upon request. Speak to the pastor prior to the service. Our pastors are happy to speak to you further if you have any questions. DISTRIBUTION HYMN: “On Eagle’s Wings” LSB 727 NUNC DIMITTIS



P: Let us pray…We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




CLOSING HYMN: “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” LSB 489 Acknowledgments Divine Service, Setting Three from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Reprinted with permission. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.


Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany TODAY 8:00am Worship Z5 (HC) 9:15am Sunday School & Bible Classes 9:15am New Member Class 10:30am Worship Z1 12:00pm Anyuak Worship MONDAY 6:30pm Preschool Open House TUESDAY 7:00pm Friends in Harmony WEDNESDAY 7:00am Men’s Bible Study @ GS 8:30am Finance Meeting 5:00pm God’s Grub 6:00pm Confirmation Classes 6:00pm Adult Choir

WEEK OF 1/28/2018 1/28/2018

ATTENDANCE 107 130 237

General Fund Offerings Building Debt Offerings Total Weekly Need:

$6,631.58 $11,745.05

Missions Rec’d to-date

$400.00 $1604.00

Annual Funds Promised

THURSDAY 1:00pm LWML 5:30pm Lay Ministry Mtg. 6:00pm Brownies 6:00pm Worship Team Rehearsal 6:45pm Leadership Team Mtg.

TIME 8:00am 10:30am Total OFFERINGS

$6,024.58 $607.00


Readings for next Sunday: 2 Kings 2:1-12 2 Cor. 3:12-18 Mark 9:2-9 Let’s Be in the Word!

FRIDAY 9:00am Parish Workers 6:00pm Narcotics Anon. SATURDAY 9:00am Altar Guild 6:45pm Traditional Worship Practice The Transfiguration of Our Lord 8:00am Worship Z2 9:15am Sunday School & Bible Classes 9:15am New Member Class 10:30am Worship Z3 (HC) 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 4:00pm Creative Crafts 16

Church Office Hours: M-F 8:30am-2:30pm Open during the noon hour. Church Office Phone 252-3670

meal for 100 people at Place of Hope every night at 5:00pm. Many volunteers are needed, to drive the bus, prepare & serve meals and snacks. Also, overnight volunteers (hosts/hostesses) are needed to serve 5 hour shifts for overnight security (Married couples, 2 men or 2 women). On Sunday January 21st many of you, with the gift of Giving, contributed to our door offering of $842. Thank-you for your generous response! In 1 Peter 4:10a it says that,

The Son of God, Christ Jesus, Makes Us a New Creation The Lord alone “is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Is. 40:28). He “sits above the circle of the earth” and “stretches out the heavens like a curtain” (Is. 40:22). Yet, His almighty power is demonstrated chiefly by His mercy and compassion. “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (Is. 40:29). The only begotten Son of the Father, the very Word by whom all things were made, becomes flesh and takes all the poverty and weakness of our sin and death upon Himself, bearing it in His body to the cross. As He dies for us there, He also raises us up, a new creation, in His resurrection from the dead. Thus, by the preaching of this Word, He heals “many who were sick with various diseases,” and He casts out “many demons” (Mark 1:34, 39). And His preaching continues through those whom He has sent, who are “entrusted with a stewardship” to “preach the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:16–17). Thus, we are set free by the Word of Christ, and we exercise our freedom in loving service to others.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.” Have you found ways to respond to God’s gift of salvation that He has given to you in Christ?

We are still in need of overnight volunteers. Overnight volunteers sacrifice some sleep to serve the homeless with a ministry of their presence. Please consider the gifts God has given you. Could you use them to serve others as an overnight volunteer? The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever

you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40). Please call me with

Church of the Week (COTW) February 12-18 This annual community outreach provides overnight shelter and meals for the homeless. In addition to providing overnight shelter in our Fellowship Hall for 25-35 people each night, we will be preparing and serving a community

any questions, Craig Cooper, DCO, 237-5507.

Mission League will beet on Thursday, February 8th at 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Visitors and ladies who may wish to be members are welcome! 17

Today’s Radio Broadcast is sponsored by Sally Grabuski in memory of Henry Grabuski who’s birthday would have been this week. We thank her for her generosity. We have openings in March and April. If you would like to sponsor a broadcast please complete a form and turn it in. Forms are available in the church office. The radio transmission enables our shut-ins, as well as others in our community to hear and participate in our worship. The service airs on WVAL 800 on the AM dial, at 8:00am, and live on the internet at www.800wval.com.

Baby Bottle Boomerang is Back! The Baby Bottle Boomerang is a meaningful way for each of us to participate with the Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) in their life-giving mission. Pick up your bottle today and please return it by Sunday, February 18th. Your financial help will minimize replacement expenses for these mothers. Thank you! Please remember in your prayers this week: Pastor Harvey Ehlers, Elaine Poepping, Rick Iees (son of Shirley), Betty Winczewski, Pam Hadley & Darlene Gronau undergoing medical care. Jim Bump, Sandy Duffy and Sandra VanVickle as they continue their cancer treatment and care.

Sunday Morning Fellowship In February our hosts are Helen and Carl Oltz. Members who have last names beginning with the letters “C & D” are asked to bring treats for our fellowship time. If you can help, please sign up on the bulletin board.

Prince of Peace News: We will begin the re-enrollment process for our current students in February and begin taking new enrollments for new students to Prince of Peace starting March 1st. “Shine Like Stars!” is the theme for the Prince of Peace Lutheran School annual Legacy Dinner and Auction which will be held Sunday, April 22nd at the school. Mark your calendar now and save the date to come out and provide support for our school. Tickets will again be $14 to cover the cost of the catered noon meal – look for them to be available in March.

Prayer Shawl Ministry If anyone is interested in crocheting or knitting prayer shawls to be given to shut-ins, the ill, or anyone who needs comforting, please feel free to call the office 252-3670. You can then get information on a few that meet to do this, generally on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00am. or just donate a shawl to be given. You may also give a monetary donation which will go toward purchasing yarns to make shawls. It is a great blessing to you and the receiver! 18

Feb. 5th at Trinity and Feb. 6th at Holy Cross you can check out the Prince of Peace Preschools!! From 6:30 to 7:30pm you can meet the teachers and see the classrooms. Plan now to attend.

Lenten Soup Suppers will begin Wednesday, February 14th, served from 4:45 to 5:45pm. Volunteers needed for set-up, serving, clean-up or to make soup. Sign-up sheet to bring desserts is on the kitchen door. To volunteer, talk to Sue Bragelman at 252-9618 or Joann Kath at 251-0405. Come to enjoy great soup and fellowship before the 6pm Lenten worship.

LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES is a Christian outreach ministry affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Lutheran Church-Canada and Lutheran Women in Mission. It’s mission is “Bringing Christ to the Nations-and the Nations to the church.” The Lutheran Hour Radio broadcast is on WJON AM1240 at 6:15am Sunday mornings.

Please inform the church office if you have had a change in your contact information …cell phone, land line, etc. Or if you are hospitalized for any reason. We want to stay in touch with you! 252-3670


WE WELCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN We are glad you are here! If there is a time during the Worship Service that you feel your child (or you) needs a “time out,” please feel free to leave the service. If you leave the service, you can go to the lobby or use the large conference room across from the church office. The conference room has speakers and one-way glass so you can still participate in Worship. During the Sunday school hour, (9:15am – 10:15am) and during the 10:30am worship service the nursery is staffed for children 0-3 years old. The nursery is in the preschool on the north end of the building. It is the first classroom on the left as you enter the preschool parent lounge area. There are also speakers in the nursery so you can listen to the service. Activity bags for young children to use are in the plastic tub outside the church office.