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The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany January 29, 2017 - 8:00 & 10:30am

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7

Trinity Lutheran Church 2163 Mayhew Lake Rd. NE Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 Trinity is a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran School Association and the Good Shepherd Community.

Those Serving Today Officiating Today

8:00am &


Pastor Dave Strohschein


8:00am &


Daniel Reineke

Screen Team


Mona Wigen & Neal Hanson 10:30am




8:00am &



Rich Austin 10:30am

Kelly Zwick


Daniel Reineke Andrew Kath, Nick Lindquist

10:30am Altar Guild Information Desk



Lay Minister

Jeff Zimmer

Sydney Morin, Emma Schwartz Connie Mooney, Donna Esselman


Zone – 3

Sue Kulzer


Zone – 4

Sandy Austin


Zone – 3

Shirley Skuza, Lori Zipp


Zone –4

Nancy Cloeter


Zone –3

Wayne Smolnik, Loren Tvrdik, Fred Joesting, John Heintze, Jon Roesch


Zone –4

John Hiltel, Marvin Neubert, Karen Petron-Broda, Wayne & Sue Kulzer, Janet Renn, Chris Kutzorik


Kyle Dusing 10:30am


Delano Schultz

The Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany Matins Service (LSB pg 219)

January 29, 2017

8:00 & 10:30am

AS WE GATHER Although Jesus does not say “blessed are the patient” as He speaks that special list of attributes of God’s people that we know as the Beatitudes, the fruit of patience underlies the “blessed are” statements He does mention. It takes patience to be merciful and to act as peacemakers. Staying calm when being persecuted for righteousness’ sake takes patience. Enduring unfair criticism takes patience as well. There may even be a need for patience as we share with the saints in the worship life of the Church. May it be fully evident among us at all times! PRESERVICE MUSIC WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OPENING HYMN: “Lift High the Cross” LSB 837 P: O Lord, open my mouth.

P: Make haste, O God, to deliver me.


PSALMODY P: Blessed be God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.



ANTIPHON P: Blessed be God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Sit OLD TESTAMENT: Micah 6:1-8 Listen to what the LORD says: “Stand up, plead my case before the mountains; let the hills hear what you have to say. “Hear, you mountains, the LORD’s accusation; listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth. For the LORD has a case against his people; he is lodging a charge against Israel. “My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me. I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam. My people, remember what Balak king of Moab plotted and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the LORD.” With what shall I come before the LORDand bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. L: This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God HYMN: “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” LSB 427 EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God 4

has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” L: This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God Stand HOLY GOSPEL: Matthew 5:1-12 L: The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fifth chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord. Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. L: This is the Gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to You, O Christ.


Sit CHILDREN’S MESSAGE HYMN OF THE DAY: “Jesus Sat with His Disciples” LSB 932 SERMON: “Blessed to be Merciful!” (Matthew 5:7) HYMN OF PRAISE: “Lord of All Nations, Grant me Grace” LSB 844 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.)


THE LORD’S PRAYER 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. COLLECT OF THE DAY P: Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot stand upright. C: Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; P: through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. C: Amen.



COLLECT FOR GRACE P: O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, You have safely brought us to the beginning of this day. Defend us in the same with Your mighty power and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings, being ordered by Your governance, may be righteous in Your sight; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Thanks to God!

BENEDICAMUS P: Let us bless the Lord.

BENEDICTION 2 Corinthians 13:14 P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

CLOSING HYMN: “How Wide the Love of Christ” LSB 535


Trinity Lutheran Church Announcements January 29, 2017 IN OUR WORSHIP SERVICES NEXT WEEK

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany TODAY 8:00am Worship Z3 9:15am Bible Classes & SS 9:15am Youth Study 10:30am Worship Z4 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 4:00pm Creative Crafts

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany 8:00am Worship Z5 (HC) 9:15am Bible Classes & SS 9:15am Youth Study 10:30am Worship Z1 12:00pm Anyuak Worship

MONDAY 9:30am Parish Workers NL TUESDAY NO BIBLE CLASS 7:00pm Friends in Harmony

Scripture Lessons:

Isaiah 58:3-9a; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 Matthew 5:13-20

WEDNESDAY 7:00am Men’s Bible Study @ GS ..\..\Attendance & Offering Master 5:00pm God’s Grub Data.2015.xlsx 6:00pm Confirmation Classes 6:00pm Youth Night

Revelation 5:12 “In a loud voice they sang: “worthy is the Lamb, who was slain to receive...honor and glory and praise!”

THURSDAY 6:30pm Worship Team Rehearsal FRIDAY 9:00am Parish Workers

Church Office Hours: M-F 8:30am-2:30pm

SATURDAY 9:00am Altar Guild 6:45pm Traditional Worship Rehearsal

WEEK OF 1/22/17 1/22/17 MISSIONS Missions this Week Received to-date Annual Funds Promised

TIME 8:00am 10:30am Total

Open during the noon hour. Church Office Phone

ATTENDANCE 116 183 299

OFFERINGS General Fund Offerings Building Debt Offerings Total

$282.00 Weekly Need: $1,583.00 $27,500.00 8


$7,635.57 $670.00 $8,305.57 $11,938.00

Sharing the Caring Christ with All People Matthew 5:1-12: When someone asks you, “How are you today?” How do you respond? So often we instinctively quip, “fine, okay, good as can be expected.” But those responses do not elicit much of a reaction. Today’s Gospel, the grace of God and the power of the Cross give us the opportunity to joyfully respond to that question with a bold, “Blessed!” “I am blessed in Christ!” We have the right and the privilege to boast in the Lord and the blessedness found only in Him. Why not make manifest the blessedness that is found in Jesus - and let that response be your sharing of the Good News that is found in you and through you only because of Christ! Today’s Radio Broadcast is sponsored by the members of Trinity Lutheran Church. We thank them for sponsoring this broadcast. We have sponsorship openings in February and March. 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. Sunday Morning Fellowship Our servers for February are Carl & Helen Oltz. Members who have last names beginning with the letter “C & D” are asked to bring treats for our fellowship time during the month. If you can help, please sign up on the bulletin board. A HEARTFELT THANK YOU after the death of Bill Jehoich to the pastors for their care, to my church friends for all your prayers and kind words and to the ladies who served the lunch at the funeral. Myrtelene Jehoich THANK YOU SO MUCH We are so thankful for all the prayers, well wishes and visits during Earl’s illness and at his passing. We thank our Lord for your love and support. The family of Earl Wolf. Do You Have a Little Time on Friday Mornings? Sign up to help assemble our weekly bulletins or the Monthly newsletters. Just call the church office to help out! 2523670 Lenten Soup Suppers will begin Wednesday, March 1st, 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 will be on the kitchen door. To volunteer, talk to Gail Reginek, 253-9462. Come to enjoy great soup and fellowship before the 6pm Lenten worship. The Prayer Shawl Ministry would like to thank all who have generously donated yarn. At this time, we have an abundant supply. For now, we will be using the yarns we have and will post another announcement as we need more donations. Thank you so very much and please feel free to call the office (252-3670) to request a prayer shawl for someone. Pastor John Bakou has a new email address: [email protected] 9


A Word of Thanks to all who worked so hard to prepare the Prince of Peace Pancake Breakfast on January 22nd and to all who supported our school by attending and by sharing their generous gifts! SCRIP will be back Feb 19th! This is a great way to support Prince of Peace School. SCRIP gift cards will be available on Sunday February 19th at Trinity. If there is a gift card you can't live without, you may pre-order by February 12th. By pre-ordering you will be guaranteed your favorite gift card on Feb 19th. If you wait until the 19th you can select from the cards available. Gift cards are available from 90 businesses including gas stations, restaurants, movies, and retailers will be available. Forms will be available at the information desk. Please talk with Jenny or John Sprengeler if you have any questions. THANK YOU from Prince of Peace! Church of The Week Homeless Ministry Hosted by Trinity Feb. 13 – Feb. 19, 2017

We will be having a “door offering” at both services today, to support this community outreach. This annual 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 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, hosts/hostesses are needed to serve 5 hour shifts for overnight security (Married couples or 2 men or 2 women). Please sign up today on the poster in the lobby to prep and serve meals, snacks, and serve as overnight hosts/hostesses. This is a labor of love as our “Social Ministry” fund will be used to purchase all the food. It costs about $2 per plate for the ingredients for a meal. Would you consider helping to feed the hungry during our week? Would you consider feeding: 10 people = $20; 20 people = $40; 50 people= $100; 100 people= $200 If you would like to donate, checks can be made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church and in the memo please note: “Social Ministry”. This is a once a year opportunity for us to show God’s love to others in need just as God has shown His love to us in Christ. On Sunday, February 5th at 3:30 p.m., Pastor Keith Weise will be installed as Chaplain at the Good Shepherd Community and Pastor of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Sauk Rapids. The service of installation will be held at the Good Shepherd chapel. 10

Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church Church Office: 252-3670 E-mail & Website: [email protected] www.trinitysr.org Pastor Paul Cloeter: 333-6319 Pastor Dave Strohschein: 253-3255 Pastor Harvey Ehlers, Emeritus: 282-1931 Director of Christian Outreach – Craig Cooper: 237-5507 Pastor John Bakou: 249-1691 Administrative Assistants- Judy Rehwaldt & Katie Stangl: 252-3670 Traditional Music Director – Daniel Reineke: 656-0963 Contemporary Music Director – Ruth Immerfall: 291-9293 Prince of Peace Preschool: 230-3047 Playhouse ChildCare: 230-9116 Parish Nurse - Jennifer Machula: 267-1587 Prayer Chain – Delores Volkers: 252-2101

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. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, WE OFFER THESE AND OTHER SERVICES: Large Print Editions of our bulletins are available from our ushers by request. If you need further information, ask any usher or church member. Also be sure to stop by the Information Desk in the lobby. Your needs are important to us! Bible Study for Adults on Sundays: we start at 9:15am in the fellowship hall. Coffee & Fellowship – after the 8:00am service, come by the kitchen, have a cookie, coffee and time for fellowship. Come and meet old friends and make new friends!