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October 29, 2017 8:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church 2163 Mayhew Lake Rd. NE Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Those Serving Today Officiating Today

8:00am &



Musician Screen Team


Daniel Reineke 10;30am

Ruth Immerfall


Mona & Neal Hanson 10:30am


Jeff Zimmer


Tim Meemken 10:30am


Pastor John Bakou



8:00am &

Rev. David Hinz

Ashley Woitalla, Riley Prow 10:30am

Noah Ripka, Zachary Duchene


Daniel Reineke

Celebration Ringers Director

Ruth Immerfall

Choir Directors

Ruth Immerfall, Daniel Reineke


Ruth Immerfall

Altar Guild

Barb Mingo, Janice Putnam, Linda Clark

Information Desk



Lay Minister


Zone – 5

Craig Cooper


Zone – 1

Barb Mingo


Zone – 5

Diane Haffner, Marie Mendel, Amy Schaefer


Zone – 1

Tom Skuza, Shirley Skuza, Lori Zipp


Zone – 5


Zone – 1

Bob Behrendt, Luke Wendt, Jim & Kathy Stueve, Trevor Jevne, Andy Behrendt Mark Helgeson, Dick Mingo, Norm Greenwaldt, Bob Koroll, Dan Reberg, Russ Riehm


Delano Schultz 10:30am

Bob Koroll

Trinity is a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran School Association and the Good Shepherd Community. 1

Reformation Sunday October 29, 2017

8:00 a.m.

AS WE GATHER “It’s still all about Jesus.” It was all about Jesus when the Lord God first promised a Savior to Adam, Eve, and their descendants. It was all about Jesus with every foretelling of the coming Christ by Old Testament prophets. It was all about Jesus at the manger, the cross, and the empty tomb. It was all about Jesus as the apostle Paul penned, “We hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Romans 3:28). It was all about Jesus when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 1517. It’s still all about Jesus today as we receive the Means of Grace— Word and Sacrament. It will be all about Jesus when He returns in glory on the Last Day. As we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we celebrate that it always has been, and always will be, all about Jesus! WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OPENING HYMN: “A Mighty Fortress” LSB 656 INVOCATION P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen. CONFESSION and ABSOLUTION P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. C: But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination. P: Let us then confess our sins to God our Father. C: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in 2

Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen. P: Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore 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 speak of Your testimonies before kings, [O Lord,] C: and shall not be put to shame. P: I will bless the Lord at all times; C: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. P: My soul makes its boast in the Lord; C: let the humble hear and be glad. P: Come, O children, listen to me; C: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. P: The Lord redeems the life of His servants; C: none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned. ALL: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. P: I will speak of Your testimonies before kings, [O Lord,] C: and shall not be put to shame. SALUTATION and COLLECT P: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you. P: Let us pray … Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people. Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your Church Your saving peace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Sit


PSALM 46 Refrain: First time Choir alone, then ALL

Choir: God is our refuge and strength, an ever ready help in the time of trouble. We shall not fear if the earth is shaken, if the mountains fall into the deeps of the sea; Even if the waters rage and foam, and the mountains quake in the surging tide. Refrain:


Choir: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the dwelling place of the Most High. God is within her; she cannot be shaken. God will help her at the breaking of the dawn. Nations are in tumult and kingdoms are shaken; God speaks and the earth melts away. Refrain:


Choir: Come, see the works of the Lord, the awesome deeds he has done in the earth. He puts an end to wars in all the world; breaks the bow, shatters the spear and burns the chariots with fire. “Be still and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted in the earth.” Refrain:


FIRST READING: Revelation 14:6-7

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth-- to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water." L: This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God. 4

HANDBELL ENSEMBLE: “A Mighty Fortress” EPISTLE: Romans 3:19-28 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished-- he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. L: This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God. GOSPEL PROCESSION

ADULT CHOIR: “By Grace and Word and Faith”……………….John A. Behnke

HOLY GOSPEL: John 8:31-36 P: The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the eighth chapter. C: Glory to you, O Lord. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?" Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. P: This is the Gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to You, O Christ. 5

Sit CHILDREN’S MESSAGE SERMON HYMN: “Salvation Unto Us Has Come” LSB 555 vs. 1, 8, 9, 10 SERMON: “Remain Faithful” (Romans 3:19-28) CREEDAL HYMN: “We All Believe in one True God” LSB 953 Stand 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.)

ADULT CHOIR: “God and God Alone”………………………………..Phill McHugh Stand PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 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. BENEDICTION P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and + give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26 C: Amen. CLOSING HYMN: “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word” LSB 655


Calendar for the Week All Saints Day


The Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost

TODAY 8:00am Worship Z5 9:15am Meet and Greet the Hinz Family 9:15am SS & Bible Classes 9:15am New Member Class 10:30am Worship Z1 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 12:00pm Betty Hiltel B-day Party

8:00am Worship Z2 (HC) 9:15am SS & Bible Classes 9:15am New Member Class 10:30am Worship Z3 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 4:00pm Creative Crafts 6:00pm Green Team

MONDAY 9:30am Parish Workers (NL) TUESDAY 7:00pm Friends in Harmony

Scripture Lessons:

WEDNESDAY 7:00am Men’s Bible [email protected] ..\..\Attendance Offering Master 8:30am & Finance Team Mtg. Data.2015.xlsx 6:00pm Confirmation Classes 7:00pm Adult Choir Practice

Revelation 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12

2 Timothy 1:7

THURSDAY 9:00am Sewing and Crafts 6:00pm Worship Team Rehearsal 6:00pm Brownie Troop Meeting

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

FRIDAY 9:00am Parish Workers 6:00pm Narcotics Anon.

Church Office Hours:

SATURDAY 9:00am Altar Guild 6:45pm Traditional Worship Practice SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK WEEK OF 10/22/17 10/22/17 Installation Missions this Week Received to-date Annual Funds Promised

TIME 8:00am 10:30am Total

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

ATTENDANCE 95 142 237 112 $209.00 $19,685.25 $27,500.00

OFFERINGS General Fund Offerings Building Debt Offerings Total


$3,871.48 $383.00 $4,254.48

Weekly Need:


Challenge Fund Giving to Date


Sharing the Caring Christ with All People Matthew 22:34-46: Love! The greatest love story ever shared was God sending His Son to fulfill every requirement of the Law of God on our behalf and the shedding of His blood on the Cross for our redemption. We now have the opportunity to reveal the will of God through love in action as we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves. The cross is a symbol of redeeming love fulfilled for God and for mankind. As we bear witness, share the love of Jesus which is always a perfect love through the Cross. Pastor Hinz will be in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 – noon, and will be available by telephone at other times, during this transition period. His cell number is 320-815-2779. Meet the Hinz family There will be a "Meet & Greet" in the fellowship hall between services. Please plan to attend and give Pastor Hinz and his family a warm Trinity welcome! Birthday Celebration: Please join us TODAY to celebrate Betty Hiltel's 90th birthday. Cake and treats will be served in the church fellowship hall from 1:00-4:00 pm. Special entertainment will start at 2:00 pm! Today’s Radio Broadcast is sponsored by Lynn & Carol Schlueter and family in memory of Arnold, Lydia and Jerry Schlueter. We thank them for their generosity. We have openings in January. 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 In November our hosts are Gail Reginek and Carol Wendt. Members who have last names beginning with the letters “T, U & V” are asked to bring treats for our fellowship time. If you can help, please sign up on the bulletin board. Helping Hands Needed to Help Assemble the “November” Edition of Our Trinity Tidings Newsletter We could use some extra hands assembling the newsletter Monday morning. If you can help, we would be grateful for your assistance. We gather at 9:30am and are usually finished by 11:00am.


Housing for the Hinz Family Pastor Hinz and his family are looking for temporary housing until they find a permanent home. If anybody has a home (knows of someone) who is looking for a renter, please contact Jeff Cziok at 253-0475. $50,000 Matching Challenge Opportunity Thank you all for your generous contributions to this Challenge! Trinity has been blessed! Please consider continuing your support, even beyond the match. For every $1000 contributed, the monthly mortgage payment is reduced by approximately $7.00. This savings adds up, and allows for other ministry needs to be more easily met. Prayerfully consider how the Lord may be challenging you to participate. Envelopes are available in which to place your check, write Challenge Fund in the memo of your check, then please put it in the offering plate. AARP Safe Drivers Update Class Will be held at Trinity on Monday, November 6th from 12:30 to 4:30pm in the Fellowship hall. Taking this refresher gives you a 10% discount on your car insurance. The cost is $17 for AARP members and $22 for non-members. Call the church office to register: 320-252-3670. Ministry Shawls are available at the Information desk. If you know someone that may be going through an illness or recovering from an illness, loss of a loved one? The shawls are free for the asking. You do not need to be a member of Trinity to receive one. We pray the shawl will give comfort and a hug to someone in need. You may pick one up today after the service. Christmas Cookie Sale Looking for Volunteers to make cookies, candies, etc. for a Homemade Cookie Sale. 9;00am to 1:00pm on December 10th. Price is $5.00 per pound. Any number of cookies would be appreciated. Proceeds will be divided between Social Ministry, Prince of Peace and the Trinity Sunday School. See the signup sheet on the kiosk for instructions. INVITATION to our VETERANS Prince of Peace Lutheran School will celebrate and observe VETERAN’S DAY on Friday, November 10th beginning at 9:00 a.m. If you are a Veteran, we want to especially invite you to be our guest at our Veteran’s Day program, we will have coffee and rolls after. We would be greatly honored to have you in attendance so that we can personally THANK YOU for your service to our country. If you can accept our invitation, please RSVP to either Pastor Dave Strohschein or Jess Spoden at Prince of Peace (320-251-1477) by Wednesday, November 8th.


October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Yet it is not the anniversary of any great statement Luther made as a reformer or in front of any court. There was no fiery and resounding speech given or dramatic showdown with the pope. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted the “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” to the church door in a small city called Wittenberg, Germany. This rather mundane academic document contained 95 theses for debate. Luther was a professor of theology at the University of Wittenberg, and he was permitted to call for public theological debate to discuss ideas and interpretations as he desired. Yet this debate was not merely academic for Luther. According to a letter he wrote to the Archbishop of Mainz explaining the posting of the 95 Theses, Luther also desired to debate the concerns in the Theses for the sake of conscience. Luther’s short preface explains: “Out of love and zeal for truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following theses will be publicly discussed at Wittenberg under the chairmanship of the reverend father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology and regularly appointed Lecturer on these subjects at that place. He requests that those who cannot be present to debate orally with us will do so by letter.” Repentance and forgiveness dominate the content of the Theses. Since the question for Luther was the effectiveness of indulgences, he drove the discussion to the consideration of repentance and forgiveness in Christ. Any truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without indulgence letters. Any true Christian, whether living or dead, participates in all the blessings of Christ and the church; and this is granted him by God, even without indulgence letters. If Christians are going to spend money on something other than supporting their families, they should take care of the poor instead of buying indulgences. The second half of the 95 Theses concentrates on the preaching of the true Word of the Gospel. Luther states that the teaching of indulgences should be lessened so that there might be more time for the proclamation of the true Gospel. The true treasure of the church is the most holy gospel of the glory and grace of God. But this treasure is naturally most odious, for it makes the first to be last [MATT. 20:16]. Luther’s pastoral desire for all to trust in Christ alone for salvation drove him to post the 95 Theses. This same faith and hope sparked the Reformation that followed. Dr. Kevin Armbrust is manager of editorial services for LCMS Communications. 10

WELCOME TO TRINITY! Church Office: E-mail & Website: [email protected] Pastor David Hinz: Pastor Harvey Ehlers, Emeritus: Director of Christian Outreach – Craig Cooper: Pastor John Bakou: Administrative Assistant- Judy Rehwaldt: Traditional Music Director – Daniel Reineke: Contemporary Music Director – Ruth Immerfall: Prince of Peace Preschool: Playhouse ChildCare: Parish Nurse - Jennifer Machula: Prayer Chain – Delores Volkers:

252-3670 www.trinitysr.org 320-815-2779 290-4267 237-5507 249-1691 252-3670 656-0963 291-9293 230-3047 230-9116 267-1587 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! 11