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Trinity Lutheran Church January 8, 2017 The Baptism of our Lord 217 Brackenridge Southwest Sleepy Eye, MN Website www.trinity Phone: (5...
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Trinity Lutheran Church January 8, 2017 The Baptism of our Lord 217 Brackenridge Southwest Sleepy Eye, MN Website

www.trinity Phone: (507) 794-5051 Fax: (507)794-5052 Email: trinity@ Office Hours Darlene Mon-Thurs 9am –3pm Ministers Every member Pastor Keith Ainsley Cell: 507-766-3383 pastorkeith@ Parsonage: 794-5641 Intern Pastor Stacy Pethke 920-279-0046 stacyptrinity@ Parish Secretary Darlene Brummund 507 276-8013 Financial Secretary Pat Stevermer 794-7112 Music Director Mary Mulry 794-3768 Educational Director Julia Coulson 507 227-1593 Julia.coulson9 Custodian Alex Lazatin

THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD SERVICE OF THE WORD 9:00 A.M. Sunday, January 8, 2017 THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WELCOMES ALL in this house of worship. We pray God will bless our service of worship as we express our thanks & praise together. Please sign the Friendship Pad and pass during the time of offering. You may communicate any interest or needs you may have for Pastor and the church staff. Fellowship and refreshments follow after our worship in the Library. AVAILABLE WORSHIP AIDS LARGE PRINT BULLETINS are obtained from the ushers. AN UNSTAFFED NURSERY is located upstairs from the entry and is available for your use. ACTIVITY BAGS at the rear of church, are available for young children; please return them after the service. Thanks. PLEASE SIGN the Friendship Pad as it is passed to you during the time of the offering. I WISH CARDS in the pews are available to express any ideas or questions you have and may be placed in an offering plate.

GATHERING WE PREPARE: In the waters of the Jordan, Jesus is revealed as the beloved Son of God. Through this great epiphany, Jesus fulfills all righteousness and becomes the servant of God who will bring forth justice and be a light to the nations. In the waters of baptism we too are washed by the Word, anointed by the Spirit, and named God’s beloved children. Our baptismal mission is to proclaim good news to all who are oppressed or in need of God’s healing. PARISH NOTICES/ BELL CALL TO WORSHIP Open the Eyes of My Heart In the Spirit CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who stretches out the heavens, who sends light to the nations, who gives breath to us all. Amen. Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another. Silence is kept for reflection

Loving God, we confess that we have turned from your way to follow our own ways. Forgive us for the times we have spoken or acted too quickly; we have not spoken or acted at all; we have hurt those closest to us; we have hurt those we have yet to know; we have thought more about ourselves than others; we have thought less of ourselves than we ought. Turn us around, and give us a fresh start, so that we can live again as your children. Amen. Even when we have done wrong, God makes us right. Even when we have messed up, God puts us together. God’s love never runs out. God never tires of calling us beloved children. Hear God say to you now: Your sins are forgiven, for the sake of ☩ Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.



We Are Called

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GREETING The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you. CANTICLE OF PRAISE

“Let My Prayer Rise Up”


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PRAYER OF THE DAY O God our Father, at the baptism of Jesus you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful to their calling to be your daughters and sons, and empower us all with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

WORD FIRST READING Isaiah 42:1-9 Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you;


I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them. The Word of the Lord; Thanks be to God. PSALM 29 Ascribe to the LORD, you gods, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due God’s name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; the LORD is upon the mighty waters. The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice; the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon; the LORD makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox. The voice of the LORD bursts forth in lightning flashes. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe and strips the forests bare. And in the temple of the LORD all are crying, “Glory!” The LORD sits enthroned above the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forevermore. O LORD, give strength to your people; give them, O LORD, the blessings of peace.

He Come From the Glory

In the Spirit

GOSPEL Luke 17:11–19 The gospel is found in Matthew chapter 3, verses 13-17. Before Jesus begins his ministry, he is baptized by John, touched by the Spirit, and identified publicly as God's child. And now The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew the 3rd chapter. Glory to you, O Lord.” Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ 6


(For Support to Joe Fry)


Intern Pastor Stacy Pethke Spirit of Gentleness


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INSTALLATION OF JULIA COULSON, DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION After prayerful deliberation, Trinity has appointed Julia Coulson to serve in the position of Director of Christian Education. Our Lord Jesus, who came among us as a servant, calls us to faith and a life of loving service to our neighbor. You stand among us as one called to render a particular service, a gift from God to inspire us to study, teach and learn from God’s Word. Reading from Romans 12:4-8… For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. Julia, will you assume this ministry in the confidence that it comes from God? I will, and I ask God to help me. Will you carry out this ministry in accordance with the Holy Scriptures and with the Confessions of the Lutheran church? I will, and I ask God to help me. Will you be diligent in your study of the Holy Scriptures and faithful in your use of the means of grace and in prayer? I will, and I ask God to help me. Trusting in God’s care, will you seek to grow in love for those you serve, strive for excellence in your skills, and adorn the gospel of Jesus Christ with a godly life? I will, and I ask God to help me. Almighty God, who has given you the will to do these things, graciously give you the strength and compassion to perform them. Amen. Let us confess the faith we teach together: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 to the dead.* On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH Almighty and ever-living God, as you called apostles and evangelists, prophets and teachers to instruct, comfort, admonish, and care for us, so you have called Julia to fulfill guiding this congregation in our learning your Word. Fill her with wisdom and patience, with love and faithfulness to your Word, so that with gladness she would guide, lead and teach your people to grow in Christ. Lord, in your mercy, Hear Our Prayer. For God’s people, the church…Lord, in your mercy, Hear Our Prayer. …trusting in your mercy through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. 8

PEACE The peace of the Lord be with your always. And Also With You. THANKSGIVING OFFERING (Pass the In the Spirit CANTICLE OF THANKSGIVING

Friendship Pads)

Shout to the Lord


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THANKSGIVING FOR THE WORD Let us pray. O God of justice and love, we give thanks to you that you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, awaken us to the needs of others, and at the end bring all the world to your feast; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever. Amen. LORD’S PRAYER Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

SENDING BLESSING May the love of Jesus Christ, the light of the world, fill your hearts and illumine your path. Almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen. SENDING SONG

Morning Star: A Medley of Silent Night, Morning Star, and This Little Light of Mine

Hark the Herald Angels Sing ~ All Sing! Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn king; peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled." Joyful, all ye nations, rise; join the triumph of the skies; with angelic hosts proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!" Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!" Hail the heav'n-born Prince of peace! Hail the Sun of righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, ris'n with healing in his wings. Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die, born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!" DISMISSAL Go in peace. Share the Good News. Thanks be to God.


OUR THANKS TO ALL WHO SERVE GOD’S WORK…OUR HANDS! Accompanist Acolyte Readers Sound Techs Greeters Ushers Altar Guild

SUNDAY 9:00 am Worship Wednesday 6:45 pm Worship Mary Mulry Mary Mulry Emma Fischer Alexa Steffl Larry Baumgardt Alexa Steffl Sue Pedersen *** Brian and Carol Polesky Mark Beito Jeff and Maren Briard, Eric Wahlborg Cathy Blackstad and Lori Hirschboeck

CONGRATULATIONS to Brittany Johnson on the birth of her daughter, Elizabeth Marie, on December 16th in Minneapolis. Brittany and Elizabeth are now home in Sleepy Eye. May God bless Elizabeth and Brittany! CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah and Randy King on the birth of their son, Landon Reece King, on January 3 rd in North Mankato. Landon is the grandson of Doug Domeier, Tammy and Tony Skovbroaten. May God bless this growing family! ALL PERSONS WRITING REPORTS FOR THE ANNUAL REPORT: Because we would like to have the Annual Reports available to the congregation before the Annual Meeting, Sunday January 29th, it is necessary to have all reports in the office no later than January 10th. It would be appreciated if you could submit them to Darlene via email. ([email protected]) Thank You.



JANUARY 8, 2017

I have put my spirit upon him. DAILY BIBLE READINGS These readings are related to the Lectionary readings for this Sunday. We invite you to take time each day to read the assigned Bible passages. Sunday Matthew 3:13-17 The baptism of Jesus Monday Matthew 28:16-20 Baptism in the Triune name Tuesday Ezekiel 36:22-28 A new heart and a new spirit Wednesday Acts 8:26-40 An Ethiopian is baptized Thursday Romans 6:1-11 Baptized into Christ Jesus Friday Colossians 2:8-15 Made alive with Christ Saturday Psalm 89:3-4,19-29 God anoints David to be a son Sunday John 1:29-42 Jesus, the Lamb of God


A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 (TNIV) SAY, PRAY AND BLESS: A Prayer for the Week: Spirit of God, come upon us. Help us to hear God’s voice and to know his love. Amen. (Matthew 3:16-17) Mealtime Prayer: Lord, you give good gifts from above. May we eat with thanks and live with love. Amen. A Blessing to Give: Baptized child of God, may the Holy Spirit come and rest on you. May you know that God is well pleased with you. Amen

CARING CONVERSATION Discuss in your household or small group: • Share baptism memories. What do you know or remember about your own baptism? • What took place at Jesus’ baptism? How do you think he felt? • How do you feel about your baptism? What does it mean to you?

DEVOTIONS For your household devotion times this week, gather around a bathtub or a basin. Quietly listen to the sound of it being filled with water. Read Matthew 3:16-17. Share ways in which you have experienced God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – during the day. Conclude by dipping your hands into the water as you say this prayer together: “Lord God, thank you for making us your children and blessing us with your love today. Wash us clean for new life with you. Amen.”

SERVICE Ask your pastor or church office for the names of those baptized in your church in the past year. Prepare bookmarks, cards or notes of encouragement to give to these people (or their households). Express your thankfulness for their membership in God’s family through holy baptism.

RITUALS AND TRADITIONS Share in a ritual of baptismal remembrance when you gather for meals this week. Place a bowl of water in the center of your meal table. Have each person dip a finger in the water and sign the mark of the cross on another’s forehead. Say these words to one another in turn: “Remember and be thankful. You are a baptized child of God, marked with the cross of Christ forever.” © 2015 Milestones Ministry, LLC. All rights reserved. In addition to Taking Faith Home, celebrate milestones in your daily life as an effective faith formation tool. Go to:

Please take your bulletin home for weekly devotion


Peek at the Week TODAY 9:00 am Worship 10:00 am Education Hour 5:00 pm SSPAM at Beito’s Monday, January 9

Annual Reports Due ~All Boards Quilting & Bandage Making 4:00 pm WELCA 5:30 pm Al anon 6:05 pm Social Ministries Board Intern Pastor Stacy gone to 1/14/17 Tuesday, January 10 7:00 am Men’s Bible Study 6:00 pm Property Board 7:00 pm AA Wednesday, January 11 9:00 am Women’s Bible Study 10:00 am Bible Study 4:00 pm Lay Ministry Board 5:30 pm Supper 5:45 pm Bell Choir 6:00 pm In the Spirit 6:30 pm Patty Wetterling at the Springfield High School 6:45 pm Worship 7:15 pm Confirmation Class 7:20 pm Trinity Choir Thursday, January 12 9 am Child Protection Sunday, January 15 9:00 am Worship 10:00 Education Hour Monday, January 16~Office Closed Quilting & Bandage Making 5:30 pm Al anon

Last week at Trinity Weekly Worship Attendance: 135 Weekly Giving: $1461.50 Auto Deposits not available because of the Holiday. More information next week.

Trinity’s Mission Statement

We are a community where Jesus is Lord: our mission is to invite, welcome, nurture, and equip all people to be disciples in His name. TRINITY’S WEBPAGE Send an email to the church office at [email protected] and let Darlene know you want your newsletter via email! TRINITY IS NOW ON FACEBOOK CHECK IT OUT!! “Trinity Lutheran (ELCA) Sleepy Eye MN” The Trinity Tidings newsletter is now also posted on watch this site for community news and events.

If you haven’t already, please consider Simply Giving, an automated giving program for your offering. You determine the frequency of your offering which is deposited into Trinity’s account the same day it is withdrawn from your account. It’s a “hassle-free” way to give. Talk to Pat or Darlene if you are interested. Thank You.

This Week’s Prayer Concerns

and Nancy Stauffer (Virgene Stauffer’s daughter-inlaw)…

Pray for the church…that the Lord would make all who are baptized into Christ faithful to their calling to be the children of God empowering each one with the Spirit…

Pray for all the beloved… who now rest from their labors in God’s mercy and for their families and loved ones who grieve their absence, especially in this Christmas season when many families gather in their absence…

Pray for the nations…that God would empower those who serve nations and states, towns and tribes with the Light of the world, so that justice and peace would reign around the world and especially in the Middle East…

Pray for peoples’ safety in the midst of disaster…that God would provide and bless the help people need who are affected by disasters and the loss of life… Pray for those condemned and in prison…that the Holy Spirit would guide their hearts to return to the Lord, and bring them opportunities to grow and become contributing members of society…

Pray for the creation…that ecosystems would be restored and protected, enabling the land and waters to provide our sustenance for generations to come… Pray for Bishop Jon Anderson, and our synodical staff…that they would be filled with the Light of Christ and the power of the Spirit to faithfully guide us and the whole Synod in all the ministry we share together…

Pray for families…that the Holy Spirit would bring compassion and mercy to all who are embittered or arrogant or hateful so that their separation from others would give way to mercy and love and reconciliation…

Pray for the Internship Committee and Intern Stacy…that God would bless their shared work reflecting, challenging, and evaluating Stacy’s internship experience of learning and doing ministry throughout the year…

Pray for Jay Beech and the Center for Worship and Music Studies…that his leadership in gathering musicians throughout the church would be Spirit-filled, serving worship needs throughout the church…

Pray for those who travel…especially our members who winter in the south that their departures and arrivals would be kept safe and filled with renewal & joy…

Pray for the men and women serving in the Armed Forces and those far from home…Brady Augustin (Donna Augustin’s son—stationed in South Carolina)…that the Holy Spirit would guard and keep their hearts in Christ…

Pray for all who are ill or afflicted or in recovery…that the Holy Spirit would bring comfort and recovery to LaDonna Fox; Lill Johnson, Loretta Tostenrud, Dave Thorson; Ana Turbes; Oliver Zamzow; and all who are near to us, including: John Agrimson and Melissa Agrimson Nelson (Beaty Ainsley’s cousin and goddaughter-niece); Noreen Allenspach (LaDonna Fox’s sister); Kim Barka (Adam Barka’s sister-in-law); Albert Brummund (Rod Brummund’s brother); Beth Chapdelaine (Terry Newgord’s sister); Janice Coulter (Tammy Shenk’s mother); Gordon Diesch (Neil Neidt’s step-father); Julie Hirschboeck (John’s sister); Terry Hagen (Cindy Anderson’s friend); Coretta and Mary Hedstrom (Fred Dauer’s granddaughter and daughter); Estephanie Hanson and Andrew Tynan (Jim/Jackie Hutchins’ niece & nephew); Lynn Kitzrow (LaDonna Fox’s daughter); Tom Leith (Rod & Darlene Brummund’s friend); (Ben Mathiowetz (Mary Hillmer’s nephew); Kimora Okins (Trudy Schroeder’s & Alda Rydin’s great-granddaughter);

Pray for the missionaries of our church (ELCA)…that the Holy Spirit would bless their lives and keep them from danger and harm as they proclaim their witness of the Gospel throughout the world… Pray for Krista Allgor (Rex Beech’s granddaughter) …that God would bless her and her staff in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in their continuing mission and work to serve girls and women who have been abused by sex trafficking, and especially for Krista’s need for healthy rest and spiritual renewal… Pray for Joe and Deb Fry…in his ministry with Authentic Community Transformation (ACT Worldwide) teaching and mentoring church leaders to grow the church throughout the world and in his current travels to Cambodia (Joe’s latest newsletter is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex for more details…go to for more info.


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