September 30, 2018
Blessing of Items for Service to Christ’s Church: Special thanks to the loving families of those whose memory is blessed by the items that have been lovingly given to the glory and praise of Christ and in service to His holy Bride, the Church.
Liturgy Bible Class: This morning we begin a new Adult Bible Class looking at the rituals and ceremonies of the Liturgy of the Divine Service. Join us as we take a deeper look at this great heritage that we have received which forms our worship in the reception of the gifts of Christ each week in Word and Sacrament.
The Congregation at Prayer: Each Sunday after the Divine Service, you receive a guide each Sunday for daily meditation and prayer throughout the week. “The Congregation at Prayer,” will form the center of our catechetical life together as Christ’s Church in this place. These are devotions are for everyone to do at home as a household. By having every member of the congregation each week reading the same sections of Scripture, the same portions of the Small Catechism, and praying the same prayers, we will pass on the faith to the next generation and continue to be built up “in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God” (Eph. 4:13). The catechism section will be the children’s Sunday School memory work for the following Sunday.
Life Thoughts for the Church Year: Trinity +19 — The horror of abortion happening over 3,000 times each day in the U.S. should make Christians angry. The silence of the Church and the indifference of fellow congregational members should make Christians angry. But anger must not lead us to sin (Ephesians 4:26). Screaming and yelling and returning evil for evil is not the way of the body of Christ. The truth needs to be proclaimed but without “bitterness and wrath” (4:31)
Education and Edification: Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL. This week’s teachings include: Responding to the Roman Catholic Case for a Celibate Priesthood, The Birth of Moses, Stealing, Bearing False Witness and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Generosity Thoughts (Trinity +19): Ephesians 4:24 – “Put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” The battle between the old self in Adam and the new self in Christ is fought in the heart and mind of every Christian. Paul encourages us to put on the new man that is created in the image of God. Our sanctification, our growth in godliness, is a growth into God’s image. We do this by keeping our eyes on Christ and imitating Him in everything: in love, in kindness, in self-giving generosity.