Sunday, June 10, 2012

Daily Readings for June 10-16, 2012

Next Weeks Lessons: The second sunday after trinity
Lessons: Proverbs 9:1–10; 1 John 3:13–18; Luke 14:15–24

Wisdom has issued an invitation to the divine feast: “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake foolishness and live” (Proverbs 9:1–10). This is the call of the Spirit of Christ to believe the Gospel and to receive His saving gifts in the Holy Supper. Many make excuses and reject this invitation, even as the Jews did in the days of Jesus, yet the Master’s house will be filled. The Gospel call therefore goes out to the lowly and despised, into the highways, even to all the Gentiles (Luke 14:15–24). For “you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13–22). In Christ, believing Jews and Gentiles are no longer strangers but fellow members of the household of God. The enmity of class and race is put to death through the cross. Having been reconciled in the one body of Christ, we are enabled to love one another (1 John 3:13–18) as we await the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which will have no end.

Collect: O Lord, who never fails to help and govern those whom You bring up in Your steadfast fear and love, make us to have a perpetual fear and love of Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.

Daily Lectionary For June 10 – June 16
June 10                                                        Joshua 1:1-18; Acts 8:1-25
June 11                                                      Joshua 2:1-24; Acts 8:26-40
June 12                                                        Joshua 3:1-17; Acts 9:1-22
June 13                                                      Joshua 4:1-24; Acts 9:23-43
June 14                                                     Joshua 5:1-6:5; Acts 10:1-17
June 15                                                    Joshua 6:6-27; Acts 10:18-33
June 16                                                      Looking ahead to next week
                                 Proverbs 9:1–10, 1 John 3:13–18, Luke 14:15–24

Lutherans for Life –
Life Thought: What a message we have for those facing the end of life and may be “wasting away” (2 Corinthians 4:16). Such “momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (4:17). Therefore, “do not lose heart”! (4:16a)
Life Quote:  “[W]hen a man remembers God’s call to headship, he is able to make a positive difference. A man makes a difference when he guards the virtue of his girlfriend, remains true to his wife, or engages faithfully as a father.” Linda D. Bartlett,

Today’s Theme: Seek First The Kingdom Of God And His Righteousness
As Christians, we quite properly speak of the ongoing battle between the Old Adam of unbelief and the New man of faith that is being waged in the heart of every Christian. Yet this battle between the Spirit and the flesh does not mean that the Christian has no peace or that the Christian is locked up in a state of perpetual despair. Quite to the contrary, this is why Jesus says, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Finally, in the day to day battle with the flesh, our faith must come to rest not at all in ourselves or the things of this world but in Christ and in the promises of the Gospel. As long as we attempt to serve both masters, the spirit and the flesh, we will have no peace in the battle. Faith in Jesus and in His free gift of righteousness that covers our sin is where our faith rests and where we are given freedom from anxiety over food, drink, and clothing. Since the Lord has given us the greater gifts of His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper through which we have eternal communion with God in the forgiveness of sins and, since He has clothed us with His own righteousness in Holy Baptism so that we, declared completely righteous and lack nothing, how will He not also give us the lesser things that sustain body and life in this world. “Will He not clothe and feed you of little faith?” Of course He will. Therefore, in our ongoing struggle with the Old Adam within we continue to pursue or “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” and God’s peace will teach us to be content with whatever we have.

Please Pray For: Emily Rodenbeck, Phyllis McElroy, Ada Dambacher, Dan Worth, Dorothy Robison, Juanita Rankin, George Van Huss, Crystal Ray, Ruth Hedrick, Walt Hedrick, Erna Van Winkle, Mary Kay Schmidt, Kathy Schmidt, John Haynes, Katie Ketchum, Colin Starks, George Shepherd, Donna Smith and Bill Hoff.
Military: Please keep in your prayers all Military persons, especially Brittany Worth who is deployed to Afghanistan.

Happy Birthday This Week:  Vanessa Ketchum, Joyce Birk
Happy Anniversary:  None

Vacation Bible School
We appreciate your prayers and volunteers for our Vacation Bible School. Ask God to bring children and adults to our program so they can know and grow in Jesus, our Savior! And ask God to provide leaders and helpers for this important mission. If you know someone who may be interested, please let us know.

LUTHERAN HOUR June 10     "We Do Not Lose Heart"
Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz  The secret to not losing heart is knowing that God raised Jesus from the dead and He will also raise you. Because God is at work in the world, the troubles of today will not have the last word in your life. (2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1)
WLUJ              Springfield, IL    89.7 FM                  Sunday 3:00 pm
WLLM             Lincoln, IL          1370 AM               Sunday 7:00 am & 7:00 pm
WSMI              Litchfield            1540 AM                Sunday 9:30 pm
Saturday           June 9           5:30 pm                         Worship Service
Sunday            June 10            9:00am                                Bible Study
                                             10:00 am                         Worship Service
Monday          June 11           6:30 pm                                        Elder’s
Tuesday          June 12           4:00 pm                            Unity Finance
Wednesday     June 13           7:30 pm                                             AA
Friday             June 15                                           Pastor’s Family Day
Saturday         June 16           5:30 pm                         Worship Service

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