Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Daily Readings for June 17-23, 2012

Today’s Theme: The Gospel Call Goes Out to All
Wisdom has issued an invitation to the divine feast: “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight” (Proverbs 9:5–6). 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.

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.
Hospitalizations: Please notify Pastor GeRue about any sickness or hospitalizations.
Happy Birthday This Week:  Larry Maddox, Veronica Jones
Happy Anniversary:  Pastor and Valerie GeRue

LUTHERAN HOUR June 17  “Bridging the Gap” Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz God bridges the gap between His holiness and our sinfulness, because only He can, through the person and work of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:19-20)
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

Next Weeks Lessons: The Third sunday after trinity
Lessons: Micah 7:18–20, 1 Timothy 1:12–17, Luke 15:1–10
 “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:1–10). This statement of judgment against Jesus by the Pharisees is in fact a proclamation of Gospel truth. For our God is one who delights in mercy, who casts all our sins into the depths of the sea through the cross (Micah 7:18–20). “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:12–17). Those who refuse to be counted as sinners also refuse Jesus who came only for sinners. Those like the older son (Luke 15:11–32) who think they are righteous of themselves will not join in the heavenly celebration over the sinner who repents and so remain outside of the Father’s house. Let us therefore be on guard against self–righteously trusting in our own merits. “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6–11). Rejoice that Jesus receives sinners like us and that He still sits at table with us in the Holy Supper, bestowing His forgiveness and life.

Collect: O God, the Protector of all that trust in You, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, increase and multiply upon us Your mercy that, You being our Ruler and Guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.

Daily Lectionary For June 17–June 23
June 17                         The Parable of the Great Feast—Luke 14:15-24
                                                           Proverbs 17:1-28, John 16:17-33
June 18                           The Seventy Return with Joy—Luke 10:17-24
                                                             Proverbs 20:5-25, John 17:1-26
June 19                 The Parable of the Good Samaritan—Luke 10:25-37
                                                             Proverbs 22:1-21, John 18:1-14
June 20                                             Mary and Martha—Luke 10:38-42
                                                    Proverbs 22:22–23:12, John 18:15-40
June 21             Lord’s Prayer & the Friend at Midnight—Luke 11:1-13
                                                             Proverbs 24:1-22, John 19:1-22
June 22                       A House Divided Cannot Stand—Luke 11:14-36
                                                           Proverbs 25:1-22, John 19:23-42
June 23                        Looking Forward to the 3rd Sunday After Trinity
                               Micah 7:18–20, 1 Timothy 1:12–17, Luke 15:1–10

July 8, 2012 – Church Picnic/Potluck
Fun, Food, Swimming, and Fellowship. The Fun begins at 3:00 pm. We will begin eating around 5:00 pm. Please bring a dish to share and your chair!  Meat and drinks will be provided.  David Ray farm, 12958 Lead Line Rd., Auburn – 438-4202
Lutherans for Life – www.lutheransforlife.org
Life Thought: Psalm 1 describes a noble man who “walks not in the counsel of the wicked” but “his delight is in the law of the Lord” (1:1, 2). Such nobility flows not from himself but from the “streams of water” by which he has been planted (1:3). Such nobility could only be surpassed by the father who brings his children to be planted by these streams in baptism and instructs them to delight in the Lord.
Life Quote:  “Just as our children are part of us, and we are part of them, so our heavenly Father is part of us, and we are part of Him. As we celebrate Father’s Day this year, we can spare a thought for our Heavenly Father. Better still, spare Him a prayer. Say thank you for all the blessings we have, and ask Him for whatever you need. He will only give you the very best.” Rev. John Henderson, Face to Face radio program (Australia)

Saturday         June 16           5:30 pm                         Worship Service
Sunday            June 17                                            Happy Fathers Day
                                                9:00am                                Bible Study
                                             10:00 am                         Worship Service
Tuesday          June 19           8:00 am                North Mac Ministerial
                                               5:00 pm                                Unity BOD
Wednesday     June 20           7:30 pm                                             AA
Thursday         June 21           7:30 am                         Virden Chamber
Friday             June 22                                           Pastor’s Family Day
Saturday         June 23           5:30 pm                         Worship Service

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