Monday, August 6, 2012

Daily Readings August 5-12, 2012

“The master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly” (Luke 16:1–9). The steward’s shrewdness is praiseworthy for two reasons. First, he knew the master would be merciful. He trusted that the master would honor the debts he forgave in the master’s name. In the same way, though we have squandered our heavenly Father’s possessions in selfishness and sin, Jesus is the Steward who has canceled our debt, knowing that His forgiveness will be honored by the Father because of the holy cross. Secondly, the steward was shrewd in using oil and wheat to provide for his earthly welfare. So also do these earthly elements aid us when pressed into heavenly use in the anointing of baptism and the wheat of the Lord's Supper. Those who have the Sacraments will have an eternal home when the earthly fails. These are our escape in temptation (1 Cor. 10:6–13). For the Lord is our strength and a shield to all who trust in Him (2 Sam. 22:26–34).—Excerpted from the LSB hymnal project.
Saturday        August 4           5:30 pm                            Divine Service
Sunday          August 5           9:00 am                                  Bible Class
                                             10:00 am                            Divine Service
Monday August 6 – Friday August 10 6:00 – 8:30 pm Vacation Bible School
Wednesday    August 8          7:30 pm                                              AA
Saturday      August 11           5:30 pm                            Divine Service

Vacation Bible School
Join us for the Amazing Desert Journey, our Vacation Bible School being held on August 6-August 10. Ask God to bring children and adults to our program so they can know and grow in Jesus, our Savior! Registration forms on the back table. See you Monday night as we kick off VBS 2012.


Our Lord wept over Jerusalem for the destruction that would soon come upon her. For she did not recognize the time of God’s visitation in Christ, who had come to bring her peace (Luke 19:41–48). Through His prophets God had consistently called His people to turn from their deceit and false worship. “But My people do not know the judgment of the Lord” (Jeremiah 7:1–11; 8:4–12). They sought to establish their own righteousness rather than receive Christ’s righteousness through faith (Romans 9:30–10:4). So it was that God was in His temple to cleanse it, a precursor to the once–for–all cleansing from sin which He would accomplish in the temple of His own body on the cross. God grant us to know the things that make for our peace—His visitation in the Word and Sacraments—that by the Holy Spirit we may penitently confess “Jesus is Lord” (1 Corinthians 12:1–11).

Collect: O God, as You declare Your almighty power above all in showing mercy and pity, mercifully grant unto us such a measure of Your grace that we may obtain Your gracious promises and be made partakers of Your heavenly treasures; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.

Old Testament: Jeremiah 8:4–12
Epistle: Romans 9:30–10:4 or
Holy Gospel: Luke 19:41–48

Readings for the Week of 9th Sunday after Trinity
August 5                            The Rich Young Ruler—Matthew 19:16-30
                                                                                      1 Kings 3:16-28
August 6       Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard: Matthew 20:1-16
                                                                                      1 Kings 4:22-34
August 7     Jesus Predicts His Passion a Third Time: Matthew 20:17-28
                                                                                        1 Kings 5:1-18
August 8                    Two Blind Men Receive Sight: Matthew 20:29-34
                                                                                2 Chronicles 3:1-17
August 9                                The Fruitless Fig Tree:  Matthew 21:18-27
                                                                                        1 Kings 8:1-66
August 10               The Parable of the Two Sons — Matthew 21:28-32
                                                                                       1 Kings 9:1–28
August 11                                          Look ahead to Sunday's Readings
                           Jeremiah 8:4–12, Romans 9:30–10:4, Luke 19:41–48

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