Monday, September 17, 2012

September 16-22, 2012 Daily Readings

The Fifteenth  Sunday After Trinity September 15–16, 2012

SUNDAY’S DIVINE SERVICE– “You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24–34), for they require two contrary forms of service. Worry is the worship given to the false god of mammon, an unbelieving anxiousness and focus on the things of this world. Faith is the worship of the true God, a confident trust that He is a loving Father who will care for all of our needs in both body and soul. The widow of Zarephath served God, that is, she believed the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah that the bin of flour would not be used up nor would the jar of oil run dry (1 Kings 17:8–16). He who feeds the birds and clothes the flowers will certainly provide for our daily needs. For He has already provided for our eternal needs, clothing us with Christ’s righteousness in Baptism and feeding us His body and blood for our forgiveness. With such confidence we are liberated from worry and freed to do good with our material resources, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Galatians 5:25–6:10).

Please Pray For: Joe Worth, Elena Howarth, Emily Rodenbeck, Phyllis McElroy, Dorothy Robison, George Van Huss, Crystal Ray, Ruth Hedrick, Walt Hedrick, Erna Van Winkle, Mary Kay Schmidt, Dorothy Schroll, Kathy Schmidt, John Haynes, Bill Uchtman, Colin Starks, George Shepherd, and Donna Smith.
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: John Haynes, Valerie GeRue, Suzanne Maddox
Happy Anniversary: Dick & Stephanie Sisson

Lutherans for Life –
Life Thought: “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24b) Who cannot identify with this tension? All Christians live on this teeter-totter. We bounce up and down between faithful and faithless countless times daily. This should give us empathy and a loving manner when confronting others with their sin as we realize how much we all need the grace and forgiveness of God in Christ.
Life Quote: “It can never be in society’s best interests that anyone should be killed because they are ill, or that the health service should be turned into a death service … Whatever public opinion may say, doctors have an overriding duty to an ethical code that says ‘first do no harm.”’ Melanie Phillips, British columnist
Saturday, September 15         5:30 pm                            Divine Service
Sunday, September 16           9:00 am                                 Bible Class
                                             10:00 am                            Divine Service
Monday, September 17          6:30 pm                          Parish Planning                       
Tuesday, September 18          8:00 am                           NM Ministerial
                                               5:00 pm           Unity Board of Directors
Wednesday , September 19     5:00 – 7:00 pm                  Confirmation
                                                7:30 pm                                 AA
Thursday, September 20           7:30 am            Virden Chamber
Friday, September 21                                             Pastor’s Family Day
Saturday , September 22         5:30 pm                            Divine Service

Voters will meet on Sunday, September 30 after church.
We will also have a fellowship potluck dinner that day

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
A large funeral procession carrying the only son of a widow is confronted by another large procession, Jesus and His followers. Death and Life meet face to face at the gate of the city (Luke 7:11–17). Filled with compassion, Jesus comes into direct contact with our mortality in order to overcome it. He touches the coffin and speaks His creative words of life, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” Jesus does what is neither expected nor requested. For through Christ, God the Father “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:14–21). Jesus bore our death in His body that we may share in His resurrection. Even as Elijah stretched himself out three times over the Zarephath woman’s son (2 Kings 17:17–24), God stretched Himself out over us in the threefold application of His name in the baptismal water, breathing new and everlasting life into us. “To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.”

Collect: O Lord, we pray that Your grace may always go before and follow after us, that we may be continually given to all good works; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.

Old Testament: 1 Kings 17:17–24
Epistle: Ephesians 3:13–21
Holy Gospel: Luke 7:11–17

Readings for the Week of 15th Sunday after Trinity
September 16                     Cain Murders His Brother Abel—Genesis 4:1-1-15
                                                                                   Titus 3:8-15, Philippians 1:21–2:11
September 17
                                                                                    Philemon 1-25, Philippians 2:12-30
September 18                                David’s Thanksgiving to God—2 Samuel 7:18-29
                                                                                   Hebrews 1:1-14, Philippians 3:1-21
September 19          David Shows Kindness to Mephibosheeth—2 Samuel 9:1-13
                                                                                Hebrews 2:5–3:6, Philippians 4:1-23
September 20                               David and Bathsheba— 2 Samuel 11:1-17, 22-25
                                                                            Hebrews 4:14–5:14, Colossians 1:1-23
September 21        The Prophet Nathan Confronts David - 2 Samuel 11:26-12:15            Hebrews 6:1-20, Colossians 1:24–2:7
September 22                                      Looking Forward to Sundays Lessons:         1 Kings 17:17–24, Ephesians 3:13–21, Luke 7:11–17

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