Saturday, September 1, 2012

Daily Readings for September 2-8, 2012

The Law cannot help us or give us life. Rather, it confines everyone under sin as wounded and naked before God (Galatians 3:15–22). So it is that two figures of the Law, the priest and the Levite, passed by the injured man on the side of the road (Luke 10:23–37). Only the promised Seed of Abraham can rescue us and make us righteous before God. Only the Samaritan, our Lord Jesus, had compassion. He came down to us in our lost and dying condition, pouring on the oil and wine of the sacraments. He placed us on His own animal, bearing our sin and brokenness in His body on the cross to restore us. Jesus brought us to the Inn, that is, the Church, and gave the innkeeper two denarii, that His double forgiveness might continue to be ministered to us. In this way the Lord, by whose Law we are torn and stricken, heals us and revives us by His Gospel and raises us up with Himself on the third day, that we may live in His sight
(Hosea 6:1–6).

Copies of Sermons are on the back table for your reference and study.
Please Pray For: Emily Rodenbeck, Phyllis McElroy, Ada Dambacher Dorothy Robison, George Van Huss, Crystal Ray, Ruth Hedrick, Walt Hedrick, Erna Van Winkle, Mary Kay Schmidt, 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.

LUTHERAN HOUR "A Labor of Love"  Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz Christ's life, death, and resurrection were a labor of love for you so that you could love the labor you provide for others in His name. (Ephesians 6:10-13)
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Lutherans for Life –
Life Thought: The battle to preserve the God-given sanctity of life in our country is not a battle against political forces. It is a battle against the “spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12). But we are well equipped for such battles when we wear the “whole armor of God” and wield the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:10-17). It is not a matter of winning a victory, but sharing a victory Christ has already won.

Life Quote: “When we care for orphans, through adoption and foster care, and through other kinds of ministries to orphans, when we advocate for children whose lives are in jeopardy through abortion and through other ways, what we are recognizing is that we are doing so as ex-orphans ourselves who have been rescued through the Gospel. And we are also recognizing that when a child is adopted into a family there is a real family formed there.” Dr. Russell D. Moore, author of “Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families”


The ten lepers cried out from a distance, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” (Luke 17:11–19). Their condition cut them off from God and others. So also do the works of the flesh cut us off from God and others. “Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:16–24). Thus we cry out with the lepers, “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy,” eagerly seeking His good gifts. Jesus said to the lepers, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. So too, we walk by faith and not by sight, being confident of Jesus’ help before we see any evidence of it, trusting that Jesus’ cleansing words of forgiveness will restore us to wholeness in the resurrection. Let us be as the one leper who returned to the true High Priest to give Him thanks and glory. For Jesus bore our infirmities in His sacrifice at Calvary. His words are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:10–23).

Collect: Keep, we implore You, O Lord, Your Church with Your perpetual mercy; and because the frailty of mankind without You cannot but fall, keep us ever by Your help from all things hurtful and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.
Old Testament: Proverbs 4:10–23
Epistle: Galatians 5:16–24
Holy Gospel: Luke 17:11–19

Readings for the Week of 13th Sunday after Trinity
Daily Lectionary For September 2–8, 2012
September 2                        1 Kings 11:42-12:19; 2 Corinthians 7:1-16
September 3               1 Kings 12:20-13:5, 33-34; 2 Corinthians 8:1-24
                                                                                 1 Kings 14:1-16:28
September 4                        1 Kings 16:29-17:24; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
September 5                                    1 Kings 18:1-19; Ephesians 1:1-23
September 6                                  1 Kings 18:20-40; Ephesians 2:1-22
September 7    1 Kings 19:1-21; Ephesians 3:1-21; 1 Kings 20:1-22:53
September 8                                      Looking Forward to Next Sunday
                           Proverbs 4:10–23, Galatians 5:16–24, Luke 17:11–19