Fourth Sunday after Trinity
14 July 2019
Christ’s Mercy Is Ours to Show to Others
“Be merciful, even as your Father also is merciful” (St. Luke 6.36–42). The old Adam in us wants to condemn and seek vengeance. But the Lord says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Romans 12.14–21). To condemn, to avenge yourself, is to put yourself in the place of God. It is to fail to trust that He is just. Ultimately, it is to disbelieve that Jesus suffered the full vengeance for all wrongs. Only Christ is merciful as the Father is merciful. He is the one who overcame all evil with the good of His cross, forgiving even His executioners. Jesus is our Joseph, who comforts us with words of pardon and reconciliation (Genesis 50.15–21). He is the One who does not condemn but gives life that runs over. Only through faith in Christ are we sons of the Father—being merciful, forgiving, doing good to our enemies. For in Christ we know that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8.8–13).
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Dave Morge in memory of Roy and Renee Greenwood.
Adult Bible Class meets Sunday at 9am in the Parish Center, studying the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians. This class is taught by Vicar Cornwell, resuming next Sunday. Vicar Cornwell is substituting for Pastor Smith at Grace—Paris today.
Higher Things Youth Conference Pastor Sutton, Kantor Schultz, and Vicar Cornwell will be accompanying our youth to the Higher Things youth conference this week at Concordia University Wisconsin. Private Confession and Absolution will be held Thursday, July 25. If you need pastoral care, please contact the Parish Office, 812.232.4972.
The Parish is invited to a reception celebrating yesterday’s wedding of Joseph & Emily Eckardt in the Parish Center following Divine Service today.
Equipping the Priesthood of All Believers Issues, Etc. is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s teachings include: Marriage Equality, The Spirituality of Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson, The Resurrection & Ascension of Jesus, Psalm 82, Jesus Heals a Man Who Is Paralyzed and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Prepare for Next Sunday
1 Kings 19.11–21; 1 Peter 3.8–15; St. Luke 5.1–11
Hymns: 730 – 688 – 734 – 617 – 703 – 948
Order of Daily Prayer
L Make haste, O X God, to deliver me.
R Make haste to help me, O Lord.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia!
[S] from Divine Service
[M] Acts 27.1-44; 1 Samuel 9.1-27
[T] Acts 28.1-31; 1 Samuel 10.1-27
[W] Romans 1.1-15; 1 Samuel 12.1-25
[Th]Romans 1.16-32; 1 Samuel 13.1-14
[F] Romans 2.1-29; 1 Samuel 15.1-35
[S] Romans 3.1-31; 1 Samuel 16.1-23
Hymn of the Day or Month O God, My Faithful God (696)
Kyrie: L Lord, have mercy upon us;
R Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us.
Collect of the Day (bulletin)
Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer
L Bless we the Lord. R Thanks be to God.