Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
15 August 2021
St. Mary, Mother of God
The Lord clothes His people with the garments of salvation and covers them with the robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61.10). So the Blessed Virgin Mary rejoices in God her Savior (St. Luke 1.47). The Lord was gracious to her. She believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord (v. 45). That is why all generations shall call her “blessed” (v. 42, 48); likewise, “Blessed are all who hear the Word of God and keep it” (St. Luke 11.28). She has the unique honor of being the one from whom the Righteous One sprouts up on earth before all nations (Isaiah 61.11). But she sings as a recipient of His great mercy. God sent forth His Son, born of this woman, born under the Law, to redeem those under the Law, that we might be sons and heirs (Galatians 4.4–7). Mary is rightly called “Mother of God” because of the nature of the Son she bore; but He alone is called “Savior,” “Redeemer,” and “Advocate.” Jesus Christ is the one thing needful, come to rescue and heal and save us (St. Luke 10.28–42). He is the seed of the woman at last come to crush the serpent’s head for us (Genesis 3.15). Today the church commemorates the dormition (“sleeping”) of Mary, mother of Our Lord, in thanksgiving for her heavenly birthday after being the chosen vessel to bear the Savior of the world.
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mrs. Bev Christopher.
Adult Bible Class meets Sunday at 9am in the Parish Center, continuing the study of St. Luke 9.
Calling All Singers! The Adult Choir is an enjoyable way to participate in and enhance the musical life of our parish. We are looking for more singers to help in this important proclamation of the Gospel at Immanuel. Please also consider if you have family or friends who enjoy music, or those who have not been present with us recently, who you could invite and encourage to join us. Rehearsals begin next Sunday, August 22, from 9:45-10:20am in the Parish Center. Thursday rehearsals begin September 9 from 7-8:30pm. Please let Kantor know of your willingness to sing! Thank you!
Calling All Instrumentalists! If you play a musical instrument, we would welcome your participation with our current instrumentalists (trumpets, trombone, baritone, flutes, violin, and clarinet). There are opportunities to play in groups, with the choir, and with the organ. Please let Kantor know if you can help us in this important work at Immanuel.
Where Christianity Meets Culture Issues, Etc. is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: Christianity & Wokeness; The Persecution of Finnish Lutheran Leaders; Defending the Christian Faith Like the Early Church; Fighting Critical Race Theory and more. You can listen on‑demand at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.
Please note that the Ladies’ Bingo Night (see insert) has been rescheduled to Friday, September 3.
Please take home your bulletin and Parish News each week to use as a guide for your daily prayer at home and as a reminder of the weekly schedule at Immanuel.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Isaiah 29.17–24; 2 Corinthians 3.4–11; St. Mark 7.31–37
Hymns: 797 – 820 – 578– 912 – 637 – 923
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] Ephesians 6.10-24; 1 Kings 16.29—17.24
[T] Philippians 1.1-30; 1 Kings 18.1-46
[W] Philippians 2.1-30; 1 Kings 19.1-21
[Th] Philippians 3.1-11; 1 Kings 21.1-29
[F] Philippians 4.1-7; 1 Kings 22.1-53
[S] Philippians 4.8-23; 2 Kings 1.1—2.25
Hymn of the Day or Month Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (670)
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.