Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
12 August 2018
“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other.”
St. Luke 18.13-14
The Lord Lifts Up the Lowly
“And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard” (Genesis 4.1–15). For unlike Abel, Cain’s offering did not proceed from a heart that revered and trusted in the Lord. Thus, the lowly tax collector who prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” was the one who went down to his house justified before God, not the respectable, outwardly righteous Pharisee who trusted in himself and his own good living (St. Luke 18.9–14). “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The one who penitently despairs of his own righteousness and relies completely on the atoning mercy of God in Christ is the one who is declared righteous. For Christ died for our sins and rose again the third day (1 Corinthians 15.1–10). Therefore, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Paul Danielsen.
St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord Divine Service is Wednesday at 10:30am.
Private Confession and Absolution is Thursday from 5-6pm. Enter through the Narthex and depart through the south side door through the Parish Center.
Expert Guests, Expansive Topics, Extolling Christ Issues, Etc.is a radio show and podcast hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio. This week’s teachings include: A Military History of Islam and the West, Mary, the Mother of Our Lord, Old Testament prophet Isaac, 17th-century Lutheran theologian Johann Gerhard, 11th-century hymnwriter & theologian Bernard of Clairvaux and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Please pick up your January – June contribution statements on the back table in the Narthex. If there are any questions, you may contact Stacy in the parish office at 812-232-4972 between 12-3pm Tuesday-Friday. Thank you.
We are in need of singers for the Adult Choir! Several members have moved away since the spring. Rehearsals begin next Sunday, August 19 from 9:45-10:20am. Wednesday rehearsals begin September 5 from 7-8:30pm. Please let Kantor know of your willingness to sing!
Prepare for Next Sunday
Isaiah 29.17–24; 2 Corinthians 3.4–11; St. Mark 7.31–37
Hymns: 797 – 820 – 912 – 941 – 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 I Will Sing My Maker’s Praises (bulletin)
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.