Fifth Sunday after Trinity
1 July 2018
And Jesus said to Simon,
“Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching men.”
And when they had brought
their boats to land,
they left everything and followed Him.
St. Luke 5.10-11
Jesus Makes Fishers of Men
The Lord called fishermen to be fishers of men (St. Luke 5.1–11). The net they would use is the message of the cross, which is foolishness and a stumbling block to the world. The power of God to save is not in spectacular signs like wind and fire and earthquakes (1 Kings 19.11–21), nor is it to be found in human intelligence and wisdom. The power of God to save comes in the still, small voice of the preaching of Christ crucified. In worldly darkness the disciples could catch nothing. But in the light of Christ, whose Word was attached to the water, the boats were filled with fish. So it is that in Baptism you have been drawn in to the ship of the Church. Though the nets are breaking and some who hear the Word do not believe, pastors continue to cast the net of the Gospel and the Sacraments, that Christians may abide in the boat of the Church and that we may be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3.8–15).
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mrs. Charlotte Fischer in memory of Junior Fischer.
Tomorrow is Divine Service for the Visitation Monday, July 2 is the Feast of the Visitation. The Divine Service is at 10:30am. Our guest preacher will be the Rev. Jacob Gaugert, LCMS Missionary to Togo, West Africa. Following Divine Service there will be a presentation on Rev. Gaugert’s missionary work.
Heritage Fund envelopes are in the Narthex, or at the table across from the Parish Office. As you are able to be generous, remember our ongoing repayments of funds borrowed for the new furnaces and air conditioners, and for the ongoing technological upgrades to our computer systems.
Special Offerings are Sought for the renovation of the backyard area around the vicarage patio, where we intend to construct a covered area for activities. You may use a Heritage Fund envelope and mark it “Shelter House” or mark your check accordingly. Construction will not take place until all funds are raised.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Exodus 20.1–17; Romans 6.3–11; St. Matthew 5.20–26
Hymns: 406 – 562 – 601 – 563 – 590 – 599 – 954
Prepare for the Visitation (Monday, 10:30am)
Isaiah 11.1-5; Romans 12.9-16; St. Luke 1.39-56
Hymns: 933 – 934 – 621 – 820 – “Now in Holy Celebration” (insert)
Order of Daily Prayer
L: Make haste, O + 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
[S] from Divine Service
[M] Romans 4.1-25; 1 Samuel 17.1-58
[T] Romans 5.1-21; 1 Samuel 18.1-21
[W] Romans 6.1-18; 1 Samuel 19.1-24
[Th]Romans 7.1-25; 1 Samuel 20.1-42
[F] Romans 12.1-21; 1 Samuel 22.1-23
[S] Romans 13.1-14; 1 Samuel 24.1-22
Hymn of the Day or Month What Is the World to Me (730)
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.