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Parish News for Martyrdom of St. John the Baptizer

Martyrdom of St. John the Baptizer

Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

29 August 2021

 

The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptizer

“Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means!” (Romans 6.1–2). John preached the Law boldly against Herod’s adultery with Herodias. Choosing human honor over honesty, Herod served up John’s head on a platter to pacify Herodias’s conscience without the contrition and repentance of Baptism (St. Mark 6.17–28). So John was slain for the Word of God and for the witness he had borne (Revelation 6.9). John is Christ’s forerunner also in death; so other fellow-servants and brothers continue to be martyrs (witnesses) of Christ to this day (Revelation 6.11). Their deaths are precious to the Lord (Psalm 116.15) and so also to us, who celebrate even a beheading. Such is the confidence of the baptized! Buried into Christ’s death through Baptism, we believe we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His also (Romans 6.4–5). United to Christ, the Church’s Head, John can be confident that He will be reunited to his own at the last day. Even John isn’t really the forerunner; Jesus has gone before us all: out of the tomb alive, the firstborn of those who sleep!

 

Parish News

Altar Flowers   are given to the glory of God by Mr. James Latta in memory of Joan Latta.

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.  Sunday rehearsals have begun 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.

Work Day   to finish the Shelter House will be Saturday, September 11 at 9am.

Youth Catechesis   will resume Saturday, September 11 at 9am.

 

Prepare for Next Sunday

Proverbs 4.10–23; Galatians 5.16–24; St. Luke 17.11–19

Hymns: 793 – 713 – 941 – 602 – 544 – 895

 

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!

Psalm 74

Scripture Readings:

  [S] from Divine Service

  [M] 1 Thessalonians 5.1-28; 2 Kings 10.1-36

  [T] 1 Timothy 1.1-20; 2 Chronicles 22.1-12

  [W] 1 Timothy 2.1-15; 2 Chronicles 23.1-21

  [Th] 1 Timothy 3.1-16; 2 Chronicles 24.1-27

  [F] 1 Timothy 4.1-16; 2 Kings 14.1-29

  [S] 1 Timothy 5.1-25; 2 Kings 15.1-38

Hymn of the Day or Month If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee (750)

Catechism (bulletin)

Apostles’ Creed

Kyrie: L Lord, have mercy upon us;  R Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father

Collect of the Day (bulletin)

Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer

L Bless we the Lord.  R Thanks be to God.

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