Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
07 October 2018
“For which is easier, to say,
‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?”
St. Matthew 9.5
Jesus’ Incarnation Secures for Us Life, Forgiveness, and Healing
The Lord does not require us to ascend to Him; in mercy He descends to us (Genesis 28.10–17). The ladder in Jacob’s dream was not for climbing; it was the means by which the Lord came to bless Jacob. This event finds its fulfillment in Christ who descended from His throne to save and bless us. By His incarnation He is the eternal bridge between heaven and earth. “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (St. Matthew 9.1–8). The Lord was present in the flesh to absolve the paralytic. Jesus also healed and restored this man’s body. “For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation” (Small Catechism). The Lord still has power on earth to forgive sins. In holy absolution He raises up the new man (Ephesians 4.22–28) and bestows the healing medicine which will bring about our resurrection on the Last Day. Thus we say with Jacob, “This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” (Genesis 28.17)
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Roger Tonsfeldt in honor of their wedding anniversary.
Nicola Mullins Baby Shower Congratulations to Kyle and Nicola Mullins as they prepare for a baby boy. Please join us for a baby shower on Saturday, October 13, from 1-3pm in the Parish Center. Please RSVP on the sheet outside the Parish Office. Contact Stacy Mullins at 812-240-5771 if you have questions.
Brat Trot 2018 is Saturday, October 20. Share the website, www.ielcth.org, with your friends and family and encourage them to participate. Deadline to receive a T-shirt for participation in the race is October 14. Members may turn in their forms along with payment to Parish Office. Volunteer sign-up sheet is posted outside the Parish Office. Race questions see: Brad Cress; Volunteers see: Kari Cress or Deanna Mathias (or as always, one can call the Church office with questions).
Your Daily Lutheran Bible Class Issues, Etc. is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s teachings include: The Rich Man and Lazarus, Coveting, Martin Luther on Isaiah, Moses and the Burning Bush and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Isaiah 55.1–9; Ephesians 5.15–21; St. Matthew 22.1–14
Hymns: 940 – TLH 260 – 636 – 672 – 689 – 919
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. Alleluia!
[S] from Divine Service
[M] 1 John 1.1-10; Nehemiah 1.1-11
[T] 1 John 2.1-17; Nehemiah 2.1-20
[W] 1 John 5.1-9; Nehemiah 4.1-23
[Th] 1 John 5.10-21; Nehemiah 8.1-18
[F] 2 John 1-13; Nehemiah 9.1-38
[S] 3 John 1-14; Zechariah 8.1-23
Hymn of the Day or Month Praise the Almighty (797)
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.