Seventh Sunday after Trinity
04 August 2019
Jesus Restores Paradise and Feeds Us Freely
In the Garden of Eden, our first parents received food freely from the gracious hand of God, apart from any burdensome work (Genesis 2.7–17). But after the fall, food would be received only through toil and labor. The curse declared, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground . . .” (Genesis 3.19). In other words, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6.23). But into this wilderness world came Jesus the Messiah to restore creation. Having compassion on the weary multitudes, He renewed the bounty of Eden on the third day, freely granting an abundance of bread to the 4,000 (St. Mark 8.1–9). So also our Lord Jesus, having endured the burden of our sin, was raised on the third day to bring us back to Paradise. He now miraculously turns the bread of death into the Bread of Life in the Sacrament, giving you His very body and blood for your forgiveness. For “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6.23).
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Cale Bays.
Adult Bible Class meets Sunday at 9am in the Parish Center. Until September, the pericopes for the Sunday of the Church Year will be studied. Today, the class viewed the essay delivered to the recent LCMS convention by the Lutheran pastor Gottfried Martens of Berlin, who ministers to Iranian refugees who are converting to Christianity in large numbers. Drop an email to Pastor Sutton if you would like to view this powerful and comforting message, “Giving Thanks in All Circumstances.”
Welcome Reception and Pantry Shower Join us after Divine Service for a reception and pantry shower to welcome Vicar and Maggie Keller.
Thank you to those who helped Vicar Cornwell move out; to those who helped Vicar and Maggie Keller move in; and to those who helped prepare the vicarage.
Calling All Singers The Adult Choir resumes rehearsals on Sunday, August 18 at 9:45am, with mid-week rehearsals beginning in September. We welcome new singers to join us. Please let Kantor know of your willingness to sing.
Essential Exercise for the Christian Mind Issues, Etc. is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s subjects include: Lessons to Learn from Western Europe’s Decline, Christ’s Second Coming & Judgement, Jesus Heals Jairus’ Daughter, God the Father and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Mark Your Calendar to attend Divine Service for St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord, Thursday, August 15 at 7pm.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Jeremiah 23.16–29; Romans 8.12–17; St. Matthew 7.15–23
Hymns: TLH 260 – 745 – 636 – 834 – 693 – 655
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] 1 Corinthians 5.1—6.20; 1 Chronicles 16.1-43
[T] 1 Corinthians 7.1-40; 2 Samuel 7.1-29
[W] 1 Corinthians 8.1-13; 2 Samuel 12.1-23
[Th]1 Corinthians 9.1-23; 2 Samuel 15.1-15
[F] 1 Corinthians 10.1-33; 2 Samuel 16.1-35
[S] 1 Corinthians 11.1-22; 2 Samuel 18.1-13
Hymn of the Day or Month Sing Praise to God the Highest Good (819)
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.