Seventh Sunday after Trinity
18 July 2021
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 Mrs. Jodi Tate in honor of Pearson’s baptismal birthday.
Farewell Reception with Ice Cream Social is next Sunday, July 25, after Divine Service. There will be a brief presentation, ice cream social, and gift card shower to say farewell and “Thank You” for his faithful service, and farewell to Vicar Brendan Harris. Please join us!
Welcome Reception and Pantry Shower Join us Sunday, August 1, after Divine Service for a reception and pantry shower to welcome Seminarian Paul Norris as Immanuel’s thirty-second vicar.
Higher Things Lutheran youth conference is this week at Calvin University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, for our youth, parents, Pastor, Kantor, and Vicar. Please call the Parish Office if there is a pastoral emergency.
Adult Bible Class meets Sunday at 9am in the Parish Center, studying St. Luke 8.22ff, Jesus calms the storm.
Traveling over the Summer? No problem! Electronic giving is now available at Immanuel. Visit our website at https://www.ielcth.org/give/ or download the GivePlus Mobile App and set up a one time or recurring gift. Simple and secure giving electronically with your mobile device or computer.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Acts 11.27—12.5; Romans 8.28-39; St. Mark 10.35-45
Hymns: TLH 260 – 745 – 518 (s. 1, 21, 3) – 655 – 636 – 834
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.