Sixth Sunday after Trinity
8 July 2018
And Jesus said,
“For I tell you, unless your righteousness
exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will never enter the kingdom of
St. Matthew 5.20
Our Only Hope Is in Christ’s Righteousness
“Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (St. Matthew 5.20). God demands nothing less than perfection and holiness from you in regard to His commandments (Exodus 20.1–17). Your only hope, then, is not in your own goodness but in the goodness of Christ, who did not come to destroy the Law and the Prophets, but to fulfill them for you. In Christ, your righteousness does indeed exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees. For you have been baptized into Christ’s death and your sinful nature crucified. Therefore, he who has died has been freed from sin (Romans 6.1–11). You are now raised with Christ to walk in newness of life and to share in His resurrection on the Last Day. Christ has brought you through the baptismal sea “out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Exodus 20.2). Therefore, “consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6.11).
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Christian Tate.
Higher Things Conference This week our youth, along with Pastor and Kantor, will attend the Higher Things Conference at Southern Illinois University.
Candidate Bryan Stecker will be ordained this afternoon at Emanuel—New Haven, IN. Please remember Pastor Stecker and Raelene in your prayers as he prepares to serve in Nashua, NH. Pastor Sutton and family are out-of-town to attend the ordination.
Christ-Centered Cross-Focused Talk Radio Issues, Etc. is a talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: Teaching Forgiveness to Our Children, Misused Bible Passages, Proverbs, Lutheran Catechesis and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
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
Genesis 2.7–17; Romans 6.19–23; St. Mark 8.1–9
Hymns: 572 – 819 – 865 – 642 – 622 – 746
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] Romans 14.1-23; 1 Samuel 26.1-25
[T] Romans 15.1-33; 1 Samuel 28.1-25
[W] Romans 16.1-27; 1 Samuel 31.1-13
[Th]1 Corinthians 1.1-31; 2 Samuel 1.1-27
[F] 1 Corinthians 2.1-16; 2 Samuel 5.1-25
[S] 1 Corinthians 4.1-21; 2 Samuel 6.1-23
Hymn of the Day or Month All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall (562)
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.