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Parish News for Sunday after Ascension

Exaudi—Sunday after Ascension
13 May 2018

St. John 15.26
St. John 15.26

Jesus said:
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father,
He will bear witness about me.”
St. John 15.26

The Spirit of Truth Bears Witness to Jesus

The Spirit of Truth bears witness to Jesus, who is the truth. But the world does not receive the truth. It loves its own and hates those who are of the truth. Just as Jesus was scorned, so is His Church. “The hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God” (St. John 16.2). Yet it is by Jesus’ suffering and death that we are saved. Therefore we rejoice to share in His sufferings, that we may also share in His resurrection glory (1 Peter 4.7–14). Through the ministry of the Spirit of Truth, we are cleansed from the deceit of our idols and given a new heart and a new spirit, the heart and Spirit of Christ (Ezekiel 36.22–28). He now works in us fervent, self-giving love for one another, love which covers a multitude of sins, “that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4.11).

Parish News

Altar Flowers   are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Mueller.

Joining Immanuel By Profession of Faith   today in Divine Service is Mary Friend, graduate student at Indiana State University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Mary regularly sings in our adult choir, and recently completed adult catechesis. Please greet Mary after Divine Service.

Crisis Pregnancy Center Baby Bottle fundraising Campaign:   Pick up a bottle to fill with change through Father’s Day, June 17.  Bottles are available on the table across from the Parish Office.

Immanuel Men’s Fellowship   Save the date for our gathering on June 8 for Brats, Beer, and Bocce at the Vicarage.

Congratulations   to all new graduates of Indiana State University, and especially to two of our Lutheran Student Fellowship students, Lydia Stephens (BS, Communications) and Mary Friend (MS, Counseling). God bless your future endeavors!

The God Who Speaks:   Adult Bible Class on Sunday is studying the letter to the Hebrews. “In many and various ways God spoke to His people of old by the prophets. But now in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son.” (Hebrews 1.1) Now is the time to join in (or come back if you’ve missed lately) and be blessed to know our Lord Jesus more and more through His holy, precious, life-giving Word.

Private Confession and Absolution   is Thursday from 5-6pm.  Enter the Nave through the Narthex and depart from the south door through the Parish Center.

Essential Exercise for the Christian Mind:   Issues, Etc. is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio, hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week’s teachings include: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit; The Sanctity of Marriage; Stewardship; Ramadan; Nehemiah; Jacob’s Family; and more. You can listen live or on-demand www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

Prepare for Next Sunday

Genesis 11.1–9; Acts 2.1–21; St. John 14.23–31

Hymns: 913 – 497 – 501 – 768 – 500 – 489 – 503

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

Psalm 27

Scripture Readings:

  [S] from Divine Service

  [M] St. John 10.17-21; Zechariah 13.1-9

  [T] St. John 10.22-31; Zechariah 14.1-21

  [W] St. John 10.32-42; Isaiah 66.1-24

  [Th]St. John 11.1-27; Jeremiah 46.1-28

  [F] St. John 11.28-44; Isaiah 32.1-20

  [S] St. John 11.45-57; Isaiah 57.1-21

Hymn of the Day or Month

Catechism (bulletin)

Apostles’ Creed

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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