Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
23 August 2020
The Lord Lifts Up the Lowly
“And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard” (Genesis 4.1–15). For unlike Abel, Cain’s offering did not proceed from a heart that revered and trusted in the Lord. Thus, the lowly tax collector who prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” was the one who went down to his house justified before God, not the respectable, outwardly righteous Pharisee who trusted in himself and his own good living (St. Luke 18.9–14). “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The one who penitently despairs of his own righteousness and relies completely on the atoning mercy of God in Christ is the one who is declared righteous. For Christ died for our sins and rose again the third day (1 Corinthians 15.1–10). Therefore, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Casassa in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.
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Matins and Bible Study Join us on Wednesdays at 8:30am for Matins, followed by “Coffee Break Bible Study” at 9am. This Bible study will also be live streamed, and you may watch it on our Facebook page or YouTube channel.
Mark your Calendar to attend Divine Service for the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptizer this Saturday, August 29 at 10:30am.
Calling All Singers! Adult Choir rehearsals are at 9:45am in the Parish Center, with Thursday evening rehearsals beginning in September. Please let Kantor know of your willingness to sing!
Matthew Bible Study Pastor Will Weedon is leading a Bible study on the book of Matthew. The Word of the Lord Endures Forever is a daily 15-minute verse-by-verse Bible study produced by Lutheran Public Radio. This week’s teachings include: Divorce, Oaths, Retaliation, Loving Your Enemies and Giving to the Needy. You can listen at your convenience at thewordendures.org, on your favorite podcast provider and on the LPR mobile app.
Higher Things Daily Reflections are available on the Higher Things website in a variety of formats for printing, or reading or listening online. If you are unable to access them online, copies are available in the Narthex and Parish Center. Include them as part of your daily prayer at home.
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] Ephesians 6.10-24; 1 Kings 16.29—17.24
[T] Philippians 1.1-30; 1 Kings 18.1-46
[W] Philippians 2.1-30; 1 Kings 19.1-21
[Th] Philippians 3.1-11; 1 Kings 21.1-29
[F] Philippians 4.1-7; 1 Kings 22.1-53
[S] Philippians 4.8-23; 2 Kings 1.1—2.25
Hymn of the Day or Month I Will Sing My Maker’s Praises (977, insert)
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.