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Parish News for The Sunday of the Parables of the Joy in Heaven – Trinity III

The Sunday of the Parables of the Joy in Heaven – Trinity III

16 June 2024


Jesus Receives Sinners

“This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:2). The Pharisees’ statement of judgment against Jesus is in fact a proclamation of Gospel truth. For our God is one who delights in mercy, who casts all our sins into the depths of the sea through the cross (Micah 7:18–20). “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). Those who refuse to be counted as sinners also refuse Jesus who came only for sinners. Those like the older son (Luke 15:11–32), who think they are righteous of themselves, will not join in the heavenly celebration over the sinner who repents and so remain outside of the Father’s house. Let us therefore be on guard against self–righteously trusting in our own merits. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you” (1 Peter 5:6). Rejoice that Jesus receives sinners like us and that He still sits at table with us in the Holy Supper, bestowing His forgiveness and life.


Parish News

Altar Flowers donated today by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Haas in honor of their 56th wedding anniversary.

The Resurrection Garden in memory of Gay Meyer Immanuel will host an Earthly Goods Sale TODAY after Divine Service to benefit the beautification and care needed of the garden for years to come.  We are encouraging continued contributions to the Resurrection Garden in memory and honor of Gay. Donations can be mailed directly to Immanuel. Please indicate Resurrection Garden to help us keep track of these contributions. Thank you for your support. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Didache – Interested in learning more about the essentials of Lutheran doctrine and practice? Please join Pastor’s adult instruction class Tuesday evenings at 5:30 pm. Both members and guests are invited to attend, with guests having the opportunity to become communicant members upon completion.

Change for Life Bottle Campaign  Please return your baby bottle TODAY. Crisis Pregnancy Center would like to thank you for faithfully supporting them throughout the years! The proceeds from this campaign are used to purchase the port-a-cribs, toddler beds, baby monitors and car seats that CPC clients earn through the Encouraging Parents Together Program. https://youtu.be/u-Tu80C_8Sw

Christian Worldview Series… What is truth?  What is a human being?  What should we value?  What is beauty?  What is the source for morality?  You’ll find answers to these questions in a seven-part Issues, Etc. series based on a new resource from Concordia Publishing House, “Prepared with a Reason.”  Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  You can listen on-demand at issuesetc.org/preparedwithareason or with a podcast provider.


This Week at Immanuel

Today   The Third  Sunday after Trinity
  • Sunday School/Adult Bible Study, 9:00 am
  • Divine Service, 10:30 am
  • Earthly Goods Sale (cont.), 12:00 pm
  • Adult Didache Class, 5:30 pm
Next Sunday   The Fourth Sunday after Trinity
  • Sunday School /Adult Bible Class, 9:00 am
  • Divine Service, 10:30 am


Pastor’s Open Office Hours
  • Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Friday, 4:30-5:30 pm