Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
03 November 2019
Jesus Invites Us to His Wedding Feast to Receive Abundant Righteousness
The Holy Spirit sounds forth the Gospel call: “See, I have prepared my dinner … Come to the wedding feast” (St. Matthew 22.1–14). But many reject this invitation in favor of worldly pursuits. And so the call goes out to others, both the good and the bad. For the wedding invitation is not based on the qualifications of those invited but on the basis of the merits and work of Christ. The feast is free: “He who has no money, come, buy and eat … delight yourselves in rich food.” (Isaiah 55.1–9). Those rejecting the Spirit’s work shall experience God’s wrath and judgment. Those who are not clothed in Christ’s righteousness shall be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Let us therefore seek the Lord while He may be found, for He will have mercy upon us. Let us redeem the time, being filled with the Spirit, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5.15–21).
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. James Stewart in memory of Kirsten Stewart.
Adult Bible Class meets Sunday at 9am in the Parish Center, next week studying Hebrews 13.1-19, “The Holy Life of a Holy Congregation.” The Christian congregation is a liturgical community of people who share in God’s holiness. By their treatment of one another, they recognize their common status as “holy brothers,” people with a “heavenly calling,” members of a priestly brotherhood dedicated to the service of the living God.
Christmas Poinsettia Order Form is on the table in the Narthex. Poinsettias are $11. Please write your name under “donated by” and, if you would like, a name of a person you would like to remember or honor. Orders are due November 18.
Matins is prayed (LSB 219) in the Nave on Wednesday mornings at 8:30am and on feast days. The congregation is always welcome.
Coffee Break Bible Study is Wednesday, 9am in the Parish Center, studying 1 Samuel 4.1-11, “The Philistines Capture the Ark of the Covenant”: Israel goes out to battle the Philistines without a command from God. Facing defeat, they bring the Ark of the Covenant into camp, only to see the Philistines capture it, the army routed, and the evil sons of Eli the high priest killed.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study “United in Christ: A Bible Study on Marriage and Family” is Wednesday at 7pm. Biblical roles of husband and wife will be the topic.
Issues Etc. is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: Parenting an Autistic Child, The Hymn “Oh, How Blest Are They,” Martin Luther’s Father Confessor Johannes von Staupitz, Lutheran Theologian Martin Chemnitz and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Exodus 32.1-20; 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18; St. Matthew 24.15-28
Hymns: 659 – TLH 407 – 674 – 759 – 713 – 726
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] St. Mark 4.1-41; Isaiah 43.1-13
[T] St. Luke 13.1-35; Isaiah 41.1-20
[W] St. Matthew 13.31-58; Habakkuk 2.1-20
[Th] St. Matthew 16.1-20; Isaiah 63.1-19
[F] 2 Corinthians 3.10—4.18; Isaiah 64.1-12
[S] 2 Corinthians 5.1-21; Isaiah 5.1-7
Hymn of the Day or Month O Lord, Look Down from Heaven, Behold (TLH 260, 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.