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Parish News for Third Sunday after Epiphany

Third Sunday after Epiphany
27 January 2019

But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.”

St. Matthew 8:8

 

Jesus Came for Gentiles, Too

The Gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Gentile (Romans 1.8–17). Even in the Old Testament, the Gentiles were beneficiaries of God’s saving power. Though unimpressed at first with the Word of God, a Syrian commander is persuaded to receive that Word, and in the water he is cleansed and brought to faith in the God of Israel (2 Kings 5.1–15). Evil is overcome by good (Romans 12.16–21). So also in the New Testament, a Roman centurion demonstrates great and humble faith in the Lord (St. Matthew 8.1–13). All he needs is the Word of Christ, for he trusts that Jesus’ Word of healing has authority to accomplish what it says. And indeed it does. The centurion’s faith is praised by our Lord above that of any Israelite. For the last shall be first, and the first last. Apart from faith in Christ, there is no salvation—not even for a Jew—but only weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Parish News

Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord, Candlemas is February 2 (Divine Service, 7pm)
Altar Flowers   are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Kris Wineinger in honor of Emma’s baptismal birthday.

Adult Bible Class   meets at 9am in the Parish Center. This week the class studied Hebrews 10.1-18. Next week we move to Hebrews 10.19-25; “The Open Way.” “Brothers” in Christ are encouraged by Hebrews to make good use of what Christ has accomplished – to come near to God in the Divine Service with a true heart, holding fast the confession of hope, and provoking each other to love and good works.

Sunday Afternoon Theology   on the Lutheran Confessions continues after Divine Service. Class meets for one hour, and you’re invited to bring a lunch. This class is for anyone desiring a deeper look at our Lutheran Confessions and liturgy, and for anyone who may be interested in joining our congregation as a communicant member.

Tuesday Night Theology   begins this Tuesday, January 29 at 7pm. Our society has blurred the definitions of man and woman far from God’s intention. As Christians living in an increasingly hostile world, it is important that we know how to give a faithful answer to those who may ask us to confess (1 Peter 3.15-16). Come and join us as we learn from God’s Word who God has made us to be as men and women in Christ. Sign up by the Parish Office or speak to Vicar Cornwell.

Please pick up   your 2018 Contribution Statements on the back table in the Narthex.  You may contact Stacy.Gibbens@ielcth.org or 812-232-4972 with any questions.

Equipping the Priesthood of All Believers   Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week’s subjects include: Does God Change His Mind?, The Idea & Practice of a Christian University, The Presentation of Our Lord, Media Coverage of Religion, Daily Bread and more.  You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

 

Prepare for Next Sunday

Jonah 1.1–17; Romans 13.8–10; St. Matthew 8.23–27

Hymns: 797 – 557 – 726 – 823 – 578 – 708

 

Order of Daily Prayer

L Make haste, O + God, to deliver me.

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!

Psalm 97

Scripture Readings:

[S] from Divine Service

[M] St. Matthew 8.14-27; Genesis 25.1-34

[T] St. Matthew 8.28-34; Genesis 27.1-45

[W] St. Matthew 9.1-17; Genesis 27.46—28.22

[Th] St. Matthew 9.18-38; Genesis 29.1-20

[F] St. Matthew 10.1-16; Genesis 31.1-18

[S] St. Matthew 10.17—11.1; Genesis 32.1-32

Hymn of the Day or Month From God the Father, Virgin-Born (401)

Catechism (Third Petition of the Our Father)

Apostles’ Creed

Kyrie: 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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