Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
19 August 2018
“And looking up to heaven,
Jesus sighed and said to him,
‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’
And his ears were opened,
his tongue was released,
and he spoke plainly.”
St. Mark 7.34-35
Faith Comes from Hearing
A man who was deaf and therefore also had an impediment in his speech was brought to Jesus (St. Mark 7.31–37). In the same way, all are by nature deaf toward God and therefore also unable to confess the faith rightly. For “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Jesus put His fingers into the man’s ears, and He spat and touched His tongue. Even so in Holy Baptism, water sanctified by the words of Jesus’ mouth is applied to us; and the finger of God, that is, the life–giving Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3.4–11) is put into our ears in the hearing of the baptismal Gospel. Jesus’ sighing “Ephphatha” opened the man’s ears, and his tongue was loosed to speak plainly as Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah, “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book” (Isaiah 29.18–24) So also, He who sighed and breathed His last on the cross for us has given us to hear and believe in Him and has opened our lips that our mouths may declare His praise.
St. Bartholomew, Apostle – August 24
Remember this day in your daily prayer at home. The lessons are 2 Corinthians 4.7-10 and St. Luke 22.24-30.
Collect: Almighty God, who through Thy Son Jesus Christ didst choose Saint Bartholomew to be an Apostle to preach the blessed Gospel, give unto Thy Church evermore faithful teachers to proclaim the glory of Thy name; through Jesus Christ…
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Mark Your Calendars for Divine Service for the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptizer on Wednesday, August 29 at 10:30am.
Calling All Singers! The Adult Choir is an enjoyable way to participate and enhance the musical life of our parish. We are looking for more singers to help in this important proclamation of the Gospel at Immanuel. Please also consider if you have family or friends who enjoy music, or those who have not been present with us recently, who you could invite and encourage to join us. Rehearsals are Sunday from 9:45-10:20am. Wednesday rehearsals begin September 5 from 7-8:30pm. Please let Kantor know of your willingness to sing!
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Prepare for Next Sunday
2 Chronicles 28.8–15; Galatians 3.15–22; St. Luke 10.23–37
Hymns: 579 – 580 – TLH 267 – 566 – 876 – 683 – 822
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] Colossians 2.1-23; 2 Kings 4.1-44
[T] Colossians 3.1—4.18; 2 Kings 5.1-27
[W] 1 Thessalonians 1.1-10; 2 Kings 6.1-23
[Th] 1 Thessalonians 2.1-20; 2 Kings 6.24—7.20
[F] 1 Thessalonians 3.1-13; 2 Kings 8.1-15 (St. Bartholomew, Apostle)
[S] 1 Thessalonians 4.1-18; 2 Kings 9.1-37
Hymn of the Day or Month The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace (580)
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.