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Parish News for Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity

Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity
04 November 2018

St. Matthew 22.21

And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

St. Matthew 22.21

Render to God the Things of God

When confronted with the civic duty of paying taxes, our Lord Jesus, Wisdom incarnate, walked “in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice” (Proverbs 8.20) and discerned that wisdom “is better than jewels” and “better than gold, even fine gold” (Proverbs 8.11, 19). When we set our minds on earthly things, such as wealth and passing glory, our “end is destruction” (Philippians 3.19). However, our humble and prudent Lord has rendered “to God the things that are God’s” (St. Matthew 22.21), namely, perfect fear, love, and trust, as well as the complete sacrifice for our sin. In so doing, He also rendered to Caesar the things of honor and justice, submitting to the law of the land that put Him on the cross. The true “riches and honor are with [Him],” because “enduring wealth and righteousness” (Proverbs 8.18) are found in our heavenly citizenship from which “we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” He “will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (Philippians 3.20-21).

Parish News

Altar Flowers   are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Richard Monday in honor of their fifty-third wedding anniversary.

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 19.

Fall Tuesday Evening Class:    The “8 Habits of a Highly Successful Christian” – our class on Christian piety is Tuesdays at 6:30pm. Contact Pastor Sutton if you need a book.  You may join the class whenever you are able. Class on November 6: “The Second Godly Habit: The Daily Prayers”

Adult Bible Class   on Sunday at 9am currently is studying Hebrews 7.11-19.  Next on November 11 is Hebrews 7.20-28: “The Eternal Intercessor” Jesus is a high priest unlike any other – He has the power to save completely “because He always lives to intercede” on behalf of those who come near to God through Him, having been made perfect for eternity.

Sanctifying Your Vocations With the Word of God   Issues, Etc. is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week’s teachings include: “The Flesh” in the Bible, The Book of Hosea, The Ten Commandments, Jesus Raises a Girl, Liturgical Worship and more.  You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

Indiana State University Masterworks Chorale   will perform settings of the Gloria in Excelsis by Antonio Vivaldi and K. Lee Scott next Sunday, November 11 at 4pm in Tilson Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for non-ISU students with ID, and free for ISU students with ID.

Prepare for Next Sunday

Exodus 32.1–20; 1 Thessalonians 4.13–18; St. Matthew 24.15–28

Hymns: 659 – 658 – 674 – 713 – 759 – 726 – TLH 407

Order of Daily Prayer

L Make haste, O + 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!

Psalm 31

Scripture Readings:

[S] from Divine Service

[M] 1 Corinthians 3.1-23; Joel 3.1-13

[T] St. Matthew 19.16-30; Joel 3.14-21

[W] St. Luke 14.1-15; Obadiah 1-21

[Th] St. Mark 13.1-37; Nahum 1.1-14

[F] Romans 9.1-23; Nahum 1.14—3.19

[S] Romans 10.1-21; Isaiah 10.1-27

Hymn of the Day or Month I Trust, O Christ, Your Holy Name (734)

Catechism (bulletin)

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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