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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (9/12)

  • 7:30 am—Divine Service of the Word (On-Line Video)
  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class

Monday

  • 5:00 pm—Board of Mission & Evangelism
  • 6:00 pm—Board of Christian Education
  • 6:30 pm—Board of Trustees
  • 7:00 pm—Board of Elders

Wednesday

  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class

Saturday

  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession and Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (9/19)

  • 7:30 am—Divine Service of the Word (On-Line Video)
  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 12:30 pm—Catechism Class

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Ruth Bretz; Rev. Paul Brink (cousin of Ann Carroll); Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Leona Czerwonka; Lynn Davis (cousin of Mark Whitson); Cindy Ekstrom; Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Forrest Harvey (son of John Harvey); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Reuben Hostetler; Mary Miller (friend of David Holzrichter); Mary Negangard (grandmother of Bryce Reifsteck); Dennis Pickett (friend of Ann Carroll); Cary & Beth Rahn; Joan Rahn; Jody Reifsteck (mother of Bryce Reifsteck); Emma Silver; Ocil Slone (grandfather of Josh & Jake Dyer); Joy Stenger; Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Darrell Sy; Dylan Taylor (friend of Becky Kappes), Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long); Debbie Tiffan (friend of Deborah Reifsteck); Aurelia Tuegal (grandmother of Bethany Campbell); Brian Walker (uncle of Bryce Reifsteck); Pete Walker (friend of Glenda Rahn); Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brett Willoughby (friend of Matthew Waldrop); Dennis Wiltzius (father of Michelle Stumeier).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell; Logan Smith.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Emily McLean.

MISSIONARIES: The Naumann Family; The McDermott Family, Julie Lutz

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leonard Boerngen; Jim Harbaugh; Janet Pollock; Ruth Rentschler; Ruth Sims; Irene Wattjes.

MILITARY: Carl Crawford; Josh Dyer; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Blake Stokes; Scott Walter; Ruben Wilson.

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . 1 Kings17:17–24; Ephesians 3:13–21; Luke 7:11–17.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “You cannot serve God and money” (Matt. 6:24‑34), for they require two contrary forms of service. Worry is the worship given to the false god of mammon, an unbelieving anxiousness and focus on the things of this world. Faith is the worship of the true God, a confident trust that He is a loving Father who will care for all of our needs in both body and soul. The widow of Zarephath served God—that is, she believed the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah that the bin of flour would not be used up nor would the jar of oil run dry (1 Kings 17:8–16). He who feeds the birds and clothes the flowers will certainly provide for our daily needs. For He has already provided for our eternal needs, clothing us with Christ’s righteousness in Baptism and feeding us His body and blood for our forgiveness. With such confidence we are liberated from worry and freed to do good with our material resources, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Gal. 5:25–6:10).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.” Our anxieties and fears all come down to one thing: worrying that we will not get our way. But God is our loving heavenly Father: He will always care for us and His will is always best. That confidence should set us free from worry and free us for service according to the callings God has given us.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . were given by Roger & Wanda Long to the glory of God for blessings received.

NORTHWARD MILK MONEY . . . The jug to collect milk money for Northward, will be set out since school has begun. The Board of Mission and Evangelism has been in contact with the school about where the funds are needed most. So, the funds collected in the milk money jug will go toward the “Help A Child Fund” this year. Thank you for your ongoing support.

FIRST DAY OF SUNDAY SCHOOL & CATECHISM CLASS . . . is today. The Sunday School opening begins at 10:20 am in the Sanctuary. Music will be in the choir loft. And then classes will meet in the Sunday School classrooms. Catechism class will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 12:30 pm.

CAMP CILCA SCRAMBLE GOLF OUTING . . . is Friday, September 24! Be sure to save the date. We will be back at Hickory Point, Forsythe, IL. Shotgun start at 1:00 pm. Put together a team or be placed on a team. Lutheran Legacy Foundation has prepaid for Golf and dinner so the sponsorships and money you give will go right to CILCA and the CILCA Endowment. While $60 will cover your costs, you are free to give what you like! Check-in begins at 11AM, lunch on your own. Get registered by emailing Pastor Daniel Smith at revdms@gmail.com today. See CILCA.ORG for more info.

WHY? . . . Why is the offering collected when it is? During the Divine Service, the collection of the offerings takes place while the altar is being prepared for Holy Communion. There is an important connection here between the elements used (the bread and the wine) and the offerings collected. In the early church, the Offertory was a time of movement in the liturgy: it was sung while the bread and the wine were brought forth from the congregation as elements being offered to God for use in the Sacrament of the Altar. According to some traditions, the bread and the wine themselves were brought forward by and from the congregation. In other traditions, they were brought to the altar by a server. This indicated that the offerings from the people—the bread and the wine—were given to God for His use to bless the people with the holy body and precious blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins. By extension, the offerings of money collected while the altar is being prepared even now, for the money collected is used to provide for the elements of bread and wine, the altar, the building, the pastor, and indeed, everything we need here to receive God’s gifts of Word and Sacrament. Behold now what Christ does with these offerings: He receives them, and then, by His Word, gives them back to us as His body and blood. Here is the great mystery of the loving-kindness of our God, as He takes what we offer Him, feeble, poor, and by no means sufficient to merit any good from Him, and He gives it back to us as His own life-giving food. This is just like the great mystery of the Incarnation, wherein Christ received the poor, feeble flesh that the Virgin Mary gave Him, and united it with His majestic divinity to give us life and salvation.

THERE ARE OPENINGS . . . on the flower schedule for September and October. Take a look on the bulletin board across from the member mailboxes to see what opportunities are still available. Thank you!

SERVICES ONLINE . . . A copy of the service bulletin, which includes all the responses and the hymns, is available at Immanuel’s website under the Sermons tab by clicking on the button labeled PDF. This video option will continue to be made available until our usual service times resume. You can access these online services in three places:

  1. On Immanuel’s Facebook page
  2. On Immanuel’s Website under the Sermons tab
  3. On Immanuel’s YouTube channel

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