THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL
- 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 10:30 am—Bible Class
- 11:15 am—Church Council Meeting
- 7:30 am—Matins
- 7:30 pm—Voters’ Assembly Meeting
- 7:00 pm—Bible History Class
- 5:30 pm—Divine Service
- 9:00 am—Divine Service
- 10:30 am—Bible Class
IN OUR PRAYERS
HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Carolyn Coon (mother-in-law of David Holtzrichter); Jeff & Jo Coon (friends of the Holzrichters); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Mitzi Dingler (cousin of John Harvey); Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Cindy Harbaugh; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Barbara Holste (friend of Arleigh & Mary Jane Jones); Joe Irace (friend of Roger & Wanda Long); Marylin Joergens; Mary Jane Jones; Ruth Lewis; Pat Maree; Rev. Ted Mitchell (friend of Pastor Braaten); Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Cary & Beth Rahn; Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Chris Rogan (friend of Josh Whitson); Thomas Roughton (infant son of Christine & John Roughton); Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Irene Wattjes.
SEMINARY STUDENT: Joshua Schiff.
DEACONESS STUDENT: Stephanie Wilde.
MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott; Julie Lutz.
HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Mary Jane Jones; Ruth Lewis; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.
MILITARY: Carl Crawford; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.
NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . 1 Kings 19:11–21; 1 Peter 3:8–15; Luke 5:1–11.
ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “Be merciful, even as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36–42). The old Adam in us wants to condemn and seek vengeance. But the Lord says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Rom. 12:14–21). To condemn, to avenge yourself, is to put yourself in the place of God. It is to fail to trust that He is just. Ultimately, it is to disbelieve that Jesus suffered the full vengeance for all wrongs. Only Christ is merciful as the Father is merciful. He is the one who overcame all evil with the good of His cross, forgiving even His executioners. Jesus is our Joseph, who comforts us with words of pardon and reconciliation (Gen. 50:15–21). He is the One who does not condemn but gives life that runs over. Only through faith in Christ are we sons of the Father—being merciful, forgiving, doing good to our enemies. For in Christ we know that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom. 8:8–13).
THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” It is very easy to get caught up in the present and lose track of our ultimate destiny in the Kingdom of God. St. Paul encourages us to keep eternity in mind. This certainly has an application to our support for the Gospel—if we keep our focus on “the glory to be revealed” we will see our tithes and offerings in a new light.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Terry & Rhonda Harbaugh to the glory of God on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.
PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . at the LCMS National Convention Friday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 24. Our adopted seminary student Joshua Schiff will be serving in his place. Since Seminarian Schiff is not ordained, Holy Communion will not be offered that weekend. In case of emergencies, you may contact Pastor Braaten on his mobile phone, or you may contact one of the Elders: Jack Appleby, Kenny Kresin, Josh Whitson, and Mark Whitson.
UPCOMING LLL RETREAT . . . “St. Paul’s Missionary Journeys,” Saturday, Sept. 7 at Camp CILCA. Registration begins at 8:00; opening devotion at 9:00. Closing at 3:30. Please read Acts 13-20 ahead of time, and bring your Bible to the retreat! The speaker is CID Executive for Missions, Rev. Dr. Ken Schurb. Dr. Schurb was a parish pastor for 19 years and for seven years an Assistant to the President of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. He taught theology (including the “Life of Paul” course) at Concordia College, Ann Arbor, and is presently an adjunct instructor for Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. The apostle Paul set out into the Mediterranean world, telling the Good News of Jesus. No setting proved too formidable for him, no place too forbidding. Paul got his resolve from his message and his Master. Faced with the mission challenges of the 21st century, we will study how Paul by God’s grace, met mission challenges in the first century.
TODAY’S HYMN OF THE DAY . . . (LSB 696 O God, My Faithful God) is a prayer for strength and guidance in the daily living of the Christian life. It was written by Pastor Johann Heermann (1585–1647) during a most difficult time in his life, between 1623 and 1630, when he was plagued by various bodily afflictions. It is a prayer, a genuine cry of faith from the Christian’s heart, and based on the confession of God’s promised faithfulness and goodness. Holy living, or the everyday life of the Christian, rests in his or her connection with and confidence in the faithfulness of God. It includes receiving the benefits of this life with thanksgiving and being a blessing to the benefit of others. While our sanctification is never perfect in this life and even can seem to disappear in the face of trials and troubles, God calls us to daily repentance, returning to our Baptism where He calls us forth every day anew. In this grace we look forward to our eternal rest and the joy of life everlasting with the Lord.
A LITTLE HISTORY . . . Founded in 1847: The roots of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod trace back to 1847, when Saxon and other German immigrants established a new church body in America, seeking the freedom to practice and follow confessional Lutheranism. Initial members, which included 12 pastors representing 14 congregations from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, New York and Ohio, signed the church body’s constitution on April 26, 1847, at First Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago, Ill. Originally named The German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio and Other States, the name was shortened to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1947 on the occasion of our 100th anniversary. The Rev. Dr. C.F.W. Walther (Oct. 25, 1811 – May 7, 1887) served as the first president of the church body. As a young pastor, Walther joined the Saxon Germans who immigrated to the United States in 1839, and, at only 27 years old, he was the leader of the group that settled in Perry County, Mo. Dr. Walther played a key role in the founding of the LCMS in 1847, and he served as the church body’s first president, holding office from 1847 to 1850 and again from 1864 to 1878. Today, Walther is revered as the leading Lutheran theologian of his time, and he’s fondly known as the “Father of the Missouri Synod.”
- Dave & Michelle Stumeier (West)
- Kenny & Tammy Kresin (East)
- Jim Dyer (West)
- Bryce & Deborah Reifsteck (East)
- Kenny Kresin
- Sherrie Hoel; Marissa Russo
- Kenny Kresin
- Sherrie Hoel; Lexie Russo
- Jake Dyer (Crucifer)
- Oliver Braaten (Torches)
- Trey Waldrop (Torches)
- Isaak Burgener (Gospel)
- Coulson Poffenberger (Crucifer)
- Jake Dyer (Torches)
- Isaak Burgener (Torches)
- Caiden Russo (Gospel)
- Mark & Leigh Ann Whitson—July
- Greg & Celeste Nau—August
- Wanda Long—July
- Tammy Kresin—August