THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL
- 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 10:30 am—Parent Sunday School Meeting
- 2:30 pm—Tuscola Healthcare Worship Service
- 7:00 pm—Bible History Class
- 9:00 am—Sunday School Teachers’ Meeting
- 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
- 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 10:30 am—Bible Class
- 4:00 pm—Adult Information Class
IN OUR PRAYERS
HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Reuben Hostetler; Glenda Klim (sister-in-law of Irence Wattjes); Kurt McDaniel (friend of Joan Vukelich); Joan Rahn; Emma Silver; Ocil Slone (grandfather of Josh & Jake Dyer); Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long); Irene Wattjes; Darrell Wattjes (son of Irene Wattjes); Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brett Willoughby (friend of Matthew Waldrop).
SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell, Preus Hasselbrook
DEACONESS STUDENT: Elizabeth (Fodor) Dobbelaire.
MISSIONARIES: The Jastram Family; The McDermott Family, Julie Lutz
HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leona Czerwonka; Janet Pollock; Ruth Sims; Glen Stumeier; Irene Wattjes.
MILITARY: Carl Crawford; Josh Dyer; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Blake Stokes; Scott Walter.
NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . 2 Chron 28:8–15; Galatians 3:15–22; Luke 10:23–37.
ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . A man who was deaf and therefore also had an impediment in his speech was brought to Jesus (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” (Rom. 10:9–17). 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 Cor. 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” (Is. 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.
THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . 2 Corinthians 3:5 “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” We are not sufficient, not enough, not capable in and of ourselves. But God gives us what is enough, what is sufficient, and makes us capable. That is the beginning of wisdom: we are utterly dependent on God’s mercy. Our whole Christian life flows forth from this dependence.
THANK YOU . . . to all of the volunteers who helped deliver Peace Meals in August. Your continued help and support for the Peace Meal program is extremely valuable and appreciated!
FIRST DAY OF SUNDAY SCHOOL . . . is Sunday, September 11. The opening begins at 10:20 am in the Sanctuary. Music will be in the choir loft. And then classes in the Sunday School classrooms.
CID GOLF FUNDRAISER . . . the Lutheran Legacy Foundation is hosting a golf scramble at Hickory Point in Forsyth, Illinois, on Friday, September 23. The fee is $65.00 with any further donations going directly to Camp CILCA and CILCA Endowment Fund. You may email your registration to: email@example.com.
HELP-A-CHILD FUND . . . The jug to collect milk money for Northward will be set out since school is about to start. 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.
COLES COUNTY LUTHERANS FOR LIFE EVENT . . . Coles County Lutherans for Life will be sponsoring a community event with a speaker, Amy Gehrke, from Illinois Right to Life on September 24, 2022, 2:00 pm, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mattoon, Illinois. The purpose of the event is to provide information regarding right-to-life issues and concerns in light of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade. Any questions may be directed to Velma Price at (217) 246-2553 or Mary Ann Rennels at (217) 549-1701.
BIBLE HISTORY CLASS . . . will resume on Wednesday, September 7, 7:00 pm.
ADULT INFORMATION CLASS . . . will begin on Sunday, September 11, 4:00 pm. If you know anyone who would like to learn more about what we believe, teach, and confess as Lutherans, please invite them to this class. And join them in taking it. It’s a great refresher.
WHY? . . . Why is the cross carried in procession? When the processional crucifix is carried through the nave to its place in the sanctuary, it leads the way: for the attendants, for the clergy, for the celebrant, and indeed, for all the people. Although the people do not actually process (except on Palm Sunday and at the Great Vigil of Easter), they with heart and mind join the procession, being led by the cross. This is to express with our actions our agreement with the words of the apostle Paul, “I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” Therefore the proper response of faith to the entrance of the cross is to turn sideways to face it as it passes one’s pew on its entrance, and to turn toward the altar as the procession passes. It is also appropriate at this time that one may bow the head and make the sign of the cross at the moment when the cross passes, as a gesture of humility toward the Crucified One. At the close of the Divine Service, when the cross processes out, it is fitting to reverence in this way. (It is not necessary to continue to face the cross as it continues all the way to the back of the church, however, as this would result in turning one’s back to the Altar, upon which the body and blood of our Lord is lain.) Reverence to the crucifix in this manner is a way of acknowledging Christ’s own deep humility, saying in effect, if He would so humble Himself by becoming man and enduring the cross, should I not also humble myself?
FROM LUTHER’S SERMON ON MARK 7:31–37 . . . “Let everybody mark well, that he can never be saved through another person’s faith. But it of course may happen, that by the faith of other persons you may be brought to a faith of your own. Likewise the good works of other persons may be of service to me to obtain works of my own. Therefore those lie, who declare that we may be saved through the works or faith of other persons, whether we ourselves believe or not. No, this is not so! Unless you yourself draw out from God’s kindness and mercy a faith of your own, you will not be saved. Thus it must be; otherwise no other person’s faith or works avail, not even Christ, though he is the Saviour of all the world; his kindness, his help will do you no good whatever, unless you believe in it, and are enlightened by it. . . . These people approach the Lord in strong confidence, praying for the poor man, and their prayer is also heard. In the same manner, when baptism is performed we see this take place in the children’s faith. There are the infants, bare and naked in body and soul, having neither faith nor works. Then the Christian Church comes forward and prays, that God would pour faith into the child; not that our faith should help the child, but that it may obtain a faith of its own. . . . But if it does not obtain faith, our faith is of no value to the child. Therefore my faith can help you in no way except that it may assist you to obtain a faith of your own. Hence, to sum up all, everything depends upon personal faith, as strong as it is, so much does it need the faith and prayer of other people in order to increase in strength. . . . This is a simple explanation of the Story of the Gospel lesson.”
CONTRIBUTIONS & ATTENDANCE . . . Total YTD offerings $115,298.53; budgeted YTD offerings, $113,333.32. Average weekend attendance for August, 73.
ADOPTION STUDENT . . . Our student that we have adopted from Concordia has gotten married! Her new name is Elizabeth (Fodor) Dobbelaire. Please see her letter posted on the Student Adoption Board
SERVICES ONLINE . . . This video option will continue to be made available until our usual service times resume. You can access these online services in three places:
- On Immanuel’s Facebook page
- On Immanuel’s Website under the Sermons tab
- On Immanuel’s YouTube channel