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Sunday (9/11)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Parent Sunday School Meeting
  • 4:00 pm—Adult Information Class


  • 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


  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class


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

Sunday (9/11)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class
  • 4:00 pm—Adult Information Class


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; 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 . . . Proverbs 4:10–23; Galatians 5:16–24; Luke 17:11–19.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The Law cannot help us or give us life. Rather, it confines everyone under sin as wounded and naked before God (Gal. 3:15–22). So it is that two figures of the Law, the priest and the Levite, passed by the injured man on the side of the road (Luke 10:23–37). Only the promised Seed of Abraham can rescue us and make us righteous before God. Only the Samaritan, our Lord Jesus, had compassion. He came down to us in our lost and dying condition, pouring on the oil and wine of the Sacraments. He placed us on His own animal, bearing our sin and brokenness in His body on the cross to restore us. Jesus brought us to the inn, that is, the Church, and gave the innkeeper two denarii, that His double forgiveness might continue to be ministered to us. In this way the Lord, by whose Law we are torn and stricken, heals us and revives us by His Gospel and raises us up with Himself on the third day, that we may live in His sight (Hos. 6:1–6).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 10:25 “And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’” That’s just not a good question! Doing and inheriting just don’t go together: what can you do to inherit the English throne? Nothing. Inheriting is about birth right; doing is about merit. We receive eternal life by birth right in our Baptism into Christ. All of our doing in the Kingdom of God flows from this, from who we are by our new birth. It can never be the other way around.

FIRST DAY OF SUNDAY SCHOOL . . . is TODAY, 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. The focus of study this year is the second half of the Old Testament from Joshua and the Conquest of Canaan to the return of the Judean exiles from Babylon.

COME TO BIBLE CLASS . . . Since today is the first day of Sunday School, it is a perfect opportunity for older members to model ongoing Christian Education for the younger members as St. Paul instructs the older men and older women to do in Titus Chapter 2. We are studying the Wisdom of God found in the Book of Proverbs. Who doesn’t need the Wisdom of God in their lives. Join us.

YOUTH GROUP EVENT . . . for September will be on Sunday, September 25, 6:00 pm. We will be having a cookout and games at the church.

WHY? . . . Why do we stand up for the last stanza of some hymns? A good number of our hymns have as a last stanza a Trinitarian doxology. This is an ascription of praise to the Holy Trinity. Doxology comes from two Greek words: doxa, which means “praise,” and logia, which means “words,” hence, “praise words.” A Trinitiarian doxology in simply an ascription of praise to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is a custom dating to the early church, when the psalms were sung with a Gloria Patri a their conclusion (as we still do when we sing the psalms). The Gloria Patri (Latin for “Glory be to the Father . . . ,”) is the earliest form of the Trinitarian doxology, and was added to the psalms to indicate that these Old Testament prayers have now been fulfilled in Christ our Lord, who commanded Baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. When Christian hymns began to be written, they were generally seen as psalms in verse, and so the Gloria Patri found its way into their las stanza. Since the Psalmist declares that it is by His name that God saves us (e.g., Ps. 54), it is fitting for Christians to honor the blessed name of the Holy Trinity whenever it is expressed aloud. And so we stand for these stanzas of the hymn. Sometimes if we are already standing, it is appropriate to bow the head during the singing of the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Such bodily involvement in the liturgy is a helpful reminder that in Christ our whole body, mind, and soul are held captive to the Word of God.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Reuben & Dorothy Hostetler to the glory of God for thanksgiving for prayers and blessings received.

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:

  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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