God is with us in Word and Sacrament

Immanuel News & Notes (Trinity 3)



Sunday (6/16)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service


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

Sunday (6/23)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class


HEALTH CONCERNS: Joyce Alexander; Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Tim Burk (friend of Joan Vukelich); Brad Butler (friend of Hilgendorfs); Chelle Carson (friend of Dave Holzrichter); Rena Carson (friend of Dave Holzrichter); Darren Cooper (friend of Joan Vukelich); Tim Flynn (friend of Dave Holzrichter); Nash Foreman (friend of Sofie Reifsteck); Les Hall; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Julie Holzrichter (sister-in-law of Dave Holzrichter); Matthew Hostetler (nephew of Dorothy Hostetler); Mary Houvanagle (friend of Hilgendorfs); Anya Knecht (daughter of Gretchen Krueger); John Lamkin (friend of Dave Slaughter); Jon Little (friend of Greg Campbell); Lisa McGill (friend of Dave Holzrichter); Steven Pingolt (friend of Mathew Waldrop); Rebecca (friend of Celeste Nau); Emma Silver; Wendy Stata (aunt of Pastor Braaten); John Stewart (grandson of Laura VanCleave); Kim Travis (friend of Jamiee Whitson); Lausanne Walter (mother of Tiffany Cash); Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson).

SEMINARY STUDENT: David Scarborough, Jackson Scofield.

HOMEBOUND:Bernita Ashwill; Janet Pollock; Joan Rahn; Ruth Sims.

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


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Genesis 50:15–21; Romans 8:18–23; Luke 6:36–42.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:2). The Pharisees’ statement of judgment against Jesus is in fact a proclamation of Gospel truth. For our God is one who delights in mercy, who casts all our sins into the depths of the sea through the cross (Micah 7:18–20). “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). Those who refuse to be counted as sinners also refuse Jesus who came only for sinners. Those like the older son (Luke 15:11–32), who think they are righteous of themselves, will not join in the heavenly celebration over the sinner who repents and so remain outside of the Father’s house. Let us therefore be on guard against self–righteously trusting in our own merits. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you” (1 Peter 5:6). Rejoice that Jesus receives sinners like us and that He still sits at table with us in the Holy Supper, bestowing His forgiveness and life.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 15:10 “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Jesus eats with sinners not so that they will remain stuck in their sins, but so that they will come to know His love and repent. To repent means to turn, to turn away from sin and toward Jesus in faith. Whether the sin we struggle with is pride, greed, doubt, etc., the Lord calls us to turn to Him again in faith and away from our sin.

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by the Munsons to the glory of God in thanksgiving for Coulson’s birthday.

NOT ASHAMED CONFERENCE . . . Registration is open to everyone for Not Ashamed: God’s Answer for Our Chaotic Times. Join us to hear about our spheres of influence within God’s orders of creation in the family, society, and the church. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors. Registration is free but limited. Register at this website: https://bit.ly/NotAshamedConf2024

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . Monday, June 17–Thursday, June 20, to give a paper at the annual conference of the Association of Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Churches. In the event of an emergency, you may reach him on his mobile phone.

A FATHERS’ DAY THANK YOU . . . Dear Dad, Thank you for sharing your life with me. You have treated me as a gift and a privilege from God. I have survived because you brought love to me like our Father in heaven loved you. I have succeeded because you valued me beyond what I deserve. You set and kept the boundaries within which I could fight without killing, work without dying, and play without wasting away. You taught me both a sense of bravery and a feeling of safety. You’ve embraced me in divine patience despite my rebellion. You’ve cradled me with heavenly persistence no matter how reckless I became. Never did you put up with anyone ruining me, and neither did you tolerate me wrecking myself. You connected me to a legacy and a history with your stories and instructions. You cultivated my humility and humor in showing us how to acknowledge our limitations and laugh at ourselves. When I strayed, you sought to bring me back. Whenever I failed, you forgave me. I have come to know the protecting and providing care of the Heavenly Father because you have embodied it. I understand and appreciate the gracious salvation of His beloved and only-begotten Son Jesus Christ because I have witnessed it at work in your commitment and counsel to me. I can trust and take responsibility because you have devoted your sweat and blood, muscle and bone to ensure my survival. Thank you for painstakingly imprinting your silhouette upon me to shape a space in my heart for the self-giving joy and hope of the Gospel. May the Lord make my gratitude to you as relentless and affectionate as your goodness to me.




Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.