July 15,2018—Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 7:7-15 / Ephesians 1:3-14 / Mark 6:14-29 (Proper 10 B readings)
The Lord Jesus Brings His People through Death into Life by the Preaching of Repentance
Amos did not choose to be a prophet, but the Lord took him “from following the flock”and said to him, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel”(Amos 7:15). It was a hard word given him to preach: King Jeroboam would “die by the sword,”and Israel would “go into exile away from his land”(Amos 7:10–11). For this word, Amos was hated and threatened. St. John the Baptist also suffered for his faithful preaching of repentance. King Herod “sent and seized John and bound him in prison,”even though he knew that John “was a righteous and holy man”(Mark 6:17, 20). Out of pride and fear, Herod “sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head”(Mark 6:27). Yet in Christ, St. John the Baptist “has been raised from the dead”(Mark 6:14, 16). For Christ is the destruction of death itself “before the foundation of the world,”and even now by faith, “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”has blessed us in Christ “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places”(Eph. 1:3–4). Through Baptism into Christ, you also “were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit”for life and salvation (Eph. 1:13).
Vacation Contact: Please contact one of Zion’s Elders (Dick Spiehs, Skip Meyer, Andy Glause, Kraig Niemoth) if an emergency should arise while Pastor is out of town. They can arrange pastoral care for you.
July 15 Service Start: In order to accommodate Pastor Bremer’s full travel schedule today, the Divine Service will start at 10:30 a.m. Thanks, Pastor, for preaching Christ’s grace to us!
New Address: After a life lived on the farm near Worms, Rob and Rosella Hiegel have made the transition into Good Samaritan Village in Grand Island. Their new address is 4079 Timberline Street, Unit 116 Grand Island, NE 68803. (Living in Pelican Falls Senior Living unit.) They may be reached by phone at 308-384-4803 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Psalm 133:1) Praise Christ for the unity we share even when the address changes.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study in July—The Isaiah Bible study, “on hold” during the month of July, will resume Wednesday, August 8 at 7 p.m.
Male and Female He Created Them: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created Him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)What does it mean to be male? To be female? Is it possible to offer unique contributions in family, church, and work without the baggage of having to be in competition with each other? Such questions are best answered in the Word of He who created us! In Scripture, we find not a “battle of sexes” but each “playing to our unique strengths” as we love our neighbor as ourselves.
Sanctity of Human Life: Adoption embodies the whole truth and love of God (Ephesians 1:3-5). He came into our flesh, gave it as lifeblood sacrifice, and raised it up from restful death just to adopt sinners as His own sons and daughters. Christians promote and pursue adoptions not primarily as a solution to infertility but as extension of the grace we’ve received to our neighbors in need. Ever-present Lord, open our eyes and our arms to the ones left forsaken by the devil’s deceptions. Amen.
Stewardship Sentences:“And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them.”(Amos 7:8) One of the sins for which the Lord condemned the people through Amos was a disregard for the call of kindness, charity, and generosity toward the weak and lowly. We can see here how seriously the Lord sees this! And that’s no surprise when we consider how God’s activity toward us is built on kindness, charity, and generosity. To act otherwise is to act against the Lord’s own nature.
Heartland Lutheran High School:Heartland Lutheran is again a part of The Third City Steak Feed which will be held on August 4 at GICC. Tickets are $19 and proceeds from the event will go to support the four Grand Island High Schools. This is one way to support HLHS programs. For tickets or further information contact the school office at 385-3900. Pastor and HLHS delegates also have tickets to sell.