Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost—August 12, 2018
1 Kings 19:1-8 / Ephesians 4:17-5:2 / John 6:35-51 (Proper 14B Readings)
The Lord Jesus Feeds Us with His Flesh, in Order to Strengthen Us with His Own Life
God the Father sent His Son into the world, so that the world might have life in Him. Now He “draws”you to His Son, Christ Jesus, by the preaching of His Gospel. “Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father”comes to Jesus, who will never cast him out but “will raise him up on the last day”(John 6:44–45). He is “the bread of life,”who “comes down from heaven”in the flesh, that you may eat of Him and “live forever”(John 6:48–51). Although “the journey is too great for you,”in the strength of this food you shall come to “the mount of God.”Do not be afraid, and do not despair, but “arise and eat”(1 Kings 19:5–8). And “no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds”(Eph. 4:17), but “walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us”(Eph. 5:2). In Him, you have been “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness”(Eph. 4:24). Therefore, “be imitators of God, as beloved children”(Eph. 5:1), by “forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”(Eph. 4:32).
Sunday Morning Bible Study: Our Sunday morning study—“Male and Female He Created Them: Order of Creation”—will begin after the Divine Service (11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.) in the church sanctuary for at least the remainder of this month. Further evaluation will take place after this trial run. There will therefore be no Sunday school at 9:00 a.m. for the rest of this summer. Sunday school for our youth will resume in September following Labor Day. All invited!
Vacancy Q&A: Pastor Niemeier will take the first 5-10 minutes of today’s Bible study (11:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.) to provide some information concerning the vacancy at Immanuel, Loup City and to field any questions you may have.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study: We will continue our study of the book of Isaiah this Wednesday, Aug 15, at 7 p.m.
Sanctity of Human Life: The antidote to despair is not autonomy (1 Kings 19:4). God only gives daily bread to draw hearts into the bakery and unto the Bread-Maker (John 6:35, 44). He has designed human beings for community (1 Kings 19:7), and our opponent has no countermeasure for compassion. When we don’t apathetically abandon those facing life-or-death situations but instead embrace and assist, we receive them as treasures from heaven. Giver of Life, strengthen us to strengthen others with Your ways. Amen.
Stewardship Sentences: “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” (Ephesians 4:28) God gives us honest work to do so that we can be a blessing to others. That’s how so many of God’s blessings go: He gives to us so that we in turn can be a blessing. He graciously calls us into the midst of His own work in the world.
Expert Guests, Expansive Topics, Extolling Christ: Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL. This week’s teachings include: A Military History of Islam and the West, Mary, the Mother of Our Lord, Old Testament Prophet Isaac, 17th Century Lutheran Theologian Johann Gerhard, 11th Century Hymnwriter & Theologian Bernard of Clairvaux and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.You can listen to Lutheran experts teach on topics like: The Augsburg Confession, Responding to Roman Catholic Proof Texts, The Emmaus Disciples, Third Century Martyr Lawrence and more. Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
HLHS News & Notes:
- State Fair Food Booth: HLHS will again sponsor a food booth at the 5-Points Bank Arena. We are in need of volunteers to fill more than 270 shifts, including help with pre-event preparation of the booth. The shift time goes by quickly and the comradery with your fellow HLHS supporters is a lot of fun. And you will be given a gate admission pass for the day you volunteer, which means you are can enjoy the fair before and after your shift.
- How do I sign up for a shift? We are doing sign up this year online using SignUp.com. If you are not comfortable with the online sign up or would like assistance, you are welcome to call the school office for assistance (308) 385-3900. Summer office hours are 9am – 1pm Monday through Thursday. (NOTE: On the sign up list, you will see a new job this year for “Food Prep at HLHS.” These shifts are at the school, not the fair grounds.)
- Golf Scramble: Heartland Lutheran’s Golf Scramble will be Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 PM at Indianhead Golf Course. Save the Date and more information coming soon.
Craft Fair: Heartland Lutheran High School will be holding its craft fairon October 7, 2018 from 11:00 – 3:00 pm. We will be in need of crafts, quilts, and other homemade items. We will also be in need of cookies and goodies if you would like to plan on providing some of those items. All proceeds go toward tuition assistance. If you have things to donate please contact the school office or Jan Hadenfeldt.