Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 28—November 17, 2019
Malachi 4:1–6 / 2 Thessalonians 3:(1–5) 6–13 / Luke 21:5–28 (29–36)
God’s Plan of Redemption Trumps Earthly Destruction and Violence
There are signs of the Lord’s coming all around: the cross that marks His Church, the violence and death of the sinful world, and the shaking of the natural order. “There will be great distress upon the earth” (Luke 21:23), but the faithful know that “the kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21:31). Therefore, “straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). Be awake and alert, and heed the words of Christ, which “will not pass away” (Luke 21:33). For you, “the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2). He sends His preachers of repentance in the spirit and power of Elijah “before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes” (Mal. 4:5), in order to “direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thess. 3:5). Although you are often faithless, “the Lord is faithful,” and by the preaching of His Word “he will establish you and guard you against the evil one” (2 Thess. 3:3). Therefore, “do not grow weary in doing good” (2 Thess. 3:13). In the midst of calamity, believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Children’s Christmas Eve: The children of Zion will be assisting with the Christmas Eve service on Tuesday, December 24th at 6 p.m. Practice will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on the following Saturdays: Dec. 7, 14, 21. The final practice takes place during Sunday School (9 a.m.) on Sunday, December 22. Please call or text Tish Niemeier (308-258-3582) to indicate if your child will be able to participate or not.
Zion Youth Group: “Baptism now saves you.” (1 Peter 1:21) Recalling the new life God gives in Holy Baptism, “Watermarked” has been chosen as the theme for 2020 Higher Things gatherings. Because registration is now open, both parents and students (current 8th grade-Senior) are asked to stay for an informational meeting next Sunday, November 24 after church in the sanctuary. Attendees can expect to gather information about possible locations, dates, and cost, and to ask what questions they may have. (Note: This meeting will serve as our November meeting. No meeting tonight.)
Soup Supper: Trinity, Grand Island’s Lutheran Layman’s League is sponsoring a soup supper this Tuesday, November 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Trinity. They would love to have you join them for an evening of good food and conversation!
Bible Study Opportunity: It’s never too late to join a new Bible study. Both our study of the gospel of John (Sunday at 9 a.m) and book of James (Wednesday at 7 p.m.) are just beginning. Whether your comfort level is “vocal participant” or “silent saturator,” please know that you are most welcome!
Liturgy Guides: Why do Lutherans worship as they do? Is there meaning, purpose, and special design to these powerful words set to beautiful music? Our heritage of Christ-centered, Biblical worship is explained in new laminated liturgy guides located in the hymnal racks. May their presence in our sanctuary help both members and guests appreciate this time and space where the Savior comes to His people through word and sacrament. (To help keep order in God’s house, please replace the worship guide behind the hymnal at the conclusion of worship. Thank you!)
Renewing of Your Mind: Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: 1 Corinthians, Is Divorce Contagious?, First Century Bishop Clement of Rome, Temptation, Evil and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Heartland Lutheran High School:
- Blue Cross Celebration: The Blue Cross Celebration is back! This year’s event will be at Heartland Lutheran High School on Sunday, November 17, 2019. Dinner begins at 6:00 pm. We will have a catered meal, guest speaker Mr. Bob Ziegler (Nebraska District Vice President – Schools and Youth Ministries), an update on HLHS by Chief School Administrator Mr. Timothy Leech, and a chance to participate in our annual giving fund. Tickets are only $20. Please RSVP with the school office via email or phone by November 12 308-385-3900 firstname.lastname@example.org
Blood Drive: On Tuesday, November 19th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm the Heartland Lutheran National Honor Society students will be hosting a blood drive for the Red Cross. Please consider coming in to make a donation and helping them reach their goal of over 30 usable units. Reaching 30 usable units will make HLHS students eligible for a scholarship through the Red Cross. In this way, your donation helps both HLHS students and the wider community. Please Contact the HLHS office at 308-385-3900 for a donation time.