Bulletin Announcements

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 20—September 22, 2019

Amos 8:4–7 / 1 Timothy 2:1–15 / Luke 16:1–15

The Lord Is Rich in His Grace and Mercy

Because God, our Savior, “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4), He urges “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Tim. 2:1). Christians should so pray “without anger or quarreling, but “adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control” (1 Tim. 2:8, 9). For the Lord does not forget “the poor of the land” (Amos 8:4). He remembers them according to the foolishness of the cross. “For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). Though we try to justify ourselves “before men,” God knows our sinful hearts and calls us to repentance (Luke 16:15). Though we are “not strong enough to dig,” and we are “ashamed to beg” (Luke 16:3), He justifies us by His grace and welcomes us into His “eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9). More shrewd than even “the sons of this world” (Luke 16:8), He requires His stewards of the Gospel to bestow forgiveness freely.

This We Believe—First Commandment Trust:  Many a person thinks he has God and everything he needs when he has money and property; in them he trusts and of them he boasts so stubbornly and securely that he cares for no one….This desire for wealth clings and cleaves to our nature all the way to the grave.” (Large Catechism, 1.5-9).”  (Large Catechism in McCain ed, Concordia:  The Lutheran Confessions. {St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2006}, 1.5-9)

CPH Bible Sale:  Need resources for personal or family devotions?  Concordia Publishing House has excellent supplies at discounted prices.  You can order by signing up on the sheet in the narthex.  Can’t find what you are looking for?  Ask Pastor.  Bring your check payable to Zion Lutheran to church by the September 22 (TODAY) order deadline.

Sanctity of Life: God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Doesn’t “all people” include every genetic member of our species? Doesn’t “be saved” mean live, from this time forth even unto forevermore? Doesn’t “God desires” indicate not limited to a certain age or conditional upon a particular ability? And doesn’t “come to the knowledge of the truth” motivate us to speak?

Stewardship Sentences: “For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.” (Luke 16:8)  The sons of this world know that they should use their wealth wisely to provide for their future. Shouldn’t we “sons of light” know that the wealth God has allowed us to manage should be managed for God’s purposes in the roles He has given us in Church, home, and society?

HLHS Delegates Mtg:  Delegates meet at the school this Thursday for a 7 p.m. meeting.  New members for the Board will be voted upon.