Fourth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 9—July 7, 2019
Isaiah 66:10-14/ Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18/ Luke 10:1-20
The Lord Grants Peace and Life to His Church
The Lord restores Jerusalem, His Church, because she is the mother of His children, whom He comforts “as one whom his mother comforts”(Is. 66:13). We are “satisfied from her consoling breast”with the pure milk of the Word, and we “drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance”(Is. 66:11). The messengers of Christ bestow such gifts upon His Church. For He sends them out “as lambs in the midst of wolves”(Luke 10:3), bearing in their bodies the sacrifice of His cross, by which “the kingdom of God has come near”(Luke 10:9, 11). Wherever He enters in with this Gospel, Satan is cast out and falls “like lightning from heaven”(Luke 10:18). Thus, we do not “boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”(Gal. 6:14). Rejoicing in this Gospel, we “bear one another’s burdens”in love, according to “the law of Christ”(Gal. 6:2).
This We Believe, Teach, & Confess—Law & Gospel: “Until the end of the world they (Law and Gospel) must continually be taught in the church of God with all diligence and with the proper distinction, so that in the minstry of the New Testament the proclamation of the law and its threats may terrify the hearts of the unrepentant people and bring them to a knowledge of their sins and to repentance—but not in such a way that they give up in hope and despair….Therefore the law is proclaimed so that people may be comforted and strengthened through proclamation of the holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. This gospel proclaims that through Christ God forgives the sins of all who believe the gospel, accepts them for Christ’s sake as His children out of sheer grace without any merit of their own and makes them righteous and saves them.” (Formula of Concord—Solid Declaration, Article VI: Third Use of the Law., Kolb ed., pg. 586, par. 24-25.)
July Voters & Potluck: Both our July voters meeting and a congregational potluck will be held TODAY immediately after the Divine Service. All are invited to take in both the meeting at 11:45 a.m and the meal to follow at 12:30 p.m. in our newly remodeled basement.
Sanctity of Life: Our enemy has no answer for compassion. The Lord Jesus Christ has lifted and carried all our burdens. His saving love overcomes every power of sin and death. In life issues, we get to bear the crosses of brothers and sisters, neighbors and strangers (Galatians 6:2). And in the process we have the chance to show the sanctity we speak and share the blessings of life.
Stewardship Sentences: “But rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)No one can snatch us out of the nail-marked hands of Jesus. He has redeemed us and claimed us as His own. As those whose names are written in heaven, we seek to live heavenly lives here on earth. This is the foundation of all our good works, including the good work of faithfully supporting the work of the Church. It’s our joy in having been redeemed by the Lord through the activity of the Church that motivates us to support the Church.
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