Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost—November 18, 2018
Daniel 12:1–3 / Hebrews 10:11–25 / Mark 13:1–13
The Crucified and Risen Body of Christ Jesus Is the True Temple of God
Despite its “wonderful stones”and “great buildings,”the Jerusalem temple would be torn down, with not one stone left upon another, just as this present world and its kingdoms will come to an end (Mark 13:1–8). But that temple pointed beyond itself to Christ, to His sacrifice upon the cross and to the resurrection of His body as the true Temple of God. In the midst of sin and death, by the proclamation of the Gospel, He now gathers disciples into His body, wherein “the one who endures to the end will be saved”(Mark 13:10–13). For He is “a great priest over the house of God,”who “will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”By the pure water of His Baptism, they “draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,”and by His flesh and blood, they enter the Holy of Holies (Heb. 10:17–22). Thus are His people delivered, “everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.”For by the wisdom of His Gospel, He turns “many to righteousness,”so that “many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake”to everlasting life (Dan. 12:1–3).
Thanksgiving Service: “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Ps. 118:1) Please join us on Thanksgiving Day to receive God’s word and respond with thanksgiving and praise for all He has given and done in Christ Jesus. Matins begins at 9:00 a.m.
This We Believe: “Now this (Third Article) is the article of the Creed that must always be and remain in use. For we have already received creation (First Article). Redemption (Second Article), too, is finished. But the Holy Spirit carries on His work without ceasing to the Last Day. For that purpose He has appointed a congregation upon earth by which He speaks and does everything. For He has not yet brought together all His Christian Church (John 10:16) or granted all forgiveness. Therefore, we believe in Him who daily brings us into the fellowship of this Christian Church through the Word. Through the same Word and the forgiveness of sins He bestows, increases, and strengthens faith. So when He has done it all, and we abide in this and die to the world and to all evil, He may finally make us perfectly and forever holy. Even now we experience this in faith through the Word.” (Large Catechism, Third Article of Apostles’ Creed. Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, McCain ed., pg. 406, par. 61-62.)
Sanctity of Human Life:Fathers consign their children to abortions (Mark 13:12). Children encourage their parents toward physician-assisted suicide. The latter days have come upon us. Let us hearten each other with the promise of resurrection, even for terminal illnesses, and with the assurance of forgiveness, even for violence against life (Hebrews 10:12). Let us confidently confess this hope in the face of crisis and panic, for the Holy Spirit Himself speaks new and eternal life in us (Mark 13:11)! Heavenly Defender, loose our tongues to declare Your purposes. Amen.
Stewardship Sentences: “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”(Hebrews 10:14) Our Lord Jesus has provided the one offering for sin. What we offer to the Lord is not a sacrifice for sin; we cannot buy our way into heaven with our money, works, or effort. Rather, what we give to the Lord’s work in the Church is a thank offering, a sign of our dependency on God and all He has given us.
Lutheran Theology for Laity: 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 topics include: An Introduction to the Koran, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Worship in the Tabernacle, The Abomination of Desolation and more. You can listen on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Blood Drive: On Monday, November 26th 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 the community and HLHS students. Please Contact the HLHS office at 308-385-3900 for a donation time.