Jesus Is Our Good Samaritan
The Law cannot help us or give us life. Rather, it confines everyone under sin as wounded and naked before God (Gal. 3:15–22). So it is that two figures of the Law, the priest and the Levite, passed by the injured man on the side of the road (Luke 10:23–37). Only the promised Seed of Abraham can rescue us and make us righteous before God. Only the Samaritan, our Lord Jesus, had compassion, as did the Samaritans of old (2 Chronicles 28:8–15). He came down to us in our lost and dying condition, pouring on the oil and wine of the Sacraments. He placed us on His own animal, bearing our sin and brokenness in His body on the cross to restore us. Jesus brought us to the inn, that is, the Church, and gave the innkeeper two denarii, that His double forgiveness might continue to be ministered to us. In this way the Lord, by whose Law we are torn and stricken, heals us and revives us by His Gospel and raises us up with Himself. lcms.org
13th Sunday after Trinity: Join us Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Divine Service. Sunday school and Adult Bible/Catechism classes from 10:45-11:45.
Preparing for Worship: For those preparing to receive The Lord’s Supper, please refer to p. 328 in the hymnal. Prayers for worship are located on the first page of the hymnal.
Prayers for the week:
* Tony Folkmann’s grandmother, Dorothy Folkmann, on hospice care.
* Rick Nyman’s niece, Elizabeth Nyman, diagnosed with cancer. Also, his friends, Howie and Jan—Jan has advanced cancer.
* The Whitmire’s neighbor, Russ Wheat, who has advanced cancer.
* Joyce Louden’s friend’s grandson, Sam, who’s in critical care.
* Those recovering from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. To learn how to volunteer and help, visit: lcms.org/harvey
If you would like a prayer in the bulletin, please call or email pastor by Friday*For pastoral emergencies and care, please call me at 972-802-0444
Pastor Clint Stark
St. John Lutheran Church
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
(Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV)