Join us Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Bible Class at 10:45
Faith Comes from Hearing
A man who was deaf and therefore also had an impediment in his speech was brought to Jesus (Mark 7:31–37). In the same way, all are by nature deaf toward God and therefore also unable to confess the faith rightly. For “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:9–17). Jesus put His fingers into the man’s ears, and He spat and touched His tongue. Even so in Holy Baptism, water sanctified by the words of Jesus’ mouth is applied to us; and the finger of God, that is, the life–giving Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 3:4–11) is put into our ears in the hearing of the baptismal Gospel. Jesus’ sighing “Ephphatha” opened the man’s ears, and his tongue was loosed to speak plainly as Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah, “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book” (Is. 29:18–24) So also, He who sighed and breathed His last on the cross for us has given us to hear and believe in Him and has opened our lips that our mouths may declare His praise. lcms.org
HOLY COMMUNION is celebrated today. Mindful of the Scriptural teaching concerning church fellowship, we practice Closed Communion. This means we invite to The Lord’s Table communicant members in good standing of this congregation or another congregation in official fellowship with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. ALL GUESTS are asked to speak with the pastor or elder on duty before the service before coming to The Lord’s Table. If you have not spoken with one of them, please do not come forward at this time. If you would like to learn more about the loving and biblical practice of Closed Communion, we encourage you to read the brochure in the chair-pocket and talk with the pastor. Please register for communion on the pew pad.
Prayers for the week: *Pam Tontz’ brother-in-law grieving, and a safe move to WI for Pam. *Susan Folkmann’s aunts, Connie Mavroudis and Christine Felter, cancer. *Greta Johnson, grieving the death of her step-mother * Tammy Bailey’s father’s health. * Joyce Louden post-surgery. * Bert Whitmire, health. * Rick Nyman’s niece, Elizabeth, and friends, Howie and Jan, cancer. * The Whitmire’s neighbor, Russ Wheat, cancer. *If you would like a prayer in the bulletin, please call or email pastor by Thursday*For pastoral emergencies and care, please call me at 972-802-0444.
Announcements in Sunday’s Bulletin
We bid farewell and Godspeed to Chuck and Pam Tontz who are relocating to WI. A short reception after service today.
Faith Lutheran School has two part-time positions that they are trying to fill in just a short amount of time. 1. K-8 PE teacher. Approximately 3 hours per day. Looking for someone who has worked with children and preferably is athletic. 2. Extended Care. 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. No degrees required. Must pass a background check. Please contact Rev. Kieser at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or someone you know might be interested.
HELP NEEDED! With our new location we are looking for a few good men to serve as Trustees. Help us take care of our new facility and plan for the future. Additionally, we are looking for a Financial Secretary. If you can help serve, talk to any Council Member or Elder.
Youth Catechesis orientation meeting today at 11:45 a.m.
Sunday School resumes September 2nd. We will also install teachers that day. Teachers’ meeting, August 26th at 11:45 a.m.
Ladies’ Group Sign-up: If you are interested in starting a ladies’ group, please sign-up on the sheet on the table in the narthex.
Evening Bible Study Sign-up: If you are interested in an evening Bible study, please sign-up on the sheet on the table in the narthex.
Men’s Study resumes here this Wednesday, August 22nd at 6:30 a.m.
Midweek midday Bible study resumes Friday, September 7th, at 11 a.m. Please sign-up on the table in the narthex.
EQUIPPING THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS…Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Home Devotions Resources: Reminder that there are resources on the table in the Narthex. The “Lesson for Lambs” and “Lambs at Pasture” are great resources to use in the home during the week. There is even an answer guide. Also, additional resources are on our website.
Stewardship: Mark 7:37 – “And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done all things well.’ ” When God created the world it was “very good.” And here Jesus does all things well. God is always blessing, always seeking our good. We know this is so … but we still struggle to believe it: for if we really believed it, why would we ever do anything contrary to God’s will and Law? We know that everything He tells us to do is for our good … and yet we struggle in the weakness of the flesh. Lord we believe, help our unbelief!
Adult Catechesis: If you know someone who would like to learn more about what we as Lutherans believe, please have them contact Pastor.
Human Care Group: Want to be available to make a meal, give a ride, and such, to a fellow member in a time of need? Speak with an elder to sign-up to be on our human care group list.
Building Fund: If you would like to contribute to the fund, please write, “Building Fund” on your check/envelope along with the amount.
Don’t forget to check the Church Calendar on the website for up to date activities and times.
Week at a Glance:
Today: Divine Service 9:30 a.m.; Bible Class 10:45; Youth Catechesis Orientation 11:45
Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. Men’s Study
Sunday: Divine Service 9:30 a.m. & Bible Class 10:45; 11:45 Sunday School Teachers’ Meeting 11:45
Private Confession and Absolution offered all-week upon request.
Have a great weekend!
Pastor Clint Stark
St. John Lutheran Church