Join us Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Bible Class at 10:45
The Lord Lifts Up the Lowly
“And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard” (Gen. 4:1–15). For unlike Abel, Cain’s offering did not proceed from a heart that revered and trusted in the Lord. Thus, the lowly tax collector who prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” was the one who went down to his house justified before God, not the respectable, outwardly righteous Pharisee who trusted in himself and his own good living (Luke 18:9–14). “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:1–10). The one who penitently despairs of his own righteousness and relies completely on the atoning mercy of God in Christ is the one who is declared righteous. For Christ died for our sins and rose again the third day (1 Cor. 15:1–10). Therefore, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”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: * 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.
Pastor Clint Stark
St. John Lutheran Church