The Sunday of the Father’s Mercy (07/05)

Read Pastor’s Letter to the Congregation with our Reopening Plan

Summary of the Day:

Christ’s Mercy Is Ours to Show to Others
“Be merciful, even as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36– 42). The old Adam in us wants to condemn and seek vengeance. But the Lord says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Rom. 12:14–21). To condemn, to avenge yourself is to put yourself in the place of God. It is to fail to trust that He is just. Ultimately, it is to disbelieve that Jesus suffered the full vengeance for all wrongs. Only Christ is merciful as the Father is merciful. He is the one who overcame all evil with the good of His cross, forgiving even His executioners. Jesus is our Joseph, who comforts us with words of pardon and reconciliation (Gen. 50:15–21). He is the One who does not condemn but gives life that runs over. Only through faith in Christ are we sons of the Father–being merciful, forgiving, doing good to our enemies. For in Christ we know that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom. 8:8–13).

Service Schedule:

Sunday Divine Service – 9:30 am

If you are unable to join us this Sunday, please use this resource to lead your family together in hearing the Word and in prayer. Use this bulletin with a Lutheran Service Book and pray along with our live stream.

Introit: Ps. 27:3-4a, 5; antiphon: Ps. 27:1-2
Gradual: Ps. 79:9-10a
Old Testament: Gen. 50:15-21
Psalm 138 (antiphon: v. 8b)
Epistle: Rom. 12:14-21 or Rom. 8:18-23
Proper Verse: Ps. 9:4b, 9
Gospel: Luke 6:36-42

696O God, my faithful GodO Gott, du frommer GottVideo
766Our Father, who from heaven aboveVater unserVideo
714Who trusts in God a strong abodeWas mein Gott willVideo
713From God can nothing move meVon Gott will ich nicht lassenVideo
843Forgive our sins as we forgiveDetroitVideo
656A mighty fortress is our GodEin feste BurgVideo

Previous Services:

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The Congregation at Prayer – Each Morning at 8 am

Join our congregation in prayer each morning on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

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Wednesday Bible Study – 7:30 pm

Join us for a Bible Study on 1 Corinthians each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm. Note: There will be no class this Wednesday, July 8. You’ll be able to find our class live on our Facebook and YouTube channels (note: we are not using Zoom). Post your questions in the comments, and I’ll respond in realtime or later.

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Please share these resources with your loved ones who would benefit from regular prayer and meditation on God’s Word.