Friday, June 29, 2007

Daily Readings: July 1 - 7

Joshua 6:6–27
Acts 10:18–33

Joshua 7:1–26
Acts 10:34–48

Joshua 8:1–28
Acts 11:1–18

Joshua 10:1–25
Acts 11:19–30

Joshua 23:1–16
Acts 12:1–25

Joshua 24:1–31
Acts 13:1–12

Judges 2:6–23
Acts 13:13–41

Bible verse for memorizing – Trinity IV (July 1)

"Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful."
(Luke 6:36)

Small Catechism for memorizing – Trinity IV (July 1)

The Fifth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer: And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

What does this mean? We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them. We are neither worthy of the things for which we pray, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that He would give them all to us by grace, for we daily sin much and surely deserve nothing but punishment. So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Daily Readings: June 24 - 30

Proverbs 30:1–9, 18–33
John 20:19–31

Proverbs 31:10–31
John 21:1–25

Joshua 1:1–18
Acts 8:1–25

Joshua 2:1–24
Acts 8:26–40

Joshua 3:1–17
Acts 9:1–22

Joshua 4:1–24
Acts 9:23–43

Joshua 5:1—6:5
Acts 10:1–17

Bible verse for memorizing - Trinity III (June 24)

"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:23-24)

Small Catechism for memorizing - Trinity III (June 24)

The Third Commandment – Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Daily Readings: June 17 - 23

Proverbs 17:1–28
John 16:17–33

Proverbs 20:5–25
John 17:1–26

Proverbs 22:1–21
John 18:1–14

Proverbs 22:22—23:12
John 18:15–40

Proverbs 24:1–22
John 19:1–22

Proverbs 25:1–22
John 19:23–42

Proverbs 27:1–24
John 20:1–18

Small Catechism for memorizing - Trinity II (June 17)

The Third Commandment – Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

Bible verse for memorizing - Trinity II (June 17)

"For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him." (John 6:55-56)

Thursday, June 7, 2007


Here is a photo of the Eighth-Grade Graduates from Immanuel Lutheran School. Graduation was last night.

The photo was taken by Dawn Blase, mother of Charlotte, the third to graduate from Immanuel in her family.

Congratulations all!

Daily Readings: June 10-16

Proverbs 8:22-36
John 13:1-20

Proverbs 9:1-18
John 13:21-38

Proverbs 10:1–23
John 14:1–17

Proverbs 13:1–25
John 14:18–31

Proverbs 14:1–27
John 15:1–11

Proverbs 15:1–29
John 15:12–27

Proverbs 16:1–24
John 16:1–16

Small Catechism for memorizing - Trinity I (June 10)

The Ninth Commandment – You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.

Bible verse for memorizing - Trinity I (June 10)

[Abraham] believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:6)

Preparing for Sunday, June 10 - Trinity I

The First Sunday after Trinity


[O Lord,] I have trusted in your | steadfast love;*

my heart shall rejoice in your sal- | vation.

I will sing | to the Lord,*

because he has dealt bountifully | with me.

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for- | ever?*

How long will you hide your | face from me?

How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart | all the day?*

How long shall my enemy be exalted | over me?

Consider and answer me, O | Lord my God;*

light up my eyes, lest I sleep the | sleep of death,

lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed | over him,”*

lest my foes rejoice because I am | shaken.

Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*

and to the Holy | Spirit;

as it was in the be- | ginning,*

is now, and will be forever. | Amen.

[O Lord,] I have trusted in your | steadfast love;*

my heart shall rejoice in your sal- | vation.

I will sing | to the Lord,*

because he has dealt bountifully | with me.

Collect of the Day

O God, the strength of all who trust in You, mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing, grant us Your grace to keep Your commandments that we may please You in both will and deed; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Genesis 15:1–6

1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

1 John 4:16–21

16So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Luke 16:19–31

19[Jesus said:] “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28for I have five brothers —so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”


I said, “O Lord, be gra- | cious to me;*

heal me, for I have sinned a- | gainst you!”

Bless├Ęd is the one who consid- | ers the poor!*

In the day of trouble the Lord de- | livers him.


Alleluia. O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me. Alleluia.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Daily Readings: June 3 - 9

Numbers 35:9–30
Luke 24:28–53

Ecclesiastes 11:1-10
John 10:22-42

Ecclesiastes 12:1-14
John 11:1-16

Proverbs 1:8-33
John 11:17-37

Proverbs 3:5-24
John 11:38-57

Proverbs 4:1-27
John 12:1-19

Proverbs 5:1-23
John 12:20-36a

Saturday, June 2, 2007

The catholic Faith

Tomorrow is Trinity Sunday, when we confess the Athanasian Creed, with those striking words, "Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic faith. And the catholic faith is this: that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity."

To see the entire Athanasian Creed in PDF as it will be confessed at Immanuel tomorrow, please visit the Commission on Worship's site on

Friday, June 1, 2007

The Condition of our Church Building

As you are hopefully aware, the Executive Board of Immanuel voted in March to establish a Building and Renovation Committee, along with a fund for this purpose. Soon after, a donor gave a gift of approximately $67,000 to kick-start the fund.

What do we hope to accomplish? Some of the parts of our church building are simply in need of modernization; others are in serious disrepair. This situation needs to be addressed, while remembering that the church is not simply her buildings but exists in hearing the Word and receiving the holy Sacraments. This post from Die Heilige Kirche captures what I think are some helpful distinctions in thinking about these issues. I encourage you to go read it.