Prayer of the day: Receive my thanks for the blessings of this week, heavenly Father. Grant me a restful weekend and the rejuvenation of my spirit in Your house, where I will receive forgiveness, comfort, and peace. For Jesus' sake. Amen.
Meet Vicar Martin Dressler
He is living at the vicarage residence at 324 Jackson, just south of the church. His phone number is 519-0325.
Martin was born and raised in North Carolina and attended Concordia College, Bronxville, New York. While at Concordia, he spent one semester studying at Westfield House of Cambridge University, where he became fully convinced he wanted to study for the pastoral ministry. After three years in New York, he enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, his first experience in the Midwest.
When he learned of his vicarage placement here, he wrote: “I am very much looking forward to learning the culture of Indiana and its residents. As a vicar, I will do my very best to learn and serve in the spirit of humility becoming a servant of the Lord. I hope and pray that I will be able to meet your expectations. Once again, thank you for this opportunity, and may God bless this upcoming year.”
Worship Service Schedule
Sunday Worship Service
9:00 am. Communion on 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday.
11:15 am. Communion on 1st and 3rd Sunday.
Monday Worship Service
7:00 pm. Communion follows 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday.
God's Word This Week
TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (23 October 2016)--Guest Missionary Chuck Ferry Genesis 4:1–15 2 Timothy 4:6–8, 16–18 Luke 18:9–17
In Humble Repentance, Faith Lives by Grace and Mercy and Is Exalted by God in Christ
Jesus tells a parable “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous” (Luke 18:9). In this parable, the Pharisee unjustly boasted before God on the basis of his own merits, whereas the tax collector intently prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” (Luke 18:13). That poor, miserable sinner trusted Christ, and he went “down to his house justified, rather than the other” (Luke 18:14). So do little children, “even infants,” come to Jesus with their need, and they “receive the kingdom of God” through faith (Luke 18:15–17). For “the one who humbles himself will be exalted,” but “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled” (Luke 18:14). That is why “the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard” (Gen. 4:4–5). St. Paul’s life, “poured out as a drink offering,” was another sacrifice like Abel’s (2 Tim. 4:6). The Lord stood by Paul and strengthened him, that “the message might be fully proclaimed” (2 Tim. 4:17). It is by that Gospel message of Christ that we “have loved his appearing” and as repentant sinners pray to “the Lord, the righteous judge” by faith (2 Tim. 6:8).