Prayer of the day: Lord Jesus, it is so easy to find fault with others and in myself. Help me rather to find what is praiseworthy and what is worth encouraging, even as You choose to see me in Christ; 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
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT (11 December 2016)
Isaiah 35:1–10 James 5:7–11 Matthew 11:2–15
The Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Brings True Rejoicing, Even Under the Cross Sometimes life requires the astonishing patience of Job. Like him, we are to rejoice in the midst of affliction, be grounded in repentance under the cross of Christ, and hope relentlessly in His resurrection, that we might see “the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11). In the promise of the Gospel, therefore, “be patient” and “establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:7, 8). Like St. John the Baptist, whatever your own kind of prison or suffering may be, call upon Jesus and receive the strength of His Word from those He sends to you. For as “the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up,” so is the good news of Jesus preached to you also (Matt. 11:5). He comes and restores the fortunes of Zion, His holy Church, so that “sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Is. 35:10).