Prayer of the day:
The end of this month is the start of a new week, O Lord. May all my beginnings and endings in life be blessed by Your wisdom and grace; in Jesus' name. 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
9:00am. Communion on 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday.
11:15am. Communion on 1st and 3rd Sunday.
Monday Worship Service
7:00pm. Communion follows 1st and 3rd Sunday.
God's Word This Week
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (6 September 2015)
Isaiah 35:4–7a James 2:1–10, 14–18 Mark 7:(24–30) 31–37
Our Merciful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Does All Things Well
The Lord proclaims the Gospel “to those who have an anxious heart” to comfort and encourage them with His presence. He comes not only with threats of “vengeance” and “recompense,” but with His gracious salvation (Is. 35:4). He opens “the eyes of the blind” and “the ears of the deaf,” and He loosens “the tongue of the mute” to “sing for joy” (Is. 35:5–6). Like water on thirsty ground, He speaks His life-giving Word to people of all nations. With His Word and the touch of His hand, He does “all things well,” so that you may now speak “plainly” (Mark 7:31–37). You confess the truth of God in Christ to the glory of His holy name, and you call upon His name in every trouble, confident that He will hear and answer. As you pray and confess with your tongue, so also “love your neighbor as yourself” (James 2:8). Show your faith “in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory,” by loving without partiality. For God has “chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom” (James 2:1–5).