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Issue 37

The Lutheran's Confession

Helping Lutheran's Reclaim Their Witness

Does the law have any role in our life other than helping us to see our need for a Savior? Some people would like to say, “No.” They would contend that now that we have been called, gathered and enlightened by the Gospel, the law has served its purpose. It is replaced by the Gospel. What a disastrous impact this false teaching has had on the Church and our culture!

In Article VI of the Formula of Concord we confess, “[Christians] have been redeemed by the Son of God so that they may practice the law, day and night (Ps. 119:1). For our first parents did not live without the law even before the fall. This law of God was written into the heart, for they were created in the image of God.”

Christians want to meditate on God's law. As children of the kingdom of heaven we do not want to follow the pattern of the world that would “perform service to God on the basis of their pious imagination in an arbitrary way of their own choosing.” We look to the law of God to constantly light our way.

But the Law is not a tool that can coerce us by fear of punishment. We do not fear its threats even though it shows us our sin because our faith is not in our ability to keep God's law perfectly but in the perfect work of Christ that is shared with us through the means of grace.

The Gospel frees us to love our neighbor with the Law as our guide.

October 23rd, at 10:00 a.m., will be our next Saturday morning class.
Each class is based on a series of booklets put out by CPH. Please sign up to get a copy of the booklet in the common’s room, that you may be prepared for the class.

October 23 - A Biblical Response to Homosexuality
October 30 - A Biblical Response to Divorce
November 6 - A Biblical Response to Abortion
November 13 - A Biblical Response to Suicide

During our Saturday morning bible study, “A Biblical Response to Transgenderism”, several episodes of Issues Etc were recommended. They are linked below.

1101. How to Talk to a Transgender Person – Walt Heyer, 4/20/21
2431. The Seven Deadly Sins: Lust – Pr. Will Weedon, 8/30/21
More episodes on the Seven Deadly Sins
More episodes on Transgenderism

Community Reformation Service

Sunday, October 31, 3:00 p.m. at St Paul’s Lutheran Church
Rev. Nathan Rusert, who serves at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tell City, will be our guest preacher for this special service. All other area LCMS clergy will also be participating.
A dinner will be served in the Evansville Lutheran School cafeteria

Sermon for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

Today's readings are: Isaiah 55:1–9, Psalm 27:1-9, Ephesians 5:15–21, Matthew 22:1-14

The Introit is Psalm 48:1, 9–11; antiphon: Liturgical Text

The Collect of the Day
O Lord, grant to Your faithful people pardon and peace that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve You with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever

The daily readings for this week are: October 17: Deut. 15:19–16:22; Matt. 13:44–58; 18: Deut. 17:1–20; Matt. 14:1–21; 19: Deut. 18:1–22; Matt. 14:22–36; 20: Deut. 19:1–20; Matt. 15:1–20; 21: Deut. 20:1–20; Matt. 15:21–39; 22: Deut. 21:1–23; Matt. 16:1–12; 23: Deut. 24:10–25:10; Matt. 16:13–28.