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TWELS Mission and Ministry Sunday

Today's Focus: WELS Mission and Ministry Sunday   

Reformation Sunday

Today's Focus: A Mighty Fortress is Our God   Sometimes the world seems to be in such chaos all around us. There are natural disasters, like hurricanes and earthquakes. God's word and his truth are often spoken against. Jesus said that before he returns there would be "wars and rumors of wars...earthquakes in various places and famines." Sometimes the world seems to be in such chaos all round us. But our God is a Mighty Fortress. Even with all the chaos around us, God has seen to it that we have heard the eternal gospel, the good news of forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus (Second Lesson). Martin Luther was always aware of the many dangers that surrounded him, but he continued to proclaim the eternal Gospel because he trusted in God, his Mighty Fortress.

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Today's Focus:  The Son of David Leads Those Who Need Mercy   Today in the Gospel, we hear a blind man named Bartimaeus shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" We need the Lord's mercy for so many things. We have physical ailments and disabilities. Lord, have mercy! We face the worries and challenges of this life. Christ, have mercy! We carry the weight of a guilty conscience. Lord, have mercy! We need mercy for so namy things. But we have Jesus, the resurrected Son of David, who will lead his people who need mercy to the promised land of heaven.

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Today's Focus: Putting Others First  In the Gospel for today, James and John asked Jesus to give them a higher station in heaven than the other disciples. They were displaying a "me first" attitude. Jesus wants us to serve others and put them first. In the second lesson, we will hear that the apostle Paul put others first by giving up his right to receive payment for preaching among the Corinthians. Jesus himself served others when he gave up his life on the cross as the ransom price for all of our sins. Today Jesus says, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Gospel)