Readings From Holy Scripture
OT Reading Isaiah 44:6–8
6Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. 7Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. 8Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.”
Epistle Reading Romans 8:18–27
18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Gospel Reading Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
24[Jesus] put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” . . . 36Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed is the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”
Responsive Psalm – Psalm 119:57–64
P 57The LORD is my portion;
C I promise to keep your words.
P 58I entreat your favor with all my heart;
C be gracious to me according to your promise.
P 59When I think on my ways,
C I turn my feet to your testimonies;
P 60I hasten and do not delay
C to keep your commandments.
P 61Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
C I do not forget your law.
P 62At midnight I rise to praise you,
C because of your just and righteous decrees.
P 63I am a companion of all who fear you,
C of those who keep your precepts.
P 64The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;
C teach me your statutes!
This Week’s Calendar
Sunday, July 19 – 7th Sun after Pentecost
Is. 44:6–8, Psalm 119:57–64
Rom. 8:18–27, Matt. 13:24–30, 36–43
Worship with Communion 10:30 am
Monday July 20
Tuesday July 21
Wednesday July 22
Men’s Bible Study 8 a.m.
Thursday July 23
Friday July 24
Saturday July 25
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Walls)
Sunday, July 26 – 8th Sun after Pentecost
Deut.7:6–9, Psalm 125
Rom. 8:28–39, Matt. 13:44–52
Worship 10:30 am
SAVE the DATE
July 27 Elder’s Mtg. 8 pm
Sun. Aug. 2 Jones Baptism with Private Family lunch
Aug. 17 Nominating Committee/M & M mtg.
Sept. 9 LWML NE South Convention Held Online
Oct. 19-20 Fall Pastors’ Conf. Schuyler NE
Nov. 14-15 Middle School Youth Gathering Grand Island NE
Nov. 20-22 Dist. Youth Gathering Omaha NE
Sept. 21 Annual Budget/Election of Officers Mtg.
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021
ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK
Jerry & Barb Teichmeier 7/19/1975 (45)
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Sara Mayes July 20
Greyson Rasmussen July 21
Barb Meyer July 22
Kylie Neppl July 24
Abby Hadenfeldt July 25
Lorraine Kroeger July 25
Spencer Meyer July 25
PRAYERS THIS WEEK
Please keep the family and friends of a past member of Christ Lutheran in your prayers. Michelle Pollock passed away on Thursday July 2 and her service was July 13 in Grand Island.
Please keep family and friends of Andrew Fairbairn, Barb Rasmussen’s nephew, in your prayers. Andrew passed away on July 4, 2020, a private family memorial service was held Saturday July 11, in Lincoln NE.
Please the family and friends of Marion Ostdiek, Rebecca Hadenfeldt’s uncle, in your prayers. Marion passed away July 17 following time on a ventilator with COVID 19.
Please keep Kristin Schultz father in your prayers, recovering after surgery on his leg.
Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, recovering at home following a stroke.
Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, recovering following a stroke.
Please keep Sandy Banta (Lisa Harders Aunt) in your prayers. Sandy has been transported to her home state of Arkansas and has begun rehabilitation from a massive stroke.
Please keep Kim Acuff (Lisa Harders cousin) daughter of Sandy Banta in your prayers, Kim suffered a mini stroke on Friday July 11 and will see a neurologist this coming week.
Please keep the family and friends of Selma Keylon, Kassidy Gascho’s grandmother, in your prayers. Selma passed away Saturday, July 18 at the age of 92.
Suffering from Cancer
Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.
Christ Lutheran Church
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.