If You, O Lord, Should Mark Iniquities, Who Could Stand?

If You, O Lord, Should Mark Iniquities, Who Could Stand?

What power is given to the Church to deal with errant sinners?  It is not force of arms–that is given to the kingdoms of the world.  It is not force of will.  That, too, is given to the kingdom of the world.  It is not shunning, and it is not shaming.  What, then?

The power given to the church is also called the “Office of the Keys”.  It is the power of the gospel, which is to say it is the power to forgive sins.

Listen to today’s sermon to learn more.  Based on the Gospel reading, Matthew 18:21-35.

21Peter came up and said to [Jesus], “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

Matthew 18:21-22

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Our doors are open. We are holding the Divine Service again and it is a delight to see familiar faces. Please come prepared with a face mask or covering and new rules to follow. There will NOT be Sunday School but we will continue to hold the Divine Service at 11 am. You can read the full policy here. Another post covers the highlights.

Wednesday Bible StudyJOIN US. We meet via Zoom at 7 pm. Contact Pastor Jenson or Milton for the Zoom information.

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Prayer requests. Bring your prayer requests to Pastor Jenson, Deacon Poe, or Loyd Harris (bulletin typist). They will printed in the bulletin and prayed in the Sunday service. The deadline is Tuesday for mailing on Wednesday. Remember if you are bringing a prayer request on behalf of another person their permission must be obtained.

Prayer during a pandemic:

Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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