Introit Psalm 31:1, 3, 5; antiphon: Revelation 7:14b
First Reading Acts 15:12-22a
Epistle James 1:1-12
Gospel Matthew 13:54-58
Sermon “The Gifts of Faith” James 1:1-12
Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Jesus and Martyr
“Saint James of Jerusalem, (or ‘James the Just’) is referred by Saint Paul as ‘the Lord’s brother (Galatians 1:19).’ Some modern theologians believe that James was a son of Joseph and Mary and, therefore a biological brother of Jesus… Along with other relatives of our Lord (except His mother), James did not believe in Jesus until after His resurrection (John 7:3-5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). After becoming a Christian, James was elevated to a position of leadership within the earliest Christian community. Especially following Saint Peter’s departure from Jerusalem, James was recognized as the bishop of the Church in that holy city (Acts 12:17; 15:12ff). According to the historian Josephus, James was martyred in AD 62 by being stoned to death by the Sadducees. James authored the Epistle in the New Testament that bears his name. In it, he exhorts his readers to remain steadfast in the one true faith, even in the face of suffering and temptation, and to live by faith the life that is in Christ Jesus. Such a faith, he makes clear, is a busy and active thing, which never ceases to do good, to confess the Gospel by words and actions, and to stake its life, both now and forever, in the cross.” 1
1 Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, 841-842.
Sunday, October 30 – Reformation Day (Observed)
8:45 AM – Sunday School and Bible Class
10:00 AM – Divine Service
4:45 PM – Trunk-or Treat
Trunk-or-Treat – Immanuel will be hosting a “Trunk-or-Treat” event in the west parking lot for the neighborhood surrounding Immanuel on Sunday, October 30 at 4:45 PM. Hotdogs will be provided, but please consider bringing other items to eat, such as chips and side-dishes, and a trunk-load of candy. Should you have any questions, please talk with Vicki.