Reformation Worship, Sunday Oct 26, 3PM, at Grace Lutheran Church, New Albany
How to Find Us
1701 Ring Road
Phone (Church and School): 270-769-5910
Pastor: The Rev. Monty Gleitz
Our Mission Statement:
In faith and thankfulness to God, through Word and Sacrament, we proclaim, witness, nurture, and teach God's eternal truth to all people.
We are a welcoming and caring community, dedicated to helping our members grow in faith and understanding and reach out to others.
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Worship and Meeting Times, including Midweek Services
Our Worship, October 26, 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings: Leviticus 19:1–2, 15–18; 1 Thessalonians 2:1–13; Matthew 22:34–46
In Divine and Holy Love, the Lord Jesus Sanctifies Us by the Gospel of His Cross.
The people of God are to be holy as He is holy. Therefore, we should fear, love and trust in Him above all things, and in such faith “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). Such faith toward God and love for the neighbor are the two great commandments upon which “depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:40). The Lord, our God Himself, has fulfilled His Law on our behalf — in His great love for us, with all His heart and soul and mind, and in a body of flesh and blood like ours. David’s Lord has become David’s Son, so that all our enemies might be put under His feet and that we might be exalted to the right hand of God in Him (Matthew 22:43–45). So His servants bear His cross in faith and love. For the sake of the Gospel they suffer persecution for their work, bearing their burdens in gentleness, “like a nursing mother taking care of her own children” (1 Thessalonians 2:7). In like manner and with tender affection, they exhort and encourage “like a father with his children” (1 Thessalonians 2:11–12).
Reformation Sunday, October 26
Readings: Revelation 14:6–7; Romans 3:19–28; John 8:31–36, Matthew 11:12-19
The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace
“Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matthew 11:19), and the true wisdom of God, Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, in order that we may eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35). He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matthew 11:18–19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Revelation 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Romans 3:21), “that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26). And by the hearing of that Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Romans 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).