Greetings in Christ,
I hope my email tagline didn’t startle you. Immanuel hasn’t sustained any fires or anything. Instead, the text this weekend is from James and is all about the nature of our tongue. It’s a tiny little thing…and yet so is a match.
With our tongues, we’re called to praise God. Too often, though, we use this little tool to break down others rather than praising our Lord and Savior. As James, says, “Brothers, these things ought not to be so.”
As you prepare for the Divine Service this weekend, you can take a look at the Service Folder to find the readings, prayers, and other parts of the service that will help to guide your reflection and prayer.
You can dig deeper into the parts of this weekend’s service with this segment from Issues, Etc.
Here’s the Lectionary Summary for the upcoming weekend that ties the themes of the weekend together:
Christ Jesus Delivers Us from Sin, Death and the Devil
Those who teach the Word of God “will be judged with greater strictness” (James 3:1) because it is by the Word that saving faith is obtained, whereas false doctrine always threatens to destroy Christian faith and life. The tongue “boasts of great things,” whether for good or evil (James 3:5). In fallen man, “it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). But anyone who bridles his tongue with the Word of God, who “does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man” (James 3:2). It is Christ who opens His ear to the voice of His Father, so that, with “the tongue of those who are taught,” He is able to sustain the weary “with a word” (Is. 50:4–5). Entrusting Himself to His Father, even to death, He is not put to shame but is vindicated in His resurrection (Is. 50:6–9). By His faith and faithfulness, He casts out the “mute and deaf spirit” from us (Mark 9:25). He has compassion on us and helps us, so that we are not destroyed but cleansed from every evil and raised up from death to life (Mark 9:22–27).
If you weren’t able to join us for service last week, you can catch up now.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Blessings on your day!