Fifth Sunday of Easter
19 May 2019
Jesus Promises to Send His Holy Spirit, the Helper
Though Jesus has departed from us visibly to the right hand of the Father who sent Him, yet this is to our advantage. For Jesus—who is Lord over all creation, who intercedes for us before the Father, who is preparing a place for us in heaven—has sent the Helper, the Spirit of Truth (St. John 16.5–15). “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” through Jesus Christ (James 1.17). The Holy Spirit helps us by taking what is Christ’s and declaring it to us. In the Word of truth, the Spirit works repentance and delivers to us the forgiveness of sins, the righteousness of Christ, and victory over the devil. For the ruler of this world is judged and defeated by the cross. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we have been brought forth to new life in Him who is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. Confident of our resurrection with Christ we confess, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid” (Isaiah 12.2).
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Doug Toth.
Vacation Bible School Summer is quickly approaching, which means that Vacation Bible School will soon be here. Do you have a child, grandchild, friend, neighbor from age 3 to 5th grade? If so, we would love for them to join us June 24-28 from 6-8pm as we learn more about our faith as found in the Apostle’s Creed. We will also be making crafts, playing games, and enjoying snacks during our time together. Register on the main page of our website: www.ielcth.org. If you have any questions, you can talk to Vicar or email email@example.com.
Adult Bible Class meets every Sunday at 9am in the Parish Center, studying Hebrews 11.32-40, “The Achievements and Suffering of Faithful People” Christians are urged to regard themselves as part of a heroic community with divine backing, rather than a despised minority of contemporary society, and to identify themselves emotionally with all the host of the named and nameless people of faith who bear witness to God both by what they achieved and suffered. Certainly a message for our times!
Crisis Pregnancy Center Baby Bottle fundraising Campaign: Pick up a bottle to fill with change through Father’s Day, June 17. Bottles are available on the table across from the Parish Office.
Summer Sunday School: Please sign up for a Sunday (or more) to teach a summer Sunday School class of our children. Lessons from Concordia Publishing House are easy to teach and use, and are given to you ahead of time in a packet. The sign-up sheet is on the board outside the Parish office, or email Stacy.Gibbens@ielcth.org.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Numbers 21.4–9; James 1.22–27; St. John 16.23–33
Hymns: 773 – 766 – 714 – 724 – 463
Order of Daily Prayer
L Make haste, O X God, to deliver me.
R Make haste to help me, O Lord.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia!
[S] from Divine Service
[M] St. John 8.12-20; Zechariah 12.1-14
[T] St. John 8.21-29; Isaiah 65.1-7
[W] St. John 8.30-45; Isaiah 65.8-16
[Th] St. John 9.1-13; Jeremiah 8.1-22
[F] St. John 9.14-34; Zechariah 8.1-23
[S] St. John 9.35-41; Isaiah 49.1-26
Hymn of the Day or Month Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice (556)
Kyrie: L Lord, have mercy upon us; R Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us.
Collect of the Day (bulletin)
Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer
L Bless we the Lord. R Thanks be to God.