Judica—Fifth Sunday in Lent
18 March 2018
“If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?
Whoever is of God hears the words of God.”
St. John 8.46-47
JESUS IS OUR REDEMPTION
In the temple Jesus said, “If anyone keeps my word, he will never see death” (St. John 8.51). For Jesus came to taste death for us—to drink the cup of suffering to the dregs in order that we might be released from its power. Clinging to His life-giving words, we are delivered from death’s sting and its eternal judgment. Christ is our High Priest, who entered the Most Holy Place and with His own blood obtained everlasting redemption for His people (Hebrews 9.11–15). He is the One who was before Abraham was, and yet is his descendant. He is the promised Son who carries the wood up the mountain for the sacrifice, who is bound and laid upon the altar of the cross. He is the ram who is offered in our place, who is willingly caught in the thicket of our sin, and who wears the crown of thorns upon His head (Genesis 22.1–14). Though Jesus is dishonored by the sons of the devil, He is vindicated by the Father through the cross.
THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
JUDICA The Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday) takes its name “Judica” from the first word of the Introit in Latin, “Judge” (Psalm 43.1) (also translated Vindicate). Today begins Passiontide, the final two weeks of Lent. Crucifixes are veiled in violet to teach that, in suffering, Our Lord hides His glory. Also during Passiontide, the Gloria Patri “Glory be to the Father…” is omitted.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR HOLY WEEK: MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 29, Divine Service, 7pm; GOOD FRIDAY, March 30, Tre Ore 12-3pm; Tenebrae, 7pm; GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER, March 31, 7pm.
LITTLE LAMBS FAMILY EASTER EGG HUNT is Saturday, April 7 at 4pm. All families with children grades 4 and under are invited. Fried chicken will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert. RSVP to Karie_Sutton@yahoo.com or 812.917.3941.
INDY FUEL HOCKEY GAME You’re invited to join us Sunday, April 8 at 3:05pm to watch Indy Fuel take on the Kalamazoo Wings. Includes a post-game skate with your whole family; free skate rental (while supplies last). Tickets are $13 and $5 parking per vehicle. Games take place at Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the State Fair Grounds. Sign up on the sheet posted on the board beside the parish office by March 25.
EASTER LILIES ORDER FORM is in the Narthex and by the parish office. Please clearly print your name and the name of the person(s) you would like to honor or memorialize. The cost is $11.00 and is due Tuesday. You may also order by contacting the parish office at 812.232.4972 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LENT MIDWEEK VESPERS is Wednesday at 7pm, with the theme “The Passover: Crucified” on St. Matthew 27.27-66.
PREPARE FOR NEXT SUNDAY
St. Matthew 21.1-9; Zechariah 9.9–12; Philippians 2.5–11; St. Matthew 26.1—27.66
Hymns: 442 – 441 – 350 – 438 – 451 – 443
ORDER OF DAILY PRAYER
L Make haste, O + 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
[S] from Divine Service
[M] St. Mark 14.32-72; Jeremiah 2
[T] St. Mark 15.1-19; Hosea 13
[W] St. Mark 15.20-47; Zephaniah 3
[Th] St. John 12.1-19; Micah 3
[F] St. John 12.20-50; Isaiah 66
[S] St. John 13.1-38; Zechariah 9
Hymn of the Day or Month
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.