Cantate—Fifth Sunday of Easter
29 April 2018
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…”
St. John 16.13
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. James Stewart.
Baptized Today into the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this morning is Harrison Victor Mathias, son of Matt and DeAnna Mathias. Sponsors are Jason Cummings and Jacob Cummings. “In Baptism we now put on Christ – our shame is fully covered… for here the flood of His own blood now makes us holy, right, and good before our Heavenly Father.” (LSB #596)
Parish Education/Vacation Bible School A planning meeting for this summer’s Vacation Bible School will be this Tuesday evening at 7:00pm in the Church Library. Many hands make light work, please consider lending your help and time for this June 18-22.
The God Who Speaks: Adult Bible Class on Sunday is now beginning to study the letter to the Hebrews. “In many and various ways God spoke to His people of old by the prophets. But now in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son.” (Hebrews 1.1) Now is the time to join in (or come back if you’ve missed lately) and be blessed to know our Lord Jesus more and more through His holy, precious, life-giving Word.
Teaching the Whole Counsel of God Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken, produced by Lutheran Public Radio. This week’s teachings include: Dating, Marriage & Good Spouses, 4th Century Bishop of Alexandria Athanasius, The Theology of the Cross & Missions, Jacob & Esau, Ezra and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
St. Philip and St. James, Apostles—May 1
Remember this day in your daily prayer at home. The lessons are Ephesians 2.19-22 and St. John 14.1-14.
Collect of the Day: Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life: grant unto us that, as Thy Son gave knowledge to life eternal to Thine Apostles Philip and James by revealing Himself to them as the only Way to Thee, we may by a true and living faith ever know Him as our only Savor; through the same, Jesus Christ…
Vicarage Assignment and Calls into the Office of the Holy Ministry At the seminary, on Tuesday at the Vicarage Assignment service, it was announced that Seminarian Simeon Cornwell from Berkeley, IL will be Immanuel’s Vicar for 2018-19. On Wednesday, at the Call Placement service, Candidate Bryan Stecker received the Call as Associate Pastor to Grace Lutheran Church in Nashua, NH.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Numbers 21.4–9; James 1.22–27; St. John 16.23–33
Hymns: 773 – 766 – 689 – 714 – 724 – 599 – 463
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. John 8.12-20; Zechariah 12.1-14 (also St Philip and St. James, Apostles, bulletin page 2)
[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
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.