Jubilate—Fourth Sunday of Easter
22 April 2018
“So also you have sorrow now,
but I will see you again
and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy from you.”
St. John 16.22
Those Who Wait on the Lord Shall Rejoice
The people of God are pilgrims and sojourners in this world, looking ahead to a destination yet to come (1 Peter 2.11–20). Though we are now children of God, the fullness of what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We are those who wait on the Lord. “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him” (Lamentations 3.25). Jesus tells us that the wait is just a little while. “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me” (St. John 16.16). Though you must experience sorrow for a time, though you must live as strangers in a world that is at enmity with Christ, yet your sorrow will be turned to joy when He returns. “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40.31). The little while of weeping shall be replaced with an eternity of rejoicing in the presence of Christ the crucified and risen Savior. “And no one will take your joy from you” (St. John 16.22).
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Dave Morge in memory of Roy and Renee Greenwood.
The Word Of God Sustains the Christian: Adult Bible Class on Sunday is finishing its study of the book of Exodus, and will shortly begin a study of the letter to the Hebrews. 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.
Vicarage Assignment Service for Concordia Theological Seminary takes place in Kramer Chapel this Tuesday, April 24, at 7pm. Immanuel will be assigned a vicar for 2018-2019. The service will be streaming at www.ctsfw.edu/daily-chapel and www.facebook.com/CTSFW. Former vicar Bryan Stecker will receive his Call into the Holy Ministry in the Wednesday Call Service at 7pm, same online location.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Isaiah 12.1–6; James 1.16–21; St. John 16.5–15
Hymns: 458 – 556 – 487 – 633 – TLH 202
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
[S] from Divine Service
[M] St. John 6.60-71; Ezekiel 36.1-15
[T] St. John 7.1-13; Ezekiel 36.16-32
[W] St. John 7.14-24; Ezekiel 36.33-38
[Th] St. John 7.25-36; Haggai 2.-23
[F] St. John 7.37-53; Zechariah 2.1-13
[S] St. John 8.1-11; Zechariah 11.1-17
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.