Jubilate—Fourth Sunday of Easter
St. Mark, Evangelist
25 April 2021
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).
Jubilate means “Make a joyful shout,” from the first verse of Psalm 66. This Psalm expresses the joy and thanksgiving that are the response of faith to God’s creative and redemptive acts. This joyful Psalm attributes praise and glory to God alone, for it is He that “turned sea into dry land” to deliver His people form bondage through the Red Sea, and it is He that keeps our soul among the living,” delivering His people from bondage to sin and death by the waters of Holy Baptism. “But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me!”
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. David Morge in memory of Roy and Renee Greenwood.
Vicarage Assignment Service is tomorrow, April 26, at 7pm at Kramer Chapel on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. Immanuel will be assigned a vicar for 2021-22. The service will be streamed online through CTSFW Facebook page and the seminary’s webpage https://callday.ctsfw.edu
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Bach and Roll Join us Fridays at 7pm in the Parish Center to listen to recordings of Bach’s cantatas for the Easter season. This week we will listen to “It is Expedient for You That I Go Away” (BWV 108) for Cantate.
Reading Discussion Group has been formed to explore essays and books from theology, education, and the classical tradition. The first meeting will take place this Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Climbing Cafe. Contact Emily Eckardt (email@example.com) with any questions. Contact or stop by the church office for a copy of the first reading, “Abolition of Man” by C.S. Lewis.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Isaiah 12.1–6; James 1.16–21; St. John 16.5–15
Hymns: 458 – 556 – 487 – 633 – 484 – 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. Alleluia!
[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 O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe (666)
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.