Fourth Sunday of Easter
12 May 2019
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. Tom Reck in memory of his parents.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 imaginatively 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.
Issues Etc. is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s subjects include: Religious Liberty, The Book of Malachi, Jesus Walks on Water, The Historic Liturgy & the Apostles’ Creed and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
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.
[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.