Laetare—Fourth Sunday in Lent
31 March 2019
The Lord Feeds His People
The Lord provided bread from heaven for His people in the wilderness (Exodus 16.2–21). Now He who is Himself the living bread from heaven miraculously provides bread for the five thousand (St. John 6.1–15). This takes place near the time of the Passover, after a great multitude had followed Jesus across the sea, and when He went up on a mountain. Seen in this way, Jesus is our new and greater Moses, who releases us from the bondage of Mount Sinai and makes us free children of the promise (Galatians 4.21–31). Five loaves become twelve baskets—that is, the five books of Moses find their goal and fulfillment in Christ, whose people continue steadfastly in the doctrine and fellowship of the twelve apostles, and in the breaking and receiving of the bread of life, which is the body of Christ together with His precious blood, and in the prayers. So it is that God’s people shall not hunger or thirst. For He abundantly provides for us in both body and soul.
Laetare The Fourth Sunday in Lent takes its name “Laetare” from the first word of the Introit in Latin, “Rejoice” (Isaiah 66.10). The paraments are rose—a lighter version of violet—signifying quiet rejoicing within the penitential season of Lent.
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. James Stewart in honor of their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary.
Lauds is the Church’s morning prayer, and is prayed Tuesday—Thursday at 9:30am. Increased prayer is one of the Lent disciplines. Join us as you are able.
Adult Bible Class meets at 9am in the Parish Center with Pastor Sutton, studying Hebrews 11, the faith of the Old Testament saints.
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. The order deadline is April 7. You may also order by contacting the Parish Office at 812.232.4972 or Stacy.Gibbens@ielcth.org.
Lent Midweek Vespers is Wednesday at 7pm, “Lent With The Lord’s Commands.” This week’s focus is the sixth and seventh commandments and the lessons are 2 Samuel 11.1-27 and St. Luke 19.1-10.
Sanctifying Your Commute with the Word of God Issues, Etc.is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: The History Channel’s “Jesus: His Life,” Reformation Artists Lucas Cranach and Albrecht Duerer, The Close of the Ten Commandments, Jesus Calls Disciples and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Genesis 22.1–14; Hebrews 9.11–15; St. John 8.42–59
Hymns: TLH 152 “When O’er My Sin I Sorrow”
LW 104 “The Royal Banners Forward Go”
610 – 450 – 655 – 571
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. Luke 23.26-56; Deuteronomy 9
[T] St. Matthew 26.1-35; Deuteronomy 10
[W] St. Matthew 26.36-75; Deuteronomy 11
[Th] St. Matthew 27.1-38; Deuteronomy 28.1-14
[F] St. Matthew 27.39-66; Deuteronomy 28.15-68
[S] St. Mark 14.1-31; Deuteronomy 34
Hymn of the Day or Month Jesus, Priceless Treasure (743)
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.