Oculi – Third Sunday in Lent
20 March 2022
Jesus Overcomes the Strong Man
Jeremiah was charged with speaking evil when he spoke the Word of the Lord (Jer. 26:1–15). So also, Jesus is accused of doing evil when in fact He is doing good. He casts out a demon from a mute man so that he is able to speak (Luke 11:14–28). But some said Jesus did this by the power of Beelzebub, Satan. Like Pharaoh of old, their hearts were hard (Ex. 8:16–24). They did not recognize the finger of God, the power of the Holy Spirit at work in and through Jesus. Jesus is the Stronger Man who overcomes the strong man. He takes the devil’s armor of sin and death and destroys it from the inside out by the holy cross. He exorcizes and frees us by water and the Word. We were once darkness, but now we are light in Christ the Lord (Eph. 5:1–9). As children of light, our tongues are loosed to give thanks to Him who saved us.
Oculi The Third Sunday in Lent takes its name “Oculi” from the first word of the Introit in Latin, “Eyes” (Psalm 25.15).
Sutton Family Donations Please make any donation checks for the Sutton family payable to Karie Sutton. You may mail your donation to her in care of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, 645 Poplar Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807. If you wish to make an anonymous/cash donation, there will be a box on the table located in the Narthex on Sunday mornings. Thank you for your continued generosity to Pastor Sutton and his family.
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 $12.00. The order deadline is March 27. You may also order by contacting the Parish Office at 812.232.4972 or Stacy.Gibbens@ielcth.org.
Equipping the priesthood of all believers… Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s subjects include: Responding to the Arguments for Atheism & Agnosticism; Humanism vs. Faith in the Holy Trinity; LGBTQ+ Ideology in Public Schools; The Post-Resurrected Jesus Appears in Galilee and more. You can listen on-demand at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.
This Week at Immanuel
Today Oculi- Third Sunday in Lent Sunday School/Bible Study, 9am; Divine Service, 10:30am; University Student Dinner/Bible Study, 6pm
Tuesday Brat Trot Steering Committee Meeting 6pm
Wednesday Lenten Evening Prayer Evening Prayer, 7pm
Saturday Youth Catechesis, 9am
Next Sunday Laetare- Fourth Sunday in Lent Sunday School/Bible Study, 9am; Divine Service, 10:30am; University Student Dinner/Bible Study, 6pm
Prepare for Next Sunday
Exodus 16.2-21; Galatians 4.21-31; St. John 6.1-5