Oculi—Third Sunday in Lent
24 March 2019
Jesus Overcomes the Strong Man
The Prophet Jeremiah was charged with speaking evil when he spoke the Word of the Lord. 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 (St. Luke 11.14–28). But some said Jesus did this by the power of Beelzebub, Satan. Like Pharaoh of old, their hearts were hard (Exodus 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 exorcises and frees us by water and the Word. We were once darkness, but now we are light in Christ the Lord (Ephesians 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).
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 OT saints.
Volunteers are needed to help with the Esprit mailing on Tuesday. We will pray Lauds at 9:30am and continue with the mailing in the Parish Center.
Crisis Pregnancy Center Fundraising Banquet is Tuesday, April 9 at Rose-Hulman. Dinner is free and includes a free will donation opportunity to the CPC. Immanuel is hosting a table. Please join us. Contact Pastor Sutton (email@example.com), or Barbara Seliger (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Tuesday, March 26.
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 fourth and fifth commandments and the lessons are 2 Samuel 15.1-14 and St. Matthew 15.1-11.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Exodus 16.2–21; Galatians 4.21–31; St. John 6.1–15
Hymns: 556 – 743 – 438 – 625 – 422 – 440
Order of Daily Prayer
L: Make haste, O 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 18.15-30; Numbers 22
[T] St. Luke 19; Numbers 23
[W] St. Luke 20; Numbers 24
[Th] St. Luke 21; Numbers 27
[F] St. Luke 22; Deuteronomy 5
[S] St. Luke 23; Deuteronomy 8
Hymn of the Day or Month Lord of Our Life and God of Our Salvation (659)
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.