28 March 2021
The Cross and Passion of Our Lord Are the Hour of His Glory
“Behold, your King is coming to you . . . humble and mounted on a donkey” (Zechariah 9.9–12; St. Matthew 21.1–9). Our Lord rides in this humble fashion because He is entering Jerusalem to humble Himself even to the point of death on a cross (Philippians 2.5–11). His kingly crown will not be made of gold but of thorns, the sign of sin’s curse. For His royal reign is displayed in bearing this curse for His people, saving us from our enemies by sacrificing His own life. The sinless One takes the place of the sinner so that the sinner can be freed and bear the name “Barabbas,” “son of the Father” (St. Matthew 26—27). It is at the name of this exalted Savior, Jesus, that we bow in humble faith. With the centurion who declared, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (St. Matthew 27.54), we are also given to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2.11).
Divine Service for Holy Week:
Maundy Thursday, April 1, Divine Service, 7pm;
Good Friday, April 2, Tre Ore 12-3pm; Tenebrae, 7pm;
Great Vigil of Easter, April 3, 7pm.
Holy Week and Easter Schedule is on the insert in today’s bulletin. Put it on your bulletin board or refrigerator at home to be reminded of these services at the center of our Christian life. Give a copy to a family member, friend, or neighbor who has not been at Divine Service recently. Additional copies are available in the Narthex and the Parish Center.
School Research Committee will meet Tuesday, April 20 at 7pm. All are invited to join the School Research Committee to discern the feasibility of starting a school at Immanuel. Also, everyone interested in good literature and thoughtful discussion is invited to join the school committee’s reading discussion group to explore essays and books from theology, education, and the classical tradition. The first meeting will take place Wednesday, April 28 at 6:30pm at the Climbing Cafe. Contact Emily Eckardt (email@example.com) with any questions. Contact the church office for a copy of the first reading, “Abolition of Man” by C.S. Lewis.
Issues, Etc. is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s teachings include: The Hymn “Chief of Sinners Though I Be,” Lutheran Church Bodies in America, The Catholicity of Lutheranism, Responding to Roman Catholic Proof Texts and more. You can listen at your convenience at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Job 19.23–27; 1 Corinthians 5.6–8; St. Mark 16.1–8
Hymns: 457 – 459 – 458 – 461 – 155 – 467 – 633 – 465
Order of Daily Prayer
L Make haste, O X God, to deliver me.
R Make haste to help me, O Lord.
(Omit Gloria Patri)
Psalm 51 (Omit Gloria Patri)
[S] from Divine Service
[M] St. John 18.1-18; Jeremiah 7
[T] St. John 18.19-40; Isaiah 50
[W] St. John 19.1-12; Jeremiah 11
[Th] St. John 19.13-24; Zechariah 3
[F] St. John 19.25-37; Lamentations 2
[S] St. John 19.38-42; Isaiah 52
Hymn of the Day or Month Ride On, Ride On in Majesty (441)
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.