Second Sunday of Easter
8 April 2018
Jesus came and stood among them and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
St. John 20.19-20
The Wounds of Christ Give Us Life
“For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood” (1 John 5.7). These three point to Christ and flow from Christ. Jesus shows His disciples His hands side, from which blood and water flowed, saying “Peace be with you.” He presents the wounds which turn our fear to gladness and which restore us to the Father. Jesus breathes on His disciples and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (St. John 20.23). His breath, His words are Spirit and life. They raise up our dry, dead bones and give us new and everlasting life (Ezekiel 37.1–14). Christ now gives His ministers to speak His forgiving, Spirit-filled words to the penitent in His stead. Our Lord continues to come to His people, presenting His wounds to us in the Sacraments of water and blood. He bids us to touch His side at His table, to receive His risen body and blood in true faith, that believing we may have life in His name.
Quasimodogeniti is the Latin name for the Second Sunday of Easter, taken from the first words of the Introit from 1 Peter 2.2. Quasimodogeniti means “as newborn babes.” Historically, those preparing for baptism and confirmation would keep the Easter Vigil, and be baptized and received into the Church on Holy Saturday. These new Christians would continue in their instruction “as newborn babes” in the faith. 1 Peter 2.2: “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” The Word of God sustains the Christian. Would that we all might become as “little children” (St. Matthew 18.3), with child-like faith believing the Word, and, as newborn babes, “crave the pure milk of the Word,” that we too may “grow thereby,” and thus be prepared for the “meat,” the deeper truths of the faith and the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 3.2, 4.1; Hebrews 5.12-14).
This Week’s Announcements
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Rick Todd in memory of their parents.
Baptized Today into the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this morning is Colton Thomas Christopher, son of Paul and Ashley Christopher. Sponsors are Jaime Thomas, Jay Christopher, and Davey Sokol. “In Baptism we now put on Christ – our shame is fully covered… for here the flood of His own blood now makes us holy, right, and good before our Heavenly Father.” (LSB #596)
Received into membership at the Easter Vigil last Saturday evening was Rigo Barozzo, through adult confirmation. Please welcome him to our family of faith in Christ!
The Word Of God Sustains the Christian: Adult Bible Class on Sunday is finishing its study of the book of Exodus, and will shortly begin a study of the letter to the Hebrews. Now is the time to join in (or come back if you’ve missed lately) and be blessed to know our Lord Jesus more and more through His holy, precious, life-giving Word.
The Feast of the Annunciation, since it fell during Holy Week this year, is transferred to tomorrow, Monday, April 9. Divine Service is at 7pm.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Ezekiel 34.11–16; 1 Peter 2.21–25; St. John 10.11–16
Hymns: 464 – 710 – 548 – 468 – 633 – 709 – 458
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. John 21.1-25; Jonah 1.1-16
[T] St. John 2.12-25; Jonah 1.17—2.10
[W] St. John 3.1-36; Jonah 3.1-10
[Th] St. John 4.1-27; Jonah 4.1-11
[F] St. John 4.28-38; Isaiah 33.1-24
[S] St. John 4.39-45; Isaiah 42.1-25
Hymn of the Day or Month
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.