09 February 2020
The people of Israel contended with the Lord in the wilderness (Exodus 17.1–7). They were dissatisfied with His provision. In the same way, the first laborers in the vineyard complained against the landowner for the wage he provided them (St. Matthew 20.1–16). They charged him with being unfair, but in reality he was being generous. For the Lord does not wish to deal with us on the basis of what we deserve but on the basis of His abounding grace in Christ. The first—those who rely on their own merits—will be last. “For they were overthrown in the wilderness” (1 Corinthians 10.5). But the last, those who rely on Christ, will be first. For Christ is the Rock (1 Corinthians 9.24–10.5). He is the One who was struck and from whose side blood and water flowed that we may be cleansed of our sin.
During Septuagesima, the Gloria in Excelsis is omitted, and the Tract replaces the Alleluia in Divine Service.
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Cale Bays and Mr. & Mrs. Paul Danielsen in honor of Sydney and Jace’s baptismal birthdays.
Adult Bible Class meets Sunday at 9am in the Parish Center, studying the Gospel of St. Luke, chapter 1.
Coffee Break Bible Study meets Wednesday at 9am, after Matins is prayed at 8:30am. Studying the book of 1 Samuel, chapter 12.
Italian Evening Out hosted by our YPI youth is Saturday evening, February 22. See insert for details. Invite friends, relatives, or neighbors, as this is a great fundraiser for our youth to help pay for the Higher Things Conference this summer. Plan now to be there, and make your reservations!
Higher Things Reflections for February are available online to print or download to your phone or device are available at higherthings.org/reflections. If you are unable to access them online, copies are available in the Narthex and Parish Center.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Isaiah 55.10–13; 2 Corinthians 11.19—12.9; St. Luke 8.4–15
Hymns: 536 – 823 – 577 – 586 – 960 – 523 – 923
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. Mark 5.21-43; Exodus 5.1-23
[T] St. Mark 6.1-29; Exodus 6.1-30
[W] St. Mark 6.30-56; Exodus 11.1-10
[Th] St. Mark 7; Exodus 12.1-28
[F] St. Mark 8; Exodus 12.29-42
[S] St. Mark 9; Exodus 13.1-22
Hymn of the Day or Month Salvation Unto Us Has Come (555)
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.