31 January 2021
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. Kris Wineinger in honor of Emma’s baptismal birthday.
Sunday School and Adult Bible Study Join us at 9am each Sunday. Adult Bible Class is studying the Gospel according to St. Luke, currently studying St. Luke 3.1-20, the Ministry of John the Baptist. The high school class is studying the differences between Lutheran theology and other denominations with Vicar in the library.
Presentation of Our Lord and Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (“Candlemas”) will be celebrated with Divine Service on Tuesday at 7pm.
YPI Movie Night will be Saturday at 5pm. We will watch the first season of “The Chosen,” a series about Christ and the disciples. Please bring a snack to share.
Coffee Break Bible Study is on Wednesday mornings, with Matins at 8:30am and the study following at 9am. The fall 2020 studies in 1 Samuel, beginning with David slaying Goliath (1 Samuel 17) can be found archived on our YouTube channel.
Your Daily Lutheran Bible Class Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s teachings include: The Word “Kingdom” in the Bible, Old Testament Patriarch Jacob, Saul Becomes King, The Day of Atonement and more. You can listen on-demand at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.
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.