16 February 2020
The Sower sows the seed of His Word (St. Luke 8.4–15). This Word is living and powerful to conceive new life in those who hear it. But the planting of Christ is attacked by the devil, the world, and the flesh. Satan snatches the Word away from hard hearts. The riches and pleasures of this life choke off faith. Shallow and emotional belief withers in time of temptation and trouble. But see how Christ bears this attack for us! Christ’s cross was planted in the hard and rocky soil of Golgotha. A crown of thorns was placed upon His head. Satan and His demons hellishly hounded and devoured Him. Yet, through His dying and rising again, He destroyed these enemies of ours. Jesus is Himself the Seed which fell to the ground and died in order that it might sprout forth to new life and produce much grain. In Him, the weak are strong (2 Corinthians 11.19–12.9). He is the Word of the Father which does not return void (Isaiah 55.10–13) but yields a harvest hundredfold.
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 Dr. & Mrs. Gary Fitzgerald.
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 14.
Italian Evening Out hosted by our YPI youth is Saturday February 22 at 5pm. See insert for details. We have 30 of your fellow Christians already booked. Let’s make it 60 and really make Pastor work for dinner!
The Season Of Lent begins Wednesday, February 26, with imposition of ashes in the Narthex from 6:45-7pm and Divine Service beginning at 7pm. Plan ahead for attending Midweek Lent Vespers and dinners on the following Wednesdays in Lent.
January 2020 Finance Report: Amount needed to meet monthly operating budget: $23,239.92; January contributions made toward operating fund: $16,613.98; Difference: $6,652.94.
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Prepare for Next Sunday
1 Samuel 16.1–13; 1 Corinthians 13.1–13; St. Luke 18.31–43
Hymns: 942 – 734 – 685 – 688 – 642 – 568
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 10.1-31; Exodus 14.1-30
[T] St. Mark 10.32-52; Exodus 15.1-21
[W] St. Mark 11.1-33; Exodus 15.22—16.36
[Th] St. Mark 12.13-44; Exodus 17.1-16
[F] St. Luke 4.14-44; Exodus 19.1-25
[S] St. Luke 5.12-39; Exodus 20.1-26
Hymn of the Day or Month May God Bestow on Us His Grace (823)
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.