07 February 2021
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 in honor of their grandchildren.
Sunday School and Adult Bible Study Join us at 9am each Sunday. Adult Bible Class is studying the Gospel according to St. Luke, currently at St. Luke 4.31-44, Jesus casting out demons in Capernaum. The high school class is studying the differences between Lutheran theology and other denominations with Vicar in the library.
Ash Wednesday is February 17. Join us for Divine Service at 7pm to begin the forty days of Lent.
School Feasibility Committee to research the feasibility of starting a school at Immanuel is being launched by the Board of Parish Education. Interested? Come to the first meeting on Tuesday, February 16th at 7pm in the parish center. The meeting will include the viewing of the Circe Institute’s webinar How to Build a Classical School to get discussion started. Questions? Email Joe Eckardt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Coffee Break Bible Study is on Wednesday mornings, with Matins at 8:30am and the study following at 9am. This week we are studying 2 Samuel 3-4, conflict between King David and the family of dead King Saul to unite Israel under David’s reign. All studies are broadcast live on Immanuel’s Facebook page.
Lutheranism in the Public Square Issues, Etc. is a radio show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. Topics include: Christian Nationalism, The Equality Act, and more. You can listen at your convenience at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.
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.