20 February 2022
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 Mr. & Mrs. Cale Bays and Mr. & Mrs. Paul Danielsen in honor of Jace’s baptismal birthday.
Sutton Family Donations Please make any donation checks for the Sutton family payable to Karie Sutton. You may mail your donation to her in care of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, 645 Poplar Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807. If you wish to make an anonymous/cash donation, there will be a box on the table located in the Narthex on Sunday mornings. Thank you for your continued generosity to Pastor Sutton and his family.
Ash Wednesday is March 2. Join us for Divine Service at 7pm to begin the forty days of Lent.
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.