24 February 2019
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.
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Cale Bays.
During Septuagesima, the Gloria in Excelsis is omitted, and the Tract replaces the Alleluia in Divine Service.
Adult Bible Class meets at 9am in the Parish Center with Pastor Sutton, studying Hebrews 10.
Tuesday Night Theology is on Tuesday at 7pm, taught by Vicar Cornwell. Our society has blurred the definitions of man and woman far from God’s intention. Come and join us as we learn from God’s Word who God has made us to be as men and women in Christ.
Issues, Etc. Conference You’re invited to attend the Issues, Etc. “Making the Case” Conference Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at Concordia University Chicago. Topics include: Secular Progressivism, Christian Joy, The Lord’s Supper, The Hippocratic Oath and Conservatism. Speakers include: Matt Harrison, Ross Douthat, Hans Fiene, Wesley Smith, Will Weedon and Aaron Wolf. Early bird registration is $115 and includes three meals. For more information, visit www.issuesetc.org or call (618) 223-8385.
Christ-Centered Magazines Multiple issues of For the Life of the World, Lutherans Engage, Lutheran Witness, Higher Things Magazine, and Good News Magazine, all printed by various confessional Lutheran publishers, are available on the bottom row of the magazine and tract case on the wall across from the Parish Office. Please feel free to take home any issues you would like for your edification.
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. Alleluia!
[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.