Prepare for The Sunday of the Sower (Sexagesima) (02/19)Pr. Christopher Gillespie
Scripture Alone – The Sower sows the seed of His Word (Luke 8:4–15). This Word is living and powerful (Heb. 4:9–13) 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 Cor. 11:19–12:9). He is the Word of the Father which does not return void (Is. 55:10–13) but yields a harvest hundredfold.
Propers for the Week:
Old Testament: Isaiah 55:10-13
Epistle: 2 Cor. 11:19-12:9
Gospel: Luke 8:4-15
O God, the Strength of all who put their trust in You, mercifully grant that by Your power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Awake! Why do You | sleep, O Lord?*
Arise! Do not cast us off for- | ever.
For our soul is bowed down | to the dust;*
arise for our help and re- | deem us. (Psalm 44:23, 25-26)
We have heard with our | ears, O God,*
our fathers have told us the deeds You did in | days of old:
You drove out the nations | with Your hand,*
but you planted our fathers because you | favored them.
You have saved us from our | enemies,*
and have put to shame those who | hated us.
In God we boast | all day long,*
and praise Your name for- | ever. (Psalm 44:1-3, 7-8)
Let the nations know that You, whose name alone | is the LORD,*
are the Most High over | all the earth.
O my God, make them like the | whirling dust,*
like the chaff be- | fore the wind! (Psalm 83:18, 13)
O God, You have | cast us off;*
You have bro- | ken us down;
You have | been displeased;*
oh, restore | us again!
You have made the earth tremble; You have | broken it;*
heal its breaches, for it is | shaking.
That Your beloved may be de- | livered,*
save with Your right hand, and | hear me. (Psalm 60:1–2, 5)
Hymns for the Week:
|From God the Father, virgin-born||Deus tuorum militum||Video||Hymn Study|
|May God bestow on us His grace||Es wolle Gott uns gnadig sein||Video|
|My soul, now praise your Maker||Nun lob, mein Seel||Video|
|Preach you the Word, and plant it home||O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf||Video|
|O God, O Lord of heav’n and earth||Wittenberg New||Video|