Prepare

Each week the upcoming readings, prayers, Psalms, and hymns are posted to assist you in preparing for the Divine Service. The latest service folder and Congregation at Prayer are also available.

Prepare for The Sunday of the Good Shepherd – Misericordia Domini (04/30)

The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep
Our Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11–16). He is not like the hireling, who cares nothing for the sheep and only for himself, who flees when he sees the wolf coming. Rather, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks out His scattered sheep to deliver them (Ezek. 34:11–16). He gathers them and feeds them in rich pasture. He binds up the broken and strengthens the sick. He lays down His life for wandering and wayward sheep.…

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Prepare for The Sunday of the Confession of Thomas – Quasimodo Geneti (04/23)

The Wounds of Christ Give Us Life
“For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood” (1 John 5:7). These three point to Christ and flow from Christ. Jesus shows His disciples His hands side, from which blood and water flowed, saying “Peace be with you.” He presents the wounds which turn our fear to gladness and which restore us to the Father. Jesus breathes on His disciples and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:23).…

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Holy Week 2017 Service Folders

The services of Holy Week are distinct from those of the rest of the church year. We should not call Holy Week extra services. You might say they are special services because they help us specifically to remember our Lord Jesus Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection in a vivid way. Each service compliments the next. The conclusion of Holy Week is the Easter Triduum, the pinnacle of the church year. These three days mark Jesus’ passion and resurrection. It begins with the Divine Service of Holy Thursday, reaches its conclusion in the Easter Vigil, and leads to our celebration of Easter Sunday with a Festival Divine Service @ 9 am.…

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Prepare for The Sunday of the Passion – Judica (04/02)

Jesus Is Our Redemption

In the temple Jesus said, “If anyone keeps my word, he will never see death” (John 8:51). For Jesus came to taste death for us—to drink the cup of suffering to the dregs in order that we might be released from its power. Clinging to His life-giving words, we are delivered from death’s sting and its eternal judgment. Christ is our High Priest, who entered the Most Holy Place and with His own blood obtained everlasting redemption for His people (Heb.…

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Prepare for The Sunday of the Feeding of the 5,000 – Laetare (03/26)

The Lord Feeds His People

The Lord provided bread from heaven for His people in the wilderness (Ex. 16:2–21). Now He who is Himself the living bread from heaven miraculously provides bread for the five thousand (John 6:1–15). This takes place near the time of the Passover, after a great multitude had followed Jesus across the sea, and when He went up on a mountain. Seen in this way, Jesus is our new and greater Moses, who releases us from the bondage of Mount Sinai and makes us free children of the promise (Gal.…

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Prepare for The Sunday of the Syro-Phoenecian Woman – Reminiscere (03/12)

Holding Jesus to His Word
Jacob wrestled with God; he would not let Him go until he received a blessing from Him. (Gen 32:22-32) So it was with the Canaanite woman. Though Jesus seemed to ignore and reject her, yet she continued to call upon His name and look to Him for help. (Mt 15:21-28) Even when the Lord called her a little dog, she held on to Him in faith and would not let Him wriggle out of His words: “Yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” This Gentile woman shows herself to be a true Israelite, who struggles with God and man in Christ and prevails.…

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