Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Daily Lectionary
February 12 The Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life—Genesis 2:4-17, Mark 10:1-31
February 13 Man Eats the Forbidden Fruit—Genesis 3:1-24; Mark 10:32-52
February 14                  The Passover—Exodus 12:1-14, 17; Mark 11:1-33
February 15 The Wedding in Cana of Galilee—John 2:1-11; Mark 12:13-44
February 16 The Bread from Heaven—Exodus 16:1-15, 31; Luke 4:14-44
February 17                                                                           Luke 5:12-39
February 18    Quinquagesima     Isaiah 35:3–7, 1 Corinthians 13:1—13, Luke 18:31–43

Look forward to Quinquagesima Sunday February 19, 2012
Isaiah 35:3-7: "Our God will come and save you." With these words the prophet announces both the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but also the proclamation of His Gospel which alone has the power to save and deliver us from all the afflictions of sin.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13: The love of Christ that moved Him to suffer and die for the sins of the whole world is described by St Paul. It is called the greatest of faith, hope, and love, because without Christ's love for us we would have nothing in which to believe and hope.
Luke 18:31-43: Jesus spoke clearly about His passion, death, and resurrection, yet "these things were hidden" from the disciples, so that they did not understand His words. It was necessary that the Son of Man suffer and die alone, for salvation from sin, death, and hell is entirely the work of our Lord. It must be received by us as a gift alone or it cannot be received at all. For their benefit the disciples were prevented from knowing these words, lest anyone of them boast in his superior knowledge or understanding. The mysteries of the faith are revealed to the blind by the Spirit of God, and so, Jesus has mercy upon blind Bartemaeus opening his eyes, in token that the mysteries of salvation are revealed to us so that we might believe in the Lord and give all praise and glory to God.

Saturday   February 11                 5:30 pm                            Divine Service
Sunday     February 12                 9:00 am       Bible Class / Sunday School
                                                   10:00 am                            Divine Service
Monday    February 13                 6:30 pm                                        Elder’s
Wednesday February 15                1:00 pm                         Ministerial Study
                                                     5:00 pm                              Confirmation
                                                     7:30 pm                                              AA
Thursday - Saturday  February 16 - 18                                 SID Convention
Saturday   February 18                 5:30 pm                            Divine Service

Ash Wednesday and the Beginning of Lent—February 22
The beginning of Lent is right around the corner. Ash Wednesday will be a very unique and special service, including the Imposition of Ashes, the Lenten Litany, corporate confession and individual absolutions. From ancient times the season of Lent has been kept as a time of special devotion, self-denial, and humble repentance born of a faithful heart that dwells confidently on His Word and draws from it life and hope. Let us pray that our dear Father in heaven, for the sake of His beloved Son and in the power of His Holy Spirit, might richly bless this Lententide for us that we may come to Easter with glad hearts and keep the feast in sincerity and truth. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday Divine Services at 7:00 p.m. We will have a light luncheon before each of the midweek services. Watch for more details to come.

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