Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Daily Bible Readings April 1-7, 2012

Confirmation Questioning and Reception Join us for the Junior Questioning is at 3:00 pm on Palm Sunday (April 1). A reception for this years confirmands will be held at 4:30 pm. Junior Questioning is at 3:00 pm. We want to welcome our newest confirmed members into our church family. The reception is sponsored by the Mission Board and Thrivent. All are welcome.

Please Pray For: Don Fuchs, Barb Fuchs, Juanita Rankin, George Van Huss, Crystal Ray, Ruth Hedrick, Walt Hedrick, Erna Van Winkle, Mary Kay Schmidt, John Haynes, Margaret Branham, Mary Ehrat, Art Ehrat, Katie Ketchum, Colin Starks, George Shepherd, Donna Smith and Bill Hoff.
Military: Please keep in your prayers all Military persons, especially Brittany Worth who is deployed to Afghanistan.
Hospitalizations: Please notify Pastor GeRue about any sickness or hospitalizations.

Each Gospel highlights different aspects of Our Lord’s Passion. Unique to St. Matthew's Passion is the message from Pilate's wife: “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” What does it mean? Pilate's wife was tormented in her soul and conscience. Jesus and His Gospel are unsettling to sinful man. We either embrace it in faith or we flee from it. Pilate’s wife, like so many, did not want to face the reality of her own sin and the need for salvation that only this Man could provide. It was too much for her to bear. “Let us have nothing to do with Him! I cannot bear him!” Like so many, Pilate's wife recognized the righteousness of Christ, but still she was unwilling to let go of herself and embrace Him in faith. Unique also to the Passion according to St. Matthew is the prophecy that proceeds out of the mouth of the people at the end of the trial before Pilate: “His blood be on us and on our children!” Indeed, this is the way
it must be or we cannot be saved.

Saturday, March 31                                                                     5:30 pm      Worship Service
Sunday, April 1        9:00 am                                                  Bible Class
                                 10:00 am                  Palm Sunday Worship Service
                                 3:00 pm                                                 Questioning
                                 4:30 pm                             Confirmation Reception
Monday, April 2      7:00 pm             Holy Week Bible Study, Witness”
Tuesday, April 3      7:00 pm              Holy Week Bible Study, “Mercy”
Wednesday, April 4 7:00 pm  Holy Week Bible Study, “Life Together”
Thursday, April 5     9:00 am                                     Ladies Bible Study
                                 7:00 pm                        Maundy Thursday Worship
Friday, April 6         12:00 noon              Noonday Good Friday Service
                                 7:00 pm                                     God Friday Service
Saturday, April 7     5:30 pm                  Easter Vigil with Confirmation
Sunday, April 8        7:00 am                                 Easter Sunrise Service
                                 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.                             Easter Breakfast
                                 9:30 am                                          Easter Egg Hunt
                                 10:00 am                               Easter Festive Service

Daily Lectionary
April 1                                         Zech. 9:9-12; Phil. 2:5-11; Matt. 21:1-9
April 2                                 Isaiah 50:5-10; Isaiah 50:5-10; John 12:1-23
April 3                                   Jer. 11:18-20; Jer. 11:18-20; John 12:24-43
April 4                                Isaiah 62:11-63:7; Luke 22:1-23; Luke 22:42
April 5     Maundy Thursday: Exodus 12:1-14; 1 Cor. 11:23-32; John 13:1-15
April 6                       Good Friday: Isaiah 52:13-53:12;  John 18:1-19:42
April 7           Holy Saturday: Dan. 6:1-24; 1 Pet. 3:17-22; Matt. 27:57-66

Looking Forward to Easter
Job 19:23–27; 1 Corinthians 5:6–8; Mark 16:1–8
Christ’s Resurrection Means That We Will One Day Be Raised
“Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:7). By the shed blood of Christ, the Lamb of God, eternal death has passed over us. Now we pass with Christ through death into life everlasting. For Christ the crucified One is risen! The stone has been rolled away from the tomb, revealing that the tomb could not hold Him (Mark 16:1–8). Now our Redeemer lives eternally to save us from sin and Satan and the grave, and we can live in the sure hope of our own bodily resurrection with Christ. “After my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:26). Feasting on the living Christ, who is our meat and drink indeed, we boldly say: “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? . . . But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:54–55, 57).

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