Saturday, April 14, 2012

Daily Bible Readings April 22-28, 2012

"Repentance Refreshment"
Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz
God calls us to repentance so that we might know the refreshment of His grace and forgiveness. (Acts 3:18-21)
WSMI           Carlinville, IL        1540 AM                         Sun 9:30 am
WLUJ            Springfield, IL         89.7 FM                         Sunday 3:00 pm
WLLM           Lincoln, IL              1370 AM       Sunday 7:00 am & 7:00 pm
WSMI            Litchfield                1540 AM                       Sunday 9:30 pm

Daily Lectionary
April 22                                              Exodus 32:15-35; Luke 6:39-49 
April 23                                                  Exodus 33:1-23; Luke 7:1-17 
April 24                                                 Exodus 34:1-28; Luke 7:18-35
April 25                                          Exodus 34:29-38:20; Luke 7:36-50
April 26                        Exodus 38:21-39:8, 22-23, 27-31; Luke 8:1-21
April 27                                          Exodus 39:32-40:16; Luke 8:22-39
April 28                    Isaiah 40:25–31; 1 Peter 2:11–20; John 16:16–22
Looking forward to Next Week
Fourth Sunday of Easter (Jubilate)
Those Who Wait on the Lord Shall Rejoice
The people of God are pilgrims and sojourners in this world, looking ahead to a destination yet to come (1 Peter 2:11–20). Though we are now children of God, the fullness of what we shall be has not yet been revealed (1 John 3:1–3). We are those who wait on the Lord. “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him” (Lamentations 3:25). Jesus tells us that the wait is just a little while. “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me” (John 16:16). Though you must experience sorrow for a time, though you must live as strangers in a world that is at enmity with Christ, yet your sorrow will be turned to joy when He returns. “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). The little while of weeping shall be replaced with an eternity of rejoicing in the presence of Christ the crucified and risen Savior. “And no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22).
Old Testament: Isaiah 40:25–31 [On Eagle’s Wings]
Epistle: 1 Peter 2:11–20 [Living As Free Men]
Holy Gospel: John 16:16–22 [Grief Into Joy]
P:   Christ is risen.
C:  He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

TODAY’S THEME: Our Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd. (John 10:1116)  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. (Ezekiel 34:1116).  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.  On the cross Christ bore in His body the attacks of the predators of sin and death and the devil for you that you might be saved.  He now lives to restore your souls in the still waters of baptism, to lead you in the paths of righteousness by the voice of His Gospel, to prepare the table of His holy supper before you, that you may dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23) “For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:2125)

Saturday         April 21           5:30 pm                         Worship Service
Sunday           April 22                                               MOTHER’S DAY
                                               9:00 am                                  Bible Class
                                             10:00 am                         Worship Service
Wednesday     April 25           7:30 pm                                              AA
Saturday         April 28           5:30 pm                         Worship Service

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