Pastor’s Email Blast, “Jesus Does Battle in Our Place”, 1st Sunday in Lent

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Join us on Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School and Bible Class at 10:45

Reminder: Wednesday Vespers Services at 7:00 p.m. throughout Lent 

Private Confession and Absolution offered all-week upon request.

Jesus Does Battle in Our Place

In the Garden, man exalts himself to be a god in place of God (Gen. 3:1–21). He succumbs to the temptation of the devil, and eating of the forbidden fruit, he receives death. But in the sin-cursed wilderness, God humbles Himself to become man in place of man (Mt. 4:1–11). He does not eat but fasts and bears the onslaughts of the devil for us that we may be restored to life. Jesus stands as David in our place to do battle against the Goliath, Satan (1 Samuel 17:40–51). Though outwardly Jesus appears weak, yet He comes in the name of the Lord of hosts. He draws from the five smooth stones of the books of Moses and slings the Word of God. The stone sinks into the forehead, and the enemy falls. In Christ we are victorious over the devil. Let us therefore not receive the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6:1–10), but seeing that we have a great High Priest, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain help in time of need (Heb 4:14–16)

Lent is penitential because we focus on the reason why Jesus came to earth to save us—because of our fall into sin. He came to die on Good Friday to save us from our sins, death, and the power of the devil. Because it is a somber season of the church year, you will also notice some liturgical changes. Our altar cross is veiled until Easter. Our music is less festive. There are some joyous parts of our liturgy (as noted in the hymnal), like singing the Alleluias, that are buried during Lent and then resurrected on the joyous occasion of Easter. The color of Lent is purple, which symbolizes royalty and repentance. Jesus is our “King Who comes to save us.”

Preparing for Worship: For those preparing to receive The Lord’s Supper, please refer to p. 328 in the hymnal. Prayers for worship are located on the first page of the hymnal.

Lord’s Supper:  Christ gives His body and blood in the Sacrament for the forgiveness of sins.  Those who are in fellowship with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod are welcome to Holy Communion.  Others we ask that you wait until our pastor can review with you the Gospel and the Lord’s Supper.

Prayers for the week:

* Pam Tontz, surgery recovery. Ron Martinez’ sister, Nancy. * Junker’s daughter-in-law, Lisa, recovering from surgery. * Larry Phillips, recovering from knee surgery. * Matthew Eggert, surgery. * Rick Nyman’s niece, Elizabeth Nyman, recovering from surgery and cancer. Also, his friends, Howie and Jan—Jan has advanced cancer. * The Whitmire’s neighbor, Russ Wheat, who has advanced cancer.

*If you would like a prayer in the bulletin, please call or email pastor by Thursday*For pastoral emergencies and care, please call me at 972-802-0444.

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Dear Friend of Issues, Etc.,

Since Lutherans believe that we are justified by Grace alone, through faith alone, does that mean that Lutherans have nothing to say about the Christian life? Because Lutherans reject the errors of Pietism, does that mean that Lutherans reject piety?

Lutheran piety simply consists of godly habits like listening to God’s Word, the daily prayers, reception of the Lord’s Supper, Confession and Absolution, sacrificial giving, confessing Christ, good works and remembering death and judgment day.

We’ve finished a series of teachings on “Lutheran Piety” with Pr. Will Weedon, author of the new book Thank, Praise, Serve and Obey: Recover the Joys of Piety.  Listen to the entire series here, then share it with your family, friends and congregation.

Thanks for listening!

Wir sind alle Bettler,

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Todd Wilken, host

Issues, Etc.


Pastor Clint Stark

St. John Lutheran Church

Frisco, TX

 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

(Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV)