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).lcms.org
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.
Pastor Clint Stark
St. John Lutheran Church
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)