Fifth Sunday in Lent (Series B)
Jeremiah 31:31–34 / Hebrews 5:1–10 / Mark 10:(32–34) 35–45
In the Holy Sacraments, We Share the Glory of the Cross of Christ
Jesus catechizes His disciples in the way of the cross, revealing that He will be condemned and put to death “and after three days he will rise” (Mark 10:33–34). But the Twelve do not understand. Instead, they argue among themselves about who will be the greatest, with James and John requesting the places of honor on either side of Jesus in His glory. However, Jesus has come to make Himself the “slave of all” and “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43–45). He shares the true glory of His cross with all who are baptized with His Baptism and with those who drink His cup of salvation, the New Testament in His blood (Mark 10:39). By these Holy Sacraments, the Lord makes Himself known to all His people, forgiving their sins “from the least of them to the greatest” (Jer. 31:33–34). Though He is the very Son of God, “he learned obedience through what he suffered” and so became our great High Priest, that we may enter His glory by the way of His sacrifice (Heb. 5:8–10).
Lent 2018: “Return From Exile” is the theme for this year’s 40 day Lenten journey of repentance and faith. In this service we hear the joyful news of exiles who return to the tree of life because of Christ’s tree—the cross. Vespers starts at 7 p.m. with refreshment and conversation to follow in the basement.
Sunday Morning Bible Study: Every One His Witness is a Lutheran evangelism study that teaches you to witness to your friends, coworkers, and any other nonchurched people you may know. Using the LASSIE approach to witnessing (listen, ask, seek, share, invite, and encourage), you will learn how to naturally share the Good News of Jesus Christ through relational, contextual witnessing. Our study is held on Sunday mornings in the church basement starting at 9:00 a.m.
Christian Piety: ‘Piety’ is another way of talking about ‘godly habits’ that Christians live following their baptism through faith in Jesus. Thank, Praise, Serve, and Obey: Recover the Joy of Piety by Pastor William C. Weedon is written for the purpose of assisting Christians in such habits. Topics include listening to God’s Word, praying, receiving the sacraments, and giving sacrificially. A copy of the book has been placed in the narthex for your perusal. More information can be found online at cph.org. Orders can be placed online or by calling 1-800-325-3040.
Sanctity of Human Life: We hear it said in culture around us, “My body, my choice.” However, God reminds us in His Word that life is not for controlling but for offering and sharing (Mark 10:45). Our Creator bestows life as gift, promise, covenant, connecting us to Him and one another (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Broken covenants become cruel lords (Mark 10:42). Yet still Jesus enters our predicaments and understands our troubles (Hebrews 5:2, 7). No one suffers alone, and He remembers our sins no more. Eternal salvation results! Almighty Maker, enable us to share Your life with each other. Amen.
Stewardship Sentences: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) Jesus gives everything He has: He gives Himself. That self-giving is the model for our giving in all aspects of our lives. In our family, in our church, and in the world at large, Jesus calls us to follow His example in self-giving. We can only do this if we are connected to His self-giving in faith.
HLHS Announcements: Delegates meeting is this Thursday at 7 p.m.
Premier Conference for Lutheran Laity: You’re invited to attend the Issues, Etc. “Making the Case” Conference Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 in Collinsville, IL, about 15 miles east of St. Louis. Topics include: Islam, The Prosperity Gospel, Godliness, Religious Truth Claims, The Centrality of Justification, Abortion and Scientism. Speakers include: Hank Hanegraaff, Rev. Hans Fiene, Rev. Will Weedon, Scott Klusendorf, Dr. Angus Menuge, Rev. Jonathan Fisk and Craig Parton. Attendance is limited to 400. For more information, visit www.issuesetc.org or call (618) 223-8385.