First Sunday after Christmas—December 29, 2019
Isaiah 63:7-14 / Galatians 4:4-7 / Matthew 2:13-23
The Lord Jesus Undergoes a New Exodus in Order to Save His People from Their Sins
Herod’s efforts to destroy the little Lord Jesus anticipate the cross for which He was born. In response to Herod’s edict, Joseph must “take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt” (Matt. 2:13). But the Lord does not abandon the Holy Family there. He brings about salvation for all people, just as He “had spoken by the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son’” (Matt. 2:15). With might and strength, God accompanies His people, causing “his glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses” (Is. 63:12). Now through Jesus, even our afflictions are borne by Christ on the cross. “He redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them” (Is. 63:9). All of this is accomplished by God’s might so that we, too, are claimed as members of His family. For we “receive adoption as sons” in the only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, even as He became like us by His conception and birth of the woman. Thus redeemed by Christ, no longer slaves of sin and death but beloved children and heirs of God, we pray in Jesus’ name: “Abba! Father!” (Gal. 4:4–6).
Guest Teacher and Preacher: Fourth year seminarian AJ Bader leads Bible study (9:00 a.m.) and Matins (10:15 a.m.) today. Thanks, AJ, for proclaiming Christ’s saving gospel with us! “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16)
First Quarter Council and Voters: In order to prepare for January Voters meeting, elected officers will meet tomorrow—Monday, December 30th –at 8 p.m. for Council. Voters assembly will then meet after Pastor gets back on Thursday, January 2 at 8 p.m.
Pastoral Care: Please contact an Elder (Andy Glause, Dick Spiehs, Kraig Niemoth, Dalbert Kurz) should an emergency arise while Pastor Niemeier is out of town.
Youth Group Soup Dinner: Zion’s youth will host a soup dinner following church on Sunday, January 12, in the basement. Proceeds from freewill offering will be used for a Higher Things trip this summer. Your support is always appreciated!
Christmas Communications: Please check the informational cubical in the narthex for Christmas greetings from AJ and Gretyl Bader and from Pastor and Beth Molyneux.
Sanctity of Human Life: “God sent forth His Son, born of woman … to redeem those who were under the law” (Galatians 4:4-5). Jesus became just like each of us—zygote, embryo, fetus, infant, toddler, kid, teenager, and grown-up. In doing so, He demonstrated how precious He would have us see ourselves and every other member of our race in all ages, appearances, and abilities. Let us celebrate our Lord’s gestation as much a part of His blessed incarnation as His birth!
Where Christianity Meets Culture: Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL. Check out this week’s programs to learn more about the life of Christian discipleship we are given in baptism to live (Matthew 28:19-20). Topics are covered are always timely, and from a Christ-centered, Biblical perspective. You can listen at your convenience at http://www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.