Third Sunday in Lent—March 24, 2019
Ezekiel 33:7–20 / 1 Corinthians 10:1–13 / Luke 13:1–9
Jesus Calls You to Repentance
“Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”(Luke 13:3, 5). By this warning, the Lord would turn us away from wickedness and bring us to life in Himself. For He is patient with us, that we not be cut down in our sin but live and bear fruit in Him. As He lives, the Lord has “no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live”(Ezek. 33:11). So the Scriptures have been “written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come”(1 Cor. 10:11), that we should not desire evil but trust in Christ. He alone is faithful, the Rock who feeds us with His “spiritual food”and pours out His “spiritual drink”(1 Cor. 10:3–4).
Lenten Midweek Service: Places of the Passion is this year’s Lenten theme. Wednesday’s service (March 27 @ 7 p.m.) gives us the chance to ponder our Savior’s eternal love in light of the betrayer’s kiss. (Luke 22:47-53) Hope to see you there!
Flood Relief Efforts:Hoping to help those impacted by Nebraska flooding? Your Nebraska District is working hard to match need with generosity. If you know of need, or wish to contribute time, treasure, or resources, please check the following link at the District webpage (http://www.ndlcms.org/disaster-response) or ask Pastor for suggestions.
Youth Group Servant Event: We will be in Grand Island this Saturday. Our morning starts at 9:00 a.m at Orphan Grain Train as we seek to show the care of Christ by loving service. We will then proceed to eat a little and have a little fun over noon and into the early afternoon. If you haven’t done so yet, please let Pastor or Tish know if you can take in some, or all, of the morning and afternoon activities.
God’s Gift of Life: God finds no pleasure in death (Ezekiel 33:11), whether of the wicked or of the innocent. So, He works through the word of his watchmen (Ezekiel 33:8) to warn about the evils of abortion, embryo experiments, and physician-assisted suicide. And He works through His gospel of eternal love to win over hearts, rescue eternities, and make brothers of neighbors (Ezekiel 33:14-16).
Declaring to You the Whole Counsel of God: Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s teachings include: The Book of Zephaniah, Jesus Is Rejected at Nazareth, The Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Coveting and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Congregational Communications: Pastor has started a weekly emailin which upcoming events are announced and devotional nuggets are shared. In addition to the printed bulletin, this can be an easy way to keep up to date with what’s going on in our congregation. Those interested are encouraged to send their email to Pastor Niemeier (email@example.com) or Courtney Bierbaum (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get subscribed. Pastor is also on Twitter, and is lonely. J Those frequenting cyberspace are asked to kindly follow him (@CNiemeier). He will periodically share nuggets of information there as well.