Fourth Sunday of Easter—May 12, 2019
Acts 20:17–35 / Revelation 7:9–17 / John 10:22–30
The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came from the Father and became flesh among us in order to rescue us, His sheep. He laid down His life for us and took it up again in order to give us eternal life. By the preaching of His Gospel, He calls His sheep to Himself and keeps them with Him forever. As they hear His voice and follow Him, “they will never perish”(John 10:28), for “no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand”(John 10:29). In the same way, faithful pastors (literally, “shepherds”) “care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood”(Acts 20:28), “testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ”(Acts 20:21). Therefore, with all the company of heaven, the Good Shepherd gathers His flock in worship, as they cry: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”(Rev. 7:10).
Mother’s Day: Praise Christ for the gifts He gives! His love shines in the vocation (“calling”) of Mother. Moms, may your day be richly blessed. We love as Christ first loved us. (1 John 4:19) A prayer: “Almighty God, heavenly Father, You have blessed us with the joy and care of children. Give us calm strength and patient wisdom that, as they grow in years, we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. In Jesus’ saving name. Amen!”
New Phone Number: 308-380-5890 is Pastor Niemeier’s new mobile phone number. In addition to trying the church phone number (308-687-6314) and leaving a message, please feel free also to try this mobile number. Being in contact with and available to the members of Zion is important to him, also when he is on the road!
Sunday Bible Study: Our Sunday morning adult study which follows the Divine Service (11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) will be held in the choir loft while basement ceiling is being remodeled. We are talking about the gifts Christ gives to build up of His body here on earth. Ephesians 4:1-16 is our text for the next few weeks. All are invited!
Sanctifying Your Exercise Routine with the Word 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 subjects include: Religious Liberty, The Book of Malachi, Jesus Walks on Water, The Historic Liturgy & the Apostles’ Creed and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Sanctity of Human Life:Among motherhood’s greatest works is comforting distraught little ones. Where the world would wipe out lives by murder, the Lamb once slain but raised again mothers us by wiping away our tears (Revelation 7:17). Heavenly Father’s forgiveness and salvation heal even the guilt of abortion, the grief of terminal diagnosis, and the fear of complicated pregnancy. The Hand that rules the world also rocks the cradle.
Stewardship Sentences: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”(John 10:27) On their own, sheep are in great danger. They need a shepherd to guide them. The sheep know the Shepherd’s voice, and we delight to go where He leads. Of course, the world, the devil, and our own sinful flesh want to pull us in another direction. Namely, they want to pull us in the direction of death. But following the Shepherd means life. So, no matter how difficult the path is that the Shepherd points out, let us follow Him!
Sunday School: The last day of Sunday School will be May 26, 2019 for the summer and will resume on Sept. 8, 2019. There will be Adult Bible Class each Sunday during the summer.