Seventh Sunday of Easter(Series B)
Acts 1:12–26/ 1 John 5:9–15/ John 17:11b–19
Our Great High Priest Preserves Us in the Name of His Father
On the eve of His Passion, Christ Jesus intercedes for the disciples as their merciful and great High Priest. He prays that His Father would protect them “from the evil one”and preserve them in His name (John 17:11–12, 15). Along with His prayer, Christ Himself comes to the Father by His self-sacrifice upon the cross, thereby consecrating Himself for the sake of His disciples, “that they also may be sanctified in truth”(John 17:19). To that same end, He speaks to them in the world and gives them His Father’s Word, that is, Himself. His apostles, in turn, have written these things “to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life”(1 John 5:13). For “this life is in his Son,”whom He has given by His Word, and“whoever has the Son has life”(1 John 5:11–12). By this apostolic testimony, disciples are gathered together “with one accord,”as one Body in Christ, “devoting themselves to prayer”and waiting upon the Lord in “the upper room”of His Church on earth (Acts 1:13–14).
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.
“How Clear Is our Vocation, Lord”(LSB #853)
- How clear is our vocation, Lord, 4. In what You give us, Lord, to do
When once we heed Your call: Together or alone
To live according to Your Word In old routines or ventures new,
And daily learn, refreshed, restored, May we not cease to look to You,
That You are Lord of all The cross You hung upon—
And will not let us fall. All You endeavored, done.
Servant of the Word: Rev. Dan Bremer, Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Grand Island, is also currently serving as Vacancy Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Doniphan. It’s been a full morning for him. Thanks, Pastor, for the Law-Gospel Word of salvation you proclaimed today!
Pastoral Emergencies: Please contact one of Zion’s Elders (Skip Meyer, Andy Glause, Dick Spiehs, Kraig Niemoth) with pastoral situations until the Niemeiers return. One of your Elders can arrange pastoral care if needed.
Essential Exercise for the Christian Mind: 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 Person & Work of the Holy Spirit, The Sanctity of Marriage, Stewardship, Ramadan, The Book of Nehemiah, Jacob’s Family and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Sanctity of Human Life: “If you knew that Jesus would be in your church on Sunday to bless your children, to put His hand on your shoulder, to personally assure you of His forgiveness and love, would you be there? He is there, and He does that through the Gospel.” Rev. James Albrecht, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Okabena, Minnesota – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • http://www.lutheransforlife.org
Stewardship Sentences: “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”(Acts 1:11) Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ is ascended – and Christ will come again. We live our lives in this world in the sure confidence of the world to come. We live as people who know our Lord Jesus – and who know that He is coming back. This makes all the difference in how we approach our stewardship and how we care for the things of this world.
Bible Study: There will be no IsaiahBible study this week (May 16). We will start with Study 2 next week (May 23). Copies of that study are in the narthex and church basement. All are invited to attend 8thGrade Graduation at Trinity instead!
Sunday School: The last day of Sunday School will be May 27,2018 for the summer and will resume on Sept 9, 2018. There will be Adult Bible Class each Sunday during the summer.