St. Paul's Weekly Update
The Suffering of Lent
Throughout Lent, we see the reality that suffering and salvation go hand in hand. Jesus willingly suffered so that we could be saved. He "humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross (Phil 2:8, Verse of the Day)."
Suffering and salvation go hand in hand for us, too. Our Savior Jesus tells us to take up our cross and follow him. Crosses don't feel good! The suffering of following Jesus involves the suffering of temptation and doubt, of struggling against the sinful nature, and of being persecuted for the faith. The Christian faith never says this life will be all sunshine and rainbows!
So we pray to Christ our suffering and victorious Savior for forgiveness when we fail to take up our cross, and we pray to him for the strength to suffer willingly for him.
Prayer of the Day for the 2nd Sunday in Lent:
Almighty God, you see that we have no power to defend ourselves. Guard and keep us both outwardly and inwardly from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Worship & Bible Class
-- Sunday Worship is at 8:00am and 10:30 (mask-optional), with Bible Class and Sunday School in-between.
-- Monday night worship (mask-required) is at 6:30pm.
-- Midweek Lent Worship is at 3:30 & 6:30 (both mask-optional), 6:30 livestreamed. This week we welcome Pastor Andrew Retberg of St. John's, Brockway, as our guest preacher under the theme: Hands of the Passion--Hands of Brutality (Soldiers).
-- The livestream of Sunday 8:00am and the Midweek 6:30pm services can be found here (Sunday Bible study livestream can be found there as well). See worship preparation below to get the hymns and readings ready (or find bulletin here)
-- Private communion always available by appointment. Don't let anything separate you from God's means of grace! Call the office or call/email Pastor Naumann (412-0232); Pastor Buelow (412-0458)
-- This past weekend Pastor Buelow presented an abbreviated study of Paul Gerhardt's Life and Hymns called "Stand Firm: The Power of Lutheran Song in our Wandering Through Death to Life" at a men's conference at his brother's church in Wisconsin (it became quite the Buelow reunion with 4 Buelow presenters--two brothers and the father!). If you'd like to see it, his presentation is recorded here (audio improves after 30 seconds): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhNiML0hwzY. The handout can be downloaded here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RTOHfRbiwCC-q487DTxdRVsowP5t62cF/view?usp=sharing For those interested, the rest of the conference information and other presentations can be found here: https://www.stpaulclintonville.com/2021-conference?fbclid=IwAR0SThcw4jF2xuwpR9S0EmyyGUgxDldoGGCcChFYEIGbQDRxSat0N50jzgI
-- Keep in your prayers:
Mrs. Janna Needham, who received a call this past Sunday to serve as part-time teacher here at St. Paul's;
Mr. Jordan Siegler, who continues to deliberate a call to teach grades 4-5 and help with music and coaching at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Aurora, IL.
God bless you as you serve Him!
Worship Preview for Sunday
Worship helps from https://wels.net/serving-you/devotions/worship-helps/
Second Sunday in Lent:
Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him
To follow Jesus, we must carry our cross. This means our faith will bring us severe burdens and shame. But through Jesus’ cross, we have such good news: Heaven is open! We can rejoice in our sufferings! By losing our lives for Jesus, we will find them!
First Lesson – Genesis 28:10-17 (sermon text)
Whom did Jacob see on the stairway? Above it?
God’s holy angels were going up and down the stairway. The Lord God himself was at the top of the stairway.
What promises did Jacob receive, which include you?
Promises: a) God is the God of all believers, both dead (Abraham) and alive (Isaac and Jacob). Even dead believers are alive with God! b) With all people on earth, we are blessed in Jesus with a holy Savior. c) God will keep all his promises to us, for Jesus’ sake.
Second Lesson – Romans 5:1-11
What amazing gifts do we receive by trusting that Jesus died for our sins? (See 5:1,2.)
By trusting that Jesus died for our sins, we stand innocent before God in his court. We have peace toward God. We have entrance into God’s grace. We rejoice because we are sure that we will share glory with God forever.
Why do we rejoice in our sufferings? Isn’t that a bizarre way to act? (See 5:3.)
It might surprise the rest of the world but rejoicing in our sufferings fits with faith in God’s promises. We know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces proven character, and proven character produces confident hope of eternal life.
In Christ, what three things are no longer true about us? (See 5:6,8,10.)
We were powerless; we were sinners; we were God’s enemies. Relying on Jesus’ blood, we are none of those things anymore in God’s sight. We have God’s strength. We are holy in God’s sight. We are God’s friends.
Gospel – Mark 8:31-38
Why did Jesus have to suffer and die? (See 8:31.)
Jesus had to die because he had said so. God the Father told him so. God the Spirit said so in the Old Testament in many places. There was no other way we could have eternal life. “For the joy set before him” Jesus endured the cross and scorned its shame (Hebrews 12:2). His joy was seeing us sinners receive the gift of eternal life.
When Jesus told Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!” he didn’t mean Satan had taken total control of him and made Peter helpless. What did Jesus mean?
Jesus meant that for Peter to try to keep Jesus from dying for us was satanic. If Jesus hadn’t died for us, we would all have spent eternity with the devil in hell.
Why is trying to become rich apart from God such a poor choice?
Even if we gain the whole world, it won’t do us any good if we lose our souls and end up in eternal fire, body and soul.
Hymns: 779, 434, 465, 355
Psalm: Solo on "All Depends On Our Possessing"--summarizes the truth of Psalm 73
Order of Service: DS1
Simple Devotion Plan for Lent & Other Devotional Material
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Read (starting next Monday):
Week of Lent 1 (February 22-27)
M: James 4:1-10
Tu: James 1:13-18
W: Hebrews 4:14-16
Th: Hebrews 12:1-7
F: Matthew 16:21-28
S: Matthew 12:38-42
Week of Lent 2 (March 1-6)
M: John 7:14-18
Tu: Acts 5:17-19
W: 1 Samuel 3:1-18
Th: Jeremiah 20:7-13
F: Hebrews 5:4-10
S: Matthew 21:33-46
Week of Lent 3 (March 8-13)
M: 1 Peter 1:13-21
Tu: Mark 6:7-13
W: Luke 22:24-30
Th: Luke 4:38-44
F: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16
S: Isaiah 49:1-6
Week of Lent 4 (March 15-20)
M: John 6:22-29
Tu: 1 Kings 19:1-8
W: Mark 12:28-34
Th: John 6:47-59
F: John 12:20-26
S: John 8:21-30
Week of Lent 5 (March 22-27)
M: Hebrews 7:23-27
Tu: John 7:1-13
W: John 13:31-35
Th: Hebrews 10:1-10
F: John 11:47-55
S: Exodus 32:30-34
Week of Lent 6 (March 29-31, then Holy Week)
M: 1 Peter 2:21-24
Tu: 1 Timothy 6:12-14
W: Jeremiah 15:15-21
Lord’s Prayer and possibly other prayers:
Monday: Missions; Tuesday: Congregations & Schools; Wednesday: Families; Thursday: Country & Work; Friday: The Suffering & Those Who Care for Them; Saturday: For Jesus to Bring us Quickly to the Joys of Heaven
The Lord bless us and keep us, the Lord make his face shine on us and be gracious to us, the Lord look on us with favor and give us peace. Amen.
Other Devotional Materials:
Occasional Videos on our Facebook page lining up with the devotional plan above.
WELS Daily Devotions: https://wels.net/dev-daily/
Family devotions: https://wels.net/family-devotion/
Jesus' Passion: 40 days of Bible readings with one of our Seminary professors can be found at forwardinchrist.net or on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/109950283839877/132177868707885/