St. Paul's Weekly Update
"All Glory!"--or at least as much as we can bring
Our opening hymn on Sunday begins with the line, "All glory, laud (praise), and honor to you, Redeemer King." ALL glory, laud and honor. Wow. That's a lot of glory, laud and honor! And because our Redeemer King has redeemed us and rules us with his grace, I'm very excited to gather with all of you as we try to give him ALL the glory, laud, and honor we can this Sunday.
After the opening hymn, we will sing "The King of Glory Comes" in place of Psalm 24, asking God to open the gates before him--that is, to open our hearts--and let the King of glory enter in as he did on Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
For the hymn of the day, we will sing, "Ride on, ride on in majesty," asking Jesus to continue his ride not just into Jerusalem that day, but to the cross to save us, and then to the right hand of God to rule for us.
Our third hymn continues the theme, singing, "All praise be yours," adding to the praise by paraphrasing Philippians 2:5-11, describing all the ways Jesus humbled himself to save us and so became the exalted Lord (we'll even allow ourselves to sing an Alleluia in a small preview of Easter, even though we normally don't during the more muted praise of Lent).
Finally, we'll close with "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna," trying to give the loudest praise yet by recapping the wondrous events of Palm Sunday and asking God to help us praise him not just in church, but with all our heart, life and voice now and forever.
Between the liturgy, the readings, the preaching and the hymns, that's ALL the glory, laud and honor we'll be able to fit in one short hour this Sunday. But the wonderful truth of Palm Sunday, and of Holy Week to follow, is that ALL glory, laud and honor belongs to Jesus eternally because of what he has done. What a privilege to join in the song!
"Hosanna in the highest!" That ancient song we sing,
For Christ is our Redeemer, The LORD of heav'n, our King.
Oh, may we ever praise him With heart and life and voice
And in his royal presence Eternally rejoice.
Prayer of the Day for Sunday:
We praise you, O God, for the great acts of love by which you redeemed us through your Son, Jesus Christ. As he was acclaimed by those who scattered their garments and branches of palm in his path, so may we always hail him as our King and follow him with perfect confidence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
+ Holy Week Worship +
Easter Sunrise at 7am (Livestreamed) is open to the congregation as well as school families. Since that service will be more crowded, please plan ahead to attend one of the other services if this would be more comfortable for you and your family.
A completely different Easter Festival service with communion will be held at 9 & 10:30am. The 9am service will be mask-required. The 10:30 will be livestreamed. Since the celebration of the resurrection is the highest festival of the Christian Church year, we will celebrate in a special way that the risen Lord is among us and gives us his immortality in his Supper.
Between Easter services there will be an Easter Breakfast at the school (8:15-9:45). The menu will be breakfast burritos. Men will assemble the burritos the day before and they will be available for "grab and go" in the main school hallway or for "grab and sit" in the Cafeteria if you're comfortable. Please contact Pastor Buelow or Ryan Busman if you're willing to help day before and/or day of. Two hopeful side-effects of the breakfast will be:
1) Starting a St. Paul's men's group that gets together monthly for projects/fellowship/Bible study
2) The freewill offering will be for restarting a St. Paul's/Saginaw area youth group.
Maundy Thursday is 3:30 (Mask-required) & 6:30 (Livestream)
Good Friday Service of Darkness is at 1:30 (Mask-required) & 6:30 (Livestream)
*** Flyers with livestream information and a short explanation of the resurrection will be available on Sunday for sharing and inviting!***
+ General Worship Details +
-- 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 final week we welcome Pastor Scott Muske of St. John's, Zilwaukee, and St. Matthew's, Freeland, as our guest preacher under the theme: Hands of the Passion--Hands of Betrayal (Judas).
-- 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)
God bless you as you serve Him!
Worship Preview for Sunday
Worship helps from https://wels.net/serving-you/devotions/worship-helps/
Jesus Humbly Rides Into Jerusalem to Die
Our Lord is so different from earthly rulers. On the first Palm Sunday, Jesus was coming to finish history’s most crucial battle, yet he did not enter Jerusalem as a mighty warrior. He had no army. Jesus came on a lowly donkey, with twelve average men following him. Crowds greeted him with words from Psalm 118; words that rang to the heavens then, words still lifted to Jesus today: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
First Lesson – Zechariah 9:9-10
Zechariah writes 520 years before Christ. What is he prophesying about in verse 9?
Jesus coming as a lowly king into Jerusalem. We now know this as Palm Sunday.
Look at 9:10. What amazing gift would this King riding on a donkey bring?
Salvation—eternal life—for all people.
How does Zechariah give us a picture of the salvation our King would bring in verse 10?
What a picture: There would be no more instruments of war. In Zechariah’s day, the instruments of war were chariots, warhorses, and bows. Today we would say that there would be no more guns, missiles, tanks, bombers, or fighters. Instead, there would be peace throughout the earth and the King (Jesus) would rule over all. This picture finds its fulfillment in heaven, and on the new earth, where sin and war will rage no more for God’s people.
Second Lesson – Philippians 2:1-10
As followers of Jesus, what kind of attitude are we to have?
We are to have the same attitude as Christ Jesus, who humbled himself in service to his Father and others.
Why is it such a surprising thing that Jesus humbled himself all the way to the most cursed death, that of a cross?
If we had been in a position of authority over all things, we wouldn’t want to give it up to serve others, let alone die under God’s curse on the cross. Jesus left the glory of heaven to live in a world filled with sin, violence, and death. What great love for sinners!
Because Jesus was willing to endure so much for us, what glory did God the Father give him?
The Father gave the Son back the full use of the position the Son had always had from eternity: equality with the Father in every way. Now when we worship Jesus as Lord, God the Father receives the glory he deserves. Let us do this now and forever!
Gospel – Mark 11:1-10
If Jesus knows details about the colt, etc., ahead of time, what else must he know in advance?
If Jesus knew about the colt, etc., Jesus must have known all that would happen in his betrayal, suffering, and crucifixion. What love for us and for the Father he had!
What does the word hosanna mean?
Hosanna literally meant, “Please, save.” It was a plea for deliverance. Because we generally only call for rescue to people great enough to help, over the centuries hosanna became a shout of exclamation or praise to someone great.
Hymns: 131, 133, 350, 130
Psalm: CW363 (in place of Psalm 24, Sunday School in 10:30)
Order of Service: CW p. 38
Simple Devotion Plan for Lent & Other Devotional Material (With added little blurbs for the readings)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Week of Lent 5 (March 22-27)
M: Hebrews 7:23-27 -- Recap of previous Sundays truth: Jesus is the High Priest we need
Tu: John 7:1-13 -- Hostility to Jesus escalates as he continues his plan to reveal himself openly as the Messiah at just the right time
W: John 13:31-35 -- Jesus gives a command to love one another as he confirms that it is finally time for him to reveal himself openly and glorify God by completing his work of salvation
Th: Hebrews 10:1-10 -- Explains the significance of Jesus' once-for-all sacrifice
F: John 11:47-55 -- Caiaphas unwittingly prophecies how Jesus would die as one man so that the whole nation (world really!) would not perish
S: Exodus 32:30-34 -- Moses intercedes for the Israelites like Jesus intercedes for us. But Jesus is more successful than Moses is here!
Week of Lent 6 (March 29-31, then Holy Week)
M: 1 Peter 2:21-24 -- Peter explains the implications for us of Christ innocently suffering to heal us by his wounds
Tu: 1 Timothy 6:12-14 -- Paul explains the implications for us of Jesus' good confession before Pilate (that he was the Son of God)
W: Jeremiah 15:15-21 -- Jeremiah prays to God both in the joy of God's Word and in the distress of the suffering that God's Word has brought into his life. God calls Jeremiah to repent of his doubt and strengthens him through his promise of rescue. We repent of our doubt and cling to God's promise of rescue during the remaining days of Holy Week.
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/