Greetings in Christ,
As you prepare for the Divine Service this weekend, you can take a look at the Service Folder to find the readings, prayers, and other parts of the service that will help to guide your reflection and prayer.
You can dig deeper into the parts of this weekend’s service with this segment from Issues, Etc.
Here’s the Lectionary Summary for the upcoming weekend that ties the themes of the weekend together:
The Lord Freely Feeds and Provides for Us with Everything He Has
Those who contribute “large sums”from “out of their abundance”have done very little. They cannot purchase God’s favor with their money. But the “poor widow”with her two small coins, who “out of her poverty has put in everything she had,”entrusts herself and her life to the mercy of God (Mark 12:41–44). Such faith is not disappointed, for the Lord is faithful, and He provides for His people by His grace. Thus was the poor widow of Zarephath able to feed the prophet Elijah “for many days,”as well as herself and her household, “according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah”(1 Kings 17:15–16). He feeds us, too, by His Word, not only with daily bread for this body and life, but unto the life everlasting in Christ Jesus. “By the sacrifice of himself,”by the giving of His body and life and all that He had, He has entered “into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf”(Heb. 9:24–26). He is our great High Priest and the Temple of God, as well as the priestly food with which He feeds us.
If you weren’t able to join us for service last week, you can catch up now.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Blessings on your day!