Greetings in Christ,
As we continue through this Lenten season we reflect on the heavenly citizenship that Christ has won for us.
In the Epistle lesson, Paul encourages the saints in Philippi to keep their eyes on those people who are living as faithful examples of what it means to have heavenly citizenship.
We’re God’s people and so we walk as our king has called us to walk. Our citizenship is not ultimately of this world, but of the world to come and so our lives reflect that reality.
We live lives of prayer and repentance in service to God and our neighbor.
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:
Jesus Rescues Us from Death and Brings Us into Heaven
The prophet Jeremiah faithfully preached “all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people” (Jer. 26:8). He called the people to repentance, lest the Lord’s judgment come upon them. The violence that Jeremiah suffered for this preaching foreshadowed the cross and Passion of Christ Jesus, who suffered the judgment of God for the redemption of all people. For Jesus “comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 13:35) in order to lay down His life for the sins of the world. Earthly Jerusalem was blind to His gracious visitation, and it put Him to death like the prophets before Him. Yet, His sacrifice upon the cross became the cornerstone of the new Jerusalem, His Church. He visits us today in mercy with His preaching of forgiveness, to gather us to Himself within that holy city, “as a hen gathers her brood under her wings” (Luke 13:34), for “our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20).
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!