Week of Invocavit (Lent 1) February 22-28, 2021



Genesis 3:1–21

or 1 Samuel 17:40–51

2 Corinthians 6:1–10

or Hebrews 4:14–16

Matthew 4:1–11

Jesus Does Battle in Our Place

In the Garden, man exalts himself to be a god in place of God (Gen. 3:1–21). He succumbs to the temptation of the devil, and eating of the forbidden fruit, he receives death. But in the sin-cursed wilderness, God humbles Himself to become man in place of man (Mt. 4:1–11). He does not eat but fasts and bears the onslaughts of the devil for us that we may be restored to life. Jesus stands as David in our place to do battle against the Goliath, Satan (1 Samuel 17:40–51). Though outwardly Jesus appears weak, yet He comes in the name of the Lord of hosts. He draws from the five smooth stones of the books of Moses and slings the Word of God. The stone sinks into the forehead, and the enemy falls. In Christ we are victorious over the devil. Let us therefore not receive the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6:1–10), but seeing that we have a great High Priest, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain help in time of need (Heb 4:14–16). – One Year Lectionary Summary LCMS


Lord God, heavenly Father, we beseech You that, whereas the wicked enemy constantly stalks us ,and as a roaring lion walks around, seeking whom he may devour, You would for the sake of Christ, Your Son, come to our aid and by Your Word strengthen our hearts, that the foe may not overpower us, but that we may abide in Your grace eternally and at last obtain salvation. Amen.

Week of Quinquagesima February 15-21, 2021



1 Samuel 16:1–13

or Isaiah 35:3–7

1 Corinthians 13:1–13

Luke 18:31–43

Faith Alone

The seeing are blind, while the one who is blind can see (Luke 18:31–43). Jesus tells the twelve that He is going up to Jerusalem to suffer and die and rise again, but they cannot understand or grasp what He is saying. The meaning of His words is hidden from their sight. However, as Jesus makes His way up to Jerusalem, a blind man calls out to Him for mercy. This blind man sees that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior, for he calls Him “Son of David.” Indeed, Jesus is the Lord’s anointed, the keeper of sheep (1 Sam. 16:1–13) who goes to lay down His life for the sheep. He is the incarnate love of the Father who suffers long and is kind, who is not puffed up, who never fails us (1 Cor. 13:1–13). Jesus opens the eyes of the blind (Is. 35:3–7) to see Him not according to outward appearances of lowliness, but according to His heart of mercy and compassion. Those who behold Him thus by faith follow Him to the cross through death into life. – One Year Lectionary Summaries LCMS


Lord God, heavenly Father, who by Your Son, Jesus Christ, mercifully opened the eyes of the blind man and granted Him to see the light: we poor sinners beseech You to enlighten our hearts by Your Holy Word, that through Christ, Your Son, who died on the cross for us and made atonement for our sins, we may rightly learn to know Your gracoius help and mercy and in all troubles and trials look only to that, seeking it by faithful prayer, and so find comfort and deliverance from the devil, sin and death and obtain salvation. Amen. – Lutheran Prayer Companion

Week of Sexagesima February 8-14, 2021


 Isaiah 55:10–13
2 Corinthians 11:19—12:9
Hebrews 4:9–13
Luke 8:4–15

Scripture Alone 

The Sower sows the seed of His Word (Luke 8:4–15). This Word is living and powerful (Heb. 4:9–13) to conceive new life in those who hear it. But the planting of Christ is attacked by the devil, the world, and the flesh. Satan snatches the Word away from hard hearts. The riches and pleasures of this life choke off faith. Shallow and emotional belief withers in time of temptation and trouble. But see how Christ bears this attack for us! Christ’s cross was planted in the hard and rocky soil of Golgotha. A crown of thorns was placed upon His head. Satan and His demons hellishly hounded and devoured Him. Yet, through His dying and rising again, He destroyed these enemies of ours. Jesus is Himself the Seed which fell to the ground and died in order that it might sprout forth to new life and produce much grain. In Him, the weak are strong (2 Cor. 11:19–12:9). He is the Word of the Father which does not return void (Is. 55:10–13) but yields a harvest hundredfold. – Our Year Lectionary Summary LCMS


Lord God, heavenly Father, we thank you that You have sown Your precious Word among us by Your Son, Jesus Chist, and we beseech You by Your Holy Spirit to prepare our hearts so that we may hear that Word diligently, keep it in a good heart, and in patience bring forth fruit, that we may not pursue sin, but subdue it by Your help, and in every persecution find certain comfort in Your grace and perpetual help. Amen. – Lutheran Prayer Companion

Week of Septuagesima February 1-7


Week of Septuagisma

Exodus 17:1–7
1 Corinthians 9:24—10:5
Matthew 20:1–16
Grace AloneThe people of Israel contended with the Lord in the wilderness (Ex. 17:1–7). They were dissatisfied with His provision. In the same way, the first laborers in the vineyard complained against the landowner for the wage he provided them (Matt. 20:1–16). They charged him with being unfair, but in reality he was being generous. For the Lord does not wish to deal with us on the basis of what we deserve but on the basis of His abounding grace in Christ. The first—those who rely on their own merits—will be last. “For they were overthrown in the wilderness” (1 Cor. 10:5). But the last, those who rely on Christ, will be first. For Christ is the Rock (1 Cor. 9:24–10:5). He is the One who was struck and from whose side blood and water flowed that we may be cleansed of our sin.


Elliott, son of Becky Catchpole, for continued healing of throat

Frankenmuth Mission Festival Speaker

Pastor Bill Knaack and his wife, Diane have served as traveling missionaries for the Deaf since 1994.  They have 11 worship services in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.  In the past they also had a worship services in Marquette, Rock, and Escanaba, Michigan.  They have a Deaf daughter, Jennifer, who lives in Austin Texas.
My topic for the mission festival will be:  ” Following Jesus; The Real Cost?”

God’s Law: 3rd Commandment – Remember the sabbath day by keeping it holy.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God, so that we do not despise preaching and His word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

Example from the Bible: Numbers 15:32-36

Try it! Start a reading schedule to read the Bible every day and start going to church to see God’s Word.


The Sabbath day meant the day of rest in the Old Testament. This day was connected to the 7th day, Saturday, because God rested from creating the earth on the 7th day. However, when Jesus came, this day changed from Saturday to Sunday. The reason why this changed is that Jesus became our rest in God the Father. Jesus gives us rest from all our work by doing everything for us on the cross and by His resurrection.

Now this commandment means that we hear and learn God’s word, the Bible, through the book and through the Pastor that God has given the church to proclaim His word in a living voice. I want you to really think of that, God’s Word makes you holy. Jesus says that the person who keeps my word, loves me, and He will make His home with that person. Later, Jesus says that we will believe in Him through the word of the apostles. If you ignore Jesus talking to you through the Bible and through the Church, then you ignore God and it is easy for Satan to take away your faith. But when you pay attention to what Jesus says, He gives you life through His word.
What is His word? Jesus came because we were sinners and could not save ourselves. He came to save us by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. Now all people who believe that they are sinners and Jesus has died for them, will have everlasting life. This is His word, pay attention to it and don’t let it go.

God’s Law: 2nd Commandment – You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie or deceive by His name. But call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise and give thanks.

Example from the Bible: Leviticus 24

New habit to work on: Pray the Lord’s prayer in the morning and the evening.


We use God’s name in the wrong way when we cover up a lie with His name. For example, in the courtroom when someone swears on the Bible but then gives a false report of the situation.

We also use God’s name in the wrong way when we teach things that are not true and call it a teaching of God. For example, when the Jehovah’s Witnesses say that they are Christian and call on the name of God, but deny that Jesus is truly God and Man.

We use God’s name in the right way when we pray to him in times of trouble and when we give Him thanks for giving us all the good things we have.
Try to make a habit of calling on God’s name in the morning and evening. Use the Lord’s prayer and your own requests and thanksgivings. God promises to hear you and tells you to pray!

God’s Law: 1st Commandment You Shall Have No Other gods

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?
We should fear, love and trust in God above all things.

Exodus 32

What does it mean to have another god? Clearly it doesn’t mean that there ARE other gods. Rather, it means that there is something else we put all our trust in, something we fear the most and something we love the most. Whatever we devote all our life to, this is our “god”. So there are many false gods that are out there: money, power, fame, the good life, women, cars, etc.

The true God is the triune (three in one) God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He has revealed himself to us through the Bible and through His Son, who is the source and goal of this Bible.

Now what does it mean to fear, love and trust in God above all things? Fear means that we know God has the power to punish us and we deserve punishment. It means we must fall on our faces like Isaiah and pray to the Lord for mercy. Love means that we desire to follow God and do everything he tells us. We want to be united with him in our heart, mind and soul. Trust means that we depend on him for everything in our life and look to him to provide all we need. It also means we have confidence even in the bad times when we feel we don’t have everything we need.

What is the Church Year?

John 20

Every year the church goes through the life of Jesus and the Church he builds. The reason for this is that Jesus life has become the foundation of our life as Christians. (1 Corinthians 2) We are being built up as the temple of God. (1 Corinthians 2) Really this means we are connected to Jesus, because He is the true temple of God. (John 2) We are now part of the body of Christ. We gather for worship so that we may be united to Him through the message of His birth, life, teaching, miracles, death, resurrection and ascension. We receive those gifts He established in His life: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These activities shape the life of the church now on earth. This means that the life of Christ is the life of the church and we follow Him each year as we celebrate our life in Him. These are the major points of the church year and the life of Christ:

  • Advent is when the church looks forward to Jesus coming again to bring us to our heavenly home.
  • Christmas celebrates Jesus birth. (Dec. 25)
  • Epiphany celebrates Jesus revelation as God, as the wise men come to worship Jesus.
  • Lent is always 40 days before Easter, showing the 40 days of Jesus temptation.
  • Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday as Jesus rides into Jerusalem. Jesus has the last Supper on Maundy Thursday, He is crucified on Good Friday and is in the Tomb on Saturday.
  • Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus on the third day. This season is celebrated until the ascension.
  • Pentecost is the time of the Church when Jesus promises to be with His people through the Word of the Gospel, Baptism and the Lord’s supper and Christian life that comes from the Holy Spirit that dwells in us through these gifts.

If you read any of the Gospels and the book of Acts, you will see this life of Christ and how the Church follows His life each year. We remember that Jesus is the source of our life in the Church and He will keep us in the faith until He brings us home to heaven.

God’s Law: Where Life Happens

Bible Story: Genesis 2; Romans 13; Matthew 16 (Click to watch in ASL on Bible.is)


Before, we focused on how the Law is used. It is used to stop evil, show our sins and lead us in the ways of God. Now we will see what the Law establishes as areas of our life. These areas are church, family and government.


Jesus has established the church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. (Matthew 16) What is the church? It is all true believers in Jesus Christ. (John 15) What does the church look like? God has appointed pastors as His servants to give His Gospel, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to His dear children. (Acts 20) So it is that there are Pastors and People in the church and in this way the church is a family of brothers and sisters that come to receive the gifts of their heavenly father through the pastor as His servant. (Acts 2) This is clear in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd commandments.


Next, God establishes the family when he speaks of the unity between a father and a mother in Genesis. (Genesis 2) He tells them to be fruitful and multiply. Later God would tell all people, “Honor your father and your mother.” (Exodus 20) So it is that God established father and mother as the authority over their children. They are to care for their children physically and spiritually and their children are to respect them. (Ephesians 5)


Finally, God establishes government when Paul states that all authority on earth has been given by God. (Romans 13) This is a clear pronouncement that all rulers who have been given authority are truly God’s servants to punish evil and support good. This is connected to the 4th commandment because it is fathers and mothers that give their authority to the government to protect them. So it is that the government must punish evil and support good and citizens must respect the government. (Titus 3)
Here you have all of the areas of life in a nutshell. From this, it is clear that we have more work to do then we could ever accomplish in a lifetime. Do not think that you do not know God’s will. You know exactly where you belong and what to do next!