These are the Scripture readings you will hear this coming Sunday:
Christ Jesus Has Paid the Cost of Discipleship for You
A disciple of Jesus Christ will “bear his own cross” (Luke 14:27) and follow the Lord through death into life. Discipleship is costly because it crucifies the old man with “all that he has” (Luke 14:33), in order to raise up the new man in Christ. The disciple disavows “his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life” (Luke 14:26), in deference to Christ. That way of the cross is impossible, except that Christ Jesus has already paid the cost. His cross is set before you as “life and good, death and evil” (Deut. 30:15). Taking up His cross is to “choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him” (Deut. 30:19–20). To live that life in Christ is also to bear His cross in love, “that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord” (Philemon 14).
These are the hymns we will sing:
Praise the Almighty (LSB 797)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (LSB 425)
Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice (LSB 556)
Praise to You and Adoration (LSB 692)
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning this Sunday, we will begin using Setting Four of the Divine Service. As we have practiced the liturgical parts and have not had problems with them, I believe this will be an enjoyable experience for all.