Prayer of the day: Dear Jesus, we often forget that all we have is yours and not ours. We are to care for and to use well what you have given us. Help us to serve you by serving our neighbors with what you’ve given. Amen.
Meet Vicar Martin Dressler
He is living at the vicarage residence at 324 Jackson, just south of the church. His phone number is 519-0325.
Martin was born and raised in North Carolina and attended Concordia College, Bronxville, New York. While at Concordia, he spent one semester studying at Westfield House of Cambridge University, where he became fully convinced he wanted to study for the pastoral ministry. After three years in New York, he enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, his first experience in the Midwest.
When he learned of his vicarage placement here, he wrote: “I am very much looking forward to learning the culture of Indiana and its residents. As a vicar, I will do my very best to learn and serve in the spirit of humility becoming a servant of the Lord. I hope and pray that I will be able to meet your expectations. Once again, thank you for this opportunity, and may God bless this upcoming year.”
Worship Service Schedule
Sunday Worship Service
9:00 am. Communion on 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday.
11:15 am. Communion on 1st and 3rd Sunday.
Monday Worship Service
7:00 pm. Communion follows 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday.
God's Word This Week
FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT
(2 April 2017)
Ezekiel 37:1–14 Romans 8:1–11 John 11:1–45 (46–53) or John 11:17–27, 38–53
Jesus Christ Is the Resurrection and the Life
The illness and death of Lazarus happened "that the Son of God may be glorified through it" (John 11:4). Jesus'miracle of raising Lazarus prompted His arrest and crucifixion, whereby He would die "for the nation" and gather "into one the children of God who are scattered abroad" (John 11:51–52). As He called Lazarus from the tomb and commanded others to "unbind him, and let him go" (John 11:44), Jesus also calls us and releases us from the bondage of sin and death. We would not "submit to God's law," nor could we "please God" (Rom. 8:7–8), but "he condemned sin" in His own flesh so "that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us" (Rom. 8:3–4). Now through the Gospel, "the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells" in us (Rom. 8:11). His Word breathes His Spirit into our mortal flesh, animating us with His own life. As His ministers preach according to His divine command, the Lord Jesus calls us from the grave into the good land that He gives us (Ezek. 37:12, 14).