Theme of the day: The infinite love of God is our motivation and power to love him and each other. Such love shows itself in listening to what God says in his Word, defending it from falsehood, and reaching out with it to others.
Theme of the day: On “Good Shepherd Sunday” our attention is fixed on Jesus the Good Shepherd of the sheep. His care and concern are recognized by those whom he has called as his sheep. Even in suffering, his sheep know his care for them and follow him.
Theme of the day: The fact of Jesus’ resurrection is our assurance that we have eternal life. Our faith, based on our risen Savior, gives us what we need for this life and for the life to come. Through his Word we receive our faith and the strength it needs. In our risen Savior, we have the victory and want to live like people who know that.
The RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD
— EASTER DAY —
Theme of the day: On this most holy of days, we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. Connected by grace, through faith, to our risen Lord, we rejoice in the victory of the resurrection and in full confidence of our own resurrection from the dead.
Theme of the day: The great sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross is the focus of the worship service this evening. The day captures the strange juxtaposition of the message of the cross: man’s sin causes the death of Jesus, but it is a death he willingly undergoes out of love for humankind. Law and gospel, sin and grace meet at the cross with the result of death for the One giving life to the many.
Theme of the day: Maundy Thursday ushers the believer into the “Three Holy Days” of Christendom. But something more than history is celebrated today: The holy sacrament that extends to the believer the very body and blood of the Savior and declares reconciliation through this most personal communion with Jesus. In him, with him, through him believers are reconciled to God and to one another.
Theme of the day: Here is the culmination of our Lenten journey. Here is the final preparation for the Paschal Mystery. Our hearts have been prepared to ponder anew the passion of our Lord and his glorious triumph over death. With repentant hearts, we join his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, confident in his everlasting rule, hailing him as our eternal King. Also we remember that he is our King because he is the Messiah, the promised Son sent as the sacrificial Lamb of God. Blessed is he!
Theme of the day: On our journey to the cross and tomb: we have seen our Savior’s battle waged against temptation; we have found confidence in his resolution to carry out the Father’s plan; we have turned to him at his invitation to draw near with repentant hearts; we have rejoiced in his loving and forgiving embrace. In these last hours before Holy Week, we put our past ways behind us and strive for that for which Christ has laid hold of us.
Theme of the day: The Son of God, full of grace and truth, came into our world to rescue us from slavery to sin and the devil. Through his life, sufferings, and death, he has set us free. Now we live in the freedom and light of the truth — the truth of salvation only by God’s grace and only through the work of Jesus Christ.
Theme of the day: Each of us battles with temptations every day, and the results are too obvious to mention. Christ was no stranger to temptation, either. He battled, yet was without sin… for us and for our eternal righteousness. This message of victory gives us confidence as we journey through the wilderness of sin in true repentance.
Thought for the day: The Lenten journey begins with humble repentance and forgiveness from our gracious God. The Lord’s wrath on the self-righteous will be fierce. Thanks be to God that he has worked righteousness for our salvation in Jesus.
Theme of the day: Jesus Christ, who humbled himself to come into this world to save us, never lost the glory he has as the Son of God. We see his glory shining in his saving message of salvation, and that glory reflects off us and shines to others as we share the Good News.
Theme of the day: Because of sin, there are sufferings and struggles in our lives. But Jesus shows his authority over sickness, Satan and sin. His good news heals our most serious disease (sin) and frees us to serve our Savior in a life with real meaning.
Theme of the day: Our human inclination is to listen without faith. This can only lead us to the brow of a cliff and throwing Jesus out of our lives. But the Savior of the nations comes with his gracious words of redemption and membership in his body. The Word of the Lord is proclaimed through the revelation of his Anointed One. In him faith is rooted, love flourishes, and salvation is known from generation to generation.