From the Pastor

Below you will find periodic messages from Pastor Quinn. 


Daily Meditation and Prayer

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Daily Meditation and Prayer

I. Begin:  “In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”

II. Confess:  The Apostles Creed

III. Pray the Psalm of the Week:  Psalm 4                                          

IV. Meditate on God’s Word


Bible Stories for the Family


Repentance and the Forgiveness of Sins to Be Proclaimed – Luke 24:36-49


The Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life – Genesis 2:4-17


Man Eats the Forbidden Fruit – Genesis 3:1-24


The Passover – Exodus 12:1-14, 17


The Wedding in Cana of Galilee – John 2:1-11


Preparation for Next Sunday’s Service


Attend Divine Service

V. Read from Devotional Materials (like Portals of Prayer).

VI. Study the Catechism:  The Sacrament of the Altar:  What is the Benefit of this Eating and Drinking?

VII. Pray

A. Collect of the Week:  O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world.  Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

            B. Daily Prayers:  Monday: Thanksgiving for our baptism, our calling, and daily work.  Tuesday: Facing conflict and temptation, for faithfulness and courage.  Wednesday: Life in the world, our families, our government.  Thursday: Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Supper, for the church and her pastors, teachers, and other workers.  Friday: Thanksgiving for the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and for those who suffer.  Saturday: Prayers of preparation for the Divine Service the following day.

            C. Special Intercessions, the Lord’s Prayer, Morning or Evening Prayer from the Catechism

VIII. Say the Ten Commandments

IX. Sing or Say the Hymn of the Week:  LSB 605, Father Welcomes

X. Close:  To Him who has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  The Lord Almighty order our days and our deeds are in His + peace. Amen.


Preparation for Next Sunday’s Service

April 22, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter

FIRST READING – Acts 4:1-12

1. By Whose power had the crippled man been healed?

2. What does Peter say is the only way to salvation?

PSALMODY – Psalm 23

            1. What all does the LORD our Shepherd provide according to the psalm?

                2. What is the result for our lives now and beyond? 

EPISTLE –  1 John 3:16-24

1. How is God’s love seen in our lives?

2. What are the two parts of His commandment?

GOSPEL – John 10:11-18

1. What has the Good Shepherd done for us?

2. How were we as the “other sheep” brought into the fold according to verse 16?

Divine Service – Setting – Peterson Canticles

Theme – The Lord Is My Shepherd

Opening Hymn – LSB 710, The Lord’s My Shepherd                            

Sermon Hymn – LSB 709, The King of Love My Shepherd Is


LSB 735, Have No Fear Little Flock

“Surely Goodness and Mercy”

Closing Hymn – “You’re My Good Shepherd”

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Lays Down His Life for the Sheep

The Lord Jesus is “the good shepherd” who “lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). His life is not taken from Him, but He lays it down willingly, of His own accord, because He knows and loves the sheep. As the One sent by the Father, He has the “authority to lay it down” and the “authority to take it up again” (John 10:18). So has He done, and now He continues to love and serve as the Good Shepherd of the sheep by the voice of His Gospel. He thus calls all people into the fold of His Church, so that there may be “one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:16). That is why the apostles “were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead” (Acts 4:2). Since “there is salvation in no one else,” His voice rings out to this day through the preaching of His name, “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). His voice comforts our hearts against all condemnation and gives us courage to “love one another” and “to lay down our lives for the brothers,” as He laid down His life for us (1 John 3:16, 23).

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