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“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS April 2020

Written by | April, 2020
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TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006

Date Hymns Reading Comments
Apr 1 WS 725 (LSB 444) Mark 11:1-11 Jesus was truly coming “in the name of the Lord.” He embodied the plan of the Lord our God to save us from our sins.
Apr 2 TLH 152; LSB 424 Mark 11:12-19 The people had not been using the temple court for the spiritual role it had been intended, so Jesus reminded them again of its purpose.
Apr 3 TLH 354 (LSB 427) Mark 11:20-25 Our faith is what connects to us to God and to His blessings. Remember that the righteous will live by faith.
Apr 4 TLH 162 (LSB 441) 1 Samuel 7:2-13 Samuel interceded for the people before God and then He answered, accepting their confession of sins and faithfully helping them against the Philistines.
Apr 6 TLH 415; LSB 635 Matthew 22:1-14 There are many who have rejected God’s salvation in Christ (pictured here by the wedding banquet). Rejoice that you have been brought in to feast with God!
Apr 7 TLH 306 (LSB 622) Mark 14:1-42 Jesus gives Himself to us— by His Holy Supper and His anguish in the Garden.
Apr 8 WS 762 Mark 14:43-72 O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken that such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken?
Apr 9 TLH 305 (LSB 636) Mark 15:1-20 Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession— what dark transgression?
Apr 10 TLH 172 (LSB 449) Mark 15:21-41 What punishment so strange is suffered yonder! The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander.
Apr 11 TLH 179 (LSB 422) Luke 23:50-56 The Master pays the debt His servants owe Him, who would not know Him.
Apr 13 TLH 199 (LSB 457) Mark 16:1-14 He has risen!
Apr 14 WS 730 Psalm 54 By the resurrection of His Son our God has delivered us from all our troubles and given us victory over all our enemies.
Apr 15 TLH 353 Psalm 57 How faithful the Lord is in rescuing His people from disaster!
Apr 16 TLH 209; LSB 484 Psalm 65 Praise to God who has saved us from our sins by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead!
Apr 17 TLH 198 (LSB 480) Luke 24:1-12 The women were frightened at first, but the Gospel comforted them (v. 6-8) just as it comforts us in our fear.
Apr 18 TLH 197; LSB 476 Luke 24:13-35 The two disciples going to Emmaus were afraid that with the death of Jesus all Israel’s hopes had ended. Here again, the Gospel message took away fear.
Apr 20 TLH 206 (LSB 741) Luke 24:36-49 Jesus brings peace to us by His resurrection from the dead—peace with God, peace of conscience, peace in all circumstances.
Apr 21 TLH 339 (LSB 549) 1 Samuel 12:12-25 Israel had sinned by demanding a king even though they had the Lord, yet because of who He is (rich in mercy) He forgave them and warned them to follow Him faithfully.
Apr 22 TLH 327 1 Samuel 15:10-23 When the Lord rejected Saul, his answer was, “But I did obey the Lord.” Saul tried to rationalize his sins of rebellion just like we sometimes try to rationalize ours.
Apr 23 TLH 483 (LSB 682) 1 Samuel 16:1-13 The Lord often chooses those whom we do not expect to be His servants. Think of Saul (Paul), Matthew (a tax collector), Peter (a fisherman)—and you.
Apr 24 TLH 341 (LSB 525) Acts 1:1-11 Jesus gave many convincing proofs that He had risen from the dead, preparing His disciples to preach of His resurrection after He had ascended into heaven.
Apr 25 TLH 493 Acts 1:12-26 Through the eleven apostles, Jesus called Matthias to take up the ministry left vacant by Judas’ death.
Apr 27 TLH 502; LSB 834 Psalm 67 The apostles’ preaching and teaching would make God’s ways known on earth, and His salvation among all the nations.
Apr 28 TLH 50 (LSB 924) 1 Samuel 17:1-11, 32-37 David showed his faith in the Lord’s deliverance before he ever put his stone in the sling.
Apr 29 TLH 211 1 Samuel 17:38-50 Those who curse the Lord (such as Goliath did) will be judged by the Lord. Those who trust in the Lord will be safe.
Apr 30 TLH 504 Acts 2:1-13 Wind and fire— both appropriately remind us of the Spirit’s work: wind for the breath of spiritual life He gives us; fire for the Gospel zeal He imparts.