“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS APRIL 2021
TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006
Date Hymns Reading Comments
Apr 1 TLH 164 John 9:34-41 Spiritual blindness is worse than physical blindness, and spiritual sight (faith) is greater
than physical sight.
Apr 2 TLH 178 (LSB 429) John 10:1-21 The Good Shepherd lays down His life but also has the authority to take it up again!
Apr 3TLH 592John 10:22-30The Good Shepherd gives eternal life to us, His sheep!
Apr 5TLH 200 (LSB 461)John 11:1-44Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
Apr 6 TLH 198 (LSB 480) Habakkuk 2:6-20 All who reject God are eventually overthrown, but we stand in awe of Him because He is
our God of grace and mercy!
Apr 7 TLH 205 (LSB 478) Habakkuk 3:1-15 Habakkuk’s song exalts God’s great deeds, especially those by which He saves His people.
Here is one that we recall this week: the resurrection of Christ from the dead!
Apr 8 TLH 201 (LSB 490) Habakkuk 3:16-19 Although he knows trouble is coming, Habakkuk is not afraid but rather looks to the Lord
for strength and rejoices in the God of his salvation.
Apr 9 TLH 196 (LSB 468) John 11:45-57 Would you turn against the Author of life? Our sinful natures all would. How we need
Jesus who lived, died, and rose again to cover our debt of sin!
Apr 10 TLH 619 (LSB 674) Zephaniah 1:14-18 Zephaniah warned of the coming destruction of Jerusalem some forty to fifty years before it
happened. For us, we might be reminded of the judgment coming at the Last Day.
Apr 12 TLH 315 (LSB 618) Zephaniah 2:1-3 What do we do when we have sinned and God’s judgment is hanging over us? We fall on
our knees, confess our guilt, and turn to Christ for forgiveness. That is, we repent.
Apr 13 TLH 293 (LSB 693) Zephaniah 3:1-8 God is not fooled. Those who do not produce the fruit of faith have no faith and their sins
will condemn them.
Apr 14 TLH 477 (LSB 647) Zephaniah 3:9-20 There was still hope for sinful Judah. In the end, there would be some (a remnant) who
trusted the Lord to forgive them and save them. He would. He saves us in the end too!
Apr 15 TLH 157; LSB 788 John 12:1-11 Mary remembered her brother’s resurrection and no amount of expensive oil could repay
the Lord for that gift. But Mary wasn’t repaying it, she was joyfully giving thanks to the
Lord of life.
Apr 16 TLH 161 (LSB 443) John 12:12-19 “Look, the world has gone after him!” Jesus’ enemies said. Yes! The world goes after Him
because He came after the world.
Apr 17 WS 728 John 12:20-36 Jesus predicted both His death and His resurrection. Both would result in salvation for us
and glory for God.
Apr 19 TLH 138 John 12:37-50 Just as Isaiah had said, many would not believe in the Messiah, but for us He brings light,
scattering the darkness of our sins.
Apr 20 TLH 317 2 Kings 25:1-21 After so many prophecies and warnings, Judah was finally overthrown. While in exile, they
would have an opportunity to think on their sins, repent, and turn back to the Lord.
Apr 21 WS 789 (LSB 736) Haggai 1:1-11 Returning to Jerusalem after 70 years in exile, the people of Judah took care of their own
houses, but eighteen years later the Lord’s house still had not been rebuilt.
Apr 22 TLH 465 (LSB 912) Haggai 1:12-15 The people recognized their error and in 520 BC the rebuilding began. The temple was
the Lord’s dwelling place among them, so it was important for them to get it back into
Apr 23 TLH 441 (LSB 781) John 13:1-20 In contrast to Judas Iscariot’s selfish desire for money, Jesus selflessly served others—and
bids us to do the same.
Apr 24 TLH 146 (LSB 434) John 13:21-38 By our sins we betray the Lord, act without love, and deny Him. Yet He willingly laid down
His life in our place, making the sufferings we deserved His own.
Apr 26 TLH 467 (LSB 645) Haggai 2:1-9 Outwardly, the rebuilt temple wasn’t nearly as glorious as the old one, but it would be
glorious in a different way: Jesus Christ, the Messiah, would visit there!
Apr 27 TLH 436 (LSB 710) Haggai 2:10-23 God called on the people of Judah to remember how with Him they had blessings, but
without Him they faced trouble and misery. May God’s goodness and mercy draw us to
Apr 28 TLH 326 (LSB 608) Zechariah 1:1-6 Like Haggai, Zechariah preached to the exiles, encouraging them as they returned to
Judea. But first, let Judah understand why she was exiled and call for her repentance and
return to the Lord.
Apr 29 TLH 361 (LSB 554) John 14:1-14 Jesus is not only the way to the Father, but He is the exact representation of His Father. He
is God in human form. If we know Him, we know God.
Apr 30 WS 739 (LSB 650) John 14:15-26 The disciples were to know that even after they saw Jesus no more, they were not alone.
Jesus would dwell in them and the Holy Spirit would be poured out on them.