DIVINE SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH, LCMS
3200 HWY. K. SOUTH
HARTFORD, WI 53027
PHONE: (262) 673-5140
WORSHIP SCHEDULE – FALL THRU SPRING
Worship – Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Sundays at 8 & 10:45
Adult Bible Class – Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School – Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Holy Communion celebrated at every service.
Contemporary Worship services will take place on the 1st Sunday of each month at the 10:45 a.m. service..
Sign Language Interpretation – please call the church office for list of dates.
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
Sunday, Dec. 15: Sunday School Program at 10:45 a.m.; “A Committee of Angels”; Followed by a birthday party for Jesus
Thursday, Dec. 19: Choir Concert at 7 p.m.; “Will We Know Him?”
Sunday, Dec. 22: Choir Concert at 8 and 10:45 a.m.; “Will We Know Him?”
Tuesday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve: Service of Carols and Readings at 3 and 7 p.m.; Candlelight Service at 11 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day: Festival Service at 10 a.m.
Thursday, December 12th
Thursday: In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead (NIV Colossians 2:11-12).
John’s baptism was an enactment of a new Exodus. He called Israel to forsake their misguided dreams and to become the people God had intended them to be. As such, his baptism was an enactment of a break with the past and a renewed life.
John’s baptism is definitely not Christian Baptism, and we have to be careful drawing comparisons between the two. However, here’s a similarity we can’t ignore: both John’s baptism and Christian Baptism are the enactment of a decisive break with a sinful past and of a stepping into a new life.
Notice Paul’s language in the verses above. Baptism means a dying and rising, a being buried with Jesus and a rising again with Him. I like the way Martin Luther puts it in the Small Catechism: “It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal life—as the words and promises of God declare.” In Baptism God kills the old, sinful man, with all the corruption of original sin, and brings forth a new being. In that way, Christian Baptism, too, is an enactment of a new Exodus, a rescue from slavery to sin and the imminent death that is sin’s consequence, and a miraculous entry into a new, unexpected, free life.
Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 13:1-20:6
DAILY READING FOR TODAY’S BIBLE READING CHALLENGE LISTED BE DATE BELOW.
Week 54 December 9, 2013
Monday Isaiah 7:1-8:22
Tuesday Isaiah 9:1-10:34
Wednesday Isaiah 11:1-12:6
Thursday Isaiah 13:1-20:6
Friday Isaiah 21:1-23:18
Saturday Isaiah 24:1-25:12
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