Commemoration of Esther

The Commemoration of Esther May 24 The Lord be with you Esther (which means “star”) is the heroine of the biblical book that bears her name. Her Jewish name was Hadassah, which means “myrtle.” Her beauty, charm, and courage served her well as queen to King Ahasuerus. In that role,

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Worship Rhythm

Monday after the Festival of the Holy Trinity The Lord be with you As regular readers of this blog know, we have entered the Pentecost Season. As most everyone in our denomination knows, in 1982 the LC-MS introduced the hymnal Lutheran Worship (okay, you may not have known the date,

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Trinity Sunday

Festival of the Holy Trinity The Lord be with you Today is Trinity Sunday. I could put up several different posts, all of which would be appropriate and all of which would be very different. In recognition of this day I could put up something about the icon of the

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When God Remembers – a review

When God Remembers – a review The Lord be with you I have just received the Spring 2016 Concordia Journal (volume 42|number 2). The first article, titled “When God Remembers,” is by Paul R. Raabe (professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary, St Louis). He begins, Is God forgetful? Does

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About the Athanasian Creed

Thursday after Pentecost The Lord be with you The first Sunday after Pentecost is always Trinity Sunday in the LC-MS. This year that is the coming Sunday, May 22. On Trinity Sunday we use the Athanasian Creed. That is the really long creed no one has memorized. In this post,

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Pentecost Tuesday

Pentecost Tuesday May 17, 2016 The Lord be with you. This is the last day of Pentecost for which our lectionary has unique propers assigned. I would expect that, if a church chose to recognize Pentecost Tuesday with a worship service, it would probably be an evening service and use

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