The Visitation

The Visitation May 31 The Lord be with you Today we celebrate as the visitation of Mary. This commemorates when Mary, the mother of our Lord, visited Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, when they were both pregnant (Luke 1:39-45). The Visitation is basically a festival of Christ. John

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend May 27, 2017 The Lord be with you This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is not a Church holiday but a civic one. Still, as citizens of the United States, it is appropriate that we recognize the day in some fashion, much like we vote

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Ascension

The Festival of the Ascension of our Lord May255, 2016 The Lord be with you Today is the Ascension of our Lord. This festival is often overlooked by the modern church and unknown by the unchurched. It occurs 40 days after Easter Sunday and so is always on a Thursday.

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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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Sentiments of Unrepentant Hearts

The following quote appeared in Forum Letter, volume 46, number 5, May 2017. Forum Letter is a monthly publication of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau. Some modern folk evidently find Psalm 109 difficult to pray. … The sentiments contained in it, after all, seem so violent and vengeful, so greatly

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Constantine and Helena

Commemoration of Emperor Constantine, Christian Ruler, and Helena, Mother of Constantine May 21 The Lord be with you The Bible stands as unique among all the “holy” books in the world in many ways. One of those ways is in its descriptions of “holy” people. Noah, Abraham, David, Peter, Saul/Paul,

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Comfort at Life’s End

A certain Dr. Creutzenach celebrated many masses, fasted often, even built a house for repentant sinners where they could be fed without resorting to sin and disgrace on account of their poverty. When he was about to die, he reflected on one good work after the other, hoping to be

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