The Lord be with you As most everyone knows, the forty days of Lent reflect, in part, the forty days our Lord Jesus spent in the wilderness at the outset of his public ministry (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13). During that time he fasted, prayed, and was tempted by
Commemoration of Philemon and Onesimus February 15 The Lord be with you On the liturgical calendar used in the LCMS, today is recognized as the Commemoration of Philemon and Onesimus. The Eastern Church recognizes Onesimus on this day (not Philemon), calling him “Apostle Onesimus.” They were introduced into the Lutheran
This year’s Wednesday Lent messages focus on Christ reflected in the Old Testament. In stead of using the standard prophecies, most of the messages will focus on stories often not considered under this topic. This Ash Wednesday message focuses on the prophet Joel, a man we know surprisingly little about.
Commemoration of Saint Valentine, Martyr February 14 The Lord be with you Today is, of course, Valentine’s Day as well as Ash Wednesday this year. The greeting card companies and florists love it, at least the Valentine part The origins of a day to remember Valentine reaches back to the
Commemoration of Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos February 13 The Lord be with you On the LC-MS liturgical calendar February 13 is the Commemoration of Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos. It is also recognized by Orthodox congregations for Aquilla and Priscilla (sorry Apollos). Aquila and his wife, Priscilla (Prisca), were Jewish contemporaries
The Lord be with you Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season we use to prepare for Holy Week. The date of Easter moves from year to year and so the date for Ash Wednesday moves also. This year Ash Wednesday, and therefore the beginning of Lent,
Our Epistle lesson for Transfiguration Sunday came from 2 Corinthians. In that reading, St. Paul makes a surprising use of an Old Testament story from the book of Exodus to make his point about the central message of the entire Bible. This message examines Paul’s thought.
Commemoration of Silas, Fellow Worker of St. Peter and St. Paul February 10 The Lord be with you Timothy had delivered Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians but Silas (also known as Silvanus) delivered his second letter. Apparently Silas had become Paul’s new deputy. He plays an important role in