Easter Vigil Readings and Collects

The Lord be with you A full Easter Vigil service, in the current material provided for Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod congregations, has twelve readings. At first glance, one might believe that these choices are fixed. They are not. They have been drawn from a larger tradition that provides reading

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Holy Tuesday

Tuesday in Holy Week The Lord be with you If we were to have a worship service on Holy Tuesday, the following would be the appointed propers. It was on Tuesday that Jesus told us to love God with all our mind, heart, and strength and to love our neighbor

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Propers for Monday in Holy Week

The Lord be with you There are, actually, appointed “propers” for each day during Holy Week. “Propers” are elements that change from week to week or season to season in an historic liturgical worship service. They include (but are not limited to) the Scripture lessons, Introit, Collect (prayer of the

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Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion

The Lord be with you Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. The final two weeks are the two week prior to Easter. These two weeks have been called Passiontide and the Sunday’s called the First and Second Sunday of the Passion. The Second Sunday of the Passion has also been called

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The Virgin Mary and the Ark

The Lord be with you The most recent issue of Concordia Theological Quarterly (a journal I get) was uniformly good (that is, I was interested in all the articles). Arthur Just, one of the professors I had back when we were both younger, wrote an excellent article on “Luther’s Hermeneutic

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Holy Week – Background

The Lord be with you Holy Week is fast approaching. This week is the apex of the Church year just as it is the apex of the four Gospels. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday. It is, therefore, eight days. In Matthew’s gospel Holy Week

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The story of David and Goliath – sermon text

Lenten Blessings, Well once again the weather is not cooperating. Like our local schools and many businesses, our office is closed today and we will be canceling our Wednesday soup supper and worship service this evening. Below is the message that would have been preached, along with the scripture lessons.

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