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Joyous Feast of the Holy Trinity

It’s the capstone of the semester Domini and the entrance to the semester Ecclesia, the Feast of the. Holy Trinity. We celebrated together at St. Paul’s and then I got to play for the feast at Trinity in Worden.   There is something about the hymns, readings and prayers on this day. The entire liturgy’s Trinitarian focus, which is always there, comes into sharp relief. Invocation, absolution, Gloria Patri, Kyrie, Gloria in Exclesis, termination to collects,  triple alleluia, Athanasian, triple Sanctus and Benedictus, triple form of Agnus, Gloria Patri again at the Nunc, and then triple form in Aaronic benediction answered with three Amens. Trinity from start to finish! Indeed, we cry out every Sunday but today explicitly so: Blessed. . . Read All
Romance and Reality. . .

Romance and Reality. . .

The Romance of Protestantism, not lost on Lutherans, is the idea of a laity so thoroughly versed in the Scriptures and doctrinal teaching of the faith that they are well equipped to judge the preaching and teaching of the ministers and hold them accountable.  But of course the reality is that people are sheep, they go where the desires lead them and too often are the witting and unwitting victims of apostate preachers and heretical teachers.  Take a gander at a certain stadium/church in Houston, Texas. The Romance of Protestantism, not lost on Lutherans, is that the laity are well catechized and well trained to know, to understand, and to defend the church’s faith against any and all attacker and. . . Read All

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Light for My Path Daily Devotion Bible Reading “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3 ESV) Hymn  ELH 15  Holy, Holy, Holy Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! […]

Holy Trinity

Today’s Reading: John 3:1-17 Daily Lectionary: Numbers 35:9-30; Luke 24:28-53 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5) In the Name of + Jesus. Amen. Happy Trinity Sunday! …
The Germans act independently. . .

The Germans act independently. . .

You may have read here before reports of the German wing of the Roman Catholic acting independently, or perhaps of Cardinal Kasper’s insistence that the Germans are not merely a division of Rome.  Now it appears a majority of the Roman Catholic Bishops in Germany have acted to show their independence.  Read the whole story here. . . With potentially far-reaching consequences, the bishops of Germany have voted by more than a two-thirds majority to relax Church labor laws to allow civilly remarried employees or those living in same-sex unions to retain their jobs with Church institutions. In an announcement Tuesday, the German bishops’ conference in Bonn said the majority of bishops had ruled that immediate dismissal will only be . . . Read All
A visitation sermon. . .

A visitation sermon. . .

Sermon for the Visitation, preached in anticipation of the day, May 31, 2015. We tend to view the sanctoral calendar and all its obscure saint’s days, feasts, and festivals as peripheral to the main stuff.  But even then we typically think of the main stuff as having more to do with making today happy, ensuring a good tomorrow, and finding a way around troubles – more this than the business of sin and righteousness. So the visit of Blessed Mary to St. Elizabeth, her cousin, is not a big day for more of us.  Never mind that it is filled with surprise and drama. Two very unlikely mothers – one barren and one a virgin – who end up together. . . Read All

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Light for My Path Daily Devotion Bible Reading Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns […]

Saturday of the Week of Pentecost

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 32:1-6, 16-27; Luke 24:1-27 Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the Undivided Unity. Let us give glory to Him For He has shown mercy unto us. (Liturgical Text from the Introit for Trinity) In the Name of + Jesus. Amen. Tomorrow …
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