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Gospel Notes for Lent 3

Gospel Notes for Lent 3

The Gospel Notes for the Third Sunday in Lent (Oculi) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Legal Half-Page PDF, or the Legal Black and White PDF. The Legal Half-Page is a new format for this week; for those parishes who already have the readings in their bulletins, this lets you print these notes on a legal (8½ x 14″) sheet, cut it in half, and insert it in your bulletins. It removes the left column from the other formats, and makes it so one double-sided sheet . . . Read All

Genuine Love

9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, [7] serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Romans 12:9-13 (ESV) Let love be genuine. Just let it. I don’t know, there seems to be a Gordian knot here. Love is genuine or it is not. And what do I do if I just don’t feel the love? I suppose one can say “fake it till you make it.” And . . . Read All

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

Either He speaks to us and we are still, listening to God, or He listens to us as we speak to Him, praying for what we need.—Martin Luther, Sermons from 1539 . . Read All

Patristic Quote of the Day

So in the inward man the soul is the thing, theft is an act, and avarice is the defect, that is, the property by which the soul is evil, even when it does nothing in gratification of its avarice, even when it hears the prohibition, You shall not covet, Exodus 20:17 and censures itself, and yet remains avaricious. By faith, however, it receives renovation; in other words, it is healed day by day, 2 Corinthians 4:16 — yet only by God’s grace through our Lord Jesus Christ.—St. Augustine, On Man’s Perfection in Righteousness, Chapter 2. . . Read All
A perfect solution. . .

A perfect solution. . .

A group of Finnish Lutherans were offered Holy Communion by priests at a mass held in St. Peter’s Basilica following a meeting with Pope Francis on January 15, according to a report by the Finnish periodical Kotimaa 24.  Lutheran bishop Samuel Salmi was visiting the Vatican as the head of a delegation that included a youth choir that was to perform there. Salmi says he met privately with Pope Francis.  After the personal audience with the pope, the delegation was present at a celebration of the Catholic mass. According to Salmi, at the time of communion the non-Catholics placed their right hands on their left shoulders, a traditional way of indicating that they were ineligible to receive the Eucharist. However, . . . Read All

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 11:27-12:20; Mark 4:21-41 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) …
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