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Ascension of Our Lord celebrates the Ascension of Jesus into heaven as we await His glorious return when He will judge the living and the dead. The living are those who trust in Jesus, the dead are those who do not.
Today, we hear how the encounter of Elijah with his assumption into heaven foreshadows Jesus' ascension into heaven and what that mean for those who trust in Jesus. Come and see our Ascended Lord. Amen!
Welcome today as we join in praising God by "Shout[ing] for joy." That's what Jubilate means to shout for you joy. Even in these days of the pandemic, we often are challenged to allow a dark outlook to rue our lives.
But today we remember that "The Lord's mercies are new every morning," and "the steadfast love the of the Lord endure forever," and "[God] does not willingly afflict or grieve mankind." Our gracious and loving God instead prepares a way of life for us through Christ Jesus now and forever. And for that "our soul waits in Him." Come, Lord Jesus, Come! Amen.
Good Friday is God Friday. That's the name it used to go by. Later on "Good" was coined. Good Friday has been celebrated for centuries. Good Friday is the day when Jesus is crucified for our sins. To put it another way, God saw it good to for Christ to become a curse for us that we might become the children of God. St. Paul writes in his letter to the Christians at Galatia, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith" (Galatians 3: 13-14, NKJV). On this Good Friday, after the service; I encourage you to watch a movie about Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. God's blessings of peace through Jesus to you all. -Pastor Marth
Exaudi ~ Seventh Sunday of Easter
Exaudi is the historic name for the seventh Sunday of Easter. It's German name is Whitsunday. Exaudi means to "hear and comply with." It seeks us to be cautious and attentive to our lives by examining ourselves and asking the question, "Am I hearing God's Word rightly or am I refusing to hear it?"
As we approach Pentecost next Sunday, these self-examination question are always helpful in our journey with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit as a pledge and promise of our eternal life and forgiveness that Jesus won for us on the cross. As those people who trust in Jesus ("Christians"), we recognize that it is not our own effort or merits that make this possible - it is God's: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. What are we called to then? To receive and to share. To love God with our whole being and to love our neighbor as ourselves. This journey is not apart from God, but with God' aid and guidance.
Welcome! We're glad you decided to join us! Rogate means "to ask." This is a special week in the Church when we pray for all our farmers and fields, that God would protect all and keep them safe and fruitful with an abundant harvest. Monday-Wednesday this week we include these petitions in our prayers.
Today's themes remind us that God hears our prayers and answers them. Even today. So pray, and pray without ceasing, having confidence that your prayers to our Heavenly Father are answered in the name of Jesus as we pray in the Holy Spirit. Amen.
He is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah! Happy Easter everybody. I pray today finds you well or recovering. God bless you during this time. It is still a "Happy" Easter, as Jesus is the reason for the life that is in us, now and forever, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen!
Quasimodo Geniti Sunday is Latin from our Introit for the Day. It reminds us that we are God's children and that we are made His children through faith in Jesus. Our focus today is on this relationship of faith we have with our God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And how He has given that faith to us and now we are called to live by that faith. Let's explore this nature together as we worship our Triune God.
Welcome! Last week, we had "Jubilate: Shout for Joy!" This week is "Cantate: Sing to the Lord!" Shouting for Joy and Singing to the Lord are inextricably linked. However, to "sing to the Lord," can mean also, singing to Him in the sad, dark, and depressing times AND in the 'good times.'
Sing to the Lord! That's what the Fifth Sunday in Easter is known as. It's based off of the Introit: Sing to the Lord a new song! Alleluia! We sing the new song of our salvation. You see, the Introit tells us what the new song is. We don't make it up; we proclaim it to the world. It is about what God has done, not what I have done. His new song is of His steadfast love and our salvation through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Listen today about our Triune God and how He saves us. God bless!