Sunday, April 27, 2014

Peace Be with You

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews.”

But it wasn’t just the Jews they feared. The disciples have filled themselves with doubt and disbelief and dread. Jesus is dead, and they didn’t even stand up for Him, let alone with Him. The night He was arrested in the Garden “They all left Him and fled.”

Think about that for a moment. They had deserted and left this One that they had confessed be “the Christ, the son of the living God [Matthew 16:16],” to suffer the greatest of tortures and most shameful of executions.

Imagine you had been entrusted with babysitting your little baby brother or sister, your godchild, your grandchild and they got hurt, or worse, because you were busy talking or texting on the phone, watching TV, playing a video game, or making out with your boyfriend/girlfriend—you know, those things you do to try to find a bit of escape from the realities of the world and to pursue some sort of happiness in it.

Yeah, that kind of fear times 100.

To hear and or/read the entire sermon preached for Quasimodo Geniti Sunday, "Peace Be with You," click on this link.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

There You Will See Him

Hear the Easter angel proclaim the good news of the Resurrection once again:
“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples an...d Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”

In retrospect it’s rather humorous, really. The women react like the little child to whom you say, “Don’t, …” Then they go and do exactly the last part. The, “don’t,” gets their attention, but all they remember are the last words, which become the action words.

So the angel has gotten the women’s attention and they proceed to be greatly alarmed. It will take Jesus in the flesh to calm their fears. And He will surely oblige, just as He said He would—in Galilee for the women and the disciples, in the Sacrament for us.

To hear and/or read the entire sermon preached for The Resurrection of Our Lord, "There You Will See Him," click on this link.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

GOOD FRIDAY AT NOONDAY: Jesus' Seven Words from the Cross

[To hear the entire Good Friday at Noonday Service, click on this link.]


P: He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised
for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him,
C: and with His stripes we are healed.

P: Almighty God, graciously behold this Your family, for
whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, to be given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death on the cross;
C: who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

P:We all, like sheep, have gone astray;
C: and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

P: Almighty and most merciful God, give us grace so to
contemplate the Passion of our Lord
C: that we may find in it the forgiveness of our sins;
through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

The HYMN, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” LSB # 450, is sung.


The HYMN, “Jesus, in Your Dying Woes,” LSB #447, is sung between readings.

THE FIRST WORD: Luke 23:34

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”

: Lord Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who
by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God was taken, and by the hand of wicked men was crucified and slain, and did make intercession for the transgressors, we pray Thee, grant unto us all the blessed assurance that there is now no condemnation to them which are in Thee,

C: and that, if any man sin, we have an Advocate with
the Father in Thee, the Righteous, whose blood speaks better things than Abel’s blood, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

“Today shalt thou be with Me in Paradise”

P: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou merciful King and Prince of
Peace, who didst veil Thy divine glory and was robed in humility, crowned with thorns, nailed upon the tree of shame, and numbered with the transgressors, we thank Thee that Thou hast remembered us in our condemnation and hast translated us into Thy Kingdom of Grace.

C: We pray Thee, rule in our hearts and lives with the
scepter of Thy Word, and when life’s brief day is ended, take us with Thee into Paradise, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

THE THIRD WORD: John 19:26, 27

“Woman, behold thy son!” – “Behold thy mother!”

P: O Compassionate Lord Jesus Christ, we thank Thee for Thy perfect obedience which Thou did render for us even to the death of the cross. We pray Thee, grant us Thy Holy Spirit, that He may write Thy holy Law upon our hearts, so that, following Thy example of filial love and obedience, we may honor and serve our parents, and, from the least to the greatest, may learn obedience and walk in Thy footsteps.

C: And let Thy strength be made perfect in our weakness, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

THE FOURTH WORD: Matthew 27:46

“My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”

P: Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Author and Finisher of our faith, who didst tread the winepress of God’s wrath alone and wast made a curse for us on the accursed tree, being forsaken of God, we pray Thee, grant that our faith in Thee may never know doubt or change. Strengthen us in the sure knowledge and confidence that nothing shall separate us from the love of God in Thee and that, though Thy Father hide His face from us in a little moment of wrath,

C: we may never despair of His loving-kindness, for the
sake of Thy bitter agony, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

THE FIFTH WORD: John 19:28

“I thirst!”

P: O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Redeemer of the world, who on the cross didst endure the pains and anguish of body and soul to accomplish all things for our redemption and in Thy cry “I thirst!” didst reveal Thy fervent desire and zeal to draw all men unto Thyself,

C: grant that the souls of men everywhere may hear Thy
gracious Gospel and drink of the waters of life and be satisfied, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

THE SIXTH WORD: John 19:30

“It is finished!”

P: Lord Jesus, who on the cross didst cry out: “It is finished!” we thank Thee that Thou didst complete the work which Thy Father gave Thee to do: Thou didst fulfill the Law of God for us; Thou didst bear its curse in our stead; Thou didst reconcile all men to God.

C: Grant that we may with our whole heart believe this and that we may never rely on any work or merit of our own, but always trust in Thy finished work on Calvary, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


“Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit”

P: Lord Jesus Christ, who in Thy dying moment didst
commend Thy soul into Thy Father’s hands, thereby assuring us that Thou didst finish the work of our redemption and that Thy Father is well pleased in Thee, we pray Thee,

C: grant us by Thy Holy Spirit such confidence in Thy
redemption that, washed of our sin in Thy blood, we, too, in our dying hour may confidently commend our soul into the Father’s hand, trusting wholly in Thy merits, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

P: O Savior of the world, by Your cross and precious blood You redeemed the world.
C: Save us and help us, we humbly implore You, O Lord.
P: We adore You, Lord Jesus, in Your cross and Passion, through which You have brought life and joy into the world.
C: Be gracious to us according to Your mercy and bless us and lift up the Light of Your countenance upon us and give us Your peace.

P: Gracious Jesus, our Lord and our God, at this hour You bore our sins in Your own body on the tree so that we, being dead to sin, might live unto righteousness.
C: Have mercy upon us now and at the hour of our death and grant to us, Your servants, with all others who devoutly remember Your blessed Passion, a holy and peaceful life in this world and through Your grace eternal glory in the life to come, where, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, You live and reign, God forever. Amen.
P: Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;
C: have mercy upon us.
P: Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;
C: have mercy upon us.
P: Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;
C: grant us peace.

P: Christ crucified draw you to Himself, to find in Him a sure
ground of faith, a firm support for hope, and the assurance of sins forgiven; and the blessing of almighty God, the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you now and forever.
C: Amen.

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