Announcements for the Week of November 27, 2016

liturgy2In our individualistic society, where everyone wants to do things his own way, one of the worst things we can do in our liturgies is cater to all these individual tastes. Variety does not solve problems but creates them. Such a view suggests that God is not really present, a view that we encourage with our vapid liturgies that seek to adapt the liturgy to the culture.” (Lutheran Worship: History and Practice, p39, ft.6 (Just))

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Announcements for the Week of November 20, 2016

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“Before him (God) we acknowledge that we are sinners, and we plead for forgiveness. His forgiveness is given us, and we, freed and forgiven, acclaim his as our great and gracious God as we apply to ourselves the words he has used to make himself known to us.” (Lutheran Worship, Introduction)

 

 

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Announcements for the Week of November 13, 2016

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“Our Lord speaks and we listen. His Word bestows what is says. Faith is born from what is heard acknowledges the gifts received with eager thankfulness and praise. Music is drawn into this thankfulness and praise, enlarging and elevating the adoration of our gracious giver God.” (Lutheran Worship, Introduction)

 

 

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Announcements for the Week of November 6, 2016

Luther’s LARGE CATECHISM, the 3RD ARTICLE


faith551 This is the sum and substance of this phrase: I believe that there is on earth a little holy flock or community of pure saints under one head, Christ. It is called together by the Holy Spirit in one faith, mind, and understanding. It possesses a variety of gifts, yet is united in love without sect or schism. 52 Of this community I also am a part and member, a participant and co-partner in all the blessings it possesses. I was brought to it by the Holy Spirit and incorporated into it through the fact that I have heard and still hear God’s Word, which is the first step in entering it. Before we had advanced this far, we were entirely of the devil, knowing nothing of God and of Christ. 53 Until the last day the Holy Spirit remains with the holy community or Christian people. Through it he gathers us, using it to teach and preach the Word. By it he creates and increases sanctification, causing it daily to grow and become strong in the faith and in the fruits of the Spirit.


54 Further we believe that in this Christian church we have the forgiveness of sins, which is granted through the holy sacraments and absolution as well as through all the comforting words of the entire Gospel. Toward forgiveness is directed everything that is to be preached concerning the sacraments and, in short, the entire Gospel and all the duties of Christianity. Forgiveness is needed constantly, for although God’s grace has been won by Christ, and holiness has been wrought by the Holy Spirit through God’s Word in the unity of the Christian church, yet because we are encumbered with our flesh we are never without sin. (51-54) [The Book of Concord]

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Announcements for the Week of October 30

THE APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION ARTICLE IV. JUSTIFICATION


“The service and worship of the Gospel is to receive good things from God, while the worship of the law is to offer and present our goods to God. We cannot offer anything to God unless we have first been reconciled and reborn. The greatest possible comfort comes from this doctrine that the highest worship in the Gospel is the desire to receive forgiveness of sins, grace, and righteousness. About this worship Christ speaks in Christ 6:40 , “ This is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life.And the Father says ( Matt. 17:5 ), “ This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”(¶310)

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Announcements for the week of January 31

 

Jeremiah4 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
5 Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
6 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.  7 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 1:4-7)

 

Note that these words do speak of God knowing and having formed the prophet Jeremiah in the womb, and thus, they can be applied to life in the womb as formed by God generally.  However, first, these words apply to Jeremiah, as do the words, and the call, that follow.  God, therefore, is not calling all people to be a prophet to the nations, but God is calling Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations.

 

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A sermon entitled, “Scripture Fulfilled in Your Hearing,” based on Luke 4, the account of Jesus reading from the prophet Isaiah, has been uploaded.  Click on “Sermons on YouTube” for the site.

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“Only those who are sick require the doctor (Matt. 9:12); only the sheep that is lost is looked for (Luke 15:4); only the captive is freed (Luke 4:18; Is. 61:1); only the poor man is enriched; only the weak man is made strong; only the humble man is exalted (Luke 1:52); only what is empty is filled; only what is scattered can be assembled. The truth is, as the philosophers say: Matter cannot be given a form unless it previously was formless or its earlier from has

 

been put off…God satisfies none but the hungry and the thirsty. Therefore he who is satisfied with his own truth and wisdom cannot contain the truth and wisdom of God. These can only be received in a vacuum and an empty space. Therefore let us say to God: Oh, how gladly are we empty, so that Thou mayest be full in us! Gladly am I weak, so that Thy strength may dwell in me! Gladly am I a sinner, so that Thou mayest be justified in me! Gladly am I foolish, so that Thou mayest be my Wisdom! Gladly am I unrighteous, so that Thou mayest be my Righteousness! See, this is what is meant by: “Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned….that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest”” (Ps 51:4). (Plass, What Luther Says, #2097, p674-675) 

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