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Pentecost 24 Worship Preview

Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:13) Our readings during November speak of the end times. Zephaniah proclaims that the coming day of the Lord will be filled with wrath…

Pentecost 23 Sunday Preview

“Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” -Matthew 25:13 One way we keep awake is by praying the Lord’s Prayer. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as in heaven” (ELW, p. 1163). From the Large Catechism: “What is the kingdom of God? Answer: Simply what we heard above…

All Saints’ Sunday Worship Preview

 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. All Saints celebrates the baptized people of God,…

Reformation Sunday Preview

“…since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”  -Romans 3:23-24 On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit…

Always Re-forming

  There’s a Latin phrase, semper reformanda, that sometimes gets thrown around this time of year. Every October we spend a Sunday celebrating the Reformation and how God continually guides the mission of the church. As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of the castle church…

Pentecost 20 Worship Preview

Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”            (Matthew 22:20-21) In today’s first reading God uses the Gentile ruler…

Pentecost 19 Preview

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and…

Pentecost 18 Worship Preview

Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce.…

Pentecost Worship Preview

When [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” -Matthew 21:23 Each of this Sunday’s readings shows us the reality that all people are in need of God’s grace.…