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Time after Epiphany

With the trimmings and trappings of Christmas behind us, this time of year can often be a bit of a letdown. It almost seems like we spend so much time preparing for Jesus’ arrival into our lives again that when he finally gets here we are caught off guard by what we’re being asked to…

Baptism of Our Lord Preview

And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” -Mark 1:11 In today’s Gospel reading we encounter the story of Jesus’ baptism. For the Gospel writer Mark, this is the beginning, where things get really exciting. The Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus, the heavens are ripped…

Advent 3 Worship Preview

For in him every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’  (1 Corinthians 1:20) God’s promise of salvation is seen through the eyes of two biblical saints in our lessons today. In our New Day lesson from Luke 1 we see Mary saying “Yes” to the angel who visits her with the news of the gift…

Light in Darkness

Every December (sometimes starting on the last Sunday in November), we in the church begin a season of preparation, Advent. This odd time seems so counter-cultural these days. With Christmas and other holiday decorations creeping out earlier and earlier, carols blaring from mall speakers, and radio stations infesting our cars with sentimental words about roasting…

Advent 1 Preview

Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” -Mark 13:35-37 Stir up your power, and…

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…