CategorySunday Preview

Weekly previews of the scripture for the upcoming Sunday, with preaching and home devotional questions for your reflection.

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…

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…

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…