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1-3-21 Christmas 2

January 3, 2021
He shall be called a Nazarene. And he was. It’s remarkable to see what contempt is poured on Jesus because He grew up in the backwoods town of Nazareth in Galilee. When his own disciple Nathanael hears about Jesus, he says, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” When Nicodemus tries to defend Jesus to the Sanhedrin, they say with pure derision, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from…

12-31-20 The Circumcision and Name of Jesus

December 31, 2020
Originally, and in all the ancient service books, January 1 was the octave of Christmas, Octava Domini. Then, as now, however the day was a popular holiday marked by dancing, masquerades and general pagan gaiety. Councils of the church in France, Spain and Italy found it necessary from the fifth century to forbid the participation of the faithful in these celebrations; to order them instead to attend church; and finally set the day as one…

12-27-20 Christmas 1

December 27, 2020
It is Christmastime, beloved. Let us be glad. Our Advent prayers have been heard. Our Lord has stirred up his power and come to save us. “God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” How much nearer to God could we be than to be his sons through his Son? How much nearer to us…

12-25-20 Christmas Day

December 25, 2020
Heaven was opened that first Christmas. Everything that belonged in heaven was suddenly on earth. The glory of God shone round about them, the angels filled the air, music meant for immortals struck their ears, and God himself was found among them. Heaven had been opened before. Jacob saw it, with a ladder coming down from the Lord and angels ascending and descending. And God had visited earth before. Abraham saw it, talked with God…

12-24-20 Christmas Eve

December 24, 2020
“It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation’” (Is. 25:9). Thus Isaiah prophesied about the day of the Lord, the coming of the Son of God. “This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his…

12-20-20 Rorate Coeli

December 20, 2020
The name of this Sunday, the Sunday right before Christmas, is Rorate Coeli. It’s a beautiful name, because it expresses exactly the significance of Christmas. Rorate coeli are the first words of our Introit in Latin, “Rain Down O heavens.” It‘s God’s command to Himself, to open heaven and rain down the Righteous One. This is exactly what we just confessed, “Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven.” And the…

12-16-20 Advent Midweek 3

December 16, 2020
During our Advent midweek services we’ve been focusing on the Last Day: what life is like for Christians leading up to the Last Day, and what will happen on the Last Day. Tonight we’ll look at what life is like for Christians after the Last Day. Eternal life after the Last Day will be very different from how life is now. In tonight’s reading, life on earth, now, was called “the great tribulation.” Our current…

12-13-20 Gaudete

December 13, 2020
Among those born of women there has arisen none greater than John the Baptist. If St. Paul can say, I am not aware of anything against myself, John the Baptist could say it a thousand times over. He is of that class of people we usually find annoying, people who seem practically perfect in every way. Most of us know that whatever front we put off in public, if people were to peer into our…

12-6-20 Populus Zion

December 6, 2020
We’re used to hearing about the world being evil here in Church. I preach it. Pastor Richard preaches it. The Bible preaches it. Jesus says, “In the world you will have trouble.” He calls the devil the prince of this world. And his apostle urges us to be in the world and not of it. We sing this way too. The hymn “Jerusalem the Golden,” is actually one of many verses of a hymn by…

11-29-20 Ad Te Levavi

November 29, 2020
The time will come, and it’s sooner now than when we first believed, when Christ will come in splendor and power to free His Church from every evil of body and soul. We confess every Sunday that we look for that day, “And I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” And that looking is a happy looking, it’s a looking forward to, like a child looks…
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