Service Type: Feast Day

11-7-21 All Saints

November 7, 2021
The world claims to be very reasonable. It boasts in science, facts, empirical evidence, and says it will only believe something if it can be proven. The world claims to be very reasonable. Yet how unreasonable the world is in the face of death. When it comes to dead loved ones the world becomes downright superstitious. All Saints’ Day gives us a good opportunity to critique the world’s opinions about the dead, and talk of…

10-31-21 Reformation

October 31, 2021
504 years ago today, Martin Luther posted 95 theses against the sale of indulgences on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. Powerful people, bishops, pope, emperor, commanded Luther to retract what he wrote or die. But Luther wouldn’t, because Luther had a higher authority. His Lord Jesus. His Word, the Bible. The emperor could take his bodily freedom, but Jesus had already set his conscience free from all sin. The pope could put…

9-26-21 St. Michael and All Angels

September 26, 2021
Our Lord Jesus loves children. He calls them to himself. He takes them in his arms. He blesses them. He speaks of the angels who watch over them. And here in our Gospel he even tells us to become like children. He warns us that if we do not, we will never enter into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus points in particular to the humility of children. “Whoever humbles himself like this child,” Jesus says,…

4-2-21 Good Friday Chief Service

April 2, 2021
From the beginning of Christ’s passion, it becomes devastatingly obvious that all around Him need saving. They’re obnoxiously serve serving. And this is a commentary not simply on their need for a Savior but on ours. As St. John tells us at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, “Jesus did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in…

4-2-21 Good Friday Tenebrae

April 2, 2021
In the name of Jesus. Day of wrath, O day of mourning! See fulfilled the Prophet’s warning, Heav’n and earth in ashes burning. (TLH 607.1) Even the pagans recognize divine wrath and judgment in catastrophic events. When God sent deep and utter darkness upon the Egyptians in the 9th Plague, Pharoah did not question whether or not this was the work of a god. He only raged at Moses for being the prophet of the…

4-1-21 Maundy Thursday

April 1, 2021
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, declared his last will and testament and disposed of his estate. Many rich men have willed gold and mansions, revenues and high positions. Our Lord says in Luke 9, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Yet Jesus has willed us something far greater than earthly wealth and honor. Our…

1-6-21 Epiphany

January 6, 2021
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Today the joy of Christmas gives way to the joy of Epiphany. The word Epiphany means “appearing.” It means that something is now seen or made known. Christ was born in Bethlehem, and appeared to the shepherds on the night of his birth. Christ was taken to Jerusalem, as we heard last week, and appeared to those in the temple. But on the day…

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…

12-25-20 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…
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