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Second Sunday of Easter ..................................................... April 11, 2021

The Risen Christ Breathes His Peace in the Holy Absolution

The crucified and risen Lord Jesus appeared to His apostles on the first Easter Sunday. He "came and stood among them," and with His Word and the wounds in "his hands and his side," He granted them His peace (John 20:19_20). He sent them as ministers of the Gospel in His name to bestow the life-giving Holy Spirit for us and for His whole Church through the forgiveness of sins (John 20:21_23). Through this apostolic ministry, He calls us to believe that He "is the Christ, the Son of God," so that by such faith we "may have life in his name" (John 20:31). The apostles "have seen and heard" this divine life manifested in the flesh of Christ, and those who succeed them in this apostolic ministry now proclaim that same Absolution to us, so that we "too may have fellowship" with the risen Christ, with the apostles and "with one another" (1 John 1:1_7). The one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church lives by "their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus," and all who believe this Word are "of one heart and soul," because in Him they truly have "everything in common" (Acts 4:32-33).


Third Sunday of Easter ........................................................... April 18, 2021

The Preaching of Repentance and Forgiveness of Sins Makes Us Pure

The risen Lord Jesus taught His disciples "that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead" and "that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations" (Luke 24:46-47). Therefore, St. Peter preaches repentance and forgiveness to the people of Jerusalem. As he proclaims that Jesus fulfilled all that "God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets" (Acts 3:18), he also convicts the people of their sin, because they "delivered over and denied" this Lord Jesus and "killed the Author of life." Yet God "glorified his servant Jesus" and raised Him from the dead (Acts 3:13-15). St. Peter calls the people to repent, so that their "sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19_20). Through this forgiveness of sins and by faith in this forgiveness, the Father shows His love for us in order that "we should be called children of God; and so we are" (1 John 3:1). Thus, we hope in Him and are made pure even "as he is pure," because "he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin" (1 John 3:3, 5).

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter ....................................................... April 25, 2021

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Lays Down His Life for the Sheep

The Lord Jesus is "the good shepherd" who "lays down his life for the sheep" (John 10:11). His life is not taken from Him, but He lays it down willingly, of His own accord, because He knows and loves the sheep. As the One sent by the Father, He has the "authority to lay it down" and the "authority to take it up again" (John 10:18). So has He done, and now He continues to love and serve as the Good Shepherd of the sheep by the voice of His Gospel. He thus calls all people into the fold of His Church, so that there may be "one flock, one shepherd" (John 10:16). That is why the apostles "were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead" (Acts 4:2). Since "there is salvation in no one else," His voice rings out to this day through the preaching of His name, "for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). His voice comforts our hearts against all condemnation and gives us courage to "love one another" and "to lay down our lives for the brothers," as He laid down His life for us (1 John 3:16, 23).

Past Services


Easter Vigil ...........................................................................................April 3, 2021

And on the Seventh Day, He Rested

Christ our Savior fulfills the whole will and Law of God for us. Even in His work of salvation, the Law is obeyed. In the creation of the world, "God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done." (Gen. 2:1) As our Lord completes His work of creating the world anew through His redemption, we hear the story of our salvation, from the very beginning - through its completion on the Cross - to its deliverance to us through the means the Lord provides: Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper.


Easter Day ............................................................................................April 4, 2021

The Risen Christ Has Swallowed Up Death Forever!

The entire fallen world is veiled in a funeral shroud "that is spread over all nations" and "cast over all peoples" (Is. 25:7). But the Lord of hosts, in the Person of the incarnate Son, Jesus Christ, has removed that terrible pall and swallowed up death forever. By submitting Himself to death, He burst it apart from the inside out. Now He wipes away all tears from our faces, and He invites us to "be glad and rejoice in his salvation" (Is. 25:9). His body and His blood, crucified and risen, are given and poured out for us as a feast "of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined" (Is. 25:6). We enter that feast through Holy Baptism, whereby our old man is buried with Jesus Christ, and we are raised up in Him, "dressed in a white robe" of His perfect righteousness (Mark 16:5). What St. Paul and the other apostles received "by the grace of God" is also "delivered to you" by the preaching of Christ, "in which you stand, and by which you are being saved" (1 Cor. 15:1-11).


Easter Sunrise ...................................................................................April 4, 2021

The Risen Lord Jesus Is Our Strength and Our Song, for He Has Become Our Salvation

O come, let us "sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously" (Ex. 15:1). By His cross, He has shattered the enemy, crushing sin and death beneath His feet; and in His resurrection, He has brought us out of Egypt into the freedom of the Gospel. He has called us out of darkness into light, and led us from confusion, fear and weeping into the joy and gladness of His resurrection. He is our strength and our song, and He has become our salvation (Ex. 15:2). Thus do we hear and respond to His voice of the Gospel, as He calls each of us by name. We enter His tomb by our Baptism into His death, and just as surely as He has risen, so we also "must rise from the dead" (John 20:9). "Let us therefore celebrate the festival" (1 Cor. 5:8), not in the revelry of self-indulgence, nor in the debauchery of lust, but in sincere faith and genuine love. For "Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed" (1 Cor. 5:7). He has thereby set us free from sin and death, and now He feeds us with Himself unto life everlasting.


Good Friday.........................................................................................April 2, 2021

The Fulfilled Word

Behold the Lamb of God, Who Takes Away the Sin of the World

Jesus, the Lamb of God, is led to the slaughter of His cross as the Sacrifice of Atonement for the sin of the world. "Despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" (Is. 53:3), He is the righteous Servant who justifies many by His innocent suffering and death. He bears our griefs and sorrows; He is wounded for our transgressions; He is crushed for our iniquities; He suffers our chastisement; "and with his wounds we are healed" (Is. 53:4_5). As the Son of God, He fulfills the Law for us in human flesh, and so fulfills the Scriptures (John 19:7, 24). In perfect faith and faithfulness, He shares all our weaknesses and temptations, "yet without sin" (Heb. 4:15). As our merciful High Priest, He brings us to the Father in peace, "makes intercession for the transgressors" (Is. 53:12) and joins our prayers to His own, so that we are heard "because of his reverence" (Heb. 5:7). From His cross, He gives us His Spirit (John 19:30), washes us with water from His side and covers us with His blood (John 19:34).


Maundy Thursday............................................................................April 1, 2021

The Remembering Word

Let Us Love One Another, as Christ Has Loved Us and Loves Us to the End

"The Lord's Passover" (Ex. 12:11) and "the blood of the covenant" at Mount Sinai (Ex. 24:8) are preeminent types of the Lord's Supper. The blood of Christ, the Lamb of God, now covers us, and we keep His Supper "as a feast to the Lord" (Ex. 12:13-14). In Him, we see "the God of Israel" (Ex. 24:10), and yet He does not lay His hand on us to punish us. As disciples of Jesus, we recline at the table with Him to eat and drink in peace (Mark 14:18). The apostles, who received the New Testament in His blood "on the night when he was betrayed," delivered the same to His Church, which we also now receive in remembrance of Him (1 Cor. 11:23-26; Mark 14:22-25). So He has "loved his own who were in the world," and He loves us "to the end" (John 13:1). As He thus feeds us in love, let us love one another, just as He has loved us (John 13:34). For "we who are many are one body" because "we all partake of the one bread," which is the body of Christ (1 Cor. 10:17).


Palm Sunday................................................................................March 28, 2021

The Son of David Ascends His Throne and Reigns in Love from His Cross

The Son of David comes in gentle humility, "sitting on a donkey's colt," yet as the King of Israel "in the name of the Lord" (John 12:13_15). He comes to be lifted up in glory on the cross in order to cast out "the ruler of this world" and draw all people to Himself (John 12:23_32). The Church is thus called to "rejoice greatly," because her King comes with salvation, and "he shall speak peace to the nations" (Zech. 9:9_10). As He is anointed "beforehand for burial" (Mark 14:8), He also ascends His royal throne as "the King of the Jews" by way of His Passion (Mark 15:2, 17_19, 26). He goes "as it is written of him," wherefore "you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power" (Mark 14:21, 62). For the glory of God is love, which crescendos in the humble obedience and voluntary self-sacrifice of the Son of God for the salvation of sinners. So God the Father has "highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name" (Phil. 2:9), that He might reign over us in love with the forgiveness of His cross.


Sixth Wednesday in Lent....................................................March 24, 2021

The Dying Word

To live a blessed life, we must first know how to die a blessed death. Simeon was ready die in peace after having seen that God’s salvation had taken on human flesh and blood. He saw the baby, held Him, and rejoiced to know that the death of death, and the forgiveness of sins, lived and breathed upon earth. Comforted by that, Simeon was ready to depart this life in God’s peace. Our Lord also teaches us to face death square on. He finished the work His Father gave Him to do and then commended His spirit into the Father’s hands and keeping. Because of His redemption, we, too, can confidently place our spirits or souls into God’s loving hands and know that He will not forget us, but will vindicate our trust in Him when the day of the resurrection arrives by raising our bodies even as our Lord’s body was raised. Until then, our spirits will go on living in His presence and continue to praise and extol Him. Each night as we lay our heads down for sleep we practice for our death: “For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things” (Luther’s Evening Prayer).


Fifth Sunday in Lent.................................................................March 21, 2021

In the Holy Sacraments, We Share the Glory of the Cross of Christ

Jesus catechizes His disciples in the way of the cross, revealing that He will be condemned and put to death "and after three days he will rise" (Mark 10:33-34). But the Twelve do not understand. Instead, they argue among themselves about who will be the greatest, with James and John requesting the places of honor on either side of Jesus in His glory. However, Jesus has come to make Himself the "slave of all" and "to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:43_45). He shares the true glory of His cross with all who are baptized with His Baptism and with those who drink His cup of salvation, the New Testament in His blood (Mark 10:39). By these Holy Sacraments, the Lord makes Himself known to all His people, forgiving their sins "from the least of them to the greatest" (Jer. 31:33-34). Though He is the very Son of God, "he learned obedience through what he suffered" and so became our great High Priest, that we may enter His glory by the way of His sacrifice (Heb. 5:8-10).


Fifth Wednesday in Lent......................................................March 17, 2021

The Suffering Word

Thirst is a common human experience. Even more than hunger for food, thirst for water or other liquid is a basic for sustaining our earthly life. But in the Scriptures, thirst is also used as a metaphor for our need for God—we cannot live without Him any more than we can live without liquids. “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” the Psalmist cries out (Psalm 42:2). Only He can quench the thirst of our spirits with His living water—that is, with His Spirit—and it was to provide us this living water that Christ Himself thirsts upon the cross for our salvation.


Fourth Sunday in Lent............................................................March 14, 2021

Jesus Is Lifted Up on the Cross so that We May Look to Him and Live

The people sinned by speaking "against God and against Moses," and the Lord called them to repentance by sending fiery serpents, which "bit the people, so that many people of Israel died" (Num. 21:4_6). When the people confessed their sin, the Lord provided a means of rescue from death. He instructed Moses to "make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole," so that "if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live" (Num. 21:8). Thus God sent His Son into the world, in the likeness of our sin and death, and lifted Him up on the pole of the cross, that whoever looks to Him in faith "may have eternal life" (John 3:14_16). By His cross, "the light has come into the world," not for condemnation, but "that the world might be saved through him" (John 3:17_19). While we "were dead in the trespasses and sins" in which we once lived (Eph. 2:1), God loved us, calling us to repentance and raising us up with Christ to live "with him in the heavenly places" (Eph. 2:4_6).


Fourth Wednesday in Lent...............................................March 10, 2021

The Compassionate Word

Our Lord has a plan for the human race! He wants it to be His family—all sisters and brothers gathered together in holy love, feasting in His presence at His table, bearing one another’s burdens and sorrows, and calling together with Him on the one heavenly Father as together we await our final welcome into His Father’s house. Such a vision! His Church, when she is being true to Him, offers this very experience to all the people of the earth. She invites one and all to a new birth so that they become the sisters and brothers of Christ Himself, heirs with Him of His Father in heaven.


Third Sunday in Lent.................................................................March 7, 2021

The Crucified and Risen Body of Jesus Is the True Temple of the Lord

The Lord rescues His people, Israel, "out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery" (Ex. 20:2) and makes His gracious covenant with them, defined by the Ten Commandments. Since He has become their God by His grace, they shall be His people, having "no other gods" before Him (Ex. 20:3). He is "jealous" for them as a husband for his wife and as a father for his children. He has named them with His name and called them to rest in Him (Ex. 20:5-9). The incarnate Son, Christ Jesus, is likewise jealous for His Father's house, because it is to be a place of divine grace and Sabbath rest for His people, and not "a house of trade" (John 2:16-17). His zeal consumes Him as He gives up "the temple of his body" to the destruction of the cross, but in three days He raises it up again to be the true temple forever (John 2:17-21). By His crucifixion He cleanses the entire household, and in His resurrection He becomes "wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption" (1 Cor. 1:30).


Third Wednesday in Lent.....................................................March 3, 2021

The Faithful Word

“Go away and leave me alone!” we scream. And that is what hell ultimately is: God reluctantly granting that demand. He goes away and leaves a person alone. All alone. Forever. Terrifying! None of this, “Well, if I end up in hell, at least I’ll have some good company.” No. The company is in heaven. Think of Lazarus and the rich man. The rich man is alone in the flames while Lazarus enjoys a feast with Abraham and is served by the Holy Angels. This “leave me alone!” is what our every sin demands of God. This the Savior receives from the Father. He will drink this lonely cup and drain it to its bitterest dregs. The One who had ever known the Father’s joyful presence embraces the empty loneliness of all our sin, and experiences in moments of time an eternity of hell’s loneliness for us. He does it so that we would never have to be alone; not now and not ever. “I am with you always.” To be in Christ is to know that there is no suffering or agony we will ever go through that can separate us from God’s love in Him.


Second Sunday in Lent.................................................February 28, 2021

By the Cross of Our Lord Jesus, We Inherit Life Everlasting with God

In His covenant with Abraham, the Lord promised to be with him, to bless him and to make him "the father of a multitude of nations." It is "an everlasting covenant" in Christ Jesus, the seed of Abraham who is blameless before God Almighty. All who believe in this Lord Jesus are the offspring of Abraham and are blessed "throughout their generations" (Gen. 17:1-7), because the Christ has suffered many things. He was rejected and killed, and after three days He rose again (Mark 8:31). To comprehend this theology of the cross, we must set our minds "on the things of God," and not "on the things of man" (Mark 8:33). "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). Therefore, having been "reconciled to God by the death of his Son," much more "shall we be saved by his life" (Rom. 5:10). Baptized into His cross and resurrection, "we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," and by faith we rejoice in the hope of His glory (Rom. 5:1-2).


Second Wednesday in Lent.......................................February 24, 2021

The Promising Word

Since the day Adam and Eve were shown the door of Paradise, humanity has experienced a profound sense of loss, of yearning, of aching for a home and a place we no longer even fully understand. Like the prodigal son or the thief on the cross, when we stop running from God and by the Holy Spirit’s power turn toward home, we discover that Jesus’ sacrifice has secured for us a Father’s welcome and embrace, a place with Jesus Himself, which is paradise. We have a home after all, and it is waiting for us. Lent is the Church’s call: Arise, let us go to the Father!


First Sunday in Lent...........................................................February 21, 2021

Christ Jesus Defeats Our Temptation and Saves Us by His Faithfulness

In faith and the fear of God, Abraham prepared to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac. At the Word of the Lord, he "took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son." And "when they came to the place of which God had told him," Abraham bound Isaac "and laid him on the altar" (Gen. 22:6, 9). Then God stayed Abraham's hand and provided "for himself the lamb for a burnt offering" (Gen. 22:8). That Lamb is God's own beloved Son, Jesus, in whom "all the nations of the earth" are blessed (Gen. 22:18). As the Substitute for all the sons of men, Jesus is driven by the Spirit "into the wilderness" to be "tempted by Satan" (Mark 1:12_13), in order to endure and defeat all temptation. We are tempted by our own desire, which conceives and "gives birth to sin" (James 1:14_15). But this blessed Man, Christ Jesus, remained "steadfast under trial," and He has received "the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him" (James 1:12). His faithfulness, His victory and His life are now given to us by His grace in the Gospel.


Ash Wednesday .................................................................February 17, 2021

The Pardoning Word

Return to the Lord Your God, for He Has Reconciled You to Himself

On Ash Wednesday, we come down from the mountain with Jesus and set our faces toward His cross and Passion in Jerusalem. We make our pilgrimage with Him by the way of repentance, and thus we return to the dying and rising of Holy Baptism. Christ Jesus, "who knew no sin," became our sin, so that by His death we are released from sin and in His resurrection we "become the righteousness of God" (2 Cor. 5:21). Since God has thus reconciled the world to Himself in Christ, "now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2). He has provided the sacrificial Lamb, and He has left "a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering" in the Eucharist (Joel 2:14, 19). He summons us to return to Him with all our hearts, because He is "gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love" (Joel 2:13). Return to Him in faith and confidence, and so pray to Him as your Father; give to the needy from a heart of love; and fast for the sake of repentance (Matt. 6:3-4, 6, 17-18).


Transfiguration of our Lord ........................................ February 14, 2021

The Face of Jesus Christ Manifests the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God

It was "a hard thing" that Elisha asked, but by his persistence he was able to see the Prophet Elijah being taken "by a whirlwind into heaven." Although "chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them," Elisha received Elijah's cloak and a "double portion" of his spirit for preaching the Lord's Word (2 Kings 2:9-11). It was a hard thing, too, for Israel to see Moses and come near to him, when "the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God" (Ex. 34:29-30). Therefore, after "he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai," Moses "put a veil over his face" (Ex. 34:32-33). Only the Word of the Gospel lifts the veil, and "only through Christ is it taken away" (2 Cor. 3:14). Thus are we able to behold "the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ," who is "the image of God" (2 Cor. 4:4-6). For the Law and the prophets are all fulfilled in Him. Therefore, "listen to him," and fix your sights on "Jesus only" (Mark 9:7-8).


Fifty Sunday after Epiphany ........................................ February 7, 2021

The Son of God, Christ Jesus, Makes Us a New Creation

The Lord alone "is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth" (Is. 40:28). He "sits above the circle of the earth" and "stretches out the heavens like a curtain" (Is. 40:22). Yet His almighty power is demonstrated chiefly by His mercy and compassion. "He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength" (Is. 40:29). The only begotten Son of the Father, the very Word by whom all things were made, becomes flesh and takes all the poverty and weakness of our sin and death upon Himself, bearing it in His body to the cross. As He dies for us there, He also raises us up, a new creation, in His resurrection from the dead. Thus, by the preaching of this Word, He heals "many who were sick with various diseases," and He casts out "many demons" (Mark 1:34, 39). And His preaching continues through those whom He has sent, who are "entrusted with a stewardship" to "preach the gospel" (1 Cor. 9:16_17). Thus, we are set free by the Word of Christ, and we exercise our freedom in loving service to others.