Hymns and Lessons for the Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7 – A)

The Opening Hymn is the beloved “Give to Our God Immortal Praise” by Isaac Watts, called the Father of English Hymnody (1647-1748). (To see and hear the YouTube videos for this week’s hymns, subscribers to my blog will have to click on the title of the blog.) Below is a video of an excellent rendition

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The Wisdom of Obedience

In September of 2005, Hurricane Katrina brought widespread destruction to the entire Gulf Coast. At Pass Christian, Mississippi, the Category 3 hurricane brought with it a huge storm surge and reported sustained winds of 125 mph, bringing the water level to a reported elevation of 28 feet. When the winds died down and the water

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Castles of Snow

In 1996, Finns who couldn’t get enough of winter swarmed to the northern town of Kemi for the opening of a sprawling ice castle that featured a theater, a playground, an art gallery, and a chapel. (You could Google ” Kemi SnowCastle 2017″) This SnowCastle was originally built as a present to all the children

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Why does Holy Trinity Change Liturgical Settings?

Since we have just changed liturgical settings again, it might be helpful to explain why we switch liturgical settings five times a year. One Sunday, our Director of Music chanced upon a group of young parents and their children who were discussing “The Third Liturgical Setting” from the Lutheran Book of Worship, which we had

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Hymns and Lessons for the Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 6 – A)

In today’s Gospel we see a picture of the kind of person Jesus is: one who loves people and enjoys being with them. Matthew tells us, “Jesus went throughout all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness.” Furthermore, Matthew tells us

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The Long Green Season Begins

So why don’t Christmas and Easter last for one day each? Because the Church year uses special festivals and seasons as a way to shape the worshiper’s entire life and orient every moment of that life toward God. So how long do Christmas and Easter last? And what is this trying to teach us? In

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The Guardian of My Soul

The Denver Post reported that Lexy Lowler, like many sheep ranchers in the West, had tried just about everything to stop crafty coyotes from killing her sheep. She used odor sprays, electric fences, and “scare coyotes”. She had slept with her lambs during the summer and has placed battery-operated radios near them. She corralled them

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Hymns and Lessons for Holy Trinity (A)

(Good grief! I thought I had published this last Thursday morning.) This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. Holy! Holy! Holy! We have an amazing and wonderful God! Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three persons in one true God. We praise our God on this day for all the wonderful things He is, and for all the

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The NALC Newsletter for June 2017

Here is what you can read in the NALC Newsletter for June:  The NALC Newsletter for June + “Moments of Mission” artwork offered to inspire mission and support the NALC’s Great Commission Society. + “Holding Fast: Being Reformed” is theme of 2017 NALC Convocation + Celebrating ordinations. + “Summer Reading” by the Rev. Dr. Amy

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Where Does the Bible Mention the Trinity?

Nowhere. But when Jesus walked out of the tomb on Easter morning? His followers – who had never really understood who Jesus was or why He was crucified — had to answer the question, “Who WAS this guy?” Clearly, he wasn’t the political leader or earthly king they had all been hoping the promised Messiah

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