Hymns and Lessons for August 20, 2017 (Proper 15 – A)

All of the readings for this week’s worship stress how God gathers everyone to Himself. Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 assures us that God will bring everyone who joins themselves to Him to His holy mountain, not only the Jews. Romans 11:1-32 assures the Jews that God has not rejected them, that they are beloved for the

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As We Prepare for the Eclipse …

As we surely all know by now, on August 21, 2017 (next Monday) we are going to see an eclipse. Well, from my backyard, I will see a PARTIAL ECLIPSE — but it will happen next Monday. For those of us who live around Holy Trinity, this partial eclipse will begin at approximately 1:30 pm,

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At NALC Convocation We Saw Caleb Douglas

While Deb and I were at Convocation we had the opportunity to spend some time with Caleb Douglas who is doing his Parish Ministry Internship at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Manhattan. Just-in-case you do not already know this, on the homepage of this website we have a page of updates on how Caleb and Lynnae

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2017 NALC Convocation in Nashville

2017 NALC Convocation focuses on Discipleship and Reformation Nearly 700 NALC members gathered August 9-11 for the 2017 NALC Convocation in Nashville, Tenn., around the theme, “Holding Fast: Being Reformed.” The 500th anniversary of the Reformation provided a focus for the Convocation. The leaders of the largest Lutheran churches in the world were featured speakers

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Hymns and Lessons for August 13, 2017 (Proper 14-A)

At worship this week we will be hearing some of my favorite lessons from scripture and singing some of my favorite hymns.  Yours too, I hope. The scriptures are wonderful! The Old Testament lesson is Job 38:4-18.  You will remember that Job suffered terribly after God gave Satan permission to test Job’s faith.  Satan destroyed Job’s

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Ways to Honor the Sabbath When You can’t Really Sabbath

I recently saw this wonderful blog that I thought you might enjoy! Mike and I work on Sundays (as you might know) and so we have long taken Friday as our Day-of-Rest Sabbath, with Sunday functioning as our Day-of-Worship Sabbath (one of us worships during the sermon and the other one worships during the liturgy).

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Hymns and Lessons for August 6, 2017 (Proper 13 – A)

When the Gospel according to St. Matthew tells the story of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000, (Matthew 14:13-21) Matthew stresses how generously God provides for all our needs, both of body and of soul. All of today’s lessons and hymns have to do with God’s bountiful provision of all that we need, both here and

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Why I love Pipe Organs at Worship

I really love pipe organs! I love the massive sound they make as they seize my heart and pull my whole being into worship. I love the powerful sound these instruments make — a sound that matches on the outside the overwhelming emotions I so often feel on the inside during worship. I know I’ve

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Why Bother Reading the Bible?

Lots of Christians read through the entire Bible every year. Some make sure to re-read it every summer. In fact, some years ago I bought a “pre-sliced” Bible that had you read a passage from the Old Testament, a passage from the New Testament, a section of Psalms and a section of Proverbs on each

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Don’t Quit — Keep Playing!

The folklore surrounding Poland’s famous concert pianist and prime minister, Ignace Paderewski, includes this story: A mother, wishing to encourage her young son’s progress at the piano, bought tickets for a Paderewski performance. When the night arrived, they found their seats near the front of the concert hall and eyed the majestic Steinway waiting on

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