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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A Walk into the Dark: A Meditation for Lent 2017

(Alan Shikhvarg sent me this and I thought it was especially good for us in Lent! I hope you find it meaningful.) A walk into the dark The spiritual life does not come cheap. It is not a stroll down a Mary Poppins path with a candy-store God who gives sweets and miracles. It is

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You Are Invited: Music for Passiontide

You are invited to: Music for Passiontide presented by the ecumenical choir Musica Concordia Jacqueline Smith, Director Chant, Hymns, and Anthems of Goss, Graun, Ireland, Mendelssohn, Schalk, Smith, Tchaikovsky, and others Two Performances: St. Cecilia Church 535 Rhawn St. Philadelphia, PA 19111 Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 2086

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Music for Lent: A Playlist for Lent 2017

(I found this wonderful piece in The Catholic World Report. It was written by R. J. Stove, an organist and adult convert to Roman Catholicism. It is a wonderful article and it gives the reader lots of ideas about additional works of music that you can turn to in order to help your Lenten devotional

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The Paraclete

Gordon Dalbey has authored four books targeted at Christian men and is a popular speaker in the Christian men’s movement, at conferences, retreats, and on radio and TV shows. In his bestselling book Healing the Masculine Soul, Dalbey points out that when Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the Helper, He uses a Greek

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A Call to Prayer

(I received this wonderful call to prayer from Pastor Larry Guenzel. It is from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and it very strongly lifts up the prayer concerns of the North American Lutheran Church and of your pastors. As we prepare for the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, this is a marvelous prayer.) A Call to

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So Jesus took His Disciples up on the Mountain …

So Jesus took His disciples up on the mountain and gathered them around Him. And He taught them saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, Blessed are the meek, Blessed are the merciful, Blessed are you who thirst for justice, Blessed are you who are persecuted, Blessed are the peacemakers … And Simon Peter asked,

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Lessons from the 1937 Texas School Explosion

In 1937, New London Texas, in rural northwest Rusk County, had one of the richest rural school districts in the United States. Community residents in the East Texas oilfields were proud of the beautiful, modern, steel-framed, e-shaped school building. On March 18, 1937, students prepared for the next day’s Inter-scholastic meet in Henderson. At the

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The Voice of God — Listening in Advent

When once we enter Advent, it can be argued that “Crazy Season” has started for us all. Yes we are preparing … for all the decorating and entertaining and gift-giving of the season. Hmmmm. Well, as you are preparing and hurrying and bustling, think of this: Before refrigerators, people used ice houses to preserve their

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Christ’s Burial Site Exposed for the First Time in Centuries

When Mike and I were in the Holy Land in 2000, of all the sites we visited, of course the site that captured my heart and imagination was Church of the Holy Sepulchre. While we were in Jerusalem, I kept returning to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and on our last day, Mike told

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