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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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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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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Hymns and Lessons for the Day of Pentecost – (A) 2017

This coming Sunday, Christians throughout the world will celebrate Pentecost. Although Pentecost is not as well known as Christmas or Easter, it commemorates a watershed event in Christian history: the Church’s birthday. The start of the Christian Church. On Pentecost, Christians commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the earliest followers of Jesus. Before

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Hymns and Lessons for The Seventh Sunday of Easter 7 (A) – 2017

This Sunday is not the last Sunday of the Easter Season. The Easter Season (“Eastertide”) lasts for the 50 days from Easter Sunday THROUGH Pentecost. So keep on celebrating! Easter is not over yet! On the 40th day following His Resurrection, Christ ASCENDED into Heaven. Luke 24:50-53 gives a brief description of the Ascension: “Then

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Hymns and Lessons for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (A) – 2017

The Easter Season still continues! Within a century of Jesus’ resurrection, the Church had established the extended Easter Season. The enormity of the resurrection invited a lengthy celebration — but why 50 days? In his book “Living the Christian Year“, Bobby Gross explains that Easter lasted until Pentecost (which is Greek for “fiftieth”), the day

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Hymns and Lessons for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (A) – 2017

The Processional Hymn for this Sunday is “O Heav’nly Minstrel“. If you are a subscriber to my blog, to see the YouTube videos, you have to click on the title of the blog in order to be taken to our website itself. There you can see the videos. However you won’t see “O Heav’nly Minstrel”.

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Good Shepherd Sunday — 4th Sunday in Easter (2017)

This weekend the lectionary turns our attention to John 10, where Christ describes himself as both the “door” of the sheepfold and (perhaps more famously) as the good shepherd. We hear lessons everyone loves (especially Psalm 23) and we sing wonderful hymns: The Lord’s My Shepherd; The King of Love My Shepherd Is, and He

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