Good Shepherd Sunday — Easter 4 2018 (Cycle B)

This weekend the lectionary turns our attention to John 10, where Christ describes himself as the good shepherd; the one who “lays down his life for the sheep.” We hear lessons everyone loves! This year the lessons are Acts 4:1-12, Psalm 23,  1 John 3:16-24, and John 10:11-18.  (Psalm 23 is especially beloved!) And we

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It’s Still Eastertide: Hymns and Lessons for the Third Sunday of Easter (Cycle B)

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! You may have stored away your bunny decorations and that terrific new Easter dress. You may be done with Easter Sunday Services and Easter Egg hunts. But Easter isn’t over, a least not for millions of Christians throughout history and throughout the world today. The Easter Season lasts for fifty days

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Hymns and Lessons for the Second Sunday of Easter (B) — Doubting Thomas

We know him as “Doubting Thomas”. Through the centuries, many preachers have called him that. (As do most of the hymns that speak of Thomas!) They have told you over and over that the Risen Jesus told Thomas, “Do not doubt, but believe.” How well we know that line! Except that’s not what Jesus said.

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Easter Morning Hymns and Lessons — (2018)

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Tra la! Sis boom bah! Lent is over! Rah! Rah! Rah! Before we get into the hymns and lessons for Easter morning, I thought you might enjoy learning the Lutheran origins of the Easter Sonrise Service and Breakfast:(To see this YouTube video and the videos of the hymns that are included

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Good Friday Tenebrae (2018)

At 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, Holy Trinity offers a Tenebrae Service. Of the Holy Week services, Tenebrae on Good Friday Evening (and Easter Vigil on Saturday night) are the most different from our “regular Sunday worship service.” Each of the worship services of Holy Week is ancient and different from all other worship services

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Good Friday Service at Noon — The Triduum Continues (2018)

Today I’m writing about the “second” of our Triduum Services — Good Friday. On Good Friday you have a choice of worship services: At NOON on Good Friday, Holy Trinity offers a special Good Friday Service of the Word. In the evening, we offer Tenebrae. The noon Service of the Word begins with a special

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Maundy Thursday — The Triduum Begins (2018)

Holy Week has a special worship service called “The Triduum”. “Triduum” is a Latin Word that simply means “The Three.” These three services are held on separate days (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil), but they are called “The Triduum” because these services “fit together” as one service. In The Gospel According to John,

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Passion Sunday — There in God’s Garden (Cycle B – 2018)

Have you ever wondered why we call the cross of Christ “the tree of the Cross” instead of “the gibbet of the Cross” or “the rack of the Cross” or “the instrument of torture called the Cross”? I know you have heard “a shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots

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Passion Sunday: Singing the Passion with 3 Cantors (Cycle B – 2018)

This Sunday is special on so many levels! It’s the Sunday of the Passion. This week’s service is a deeply moving service that helps the worshiper transition from “regular Lenten worship” into the deep mystery that is Holy Week. Once upon a time, this Sunday was known as “Palm Sunday”. When I was a little

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Hymns and Lessons for the 5th Sunday in Lent (B) – 2018

The traditional three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These three pillars are supposed to connect us more closely to God and to the poor, and help us develop self-control. For example, fasting is NOT for losing weight (although that may happen). Fasting is intended to make us hungry … and when we

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