Hymns and Lessons for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11 – B)

We believe, teach, and confess that our heavenly Father provide everything we need to sustain life, both in this world and the next. Todays Collect, the prayer that “collects our thoughts” around the theme of todays worship service prays: “Heavenly Father, though we do not deserve Your goodness, still You provide for all our needs

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Hymns and Lessons for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost — Proper 10 B

The Processional for this Sunday is “Holy God, We Praise Your Name.” (To see the YouTube videos of these hymns, those of you who are subscribers to my blog need to click the title. You will be taken instantly to our webpage, where you can play the YouTube videos.) The words are: 1)Holy God, we

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Hymns and Lessons for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9-B)

The Processional is “Dearest Jesus, at Your Word” (as always, I remind subscribers to this blog that to see the YouTube versions of the hymns, you have to click on the title of the blog. Why they do not make it through the network to your inbox is a mystery to me). The words are:

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Hymns and Lessons for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8-B)

The Processional Hymn is “God of Our Fathers”: (For those of you who are subscribers to my blog, remember that to see the YouTube videos, you need to click on the title of this blog.) “God of Our Fathers” is a 19th-century American hymn that was written by Daniel C. Roberts, a 35 year old

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The Nativity of John the Baptist

As God had foretold, John was born to be the forerunner of Jesus.  Zechariah learned firsthand that God indeed keeps His promises to all people.  While you and I may not experience God the way Zechariah did, we do have God’s sure and certain Word to show us God’s love for us and that He

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Why Christians Need Creeds

I came across this little explanation of why Christians need formal creeds via Facebook and Paul McCain’s Cyberbrethren blog. I was especially delighted by point 4. Point 4 mentions that Creeds “relativize the present.” To us, the present seems to be the culmination of all of human history. But the Creeds help us remember that

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Things Your Lutheran Pastor Totally Loves: Learning that the Creeds are Bad

I thought you might enjoy this; it is from Lutheran Satire. Their motto is: “Learning the faith by making fun of stuff.” As always, subscribers to my blog can see the YouTube video by clicking on the title of today’s blog.

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I Believe … The Nicene Creed

When I confess the creeds during worship, I say them as I was taught: with my head up, my eyes open,and my shoulders back. I was taught during Confirmation to remember I am confessing the faith that people have died to preserve, and that I should be willing to die to preserve this faith we

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 6 – B (The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2018)

The Processional for this week is: “Open Now, Thy Gates of Beauty” (Those of you who are subscribers to my blog can see and hear the YouTube videos of these hymns by clicking on the title of this blog.) The words to the first verse are” “Open now thy gates of beauty, Zion, let me

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Hymns and Lessons for the Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5 – B)

Jesus’ work as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity is that of redemption. That work includes the forgiving of sins. Jesus forgives the sins of repentant people. He forgives because of his love of us. He needs no other motivation or help in his redemptive work. We truly have a loving God and a

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