The Church’s new song is not what some people think it is

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Again, today, the Lord of the Church has preserved His Church through another year. Throughout this “Year of the Psalm,” which is now a long-held Catalina Lutheran tradition, on most Sunday’s of the past year, God’s Word of Law and Gospel has been proclaimed from the Psalms. Through the declaration of the convicting, condemnning and killing Law, and, we pray, the predominance in our proclamation of the acquitting, atoning and enlivening Gospel, you, God’s people have been encouraged to behold Christ Jesus as the Psalms reveal Him. That is, as the One Who bore the full brunt of the Law that you might receive the full benefits of His Good News….For more, click on the title above

Scripture Readings for November 20, 2022

Scripture Readings for November 20, 2022Last Sunday of the Church Year (Festival Service) PSALM: Psalm 149OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 65:17-25EPISTLE: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11GOSPEL: Matthew 25:1-13 Links above will open a separate window at the Bible Gateway website showing the listed verses in the ESV.

Hymns for November 20, 2022

Sunday, November 20, 2022, HymnsLast Sunday of the Church Year (Festival Service) Processional Hymn: LSB #793, “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven”Psalm Hymn: LSB #671, “Sing with All the Saints in Glory”Gradual Hymn: LSB #516, “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Coming”Creed Hymn: LSB #941, “We Praise You and Acknowledge You, O God”AllSaintsTide Hymn: LSB #677, “For All… Continue reading Hymns for November 20, 2022

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The Beautiful Crown of the Bible

"Every Eye Shall See" by Keith Clark

This passage from Matthew is no parable, but a description of the Final Judgement.
So, what does the text say about this judgement? Upon first hearing this story, it might seem that the judgement is based on a person’s good works. It is not.
First, when the text begins, after Christ sits on the Throne of His Glory, what does He do? He separates the people from one another as a shepherd separates sheep and goats. What happens next? He judges them. Their positions are already made clear before the judgement occurs, so you need not be afraid that you will not be counted among the sheep…For more, click on the title above.

Scripture Readings for November 13, 2022

Scripture Readings for November 13, 20222nd Last Sunday of the Church Year (LSB Divine Service-Setting 3) PSALM: Psalm 50:1-15OLD TESTAMENT: Daniel 7:9-14GRADUAL: Psalm 50:4, 6EPISTLE: 2 Peter 3:3-14VERSE: Isaiah 35:10GOSPEL: Matthew 25:31-46 Links above will open a separate window at the Bible Gateway website showing the listed verses in the ESV.

Hymns for November 13, 2022

Sunday, November 13, 2022, Hymns2nd Last Sunday of the Church Year (LSB Divine Service – Setting 3) Processional Hymn: LSB #355, “O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide”Hymn of the Day: LSB #508, “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near”AllSaintsTide Hymn: LSB #516, “Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying”Distribution Hymns:  LSB #637, “Draw Near and Take the Body of… Continue reading Hymns for November 13, 2022

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Delivered for our sins and raised for our justification

The Creator of Man Who took on human flesh to be delivered for our sins and raised for our justification (that the faithful would believe, confess and know that we have been declared right with God) has brought us, once again, into the final division of the Trinity season. Its three weeks have been marked today with the special ways of proclaiming God’s Word that this congregation has used, for some time, to mark a seasonal change….for more, click on the title above.

The Lord is Our Strength

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On this day of great celebration for Lutherans all over the world, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther. To the outside world, it may appear that we hold him to such a high status that we worship him or pray to him. Those who think thus fail to understand the relationship between Luther and the church body that bears his name. …For more, click on the title above

Jesus reigns above all His enemies

Jesus reigns above all His enemies. That is good news for Jesus. That began for Him as He was suspended between heaven and earth—affixed to the wood of a cross long ago. It continued in His resurrection from the dead. That revealed that the last enemy of mankind, death, was then under His rule. Jesus’ reign was exalted above His enemies round about in His ascension to the position of all power, rule and authority over all things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. His rule will reach its eternal fulfillment when Jesus returns on the clouds with power and glory in order to establish His everlasting kingdom. …For more, click on the title above