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LSB 522, Lord God, to Thee We Give All Praise – Michaeltide

We have chosen LSB 522, Lord God, to Thee We Give All Praise, for our Michaeltide 2021 seasonal hymn. The Michaeltide portion of the long Trinity season begins on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (September 29), and lasts until All Saints Day (November 1).  The overall theme of Michaeltide is that of endurance.  Over the past year or two, many of us have intensely felt the struggle to live out our lives in The Faith. In reality though, Satan has been making war on Christian believers and the Church ever since being conquered by Jesus’ blood and thrown out of heaven (Revelation 12).  The battle for endurance in The Faith is nothing new.

To help believers in the struggle for endurance, God has appointed His angels.  The word, “angel” is derived from the Greek, ἄγγελος or “angelos,” meaning, “messenger.” We acknowledge the work of God’s angels as we begin and end each day with the prayer, “Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me.”  Yet, there is much confusion over the nature and work of angels. Our hymn, which also is Chief Hymn for the Feast, doubles as theological instruction on angels, and our response of praise and thanksgiving to God for the precious gift to us of these, His messengers.  

The first stanza opens with the reminder that angels are part of God’s creation (Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 148:2-6; Colossians 1:16), and are present around His throne (Isaiah 6:1-2; Daniel 7:9-10; Matthew 25:31; Luke 1:19; Revelation 7:11).  While some have venerated angels, we worship the Creator, not the creature (Romans 1:25; Revelation 19:9-10, 22:8-9)!  The second and third stanzas continue with the teaching that the angels are constantly beholding God’s face and at the same time guarding and protecting His flock here on earth (Matthew 18:10-14; Hebrews 1:14).  As Moses’ face shown from his being in the presence of God (Exodus 34:29-35), so do the angels shine (Job 38:7).  Their “whole delight” is to be with Jesus and to do His will (Psalm 103:20-21). The fourth, fifth and sixth stanzas detail the ongoing threats from Satan.  The evil one, the envious and angry ancient dragon, is at constant war with Christian believers (Revelation 12:17).  He seeks to divide Jesus’ Church (Romans 16:17-20).  He instigated the fall (Genesis 3).  As the civil state is of God, to maintain order (Romans 13:1-7), Satan seeks to undermine it as well (Acts 5:29; 1 John 5:19). He prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking to devour Christians (1 Peter 5:8).  The threats from the evil one are indeed severe and ongoing.  Yet the seventh stanza returns to a reminder and reassurance that God has sent his angels to guard and protect His people in the battle (Psalm 34:7, 91:11-13)!1 Baptized Christian believers thus can counter the accusations of the evil one (1 Peter 3:18-22; Revelation 12:10). In the eighth and final stanza, we the people of God respond to God’s gift of His angels, by joining with them in their endless songs of praise and thanksgiving to Him (Isaiah 6:3; Luke 2:14; Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 4:8-11, 5:9-14, 7:11-12, 15:3-4, 19:1-8).

Lord God, to Thee We Give All Praise was penned by Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560), colleague of Dr. Luther (1483-1546), and principal author of the Augsburg Confession and the Apology of the Augsburg Confession. Melanchthon also wrote Loci Communes, the first Lutheran systematic theology. Additionally, he taught classical languages at the University of Wittenberg, and wrote poems in Latin, of which this hymn was one.2 

As we consider the seasonal theme, it is worth remembering that it is in His regular calling and gathering of us to receive His gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation in His Divine Services, that we receive great strength to endure.  When we gather in church to hear His word and receive His sacrament, we are joined with angels, archangels and all the company of heaven!  Whenever a person is baptized, Satan is cast out. Whenever Pastor preaches Christ and Him-crucified to those who believe, Satan is cast out.  Whenever we gather in Church to receive His gifts, we jointly put on His whole armor, that we may be able to stand against Satan’s schemes (Ephesians 6:10-18a).  We thank God for His ordaining and constituting the services of angels to do service to Him in heaven, and succor and defend us on earth (c.f. Collect for Feast of St. Michael and All Angels). We further thank Him for bringing you into our midst, and pray His blessings on you as together with us, you receive His gifts for endurance in His Faith.  

Notes:

  1. God’s Law was delivered by angels through Moses (Acts 7:38, 53; Hebrews 2:2).  An angel that announced to Mary (Luke 1:26-38) and Joseph (Matthew 1:20-23) that she would give birth to Jesus.  The angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds (Luke 2:8-14).  Similarly, angels first announced His Resurrection (Matthew 28:2-7; Mark 16:5-7; Luke 24:4-7; John 20:12-13).  Angels rejoice whenever sinful individuals repent (Luke 15:10). At the time of death, angels bring the souls of Christians into paradise, where they await the resurrection of the body (Luke 16:22; c.f. LSB 708.3).  At Jesus’ final coming on the Last Day, angels will gather His elect to meet Him (Matthew 24:31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).
  2. Melanchthon was a humanist professor, meaning that he taught from original Hebrew, Greek and Latin sources. His uncle was the renowned Hebrew scholar Johann Reuchlin (1455-1522). In addition to his work with Luther, he reformed the German education system in line with the humanist principles of his day, and was called Praeceptor Germaniae (Teacher of Germany). The name Melanchthon is Greek for his German surname at birth, Schwarzerd (“black earth”).

Notes from the Sept 28 Operation Barnabas Chapter Meeting

Pastor opened the meeting with a devotion from Ephesians 2.  There is more than an alteration from citizen to soldier when each person begins basic training. They move from a nobody to a somebody in the Service.   An analogy is made when St. Paul writes that “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”  We, as Operation Barnabas members are to reach out to a world of “nobodies” and tell and share the Good News of salvation.  

The Pinal County Stand Down is Nov. 13 at Coolidge, AZ at the HOHP Veteran Transition Center.  We will not be doing care backpacks, but we will be contacting the organizer and asking if there is anything we can assist with.  Something we could do is donate the socks that are being collected for us at the LWML in-gathering on Oct. 3.

We are trying to contact our Chaplain Aaron Bell at Camp Pendleton to find out how we might help him.  We will contact him again.  Our first attempts failed.

Christie has said she would contact Wendy’s Collection Boutique for female Veterans and find out what we might gather for them.  Things for sharing include jewelry, cosmetics, purses, nice scarves, and feminine hygiene items.

Boyd has been visiting with Bill T who requested companionship with another Veteran from O.B.  Our website received a request for prayers and assistance for Darrell H, by his son Tim who lives in Haven, Kansas and attends an LCMS Church.  We will try to connect.

We received word that we have been awarded a grant from the Veterans’ Donations Fund for a storage unit and shelving for our campus at CLC to house donations for Veterans.  It amounts to $4,155.  As soon as the check goes into the bank, we will move forward on ordering the shed and shelving.

Nov. 11th and the Veteran’s Day Celebration at Claire’s Cafe will include $15 food vouchers for Veterans to get a free meal.  Also, there will be a pickle, jam and bake sale fundraiser.  Pastor is planning commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11:00 A.M.  All Church members and the community will be invited to attend.

Three of our members will be attending a National O.B. Conference in St. Louis, MO on Oct.18-22.  They include:  Christie & Boyd  and Vicar.

Our next meeting will be Thurs., Oct. 14 at 10:00 at the Church.  There will be a pickle and jam sale fundraiser at both divine services at CLC on Oct. 17.

Pastor closed out the meeting with a prayer for the families of the soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 26.  He also did a military roll call for each soldier.

In His Service,
Dawn

Catechism Lesson for the Week of October 17, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of October 17, 2021:

[VI] THE SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

What is the Sacrament of the Altar?

Answer:  Instituted by Christ himself, it is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, under the bread and wine, give to us Christians to eat and to drink.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia

Hymns for October 17, 2021

Sunday, October 17, 2021, Hymns
20th Sunday after Trinity (LSB Divine Service – Setting 4)

Entrance Hymn: LSB #648, “Glorious Things of You Are Spoken”
Hymn of the Day: LSB #828, “We Are Called to Stand Together”
Michaeltide Hymn: LSB #522, “Lord God, to Thee We Give All Praise”
Distribution Hymns:  LSB #636, “Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness”
LSB #895, “Now Thank We All Our God”
LSB #789, “Praise and Thanksgiving”
LSB #692, “Praise to You and Adoration”
Evening Hymn: LSB #889, “Before the Ending of the Day” (5 PM Only)

Please note the above links will open a separate window with an MP3 recording of the hymn from a shared Google folder.  You can also access additional information related to the composer history, hymn texts, scripture references, additional recordings, and much more related to the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), available at Hymnary.org.

Scripture Readings for October 17, 2021

Scripture Readings for October 17, 2021
20th Sunday after Trinity (LSB Divine Service-Setting 4)

INTROIT: Psalm 48:1 (Antiphon, Daniel 9:14b; Prayer of Azariah 1:20, 19[1])
PSALM: Psalm 27:1-9
OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 55:1-9
GRADUAL: Psalm 145:15-16
EPISTLE: Ephesians 5:15-21
GOSPEL: Matthew 22:1-14

Links above will open a separate window at the Bible Gateway website showing the listed verses in the ESV.

[1]Note: Prayer of Azariah is found in the King James Version with Apocrypha of the Bible an addition to the Book of Daniel.

Catechism Lesson for the Week of October 10, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of October 10, 2021:

[III] THE LORD’S PRAYER

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE SEVENTH PETITION

“But deliver us from evil.”

What does this mean?

Answer: We pray in this petition, as in a summary, that our Father in heaven may deliver us from all manner of evil, whether it affect body or soul, property or reputation, and that at last, when the hour of death comes, he may grant us a blessed end and graciously take us from this world of sorrow to himself in heaven.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia

Hymns for October 10, 2021

Sunday, October 10, 2021, Hymns
19th Sunday after Trinity (LSB Divine Service – Setting 3)

Entrance Hymn: LSB #454, “Sing My Tongue, the Glorious Battle”
Gradual Hymn: LSB #422, “On My Heart Imprint Your Image”
Hymn of the Day: LSB #708, “Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart”
Michaeltide Hymn: LSB #522, “Lord God, to Thee We Give All Praise”
Distribution Hymns:  LSB #907, “God Himself Is Present”
LSB #774, “Feed Thy Children, God Most Holy”
LSB #571, “God Loved the World So That He Gave”
LSB #814, “O Bless the Lord, My Soul”
Evening Hymn: LSB #885, “I Lie, O Lord, within Your Care” (5 PM Only)

Please note the above links will open a separate window with an MP3 recording of the hymn from a shared Google folder.  You can also access additional information related to the composer history, hymn texts, scripture references, additional recordings, and much more related to the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), available at Hymnary.org.

Scripture Readings for October 10, 2021

Scripture Readings for October 10, 2021
19th Sunday after Trinity (LSB Divine Service-Setting 3)

INTROIT: Psalm 78:1 (Antiphon Psalm 35:3b; 34:17; 48:14a)
PSALM: Psalm 84
OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis 28:10-17
EPISTLE: Ephesians 4:22-28
GOSPEL: Matthew 9:1-8

Links above will open a separate window at the Bible Gateway website showing the listed verses in the ESV.

Catechism Lesson for the Week of October 3, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of October 3, 2021:

[I] THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH THEM TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE FIRST

“You shall have no other gods.”

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear, love and trust in God above all things.[1]

[1] Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia

Hymns for October 3, 2021

Sunday, October 3, 2021, Hymns
18th Sunday after Trinity (LSB Divine Service – Setting 3)

Processional Hymn: LSB #549, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”
Hymn of the Day: LSB #694, “Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower”
Michaeltide Hymn: LSB #522, “Lord God, to Thee We Give All Praise”
Distribution Hymns:  LSB #638, “Eat This Bread”
LSB #852, “O God of Mercy, God of Might”
LSB #830, “Spread the Reign of God the Lord”
LSB #795, “Voices Raised to You We Offer”
Evening Hymn: LSB #919, “Abide, O Dearest Jesus” (5 PM Only)

Please note the above links will open a separate window with an MP3 recording of the hymn from a shared Google folder.  You can also access additional information related to the composer history, hymn texts, scripture references, additional recordings, and much more related to the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), available at Hymnary.org.