Category Archives: Lent

Blessed is He Who Comes Rejected

Lent 2C: Luke 13:31-35, Jer. 26:8-15, Phil. 3:17-4:1 If you listened closely to the appointed scripture readings for today, the 2nd Sunday in Lent, there is a line in each reading that intimately connects them together.  The prophet Jeremiah speaks … Continue reading

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For The Lamb Is Slain and Now Begins To Reign

Good Friday: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ-Parts  (though with different readers for parts than noted) Behold, the Lamb of God. Lambs had a very specific purpose for God’s people. They were there to shed their blood because it was the … Continue reading

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Maundy Thursday: The Lord Who Serves You

Exodus 12:1-14; 1 Cor. 11:23-32; John 13:1-15, 31-35 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. This night at 6pm does indeed start the Passover. As from the beginning in Genesis days were … Continue reading

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Palm and Passion: The Whirl Wind Tour

It’s a victory parade. That’s what the palms proclaim at least. Palms were cut to wave and proclaim victory after a great battle or even after the Olympic events in Greece they were given as prizes as the wreaths were … Continue reading

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Midweek Lent 5: Incarnation to Holy Week

Isaiah 49:1-6 In the reading from Isaiah 49, the speaker calls us to attention: “Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar.” Are you listening? Who is it that is speaking? Listen and hear again, “The … Continue reading

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Get Out and Flee – Midweek Lent 4

Isaiah 48:17-22 Over and over again through our Isaiah readings we hear the the reminder of God as, “your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” And that’s where our Old-Testament reading for today begins: “The Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy … Continue reading

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Snakes and Crosses, Lifted Up

Fourth Sunday in Lent: Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 3:14-21 Our bodies suffer from attacks from the outside world. Viruses and infections come from all around, jumping from person to person. The weather has affects on aches and pains of … Continue reading

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Midweek Lent 3: Gates Broken

Isaiah 45:1-8 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Gates have many functions. They keep things in and contained. The gates mentioned in our text are likely the well-known Ishtar Gates constructed … Continue reading

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The Temple Overturning Hearts and Lives

Lent 3B: Exodus 20:1-17, John 2:12-25 Dear saints of God at Bethlehem Lutheran, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. You have heard this morning in our Old Testament that which has become very … Continue reading

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The Lord’s, And There Is No Other

Midweek Lent 2: Isaiah 44:1-8 As Isaiah proclaimed these words there were other great matters to be concerned about for the people of Israel. The Assyrians were in the midst of overtaking the northern kingdom of Israel. These were not simply … Continue reading

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