Category Archives: Liturgy

Advent 4: Magnify the Lord

Magnificat anima mea Dominum. “My soul magnifies the Lord,” pregnant Virgin sings. “My life makes the Lord very great, enlarges, amplifies Him. Don’t look at me, look at Him. He is mighty and merciful and holy. He puts down the … Continue reading

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Breathed Upon

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Breathed upon. No one likes being breathed on. Usually because there is a case of halitosis. Even when they’ve disguised the smell with mint or some such, the fact is that … Continue reading

Posted in Day of Resurrection, Divine Service, Liturgy, Pastoral Office, sermon

Faith of a Child: Maundy Thursday

Listen here Most every child and parent goes through it. It’s late in the evening, kids are tired out, and they are placed safely into the car seat. Not ten minutes into the ride home they are sound asleep and … Continue reading

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Palm and Passion: Celebration to Victory

Listen here It was the palm branches that made this day unique, and then again, it wasn’t. For centuries, the church has memorialized today, the first day of Holy Week, as Palm Sunday because of the palm branches and cloaks … Continue reading

Posted in Lent, Liturgy, Old Testament, sermon

Depart In Peace: Christmas 1

Listen here: Today is the seventh day of Christmas, and I hope you’re still going strong with the holy days now that the holidays are behind us. It makes me sad to see the Christmas trees already curbed for … Continue reading

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All Saints

When we are bereft of dear ones, it is a tremendous shock. For a time we are stunned. Not everyone, can feel at once their continuing companionship. We should not for that reason despair. An adjustment must take place in … Continue reading

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Easter Vigil: What is it We Receive and Celebrate

It’s not just empty ceremony, the creation. Because behind it stands the Creators full love for you. It’s not just empty ceremony, the flood. Behind those waters, stands the full washing away of sin for you, so that you can … Continue reading

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Lord, Don’t You Care?

Proper 7B: Job 38:1-11, 2 Cor. 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Nature can bring about great fear. Be it flooding rains, scorching droughts, damaging winds, or tornados, there … Continue reading

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Doubts? Plenty Abound. Peace Be With You.

Easter 2B: 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 To all the faithful at Bethlehem Lutheran, peace be with you. Amen. These disciples were among the cowards and those who doubted, it wasn’t just Thomas. Remember on Easter day we heard of … Continue reading

Posted in Day of Resurrection, Liturgy, sermon

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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