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The 2nd Greatest Gift

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Today is the commemoration of St. Johann Sebastian Bach, Kantor and 5th Evangelist (1685-1750). Bach is not only one of the most famous musicians of all time, but also and more importantly he was a faithful Lutheran who wrote beautiful music to glorify and magnify the Word of God. This is the...

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Tags: bach, grace, jesus, luther, music

I believe

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

For our Liturgy reflection today we are looking at the Creed, specifically the Nicene Creed and why we confess it during the Divine Service. There are three ecumenical or universal creeds, the Apostle's, The Nicene, and the Athanasian Creed. However, the creed that is associated with the Divine...

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Tags: creed, jesus, liturgy

Why the Readings?

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Every Sunday in the liturgy, we are blessed to have what is called a lectionary, or a set of readings for every Sunday and Feast Day in the Church Year. There are specific readings for certain days like Easter, Christmas Eve, Pentecost, Trinity VII, and Epiphany II. Why does the church do this?...

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Tags: bible, jesus, lectionary

Greetings and Salutations

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

 The blessing of St. Boaz to his workers, as recorded in Ruth, says, "And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered, “The Lord bless you.” (Ruth 2:4).  Today we meditate on the Salutation in the...

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Tags: blessing, liturgy, response, salutation

The Angel's Song We Sing

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Today we meditate on the next step in the liturgy, The Gloria In Excelsis. This is an ancient song that paraphrases the song the angels sang at the birth of Jesus from Luke that says, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased" (Luke 2:14). ...

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Tags: angels, liturgy, luther, gloria in excelsis

Kyrie Eleison

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Today on Liturgy Friday we are meditating on the Kyrie, the next step in the Liturgy. So far, in the Liturgy, we have gone through the Invocation, Confession and Absolution, the Introit, and now arrive at the Kyrie. This is the point in the Liturgy when the Celebrant reaches the altar, and now...

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Tags: jesus, st. paul, kyrie eleison, st. titus

Entering the Holy Place

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

For our Liturgical study today we are meditating on the Introit, or the entrance Psalm. This is a proper of the liturgy, or a part of the liturgy that changes either each Sunday or every Church season. The invocation and Sanctus are things that don't change, whereas the Introit, gradual, and...

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Tags: psalms, sanctuary, introit

The Joy of Absolution

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In the Large Catechism, Luther confesses, "Therefore, when I urge you to go to confession, I am simply urging you to be a Christian" (Large Catechism Tappert 460.32). Here Luther is speaking about private of personal confession and absolution. He urges every Christian to take hold and use this...

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Tags: absolution, divine service, jesus., john, luther