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Death is scary...

Death is scary...

2022-05-1616:39

He is risen! He is risen indeed!! Alleluia!!! Join us as we take a look at the various post resurrection stories in the Gospels. What do they mean for us? How can we grow in faith and love through them?Psalm 107:1-9John 20:19-31Prayer of the DayO God, our heavenly Father, who through Your Son has promised us Your Holy Spirit, send down upon us that same Spirit, that He may teach us to show forth Your praise, not only here on earth in weakness, since we know Your power and glory only from afar, but also in power and glory on that day when, united with the choir of angels, we shall see You face-to-face, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!! Alleluia!!! Join us as we take a look at the various post resurrection stories in the Gospels. What do they mean for us? How can we grow in faith and love through them?Psalm 66:1-9Luke 24:33-49Prayer of the DayO God, our heavenly Father, who through Your Son has promised us Your Holy Spirit, send down upon us that same Spirit, that He may teach us to show forth Your praise, not only here on earth in weakness, since we know Your power and glory only from afar, but also in power and glory on that day when, united with the choir of angels, we shall see You face-to-face, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!! Alleluia!!! Join us as we take a look at the various post resurrection stories in the Gospels. What do they mean for us? How can we grow in faith and love through them?Psalm 147:1-11Luke 24:13-35Prayer of the DayAlmighty God, you show the light of Your truth to those in darkness, to lead them into the way of righteousness. Give strength to all who are joined in the family of the Church, so that they will resolutely reject what erodes their faith and firmly follow what faith requires; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!! Alleluia!!! Join us as we take a look at the various post resurrection stories in the Gospels. What do they mean for us? How can we grow in faith and love through them?Psalm 23Mark16:9-20Prayer of the DayO God, by the humiliation of Your Son You lifted up this fallen world, rescuing us from hopelessness of death. Grant Your faithful people a share in the joys that are eternal; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!! Alleluia!!! Join us as we take a look at the various post resurrection stories in the Gospels. What do they mean for us? How can we grow in faith and love through them?Psalm 33Matthew 28:8-20Prayer of the DayLord God, heavenly Father, we thank You that of Your ineffable grace, for the sake of Your Son, You have given us the holy gospel, and have instituted the holy sacraments, that through the same we may have comfort and forgiveness of sin: We beg You, grant us Your Holy Spirit, that we may heartily believe Your Word; through the holy sacraments day by day establish our faith, until we at last obtain salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen
Happy Holy Week! Join us each day for readings from our One-year lectionary and a prayer.Good Friday - April 15thPsalm 22:25-31Isaiah 52:13-53:12Revelation 5John 18-19Almighty God, we beseech Thee graciously to behold this Thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the Cross; through the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions - "Watercool Quiet", "A Pleasant Strike", "Dissipate", "Vulcan Street", "Frank and Poet"
Happy Holy Week! Join us each day for readings from our One-year lectionary and a prayer.Maundy Thursday - April 14thPsalm 22:19-24Psalm 116:12-19Exodus 12:1-141 Corinthians 11:20-32John 13:1-15O Lord God, who has left unto us in a wonderful Sacrament a memorial of Your Passion, grant, we beseech You, that we may so partake of this Sacrament of Your Body and Blood, that the fruits of Your redemption may continually be manifest in us; who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions - "Watercool Quiet", "A Pleasant Strike", "Dissipate", "Vulcan Street"
Happy Holy Week! Join us each day for readings from our One-year lectionary and a prayer.Spy Wednesday - April 13thPsalm 22:11-18Isaiah 62:11-63:7Revelation 1:5b-7Luke 22:1-6Grant, we beseech You, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds are continually afflicted, may mercifully be relieved by the Passion of Your Only-begotten Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions - "Watercool Quiet", "A Pleasant Strike"
Happy Holy Week! Join us each day for readings from our One-year lectionary and a prayer.Holy Tuesday - April 12thPsalm 22:6-10Isaiah 49:1-61 Timothy 6:12-16John 12:37-50Almighty and everlasting God, grant us grace so to contemplate the Passion of our Lord, that we may find therein forgiveness for our sins; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions - "Watercool Quiet", "A Pleasant Strike"
Happy Holy Week! Join us each day for the traditional readings from our One-year lectionary and a prayer.Holy Monday - April 11thPsalm 22:1-5Isaiah 50:5-101 Peter 2:21-24John 12:1-36Grant, we beseech You, Almighty God, that we, who amid so many adversities do fail though our own infirmities, may be restored through the Passion and intercession of Your only-begotten Son, who lives and reigns with You, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions - "Watercool Quiet", "A Pleasant Strike", "Frank and Poet", "Vulcan Street"
Humble hosanna...

Humble hosanna...

2022-04-0413:11

Preparing for the 6th Sunday of Lent, or Palm SundayPsalm 31:9-16Zechariah 9:9-12Philippians 2:5-11Matthew 21:1-11Prayer of the DayAlmighty and everlasting God, who has sent Thy Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the Cross, that all mankind should follow the example of His humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of His patience, and also be made partakers of His Resurrection; through Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions - "Two in the Back", "Watercool Quiet", "A Pleasant Strike", "Frank and Poet", "Vulcan Street"
Sermon for the 5th Sunday in Lent, on the occasion of the baptisms of the Madsen children.John 8:46-59Genesis 22:1-14Grace Lutheran Church, Ridgecrest, CA 
April Gracevine Newsletter Article for Grace Lutheran Church, Ridgecrest, CA“Isn’t He your Father and Creator? Didn’t He make you and sustain you? – Deuteronomy 32:6b
Preparing for the 5th Sunday of Lent, or Passion SundayPsalm 43Genesis 22:1-14Hebrews 9:11-15John 8:46-59Prayer of the DayWe beseech Thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon Thy people, that by Thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul; through Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions - "Two in the Back", "Watercool Quiet", "A Pleasant Strike", "Frank and Poet", "Vulcan Street"
Morning Prayer for the Annunciation of our Lord, March 25thLuke 1:46b-55Isaiah 7:10 -15Luke 1:26-38Prayer of the DayWe beseech Thee, O Lord, pour Thy grace into our hearts; that as we have known the Incarnation of Thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by His Cross and Passion we may be brought unto the glory of His Resurrection though Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions - "Two in the Back", "Watercool Quiet", "A Pleasant Strike", "Frank and Poet", "Vulcan Street"
Preparing for the 4th Sunday in LentPsalm 132:8-18Exodus 16:2-21Acts 2:41-47John 6:1-15Prayer of the DayGrant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of Thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions - "Two in the Back", "Dissipate"
Preparing for the 3rd Sunday in LentPsalm 4Jeremiah 26:1-15Ephesians 5:1-9Luke 11:14-28Prayer of the DayWe beseech Thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of Thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of Thy Majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions - "Two in the Back", "Dissipate"
Preparing for the 2nd Sunday of LentPsalm 121Genesis 32:22-32Romans 5:1-5Matthew 15:21-28Prayer of the DayO God, who sees that of ourselves we have no strength: Keep us both outwardly and inwardly; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions - "Two in the Back", "Dissipate"
Sermon for the 1st Sunday in Lent, March 6th - Matthew 4:1-11
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” – Colossians 1:15              A picture paints a thousand words. We have heard that phrase a million times. There is a lot of truth to that, because we are very willing to believe our eyes much more than we will our ears as we listen to another account from someone else of what they saw.               The same is true of stories. We like our stories, but if they can come with pictures…even better. For 80% of Americans, watching television is the first choice of leisure activities. When asking a similar audience, studies have shown that half of all Americans prefer watching the news rather than reading it. The readers of news also surpassed listeners by 34% to 19%. In other words, we like our pictures.              This is not new. There is this myth in history that once the Enlightenment came, the whole world became literate, or at least an overwhelming percentage of it did. This was mostly true of the clergy and the nobility, but for the common man, and even for some elites, literacy was an afterthought.  Hence the amount of art that makes up the architecture of churches in Europe. With this art came beauty and innumerable practices in our ecclesiastical tradition that have added greatly to the habits of congregations around the world. Illiteracy was the reason why St. Francis created the Nativity scene so that the poor would know the story of Christmas. It is why we have statues and paintings of biblical heroes, and why hymns exist to try and teach the faith through melodies that get stuck in our heads. With 1 in 7 Americans being functionally illiterate, these pictures added to our stories would not be considered antiquated but necessary for the nurturing of the faithful in all generations.              As we enter into Lent this month, one of the Lenten devotions that is almost as old as the church itself is the walking of “The Stations of the Cross.” Originating during pilgrimages to Jerusalem where travelers desired to walk in the footsteps of Christ to Calvary along the Via Dolorosa, the “Stations” are a mainstay among our Catholic and Anglican brothers and sisters (especially on Fridays during Lent), and have seen a resurgence in Lutheran denominations since the 1960’s. Based on fifteen events in the account of Good Friday and Easter, from the agony in the garden to the resurrection, the walk is always accompanied with visuals and Scripture in order to capture all the senses so that we might find ourselves sucked into the most important time in history.               This year, our youth are going to explore three stations each week, and then make their own interpretation of each one using old magazines to construct collages. This allows them room to use their imaginations and make the events of their redemption more real for them.               Now, some Protestants get angry about pictures in church because of the idea that we are not supposed to make graven images. This is why, in the American Protestant tradition, very few churches have a crucifix or art to assist in our worship because we believe it to be blasphemy and a sin. Yet, let me ask you this, did Jesus have a body? Did He have a face and skin? Did He have blood pumping through His veins? Yes, He did. Jesus is the breaker of any expectations we may have around images of God because He is God made manifest before us. He is the image of the invisible God. He is God con carne. He is the One who speaks to Philip, “The one who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) God uses all sorts of physically ordinary things to convey His promise and redeem His creation. The physical Body of His Son dying on a cros
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