First Sunday of Christmas

Our Peace: The Law Fulfilled in Christ Saint Luke 2: 22-40 Forty days after His birth, the Holy Babe was brought by Mary and Joseph to the temple in Jerusalem. The purpose for their visit to the temple was two-fold, in that, in accordance with the Law of Moses, Mary was in need of purification[…]

Christmas Day

The Word Became Flesh Saint John 1:1-18 A student of Saint John the Apostle, who wrote the Holy Gospel from which this Christmas Day’s meditation comes, was Polycarp, who stated quite clearly and forcefully, “To deny that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is to be Antichrist. To contradict the evidence of the Cross[…]

Christmas Eve

Gift Wrapped by God for You Saint Luke 2:1-20 Long ago and far away, an angel spoke to poor shepherds tending their flocks by night, declaring to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.” You, dear friends, are among “all the[…]

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Worthy Is the Lamb! Saint John 1:19-28 Last Sunday, we heard our Lord Jesus speak about His Forerunner, John the Baptist, who went before our Lord preparing His ways, giving “knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God.” The Baptizer’s work of proclaiming[…]

Third Midweek Advent Service

With Mighty Power Christ Will Come in Splendor Genesis 3:6-10; Saint Matthew 24:29-31 “Soon will come that hour When with mighty power Christ will come in splendor and will judgment render, with the faithful sharing Joy beyond comparing.” (Hymn #333, v. 3, LSB) It is precisely because the Lord Jesus will come with mighty power[…]

Second Midweek Advent Service

He Comes Himself To Feed Us Saint John 6:30-40 “Now He gently leads us; With Himself He feeds us Precious food from heaven, Pledge of peace here given, Manna that will nourish Souls that they may flourish.” (Hymn #333, v. 2, LSB) Thousands of years ago, God gave bread from heaven to ease the hunger[…]

First Midweek Advent Service

He Came In Likeness Lowly Isaiah 53:1-6 “Once He came in blessing, all our sins redressing; came in likeness lowly, Son of God most holy; bore the cross to save us; hope and freedom gave us.” (Hymn #333, v. 1, LSB) With these words, the hymn writer echoes what Isaiah prophetically said of our Lord[…]

Third Sunday of Advent

Bearing Truth in Your Heart Saint Matthew 11:2-11 In the account that we have before us today from Saint Matthew’s Gospel, we have two groups of Eighth Commandment breakers who are set straight by our Lord Jesus. Ah, catechism time! What is the Eighth Commandment? Come on! You know it. “You shall not give false[…]

Second Sunday of Advent

Set Free, Kept Free Saint Luke 21:25-36 In quite a few of the Psalms written by David, he speaks of traps and snares that evildoers have laid out for him. In Psalm 141, for example, he prays: “Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me and from the snares of evildoers!” In[…]