Seventh Sunday of Easter

We Are His Witnesses Saint John 15:26-16:4 We are His witnesses. This is what we sang five times in the first hymn today. This is what our Lord Jesus tells us in the Gospel Reading that we heard. Though He said it to His disciples in the Upper Room before He went with them to[…]

Ascension of our Lord

Heilsgeschichte! Saint Luke 24:44-53 Heilsgeschichte! If you’re itching to respond, “God bless you!” or “Gesundheit!” it’s understandable, for that strange utterance does sound like some sort of noise a nasally distressed individual might make. Heilsgeschichte! Gesundheit! God bless! Thank you very much! Heilsgeschichte, however, is a German word that means, “salvation history”—it’s a word I[…]

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Praying With the Mind of Christ Saint John 16:23-33 In Ephesians 3:20, the apostle Paul affirms that God is “able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,” which prompts Martin Luther to add, “God’s title and true name is this, that He is a Hearer of prayers. But we …[…]

Cantate, the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Your Reason to Sing Saint John 16:5-15 Imagine for a moment, if you will dear friends, that you are somewhere around eleven or twelve years of age and sitting with your peers in Confirmation Class. Currently, you and your classmates are learning all about the Third Article of the Creed, which begins with the words,[…]

Jubilate, the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Shout for Joy! Saint John 16:16-22 “Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Alleluia. Sing the glory of His name; give to Him glorious praise! Alleluia.” So begins the worship of millions of Christians around the world on this Sunday known as “Jubilate,” which means: “Rejoice.” We may sometimes wonder, though, what there is[…]