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Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
29Apr
2012
Sun
16:33
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Fourth Sunday after Easter

John 10:11-18

Easter 4B 2012 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear listeners assembled in the sheep pen of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Jesus said,

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep...Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.

He has laid down His life for the sheep, dieing the death due the sheep on the tree of the cross. He has taken it up again, risen on the third day. This is good news for you, for you are a sheep of His fold. He has died that you would not have to, suffering the full wrath of God in your place with every last bit of your sin, and gives you the benefits of His death and resurrection—namely, forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation—sealed to you personally with the sign of the cross made on forehead and heart with the waters of Holy Baptism whereat He called you His own—His own sheep, His own child, His own brother and fellow heir of salvation.

8Apr
2012
Sun
09:24
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Resurrection of Our Lord

Mark 16:1-8

Resurrection B 2012 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away.”

Dear saints of God assembled here: Hallelujah! Christ is risen! [He is risen, indeed! Hallelujah!] The sight that the women who went to the tomb saw is the sign to you that He is risen, and that His resurrection is victory over sin, death, and the devil, and over all dead religions.

5Apr
2012
Thu
01:06
author: Stingray
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Maundy Thursday

John 13:31b-35

Maundy Thursday B 2012 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

As we conclude another Holy Week, we find ourselves at Holy Thursday, the night on which Our Lord was betrayed and on which He instituted the Sacrament of the Altar—that foretaste of the feast to come. Traditionally, this day was given the name Maundy Thursday. It gets this name from another event that happened on this most holy night, which we heard in this evening’s Gospel lesson: “[M]andatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos ut et vos diligatis invicem;” or as our ears are accustomed to hearing: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

Maundy is from the Latin mandare, or as we heard from verse 34 above, mandatum. We get the word mandate from this root. On this most holy night, Jesus gave His disciples a mandatum novum—a new commandment, a new mandate: love one another.

1Apr
2012
Sun
00:37
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Palmarum

John 12:20-33

Palmarum 2012 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Jesus’ mother approaches him at a Wedding in Cana. The people of His hometown sought to arrest Him. The listeners at the temple sought to arrest Him, too. In all three times we are told that Jesus’ hour had not yet come. It was not time for Him to do the thing for which He was sent.

There was a time when a boy was born in Bethlehem. God placed a light to guide some Gentile sages from the east to the place where the child was. The Word and the light take them to the house where Jesus was, and they bow down and worship Him. Today, once again, we hear of Gentiles who have traveled to see Jesus. They find Philip, who tells Andrew, and these two tell Jesus. Hearing of them, Jesus says, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.”