23 March 2010

Hymns for the First Octave of Easter Series C

The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Vigil


Genesis 1:1—2:3 (The Creation)
Genesis 7:1–5, 11–18; 8:6–18; 9:8–13 (The Flood)
Genesis 22:1–18 (The Testing of Abraham)
Exodus 14:10—15:1 (Israel’s Deliverance at the Red Sea)

Canticle: Song of Moses and Israel (LSB 925)

Isaiah 55:1–11 (Salvation Offered Freely to All)
Ezekiel 36:24–28 (A New Heart and a New Spirit)
Ezekiel 37:1–14 (The Valley of Dry Bones)
Jonah 3:1–10 (Jonah Preaches to Nineveh)
Daniel 3:1–30 (The Fiery Furnace)

Canticle: All You Works of the Lord (LSB 931)

Romans 6:1–11 (Remembrance and Affirmation of Holy Baptism)

Hymn of Praise: Gloria in Excelsis Deo (LSB 154; 170; or 187)

Mark 16:1–8

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Come, you faithful, raise the strain (LSB 487)
Our Paschal Lamb, that sets us free (LSB 473)
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)

Processional Out
All the earth with joy is sounding (LSB 462)

Alternative Hymns
Christ is arisen (LSB 459)
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)
He is arisen! Glorious Word (LSB 488)
Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won (LSB 490)
Now all the vault of heav’n resounds (LSB 465)
The day of resurrection (LSB 478)
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Sunrise

Job 19:23–27
1 Corinthians 15:51–57
John 20:1–18

Divine Service, Setting Five (LSB 213–218)

Entrance Hymn
Jesus Christ is ris’n today (LSB 457)

Kyrie Hymn
Kyrie! God, Father in heav’n above (LSB 942)

Gloria Hymn
All glory be to God on high (LSB 947)

Gradual Hymn
He is arisen! Glorious Word (LSB 488)

Hymn of the Day
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)

Creedal Hymn
We all believe in one true God (LSB 954)

Offertory Hymn
Come, you faithful, raise the strain (LSB 487)

Sanctus Hymn
Isaiah, mighty seer in days of old (LSB 960)

Agnus Dei
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God (LSB 198)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
I am content! My Jesus ever lives (LSB 468)
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458) (Catechetical)
I know that my Redeemer lives (LSB 461)
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)

Post-Communion Hymn
Thanks to Thee, O Christ, victorious (LSB 548)

Processional Out
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)

Alternative Hymns
All the earth with joy is sounding (LSB 462)
Christ is arisen (LSB 459)
Christ, the Life of all the living (LSB 420)
Christ the Lord is ris’n today (LSB 469)
Christ the Lord is risen today; Alleluia (LSB 463)
Christians, to the Paschal Victim (LSB 460)
Good Christian friends, rejoice and sing (LSB 475)
If Christ had not been raised from death (LSB 486)
Jesus Christ, my sure defense (LSB 741)
Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won (LSB 490)
Lord, enthroned in heav’nly splendor (LSB 534)
Make songs of joy to Christ, our head (LSB 484)
Now all the vault of heav’n resounds (LSB 465)
Our Paschal Lamb, that sets us free (LSB 473)
Scatter the darkness, break the gloom (LSB 481)
Thanks to Thee, O Christ, victorious (LSB 548)
Thee we adore, O hidden Savior (LSB 640)
This joyful Eastertide (LSB 482)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Day

Isaiah 65:17–25
1 Corinthians 15:19–26
Luke 24:1–12

Processional Hymn
Hail thee, festival day (LSB 489)

Sequence
Christians, to the Paschal Victim (LSB 460)

Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won (LSB 490)
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)
Hail, Thou once despised Jesus (LSB 531)
Christ has arisen, Alleluia (LSB 466)

Processional Out
Christ the Lord is risen today; Alleluia (LSB 463)

Alternative Hymns
All the earth with joy is sounding (LSB 462)
Alleluia! Jesus is risen (LSB 474)
Good Christian friends, rejoice and sing (LSB 475)
I am content! My Jesus ever lives (LSB 468)
I know that my Redeemer lives (LSB 461)
If Christ had not been raised from death (LSB 486)
In the shattered bliss of Eden (LSB 572)
Jesus Christ is ris’n today (LSB 457)
Jesus Christ, my sure defense (LSB 741)
Now all the vault of heav’n resounds (LSB 465)
O love, how deep, how broad, how high (LSB 544)
Our Paschal Lamb, that sets us free (LSB 473)
Thanks to Thee, O Christ, victorious (LSB 548)
The day of resurrection (LSB 478)
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)
The tree of life with ev’ry good (LSB 561)
Thee we adore, O hidden Savior (LSB 640)
This joyful Eastertide (LSB 482)
We know that Christ is raised (LSB 603)
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Monday

Exodus 15:1–18
1 Corinthians 5:6b–8
Luke 24:13–35

Processional Hymn / Hymn of Invocation
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)

Sequence
Christians, to the Paschal Victim (LSB 460)

Hymn of the Day
Christ the Lord is risen today; Alleluia (LSB 463)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Who are you who walk in sorrow (LSB 476)
The day of resurrection (LSB 478)
Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide (LSB 585)

Processional Out / Hymn of Departure
Come, you faithful, raise the strain (LSB 487)

Alternative Hymns
Abide, O dearest Jesus (LSB 919)
Abide with me, fast falls the eventide (LSB 878)
All the earth with joy is sounding (LSB 462)
Jesus Christ, my sure defense (LSB 741)
Now rest beneath night’s shadow (LSB 880)
O love, how deep, how broad, how high (LSB 544)
Oh, what their joy and their glory must be (LSB 675)
Our Paschal Lamb, that sets us free (LSB 473)
Sing with all the saints in glory (LSB 671)
Thanks to Thee, O Christ, victorious (LSB 548)
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)
We are called to stand together (LSB 828)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Tuesday

Daniel 3:8–28
Acts 13:26–33
Luke 24:36–49

Processional Hymn / Hymn of Invocation
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)

Sequence
Christians, to the Paschal Victim (LSB 460)

Hymn of the Day
Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won (LSB 490)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
We know that Christ is raised (LSB 603)
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)
All you works of God, bless the Lord (LSB 930)

Processional Out / Hymn of Departure
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)

Alternative Hymns
All praise to Thee, for Thou, O King divine (LSB 815)
All who believe and are baptized (LSB 601)
Baptismal waters cover me (LSB 616)
Feed Thy children, God most holy (LSB 774)
Good Christian friends, rejoice and sing (LSB 475)
Grant peace, we pray, in mercy, Lord (LSB 777)
I am content! My Jesus ever lives (LSB 468)
Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)
Now all the vault of heav’n resounds (LSB 465)
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)
This joyful Eastertide (LSB 482)
We are called to stand together (LSB 828)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Wednesday

Acts 3:1–10
Colossians 3:1–7
John 21:1–14

Processional Hymn / Hymn of Invocation
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)

Sequence
Christians, to the Paschal Victim (LSB 460)

Hymn of the Day
Long before the world is waking (LSB 485)

Offertory Hymn
Feed Thy children, God most holy (LSB 774)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Now, my tongue, the myst’ry telling (LSB 630)
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)

Processional Out / Hymn of Departure
In Thee is gladness (LSB 818)

Alternative Hymns
All the earth with joy is sounding (LSB 462)
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)
Jesus Christ, my sure defense (LSB 741)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (LSB 621)
Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide (LSB 585)
O Holy Spirit, grant us grace (LSB 693)
O Lord, we praise Thee (LSB 617)
Once in the blest baptismal waters (LSB 598)
We know that Christ is raised (LSB 603)
Wide open stand the gates (LSB 639)
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)
Your table I approach (LSB 628)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Thursday

Psalm 8:1–8 (antiphon: v. 9)
Acts 3:11–26
John 21:15–23

Hymn of the Day
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)

Alternative Hymns
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)
Feed Thy children, God most holy (LSB 774)
In Thee is gladness (LSB 818)
Jesus Christ, my sure defense (LSB 741)
Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)
Jesus, Thy boundless love to me (LSB 683)
Let us ever walk with Jesus (LSB 685)
Shepherd of tender youth (LSB 864)
Since our great High Priest, Christ Jesus (LSB 529)
The gifts Christ freely gives (LSB 602)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Friday

Psalm 118:22–29 (antiphon: vv. 1–2)
Acts 4:1–12
Matthew 28:1–15

Hymn of the Day
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)

Alternative Hymns
All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name (LSB 549)
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)
Christ has arisen, Alleluia (LSB 466)
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)
Hail, Thou once despised Jesus (LSB 531)
Jesus Christ is ris’n today (LSB 457)
Jesus Christ, my sure defense (LSB 741)
Now all the vault of heav’n resounds (LSB 465)
This joyful Eastertide (LSB 482)
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Saturday

Psalm 118:14–21 (antiphon: vv. 1, 5)
Acts 4:13–21
Mark 16:9–18

Hymn of the Day
Thanks to Thee, O Christ, victorious (LSB 548)

Alternative Hymns
All Christians who have been baptized (LSB 596)
All who believe and are baptized (LSB 601)
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)
May God bestow on us His grace (LSB 823)
O God, O Lord of heaven and earth (LSB 834)
Once in the blest baptismal waters (LSB 598)
Rise, shine, you people (LSB 825)
We are called to stand together (LSB 828)
We know that Christ is raised (LSB 603)
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)


Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 5:12–20 (21–32)
Revelation 1:4–18
John 20:19–31

Processional Hymn / Catechetical (odd years)
Come, you faithful, raise the strain (LSB 487)

Sequence
Christians, to the Paschal Victim (LSB 460)

Hymn of the Day
O sons and daughters of the King (LSB 470)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
These things did Thomas count as real (LSB 472) (Catechetical: even)
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)
Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)
All Christians who have been baptized (LSB 596)

Processional Out
Lo! He comes with clouds descending (LSB 336)

Alternative Hymns
All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name (LSB 549)
All praise to Thee, for Thou, O King divine (LSB 815)
“As surely as I live,” God said (LSB 614)
At the name of Jesus (LSB 512)
Baptismal waters cover me (LSB 616)
Built on the Rock the Church shall stand (LSB 645)
Grant peace, we pray, in mercy, Lord (LSB 777)
I know that my Redeemer lives (LSB 461)
Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won (LSB 490)
Jesus, priceless treasure (LSB 743)
Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word (LSB 655)
O God, O Lord of heaven and earth (LSB 834)
Our Paschal Lamb, that sets us free (LSB 473)
The clouds of judgment gather (LSB 513)
The gifts Christ freely gives (LSB 602)
The Head that once was crowned with thorns (LSB 532)
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)
Thee we adore, O hidden Savior (LSB 640)
This joyful Eastertide (LSB 482)
Water, blood, and Spirit crying (LSB 597)

16 March 2010

Hymns for Holy Week Series C

Sunday of the Passion
John 12:12–19 (Palmarum)
Deuteronomy 32:36–39
Philippians 2:5–11
Luke 22:1—23:56

Processional Hymn
All glory, laud, and honor (LSB 442)

Sequence / Catechetical Hymn of the Week in Odd Years
The royal banners forward go (LSB 455)

Hymn of the Day
A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth (LSB 438)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
O Lord, how shall I meet You (LSB 334)
My song is love unknown (LSB 430)
O sacred head, now wounded (LSB 450) (Catechetical in Even Years)
The death of Jesus Christ, our Lord (LSB 634)

Processional Out
Ride on, ride on in majesty (LSB 441)

Alternative Hymns
Alas! And did my Savior bleed (LSB 437)
At the name of Jesus (LSB 512)
Christ is the world’s Redeemer (LSB 539)
Christ, the Life of all the living (LSB 420)
Hail, Thou once despised Jesus (LSB 531)
Hosanna, loud hosanna (LSB 443)
In the shattered bliss of Eden (LSB 572)
Jesus, I will ponder now (LSB 440)
Jesus! Name of wondrous love (LSB 900)
Jesus, refuge of the weary (LSB 423)
Let us ever walk with Jesus (LSB 685)
Lift high the cross (LSB 837)
No tramp of soldiers’ marching feet (LSB 444)
O Christ, our hope, our hearts’ desire (LSB 553)
O darkest woe (LSB 448)
O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken (LSB 439)
Oh, how great is Your compassion (LSB 559)
Since our great High Priest, Christ Jesus (LSB 529)
The Head that once was crowned with thorns (LSB 532)
Upon the cross extended (LSB 453)


Monday in Holy Week (Prayer Office)
Psalm 36:5–12 (antiphon: v. 9)
Isaiah 50:5–10
Hebrews 9:11–15
Matthew 26:1—27:66

Office Hymn
The royal banners forward go (LSB 455) (odd years)
O sacred head, now wounded (LSB 450) (even years)

Alternative Hymns
Christ, the Life of all the living (LSB 420)
Jesus, I will ponder now (LSB 440)
Lamb of God, pure and holy (LSB 434)
My song is love unknown (LSB 430)
O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken (LSB 439)
On my heart imprint Your image (LSB 422)
Rock of ages, cleft for me (LSB 761)
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted (LSB 451)


Monday in Holy Week (Divine Service)
Isaiah 42:1–9
1 Peter 2:21–24
John 12:1–23

Hymn of Invocation
The royal banners forward go (LSB 455)

Hymn of the Day
O sacred head, now wounded (LSB 450)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
In the shattered bliss of Eden (LSB 572)
In God, my faithful God (LSB 745)

Hymn of Departure
No temple now, no gift of price (LSB 530)

Alternative Hymns
Christ, the Life of all the living (LSB 420)
Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)
Jesus, refuge of the weary (LSB 423)
Lamb of God, pure and holy (LSB 434)
My song is love unknown (LSB 430)
O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken (LSB 439)
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted (LSB 451)
The death of Jesus Christ, our Lord (LSB 634)
The infant priest was holy born (LSB 624)
The will of God is always best (LSB 758)
Upon the cross extended (LSB 453)
Why should cross and trial grieve me (LSB 756)


Tuesday in Holy Week (Prayer Office)
Psalm 54 (antiphon: v. 4)
Jeremiah 11:18–20
1 Timothy 6:12–14
Mark 14:1—15:47

Office Hymn
The royal banners forward go (LSB 455) (odd years)
O sacred head, now wounded (LSB 450) (even years)

Alternative Hymns
A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth (LSB 438)
Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice (LSB 556)
Jesus, I will ponder now (LSB 440)
Lamb of God, pure and holy (LSB 434)
O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken (LSB 439)
On my heart imprint Your image (LSB 422)
The Son of God goes forth to war (LSB 661)
Upon the cross extended (LSB 453)


Tuesday in Holy Week (Divine Service)
Isaiah 49:1–7
1 Corinthians 1:18–25 (26–31)
John 12:23–50

Hymn of Invocation
O God, forsake me not (LSB 731)

Hymn of the Day
Upon the cross extended (LSB 453)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth (LSB 438)
The royal banners forward go (LSB 455)

Hymn of Departure
In the cross of Christ I glory (LSB 427)

Alternative Hymns
All depends on our possessing (LSB 732)
Christ, the Life of all the living (LSB 420)
Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice (LSB 556)
Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)
Jesus, refuge of the weary (LSB 423)
Let us ever walk with Jesus (LSB 685)
My song is love unknown (LSB 430)
O sacred head, now wounded (LSB 450)
On my heart imprint Your image (LSB 422)
The death of Jesus Christ, our Lord (LSB 634)
We sing the praise of Him who died (LSB 429)
When I survey the wondrous cross (LSB 425)


Wednesday in Holy Week (Prayer Office)
Psalm 70 (antiphon: v. 5)
Isaiah 62:11—63:7
Revelation 1:5b–7
Luke 22:1—23:56

Office Hymn
The royal banners forward go (LSB 455) (odd years)
O sacred head, now wounded (LSB 450) (even years)

Alternative Hymns
Christ, the Life of all the living (LSB 420)
Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)
Jesus, in Your dying woes (LSB 447)
Jesus, refuge of the weary (LSB 423)
Lamb of God, pure and holy (LSB 434)
O Jesus so sweet, O Jesus so mild (LSB 546)
Oh, how great is Your compassion (LSB 559)
On my heart imprint Your image (LSB 422)


Wednesday in Holy Week (Divine Service)
Isaiah 50:4–9a
Romans 5:6–11
John 13:16–38

Hymn of Invocation
My song is love unknown (LSB 430)

Hymn of the Day
Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
O sacred head, now wounded (LSB 450)
When I survey the wondrous cross (LSB 425)

Hymn of Departure
Jesus, refuge of the weary (LSB 423)

Alternative Hymns
Chief of sinners though I be (LSB 611)
Christ, the Life of all the living (LSB 420)
Draw near and take the body of the Lord (LSB 637)
Jesus, I will ponder now (LSB 440)
O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken (LSB 439)
O Jesus so sweet, O Jesus so mild (LSB 546)
Oh, how great is Your compassion (LSB 559)
The death of Jesus Christ, our Lord (LSB 634)
The royal banners forward go (LSB 455)
Upon the cross extended (LSB 453)


Maundy Thursday Morning

The Litany (LSB 288–289)
Corporate Confession and Absolution (LSB 290–291)

Office Hymn
Jesus, I will ponder now (LSB 440)

Alternative Hymns
Baptismal waters cover me (LSB 616)
No temple now, no gift of price (LSB 530)
The gifts Christ freely gives (LSB 602)


Maundy Thursday Evening (Divine Service)
Exodus 12:1–14
1 Corinthians 11:23–32
John 13:1–17, 31b–35

Processional Hymn
Now, my tongue, the myst’ry telling (LSB 630)

Hymn of the Day
O Lord, we praise Thee (LSB 617)

Offertory Hymn
Where charity and love prevail (LSB 845)

Hymns for the Distibution of the Holy Communion
The death of Jesus Christ, our Lord (LSB 634)
Wide open stand the gates (LSB 639)
Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior (LSB 627)
Father most holy, merciful and tender (LSB 504)

Alternative Hymns
A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth (LSB 438)
All Christians who have been baptized (LSB 596)
Feed Thy children, God most holy (LSB 774)
In the shattered bliss of Eden (LSB 572)
Jesus, greatest at the table (LSB 446)
Jesus, I will ponder now (LSB 440)
Jesus, refuge of the weary (LSB 423)
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness (LSB 563)
Jesus, Thy boundless love to me (LSB 683)
Let us ever walk with Jesus (LSB 685)
My song is love unknown (LSB 430)
O sacred head, now wounded (LSB 450)
Once in the blest baptismal waters (LSB 598)
Son of God, eternal Savior (LSB 842)
When You woke that Thursday morning (LSB 445)

Additional Lord’s Supper Hymns
Draw near and take the body of the Lord (LSB 637)
I come, O Savior, to Thy table (LSB 618)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (LSB 621)
Lord Jesus Christ, life-giving bread (LSB 625)
Lord Jesus Christ, You have prepared (LSB 622)
O living Bread from heaven (LSB 642)
Soul, adorn yourself with gladness (LSB 636)
The infant priest was holy born (LSB 624)
Thee we adore, O hidden Savior (LSB 640)
Thy body, giv’n for me, O Savior (LSB 619)


Good Friday
Isaiah 52:13—53:12
Hebrews 4:14–16; 5:7–9
John 18:1—19:42

Hymn preceding the Passion
Jesus, I will ponder now (LSB 440)

Hymn interspersed with the Reading of the Passion
O sacred head, now wounded (LSB 450)

Hymn of the Day
A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth (LSB 438)

Hymn for the Reproaches
Lamb of God, pure and holy (LSB 434)

Offertory Hymn
Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle (LSB 454)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
O darkest woe (LSB 448)
O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken (LSB 439)
The death of Jesus Christ, our Lord (LSB 634)

Hymn of Departure
The royal banners forward go (LSB 455)

Alternative Hymns
Cross of Jesus, cross of sorrow (LSB 428)
Go to dark Gethsemane (LSB 436)
In silent pain the eternal Son (LSB 432)
In the shattered bliss of Eden (LSB 572)
Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)
Jesus, in Your dying woes (LSB 447)
Lord Jesus Christ, the Church’s head (LSB 647)
No temple now, no gift of price (LSB 530)
On my heart imprint Your image (LSB 422)
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted (LSB 451)
Thy works, not mine, O Christ (LSB 565)
Upon the cross extended (LSB 453)
We sing the praise of Him who died (LSB 429)
When I survey the wondrous cross (LSB 425)


Holy Saturday Morning (Simplified Matins)
Psalm 16 (antiphon: v. 10)
Daniel 6:1–24
1 Peter 4:1–8
Matthew 27:57–66

Office Hymn
Oh, what their joy and their glory must be (LSB 675)

Alternative Hymns
I lie, O Lord, within Your care (LSB 885)
I walk in danger all the way (LSB 716)
If God Himself be for me (LSB 724)
In God, my faithful God (LSB 745)
Jesus, refuge of the weary (LSB 423)
My song is love unknown (LSB 430)
O darkest woe (LSB 448)
O God, my faithful God (LSB 696)
O little flock, fear not the foe (LSB 666)
Once in the blest baptismal waters (LSB 598)
Savior, when in dust to Thee (LSB 419)
This body in the grave we lay (LSB 759)
What God ordains is always good (LSB 760)
When in the hour of deepest need (LSB 615)

15 March 2010

Lost and Found

The Lord Jesus invites you to gather together with Him, in His house, to rejoice with Him over the repentance and recovery of the lost. For He has become your neighbor, and He has made you His friend; and He is truly happy over over those who were lost, whom He has found and restored to His flock.

In fact, He is happier about those who were lost and are found, than He would be if none of the sheep had ever been lost. Because His joy and His glory are found in His free and full salvation of sinners by His grace.

He does not intend that you, nor anyone, should be self-righteous, but that you be righteous by His mercy, by His gracious forgiveness, by His own righteousness.

What Man among you is like that? There is only the one Man, this Man, who receives sinners and eats with them. More than that, this one Man goes looking for sinners and finds them; He lays them upon His shoulders and brings them home, rejoicing over them in love; and He feeds them at His Table.

He is not only the only Man like this, but He is the only true God, the Father's Son, who has compassion upon you and all; who does not retain anger but passes over rebellion; who treads iniquities under His wounded feet, and who pardons iniquity by His grace.

Do not pass judgment on those whom He receives. You are not more just or righteous than God. And do not grumble against the Lord Jesus on account of His mercy toward sinners. For He is so merciful toward you, and He would have you rejoice in His mercy.

He would have you rejoice, likewise, in your fellow sinners, whom His mercy has found and brought home to Himself.

As He receives sinners and eats with them, so does He receive you at His Table and eat with you; and so do you, His friend and neighbor, receive sinners and eat with them in His house.

Shall you look askance at them, or truly rejoice over them, as the angels of God rejoice?

Or who is that woman who searches so carefully all day long to find the one lost coin? Is she not the Bride of this Man, bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh, who bears His Name and lives by His Word and Spirit, having in her the heart and mind of Christ?

If you belong to her -- and you do, by the grace and mercy of Christ -- then do not merely tolerate the neighbors who sit in the other pews within the House of Christ, who kneel with you at His Altar, but love them with the heart of Christ, and rejoice in them as precious to Him.

Dearly beloved, you also are precious to Him, and He rejoices over you in His great love for you. You are in His house, not only by invitation, but because the Lord has sought you out and found you. He has borne you and all your burdens, all your sins and griefs and sorrows upon His shoulders, and He has brought you here -- which is now also your home in Him -- to eat with Him, and to live. And all of heaven rejoices over you.

In the Name + of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

13 March 2010

Good God

God is gracious, God is good

Christ the King is compassionate and kind

The Lord loves you, and His Messiah has mercy upon you

Jesus justifies you

His Father forgives you, and His house is a haven, where

His Holy Spirit sanctifies you wholly, and He saves you

by the grace of God

12 March 2010

From the Jordan through Jericho up to Jerusalem

Here is the Joshua who leads Israel through the Jordan into Canaan, who brings down the walls of Jericho and defeats the enemies of God's people.

He is not the son of Nun, but the promised Son of David, the true King of Israel, the Christ, the Lord's Anointed. Anointed by the Spirit in His crossing of the Jordan through Holy Baptism, He is the great High Priest who remains forever, who ever lives to make intercession for you and all.

More than that, He Himself is the Ark of the New Covenant, and He offers Himself as the Sacrifice of Atonement once for all. There is therefore no condemnation for you, because He has been handed over to death, bearing all of your sin, and the third day He has risen again. In Him, God the Father has also raised you from death to life.

Therefore, all is forgiven, and death is defeated. For this same Lord Jesus Christ is not only your Priest and your King, but He is the Prophet who has fulfilled and accomplished all the words of the Prophets by His Cross.

Of course, that is easy enough for you to grasp and comprehend, if you are thinking only of the historical facts, the Bible stories, the life of Christ Jesus. But when it comes to following Jesus up to Jerusalem, and bearing the Cross after Him, then you may be just as blind as the disciples then were to what it all means.

Even the Twelve were oblivious to what was really going on. It was hidden from them, and they could not understand the Cross of Christ.

Now, you know the Cross of Christ in the light of His Resurrection, and yet, you are no different, no better than the disciples were, when it comes to the Cross in your own life.

How are you mocked and mistreated, spit upon, scourged and put to death? It's one thing to suffer for your own mistakes and failings, and to consider that you are then getting what you have deserved. But how do you deal with the Cross that you bear and suffer precisely for your faithfulness?

What about those times when your own family and friends criticize and ridicule you for doing what is good and right, what you are given to do?

And what about the infirmities of your flesh, over which you have so little control, and which render you so powerless and helpless?

Do not kid yourself, that you can rise above it all and ride out the storm by yourself.

But do consider the irony, that a blind man knows and understands Jesus, and sees Him by faith, in a way the disciples could not perceive or comprehend.

That blind man, like you, had only the Word of Christ to cling to and rely upon. And that is good and right, exactly as it is to be; by faith, and not by sight.

Do not listen to the voices, whether inside or out, which tell you to sit down and shut up. No, just as Christ is risen from the dead, you also rise, and come to Him at His Word. For He is coming to you in mercy, and He is calling for you. You, then, call upon His Name, and keep on crying out to Him for mercy. He hears and answers your prayers.

He does have mercy upon you, and He helps you. By His Cross, He bears your pain. And in His Resurrection, He raises you up to life and health and strength forever, in both body and soul.

Follow Him up to His Jerusalem, to His Church, to His Altar, and receive what is handed over to you there, for your salvation. Thereby see and know the Lord your God, according to His tender mercies, which guard and keep you forever.

In the Name + of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.