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Festival of the Reformation + Matthew 11:12-15 + October 30, 2016

Order of Holy Communion - Pg. 15 Hymn #262 A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Hymn #260 O Lord, Look Down from Heaven, Behold
Hymn #292 Lord Jesus Christ, With Us Abide

Introit - Pg. 84 Readings 2 Chronicles 29:12-19 Revelation 14:6-7 Matthew 11:12-15 Collect for the Festival of the Reformation
O Lord God, Heavenly Father, pour out, we beseech Thee, Thy Holy Spirit upon Thy faithful people, keep them steadfast in Thy grace and truth, protect and comfort them in all temptations, defend them against all enemies of Thy Word, and bestow upon Christ’s Church Militant Thy saving peace; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
Sermon on the Epistle Lesson
Grace and Peace be unto you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
1)         The text for this morning’s sermon is the epistle text read moments ago from the fourteenth chapter of Revelation. It might strike you as a bit odd or misplaced …

23rd Sunday after Trinity + Matthew 22:15-22 + October 23, 2016

Order of Holy Communion - Pg. 15Hymn # 521 What God Ordains Is Always Good Hymn # 369 All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall Hymn # 581 All Ye Who on This Earth Do Dwell Introit - pg. 82 Readings Isaiah 32:1-8 Philippians 3:17-21 Matthew 22:15-22 Collect for Trinity XXIIIAbsolve, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy people from their offenses, that from the bonds of our sins which by reason of our frailty we have brought upon us we may be delivered by Thy bountiful goodness; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. Sermon on the Holy Gospel
Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
1)         It seems providential that this gospel text should occur every fall just days before the presidential election. This time of year politics is on everyone’s mind more so than usual. I have lost track of how many times a person has approached me and asked me what I think of the c…

22nd Sunday after Trinity + Matthew 18:23-35 + October 16, 2016

Order of Holy Communion - Pg. 15
Hymn # 370 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less Hymn # 417 How Can I Thank You, Lord Hymn # 293 O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace Introit - Pg. 81
Readings Deuteronomy 7:9-11 Philippians 1:3-11 Matthew 18:23-35
Collect for Trinity XXII O God, our Refuge and Strength, Who art the Author of all godliness, be ready, we beseech Thee, to hear the devout prayers of Thy Church, and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Sermon on the Holy Gospel
Grace and Peace be unto you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
1)         A King desires to settle debts with His servants. He calls them in one by one. The first to come before Him is a man so hopelessly in debt that he will never realistically be able to pay off what he owes. A talent was a weight of coin, which could run somewhere between fift…

21st Sunday after Trinity + Ephesians 5:10-17 + October 9, 2016

Order of Holy Communion - Pg. 15
Hymn # 329 From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee
Hymn # 447 Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might
Hymn # 429 Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart
Introit - pg. 81

Readings
Hosea 13:14
Ephesians 6:10-17
John 4:46b-54

Collect for Trinity XXI
Lord, we beseech Thee to keep Thy household, the Church, in continual godliness, that through Thy protection she may be free from all adversities and devoutly given to serve Thee in good works, to the glory of Thy Name; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Sermon on the Epistle Lesson

Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
1)         The Word of the Lord tells us that the Christian life is a struggle and fight. It is not a struggle against blood and flesh, however. The enemy which engages us is not another person. That would be easy enough because we know how to deal with flesh and blo…

20th Sunday after Trinity + Matthew 22:1-14 + October 2, 2016

Order of Holy Communion - Pg. 15 Hymn # 239 Come, Thou Almighty King Hymn # 375 If Thy Beloved Son, O Lord Hymn # 402 O God Forsake Me Not Introit - Pg. 81
Readings Isaiah 65:1-2 Ephesians 5:15-21 Matthew 22:1-14
Collect for the 20th Sunday after Trinity Grant, we beseech Thee, merciful Lord, to Thy faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed form all their sins and serve Thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Sermon on the Holy Gospel