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Archive for November, 2011

Last Sunday of the Church Year – Matthew 25:1-13

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit             The parable of the Ten Virgins is the perfect way to end Trinitytide and the Church Year. You might wonder why a parable about five foolish and five wise virgins waiting for the Bridegroom to appear at a […]

Stöckhardt on Trinity 27 – Last Sunday in the Church Year

Monday, November 14th, 2011

There is precious little available among the 19th century Lutheran fathers on the Parable of the Ten Virgins. I haven’t checked my copy of Walther’s “Licht des Lebens,” but there is nothing I have from Walther on this text. Stöckhardt did preach on this text for Trinity 25, but only because Trinity 27 rarely was […]

Trinity 21 – John 4:46-54

Friday, November 11th, 2011

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit             A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. So says Solomon in Proverbs chapter 25. Let there be light. Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. So says […]

Sermon for All Saints

Monday, November 7th, 2011

“O almighty God, who hast knit together Thine elect in one Communion and fellowship in the mystical body of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, grant us grace so to follow Thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those unspeakable joys which Thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love Thee; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.”
– Collect for All Saints’ Day (TLH p. 93)

As most of you know, the Collect of the Day is a prayer that collects the themes of the day into one carefully-crafted prayer for congregational use. It serves as a transition from the Entrance Rite to the Scriptures lessons, summarizes the propers of the day, and gives us a prayer to use the rest of the week. The collect for All Saints’ Day is especially fitting since it beautifully captures the prayers of the saints, for the saints.

Trinity 20 – Matthew 22:1-14

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit             Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a wedding feast. The king sends out servants to call those who were invited to the wedding. It’s easy to believe why Jesus says; many are called when you hear that […]