Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Evening Prayer, July 27, 2022, 7 p.m.

 The livestream may be found here.


EVENING PRAYER (Vespers)

Johann Sebastian Bach, 1750; Heinrich Schuetz, 1672; George Frederick Handel, 1759; Musicians

(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)

These three German-born musicians have done much to enrich the life of the church. Sch├╝tz was an early master who focused on settings of biblical texts. Bach wrote over 300 cantatas along with works for organ and instrumental pieces, and has been called the "fifth evangelist" for the way he proclaimed the gospel in music. Handel's great work, Messiah, is a setting of scriptural texts.


Monday, July 18, 2022

Sermon - July 17, 2022: Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-2:8

'Some people have a strange term or expression for what’s going on here today. The expression is ‘worship service.’ What can that mean? What is the service that takes place at a service of worship? Who is serving, and who is being served?'

Monday, July 11, 2022

Sermon July 10, 2022: Luke 10:25-37

 What’s so wrong with such an innocent question, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ But after the first serpentine question, ‘Did God really say?’ there are indeed no completely innocent questions about God’s will. We can’t go back to a state of grace where our sinful assumptions and desires don’t in some way infect even our most innocently-meant questions about God’s word.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 10, 2022, 9:30 a.m.

 The livestream may be found here. 



This picture was taken inside a replica of a typical nineteenth-century Swedish schoolhouse at Skansen, an open-air museum of history and culture in Stockholm. Posters to illustrate Biblical stories were common in these schools, as in American schools of the time. The depiction might have been especially memorable in a world without television, color photography, or even easy access to books. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Evening Prayer: July 6, 7 p.m.

 The livestream may be found here.


EVENING PRAYER (Vespers)

Jan Hus, Martyr, 1415

(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)

Hus was a Bohemian (present-day Czech Republic) priest who spoke against abuses in the church, and was seen by Martin Luther as his predecessor in the reforming movement. He was found guilty of heresy by a council of the church, and burned at the stake.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Sermon - July 3, 2022

 'One’s earthly freedoms, Jesus seems to say, can and often must be limited or given away completely for the sake of others.'