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getting out the WORD - the second sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:15

the PRAYER...
Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ's blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."

John 20:19-31

the DEVOTION...
Most of us have learned to look at Good Friday and Easter from the perspective of sin and forgiveness alone. We fall short. We miss the mark. Therefore, we deserve punishment. Endless! Awful! However, since god loves us, god gives Jesus to "take our medicine" for us. It's called the substitutionary theory of atonement and it's one of the pillars of "conservative" christianity here in the good, old U.S. of A.

But this year, as I reread the hymn I sent out last week, I realized there was none of that! No sin! No punishment! No in-place-of! Instead, there's only Jesus! It's more like Luther's "A Mighty Fortress"! Breaking the cruel oppressor's rod! Winning salvation glorious! The cross is a cosmic battle! God against evil! God against all that holds us captive! Sin! Death! Devil! Christus Victor it's called! Christ not victim, but victor! Not conquered, but conqueror! Not vanquished, but vanquisher! And we're drawn along in the wake!

The strife is o'er, the battle done... all because of Jesus! The strife is o'er, the battle done... all because of the cross!

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
getting out the WORD - the resurrection of our lord
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:00

the PRAYER...
O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
[The] angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said...."

Matthew 28:1-10

the DEVOTION...

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done"
Evangelical Lutheran Worship, hymn # 366

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The strife is o'er, the battle done;
now is the victor's triumph won!
Now be the song of praise begun. Alleluia!

The pow'rs of death have done their worst;
Jesus their legions has dispersed.
Let shouts of holy joy outburst. Alleluia!

The three sad days have quickly sped,
Christ rises glorious from the dead.
All glory to our risen head! Alleluia!

Christ closed the yawning gates of hell;
the bars from heav'n's high portals fell.
Let hymns of praise his triumph tell. Alleluia!

Lord, by the stripes that wounded you,
from death's sting free your servants too,
that we may live and sing to you. Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Symphonia Sirenum, Köln, 1695
tr. Francis Pott, 1832-1909

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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