“Thou Shalt,” but “This Do!”

Do Christians really randomly pick and choose what commandments to keep? Sometimes it seems so. A Lutheran pastor here illustrates a method to the sometimes apparent madness (or Biblical wisdom) of knowing which Word of God to apply first or in which circumstance when God’s commandments appear to contradict in a “rock-and-a-hard place” kind of way—Like a pandemic!

Midweek Lent 6 Online Service and Bulletin

In these days, event the best and the brightest stand a bit shaken and uncertain. Those supposed to possess wisdom are found wanting for now.  Preachers and priests too discover they possess no quick fix for our faintheartedness or easy answer to our anxieties. Small wonder you may feel foolish and out of sorts, even … Continue reading Midweek Lent 6 Online Service and Bulletin

Fifth Sunday in Lent Online Service and Bulletin

People starting to get on your nerves? Being cooped up in close proximity with born sinners is a recipe for temptation and conflict. Tough sometimes not to lash out with hard words or deeds. Resentment can build even when we hold our tongues or stop ourselves short of being hurtful. Bitterness, anger, guilt, shame well … Continue reading Fifth Sunday in Lent Online Service and Bulletin

Priests Welcome the Lamb’s Lawful Direction

A Lenten Vespers Service for Contemplation of Our Lord’s High Priestly Work Priests don’t tend to be good role models throughout the Gospels and in the book of Acts. Rather, priests accuse and antagonize Jesus and his disciples by their fierce focus on the Law. Yet Jesus warns us all against lawlessness. We learn about … Continue reading Priests Welcome the Lamb’s Lawful Direction

One Boy, Two Fish, Five Loaves and Jesus

An Encouraging Service of Prayer and Preaching With thousands in need, the disciples troubleshooot the situation and come up empty. One offers everything at hand. In the midst of uncertainty, Jesus makes satisfying use of it all. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Churchwwww.immanuellutheranlaurelne.com Hear the full Service of Prayer and Preaching (Lutheran Service Book, p.260ff) for the … Continue reading One Boy, Two Fish, Five Loaves and Jesus