St. Michael and all Angels 2018September30

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…he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Kevin HildebrandLeading the service today from the organ bench is Kantor Kevin Hildebrand of Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne. Yesterday he led an Organists Workshop. He will be teaching today in Bible Class about the role of music in the Church and the training of musicians in His service. Kantor Hildebrand is an active composer (numerous publications with Concordia Publishing House and Morning Star Publishers. He conducts many workshops and is an instructor for the LCMS on worship. He earned degrees at Concordia University – River Forest (now, Chicago) where he won the prestigious Hillert Award for Composition, University of Michigan,  and Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne. He has been an active Church Music in parishes and educational institutions.

HYMN OF THE DAY:

LORD GOD TO THEE WE GIVE ALL PRAISE (LSB 522)

Philipp Melanchthon, the chief author of the Augsburg Confession, wrote this beautiful hymn on the holy angels and their work.  Written a few years before Luther’s death one can imagine it bringing comfort to Luther himself as he lay on his death bed.

Music helps us to see what is unseen. Through Word and song we see the holy angels: that watchful band that guard us in this life and attend us as we die (stanza 7).  As we busily go they are forgotten, but they do not forget us as they protect toddling children, those who travel, grow weak, who are tempted, who are dying and many others.

The hymn shows them in two dimensions, before the Father in heaven, and here on earth in daily life. Stanzas 1–3 teach that they are created and are attending the Christian Church on earth.  This makes clear their work for human beings as seen as they attended even to our Lord Jesus in birth, time of danger, and Resurrection.

Stanzas 4–6 depict another angel, who is not from eternity, but also one of the creations, the devil.  He is not equal to Jesus but fallen and angry (4), always causing trouble in both Church and State (5), and as St. Peter writes is looking to harm Christians like a roaring lion.

He cannot and will not win, as we are blessed to see in Revelation the angels fight for us in heaven.  Today we can join our voices with theirs in praise of God (8) because Satan has been conquered by the blood of Christ. (Rev. Adrian N. Sherrill, for Logia Online)

Sunday School October Memory Verses:

October 7 – 1 Corinthians 6:20 – “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

October 14 – Job 28:28 - 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'

October 21 – Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light unto my path.” October 28 – Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

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