Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Trinity 2018November11

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“Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.”

Hymn of the day:

How blest is the congregation that knows and sings well this hymn of comfort! Martin Luther (1483-1546) wrote this hymn for use at funerals. It is based on the Latin Media vita in morte sumus (Amid life we are surrounded by death). This hymn is one of many that were sung as mourners walked from the Church to the cemetery (meaning, resting place). That does not mean funerals are the only times it is to be sung for it deals not only with death, but sin and its consequences throughout earthly life.  When sin and the snares of death surround the Christian the cry is to Him Who is Holy, Holy, Holy, that is, to the Father and the + Son and the Holy Spirit, our Baptismal Lord. Whether Christians face death, hell, or any other trial this Triune God is the only One Who has mercy on them.

The tune is by the first Lutheran kantor, Johann Walter (1496-1570); it is based upon the chant which accompanies the original Latin text (Media vita…). This hymn is no dirge, but a bold and boisterous confession of faith in Jesus Christ. The whole hymn is forceful, but the voices are raised most at the recurring Trisagion (Thrice Holy) at the end of each stanza. (Kantor Lock for Logia Online)

November verses to remember:

November 4 – Romans 1:16 – “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.”

November 11 – Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

November 18 – Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

November 25 – John 14:6 – “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.  No man comes to the Father but by Me.”

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