Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Trinity 2018November18

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"Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you."

Hymn of the day:

THE DAY IS SURELY DRAWING NEAR (LSB 508)
Our hymn is written by Bartholomaus Ringwaldt, a Lutheran pastor who died in 1599. It is based on the historic Medieval Latin poem, Dies Irae (Day of Wrath). Its historic usage and its nineteen stanzas were associated with and used at the time of a Christian’s death. Some say it was written in the thirteenth century though others ascribe its origins with Gregory the Great (500s)! It comes from various portions of the Scriptures including St. Matthew’s separation of the sheep from the goats St. Luke’s description of the last days, and Paul’s descriptions of the final day with the trumpet sound in 1 Thess. 4 and 1 Cor. 15. Many of these texts you can still hear at the grave during the Christian committal, pointing to the hope of the great resurrection of all flesh.

When listening to the historic rendition of the Dies Irae one hears a powerful, foreboding, and, perhaps, even terrifying sound. Our hymnal’s setting is concerned with a balance of warning and comfort from God’s Word, terror over unbelief and joy for Christ’s sake. The first four stanzas tell the events of the last day, emphasizing the final judgment and the punishment for being without faith. The final three stanzas deliver those who sing from the terrors of hell, beautifully proclaiming the work of Jesus: writing the singer’s name in the Book of Life, interceding for His own before the Father, and hearing His children’s prayer and hastening their salvation.   (Pastor Adrian Sherrill 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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