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Your Turn / Re: The Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books
« on: Yesterday at 10:45:37 AM »
Oh, sorry. I was just noting that two brothers had died after wedding Tamar, and Judah was not willing to risk giving her the third. Kind of like folks were terrified to marry Sarah and even Raguel feared for Tobias.

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Your Turn / Re: The Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books
« on: November 29, 2020, 09:23:55 PM »
Gen 38?

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Your Turn / Re: The Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books
« on: November 29, 2020, 08:41:49 PM »
And echoes of the Tamar incident.

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Your Turn / Re: The Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books
« on: November 29, 2020, 06:21:41 PM »
And the parallel to the Sadducees story to our Lord...

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Your Turn / Re: And a beautiful Advent I Liturgy
« on: November 29, 2020, 01:24:37 PM »
In addition to Wake, Awake; the organist had my son sing “The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us” at the early liturgy. That is like one of my all time favorites in both text and the tune - how the thing dances! “That we with Him returning may find an open door!”

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Your Turn / Re: And a beautiful Advent I Liturgy
« on: November 29, 2020, 01:06:56 PM »
Actually, it’s kind of slide for us too into Advent, since last Sunday we heard the parable of the ten virgins and sang “Wake, Awake.” The theme of the end has really been largely with us all of November. The way I’ve often characterized it is that Western Advent guides us gently out of the medieval moorings of chiefly preparation for doom’s day (Dies irae) toward the early Church’s chiefly eager anticipation of the Appearing. St. Martin’s Lent kind of embraces the whole of that seasonal slide.

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Your Turn / Re: St. Andrew: Lighting the way for Advent
« on: November 29, 2020, 10:21:24 AM »
Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
Of our life’s wild, restless sea,
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, “Christian, follow me.”

As of old Saint Andrew heard it
By the Galilean lake,
Turned from home and toil and kindred,
Leaving all for His dear sake.

Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world’s golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, “Christian, love me more.”

In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love me more than these.”

Jesus calls us; by Thy mercies,
Savior, make us hear Thy call;
Give our hearts to Thine obedience
Save and love Thee best of all.

The Hymn for St. Andrew’s day from The Lutheran Hymnal, #270.

Almighty God, by whose grace Thine apostle Saint Andrew obeyed the call of Thy Son Jesus Christ grant unto us to follow Him in heart and life; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth... etc.

Blessed Feast Day tomorrow!

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O merciful Jesus, You have come to seek and to save what was lost. I thank You that through Your protection and Your grace I have been permitted once more to reach this holy season. Grant me the strength of Your Holy Spirit that I may spend this time in Your fear, in holy meditations, and to the edifying of my soul. Everlasting Son of God, who was before the foundations of the world were laid, You came in the flesh and were made a true man, in order to make us happy and to save us. On account of our grievous fall into sin we could not come to You in heaven, so You came to us on earth to lead us all to life everlasting. Through sin we had become aliens, yes, prisoners of Satan and enemies of God. But by Your most holy Advent all our losses are made good. O grace abounding! Love unspeakable! For Your sake, O Jesus, the strangers are made friends, the prisoners set free, the enemies of God are made His beloved, sinners become His children, and the fallen are raised. O holy Advent, by which we who were condemned to death obtain life, by which we who were fallen from grace are clothed with glory and honor on Your account. For this is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.—Starck’s Prayer Book, p. 50

May your Advent-tide be blessed indeed, people loved by God!

Love caused Your incarnation;
Love brought You down to me.
Your thirst for my salvation
Procured my liberty.
Oh, love beyond all telling
That led You to embrace
In love, all love excelling,
Our lost and fallen race. LSB 334:4

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Your Turn / Re: Recent Surpreme Court Decision Concerning Churches
« on: November 29, 2020, 06:59:04 AM »
Again to the assumptions: our church actually addressed some ventilation issues early on: we are adequately spaced apart in a largish building, and service lasts about 45 minutes. I would think the risks are greater in the local post office where we all go to pick up our mail. Yet we still do that. You seem convinced sans evidence that churches are worse.

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Your Turn / Re: Recent Surpreme Court Decision Concerning Churches
« on: November 28, 2020, 09:31:59 PM »
Invert it: what about those who become infected at the store or at school? Do you not see a prejudice against church in thinking it’s a worse potential source of infection than places folks still go???

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Your Turn / Re: Recent Surpreme Court Decision Concerning Churches
« on: November 28, 2020, 07:33:11 PM »
Pastor Austin, those same “others” are obviously assuming the exact same risks by being present. Some think the Divine Service is worth the risk; the medicine of immortality is more important than the threat of death.

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Your Turn / Re: Recent Surpreme Court Decision Concerning Churches
« on: November 28, 2020, 03:47:01 PM »
Richard,

I may be wrong in this, but it seems to me it comes down to this: please let the adults and responsible family members make their own decisions and stop imposing your decisions upon them. If they believe it is important to be willing to risk this for that, let them risk it. Don’t tell them: “No, it is not.” I think it is as simple as that.

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Your Turn / Re: Rev. Paul T. McCain, RIP
« on: November 27, 2020, 02:25:34 PM »
Thanks, Don. I wish you could have enjoyed that cuppa with him!

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