Author Archive -- Pastor Mark Preus

A Hymn on the Transfiguration of our Lord

January 22nd, 2015 1 comment

This hymn is dedicated to the saints of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Laramie, WY Recommended tune: Jesu, Meines Lebens Lebens. Christ the Life of all the Living On the mountain shone His glory, Face as bright as is the sun; See fulfilled the prophet’s story: “This is my beloved Son!” Here the majesty of heaven To the Son of Man is given, Glory which already He Holds from all eternity. Peter, James and John are kneeling, Where the prophets testify, By their presence Christ revealing As the one who came to die. He by blood he will be spilling   More…

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A Communion Hymn

January 20th, 2015 4 comments

Before Your altar, Lord, I bow To taste Your pledge of grace; As angels join my worship now, I see by faith Your face. The image of the eternal Lord Is hidden here in food; Here is bestowed by Jesus’ Word His body and his blood. Here brings the sinner his regret And leaves with hope in Him, Who shed his blood to pay our debt And died for all our sin. How often have I longed for this, To see amid my guilt How righteousness and peace will kiss In blood that You once spilt. I see death’s angel   More…

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A Hymn on the Incarnation

December 28th, 2014 6 comments

1 Let praise spring from our hearts today! Our God has put His wrath away – The fullness of the deity Now dwells in Jesus bodily. 2 If God had hatred in His heart, Why would He then Himself impart? If God did not desire our good, Why does He now wear flesh and blood? 3 Though I of glory fall too short, Yet here God’s glory shows his heart, Since how can heaven’s mercy cease While heaven sings to earth of peace? 4 If God were now my enemy, Why does He condescend to me? For us and our   More…

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A Christmas Meditation on Micah 5

December 26th, 2014 3 comments

1 The earth is locked in darkness, Men turn to their own way, And in their futile thinking, Like sheep they go astray. But in a shepherd’s city, Is born a Shepherd boy His way from everlasting, His purpose peace and joy. 2 O Bethlehem Ephrathah, From you King David came, And though you are so little, Yet great shall be your name, For out of you a ruler Shall come for Israel, When she who was in labor Brings forth Emmanuel. 3 And he shall stand and shepherd His sheep with his own pow’r; The God of God eternal   More…

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Church Art Glorifies God and Serves Christians

July 28th, 2014 4 comments

Faith Lutheran Church in Wylie recently commissioned the artist Ken Spirduso to paint an altar painting for our congregation. We decided on a painting of Jesus pulling Peter out of the water, from Matthew 14:22-33. Jesus pulling Peter out of the water shows us what faith means. It means clinging to Jesus Christ alone for our salvation. Faith is passive, and Christ is active in our salvation. He draws us out of the waters of death by forgiving us our sins in the Gospel. The photo doesn’t do the painting justice. When you look at it, you can see movement.   More…

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A Christmas Hymn

December 25th, 2013 3 comments

The tune is “Der Tag, der Ist So Freudenreich” (see below) This is a day of joy for me, The day of God’s appearing, And all the guilt I see in me Is quickly disappearing, For here in perfect flesh and blood Lies the incarnate God of God, Divine and human natures; To us a Child is born today, A Son is giv’n to take away The sins of us his creatures. Rejoice with me, with me rejoice, And join the angel chorus! Sing to our God with happy voice, Who opens heaven for us. To God be glory! Peace   More…

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A Hymn on Baptism

December 22nd, 2013 5 comments

For K.H. I come, O God, back to this bath, With sorrow for my many sins, To claim the death that stilled Your wrath, And take the life Your word begins. I come, O Jesus, to this stream Which flowed out from Your pierced side With blood that did the world redeem And pours new life on what has died. I come, O Spirit, to this birth, In which you make me God’s dear child, Where sinners find their Savior’s worth And cleansing for what they’ve defiled. I come, O Holy Trinity To claim the name You placed on me,   More…

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A Hymn on the Scriptures

December 7th, 2013 4 comments

A Hymn on the Scriptures by Rev. Mark Preus Come, Jesus Christ, our precious Lord, And give Your holy Spirit, Who comforts sinners with Your Word To clothe them with Your merit; For this the Scriptures were inspired, That we who in our sins were mired Might know You as our Savior, And praise Your name forever.   For patience, comfort, and for hope The Scriptures were recorded; Now those who in the darkness grope Are with Your light rewarded. By grace, for free, You did fulfill For us the Father’s holy will, To cleanse our guilty conscience And give   More…

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Sermon on Matthew 18:1-11, Michaelmas

September 29th, 2013 2 comments

Michaelmas, Matthew 18:1-11 Faith Lutheran Church, Wylie, TX 28 September 2013, Pr. Mark Preus If your hand or foot or eyes causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled than to enter into the hell of fire with all your hands and feet and eyes. To enter into life is to believe the Gospel about Jesus and to receive eternal life from him. To enter into hell is not to believe the Gospel and face the judgment of hell that sinners rightly deserve. To cut off your hand or   More…

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A Hymn on Holiness

May 15th, 2013 1 comment

For Cody Norton Tune: Let us ever walk with Jesus Sanctify us, holy Father In the truth – Your Word is truth; Holiness is in no other, It must come from Your own mouth. Only Christ, your Word from heaven Gives to us Your love and name, Frees us from all sin and shame; In our baptism we were given All that He has done and said – With His flesh and blood we’re fed. Sanctify us, Christ, our Savior, You are all our holiness; You, despite our bad behavior Clothe us with your righteousness. From your wounds the truth   More…

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Steadfast in Song: An Easter / Quasimodogeniti Hymn

April 6th, 2013 7 comments

Tune: FAR, VERDEN, FAR VEL (The Sun Has Gone Down, Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary 574) My Savior still lives, And I too will live in the peace that He gives; Within me no sin has the strength to remove The truth of His pardon, the pow’r of His love; My Lord is arisen, now death must retreat To utter defeat – Christ’s work is complete. Come near, sinners all, Christ stands in our midst to lift up all who fall, To bind what is broken, to heal what is ill, To pardon transgression through God’s gracious will; Sin, death and the   More…

Simon Peter Syndrome: A Maundy Thursday Sermon

March 29th, 2013 22 comments

Maundy Thursday; John 13:1—11 Faith Lutheran Church – Wylie, TX 28 March 2013 – Pr. Mark Preus Today we celebrate the night our Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed into the hands of sinful men, the night He instituted the sacrament of his body and blood for us Christians to eat and to drink. The biggest problem all the other protestants have with the Lord’s Supper is that they don’t believe Jesus’ words that he spoke when he instituted the sacrament of the altar. They don’t believe that the bread Jesus gives us is also given us as his body, and   More…

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Be Fruitful and Multiply: Second Thoughts on Birth Control

February 7th, 2013 48 comments

In writing something about birth control, I enter into a battlefield in disarray. There are personal issues hidden beneath many’s opinions on the matter, and there is often guilt, real or imagined, in the consciences of many Christians as they think about this important and personal issue. And yet the issue is public, just as marriage is. It involves the basic doctrines of our common creed. It is time we take steps to gain consensus. If I may suggest a different approach, instead of arguing about so-called “exceptions,” or hard circumstances, where most of our conversation on the matter has   More…

In death and love: a poem on baptism

January 12th, 2013 5 comments

In death and love I caught her, when her life was held by her hate; I found her in the water, and I drowned beneath her weight.     The guilt that she had was heavy –     was enough to flood all the earth –     yes, it was enough to levy     the wages of sinners from birth. In death and love I caught her, by her unbelief so bound, that when her Maker sought her, she didn’t want to be found.     She couldn’t seek and find me;     she could only choose to leave;     To her, my wrath defined me –     her wrath   More…

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Sacramental Worship: Learning from the Wise Men

January 5th, 2013 5 comments

The Epiphany of our Lord – Matthew 2:1-12 Faith Lutheran Church – Wylie, TX 6 January 2013 – Pr. Mark Preus When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We learn a few things from the coming of the wise men. First, we learn what brings them to worship Christ. Second we learn how they worship Christ. First,   More…

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