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“The Great Christmas Gift Exchange” (Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 18th, 2014 No comments

“The Great Christmas Gift Exchange” (Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11) There is a game that is played at this time of year at Christmas parties all across the land. The game goes by several names, but I think most often it is called “Rob Your Neighbor,” and I’m sure many of you have played it. The rules may vary from place to place, but generally I think it goes something like this. Each person brings a gift that could go to anyone in the group, depending on how the game turns out. The gift is wrapped in a package, so you can’t   More…

“Who Are You, John?” (Sermon on John 1:6-8, 19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 14th, 2014 No comments

“Who Are You, John?” (John 1:6-8, 19-28) How would you like to be defined in terms of someone else? I mean, who you are, your life and identity–when people think of you, they always compare you to somebody else? Are you like this person? Are you like that person? I suppose it could get old after a while. Why can’t people just take you for who you are, on your own terms? Well, today we’ll meet someone whose life was always being defined in terms of someone else. And you know what? He was okay with it. And so this   More…

“Comfort, Comfort My People” (Sermon on Isaiah 40:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 7th, 2014 No comments

“Comfort, Comfort My People” (Isaiah 40:1-11) “Comfort, comfort my people.” Yes, comfort. A word so nice, they said it twice. Who did? Why, Isaiah did. Well, actually God said it, through his prophet Isaiah. You heard it at the start of today’s Old Testament Reading from Isaiah 40: “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,” etc. God wants his preachers to bring comfort to his people, to speak tenderly to his church. And so this is what God has sent me to do here today for you. He says, “Comfort, Comfort My People.” Comfort: Today I   More…

Krampus: A Better Law/Gospel Paradigm Than Santa Claus

December 5th, 2014 6 comments

December 6th is the day the Church remembers and gives thanks to God for the life and confession of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. This is from Concordia Publishing House’s Treasury of Daily Prayer: “Of the many saints commemorated by the Christian Church, Nicholas (d. AD 342) is one of the best known. Very little is known historically of him, though there was a church of Saint Nicholas in Constantinople as early as the sixth century. Research has affirmed that there was a bishop by the name of Nicholas in the city of Myra in Lycia (part of modern Turkey)   More…

“Restore Us, O God” (Sermon on Psalms 80, 85, 126, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 3rd, 2014 No comments

“Restore Us, O God” (Psalms 80, 85, 126) We’ve just heard three psalms that are appointed for this Advent season, Psalms 80, 85, and 126. Did you happen to catch what they have in common? There was a connecting theme running through all three of these psalms. And here it is. It is the prayer, in one form or another, that goes something like this: “Restore Us, O God.” In Psalm 126, we heard of a previous restoration: “When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” And then the psalmist prays that the Lord   More…

“A Prayer to the God Who Acts” (Sermon on Isaiah 64:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

November 30th, 2014 2 comments

“A Prayer to the God Who Acts” (Isaiah 64:1-9) Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the first day of a brand new church year. And this season of Advent is a time of waiting, a time of penitential preparation, as we wait for the coming of our King. Christ is coming, our Savior and Redeemer. We prepare for the celebration of our Savior’s birth at Christmas. And we wait for his coming again at the end of this age. Advent is a time for remembering God’s promises to send a Savior. It is a time to repent of our   More…

O Emmanuel: December 23rd, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Hymn Verse: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. Latin Text: O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, expectratio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domines, Deus noster. English Translation: O Emmanuel, Our King and Lawgiver, The Desire of the nations, and their Savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God. LSB ”O Antiphons” under Hymn 357 and in Treasury of Daily Prayer p. 1046: O Emmanuel, our king and our Lord, the anointed   More…

O Rex Gentium: December 22nd, The “O Antiphons”

Come, Desire Of Nations Hymn Verse: O Come, Desire of nations, bind All peoples in one heart and mind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, And be Thyself our King of Peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. Latin Text: O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. English Translation: O King of the Gentiles, and their Desire, The Corner-stone, Who madest both one: Come and save man, Whom You have formed out of the dust of the earth. LSB ”O Antiphons” under Hymn 357 and in Treasury of   More…

“Rejoicing in the God Who Has Taught Us” (Sermon on Psalm 71:17-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 21st, 2013 No comments

“Rejoicing in the God Who Has Taught Us” (Psalm 71:17-18) “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” These words from Philippians remind us that we have much to be joyful over. And indeed we do. Think of it: It’s Advent, almost Christmas, and so we rejoice over the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, first at Christmas, coming in the flesh to be born and live and die and rise again as our Savior, and coming again at the Last Day, a day we look forward to with great hope and anticipation, knowing that God will raise   More…

O Oriens: December 21st, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, Thou Dayspring From On High Hymn Verse: O Come, Thou Dayspring from on high, and cheer us by thy drawing nigh; disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadow put to flight. Latin Text: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis. English Translation: O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. LSB ”O Antiphons” under Hymn 357 and in Treasury of Daily Prayer p. 1039: O Dayspring, splendor of light ever- | lasting: * Come   More…

O Clavis David: December 20th, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, Thou Key of David, Come Hymn Verse: O Come, Thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heav’nly home, Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery. Latin Text: O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel, qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperuit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis. English Translation O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel, controlling at your will the gate of heaven: Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the   More…

O Radix Jesse: December 19th, The “O Antiphons”

December 19th, 2013 3 comments

O Come, Thou Rod of Jesse’s Stem Hymn Verse: O Come, Thou Rod of Jesse’s stem, From ev’ry foe deliver them That trust Thy mighty power to save, And give them vict’ry o’er the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. Latin Text: O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare. English Translation: O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; Before You kings will shut their mouths, To You the nations will make their prayer: Come and deliver us,   More…

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

December 18th, 2013 2 comments

This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Adam Reichart joined our conversation on the lessons for the Fourth Sunday in Advent. Pastor Reichart serves at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hoxie, KS. As we approach the last Sunday in Advent, the Sunday of love, our conversation began with the Gospel lesson, Matthew 1:18–25. Pastor Reichart led off by calling to our attention that oftentimes as we hear these Gospel narratives, there’s a kind of predictability as to who the good guys and the bad guys are. And so, if we are trying to connect with these characters in Scriptures, then we fall into   More…

O Adonai: December 18th, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, O Come, Thou Lord of Might The Hymn: O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height In ancient times didst give the law In cloud and majesty and awe. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. Latin Text: O Adonai, et dux domus Israel, qui Moyse in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento. English Translation: O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, Who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush And gave him the   More…

O Sapientia: December 17th, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, Thou Wisdom From on High The Hymn: O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, Who orderest all things mightily; To us the path of knowledge show, And teach us in her ways to go. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.   Latin Text: O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.   English Translation: O Wisdom, who proceeds from the mouth of the Most High, Who reaches from one end to the other, Who mightily and sweetly orders all things;   More…