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the Nativity of our Lord (2020)

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O God, Who hast made this most holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant, we beseech Thee, that as we have known on earth the mysteries of that Light, we may also come to the fullness of His joys in heaven; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

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December 24, 2020

fourth Sunday in Advent (2020)

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STIR up, O Lord, we beseech Thee, Thy power, and come, and with great might succor us, that by the help of Thy grace whatsoever is hindered by our sins may be speedily accomplished, through Thy mercy and satisfaction; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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December 20, 2020

third Sunday in Advent (2020)

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LORD, we beseech Thee, give ear to our prayers, and lighten the darkness of our hearts, by Thy gracious visitation; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church

And when John had heard in prison about the . . .

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December 13, 2020

second Sunday in Advent (2020)

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STIR up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Thine Only-Begotten Son, so that by His coming we may be enabled to serve Thee with pure minds; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

--Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church

"And there . . .

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December 06, 2020

first Sunday in Advent (2020)

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STIR up, we beseech Thee, Thy power, O Lord, and come; that by Thy protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins, and saved by Thy mighty deliverance; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

--Common Service Book of the Lutheran . . .

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November 29, 2020

Easter Sunday: Gospel and prayer

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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Mark 16.1-18 (NKJV)

Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among . . .

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April 12, 2020

Holy Saturday

Today we wait in stillness and silence, between the cross and the empty tomb. The apostles waited. The women waited. The other disciples waited. The whole of creation waited...not knowing what exactly would happen, not knowing exactly when it would end, not knowing what to believe and what to reject.

In many ways, their waiting then . . .

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April 11, 2020

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