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The Divine Service – The Salutation, Benedicamus, and Benediction

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We have come to the final portion of the Divine Service. After praying the Collect of Thanksgiving, the pastor and congregation, for the third time, exchange the Salutation. P: The Lord be with you. C: And with your spirit. As at the other times, this is not just ... Continue

The Divine Service – The Collect of Thanksgiving

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In our last article, we considered the Nunc Dimittis, a song from Scripture (Luke 2:29-32) sung by Simeon at Jesus' presentation. We noted how appropriate it was to sing after receiving the Lord's Supper because we also have “seen” our Lord in and with the bread and wine, allowing us ... Continue

The Divine Service – The Nunc Dimittis

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In our last article, we considered the Agnus Dei (the Lamb of God) and the distribution of the Lord's Supper in the Divine Service. The communicants having received the Holy Communion depart with a blessing reminding them of their Lord's presence with them strengthening and preserving them in the true ... Continue

The Divine Service – The Agnus Dei

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John the Baptist was sent for a two-fold purpose, to prepare the way of the Christ and to point Him out to the people. John accomplished the first as he preached, teaching the people to repent of their sins, and baptizing them for the remission (forgiveness) of their sins. He ... Continue

The Divine Service – The Pax Domini

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In the last article, as we considered the Words of Institution, we heard what Jesus Himself said of the Lord's Supper: His body and blood distributed to repentant sinners for the forgiveness of sins. Those words of Christ, spoken through the pastor as God's instrument, bring about the reality they ... Continue

The Divine Service – The Words of Institution

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In a few weeks we will celebrate Maundy Thursday, the night in which Jesus instituted, or established, the Lord's Supper (also commonly called “Holy Communion,” “the Eucharist,” and “the Sacrament of the Altar”). This special meal was, like the Passover meal it replaced, a memorial meal. But as we will ... Continue

The Divine Service – The Lord’s Prayer

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A number of weeks ago, we contemplated the Sanctus, the hymn we sing with the saints and angels in heaven as well as the saints still struggling and seeking the Lord's salvation here on earth. It is a hymn of triumph amidst the daily/hourly battles we fight against the temptations ... Continue

The Divine Service – The Sanctus

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This past week a faithful charter member of our congregation passed away. For 42 years, the Lord served us through him. He held various offices and supported the work of the church in his time, talents, and treasures. Needless to say his presence will be deeply missed. But this does ... Continue

The Divine Service – The Preface and Proper Preface

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A few weeks ago, we considered the nature, importance, and value of the Lord's Supper. It is important to understand this as we continue now with the Service of Holy Communion. We begin with what is called the Preface, which is a series of responses between the Pastor and the ... Continue

The Divine Service – The Exhortation

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In our last article, we considered the Prayer of the Church as a response to God's forgiveness heard and given in the Scripture readings, the Creed, and the Sermon. In this article, we will consider our preparation to receive the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is not just a remembrance meal, ... Continue

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