Contributed on Mar 2, 2014
The Invocation reminds us of where we are and who we are.
How many rituals do you have? How many procedures do you follow on a regular basis? Many of you make a pot of coffee upon waking in the morning or stop at Tim Horton’s because you wouldn’t dare start your day without a caffeine hit. That’s a ritual. Brushing teeth after meals is ...read more
Contributed on Mar 9, 2014
Confession and Absolution helps us approach God with humility and confidence.
Did you and your friends ever form a club when you were growing up? Perhaps you draped blankets over the couches in the basement to serve as your clubhouse, and to get in everyone had to speak the password. Well heaven is a club like that. Only those who know and speak the password will get in. ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2014
Whenever someone speaks from the Bible it is as if Jesus himself speaks to us. Listen!
What makes for a good movie? Heart-stopping chase scenes with big explosions? Is it action like this that makes for a good movie? Well no, not by itself. You also need a good plot to go along with the action. And you can’t move a plot along very well if no one speaks in the movie. ...read more
Contributed on Mar 23, 2014
Through the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper, God comes to us that we may come together.
Going on a field trip is something that every elementary student looks forward to. Teachers use field trips to make more tangible the lessons they want to teach. For example instead of just lecturing students about forests, a teacher will take students to a forest where they can smell the pine ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2014
Through prayer we speak to God as we do when we praise him. But our songs of praise are also meant to be an encouragement to one another.
Do you know what a monologue is? A monologue is when one person speaks while everyone else listens. Late night talk shows begin with a monologue. The host cracks jokes while the audience listens. A teacher lecturing on the habits of the South American sloth delivers a monologue while students take ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2014
Through the Benediction God promises protection, grace, and peace.
How many of you sit through the credits at the end of a movie? Chances are you haven’t. As soon as the credits start rolling that’s usually when we gather our coats and our popcorns buckets and start making our way toward the aisle. And with good reason. Not only is it hard to read that ...read more