Posts with the tag “lent”
Lent Devotional - April 9, 2023
by Dana S on April 9th, 2023
Now all the vault of heav’n resounds In praise of love that still abound: “Christ has triumphed! He is living!” Sing, choirs of angels, loud and clear! Repeat their song of glory here: “Christ has triumphed! Christ has triumphed” Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lent Devotional - April 8, 2023
by Dana S on April 8th, 2023
One in faith, in love united, All one body, You the head, When we meet, by You invited, You are with us, as You said. One with You and one another In a unity sublime, See in us Your sister, brother, One in ev’ry place and time.
Lent Devotional - April 7, 2023
by Dana S on April 7th, 2023
O sacred Head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed down, Now scornfully surrounded With thorns, Thine only crown. O sacred Head, what glory, What bliss, till now was Thine! Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine.
Lent Devotional - April 6, 2023
by Dana S on April 6th, 2023
When You woke that Thursday morning, Savior, teacher, faithful friend, Thoughts of self and safety scorning, Knowing how the day would end; Lamb of God, foretold for ages, Now at last the hour had come When but One could pay sin’s wages: You assumed their dreadful sum.
Lent Devotional - April 5, 2023
by Dana S on April 5th, 2023
Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle; Sing the ending of the fray. Now above the cross, the trophy, Sound the loud triumphant lay; Tell how Christ, the world’s redeemer, As a victim won the day.
Lent Devotional - April 4, 2023
by Dana S on April 4th, 2023
What fading flow’rs His road adorn; The palms, how soon laid down! No bloom or leaf but only thorn The King of glory’s crown. The soldiers mock, the rabble cries, The streets with tumult ring, As Pilate to the mob replies, “Behold, behold your King!”
Lent Devotional - April 3, 2023
by Dana S on April 3rd, 2023
Hosanna, loud hosanna, The little children sang; Through pillared court and temple The lovely anthem rang. To Jesus, who had blessed them, Close folded to His breast, The children sang their praises, The simplest and the best.
Lent Devotional - April 2, 2023
by Dana S on April 2nd, 2023
No tramp of soldiers’ marching feet With banners and with drums, No sound of music’s martial beat: “The King of glory comes!” To greet what pomp of kingly pride No bells in triumph ring, No city gates swing open wide: “Behold, behold your King!”
Lent Devotional - March 25, 2023
by Dana S on March 25th, 2023
When the voice of God speaks, it is important that His people listen attentively. On the Mount of Transfiguration, the voice of the Father urges the gathered three, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35). Jesus Himself said, “My sheep listen to My voice. I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). And Saint John reminds us, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:29). Whenever the voice of God is speaking, God’s people had best be listening.
Lent Devotional - March 24, 2023
by Dana S on March 24th, 2023
Lord, when Your glory I shall see And taste Your kingdom’s pleasure, Your blood my royal robe shall be, My joy beyond all measure! When I appear before Your throne, Your righteousness shall be my crown; With these I need not hide me. And there, in garments richly wrought, As Your own bride shall we be brought To stand in joy beside You.
Lent Devotional - March 23, 2023
by Dana S on March 23rd, 2023
“Yes, Father, yes, most willingly I’ll bear what You command Me. My will conforms to Your decree, I’ll do what You have asked Me.” O wondrous Love, what have You done! The Father offers up His Son, Desiring our salvation. O Love, how strong You are to save! You lay the One into the grave Who built the earth’s foundation.
Lent Devotional - March 22, 2023
by Dana S on March 22nd, 2023
This Lamb is Christ, the soul’s great friend, The Lamb of God, our Savior, Whom God the Father chose to send To gain for us His favor. “Go forth, My Son,” the Father said, “And free My children from their dread Of guilt and condemnation. The wrath and stripes are hard to bear, But by Your passion they will share The fruit of Your salvation.”
Lent Devotional - March 21, 2023
by Dana S on March 21st, 2023
A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth, The guilt of sinners bearing And, laden with the sins of earth, None else the burden sharing; Goes patient on, grows weak and faint, To slaughter led without complaint, That spotless life to offer, He bears the stripes, the wounds, the lies, The mockery, and yet replies, “All this I gladly suffer.”
Lent Devotional - March 20, 2023
by Dana S on March 20th, 2023
Our hymn writer for this week, Paul Gerhardt, was one of the most famous Lutheran hymn writers to ever live. He was born into a middle class family in Germany on March 12, 1607. In January 1628, he enrolled in the University of Wittenberg, where he was especially influenced by two faculty members: Paul Röber and Jacob Martini. Röber in particular often took his sermon texts from hymns and instilled in young Gerhardt the use of hymnody as a tool for pastoral care and instruction.
Lent Devotional - March 18, 2023
by Dana S on March 18th, 2023
We often don’t think much about things that are simple. The world certainly does not make much out of common and ordinary things. Of course, that is on purpose and by design. If we were attracted by every little and everyday occurrence, we would be bogged down by the minutia.
Lent Devotional - March 17, 2023
by Dana S on March 17th, 2023
Cross of Jesus, cross of sorrow, Where the blood of Christ was shed, Perfect man on thee did suffer, Perfect God on thee has bled!
Lent Devotional - March 15, 2023
by Dana S on March 16th, 2023
Here the King of all the ages, Throned in light ere worlds could be, Robed in mortal flesh is dying, Crucified by sin for me.
Lent Devotional - March 11, 2023
by Dana S on March 11th, 2023
O Christ, You walked the road Our wand’ring feet must go. Stay with us through temptation’s hour To fight our ancient foe.
Lent Devotional - March 10, 2023
by Dana S on March 10th, 2023
When lures of easy gain With promise brightly shine, Lord, help us seek Your kingdom first; Our wills with Yours align.
Lent Devotional - March 9, 2023
by Dana S on March 9th, 2023
No blinding sign we ask, No wonder from above. Lord, help us place our trust alone In Your unswerving love.
Lent Devotional - March 8, 2023
by Dana S on March 8th, 2023
No bread of earth alone Can fill our hung’ring hearts. Lord, help us seek Your living Word, The food Your grace imparts.
Lent Devotional - March 7, 2023
by Dana S on March 7th, 2023
O Christ, You walked the road Our wand’ring feet must go. You faced with us temptation’s pow’r And fought our ancient foe.
Lent Devotional - March 6, 2023
by Dana S on March 7th, 2023
The appointed hymn for our consideration this week is “O Christ, You Walked the Road,” whose words were written by Herman Stuempfle Jr. This man had quite an impressive career. Stuempfle was born in 1923 in Clarion, Pennsylvania and lived in Gettysburg for more than five decades. He was the president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, as well as a professor and dean.
Lent Devotional - March 4, 2023
by Dana S on March 4th, 2023
O my God, my rock and tower, Grant that in Your death I trust, Knowing death has lost its power Since You crushed it in the dust. Savior, let Your agony Ever help and comfort me; When I die be my protection, Light and life and resurrection.
Lent Devotional - March 3, 2023
by Dana S on March 3rd, 2023
Ev’ry wound that pains or grieves me By Your wounds, Lord, is made whole; When I’m faint, Your cross revives me, Granting new life to my soul. Yes, Your comfort renders sweet Ev’ry bitter cup I meet; For Your all-atoning passion Has procured my soul’s salvation.
Lent Devotional - March 2, 2023
by Dana S on March 2nd, 2023
If the world my heart entices With the broad and easy road, With seductive, sinful vices, Let me weigh the awful load You were willing to endure. Help me flee all thoughts impure And to master each temptation, Calm in prayer and meditation.
Lent Devotional - March 1, 2023
by Dana S on March 1st, 2023
Should some lust or sharp temptation Fascinate my sinful mind, Draw me to Your cross and passion, And new courage I shall find. Or should Satan press me hard, Let me then be on my guard, Saying, “Christ for me was wounded,” That the tempter flee confounded.
Lent Devotional - Feb 28, 2023
by Dana S on February 28th, 2023
Jesus, grant that balm and healing In Your holy wounds I find, Ev’ry hour that I am feeling Pains of body and of mind. Should some evil thought within Tempt my treach’rous heart to sin, Show the peril, and from sinning Keep me from its first beginning.
Lent Devotional - Feb 27, 2023
by Dana S on February 27th, 2023
Hymn: “Jesus, Grant That Balm and Healing” (LSB #421) Our hymn was composed by the hymnwriter Johann Heermann. Johann’s hymns are always reflective of pain and suffering in the light of Jesus Christ who suffered for us and grants us healing through His suffering for us.
Lent Devotional - Feb 25, 2023
by Dana S on February 25th, 2023
By Thy deep expiring groan, By the sad sepulchral stone, By the vault whose dark abode Held in vain the rising God, O, from earth to heav’n restored, Mighty, reascended Lord, Bending from Thy throne on high, Hear our penitential cry!
Lent Devotional - Feb 23, 2023
by Dana S on February 23rd, 2023
By Thy helpless infant years, By Thy life of want and tears, By Thy days of deep distress In the savage wilderness, By the dread, mysterious hour Of the_insulting tempter’s pow’r, Turn, O turn a fav’ring eye; Hear our penitential cry!
Lenten Devotional 2023 Preface
by Dana S on February 20th, 2023
As the season of Lent begins anew, we turn to a series of hymns that we have not visited since this time last year. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reactions concerning this section in the hymnal. Some of you really love these hymns. Others think they are all slow dirges that are boring you to death. What Pastor Belt and I hope to accomplish through this daily devotional is to deepen the appreciation of all groups for the beauty of our Lenten hymnody.
Conclusion of the Lord\'s Prayer
by Dana S on April 15th, 2022
Amen What does this mean? This means that I should be certain that these petitions are pleasing to our Father in heaven and are heard by Him; for He Himself has commanded us to pray in this way and has promised to hear us. Amen, amen means “yes, yes, it shall be so.”
Seventh Petition Prayer
by Dana S on April 14th, 2022
Father in Heaven, you delivered your Son over into death. While Judas was working to hand you over to your enemies, you were handed over to deliver us from sin, death, and hell.
Seventh Petition of the Lord\'s Prayer
by Dana S on April 13th, 2022
But deliver us from evil. What does this mean? We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven.
Sixth Petition Prayer
by Dana S on April 12th, 2022
O Lord, God our Father in Heaven, look with mercy on us! We are so often dragged away into our vices and sin which cause us great shame and pain. It is almost impossible to endure, and we feel compelled to hide our faces from before you in hopes that you may not look at us or our shame.
Sixth Petition of the Lord\'s Prayer
by Dana S on April 11th, 2022
And lead us not into temptation. What does this mean? God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory.
Fifth Petition Prayer
by Dana S on April 8th, 2022
Dear Lord Jesus Christ. You have forgiven us of all our sins. You have set us free from our bondage and slavery. The price came at your blood and not ours. We praise and thank you for this precious gift.
by Dana S on April 7th, 2022
How many times should you forgive your brother? Jesus had just finished telling them what to do when a brother sins against them. Peter probably thinks he is being pious by offering to forgive his brother up to seven times.
by Dana S on April 6th, 2022
What has happened to Jesus has now happened to me. As Paul noted in 2:12, we were buried and raised with Jesus by baptism. There is a break with the old and there is a new life that has begun with us.
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