Midweek Lent 2: I Have Sinned

Lessons: Psalm 41, 2 Samuel 12:15-23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 1:29-32

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Reminiscere, The Second Sunday in Lent: Diligent in Faith

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman
Jesus heals the demon-possessed daughter of a Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:21-28). From a book by Veit Dietrich summarizing the entire Bible (1562).

Lessons: Genesis 32:22-30, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7, Matthew 15:21-28
Hymns: LSB 779, 615, 422, 575, 724, 438

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Midweek Lent 1: Sustained In Sickness

Lessons: Psalm 41, Passion History, Psalm 103:1-14, James 5:7-18, Matthew 8:14-17
Hymns: LSB 424, 421, 433

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Invocavit, The First Sunday in Lent: Original Sin

The Temptation of Jesus
Satan tempts Jesus on the pinnacle of the temple, on a mountain, and in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11). From Martin Luther’s Church Postils (sermons), published in 1550.

Lessons: Genesis 3:1-21, 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Matthew 4:1-11
Hymns: LSB 569, 656, 422, 438, 561, 716

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Ash Wednesday: Mutual Considerations

Lessons: Psalm 41, Joel 2:12-19, 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Hymns: LSB 610, 607, 628, 418, 915, 436

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Quinquagesima: Going to Jerusalem

Jesus Heals a Blind Man
Jesus heals a blind beggar, from Luke 18:31-43. From a book publishing Martin Luther’s sermons, 1540.

Lessons: Isaiah 35:3-7, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 18:31-43
Hymns: LSB 573, 587, 758, 556, 417

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Sexagesima: The Heart

The Parable of the Sower
In the left foreground, Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the sower. In the background, the sower casts seed, with some falling among the thorns, some falling on the road, some going to the birds, and some falling on the good ground, from Luke 8:4-15. From a book publishing Martin Luther’s sermons, 1530.

Lessons: Isaiah 55:10-13, 2 Corinthians 11:19-12:9, Luke 8:4-15
Hymns: LSB 589, 823, 578, 758, 923

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Septuagesima: God is Gracious Even in Adversity

Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
As Jesus tells the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, the events of the parable take place, from Matt. 20:1-16. From a book publishing Martin Luther’s sermons, 1540.

Lessons: Daniel 9:2-10, 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:5, Matthew 20:1-16
Hymns: LSB 693, 566, 758, 555, 919

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The Transfiguration of our Lord: The Glory of Christ our Savior

Transfiguration of our Lord
As Jesus is transfigured atop a mountain, Moses (left) and Elijah (right) appear while James, John, and Peter sit in amazement and fear, based on Matthew 17:1-9. From a 1702 German printing of the Holy Bible.

Lessons: Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9
Hymns: LSB 396, 413, 839, 395, 414

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The Second Sunday after Epiphany: God Establishes and Blesses Marriage

Wedding at Cana
At the direction of Mary, Jesus performs His first miracle, changing water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana (John 2:1-11). From a book by Martin Luther interpreting the Epistles and Gospels, 1530.

Lessons: Amos 9:11-15, Romans 12:6-16, John 2:1-11
Hymns: LSB 394, 402, 839, 408, 398

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The Baptism of our Lord: The Blessing of God

Baptism of our Lord
Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. The Holy Spirit appears overhead in the form of a dove along with God the Father (Matthew 3:13-17). From Martin Luther’s Church Postils (sermons), published in 1563.

Lessons: Joshua 3:1-3, 7-8, 13-17; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Matthew 3:13-17
Hymns: LSB 401, 406, 839, 404, 405

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The Epiphany of our Lord: Gifts Received and Given

Visitation of the Magi
The magi bring Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:1-12). From a book explaining the Epistles and Gospels by Martin Luther (1540).

Lessons: Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12
Hymns: LSB 377, 395, 399 and many hymn requests for our hymn sing

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First Sunday after Christmas: New Year’s Eve

Presentation of our Lord
Jesus is presented in the Jerusalem temple, as Mary kneels with the sacrifice of two birds (Luke 2:22-24) and Joseph stands behind her. The righteous Simeon holds the infant Jesus (left; v.28), and the prophetess Anna stands nearby with her hands folded in a prayer of thanksgiving to God (vv. 36-38). From a book explaining the Epistles and Gospels by Martin Luther (1540).

Lessons: Isaiah 11:1-5, Galatians 4:1-7, Luke 2:21-40
Hymns: LSB 367, 385, 733, 899, 390

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Christmas Day: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

The Nativity
The shepherds visit the baby Jesus in Bethlehem (front) after learning of His birth from the angel (rear) based on Luke 2:1-20. From Martin Luther’s Church Postils (sermons), published in 1563.

Lessons: Exodus 40:17-21, 34-38; Titus 3:4-7; John 1:1-18
Hymns: LSB 375, 383, 391, 381, 382, 370, 384, 380, 393, 358, 359

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Christmas Eve: Peace Came to Earth

Peace Came to Earth

Lessons: Luke 1:27-33, Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-12
Hymns: LSB 379, 392, 366, 357, 364, 368, TLH 103, LSB 370, 380, 363

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Rorate, The Fourth Sunday in Advent: The Ministry of John the Baptist as a Model for Ministry Today

Witness of John the Baptist
Cover: John the Baptist baptizes in the Jordan River while the priests and the Levites, who have come out from Jerusalem (the temple appears in the background) question him. (John 1:1-28). From Martin Luther’s Church Postils (sermons), published in 1550.

Lessons: Deuteronomy 18:15-19, Philippians 4:4-7, John 1:19-28
Hymns: LSB 357, 347, 352, 334, 386

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Katharina von Bora Luther: Midweek Advent 3

Lessons: Psalm 46, Isaiah 55:6-11, John 15:1-11
Hymns: LSB 357, 345, 353

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Gaudete, The Third Sunday in Advent: Are You the Coming One or Do We Look for Another?

John in Prison
While in prison, John the Baptist sends his disciples to see if Jesus is the coming Messiah. In the background, Jesus is teaching the disciples about John (Matt. 11:2-11). From a book by Viet Dietrich summarizing the entire Bible (1562).

Lessons: Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 11:2-11
Hymns: LSB 344, 354, 343, 334, 346

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St. Lucia of Syracuse, Martyr: Midweek Advent 2

Lessons: Psalm 93, 2 Corinthians 10:13-11:6, Matthew 13:44-52
Hymns: LSB 338, 355, 342

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Filia Zion, The Second Sunday in Advent: Watch and Pray!

End Times
Jesus teaches His disciples about His second coming (Luke 21:25-36). From a book publishing Martin Luther’s Church Postils (sermons), 1554.

Lessons: Song of Solomon 2:8-14, Romans 15:4-13, Luke 21:25-36
Hymns: LSB 348, 334, 341, 337, 336

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St. Nicholas of Myra: Midweek Advent 1

St Nicholas of Myra
St. Nicholas of Myra (March 15, 270 – December 6 343) by Albrecht Dürer, 1518.

Lessons: Psalm 145, 1 John 4:7-14, Mark 10:13-16
Hymns: LSB 349, 333, 384

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Ad Te Levavi, Advent 1: Behold, Your King

The Triumphal Entry
Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey to the waving of palm branches. (Matt. 21:1-9). The engraver’s knife and monogram (CE) are placed in the lower left corner, and the 4-cross in the lower center. From a book publishing Martin Luther’s Church Postils (sermons), 1563.

Lessons: Jeremiah 23:5-8, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 21:1-9
Hymns: LSB 331, 332, 334, 335, 350

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The Last Sunday of the Church Year

Wise and Foolish Virgins
Only the five virgins who brought enough oil are allowed into the wedding banquet. (Matt. 25:1-13). From a book publishing Martin Luther’s House Postils (sermons), 1550.

Lessons: Isaiah 65:17-25, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:1-13
Hymns: LSB 515, 516, 655, 672, 673, 514

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Thanksgiving: And Be Thankful

Give Thanks
O give thanks unto the Lord for He is Good

Lessons: Psalm 67, Deuteronomy 8:1-10, Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 17:11-19
Hymns: LSB 892, 948, 822, 956, 785, 794

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Trinity 24: The Ransomed Shall Return with Singing

Woman with Issue of Blood and Jairus
In the bottom right, Jairus kneels before Jesus, asking Jesus to raise his daughter. In the middle, the woman with the issue of blood is healed by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. In the upper left, Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead (Matthew 9:18-26). From Martin Luther’s Church Postils (Sermons), 1549.

Lessons: Psalm 95:1-7, Isaiah 51:9-16, Colossians 1:9-14, Matthew 9:18-26
Hymns: LSB 752, 679, 513, 574, 594

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