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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The Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity: Wisdom

Render Unto Ceasar
The Pharisees question Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar while in the background, they are shown plotting against Him, based on Matthew 22:15-22. From a book by Martin Luther interpreting the Epistles and Gospels, 1544.

Lessons: Proverbs 8:11-22, Philippians 3:17-21, Matthew 22:15-22
Hymns: LSB 503, 655, 647, 645, 585

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All Saints’ Day: Where Do You Belong?

Saints in Heaven
The Revelation of St John: 13. The Adoration of the Lamb and the Hymn of the Chosen, Albrecht Dürer, 1497–98.

Lessons: Revelation 7:2-17, 1 John 3:1-3, Matthew 5:1-12
Hymns: LSB 909, 676, 649, 677, 838

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Reformation Day: Will the Lord Continue to Preserve His Church Here?

Luther Rose
Martin Luther’s seal began to be printed on the cover page of Martin Luther’s books beginning in the 1520s and it summarizes the Gospel. The cross reminds us that it is faith in the Crucified One that saves us.

Lessons: Revelation 14:6-7, Romans 3:19-28, Matthew 11:12-19
Hymns: TLH 260, LSB 942, 947, 656, 953, 960, 658, 555, 617, 582

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Concordia Circuits Reformation Service

Luther's Seal
Stained glass image of Luther’s Seal

Lessons: Psalm 46, Revelation 14:6-7, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36
Hymns: LSB 566, TLH 260, LSB 556, 656, 655, 582, 585

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The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity: Salvation Comes to Jews and Gentiles Only By Grace Through Faith in Christ

Parable of the Wedding Feast
As Jesus tells the Parable of the Wedding Banquet, in the background the banquet takes place, the city is destroyed, and the servant is treated spitefully. (Matt. 22:1-14). From a book by Martin Luther interpreting the Epistles and Gospels, 1563.

Lessons: Isaiah 55:1-9, Ephesians 5:15-21, Matthew 22:1-14
Hymns: LSB 828, 730, 725, 827, 830, 563

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The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity: The Great Blessing of Forgiveness

Jesus Heals a Paralytic
Jesus forgives a paralyzed man of his sins, at which point the scribes accuse Him of blasphemy. To prove His authority, Jesus orders the man to get up and walk, which he does. (Matt. 9:1-8). From a book by Martin Luther interpreting the Epistles and Gospels, 1544.

Lessons: Isaiah 44:21-23, Ephesians 4:22-28, Matthew 9:1-8
Hymns: LSB 916, 746, 522, 730, 814

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The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity: Salvation Through Christ Alone

Attempt to trap Jesus
The Pharisees, Sadducees, and Herodians attempt to trap Jesus but having received inspiration from God Jesus answers wisely (Matt. 22:15-46). From a book by Philipp Melanchthon, 1561.

Lessons: Deuteronomy 10:12-21, 1 Corinthians 1:4-9, Matthew 22:34-46
Hymns: LSB 579, 708, 696, 865, 580

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The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity: Concerning the Sabbath

Healing on the Sabbath
Jesus heals a man with dropsy while eating dinner at a Pharisee’s house on the Sabbath; outside, an ox is removed from a pit (Luke 14:1-11). From a book by Martin Luther interpreting the Epistles and Gospels, 1544.

Lessons: Proverbs 25:6-14, Ephesians 4:1-6, Luke 14:1-11
Hymns: LSB 613, 557, 630, 544, 865

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The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity: Not Imprisoned but Free

Resurrection at Nain
Jesus raises a widow’s son from the dead at Nain (Luke 7:11-17). From a book by Martin Luther interpreting the Epistles and Gospels, 1544.

Lessons: 1 Kings 17:17-24, Ephesians 3:13-21, Luke 7:11-17
Hymns: LSB 476, 758, 633, 865, 478, 742

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The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity: Jesus Addresses Mammon and Worry

Do Not Worry
Jesus uses the lilies of the field (foreground) and the birds of the air (background) to warn against anxiety and the storing up of treasure on the earth (right) based on Matt 6:24-34 by Veit Dietrich (1562).

Lessons: 1 Kings 17:8-16, Galatians 5:25-6:10, Matthew 6:24-34
Hymns: LSB 754, 760, 598, 713, 725

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The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity: The Ten Lepers

Jesus Heals a Leper
Christ healing a leper. Woodcut by an unidentified cutter, 1571, after Jost Amman, based on Matthew 8:2-3, Mark 1:40-42, Luke 5:12-13

Lessons: Proverbs 4:10-23, Galatians 5:16-24, Luke 17:11-19
Hymns: LSB 568, 713, 587, 737, 637, 895

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Funeral of Eddie Jeske Sr

Lessons: Psalm 23, Job 19:23-27, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 14:1-6
Hymns: LSB 461, 718, 363

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The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity: Eternal Life Through the Law or the Gospel?

Parable of the Good Samaritan
A Samaritan stops to help a man wounded by thieves, while a priest and a Levite pass by (Luke 10:23–37). From a book by Martin Luther interpreting the Epistles and Gospels, 1544.

Lessons: Leviticus 19:9-18, Galatians 3:15-22, Luke 10:23-37
Hymns: LSB 553, 683, 845, 713, 649

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