Jubilate, The Third Sunday after Easter, 2020
Note - The camera got worked into the set-up. There is a sound distortion in the music. Another challenge
Pastor Gregory L. Jackson
One year ago - Easter 3, 2021 - Direct link to that service.
Note - the hymn lyrics are linked to the Bethany Lutheran Hymn Blog on the hymn number; the tune is linked on the hymn's name.
The Confession of Sins
The Introit p. 16
Make a joyful noise (Jubilate) unto God, all ye lands: sing forth the honor of His name; make His praise glorious.
Psalm. Say unto God, How terrible art Thou in Thy works: through the greatness of Thy power shall Thine enemies submit themselves unto Thee.
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
Almighty God, who showest to them that be in error the light of Thy truth to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness, grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion that they may avoid those things that are contrary to their profession and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth, etc.
The Epistle and Gradual
V. The Lord hath sent redemption unto His people. Hallelujah!
V. It behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead: and thus to enter into His glory. Hallelujah!
Pilgrims and Strangers, For a Little While
|Easy Does It Roses, Rugosa behind them.|
Prayers and Announcements
- Medical Treatment - Pastor Jim Shrader and Chris Shrader, Kermit Way and Maria Way, Callie and her mother Peggy, C.,
- Lorie Howell lost her mother a few months ago.
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
Lord God, heavenly Father, who of Thy fatherly goodness dost suffer Thy children to come under Thy chastening rod here on earth, that we may be like unto Thine only-begotten Son in suffering and hereafter in glory: We beseech Thee, comfort us in temptations and afflictions by Thy Holy Spirit, that we may not fall into despair, but that we may continually trust in Thy Son's promise, that our trials will endure but a little while, and will then be followed by eternal joy; that we thus, in patient hope, may overcome all evil, and at last obtain eternal salvation, through the same, Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.
KJV 1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
KJV John 16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. 17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? 18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith. 19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me? 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
The Virtuous Woman
KJV Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
No matter how much society changes, this ending of Proverbs remains true. Those who claim to favor women never mention this passage, though it is the most elegant essay on the value of women. I recall the LCA bishop bragging about never mentioning Mother's Day - on Mother's Day - when leading worship. The same one began women's ordination in his region.
We live in an era where everyone has practical books on every subject concerning family, but few turn to Proverbs. They support advice columnists and ignore God's version of Dear Abby, Proverbs, which comes from God and is God's will. The beauty of marriage and the family is that God bestows so many blessings on those who believe in Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The family is a universally accepted unit within society, all around the world. Male leadership is often lacking, but wives and mothers - with relatively few exceptions - carry the burden of the children and the extra work, serving the family and the community. My mother began teaching again when the youngest started kindergarten. The teachers at Garfield referred to their students as their children, and the teachers who were mothers watched over everything, working hard as teachers and serving their own families.
A couple of teachers whined to the Garfield principal that my mother had a cot in the nurse's office where she took a nap each day. The principal said, "If you would come to school as early as she does and stay as late as she does, grading papers, I would make sure each one of you would have a cot in the nurse's office." My mother loved to tell that story, and she worked as hard at home.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
Some think the liberated woman began in 1960 or so, led by a former Playboy bunny waitress, Gloria Steinem. However, the classic wife and mother exemplifies this Proverbs paragraph. Rural women worked all day for the farm and kids. Other women were the ideal part of their husband's businesses. I remember my Aunt Grace Noel, going from one task to another, always grinning. I hauled water with her, shucked peas, mowed the lawn, as my farm "vacation." There was no farm without her, since her husband was raising the animals, milking cows, and tending to the crops. When families owned little businesses, selling goods or services, the wife and mother often took over essential parts of it, to allow the business to thrive.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Somehow we devolved into a country where leisure is more important and valued than labor. If labor is enjoyable, there is no dread of work, but rather a healthy energy in getting work done. Mothers know that raising children is a constant labor of love, because the children keep changing as they grow, and they are not the same (God's plan).
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Wives and mothers are anchors who do not let themselves or their families drift along idily. They get the honor of being thanked and praised, though too often only later in life.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
The greatest rewards are intangible and overshadow everything else. After 20 years of teaching, one university gave me a tablet of paper worth $1, made in China. Earlier, it was a pair of socks small enough for a child. When we got cheap pens for attending a meeting, I asked, "Do we have to claim this on our income tax forms?" The room burst into laughter, and I was satisfied.
The men can increase their praise and thanks for their wives and mothers and grandmothers. I doubt whether we men can claim we overdo that.