The Festival of Reformation
Bethany Lutheran Church
Pastor Gregory L. Jackson
The Introit p. 16
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
The Epistle and Gradual
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
Jesus Is the Great "I AM"
The Sanctus p. 26
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
The Hymn #259 Flung to the Heedless Winds
- Sarah Buck, Dr. Kermit Way, Lori Howell, Randy Anderson, Doc Lito Cruz - dealing with diabetes, Pastor Jim Shrader; Callie and her parents, Aaron home from the hospital.
- Daylight Savings is November 5th.
How can anyone scoff at what God can do, when the Son is the Creator of what the Father has commanded, and the Holy Spirit has executed?
How can we say to ourselves or others, "God cannot do this for me or my loved ones, because He does not know or care or see or feel compassion." Yes, everyone feels discouraged and beaten up at one time or another,
How many dozens of examples do we need to recite to see how much God has done with so little within ourselves? When the disciples wanted to keep the children away (sticky, odorous, and clamoring), Jesus welcomed them and excoriated the disciples. I brought back a lost little white dog last night and all the children beamed "Thank you!" at me with their voices, smiles, and eyes. The little white dog was really half brown from the mud, but the children only saw their tiny friend. So the children around Jesus only saw the Good Shepherd, as we should see Jesus today.
What harm does Jesus do to make us so discouraged, fearful, and angry? The Good Shepherd tends the flocks, calls each individual by name, and leads them to food and clear water. Not only that, He chases the wolves away, the wolves who want to scatter the Flock.
We are far past the time when most denominations will teach any of this. The vast amount of noise is about comparing one religious corporation to another, adoring and honoring it. People should wear corporate symbols around their necks so we can sort them all out.
But Jesus works in another way. The most oppressed people were burdened by their sins. They could not pay enough to absolve them. Jesus said, "Your works are nothing. I AM your righteousness. Believe in Me, not the demands of the lawgivers."
To this day, many turn Jesus into the Lawgiver and Moses into the Savior.
But He brought joy to the hearts of those who heard and believed He was the one predicted all those centuries. When we consider all the things that led to His torture, crucifixion, death, and resurrection, we realize that those thousands of incidental Promises were and are the unified truth of the Scriptures. That was not just for the past, but for our present and future.