Matins on Monday

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This mornings sermonette on the holy gospel of St. Mark 1:21-27 can be read here Matins Mk1,21-27 and listened to over here:

We sang the Hymn God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It (I am Baptized Into Christ!) by Erdmann Neumeister (1671-1756)

God’s own child, I gladly say it:
I am baptized into Christ!
He, because I could not pay it,
Gave my full redemption price.
Do I need earth’s treasures many?
I have one worth more than any
That brought me salvation free
Lasting to eternity!

Sin, disturb my soul no longer:
I am baptized into Christ!
I have comfort even stronger:
Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.
Should a guilty conscience seize me
Since my Baptism did release me
In a dear forgiving flood,
Sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood!

Satan, hear this proclamation:
I am baptized into Christ!
Drop your ugly accusation,
I am not so soon enticed.
Now that to the font I’ve traveled,
All your might has come unraveled,
And, against your tyranny,
God, my Lord, unites with me!

Death, you cannot end my gladness:
I am baptized into Christ!
When I die, I leave all sadness
To inherit paradise!
Though I lie in dust and ashes
Faith’s assurance brightly flashes:
Baptism has the strength divine
To make life immortal mine.

There is nothing worth comparing
To this lifelong comfort sure!
Open-eyed my grave is staring:
Even there I’ll sleep secure.
Though my flesh awaits its raising,
Still my soul continues praising:
I am baptized into Christ;
I’m a child of paradise!

To hear it from Higher Things in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod listen here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULrYskFmuFg

About Wilhelm Weber jr

Rector of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane
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