Category Archives: You comfort me +

Sola gratia (5th Sunday after Trinity)

Looking forward to this coming 5th Sunday after Trinity. Some 29 years ago tomorrow, Präses Ernst-August Albers preached at the official dedication of our Afrikaans congregation in Piet Retief. He was my confirmand and ordinand, but also strong backer of … Continue reading

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Deliver us, O Lord, our God…

Looking forward to this upcoming Sunday. It´s the 5th Sunday after the High Feast of the Holy Trinity. The Introit is from Psalm 106. The last two verses serve as antiphone: Deliver us, O Lord, our God.Gather us from among the … Continue reading

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As a deer longs for streams of water…

Psalm 42. For the music director, a well-written song by the Korahites in Martin Luther´s translation has been put to music by Felix Mendelsohn Bartholdy. As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God!I … Continue reading

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Reading, learning, suffering God´s Word

In his preface to the Wittenberg edition of his German writings of 1539 Dr. Martin Luther shows God´s means of forming faithful followers through His Holy Word. Luther refers us to King David´s deep Psalm 119. It´s the way God … Continue reading

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Prayers in the morning

The Old Latin School is between those towers – close to the twin towers of St. Marys. Lying peacefully in the distance and morning mist. There we sang Johann Heermann´s classic as recorded in the old “Lutherisches Kirchengesangbuch” (LKG 249). … Continue reading

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What You should expect reading Moses…

“HOW CHRISTIANS SHOULD REGARD MOSES” Luther´s works Volume 35 “Word and Sacrament” ed. by E. Theodore Bachmann. Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis 1960) Luther writes: “Dear friends, you have often heard that there has never been a public sermon from … Continue reading

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Search the Scriptures… (John 5,39)

Dr. Martin Luther´s preface to the Old Testament Luther´s Works Vol.35 from Page 235 onwards translated by Charles M. Jacobs and revised by E. Theodore Bachmann. Luther writes: “There are some who have little regard for the Old Testament. They … Continue reading

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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (5th Lenten Service)

The 5th Lenten Service is coming up. We´re following the propers of the local lectionary. The Introit starts us off with the 5th penitential Psalm. “The prayer of an oppressed man, as he grows faint and pours out his lament … Continue reading

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Jesus, priceless treasure…

In the mornings I read from Dobberstein´s Anthology – just two pages most days. It´s like sitting at breakfast with my father-in-law back in old Wittenberg and discussing our wonderful work and most gracious calling. Obviously, some days are more … Continue reading

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Jesus thirsts (4th Lenten service)

The 4th Lenten Service is coming up. We´re following the propers of the local lectionary. The Introit starts us off with the 4th penitential Psalm: “For the music director, a psalm of David, written when Nathan the prophet confronted him … Continue reading

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