God's Word in Depth
The True Vine Redeems the Vineyard of the LORD of Hosts
Old Testament Lesson - “The vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel” (Is. 5:7), which He planted “on a very fertile hill” (Is. 5:1). He did everything for His vineyard, not only clearing it of stones and planting it with “choice vines,” but also building the “watchtower” of His prophets and hewing out the “wine vat” of His priesthood in its midst (Is. 5:2). But when “he looked for it to yield grapes,” there were only “wild grapes” of bloodshed and unrighteousness (Is. 5:2,7).
New Testament Reading - Among those good grapes of the true Vine is the apostle Paul. Once a zealous persecutor of the Church, he “suffered the loss of all things” in order to “gain Christ and be found in him,” to “know him and the power of his resurrection” (Phil. 3:8–10).
Holy Gospel - The Lord Jesus likewise described the unfaithfulness of those who were called to care for His vineyard (Matt. 21:33–35). But in this He also describes His cross and Passion (Matt. 21:38–39), by which He has redeemed the vineyard for Himself. He is the true Vine, planted by death into the ground, and in His resurrection He brings forth “the fruits in their seasons” (Matt. 21:41).
Sacrificial Offerings and Spiritual Offertory
Please see the following links to Pastor's thoughts on Stewardship within our church and the whole church. This is a multi-part read that are great thoughts overall.
Additional service archives can also be found on our YouTube channel.
Other Readings & Videos
A fun take on reopening the church, as sung by a Priest to a familiar tune.
With regard to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we look at Martin Luther and what he wrote. Martin Luther
On the recent violence to come to our country, Pastor has included the following: Blowing in the Wind.
See a fun satirical Lutheran website below from Pastor Brockhoff.
The Holy Herald
Lord God, You have appointed me as a Bishop and Pastor in Your Church, but you see how unsuited I am to meet so great and difficult a task. If I had lacked Your help, I would have ruined everything long ago. Therefore, I call upon You; I wish to devote my mouth and my heart to You; I shall teach the people. I myself will learn and ponder diligently upon Your Word. Use me as Your instrument -- but do not forsake me, for if ever I should be on my own, I would easily wreck it all. Amen.
- - A Sacristy Prayer by Martin Luther - -