Text: 2 Timothy 4
581, These Are the Holy Ten Commands
590, Baptized Into Your Name Most Holy
607, From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee
Kretzmann Commentary: 2 Timothy 4
Bonus Bumper: Nathan Beethe, “Thy Strong Word”
Preach the Word, with complete patience and teaching. Paul did and asks Timothy to do the same. For the time is here when many people will not endure sound doctrine at all. Doctrine doesn’t divide; bad doctrine divides.
This week and next we will hear from Schola Cantorum, the select vocal choir of Messiah Lutheran School in Houston, TX. Cantor Janet Muth conducts and instructs. It was a wonderful privilege to record these fine kids.
Because the hymns are excerpts, no lyrics will be posted, but you can still find them in the Lutheran Service Book.
Text: 1 Timothy 3
Hymn: 495, Look Ye Saints, the Sight is Glorious
Kretzmann Commentary: 1 Timothy 3
Bonus Bumper: Kantor Jacob Weber, “Lasst uns erfreuen”
By sheer coincidence the end of Kretzmann’s commentary on 1 Timothy 3 ties in perfectly with today, Ascension Day. Our pastors are humble, but they serve us with the risen and ascended Christ, giving us His Word and feeding us with His Sacrament. All of the pastor’s requirements in 1 Timothy 3 keep his eyes on Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Text: 2 Thessalonians 3
Hymn: 556, Dear Christians, One and All Rejoice
Kretzmann Commentary: 2 Thessalonians 3
Bonus Bumper: The Gutter Twins, Idle Hands
“Do not weary in doing good.” This is a hard saying, but it’s made a little easier by noting that God does not weary in his doing good for us. The cross continues to forgive, and the Holy Spirit continues to grant us faith through Word and Sacrament.
Cantor Beethe and Jon Kohlmeier take verses 1-5, and Cantor Peters and Kathryn Peters finish with 6-10 and a postlude. Thanks, guys!
Text: 1 Thessalonians 2
Hymn: 709, The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Kretzmann Commentary: 1 Thessalonians 2
Bonus Bumper: Sam Cooke, Working on the Chain Gang
It is a gift from God when we get to see the fruits of our labor. Sometimes, we’re not so fortunate. Paul and Silas are happy to see the Word of God spreading through Thessalonica. Receiving the Word, they were persecuted by the civilian authorities, a situation not unheard of today.
The hymn obviously references Psalm 23, which the Christian cannot read without thinking of Jesus the Good Shepherd in John 10:11 or maybe the parable of the good shepherd in Luke 15:4-7. This is what it means when we say we let scripture interpret scripture and that all of scripture testifies about Christ.