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.
Text: Philippians 4
Hymn: 483, With High Delight Let Us Unite
Kretzmann Commentary: Philippians 4
Bonus Bumper: Het Groot Nederlands Jongerenkoor met Musica Sacra Chorus, Rejoice in the Lord Always
Paul tells the two women, Eudoia and Syntyche, not just to set aside their differences, but agree in the Lord. Come to a real agreement with the truth, rather than just agree to disagree.
“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone…” How often do we sound like zealots and freaks, weakening our own confidence in the truth through bombastic or course language. Christians are reasonable. Our faith is not only a gift of the Holy Spirit but also based in historical fact.
Christ is arisen! There is no tomb that holds him, and this is why we sing indeed with high delight.
Text: © 1969 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.
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