I would like to share with you an article and video that encourages us to consider all of the effects of COVID, not just the direct deaths. To it, I would add the massive increase in mental health problems (93%) including suicides. The article linked below explicitly states that, “this is not an argument in…

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This is a picture of one of the great cathedrals of Europe, ST. Paulus-Dom in Munster, Germany. During WWII, the building was severely damaged by bombing raids. Sadly, the artwork done by Hermann tom Ring, a German renaissance painter in the middle of the 16th century, was mostly destroyed. Thankfully, however, the altar remained. This…

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This past Sunday we had our confirmands stand before the congregation and confess their willingness to remain steadfast in the Lutheran Faith. How difficult a charge we laid upon their shoulders. Every time we have a confirmation service, I find the seriousness of the confirmation vows to be striking; such as when we have our…

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In hindsight, the concept of what is “right” and “wrong” usually seems obvious. But at the time, that is rarely ever the case. So it was for Martin Luther when he made his famous confession at the Diet of Worms. To us, it seems clear that what Luther did is exactly what he should have…

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As Luther expounds upon Psalm 45, he wonderfully describes what he calls the art of the Christian dance. It is a picture of how the Church looks in times of overwhelming sorrow, temptation, and martyrdom. It is a picture of joy in the midst of suffering! “With joy and gladness they will be led along…

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O merciful Father in heaven,all rule and authorityin the kingdoms of the worldcomes from you,and you hold in your handall the might of humanity.You have institutedthe governing authorities that existfor the punishment of those who do wrongand for the approval of those who do good.Look on your servants,the President of the United States,the governor of this state,our judges and…

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