November Anchor

H o p e   L u t h e r a n   C h u r c h T h e A n c h o r November        The End Is Near “So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” -Mark 13:29-31 It is now November, which is the final month of the Church Year and the end of the Season of the Church, which means the challenge that I issued to us all on Pentecost is coming to a close (though not an end, as we are to always urge our neighbors to come and hear the Gospel). I really had no idea what to expect and where we would end up by the end of this time, but would appreciate your thoughts on how it all...

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October Anchor

  The Anchor October          For All the Saints “And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on; And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing His love for me, And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and through eternity I’ll sing on.” -What Wondrous Love Is This LSB 543 stz. 4 I know it’s only October and All Saints Day isn’t until November 1st,  and even then we won’t be celebrating and observing it until November 4th, but I am beginning to think about it and plan for it. All Saints Day is a day of the Church Year when we take a moment to remember and give thanks for all the saints who have gone before us and passed down the faith to us. While this includes all those in the Old and New Testament, all the...

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October Anchor

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September Anchor

       The Whole Armor of God for War“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”-Ephesians 6:11“A mighty fortress is our God, A trusty shield and weapon.” -A Mighty Fortress Is Our God LSB 656 stz. 1  By September, most, if not all, kids are back in school and “normal” schedules resume for parents, teachers, and for the kids themselves. Vacations and time off have been taken, and, theoretically, we are rested, refreshed, and ready to resume real life once more. I pray, that part of resuming the normal habits of life include resuming coming to church. This is my prayer for you, not for my sake, that I might boast in our attendance, but for yours.Our Epistle reading for the first Sunday in September is from...

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August Anchor

The Supper Or Not the Supper? “Now, my tongue, the myst’ry telling Of the glorious body sin, And the blood, all price excelling, Which the Gentiles’ Lord and King, Once on earth among us dwelling, Shed for this world’s ransoming.” -Now, My Tongue, the Mystery Telling LSB 630 stz. 1 The Supper Or Not the Supper? In the month of August, three out of the four Gospel readings are from the Gospel of St. John, the sixth chapter. The first 21 verses are left out of the read through of this chapter of John because we got them, or at least their Markan parallel, in July with the feeding of the five thousand (Mark 6:30-44 and John 6:1-15) and Jesus walking on water (Mark 6:45-56 and John 6:16-21). The remainder of John 6 is sometimes called the “Bread of Life Discourse” as...

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July Anchor

July Anchor

Mission Opposition “See round You ark the hungry billows curling; See how Your foes their banners are unfurling And with great spite their fiery darts are hurling. O Lord, preserve us.” -Lord of Our Life LSB 659 stz. 2 It has been about a month now, a little more, that we have been in the Season of Pentecost, the Season of the Church, and have been keeping a close eye on the number of visitors and percent of members in worship and the percent of members in Bible class. How do you think we are doing? Did you expect that we would have as many as we have? Did you expect we would have less and fewer than we have? How has it been going for you as you have been inviting others, members and non-members alike, to church and Bible class? If you have found it difficult not...

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