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St. Patrick, His Day and His Hymn
“I bind unto myself today The strong name of the Trinity.”
-I Bind unto Myself Today LSB 604
St. Patrick seems to be one of the more famous saints in America. He is synonymous with Ireland and has become heavily associated with beer, especially green beer, more because of the Irish tradition than anything to do with St. Patrick himself. St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, has really become a celebration of Ireland more than of the saint himself, but why this connection?
St. Patrick was actually born in England, but eventually became a Christian missionary to Ireland, who, at the time, were primarily druids or altogether pagan. He is credited with many things such as using the three-leaf clover as an example of the Trinity, driving the snakes from Ireland, but most of all, making Ireland a Christian nation. So St. Patrick and Ireland become inseparable.
One other mark that St. Patrick left in history was his “Breastplate.” Now this wasn’t an actual, physical breastplate like a piece of armor that would have been worn, but a poem or really a hymn, which has taken on the title of “I Bind unto Myself Today.” The Breastplate, that thing which St. Patrick would bind unto himself, was the “strong name of the Trinity.” Again, binding St. Patrick, the Trinity, and the three-leaf clover together.
Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, I thought it only appropriate to sing his hymn in church that day. Unfortunately, it can be a slightly more confusing and difficult hymn, so singing it only one time on one day would likely lead to more confusion and frustration with the hymn than actual enjoyment and celebration. So it only seemed natural to sing it several times to learn the hymn that we might enjoy it which is why, even though the hymn really doesn’t have a lot to do with the season of Lent, it is our Lenten hymn of the season, which means we will be singing it every Sunday after Ash Wednesday until Easter.
Though perhaps a bit difficult or confusing, this is a hymn truly worth learning as it boldly confesses not only the Trinity, but the saving work of the Triune God put and bound unto you in your Baptism. And so baptized into this strong Triune name, the incarnation, baptism, crucifixion and death, resurrection, ascension, and second coming of Christ is put upon us. And for the sake of Christ, we have the watchful, protective eye of the Father. This is our breastplate and comfort as we face sin and temptation, the devil and all his demons, our own sinful flesh and even our death. This strong name and work of the Trinity was St. Patrick’s strength and hope as he faced and converted a pagan nation. This is our same strength and hope of eternal salvation in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In the strong name of the Trinity,
news & Notes
Sunshine Circle News
The ladies meet each Wednesday morning at 9:30 to quilt, work on banners for the sanctuary, and have devotions. Please join them when you are able!
2019 Church Council
President: Eric Trisler
Vice President: Jim Sharich
Secretary: Sharon Butler
Treasurer: Linda Blasa
Properties: Bob Hall
Stewardship: Tim Butler
Youth: Rick Whyers
Social Committee Joan Brown
Worship: Rick Angel
Altar Guild: Deb Basham
Sunshine Circle Judy Stanley
Higher Things the Youth have decided to go to Higher Things at Concordia University, Mequon, WI. from July 16-19, If any confirmed youth or confirmed member would like to go, please see Pastor for a registration sheet. Registration sheets are due back ASAP.
bible class we continue our Bible class on both Sundays at 8:15 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m..
Catechesis continues Sunday nights at 6 p.m. Please pray for our catechumens.
Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) is an organization which provides Lutheran devotions and materials for spreading the Gospel. Please take a handout with more information about their valuable work.
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8:30-9:15 a.m. All children are welcome – bring a friend with you — the more the merrier!
8:15-9:15 a.m. If you have never been before or haven’t been lately, join in the fellowship & learning. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. We are nearing the end of our study of Genesis, discussing the story of Joseph.
Divine Service 9:30 a.m. Come worship, receive, and give thanks for all of the gifts God gives us
ASH Wednesday is March 6th and Divine Service will be held at 7 pm that evening. Lent Services will be on March 13th, 20th, 27th,and April 3rd, and 10th all at 7 pm. Dinner will be served prior to all Lenten services beginning at 6 pm.
Congregational Catechesis in an attempt to refresh our memories of Luther’s Small Catechism, we will be reciting portions of the Catechism every Sunday prior to service. For more explanation, please read the Catechism insert or see Pastor’s December Anchor article. This month we are reciting the seventh and eighth commandments.
explanation books can be found in each pew. The Christian faith (Luther’s Small Catechism)
and the Divine Service are explained briefly and simply. Please feel free to take these with you or
grab a copy in the narthex.
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At your service…
Lead: Dave Jacobs
Assisting: Jim Sharich
Tim & Sharon Butler
ALTAR GUILD HELPER
First Sunday: Rick Angel, Jim Manns, Nathan Martin
Second Sunday: Rick Angel, Ed Basham, Owen Roberts, Matthew Baecht
Third Sunday: Mike Roth, Rick Angel, Randy & Travis Trisler, Jim Manns
Fourth Sunday: Eric Trisler, Kris McGuire Tim VanHoveln, Rick Angel
Fifth Sunday: Tim VanHoveln, Travis Trisler
your Church Family
March 3 Karley Deist
March 4 Ellie Franklin
March 7 Fred Blasa
March 10 Nolan LeBlanc
March 12 Tim VanHoveln
March 14 Jim Ontis
March 14 Leslie Franklin
March 17 Janice Hill
March 19 Jordan Greene
Mach 21 Emily Frazer
March 27 Callie (Frazer) Singleton
March 29 Dennis Smith
March 30 Kourtnee Hall
March 30 Eric Trisler
March 2 Bob & Bette Hall
March 5 Keith & Becky Baecht
March 8 Rick & Billie Whyers
Please let Trish know if you need a basement rental for the year 2019.
March Prayer Partners
We pray particularly for these brothers and sisters in Christ:
Week of March 3: Bob & Carol Skibbe
Week of March 10: Dennis, Brandi, & Luke
Week of March 17: Judy Stanley
Week of March 24: Trey Stille
Week of March 31: Leroy & Ruth Stiles; Sara Stiles, Brayden, & Bentley Threet
For those needing long term care in nursing homes or at home:
Doloris Burnett, Barb Young, J.D. Lyming
For those who are sick, injured, or in any need:
Nancy Green; Elke Monroe; John Ficker; Sue Bousselot (Pr. Jacobsen’s sister); Lindly Assar; Donna DeWitt (niece of White’s-breast cancer); Khloee Hall (patience & continued healing); Karen Holt (friend of Susy Pohlman-brain cancer); Mike Perkinson; Toni Darr; Carl Crawford; Norma Anderson (ongoing dialysis); George Hinson; Annetta Walsh (Doloris Burnett’s daughter-cancer treatments); Colby Merritt (Healing of his eye); Russell Wilson (friend of Marvin Frazer-cancer); Paige Elledge (Pointers’ granddaughter-kidney trouble); J.D. Lyming; Stephen Ficker (cancer); Susy Pohlman (continued healing and recovery); Dick Zumwalt (leukemia); Merle Lemon (Cancer); Jeffrey Abbott (friend of the Baecht’s – cancer); Melissa Butler; Brian Bertels (Awaiting heart surgery); Leroy Stiles (Cancer); Rick Whyers (continued healing); Darlene Gowin (surgery); Ryan MacKintosh (friend of Mary Ann-hospitalized); Marie Straub (cousin of Stephanie-ICU after stroke); Hope Bradley (daughter of Marvin Frazer- eye trouble)
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
For the family of Margaret Linsley
For the family of Edna Woolsey.
For pregnant mothers: Hannah Duffin (Jacobs) and Maggie Bick