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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Awesome

Are the feather-weights of Appleton allowed to sing Loy's hymn?




There is a God has left a new comment on your post "The Preaching Office (Predigamt) Has a Comment":

Quote of the day by Ambrose regarding the need for Holy Communion as referenced in the Augsburg Confession, Article 24: "Because I always sin, I am always bound to take the medicine."

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Narrow-minded Lutheran has left a new comment on your post "Drive ’08 - Pastor’s Conference - North Point":

Two questions:

1. What is "...creating and maintaining awesome ministry environments?" I always thought the pastoral ministry was the preaching of the Word and the proper administration of the Sacraments.

2. Please define "awesome worship." Is this what we do or what our Triune God does for us?

They sure like that word "awesome." I think it's pretty awesome to receive Christ's actual Body and Blood every Sunday. I think it's pretty awesome that God can convert a soul with simple water and the Word. I think it's awesome that Christ Jesus fulfilled the Law perfectly. Nothing we do is awesome.

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"An Awe-Full Mystery Is Here"
by Matthias Loy, 1828-1915

1. An awe-full mystery is here
To challenge faith and waken fear:
The Savior comes as food divine,
Concealed in earthly bread and wine.

2. This world is loveless, -- but above,
What wondrous boundlessness of love!
The king of Glory stoops to me
My spirit's life and strength to be.

3. In consecrated wine and bread
No eye perceives the mystery dread;
But Jesus' words are strong and clear:
"My body and My blood are here."

4. How dull are all the powers of sense
Employed on proofs of love immense!
The richest food remains unseen,
And highest gifts appear -- how mean!

5. But here we have no boon on earth,
And faith alone discerns its worth:
The Word, not sense, must be our guide,
And faith assure, since sight's denied.

6. Lord, show us still that Thou art good
And grant us evermore this food.
Give faith to every wavering soul
And make each wounded spirit whole.

Hymn #304
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: 1 Cor. 11: 23-25
Author: Matthias Loy, 1880
Composer: George J. Elvey, 1862
Tune: St. Crispin

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GJ - Note Loy's hymn. His parish was Delaware, Ohio, just north of Columbus now. That parish is now ELCA.