The Hymn # 236 Creator Spirit
The Confession of Sins
The Introit p. 16
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
The Epistle and Gradual
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
The Sermon Hymn #237 All Glory Be
Teach and Bring to Remembrance
The Communion Hymn # 234 Holy Ghost with Light Divine
The Preface p. 24
The Sanctus p. 26
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
The Hymn #246 Holy, Holy, Holy
KJV Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
KJV John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou almighty Son of God: We beseech Thee, send Thy Holy Spirit into our hearts, through Thy word, that He may rule and govern us according to Thy will, comfort us in every temptation and misfortune, and defend us by Thy truth against every error, so that we may continue steadfast in the faith, increase in love and all good works, and firmly trusting in Thy grace, which through death Thou hast purchased for us, obtain eternal salvation, Thou who reignest, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
To Teach and Bring to Remembrance
Luther's history of Pentecost:
8. This is the history of the day. The festival we call Pentecost originated thus: When God led the children of Israel out of Egypt, he had them to celebrate the Easter festival the same night, and commanded them to celebrate it annually, as a memorial of their exodus out of Egypt. Counting from that day, they journeyed in the desert for fifty days, to Mount Sinai, where the Law was given to them by God, through Moses. Hence they celebrated the festival we call Pentecost. For the little word “Pentecost” is derived from the Greek Pentecostes, signifying the fiftieth day; the Saxons say Pingsten. It is to this festival that Luke has reference. When the fifty days after Easter were past and the disciples had celebrated the event of God’s having given the people the Law on Mount Sinai, then the Holy Spirit came and gave them a different law. We celebrate the festival, not because of the old, but because of the new, event, because of the sending of the Holy Spirit. Therefore we must offer a little explanation and show the difference between our Pentecost and the Jews’ Pentecost.
Therefore, it is no accident that the Holy Spirit was given to the Apostles on the day they were celebrating Pentecost. The era of the First Testament was one where the Law was given to the people God chose. He elected them - they did not make a decision for Him.
The era of the New Testament meant that the Holy Spirit would always guide the Christian Church through the Scriptures. Not surprisingly, when the rationalists became obsessed with what they called the "historical Jesus," they abandoned the Spirit, the plain meaning of the Scriptures, and the faith. Once this rupture was effected, anything was truth if it moved people, so visible church marched out versions of social activism and ecstatic emotionalism. Both become tiresome in time, and abandoned.
KJV John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
The verb for "keep" is also used for guarding. If we have something valuable, we guard it. If we guard it, we will treat that object with love and respect, not casting it aside, or ignoring it, or letting it get lost in the middle of every other item. We like to put our favorite things on a display shelf so we can keep track of them, admire them, and let other people see them. I have a glass vase that was bought by my grandfather when he was at the state fair, over 100 years ago. The vase conjures up memories - a constant connection with my mother's own displays at our home.
Love and keep go together. Abandoning the Word means not having a love for that Word. No matter how some people posture, their dereliction of duty in keeping the Word means they have no faith and no love. They may say "Jesus" but Jesus comes to us only through the Word, never apart from the Word, since the Spirit and the Word are never apart.
This important connection of steps reminds me of how plants and animals thrive in God's Creation. One step leads to another. Rain will bring fertilizer, water, and minerals to the soil. The nitrogen compounds green up the plant and give it growth. If the plant grows, it sends out more roots. If it sends out more roots, the root hairs communicate with more fungi. If it makes a deal with the fungi, to give carbon in return for rainwater and minerals, it will enable to fungi to work even better and growth. In growing it uses the water for all the tissues and evaporates them into the air, where they contribute to future rain.
If someone loves Jesus, he will guard the Words of Jesus. If he does that, the Father will love him. When that happens, the Father and the Son make their abode with the believer. This does not leave out the Spirit, since the Spirit provides the divine power of the Word to create faith and to bear the fruit of the Spirit - love. From that love will come ways in which to broadcast this Gospel of God's love and forgiveness, and so the Kingdom grows.
The big word used for this is monergism - God does all this because of His gracious will. The garden is a good comparison. If someone loves roses, he will plant them and care for them. He cannot make them alive or make them grow, but God provides all the ways for the roses to grow, be protected from pests, and thrive with blossoms to enjoy, the fruit of the rose, trying to make rose hips (the fruit) and fulfill its role as an ornamental thorn bush. The more one sees this in action (and in reverse, spoiled by lack of love and attention), the more obvious God's role is in all this enjoyment.
As I said in a separate post, last year's cultivation of pest eaters - beneficial insects - has already provided extra, early protection against aphids. Did I create, engineer, or manage these beneficial insects? No - I do not even call them into action. Where one person may have a hair-on-fire experience with a large wasp around he roses, I watch and wonder how this little fighter jet lives from the pests.
To carry out the comparison further, a little bit of gardening care means all kinds of benefits arrive through this method of divine management - birds to eat insect pests and fertilize the ground, soil creatures to work the foundation of all plant and animal life, bees and wasps and hornets to do their work. As the other professor in doctor's office said, "The pile of leaves is a pile of fertilizer, not trash." It takes little time to see them reduced to productive soil. This is God's management system, that works without our help, works in spite of our mistakes, and really goes into high gear with a little bit of observation and trust in Creation.
So I tell the people in the urban ministry courses and Old Testament survey courses, "If you want an abundance of blessings, apply an abundance of Gospel in every way possible. God will accomplish His will through the Gospel, how and when we are not to judge." One student had 3 life sentences, repented, and now wants to return to the city to teach the Word of God and serve those dragged down by crime and drug addiction. They love to hear Luther's Biblical doctrine and the concept (strange in this age) that unbelief is the foundational sin.
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
Jesus was the first confessional Lutheran in the New Testament. I agree with the reader who says, "confessional is a word that needs to be retired." He meant - the word has become meaningless in being used so often - like amazing. But the original meaning is good. One not only teaches the truth but rejects errors that work against this truth. Want to make established church leaders howl with rage? - just repudiate their errors. The errors show they do not believe what they claim - they are only posing.
Not loving Jesus is proven by not keeping His sayings. The unbelievers delight in saying, as they do in print news, blogs, and Youtube - "He was a conservative Christian minister and yet was arrested on the following charges..." Posturing is easy. The words just flow to please a traditional audience, but there is a direct connection between sincere love of the Gospel and respecting that Gospel as God's divine will. As Jesus often taught in John's Gospel, it is not His alone but the Father's too - in complete harmony - and witnessed by the Spirit. Sincere faith leads to actions in harmony with the Word. Faking faith means damaging believers and energizing the scoffers and atheists.
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
This is from His farewell sermons, so the words are extremely important. If you want to know what the disciples were supposed to know best of all, read the Fourth Gospel. Building on the base of Matthew-Mark-Luke, the Gospel of John is the red underlining and final thoughts of the ministry of Jesus. If you have a red letter edition of the Bible, John's Gospel is the red letter Gospel. The most profound messages are spoken in the simplest language, the most basic grammar, so we do not miss anything.
Jesus is making a transition from reminding the disciple of His Words to promising what the Holy Spirit will do for them, with them. My fears would be, "How do I remember everything and get it right?" This is answered.
- He shall teach all things.
- He will bring to remembrance everything I have taught.