by Rev. Dr. Greg Wismar From vict’ry unto vict’ry His army He shall lead.” These familiar words from the first stanza of “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” (LSB 660) are typical of the many expressions in the prayers, liturgies and hymnody of the Church that contain military images and references. The pages of the […]
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by Rev. Dr. Greg Wismar As the days of summer bring us more daylight for enjoying the full creation with which God has blessed us, we think about expanding our time spent getting some beneficial exercise. Health professionals have often noted that cardio exercise is great for people in many ways. Cardio receives its name […]
by Rev. Dr. Greg Wismar “The flowers in church today are given to the glory of God by . . .” For most churches, having a weekly display of flowers in the chancel is a virtual expectation. Hard-working flower committees (or altar guilds or chancel societies, depending on local custom) see to it that appropriately […]
Although the weather outside may change from week to week and season to season, there are always showers of blessing in worship for the people of God. by Rev. Dr. Greg Wismar Eight for the April rainers counts out a line in the old English folk song Green Grow the Rushes, O. Interestingly, the April […]
by Rev. Dr. Greg Wismar While many of the seasons of the Church Year have names that relate to the religious nature of the time being observed, the season of Lent does not. The word Lent comes from the Old English word lengthen, which referred to the spring of the year, the time in which […]
by Rev. Dr. Greg Wismar Many events in the worship life of every congregation happen on a regular basis. Each year, it can be expected that Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and the other major festivals will be celebrated as they occur on the annual Church Year calendar. The weeks from the First Sunday in Advent to […]
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