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St Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Celebrating Our 125th Anniversary 1892-2017

Tuesday of Holy Week

Our Father, Who Art in Heaven

Tuesday of Holy Week

Psalm 59

Deliver Me from My Enemies

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me;
 deliver me from those who work evil,
and save me from bloodthirsty men.

 For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
fierce men stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,
     for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
Awake, come to meet me, and see!
You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.
Rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. 
Selah

Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
There they are, bellowing with their mouths
with swords in their lips—
for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”

But you, O Lord, laugh at them;
you hold all the nations in derision.
O my Strength, I will watch for you,
for you, O God, are my fortress.
My God in his steadfast love will meet me;
God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

Kill them not, lest my people forget;
make them totter by your power and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield!
For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter,
consume them in wrath;
consume them till they are no more,
that they may know that God rules over Jacob
to the ends of the earth. 
Selah

Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
They wander about for food
and growl if they do not get their fill.

But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love
.

 

“Yea, Lord, ‘twas Thy rich bounty gave My body, soul, and all I have In this poor life of labor. Lord, grant that I in every place May glorify Thy lavish grace And help and serve my neighbor. Let no false doctrine me beguile; Let Satan not my soul defile. Give strength and patience unto me To bear my cross and follow Thee. Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Lord, my God and Lord, In death Thy comfort still afford.”

(Lutheran Service Book, #708, st.2)

Click to Listen to Hymn:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK6TdX7QME4

When we think forgiveness is too much to offer (and there are certainly situations that go far beyond our willingness to forgive), we come face to face with the cross of Jesus. The stark reality of that encounter is all (and not some) are born dead in our trespasses. Only the death of God’s incarnate Son can save and redeem lost and condemned sinners. God’s passionate love for us has cost Him everything! Snarky little  rationalists cannot imagine how dead they are or how great God’s mercy. Gracious Father, have mercy!

 Questions:

  1. Will you gather at St. Matthew’s at noon today to hear God’s Word?
  2. Will you be there to dip your fingers in the font and to remember what you cost God?

Prayer for Tuesday of Holy Week:

Almighty and everlasting God, grant us grace so to contemplate the passion of our Lord that we may find therein forgiveness for our sins; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Put 42 pennies, nickels, or dimes in a large bowl to provide farm animals for the global poor.

Pastor Samuel D. Zumwalt, STS

St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Wilmington, North Carolina

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