Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. Of Asaph.
Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
Raise a song; sound the tambourine,
the sweet lyre with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our feast day.
For it is a statute for Israel,
a rule of the God of Jacob.
He made it a decree in Joseph
when he went out over the land of Egypt.
I hear a language I had not known:
“I relieved your shoulder of the burden;
your hands were freed from the basket.
In distress you called, and I delivered you;
I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
Hear, O my people, while I admonish you!
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
There shall be no strange god among you;
you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
“But my people did not listen to my voice;
Israel would not submit to me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
to follow their own counsels.
Oh, that my people would listen to me,
that Israel would walk in my ways!
I would soon subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes.
Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward him,
and their fate would last forever.
But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
“Now I will cling forever To Christ, my Savior true;
My Lord will leave me never, Whate’er He passes through.
He rends death’s iron chain; He breaks through sin and pain;
He shatters hell’s grim thrall; I follow Him through all!”
(Lutheran Service Book #467, st. 6)
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At last we come to the Eighth Day, that day the new creation began with Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The old enemy, now a short-timer after our Lord’s victorious death and resurrection, nastily throws everything he can at those who have been marked with Christ’s cross in Baptism and have Christ’s True Body and Most Precious Blood within. Today when we pray the “Amen” at the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer, we cling to Christ forever. We shout:“Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” Yes, it IS so!
Prayer for Easter Sunday:
Almighty God, who through Your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
If you set aside a penny a day for the past 46 days, please write a check to your congregation for $11.28 and designate it for Lent 2017 – Good Gifts. If you set aside a nickel a day, write a check for $56.40. If you set aside a dime, write a check for $112.80. Please place this check in your box or an envelope and bring it to the Sunrise Eucharist at 6:30 am. or to one of the festival Eucharists at 8:30 or 11 a.m.
Pastor Samuel D. Zumwalt, STS
St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Wilmington, North Carolina
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