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So in the midst of our crosses, because of The Cross, we know the dragon is being cast down. The Beasts, 1 & 2, are going down, as they have again and again in every age of this world. While the saints of God and of His Lamb, we are held secure. It is as Jesus says to Peter in the Gospel Reading today, “I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
But…living by such faith remains something that requires endurance in this world. So many trials, so many crosses…so many, many beasts. But as St. John never tires of reminding his readers, we have Jesus…We have His Body, the Church. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments! How inscrutable His ways!”

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The visions are crying out: “Get a clue, people!” But not…not…not…as this Book is so often used. The clue is not: “Be afraid, be very afraid!” No! The visions declare that there is still joy even in the midst of devastating sorrows. Even in the midst of cataclysmic death there remains life. But…only by one Person. No, not some vaguely spiritual sort of God…but in the God who loved this devastated, cataclysmic world so much that He Himself took on flesh and became part of it in Jesus, lashing the destiny of earth to the destiny of His Son. And Jesus is all over this vision!

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Our former vicar (2008-2009), David Herald, was ordained into the Holy Ministry on Sunday afternoon, July 31st, and installed as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton City, Missouri.  The Rite of Ordination & Installation took place at Trinity, Appleton City, within the gracious hospitality of the members of Trinity together with a large number of welcoming area…

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“So it begins.” This is what people think of when they think of the Book of Revelation. Yes, we’ve had some glory. John saw Jesus in the blinding light of eternal, divine glory. He was taken before the throne of God and he looked upon Him who sits upon that throne, while all around, as the hymn has us sing, “Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea. Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, Which wert and art and ever more shalt be!” So much glory! And there is more glory to come in this book. But only out of the shadows; the glory will come out of the deepest darkness. So it begins…

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Two Solos

Two solos sung by Leah Sherman Sunday, July 10, 2011

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