Sunday, December 12, 2010

FW: Every Given Sunday

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Posted on: Saturday, December 11, 2010 10:26 PM
Author: Rev. Rick Stuckwisch
Subject: Every Given Sunday


Every Sunday is Advent

and Christmas

and Epiphany


Every Sunday is Palm Sunday

and Good Friday

and Easter


Every Sunday is Pentecost

and All Saints' Day


Every Sunday is penitential

and festive


Every Sunday is the beginning

and the consummation

of the Church's life in Christ


For on every given Sunday

the Lord comes to us with His Word and Spirit


He sends His messenger before His face to prepare His way,

preaching a Baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins


He comes to us in His Body of flesh and blood,

conceived and born of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

crucified under Pontius Pilate, dead and buried,

risen from the dead, ascended into heaven,

seated at the Right Hand of the Father,

given and poured out for us at His Table


He manifests the grace and glory of the one true God

in that human flesh and blood of His, transfigured by His Cross,

by which He also makes us partakers of His own divine nature


He enters the wilderness with us,

contends with Satan as our own dread Champion,

crucifies the old Adam in us by contrition and repentance,

and raises us from the dust of death to newness of life in Him

through His free and full forgiveness of our sins


He comes in the Name of the Lord,

upon the colt and donkey of chalice and paten,

to proclaim His death among us,

to feed us with His paschal Flesh,

to cover us and seal us with His Blood of the New Testament,

and to bring us by His Exodus through death and the grave

into His Resurrection and His Life everlasting,

into the very Holy of Holies of the Father's bosom


He pours out His Holy Spirit generously upon us,

and binds us to Himself in love, as members of His Body,

as members of one Holy Communion in Him,

our Husband and our Head


Every given Sunday


Every week

of every Season


Every Year of Our Lord,

until He comes in power and great glory

to judge us righteous by His Cross and Resurrection

and He brings us into the biggest Sunday of all:

the eternal Eighth Day of His Kingdom

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