Reflections: September 26, 2020
Saturday of the 15th Week after Trinity
By Mark Buetow
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I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore. For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. (From the Introit for the 16th Sunday after Trinity)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We go to birthday parties because we are celebrating a person's life. We go to graduations because we are celebrating someone's academic accomplishments. We go to events most often because we are remembering something that happened and celebrating that event: Think of 4th of July fireworks or a Memorial Day parade.
Tomorrow we'll go to church to celebrate something. We'll go to remember and to be gathered together with others who are remembering and celebrating. What exactly? We're celebrating that Jesus died and rose and delivered us from sin and death!
The psalmist reminds us in the words we hear tomorrow that we praise God because of what He's done for us. We're excited! We're glad! We're happy! Another week has passed during which He's fed the birds and you. He's made the flowers grow and clothed you. He's borne your burdens and helped you help others. He's taken whatever sins you have and buried them forever with Jesus. He's raised up the new you in your Baptism and has forgiven you each and every day.
So we'll be in church tomorrow, praising God with all our hearts and glorifying Him for deliver us from the depths of hell. Left to ourselves, that's where we would be. Jesus has saved us from all that by His own death and His triumphant resurrection on Easter. Tomorrow, that's what we're celebrating. That's what we're remembering. That's what we're giving thanks for. That's what we're getting all excited about and rejoicing over. The Divine Service is a celebration! A party! A foretaste of the Feast to come! It's a joyous event because we have a gracious Savior who loves us and gave Himself for us. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your great mercy! Bring us to your house to celebrate with all your saints! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O bless the Lord, my soul! Let all within me join And aid my tongue to bless His name Whose favors are divine. ("O Bless the Lord, My Soul" LSB 814, st. 1)
-Rev. Mark Buetow is the pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in McHenry, Illinois.
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