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04 March 2015

Sermon: Lent 2 Midweek

4 March AD 2015
A Lent — Easter Series on Christ and Creation

Title: In the (New) Beginning: Height and Depth (MP3 Audio)

Creation: Day Two Summary: “Sometimes God seems so far away!” We often hear this lament — and likely also say it ourselves at times. Yet when we pay attention, we discover that He constantly works to remove the distance.

Jesus bridged the gap between us and His Father, taking our flesh and our sins upon Himself and bestowing His righteousness upon all who believe in Him. He removed our sins “as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)” Now He remains with us through Word and Sacrament, promising to be always with His Church. (Matthew 28:20)”

Hymn: During Lenten midweek services, through Holy Week, the Vigil, and Easter morning, we will be singing With God in the Beginning as Office Hymn or Hymn of the Day. Each time we will sing two stanzas focusing on the Christology of that day’s sermon text from Genesis. The tune I chose is Auf, auf, mein Herz, known among many English-speaking Christians as the Easter hymn Awake, My Heart, with Gladness.

   There is no place can hide us
   From God’s love in His Son.
   No evil shall betide us
   To cast us on our own.
   In heaven’s heights is He;
   Filling both land and sea;
   E’en to the greatest deeps
   His children safely keeps.

   Into the skies ascended
   Our Jesus, conqu’ring Lord.
   Yet from all ill defended
   Are all who trust His Word.
   No height nor depth can break
   The promise He did make
   To stay close by our side
   Until we’re glorified.

      ©2003, 2015 Walter P. Snyder

Text: And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so.

And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. Genesis 1:6-8

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of In the (New) Beginning: Height and Depth.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 139:7-12, antiphon, Psalm 95:4; Romans 8:38-39; Luke 24:50-53

Illustration: The Second Day of Creation from Die Bibel in Bildern by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld at Wikimedia Commons.

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