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Greetings in the name of God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Happy New Year!!

Many of you have heard that wish called out loudly many times already and will probably hear it a few more times before January is out, but how does one have a “Happy New Year”? We all shouted “Happy New Year” last year, but there was a lot of things that made it…maybe not quite so happy. Well guess what…there will be things this year that make it not so happy too. That is part of our lot is like as sinners living in a sinful world.

The obvious answer for a happy new year is through Christ, but looking at the world around is, it gets scary sometimes…and it looks at times like the devil is winning. What is a Christian to do? Again, the answer…turn to God.

In the 16th Century Dr. Martin Luther didn’t turn to man but to God in all times of trouble. This can be done in many ways. One way is memorizing Scripture so that you always have God’s Word at your lips, but another is through hymnody and remembering and singing hymns.

Although I enjoy many of the more contemporary songs and hymns, the wonderful thing about traditional hymns is that many of them are also written like mini sermons, containing or based on Scripture as well as preaching Law and Gospel within the musical notes and harmonies. My favorite sermon/hymn is still the one that Martin Luther based on Psalm 46, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”. In the following quote from J. W. Hayford in his book Singing from the Heart, we see a great description of this hymn as it can be used to apply scripture to our every day lives, much like a sermon does.

“In 1529 Martin Luther wrote a hymn based on Psalm 46. It remains today as a classic musical expression of the protection of God against the forces of evil. You cannot omit a verse when you sing it, because from beginning to end it builds a continuous theme: ‘A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.’”

In his Small Catechism, Luther recommends singing a hymn after your morning prayers as a way to keep God and Salvation through Christ before you as you go about your day.

Thinking of “A Mighty Fortress” can give us great comfort as we go into this New Year. As the devil throws your sins and other troubles in your face, remember, as we sing in verse three, “This world’s prince may still scowl fierce as he will, he can harm us none, he’s judged; the deed is done; one little Word can fell him”. My friends, that little Word is Christ. The prince of this world, the devil, cannot stand against the victorious Jesus Christ and we can call upon His name at any and all times. Amen.

Hmm, maybe I’ve found a new New Year’s Eve theme for next year. We’ll see.

God’s Blessings to you all in this Epiphany Season and again “Happy New Year”!

Announcements 

Public Worship and Weekly Bible Studies Have Resumed

Although we have returned to our regular worship schedule, there are still some precautions being taken.

Masks are not required but suggested. We also ask that social distancing be maintained during Bible Class, Sunday School, Worship and the reception of Holy Communion.

If you do not feel comfortable returning to worship at this time or if you are ill, please continue to worship from home. Our services will continue online with Facebook Live on our Youth Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/St-Peter-Lutheran-Youth-and-Childrens-Ministry-Bowie-Texas-269796823597/ and after the service, the video will be posted as well as an audio recording under the “sermons” tab on this webpage. 

Our service bulletins now contain the complete liturgy, hymns and Bible Readings. The weekly bulletin can be found at:  https://stpetertex.com/weekly_bulletins

Online giving through Tithe.ly is available through the "giving" button in the top right hand corner of this webpage.

CDs and DVDs are also be available by calling the church office.


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