Bible Readings and Devotion for May 7, 2020
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Devotion for May 7, 2020
By Pastor David Tinker
In 1978 a collection of Lutheran Church denominations published a new worship book. It was entitled, “Lutheran Book of Worship.” It is often noted as LBW. This book introduced some reforms to the Communion Service, and worked to unify worship among Lutheran traditions in English speaking North America. It continues to be used by many congregations, including Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church, where I serve as pastor. A new worship book, “Evangelical Lutheran Worship,” was introduced in 2006, and this is used at the other church where I serve as pastor, Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, Texas.
One of the new items used in LBW was at the reading of the Gospel. The “Alleluia” was expanded to include a Bible verse to be sung by the congregation. The full text reads, “Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia. Alleluia.”
This is a quote from today’s reading from John 6:68-69, which reads more fully as, “Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”” This is from a different translation, but the sense is the same. In this scene, Peter asks a question, and then answers it. It was truly inspired, for it tells the truth about who Jesus is.
We understand Jesus to be the Word of God which has taken on human flesh. This is taught about in John, chapter 1, verse 14, where we read, “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” This eternal Word of God enters our human existence and shows us how to live. This Word of God, God the Son, Jesus Christ, both lived out God’s Word/Will and taught God’s Word to the world. His teachings and his actions bring life, abundant life and eternal life, to those who will come to believe in him.
We will continue to sing these words at the time of the Gospel at both Waldeck and Carmine, and at thousands of other churches across North America. We will celebrate that Jesus Christ, God the Son, is the one who brings us the words of eternal life.
By your Word, eternal God, your creation sprang forth, and we were given the breath of life. By your word, eternal God, death is overcome, Christ is raised from the tomb, and we are given new life in the power of your Spirit. May we boldly proclaim this good news in our words and our deeds, rejoicing always in your powerful presence; through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen
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