Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pentecost Sunday's TDP Gospel reading

In Luke 21:29-31, Jesus teaches us to look at the political troubles and "natural" disasters in a different way than other people look at them. These turmoils are like the signs of Spring, promises of new life in God's kingdom after the deadness of Winter.

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates;
Behold, the King of glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near;
The Savior of the world is here.
Life and salvation He doth bring;
Therefore rejoice and gladly sing.
To God the Father raise
Your joyful songs of praise.

A righteous Helper just He comes to thee,
His chariot is humility,
His kingly crown is holiness,
His scepter, pity in distress.
The end of all our woe He brings;
Therefore the earth is glad and sings.
To Christ the Savior raise
Your grateful hymns of praise.

How blest the land, the city blest,
Where Christ the Ruler is confessed!
O peaceful hearts and happy homes
To whom this King in triumph comes!
The cloudless sun of joy is He
Who comes to set His people free.
To God the Spirit raise
Your happy shouts of praise.
(LSB 341, stanzas 1-3)

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