For those who were unable to attend worship services today, a video may be watched at the link below.
The sermon was about Jesus’ parable of the banquet feast. How do you respond to God’s invitation? Are you too busy with the things of this world? Do you reject Jesus because you would rather not hear God’s Word because it exposes your sinfulness or demands repentance? God has provided for your salvation through the gift of His Son. He invites you to come for all things are now ready!
The Sanctus (Latin for “Holy”) has been sung in churches in both the East (Greek) and the West (Latin) since the fourth century. It is a regular part of our Communion Liturgy which is spoken or sung before the elements are, by the reading of the Words of Institution, consecrated for use in the Lord’s Supper.
And the words are fitting words to consider and sing as we prepare to partake of the body and blood of Christ our Savior, who is true God and true man in one Person and who died for our sins and rose again. The words are based on Isaiah 6 where Isaiah sees the LORD God in the temple, and from the triumphal entry accounts where Jesus was praised and hailed as the Son of God and Son of David and as the promised Messiah and Savior with words based on Psalm 118.
In Isaiah 6:1-3, we read: “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’”
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt, “the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’” (Matthew 21:9).
Therefore, as we prepare to approach the altar and partake of Christ’s body and blood, given and shed to make atonement for our sins, we also cry out with the angels of heaven and with all the saints:
“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth [hosts or armies]; heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.”
For those who missed today’s worship service, a video of the service may be watched by clicking on the link below. The sermon theme was “Turn and Live.” It was based on Ezekiel 18, especially verses 30-32. Will you be condemned for turning away from the Lord and disobeying His Word, or will you repent, trust in Christ and walk in His ways?
For those who were unable to attend today’s worship service, the video link is below. The sermon text was Matthew 18:21ff. The sermon answered the question of how often we should forgive those who sin against us.