A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series May 17, 2009 - 6th S. of Easter
Standard LSB B Readings: First: Acts 10:34-38 Epistle: 1 John 5:1-8 Gospel: John 15:9-17 Psalm: Psalm 98:1ff 2
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, John 15:9-17 for the 6th S. of Easter, May 17, 2009.
It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VII, paragraphs 79-83, page 575.
The heavenly Father expressed His love for His obedient Son on two occasions: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." Likewise, Christ expressed His special love for His disciples, "If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love." Our obedience to Christ's commands is not limited to celebrating the Holy Supper, but it certainly is a singularly important act of obedience.
In the administration of the Holy Supper the words of institution are to be publicly spoken or sung before the congregation distinctly and clearly. They should in no way be left out. Obedience should be rendered to Christ's command, "This do." The hearers' faith about the nature and fruit of this Sacrament should be aroused, strengthened, and confirmed by Christ's Word (about the presence of Christ's body and blood, about the forgiveness of sins, and about all the benefits that have been purchased by the death and shedding of Christ's blood that are bestowed on us in Christ's testament). And , the elements of bread and wine should be consecrated or blessed for this holy use, so that Christ's body and blood may be administered to us to be eaten and to be drunk, as Paul declares, "the cup of blessing that we bless." This happens in no other way than through the repetition and recitation of the words of institution.
However, this blessing, or the recitation of the words of Christ's institution alone, does not make a Sacrament if the entire action of the Supper, as it was instituted by Christ, is not kept. (For example, it is not kept when the consecrated bread is not distributed, received, and partaken of, but is enclosed, sacrificed, or carried about.) Christ's command "This do" must be observed unseparated and inviolate. (paragraphs 79-83)
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