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Christ, the Lord of life

Divine service theme for the month of May: “Christ, the Lord of life”

“Christ, the Lord of life” will serve as the main theme of the Sunday services in the month of May, that is, in the post-Easter period. This main theme will be developed by way of various different examples.

The first Sunday in May will reflect upon the creatorship of the Son of God. Together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, He is the Creator of both the visible and invisible worlds. The fact that Jesus Christ is the center of the creation, and that He has made access to God possible for us is illustrated by the hymn to Christ in the epistle to the Colossians.

The content of the sermon on the second Sunday of May centers on Jesus as the “Lord of life”. This is demonstrated by the raising of Lazarus. Jesus, in whom God Himself is present, has power over life and death. At the same time, the raising of Lazarus is understood as a reference to the resurrection of the dead and the transformation of the living at the Lord’s return.

The third Sunday of May is our Confirmation Celebratory service. Since we are rich in Christ, we can share our treasures with others.

The sermon on the fourth Sunday of May points out that we can have direct fellowship with the “Lord of life” in Holy Communion. Jesus Christ is present in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper as the crucified, resurrected, and returning Lord. The real presence of His sacrifice in the celebration of Holy Communion is to make us witnesses of His salvation-bringing deed.

On the day of the ascension of Jesus Christ we commemorate His return to the Father. At the same time, this event constitutes the foundation of our hope in the rapture of those who will be caught up to God as firstfruits at the return of Jesus Christ. Jesus will not come in order to seek isolated individuals, but rather to take home His bridal congregation.

Ascension Day is one of the high feasts of the church year and, as such, refers to an event that has also established a fundamental condition for our own personal salvation.

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