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Christ—Our Fortress In Heaven In 2-0-1-7

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help…” – Psalm 46

Reformation 500th Anniversary

     Greetings to you in Christ’s name!  This month, I believe a grand way for me to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is to meditate on the Hymn of the Reformation, written by Dr. Martin Luther, and based on Psalm 46.  Here we go:

A mighty fortress is our God, a trusty shield and weapon;
He helps us free from every need that hath us now o’ertaken.
The old evil foe now means deadly woe; deep guile and great might
Are his dread arms in fight; on earth is not his equal.

With might of ours can naught be done, soon were our loss effected;
But for us fights the valiant One, Whom God Himself elected.
Ask ye, Who is this?  Jesus Christ it is, of Sabaoth Lord,
And there’s none other God; He holds the field forever.

Though devils all the world should fill, all eager to devour us,
We tremble not, we fear no ill; they shall not overpower This world’s prince may still scowl fierce as he will, he can harm us He’s judged; the deed is done; one little word can fell him.

The Word they still shall let remain nor any thanks have for 
He’s by our side upon the plain with His good gifts and Spirit.
And take they our life, goods, fame, child, and wife, though these all be gone,
our victory has been won; the Kingdom ours remaineth.  

From the Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.  Used by permission.  License #000010557.

     I’m looking forward to celebrating with you this month!  REMEMBER—ONLY ONE 10:00 a.m. SERVICE ON OCTOBER 29!!  I’m looking forward to continuing to grow in God’s Word together!  To that end…I’m looking forward to seeing you in church!

In Christ, our Fortress.

Pastor Don Fraker
Psalm 46


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