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10 -Day of Pentecost-John

10 -Day of Pentecost-John

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PRAYER FROM LUTHER’S PRAYERS:
Lord God, dear Father, through you Holy Spirit you havetaught and enlightened the hearts of your believers.Through the same Spirit give us a right understanding, to be glad at all times in his comfort and power, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
From Luther’s Small Catechism:
The Third Article of The Apostles’ Creed:
On Being Made Holy
I believe
in the Holy Spirit,the holy catholic Church,the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting. Amen.
What is this?
I believe that by my own understanding or strength Icannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, but instead the Holy Spirit has called me through thegospel, enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy, andkept me in the true faith, just as he calls, gathers,enlightens, and makes holy the whole Christian churchon earth and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the onecommon, true faith. Daily in this Christian church theHoly Spirit abundantly forgives all sins-mine and thoseof all believers. On the last day the Holy Spirit will raiseme and all the dead and will give to me and all believersin Christ eternal life. This is most certainly true.
THE DAY OF PENTECOST
God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, as you sent uponthe disciples the promised gift of the Holy Spirit, look upon your Church and open our hearts to the power of the Spirit. Kindle in us the fire of your love, and strengthen our lives for  service in your kingdom; through your Son, Jesus Christ our  Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the HolySpirit, one God, now and forever.
 
 
Gospel: John 14:8-17 (25-27)
Philip said to (Jesus), “Lord, show us the Father, and wewill be satisfied. “
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Jesus said to him, “Have I been withyou all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?Whoever has seen me has seen my Father. How can yousay, ‘Show us the Father’?
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Do you not believe that I amin the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say toyou I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwellsin me does his works.
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Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
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Very truly, I tell you,the one who believes in me will also do the works that I doand, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I amgoing to the Father.
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I will do whatever you ask in myname, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
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If inmy name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
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“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
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And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.
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This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because heabides with you, and he will be in you.”[
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“I have said these things to you while I am still withyou.
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But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, andremind you of all that I have said to you.
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Peace I leavewith you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you asthe world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and donot let them be afraid.”]
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN ?
 I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.
John xiv.
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Therefore must we learn to know the Holy Spirit and believe Him to be as Christ describes Him and sets Him before the eye of the soul, namely, that He is not a Spirit of wrath and terror but of grace and comfort, and that thus thewhole Godhead shows nothing but comfort. The Father willsto comfort us, for He gives the Holy Ghost; the Son givescomfort, for He prays the Father to send Him; and the HolyGhost is Himself the Comforter. There is therefore no terror,threat, or wrath over Christians, but only gracious laughter and sweet comfort in heaven and on earth. And why is that?The reason is (He says) because you have already enoughtorturers and hangmen to plague and frighten you.This is the right way of teaching the Holy Ghost, thatHe is called a Comforter, and that that is His nature,character, and ministry. His divine essence or substance wewill not now discuss in any detail. As regards His Godhead,He is of indivisible divine essence with the Father and theSon; but to us He is called a Comforter, and a comforter isone who makes a sad heart glad and joyful toward God andtells you to be of good cheer for your sins are forgiven, deathis slain, heaven is open, and God smiles upon you. Whoever could grasp this definition rightly would have already wonthe victory and would not find or see anything but sheer comfort and joy in heaven and on earth.
 Exposition of John xiv.
W.A 45. 562 ff.
Taken from the book:Day by Day We Magnify Thee
by Martin Luther 
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