"HE IS RISEN" Rev. Arturo Mendez Sermon:#458  “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands” April 4-2021 Easter Morning Text : Martin Luther Translation: Richard Massie Tune  Geysliche gesangk  Buchleyn, wittengberg, 1524. Text background: this hymn is an expansion by Martin Luther (1483- 1546) of “Christ is arisen” (hymn 459) see that him and Christians, to the Paschal victim (hymn 460) for the historical background to “Christ Jesus lay in that Strong’s bands” the hymn begins with echoing the words of St. Luke “God raise him up, loosing the pangs of death, because he was not possible for him to be held by it” (acts 2:24) Christ resurrection brings us life and salvation:” he will shallow up death forever”(Isaiah 25:8) in faith, the Christian joyfully praises the Lord. Stanza 1:  Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands For our offenses given; But now at God’s right hand he stands And brings us life from heaven. Therefore let us joyful be And sing to God right thankfully Loud so
,Rev. Arturo Mendez March 24 2021 Lent Sermon Hymn #430 Mid. Week 6 “My song is Love Unknown”     Written by Samuel Crossman in the year of 1625- 84)  Tune by John Ireland 1879 – 1962  The 17th century in England was a Golden age of a Christian poetry. From the intensely personal metaphysical verse of John Donne to the epic biblical  retellings of john Milton these poems were intense as hymns. Though some were set to music. in the  19 and 20 centuries.  My song is love unknown. With its haunting melody by the 20th century composer. John Ireland has as its text a poem by the Anglican clergyman Samuel Crossman(1625-84) who in turn drew on the work of arguably the greatest devotional  poet in English literature, George Herbert (1593-1632)  The Poem Beginning  “my Song is love Unknown”  was first published in 1664 in a collection of Crossman’s Poems titled  the Young mans Meditation An epigraph on the title page is a quotation credited to “ Mr. Herbert’s Temple.”  Which is from the First s
Rev. Arturo Mendez St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Westfield  Lent 03-10-2021 Mid Week 4 Hymn Preaching #823     Hymn was written by Dr. Martin Luther (1483-1546) Was translated by Richard Massie, in the (1800- 87 ) and sung  in two different Tunes, one which is Hymn #823   Deus Misereatur,Magdegburg 1524, and Hymn tune Version #824 was written by Dr Martin Luther and Tune by David Lee. 1956.   Martin Luther express the wish in his Latin mass ( Formula Missae,1523 ) that “We had as many songs as possible in the vernacular which the people could sing during mass.” The same year He wrote several paraphrases of biblical psalms, including psalm 12, and 14, which are no longer sung; psalm 130(‘From depths of woe I cry to Thee.”  LSB 607 );and this Hymn,  Paraphrase of psalm 67, Luther’s Paraphrase served as both example and catalyst toward the goal of providing German Songs for the Congregation. He likely wrote the paraphrase psalm. 67 in late 1523. Since the text first appears appended to t
Rev Arturo Mendez St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Westfield. Lent sermon week 2 Feb 24 2021 Text sermon Hymn. #656   A mighty Fortress is Our God   Text Background: A mighty fortress is Our God” was most likely written sometime between 1527 and 1529, a period that saw an epidemic hit Wittenberg, a serious illness. The Hymn is often call a “Battle Hymn of the Reformation” but in Luther’s day it was thought of in different terms, as can been seen from the heading needed at the time. The Hymn has often translated into English, but the translations most frequently  found are Thomas Carlisle’s 1831 text ‘A safe stronghold our God is still”, well known in Britain, and Frederick H. Hedge’s version beginning “A mighty fortress is Our God. A bulwark never failling’, which is more popular in America. The Missouri Synod has Historical use Neither, but rather a translation from the 1868 Church Book of the general Council, a Theologically conservative Lutheran Body. In some ways, This Translation (L
Sermon New Years Eve 31-Dic-2020 Rev. Arturo Mendez St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Westfield.   Author: Philip Nicolai (1556-1608) He Ranks as one of the most Zealous defenders of the Orthodox Lutheran Doctrine in the Sixteen century. He accepted His Pastorate call in a Town of Unna also in Westphalia in 1596 when they were also in the Midst of a epidemic.  Nicolai was working also in a consolatory book  Mirror of the joys of Eternal Life   and was published in 1599 the book was theme in the passage of  Romans 8:18   for I consider that the sufferings of this  present time are not worth comparing that the Glory that is to be revealed to us. He took over 400 pages to said what Paul said in a single sentence.  Philip Nicolai also was writing four Hymns all of those refereed to Bridegroom getting ready for the Lord. The First one is well known as “ O Morning Star how fair and Bright”, the second one was “Wake, awake, for night is flying” the third one was farewell to the world by a soul b
Rev. Arturo Mendez St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Westfield 11/22/2020   Theme: The Final Judgment.   May the Peace and Grace from our Lord and Savior be with all of us.          I believe that everyone of us we are hearing sometimes the final day of the earth is coming, and we probably being hearing about the end of the world some many times or very often, some people have supposedly the knowledge by the reading of the cards, or the wisdom by witchcraft or so evil things, which of course is totally false, or the predestination of the Mayans calendar from the end of the edge in 2012, of course we know that Hollywood it is the expert on those thing. They are the Masters on sci-fi Movies,  like the Day after Tomorrow, or the other one 2012 , with the Actor Nicolas Cage, and some many more in the industry. And they can give us a picture from what they believe about  the end of the days. If we can call it that. And we are really terrified about those movies and things that we hear or seein