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This is the Feast of Victory for our God. Martyrdom of John the Baptist [altar guild].

A reminder that Christianity and its victory is not about worldly popularity. We need to do the right thing regardless of our popularity. This has often been our victory


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The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist [Altar Guild Opening Divine Service]

St. Peter Lutheran Church [chapel]

Revelation 6:9-11, Romans 6:1-5, St. Mark 6:14-29

August 29, 2013

“This is the feast of victory for our God, Alleluia!”

We didn’t sing “This is the Feast of Victory for our God” today.  We sang, “Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”

Those are both heaven’s songs.  “This is the Feast” is based on Revelation chapter five.  There John sees a vision of the divine service in heaven.  It is liturgical.  First the 24 elders, who signify the prophets and patriarchs of the Old Testament and the 12 apostles of the new, sing a new song, saying

Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.  Rev. 5:9-10

 

That’s kind of like the pastor’s part in our divine service on earth.  Except the 24 elders are not just the apostles and the 12 sons of Israel, nor just pastors.  But they are the whole Christian Church, because Jesus did not make just the apostles priests and kings, or just the clergy, but all Christians are baptized into Christ and share in His priesthood and His royal reign.

Next comes what would probably be the choir’s response.  The choir here, like our choir, summons the congregation to worship, or leads them.  But the choir here up in the heavenly choir loft, or rather gathered around the throne of God and the 24 elders is a choir of angels:numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,

 

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”  Rev. 5:11-12

 

Then finally in the eternal and heavenly divine service the whole congregation responds together.  But in the vision, the whole congregation does not consist of people, or at least not only people.  No, the congregation that sings is every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them.  And this congregation sings

To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!  Rev. 5:13

And then the four living creatures say Amen.  And all the elders fall on their faces in worship before Jesus who sits on the throne.

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