Rev. Dr. Bill Matzat, artist of Dovetail Creations, recently reproduced the famous Cranach Reformation Altar for the LCMS International Center chapel. Read the LCMS Blog post about the installation of the altar at blogs.lcms.org/2016/cranach-reformation-altar-reproduction-installed. Learn more about Dr. Matzat and see a gallery of his work at dovetailcreations.net.
2. Witness Wednesday
With Rev. Mark Wood, Director of Witness and Outreach in the LCMS Office of National Mission.
3. Daily Lectionary
Rev. Jason Zirbel from Grace Lutheran Church in Greenwood, Arkansas, studies Matthew 14:22-36.
4. Morning Prayer Sermonette
Today’s sermonette is given by Rev. Jason Zirbel from Grace Lutheran Church in Greenwood, Arkansas.
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way[a] from the land,[b] beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night[c] he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,[d]he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret
34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick 36 and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
- Matthew 14:24 Greek many stadia, a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
- Matthew 14:24 Some manuscripts was out on the sea
- Matthew 14:25 That is, between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
- Matthew 14:30 Some manuscripts strong wind