…Of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew – a friendly household of faith. We are America’s oldest Lutheran Church (congregation), now in its 350th year of faithful witness to the Lord Jesus Christ since receiving its historic Charter on December 6, 1664.
The Three Days.
The season of Lent is at its end. Holy Thursday, the first of The Three Days – The Sacred Triduum, the holiest days of the Liturgical Church Year, brings to the fore the Paschal mystery in which God in Christ, the incarnate Son of the Father, suffered for our sins, was crucified, died, and was buried.
By these events in history, God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ Jesus. His passion - holy and innocent sufferings, and death, is the only sacrifice that is truly worthy for the atonement for the sin of the world. He is the perfect Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world at that time in history, which is efficacious for all time, past, present, and future. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” Romans 8:33.
We are called upon to enter into contemplation of these most blessed events of long ago and to ponder seriously at the love and mercy of God who rescues the human race from the wages of sin and the power of the devil. What wondrous love is this? What amazing grace! The is truly unfathomable to the human mind, yet by faith, created and sustained in the heart by the Holy Spirit, we believe and receive this precious gift of God for our salvation. Thanks be to God!
We confess this truth in the Confession of FAITH which is expressed concisely in the Creeds.