Holy Gospel………………………………………...……...…   Matthew 5:21-37
P     The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the Fifth chapter.

C     Glory be to thee O Lord.

​​You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’  But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.  So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.  Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.  Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’  But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’  But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, for by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.  Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.


    This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C     Praise to You, O Christ.
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                        Welcome to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church!

We give thanks that gracious Lord Jesus Christ has gathered us together here for his Divine Service. Today again our Lord comes to serve us and lavish us with his gifts of life, forgiveness, and salvation. Rejoicing in those wonderful gifts, we sing with David in Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! A day in your courts is better than a thousand Elsewhere.”

​​​Pastor Jonathan Bontke

Introit...………………………………..Ps. 98:7–9; antiphon: Ps. 98:2

The Lord has made known his sal- | vation;*
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the | nations.
Let the sea roar, and all that | fills it;*
the world and those who | dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together be- | fore the Lord,*
for he comes to | judge the earth.
He will judge the world with | righteousness,*
and the peoples with | equity.​
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
is now, and will be forever. | Amen.

​The Learn by heart passage for the week beginning February 16, 2020

What is the Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer?

Our Father who art in heaven

What does this mean?

With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father.
 

Sunday's Readings and Sermon

​THE WORDS OF OUR LORD  

 P      Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of  Me.”                                                                                                                                      

P     Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”​
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Nicene Creed                                                                                      

     C    I believe in one God,
                 the Father Almighty,
                 maker of heaven and earth
                 and of all things visible and invisible.
           And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

                 the only-begotten Son of God,
                 begotten of His Father before all worlds,
                 God of God, Light of Light,
                 very God of very God,
                 begotten, not made,
                 being of one substance with the Father,
                 by whom all things were made;
                 who for us men and for our salvation came down from                                        heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the                                              virgin Mary and was made man;
                 and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
                 He suffered and was buried.
                 And the third day He rose again according to the                                                  Scriptures and ascended into heaven
                 and sits at the right hand of the Father.
                 And He will come again with glory to judge both the                                          living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
            And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
                 the Lord and giver of life,
                 who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
                 who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped                                        and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.
            And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
                 I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
                 and I look for the resurrection of the dead
                 and the life + of the world to come. Amen.

SERVICE OF THE WORD

​​​The Readings for this Sunday are printed below.  If you would like to hear the Word of God, go "BibleGateway.com" and go to the Book and Chapter and Verse.

Sermon: Text Matthew 5:21-37

​​​​​​​​Beautiful Savior  Lutheran Church (LCMS)

Thought for Today​                                                      February 16, 2020
Obedience to the commandments of God beget abundant life! Yet, in our flesh we struggle; jealousy dilutes trust; anger suppresses joy; foolishness prevents reconciliation. The list is endless! It seems like our every gesture wars against the good commandments of God. Our life ultimately needs to be grounded in the abundant care of Jesus. He alone gives growth, nourishes life, and fortifies us with the ability to speak unwavering truth concerning the counsels of God!​​​​​​

Prayer of the Church ​                            Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

In Your mercy, O Lord, hear the prayers of Your people as we call to You on behalf of ourselves and all people as they have need.

Brief silence

Gracious God, You have established Your Church through Your Word and called a people to wear Your name and do Your bidding. Guard her against all false doctrine, and provide to her faithful pastors to preach Your Word and administer Your Holy Sacraments. Give to us church workers who will serve us in Your name according to their gifts and Your purpose. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy Lord, You have set before us life and good, death and evil. Grant to Your people faith in Christ, our Savior, and the desire to keep Your commandments, loving You above all things and loving our neighbor as Your Son has loved us. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed Lord, You sustained hope through the ages by raising up prophets and priests. Give Your Spirit and wisdom to those now preparing for full-time church work. Help us to encourage young men to consider the pastoral vocation and young women to serve as deaconesses, directors of Christian education and teachers. Bless also the seminaries, colleges and schools where church workers are being trained for Your service. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Mighty Lord, Your power is greater than the works of man. Guide and direct those whom we have elected to serve us on all levels of government. Protect those who defend us against our enemies, and bless the emergency personnel who come to our aid in times of disaster and need. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Merciful Lord, You do not forget the poor or needy. Help us to remember those who suffer any want or need, especially the homeless, victims of abuse, the widowed, the orphaned and the unemployed, and help us to aid them with the manifold resources You have supplied. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Healing Lord, You are our very present help in time of need. Deliver the sick in mind or body from their ills according to Your mercy, comfort those who sorrow, and have mercy on those to whom death draws near [especially ___________]. Grant them the full measure of Your consolation and love, whether in healing of their affliction, strength to endure under trial, or the perfect healing of the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving Lord, Your Son has set His table in the presence of our enemies. Help us to know the comfort and strength of His presence as we feast upon His body and drink of His blood in this blessed Sacrament. By this communion, grant us the gifts needful, that we may be strengthened in faith and perfected in holiness unto the day of His coming in glory. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Generous Lord, You have given to us gifts and graces more than we deserve and far beyond what we dare ask. Give us grace so that we may share Your blessing with those in need, supply the resources to enable Your Church to do Your bidding, and support the mission endeavors of Your Church both near and far. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Eternal Lord, we recall with thanksgiving all those who have loved Your appearing and who have departed this life in faith. Encouraged by Your favor toward them and their faithfulness to You, we pray You to keep us in fellowship with them and, at the last, to bring us with them to the marriage supper of the Lamb in Your Kingdom, which has no end. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty and everlasting God, You know before we pray the needs of Your people. Hear our prayers, for we trust in You to grant to us all things needful for this body and life and to bring us to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.     
                               

SERVICE OF THE SECRAMENT

PREFACE
P    The Lord be with you.
C     And also with you.

P   
  Lift up your hearts.
C     We lift them to the Lord.

P     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C     It is meet and right so to do.

P    
It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for the countless blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:


Holy, holy holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored;                                         Heaven and Earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.

Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord;

​Truly blest is He who come in the name of the Lord.

                                                                                     
Prayer of Thanksgiving                                                                                                                       

P     Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

​        In Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life.  Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him.

      
We give You thanks for the redemption You have prepared for us through Jesus Christ.  Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may faithfully eat and drink of the fruits of His cross and receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation

that come to us in His body and blood.

P    Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

As We Gather

LORD’S SUPPER ANNOUNCEMENT

The Lord’s Supper is much more than a mere symbol. Through this Sacrament our Lord Jesus Christ gives us His very body and blood. He reassures us that our sins are indeed forgiven. He gives us His Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith.

Since this is such a special sacrament we feel that anyone who wishes to partake of it should have an understanding of just what the meaning of this special gift is. If you are a baptized adult Christian and have been thoroughly instructed in the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper we invite you to participate - if not we respectfully ask that you wait until discussing the matter with the pastor.
Those partaking of the Lord’s Supper should ask themselves:

1. Am I truly sorry that I have sinned against God?
2. Do I believe that Jesus died for my sins and gives me His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper as Scripture says?
3. Will I try my very best, with God’s help, to lead my life according to His will?
Those preparing to receive the Lord’s Supper should be able to honestly answer ‘yes’ to each of these questions.

“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.”    1 Corinthians 11:2

       C   Our Father who art in heaven,
             hallowed be Thy name,
             Thy kingdom come,
             Thy will be done on earth
              as it is in heaven;
              give us this day our daily bread;
              and forgive us our trespasses
              as we forgive those
              who trespass against us;
              and lead us not into temptation,
              but deliver us from evil.
              For Thine is the kingdom
              and the power and the glory
              forever and ever.   Amen.

                    The Mission of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church:

Is to gather together to be built up in God’s word and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION


The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P      In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C      Amen.


P    
Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P     Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C     who made heaven and earth.
P    
I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,
C     and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.


Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

P     O almighty God, merciful Father,
C     I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being. 


P     Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy
Spirit.

C     Amen.

What about The Gospel?


Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. This pamphlet has been prepared to show you how much we need the Gospel, why it is such good news, how we receive it and how we respond to it.  Why do we need the Gospel?  We cannot really understand how good the message of the Gospel is until we understand how bad our situation is without it.  We are poor miserable sinners. We sin daily and deserve nothing but God’s wrath and punishment.  Without Jesus Christ, our situation would be totally hopeless.  The Scriptures describe human beings as dead in trespasses and sin.  Without the mercy and cleansing of God through the blood of Jesus Christ, there awaits for us only everlasting punishment in hell. Thus, we need the Gospel— desperately!  What is the Gospel?  The word “gospel” is a translation of a Greek word that means, “an announcement of good news.”  The Gospel is the good news that God the Holy Trinity decided not to abandon humanity when Adam and Eve first fell into sin. God decided then and there that sin and death would not have the last word.  He promised to send a Savior.  When the time was right, God sent His Son into our world to be born of the Virgin Mary.  Our Lord Jesus Christ lived a perfect life for us.  On the cross, He received the penalty and punishment for the sins of the whole world, offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin. Jesus rose from the dead, victorious over our ancient enemies: sin, death and the devil. Therefore, each Christian is able with great joy and confidence to declare before the whole world: “My Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.”  What glorious good news! The one, true eternal and all- powerful God came into our world to live, suffer, die and rise again for us. We, who are unholy and unrighteous, receive the forgiveness of all our sins and thus receive the perfect holiness and righteousness of Christ our Savior—as a free gift—purely because of His love for us.  That is good news!  That is the Gospel!  How do we receive this great salvation in our lives today?  How do we personally receive the forgiveness Christ won for the entire world?  How does what happened on the cross nearly 2,000 years ago flow into our lives today?  Here too there is very good news.  God, through His Gospel, offers us forgiveness and help against sin in more than one way.  God is surpassingly rich in His grace.  He gives His Gospel to us through His Word, through Baptism, through the Sacrament of the Altar, and through confession and absolution.  These are the ways God enters our lives today to apply to us personally the great salvation Christ won for the world. The Holy Spirit works through the Word of the Gospel to create and sustain faith in our heart that Christ is the Savior of the world, and thus our Savior too.  The Bible is the Word of God, written down for our learning and edification.  The Scriptures are filled with the good news of Jesus Christ and all that He has done for us.  Through the almighty, Spirit-filled Word, God gathers us into His church, which is truly the mother that begets and bears every Christian through the Word of God.  The Holy Spirit is present, effective and active through the Word when it is proclaimed, heard and meditated upon.  The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word;or as St. Paul says in Holy Scripture, “The washing of water with the word.”  Through Baptism, we are made partakers of Christ’s death and resurrection.  Therefore, we know that Baptism works forgive- ness of sins, rescues from death and the devil,and gives eternal life to all who believe.  Since Baptism is connected to the Word and promise of God, it is truly a life-giving water, rich in grace—a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit.  Christ has provided a special application of the Gospel through confession and absolution.  Confession is admitting our sins to God and receiving His forgiveness from our pastor, as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.  Thus, by divine ordinance, Christ Himself has entrusted absolution to his Christian church and commanded us to absolve one another from sins. The Lord’s Supper is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself, for us Christians to eat and to drink.  In the Lord’s Supper, Christ’s body and blood are given to us as our treasure and gift which sustains our faith and life in Him.  If you are heavy-laden and feel your weakness, go joyfully to the Sacrament and receive refreshment, comfort and strength.  Those who want to be forgiven by God and who want to enjoy His presence in their lives, hunger and thirst for the Word and Sacraments.  With the Psalmist we say, “My soul thirsts for God,for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?”  God has provided the means to receive Him.  So, Christians hunger and thirst for God’s Word, absolution, the Sacrament, etc.  We have the certainty that God meets us and gives us what we need in His means of grace.  The forgiveness Christ won for the world on the cross is applied to us personally by God through His Word and Sacraments.  What a joy for us to know that where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.  Thus, we believe that we cannot, by our own reason or strength, believe in Jesus Christ our Lord, or come to Him;  but the Holy Spirit calls us by the Gospel, enlightens us with His gifts, sanctifies and keeps us in the true faith.  In the same way, He calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all of our sins, and the sins of all believers.  How does God cause us to respond to His Gospel?  We love God because He first loved us.  Our Lord is at work in us both to will and to do what is pleasing to Him.  Christians look to the Ten Commandments to know what is pleasing to God and wish to serve Him in gratitude for the great salvation that is theirs in Christ.  From the Word of God we learn that God wants us to put Him first,above any other person or thing, to respect His name and not misuse it, to hear and obey His Word.  Children are to honor and obey their parents and others in authority.  We are to look out for the welfare of others, doing nothing to hurt or harm our neighbor.  We are to live sexually pure and decent lives, with husbands and wives loving and honoring each another.  In looking out for our neighbor’s welfare and helping him to improve and protect his property and business, we are also to take care not to lie about our neighbor, but to help, support and defend him in every need, and, finally, we are to be content with what we have been given, and not want what is not ours.  What a joyful privilege we have to serve God and others!  He gives us the opportunity to bear witness to our faith through both our words and our deeds.  How is the Gospel obscured?  The Gospel is obscured by well-intentioned people who want to encourage a life of good works, and end up making Christians think that it is by their works that they are saved. This is a great danger.  Through His Word and Sacraments, Jesus is constantly working in our lives to forgive our sins and strengthen our relationship with God.  God always receives the credit for our salvation.  He is the one working in us.  This is not something we can do.  Our good works are the result of God’s love in our hearts and lives.  Our good works in this life do not save us, only Christ saves us.  Works serve our neighbor and show to the world that we are grateful for God’s mercy in our lives.  Another way the Gospel can be obscured is when too much emphasis is put on an emotional response to the Gospel.  Some Christians believe that unless they have some sort of ecstatic, charismatic experience, or feel some sort of “spiritual high,” they are not really Christians.  It is truly sad that some people look into their own hearts for the security that they are children of God, instead of putting their hope and trust in the objective work of Christ for them, and in the means God uses to come to them—His Word and Sacraments.  If we find ourselves beginning to ask, “Am I doing enough?” or thinking, “It doesn’t matter what I do, for God will forgive me anyway,” then we are at risk of losing Christ and His forgiveness.  We look always to Jesus and put our hope and trust in Him.  He is our Savior.  And, that’s good news!  All blessing, honor, thanks and praise to Father, Son and Spirit, the God who saved us by His grace.  All glory to His merit! O triune God in heaven above, you have revealed your saving love.  Your blessed name we hallow. — Dr. A. L. Barry President The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

POST-COMMUNION COLLECT


A     Let us pray.
We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C      Amen.


​​BENEDICTION                                                                                                                           

P      The Lord bless you and keep you.
        The Lord make His face shine on you
        and be gracious to you.
        The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

​C     Amen.

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Old Testament Reading………………………………  Deuteronomy 30:15–20

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.

If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his just decrees then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.

But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess.  I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

A    This is the Word of the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.

Gradual                                                                                        Ps. 117:1–2a; 96:8
Praise the Lord, all | nations!*
Extol him, all | peoples!
For great is his steadfast | love toward us,*
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for- | ever.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory | due his name;*
bring an offering, and come in- | to his courts! 


A    This is the Word of the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.
              
Epistle……………………………………………………..1 Corinthians 3:1–9

But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.  I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?  For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.  I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.  So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.  He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

R     This is the Word of the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God
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SALUTATION AND COLLECT OF THE DAY

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P      The Lord be with you.
C      And also with you.​​


​​P      Let us pray.

​        O Lord, graciously hear the prayers of Your people that we who                  justly suffer the consequence of our sin may be mercifully delivered          by Your goodness to the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ,            Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy                Spirit, one God, now and forever.

​​​​​C     Amen. 

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