Sermons

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May 22, 2022, Sixth Sunday of Easter- Confirmation Sunday - Pastor Bernt Tweit

 "Hold on to Jesus' Words" Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google

Weekly Worship Guide

John 14:23-29

23Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will hold on to my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24The one who does not love me does not hold on to my words. The word that you are hearing is not mine, but it is from the Father who sent me.

25“I have told you these things while staying with you. 26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I told you.

27“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do not let it be afraid. 28You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.

29“I have told you now before it happens so that, when it does happen, you may believe.”

 

 

May 15, 2022, Fifth Sunday of Easter- Pastor Mark Bartels

 "Love One Another " Video: VimeoFacebook.  Audio: Google

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John 13:34-35

34“A new commandment I give you: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, so also you are to love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

 

May 8, 2022, Fourth Sunday of Easter- Pastor Bernt Tweit

 "Jesus, the Lamb and the Shepherd " Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google

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John 10:22-30

22Then the Festival of Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple area in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24So the Jews gathered around Jesus, asking, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25Jesus answered them, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I am doing in my Father’s name testify about me. 26But you do not believe, because you are not my sheep, as I said to you. 27My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.” 

 

 

May 1, 2022, Third Sunday of Easter- Pastor Mark Bartels

 "Doubting Thomas " Video: VimeoFacebook.  Audio: Google

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John 20:19-31

19On the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were together behind locked doors because of their fear of the Jews. Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you!” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you! Just as the Father has sent me, I am also sending you.” 22After saying this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23Whenever you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven. Whenever you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” 24But Thomas, one of the Twelve, the one called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, and put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26After eight days, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Take your hand and put it into my side. Do not continue to doubt, but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

29Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30Jesus, in the presence of his disciples, did many other miraculous signs that are not written in this book. 31But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

 

April 24, 2022, Second Sunday of Easter- Pastor Bernt Tweit

 "You Have Known the Holy Scriptures" Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google

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2 Timothy 3:14-17

14 As for you, continue in the things you have learned and about which you have become convinced. You know from whom you learned them 15 and that from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, well equipped for every good work.

 

 

April 17, 2022, Easter Sunday- Pastor Mark Bartels

 "Eyewitnesses of the Resurrection" Video: VimeoFacebook.  Audio: Google

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1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Brothers, I am going to call your attention to the gospel that I preached to you. You received it, and you took your stand on it. 2You are also being saved by that gospel that was expressed in the words I preached to you, if you keep your hold on it—unless you believed in vain. 3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. 6After that he appeared to over five hundred brothers at the same time, most of whom are still alive, but some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, and then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, he appeared also to me, the stillborn child, so to speak. 9For I am the least of the apostles, and I am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted God’s church. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not ineffective. On the contrary, I worked more than all of them (and yet it wasn’t my doing, but it was the grace of God, which was with me, that did it). 11So whether it is I or they, that is what we preach, and that is what you believed.

 

 

April 15, 2022, Good Friday- Pastor Bernt Tweit

 Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google

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John 19:30

Jesus said, “It is finished!” Then, bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.

 

 

April 14, 2022, Maundy Thursday- Pastor Mark Bartels

"Properly Prepared to Eat and Drink" Video: VimeoFacebook.  Audio: Google

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1 Corinthians 11:28-29

28 Instead, let a person examine himself and after doing so, let him eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For if anyone eats and drinks in an unworthy way  because he does not recognize  the Lord’s  body, he eats and drinks judgment on himself.

 

 

April 10, 2022, Palm Sunday- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Your King is Coming" Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google

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Zechariah 9:9-10

Rejoice greatly, Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your King is coming to you. He is righteous and brings salvation. He is humble and is riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem. The battle bow will be taken away, and he will proclaim peace to the nations. His kingdom will extend from sea to sea, from the River to the ends of the earth.

 

 

April 6, 2022, Lent- Pastor Bernt Tweit

'The Six Chief Parts of the Catechism'

-The Lord's Supper-

"The Lord's Supper" Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google.

 Worship Guide

Luke 22:19-20

He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body,
which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, he took the cup after the supper,
saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is being poured out for you.

 

 

April 3, 2022, Fifth Sunday in Lent- Pastor Mark Bartels

"Press on Toward the Goal!" Video: VimeoFacebook.  Audio: Google

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Philippians 3:8-14

8But even more than that, I consider everything to be a loss because of what is worth far more: knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. For his sake, I have lost all things and consider them rubbish, so that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, which comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God by faith. 10I do this so that I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, 11in the hope that in some way I may arrive at the resurrection from the dead. 12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus also took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it yet, but there is one thing I do: Forgetting the things that are behind and straining toward the things that are ahead, 14I press on toward the goal, for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 

 

March 30, 2022, Lent- Pastor Bernt Tweit

'The Six Chief Parts of the Catechism'

-The Office of the Keys and Forgiveness-

"The Office of the Keys and Confession" Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google

 Worship Guide

Luke 24:34

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

John 19:30

               "It is finished."

 

 

March 27, 2022, Fourth Sunday in Lent- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Christ the Wisdom and Power of God" Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google

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1 Corinthians 1:18-25

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. 19In fact, it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;the intelligence of the intelligent I will bring to nothing. 20Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Jewish law? Where is the probing thinker of the present age? Has God not shown that the wisdom of this world is foolish? 21Indeed, since the world through its wisdom did not know God, God in his wisdom decided to save those who believe, through the foolishness of the preached message. 22Yes, Jews ask for signs, Greeks desire wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified—which is offensive to Jews and foolishness to Greeks, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25We preach Christ crucified, because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

 

 

March 23, 2022, Lent- Pastor Mark Bartels

'The Six Chief Parts of the Catechism'

-The Sacrament of Baptism and Being Washed Clean-

"Baptism" Video: VimeoFacebook.  Audio: Google

 Worship Guide

Matthew 27:24-25

              24 When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing and that instead it was turning into a riot, he took water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “I am innocent of this

                 righteous man’s blood. It is your responsibility.”  25 And all the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”

 
 

 

March 20, 2022, Third Sunday in Lent- Pastor Mark Bartels

"Truth that Leads to Change" Video: VimeoFacebook.  Audio: Google

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Luke 13:1-9

At that time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2He answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered these things? 3I tell you, no. But unless you repent, you will all perish too. 4Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse sinners than all the people living in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no. But unless you repent, you will all perish too.”

6He told them this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it, but he did not find any. 7So he said to the gardener, ‘Look, for three years now I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and I have found none. Cut it down. Why even let it use up the soil?’ 8But the gardener replied to him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put fertilizer on it. 9If it produces fruit next year, fine. But if not, then cut it down.’” 

 

 

March 16, 2022, Lent- Pastor Bernt Tweit

'The Six Chief Parts of the Catechism'

-The Lord's Prayer and Crying Out to God-

"The Lord's Prayer" Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google

 Worship Guide

Luke 11:1-4

               On another occasion, Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.”

              2 He said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

              3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’”

 

 

March 13, 2022, Second Sunday in Lent- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Keep Standing Firm" Video: VimeoFacebook.  Audio: Google

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Philippians 3:17-4:1

17Brothers, join together in imitating me and in paying attention to those who are walking according to the pattern we gave you. 18To be sure, many walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. I told you about them often, and now I am saying it while weeping. 19Their end is destruction, their god is their appetite, and their glory is in their shame. They are thinking only about earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven. We are eagerly waiting for a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21By the power that enables him to subject all things to himself, he will transform our humble bodies to be like his glorious body.

4:1So then, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, in this way keep standing firm in the Lord, my dear friends.

 

 

March 9, 2022, Lent- Pastor Mark Bartels

'The Six Chief Parts of the Catechism'

-The Apostles' Creed and Faith-

"The Creed" Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google.

 Worship Guide

 Mark 15:39

              When the centurion, who was standing opposite him, saw the way he breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!"

 

 

March 6, 2022, First Sunday in Lent- Pastor Mark Bartels

"One Little Word" Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google

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Luke 4:1-13

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where he was tempted by the Devil for forty days. He did not eat anything during those days. When they came to an end, he was hungry. 3The Devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

4Jesus answered him, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” 5The Devil led him up to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6The Devil told him, “I will give you all this power and the glory of these kingdoms, because it has been entrusted to me, and I can give it to anyone I want. 7So, if you worship me, it will all be yours.” 8Jesus answered him, “It is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” 9The Devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the pinnacle of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here, 10because it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you. 11And, they will lift you up with their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” 12Jesus answered him, “It says: ‘You shall not test the Lord your God.’” 13When the Devil had finished every temptation, he left him until an opportune time. 

 

 

March 2, 2022, Ash Wednesday- Pastor Bernt Tweit

'The Six Chief Parts of the Catechism'

-The 10 Commandment and the Cross-

"The Law" Video: VimeoFacebook.  Audio: Google.

Matthew 22:37-40

              37 Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 

               39 The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.” 

 

 

February 27, 2022, Transfiguration- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Light Will Shine Out of Darkness" Video: VimeoFacebook.  Audio: Google

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2 Corinthians 4:3-6

3But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled among those who are perishing. 4In the case of those people, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from clearly seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is God’s image. 5Indeed, we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For the God who said, “Light will shine out of darkness,” is the same one who made light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ.

 

 

February 20, 2022, 7th Sunday after Epiphany- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Revelation and Reconciliation" Video: Vimeo, Facebook.  Audio: Google.  Text: PDF

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Genesis 45:3-8a, 15

3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” His brothers could not answer him, because they were terrified by his presence. 4Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me, please.” They came closer. He said, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5Now do not be upset or angry with yourselves for selling me to this place, since God sent me ahead of you to preserve life. 6For two years now the famine has been in the land, and there are still five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7God sent me ahead of you to preserve you as survivors on the earth, and to keep you alive by a great act of deliverance. 8So it was not you who sent me here, but God.

15He kissed all his brothers and wept over them. After that his brothers talked with him.

 

 

February 13, 2022, 6th Sunday after Epiphany- Pastor Mark Bartels

"Blessed Believers!" Video: VimeoFacebook.  Audio: Google

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Jeremiah 17:5-8

5This is what the Lord says. Cursed is anyone who trusts in mankind, who seeks his strength from human flesh, and who turns his heart away from the Lord. 6He will be like a juniper bush in the wasteland. He will not see good things when they come. He lives in a dry place in the wilderness, in a salty land where no one lives.

7But blessed is anyone who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8He will be like a tree planted by water. It sends out its roots to the stream. It does not fear the heat when it comes. Its leaves will remain green. It is not concerned about a time of drought. It does not stop producing fruit

 

 

February 6, 2022, 5th Sunday after Epiphany- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Five Understandable Words" Video: VimeoFacebook. Audio: Google.

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1 Corinthians 14:12b-20

Since you are eager for spiritual gifts, seek to use them abundantly in a way that will build up the church. 13That is why a person who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15So what is to be done? I will pray using my spirit, and I will pray also using my understanding. I will sing using my spirit, and I will sing also using my understanding. 16Otherwise, how will an uninformed person say the “Amen” after you give thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? 17To be sure, you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. 18I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19But in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20Brothers, do not be children in your thinking, but be like babies in regard to evil, and be mature in your thinking.

 

 

January 30, 2022, 4th Sunday after Epiphany- Pastor Mark Bartels

"Before You Were Born" Video: Vimeo, Facebook. Audio: Google. Text: PDF

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Jeremiah 1:4-10

4The word of the Lord came to me. 5Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I set you apart. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations. 6But I said, “Ah, Lord God! I really do not know how to speak! I am only a child!” 7The Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone to whom I send you and say whatever I command you. 8Do not be afraid of them, because I am with you, and I will rescue you, declares the Lord.” 9Then the Lord stretched out his hand and touched my mouth. The Lord said to me: There! I have now placed my words in your mouth. 10Look, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and to tear down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.

 

 

January 23, 2022, 3rd Sunday after Epiphany- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"You are the Body of Christ" Video: FacebookGoogle. Audio: Google.

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1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 26-27

12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit we all were baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free people, and we were all caused to drink one Spirit. 14Furthermore, the body is not one member, but many. 15If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not part of the body,” it does not on that account cease to be part of the body. 16If the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not part of the body,” it does not on that account cease to be part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But now God has arranged the members in the body, each and every one of them, as he desired. 19If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20But as it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need for you,” or again the head to the feet, “I have no need for you.

26So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it, or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27You are the body of Christ, and individually you are members of it.

 

 

January 16, 2022, 2nd Sunday after Epiphany- Pastor Mark Bartels

"Bless this House, O Lord We Pray" Video: Facebook, Google. Audio: Google. Text: PDF

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John 2:1-11

Three days later, there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. 2Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine.” 4Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with you and me? My time has not come yet.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Six stone water jars, which the Jews used for ceremonial cleansing, were standing there, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim. 8Then he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” And they did. 9When the master of the banquet tasted the water that had now become wine, he did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew). The master of the banquet called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the guests have had plenty to drink, then the cheaper wine. You saved the good wine until now!” 11This, the beginning of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 

 

 

 

January 9, 2022, 1st Sunday after Epiphany- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Baptism-the washing of rebirth" Video: FacebookGoogle. Audio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

Titus 3:4-7

4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward mankind appeared, 5he saved us—not by righteous works that we did ourselves, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and the renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs in keeping with the hope of eternal life.

 

January 2, 2022, 2nd Sunday After Christmas- Pastor Mark Bartels

"Adopted into the Family" Video: Facebook, Google. Audio: Google.

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Galatians 4:4-7

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son to be born of a woman, so that he would be born under the law, 5in order to redeem those under the law, so that we would be adopted as sons. 6And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts to shout, “Abba, Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son. And if you are a son, then you are also an heir of God through Christ.

 

 

Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School
734 Holy Cross Way
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-249-3101
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