#64 Happy And Content With God’s Married Estate

Here let the pope, cardinals, monks, nuns, and priests pull a sour face; what do we care about that? If they will not look at us with friendly and pure eyes, then let them look at the whorehouses and the impure, filthy, and befouled cloisters. We are content to know that we are esteemed by God and his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who sits at the right hand of God and rules all things, the one who ordained the marriage estate and placed us in it and watches over this estate until the last day. Because I know this and most certainly believe it, I am happy and confident, and I live in the holy ordinance of marriage with a good conscience and a happy mind. For here God says to the man: You are my man; and to the woman: You are my woman. And because I know that God speaks so to me, I also know that all the angels speak so to me, and love me and respect me. I also know that the sun, moon, and all the stars look upon me and minister to me with their light and influence, even though this terribly vexes the devil with his scales, the popes, cardinals, and monks, who also are the devil’s. I don’t care a snap for them; even though they were a thousand against one, I don’t care. If they don’t want to regard me or listen to me, then in the devil’s name let them take a look in Morolf’s looking glass. (“Sermon at Marriage of Sigismund von Luindenau, 1545Luther’s Works, v. 51, p.360-361)

Catechesis on Palmarum (St. Matthew 26:1-27:54)

On Wednesday nights, Trinity Lutheran Church(Herrin, IL) offers to both children and adults an opportunity for teaching with Learn-by-Heart at 6:30 PM and a catechetical service at 7:00.

In this video from March 21, 2018, we learned stanzas 2-3 of “alas! And Did My Savior Bleed” (Lutheran Worship, #97), questions 10-16 of the Christian Questions with their Answers from Luther’s Small Catechism.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (St. Matthew 26-27), which is the Holy Gospel for Palm Sunday.

The service concludes with “Responsive Prayer for Catechesis” (pdf link below).

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Palmarum-3-21-2018.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2017.pdf

This catechesis is recorded in two parts.

The first video is the Learn-by-Heart.  [Length: 23 minutes]

The first video is the Catechesis Service.  [Length: 42 minutes]

Learn-by-Heart on Invocabit/Lent One (St. Matthew 4:1-11)

On Wednesday nights, Trinity Lutheran Church(Herrin, IL) offers to both children and adults an opportunity for teaching with Learn-by-Heart at 6:30 PM and a catechetical service at 7:00.

In this video from February 14, 2018, we learned stanza 1 of “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed” (Lutheran Worship, #97), the third question for the Sacrament of the Altar and the meaning from Luther’s Small Catechism.

Although we normally follow the Learn-by-Heart with a Catechesis service designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service (The Temptation of Christ in the Wilderness from St. Matthew 4:1-11), this Wednesday we did not.  Instead there was a Divine Service for Ash Wednesday.

[Length: 27 minutes]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Ash-Wednesday-2-14-2018.pdf

Theology Summary Bible Class Pt 21: 3rd Genus: Prophet concluded

This audio concludes the study of Christ’s work as the promised Prophet for us. As we have seen in the Holy Scriptures, we have no right to ascribe to the Son of God after His incarnation, any activity outside His flesh. Now that Jesus has risen from the dead and ascended to heaven, he continues to work as our Prophet according to both of His natures through the ministry of the Word. With Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus promises to be present through the baptizing and teaching of His New Testament ministers.  St. Paul confesses that his preaching is “Christ speaking in Me” (2 Cor 13:3). St Luke 10:16 records Jesus’ promise associated with the Office of the Ministry, saying, “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

Everything which the Savior did and still does to save sinful mankind (His official acts) may not be ascribed to either of His natures exclusively, but must be ascribed to both natures conjointly (The Apotelesmaticum Genus).

Handout 1:  The-Third-Genus-Prophet-pages-1-4.pdf

Catechesis on Trinity Three (St. Luke 15:1-10)

On Wednesday nights, Trinity Lutheran Church(Herrin, IL) offers to both children and adults an opportunity for teaching with Learn-by-Heart at 6:30 PM and a catechetical service at 7:00.

In this video from June 13, 2018, we learned stanzas 1-2 of “Your Table I Approach” (Lutheran Worship, #249), the first Commandment and the meaning from Luther’s Small Catechism.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains Lost Sheep and Lost Coin (St. Luke 15:1-10), which is the Holy Gospel for the Third Sunday after Trinity.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).    [Length: 58 minutes]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Trinity-3-6-13-2018.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

Catechesis on Trinity Seven (St. Mark 8:1-9)

On Wednesday nights, Trinity Lutheran Church(Herrin, IL) offers to both children and adults an opportunity for teaching with Learn-by-Heart at 6:30 PM and a catechetical service at 7:00.

In this video from July 11, 2018, we learned stanza 5-6 of “Your Table I Approach” (Lutheran Worship, #249), the 4th and 5th commandments and their meanings from Luther’s Small Catechism.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains Jesus’ feeding of the 4,000 (St. Mark 8:1-9), which is the Holy Gospel for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).    [Length: 1 hour and 4 minutes]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Trinity-7-7-11-2018.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

#63 Man Created His Own Not So “Holy Estates”

The pope and his cardinals, monks, nuns, and priests have tried to improve things and ordain a holy estate in which they might live in holiness and chastity. But how holy, pure, and chaste the lives of popes, cardinals, bishops, monks, priests, and nuns have been is so apparent that the sun, moon, and stars have cried out against it. Pigsties are nasty, dirty places, but they are clean and pure compared with the cloisters; for they have been leading such a chaste and pure life in the cloisters that one cannot very well even speak of it. Why, then, did this happen? Because they tore down and despised God’s holy ordinance of the estate of matrimony and they were not worthy to enter into marriage. But here those who have entered into holy matrimony in accord with God’s ordinance should love and esteem this saying of St. Paul:

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, etc

They should also pride themselves upon and comfort themselves with the fact that they are married; for here a man can say: I thank God that I have been created a man by God; or a woman: I thank God that I have been created a woman; and that we have also been placed by God in the holy estate of marriage in order to bring forth children according to his blessing and will. This honor, which those who are married have, is far greater. Therefore, nobody should hate or condemn this estate and ordinance of God, as the pope and his followers do, but rather highly exalt it and love and esteem it. (“Sermon at Marriage of Sigismund von Luindenau, 1545” (Luther’s Works, v. 51, p.359-360)

Catechesis on Trinity 17 (St. Luke 14:1-11)

On Wednesday nights, Trinity Lutheran Church(Herrin, IL) offers to both children and adults an opportunity for teaching with Learn-by-Heart at 6:30 PM and a catechetical service at 7:00.

In this video from September 19, 2018, we learned stanza 5 of “Chief of Sinners Though I Be” (Lutheran Worship, #285), the first article of the Apostles’ Creed and the meaning from Luther’s Small Catechism.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains the true worship of God (St. Luke 14:1-11), which is taught in the Holy Gospel for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-17-9-19-2018.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

This catechesis is recorded in two parts.

The first video is the Learn-by-Heart.  [Length: 30 minutes]

The second video is the Catechesis Service.  [Length: 31 minutes]

Catechesis on Trinity 19 (St. Matthew 9:1-8)

On Wednesday nights, Trinity Lutheran Church(Herrin, IL) offers to both children and adults an opportunity for teaching with Learn-by-Heart at 6:30 PM and a catechetical service at 7:00.

In this video from October 3, 2018, we learned stanza 2 of “We All Believe in One True God, Maker” (Lutheran Worship, #213), the second article of the Apostles’ Creed and the meaning from Luther’s Small Catechism.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains Jesus’ healing of the paralytic (St. Matthew 9:1-8), which is the Holy Gospel for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).    [Length: 1 hour and 5 minutes]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Trinity-19-10-3-2018.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

Theology Summary Bible Class Pt. 20: Third Genus: Jesus The Prophet

Everything which the Savior did and still does to save sinful mankind (His official acts) may not be ascribed to either of His natures exclusively, but must be ascribed to both natures conjointly (The Apotelesmaticum Genus).  This study examines the execution of Christ’s work as the promised Prophet for us.

When the Scriptures speak of Jesus’ work of saving us, we see that He determined to do it by the taking on of human flesh.  His incarnation was necessary so that He might begin the fulfillment of His salvific work for us.  In St. Mark 1:38, Jesus says, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”  The work of the God-Man, the whole Christ, is revealed in His preaching.  Jesus didn’t just preach as would any ordinary man.  “He who comes from heaven is above all.  And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies” (Jn 3:31-32). Making use of His divine attributes, “He taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Mt 7:28-29).

Handout 1:  Genus-Diagrams.pdf
Handout 2:  The-Third-Genus-Prophet-pages-1-4.pdf