Book of Concord Bible Class #41: Formula of Concord, Article II. Free Will

This Bible study examines Article II. Free Will.
Quiz #40 (white sheet):  Quiz-40-for-July-5-2020-Original-Sin-and-Free-Will.pdf
Overhead: Formula-of-Concord-Solid-Declaration-Article-II.pdf

Note 1: A Divine Service was also video recorded and is available at trinityh.org, under the tab, Sermons
Note 2: This is the audio only post.  The vimeo video is also available.   Click here –> Vimeo Video for #41

Divine Service for Trinity Four – July 5, 2020

Service Bulletin:  Trinity-Four-Divine-Service-for-Online-7-5-2020.pdf
Printed Sermon:  SRM1923-Christ-Says-To-Those-Who-Suffer-Unjustly.pdf

0:00  Hymn “Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty”  LW 199, TLH 1
3:00   Service Begins
9:35 Readings:  Genesis 50:15-21, Romans 8:18-23, St. Luke 6:36-42
15:05 Nicene Creed
16:50  Hymn “O God, My Faithful God” LW 371, TLH 395
19:35  Sermon “Christ Says To Those Who Suffer Unjustly” Lk 6:38 (length 17:30 minutes)
37:05  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
37:50  The Prayer of the Church
43:35  Communion Liturgy
51:55 Communion Hymns:
“Holy Spirit, Light Divine” LW 166, TLH 234
“Forgive Us, Lord, For Shallow Thankfulness” LW 401
“Kyrie, God Father” LW 209, TLH 6
“Oh, How Great Is Your Compassion” LW 364, TLH 384
1.02:10  Service ends

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL)
This post is the audio, if you want the video CLICK HERE –>  Vimeo Video for Trinity Four
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

Catechesis on Trinity Five (St. Luke 5:1-11)

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 July 17, 2019, we learned stanzas 4-5 of “My Inmost Heart Now Raises” (The Lutheran Hymnal #548) and the second and third commandments and their meanings.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains “Jesus tells the Apostles that they will catch Men” (St. Luke 5:1-11), which is the Holy Gospel for Trinity Five.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word.”    [Length: 1 hour and 3 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-Five-7-17-2019-online.pdf
Prayers:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

This catechesis is recorded in two parts.
The first video is the Learn-by-Heart. [Length: 32 minutes]

The second video is the Catechesis Service. [Length: 32 minutes]

For the Church, General 4

O CHRIST, the Word of the Father, by Whom all things were created: Keep, we beseech Thee, Thy Church gathered together from the various nations of the Gentiles: that while we love Thee with a pure heart, we may come to the joys of Thine eternal Kingdom; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.    (Oremus, 1925, p.67-68).

#45 Human Ordinances Can Be Useful But Have Only Natural Effects

Besides these external signs and holy possessions the church has other externals that do not sanctify it either in body or soul, nor were they instituted or commanded by God; but, as we said at length above, they are outwardly necessary or useful, proper and good—for instance, certain holidays and certain hours, forenoon or afternoon, set aside for preaching or praying, or the use of a church building or house, altar, pulpit, baptismal font, candlesticks, candles, bells, priestly vestments, and the like. These things have no more than their natural effects, just as food and drink accomplish no more by virtue of the grace the children say at the table, for the ungodly or rude folk who don’t say it, that is, who neither pray to God nor thank him, grow just as fat and strong from food and drink as Christians do. To be sure, Christians could be and remain sanctified even without these items, even if they were to preach on the street, outside a building, without a pulpit, if absolution were pronounced and the sacrament administered without an altar, and if baptism were performed without a font—as happens daily that for special reasons sermons are preached and baptisms and sacraments administered in the home. But for the sake of children and simple folk, it is a fine thing and conducive to good order to have a definite time, place, and hour to which people can adapt themselves and where they may assemble, as St. Paul says in I Corinthians 14 [:40], “All things should be done decently and in order.” And no one should (as no Christian does) ignore such order without cause, out of mere pride or just to create disorder, but one should join in observing such order for the sake of the multitude, or at least should not disrupt or hinder it, for that would be acting contrary to love and friendliness.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.173-174)

Picture:  St. Luke: “Fitit in Diebus Herodis Regis,” the Latin of Lk 1:5, “In the days of Herod king…”

Book of Concord, Bible Class #40: I. Original Sin & Introduction to II. Free Will

This Bible study examines Article I. Original Sin and introduces the topic of article II. Free Will.
Quiz #39 (Pink sheet): Quiz-39-for-June-28-2020-History-of-the-Formula-of-Concord.pdf
Overhead:  Formula-of-Concord-Epitome-I.-Original-Sin.pdf
Overhead 2: Overhead-June-28-2020.pdf
Article Cited: RC-Wanderer-on-Will.pdf
Handout(white sheet) & Overhead 3: Formula-of-Concord-Epitome-II.-Free-Will-and-Controversies.pdf
Overhead 4: Formula-of-Concord-Solid-Declaration-Article-II.pdf

Note 1: A Divine Service was also video recorded and is available at trinityh.org, under the tab, Sermons
Note 2: This is the audio only post.  The vimeo video is also available.   Click here –> Vimeo Video for #40

Divine Service for Trinity Three – June 28, 2020

Service Bulletin:  Trinity-Three-Divine-Service-for-Online-6-28-2020.pdf
Printed Sermon:  SRM1922-When-It-Is-Peaceful.pdf

0:00  Hymn “Lord, to You I Make Confession”  LW 233, TLH 326
3:00   Service Begins
9:15 Readings:  Micah 7:18-20, 1 Peter 5:6-11, St. Luke 15:1-10
13:30 Nicene Creed
15:10  Hymn “I Trust, O Christ, in You Alone” LW 357
18:50  Sermon “When Peaceful It Is Easy, But Not When Anxiety and Fright Come” Lk 15:6 (length 18:25 minutes)
36:15  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
37:00  The Prayer of the Church
42:50  Communion Liturgy
51:15 Communion Hymns:
“Jesus Sinners Will Receive” LW 229, TLH 324
“Your Table I Approach” LW 249, TLH 310
“Now I Have Found the Firm Foundation” LW 360, TLH 385
1.02:30  Service ends

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL)
This post is the audio, if you want the video CLICK HERE –>  Vimeo Video for Trinity Three
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

Catechesis on Trinity Four (St. Luke 6:36-42)

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 5, 2017, we learned stanza 1 of “O Perfect Love” (Lutheran Worship, #253), the Daily Prayers from Luther’s Small Catechism(Ask a Blessing, Returning Thanks, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer).  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains Jesus’ teaching on hypocritical judging and mercy (Luke 6:36-42), which is the Holy Gospel for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).  [Length: 56 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-Four-July-5-2017-online.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Recite Word by Word

For the Church, General 3

O GOD, Whose throne endureth forever: Grant that Thy Church may be enriched by the excellent beauty of all virtues; while, nevertheless, she is far more glorious, through the indwelling of Thy ever-present Spirit; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.  (Oremus, 1925, p.67).

#44 Where God Has Not Promised, We Receive Nothing

On the other hand, what good would it do you even if you went to St. James, clad in armor, or let yourself be killed by the severe life of the Carthusians, Franciscans, or Dominicans in order to be saved, and God had neither commanded nor instituted it? He still knows nothing about all this, but you and the devil invented them, as special sacraments or classes of priests. And even if you were able to bear heaven and earth in order to be saved, it would still all be lost; and he who would pick up the straw (if this were commanded) would do more than you, even if you could carry ten worlds. Why is that? It is God’s will that we obey his word, use his sacraments, and honor his church. Then he will act graciously and gently enough, even more graciously and gently than we could desire; for it is written, “I am the Lord your God; you shall have no other gods before me” [Exod. 20:23]. And, “Listen to him and to no other” [Matt. 17:5]. May that suffice on the church. More cannot be said unless each point is elaborated further. The rest must deal with different ideas, about which we want to speak too.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.172-173)

Picture:  St. Mark: “Initium Evangelii Jesu Christi,” the Latin of Mk 1:1, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ…”