#40 The Reformed Rejected Even the external Means of Grace for the “Spiritual”

And that is what happened. When we began to teach, on the basis of the gospel, that these external things do not save, since they are merely physical and creatural and are often used by the devil for the purpose of sorcery, people, even great and learned people, concluded that baptism, being external water, that the word, being outward human speech, that Scripture, being physical letters made with ink, that the bread, being baked by the baker, and the wine were nothing more than outward, perishable things. So they devised the slogan, “Spirit! Spirit! The Spirit must do it! The letter kills!” So Münzer called us Wittenberg theologians scribes of Scripture and himself the scribe of the Holy Spirit, and many others followed his example. There you see how the devil had armed himself and built up his barricades. If anyone were to attack his outward doctrine and sacraments (which afford quick, visible, and mighty aid), then the outward words and sacraments of Christ (attended by tardy or, at least, by invisible and feeble help) must go down to far worse destruction along with them.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.170-171)

Picture:  The Holy Spirit (Good Shepherd Window, top)

Book of Concord, Bible Class #35: The Small Catechism

This Bible study examines The Small Catechism.

Quiz #34 (blue sheet):  Quiz-34-for-May-31-2020-The-Treatise.pdf
Overhead: Preface to Small-Catechism.pdf
Overhead 2:  Preface to Large-Catechism.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 Class #35

Divine Service for Pentecost – May 31, 2020

Service Bulletin:  Pentecost-Divine-Service-for-Online-5-31-2020.pdf
Printed Sermon:  SRM1917-Peace-From-the-Holy-Spirit-1.pdf

0:00 Hymn “My Inmost Heart Now Raises” TLH 548
4:35 Service Begins
10:50 Readings: Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21, St. John 14:23-31
17:35 Nicene Creed
19:15 Hymn “Holy Spirit, Light Divine” LW 166
21:45 Sermon “Peace From the Holy Spirit” St. John 14:27 (length 15:45 minutes)
37:30 “Create in Me…” LW p.143
38:25 The Prayer of the Church
44:40 Communion Liturgy
58:00 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 Pentecost
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

Catechesis on Pentecost (St. John 14:23-31)

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 5, 2019, we learned stanza 1 of “My Inmost Heart Now Raises” (The Lutheran Hymnal #548) and Table of Duties for Workers of All Kinds, Employers and Supervisors.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains how the Holy Spirit teaches from the Word all things about Jesus” (St. John 14:23-31), which is the Holy Gospel for Pentecost.

The service concludes with “Responsive Prayer 2″ (LW, p. 273-275).    [Length: 1 hour and 6 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Pentecost-6-5-2019-online.pdf

For Peace 2

VOUCHSAFE, O Lord, to look down from Thy holy heaven upon the children of men, and give us to know the way of peace; that we, being set free from the hard captivity of vice, may enjoy the habitations of the heavenly Jerusalem; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.   (Oremus, 1925, p.63-64).

#39 The Devil Seeks to Abolish God’s Word and Sacraments With His Own

But not only that! The devil has armed himself with these things in order to abolish God’s word and sacraments with them. This is his line of thought: if someone arises to attack my church, sacraments, and bishops, saying that external things do not save, then God’s word and sacraments shall perish with them, for these too are external signs and his church and bishops are also human beings. If mine do not stand approved, his will stand approved even less, especially because my church, bishops, and sacraments work promptly and help now and in this life, visibly and tangibly, for I am present in them and help quickly, as soon as it is desired. Christ’s sacraments, however, work spiritually and invisibly and for the future so that his church and bishops can only be smelled, as it were, faintly and from afar, and the Holy Spirit behaves as though he were absent, permitting people to endure every misfortune and making them appear as heretics in the eyes of my church. Meanwhile, my church is not only so close that one can actually grasp it, but also my works follow very quickly; so everyone assumes that it is the true church of God. This is the advantage I have.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.169-170)

Picture:  The picture of the narthex window (updated to English) has been flipped so that you can read what was designed to be read from the outside of the church.

Divine Service for Easter Six – May 24, 2020

Service Bulletin:  Easter-Six-Divine-Service-for-Online-5-24-2020.pdf
Printed Sermon:  SRM1916-Have-Fervent-Love.pdf

0:00  Hymn “Draw Us To You”  LW 153, TLH 215
1:45   Service Begins
7:50  Readings:  Numbers 21:4-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, St. John 16:23-33
12:40 Nicene Creed
14:15  Hymn “Our Father, Who From Heaven Above” LW 431, TLH 458
20:20  Sermon “The Gift of Jesus-Based Prayer” St. John 16:23  (length 16:45 minutes)
37:45  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
38:35  The Prayer of the Church
44:50  Communion Liturgy
57:40  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 Easter Six
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

Book of Concord, Bible Class #34: The Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope

This Bible study examines The Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope.

Quiz #33 (white sheet):  Quiz-33-for-May-24-2020-The-Smalcald-Articles.pdf
Overhead:  Treatise-on-the-Power-and-Primacy-of-the-Pope-1.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 Class #34

For Peace 3

O GOD, Who art Peace everlasting, Whose chosen reward is the gift of peace, and Who hast taught us that the peacemakers are Thy children: Pour Thy peace into our souls, that everything discordant may utterly vanish, and all that makes for peace be sweet to us forever; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Oremus, 1925, p.64).

Divine Service for Ascension – May 21, 2020

Service Bulletin:  Ascension-Day-Divine-Service-for-Online-5-21-2020.pdf
Printed Sermon:  SRM1915-Captivity-Held-Captive.pdf

0:00  Hymn “A Hymn of Glory”  LW 149, TLH 212
1:45   Service Begins
7:50  Readings:  Numbers 21:4-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, St. John 16:23-33
12:40 Nicene Creed
14:15  Hymn “Draw Us To You”  LW 153, TLH 215
20:20  Sermon “Captivity Held Captive” Psalm 68:18  (length 15:00 minutes)
37:45  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
38:35  The Prayer of the Church
44:50  Communion Liturgy
57:40  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 Ascension Day
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.