For the Parish Church 4.

ALMIGHTY God, Heavenly Father, Who through the washing of regeneration by water and the Word, hast ordained a sacramental means of entrance into Thy Kingdom: Vouchsafe to all who shall be consecrated to Thee in this font in holy baptism, ever to remain true to this blessed covenant, and finally to attain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Oremus, 1925, p.70).

#53 There are Two Kinds of Churches

For there are two kinds of churches stretching from the beginning of history to the end, which St. Augustine calls Cain and Abel. The Lord Christ commands us not to embrace the false church; and he himself distinguishes between two churches, a true one and a false one, in Matthew 7 [:15], “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,” etc. Where there are prophets, there are churches in which they teach. If the prophets are false, so also are the churches that believe and follow them. We have been unable up to now to get the papists to willingly prove why they are the true church, but they insist that according to Matthew 18 [:17] one must listen to the church or be lost. Yet Christ does not say there who, where, or what the church is; only that where it is, it ought to be listened to. We confess and say that as well, but we ask where the church of Christ is, and who it is. We are concerned non de nomine, “not with the name” of the church, but with its essence.

It is just as if I asked a drunkard or a fool or someone half-asleep, “Tell me, friend, who or where is the church?” and he answered me, ten times over, nothing but, “One should listen to the church!” But how am I to listen to the church when I do not know who or where the church is? “Well,” they say, “we papists have remained in the ancient and original church ever since the time of the apostles. Therefore we are the true church, for we have come from the ancient church and have remained in it; but you have fallen away from us and have become a new church opposed to us.” Answer: “But what if I prove that we have remained faithful to the true ancient church, indeed, that we are the true ancient church and that you have fallen away from us, that is, the ancient church, and have set up a new church against the ancient one?” Let us hear that! (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.194)

Picture:  The chalice has three scenes depicted on the cup and three on the base.  This one on the base is the Pentecost scene.

Title: Divine Service for Trinity Eleven – August 23, 2020

Service Bulletin:  Trinity-Eleven-Divine-Service-for-Online-8-23-2020.pdf
Printed Sermon:  SRM1930-Not-all-Sinners-are-the-Same.pdf

0:00  Hymn “This Is the Day the Lord Has Made” LW 200, TLH 10
2:20   Service Begins
8:45 Readings:  Genesis 4:1-15, 1 Corinthians 15:1-10, Luke 18:9-14
15:15 Nicene Creed
16:55  Hymn “As Surely As I Live, God Said” LW 235, TLH 331
20:00  Sermon “Not All Sinners are the Same” St. Luke 18:14 (length 18:00 minutes)
38:00  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
39:05  The Prayer of the Church
45:15  Communion Liturgy
54:00 Communion Hymns:
“The Savior Calls; Let Every Ear” LW 350, TLH 281
“I Come, O Savior, to Your Table” LW 242, TLH 315
“Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior” LW 236, TLH 311
1.04:20  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 Eleven
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

Book of Concord, Bible Class #47: Quiz on Article XI. Eternal Election

This Bible study examines the quiz for last week’s class on Article XI. Eternal Election

Quiz #46 (white):  Quiz-46-for-August-23-2020-Eternal-Election-completed.pdf
Handout:  Eternal-Election-Notes.pdf
Overhead:  Law-and-Gospel-explanations.pdf
Overhead 2:  Formula-of-Concord-Solid-Declaration-XI.-Eternal-Election-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 #47

–Pastor Michael D. Henson, Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL)

Catechesis on Trinity Twelve (St. Mark 7:31-37)

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 August 15, 2018, we learned stanza 5 of “I Leave All Things to God’s Direction” (Lutheran Worship, #429), the sixth and seventh commandment and 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 deaf and mute man (St. Mark 7:31-37), which is the Holy Gospel for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).  [Length: 52 minutes]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Trinity-Twelve-8-15-2018-online.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

For Forgiveness 2.

WE beseech Thee, O Lord God, to hide Thy face from our sins, and to forgive all our misdeeds, and as the publican who stood afar off was heard for the sake of his humility, so hear us for the merits of our humility, of Him, Who being co-equal with Thee, His Father, yet for our sakes vouchsafed to take upon Him the form of a servant, even our Lord Jesus Christ; Who liveth and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.  (Oremus, 1925, p.61).

#52 The Pope Is Not Over the Three Hierarchies

Now why should we have the blasphemous, bogus law or government of the pope over and above these three high divine governments, these three divine, natural, and temporal laws of God? It presumes to be everything, yet is in reality nothing. It leads us astray and tears us from these blessed, divine estates and laws. Instead, it dresses us in a mask or cowl, thereby making us the devil’s fools and playthings, who are slothful and no longer know these three divine hierarchies or realms. That is why we no longer want to put up with it, but acting in conformity with St. Peter’s, St. Paul’s, and St. Augustine’s teaching, want to be rid of it and turn the words of Psalm 2 [:3] against them, “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.” Indeed, we shall sing with St. Paul, “Even if an angel from heaven should preach a gospel contrary to that, let him be accursed” [Gal. 1:8]; and we shall say with St. Peter, “Why do you make trial of God by putting such a yoke upon the neck?” [Acts 15:10]. Thus we shall again be the pope’s masters and tread him underfoot, as Psalm 91 [:13] says, “You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.” And that we shall do by the power and with the help of the woman’s seed, who has crushed and still crushes the serpent’s head, although we must run the risk that he, in turn, will bite us in the heel [Gen. 3:15]. To this blessed seed of the woman be praise and honor, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, to the one true God and Lord in eternity. Amen.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.177-178)

Picture:  The chalice has three scenes depicted on the cup and three on the base.  This one on the base is the Annunciation scene.

Divine Service for Trinity Ten – August 16, 2020

Service Bulletin: Trinity-Ten-Divine-Service-for-Online-8-16-2020.pdf
Printed Sermon:  SRM1929-Weeping-Anger-and-Love.pdf

0:00  Hymn “For Many Years, O God of Grace” LW 325, TLH 639
3:40   Service Begins
10:00 Readings:  2 Samuel 22:26-34, 1 Corinthians 10:6-13, Luke 16:1-13
16:00 Nicene Creed
17:40  Hymn “For Jerusalem You’re Weeping” LW 390
20:50  Sermon “Weeping, Anger, and Love” St. Luke 19:45 (length 11:40 minutes)
32:30  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
33:25  The Prayer of the Church
39:05  Communion Liturgy
47:35 Communion Hymns:
“I Come, O Savior, to Your Table” LW 242, TLH 315
“The Clouds of Judgment Gather” LW 463
“Our Father, Who from Heaven Above” LW 431, TLH 458
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 Ten
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

Book of Concord, Bible Class #46: Article XI. Eternal Election (completed)

This Bible study examines Article XI. Eternal Election

Quiz #45 (pink): Quiz-45-for-August-16-2020-Eternal-Election-continued.pdf
Overhead:  Formula-of-Concord-Solid-Declaration-XI.-Eternal-Election-1.pdf
Overhead 2:  Difficult-Passages-Relating-to-Election-.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 #46

–Pastor Michael D. Henson, Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL)

 

Catechesis on Trinity Eleven (St. Luke 18:9-14)

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 the first video from August 19, 2020, we learned stanzas 1-2 of “I Come, O Savior to Your Table” (Lutheran Worship, #242), the eighth commandment and meaning from Luther’s Small Catechism.  [30 minutes long]

The second video is the catechetical service designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains Jesus’ teaching on the Pharisee and the tax collector (St. Luke 18:9-14), which is the Holy Gospel for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity.  The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).   [38 minutes long]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Trinity-11-8-19-2020-On-line.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Recite Word by Word

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.