Catechesis on Transfiguration (St. Matthew 17:1-9)

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 February 6, 2019, we learned stanza 6 of “To The Name of Our Salvation” (The Lutheran hymnal#116) and question three of Confession/Absolution from the 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’ Transfiguration” (St. Matthew 17:1-9), which is the Holy Gospel for Transfiguration Sunday.

The service concludes with “Responsive Prayer for Catechesis” (pdf link below).    [Length: 1 hour and 3 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Transfiguration-02-06-2019.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2019.pdf

Before Preparing a Sermon.

O GOD, the Holy Ghost, Who enlightenest the minds of Thy children: Send down upon me, I pray Thee, the spirit of wisdom and understanding to lead me into all truth, that I may so feed the flock committed to me with the words of eternal life, as with them to attain unto that place where Thou livest; Who with the Father livest and reignest, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Oremus, 1925, p.30).

#12 Our Faith Transcends both Good Deeds and Sins

But be that as it may, whether we sinned or did right, we must for all of that be undaunted and unafraid. For just as we do not boast of our good deeds, neither do we despond in our sins. Bather do we thank God that our faith transcends both good deeds and sins. For the Father of all mercy has granted us faith, not in a wooden but in a living Christ, who is Lord over sin and over innocence, who can support and preserve us even if we fell into many thousands of sins every hour. Of this I have not the slightest doubt. And even if Satan would tempt us still more sorely and severely, he will not weary us, unless he succeeds in tearing Christ from the right hand of God. But so long as Christ remains enthroned there, we will also remain lords and masters over sin, death, devil, and everything. Nothing can undo that.  (Luther’s Works, v.43, p.65)

Picture:  Art. IIII  Das wir ohne unser verdinst durch den glaubë Gerechfertiget werdë. 
“That without our merit, through faith we are justified.”
Rom.  3, v. 24 ; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Gal. 2, v. 16 ; Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law : for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

[All of the pictures for this year’s posts are from an etching entitled “Augsburg Confession” by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) and found in the Royal Collection Trust.]

Matins for First Sunday After the Epiphany – January 10, 2021

Service Bulletin:   Epiphany-One-Matins-Psalms-Jan-10-2021-Online.pdf

0:00  Versicles, Venite, Lutheran Worship p. 208
3:15   Office Hymn “Within the Father’s House” LW 80, TLH 133
5:45   Psalm 45, 84, 100, LW #9, Ps 148 (See Insert)
26:00 Readings:  1 Kings 8:6-13, Romans 12:1-5, St. Luke 2:41-52
31:30  Sermon “The Son’s Duty” St. Luke 2:49  (length 7:40 minutes)
39:10  Te Deum, LW p.214
43:05  The Prayers
47:35  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 Epiphany One

Divine Service for Baptism of Our Lord – January 10, 2021

Service Bulletin:  Baptism-of-Our-Lord-Divine-Service-for-Online-1-10-2021.pdf

0:00  Hymn “Let All together Praise Our God” LW 44, TLH 105
2:50   Service Begins
8:55 Readings: Joshua 3:1-17, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, St. Matthew 3:13-17
17:05  Hymn “To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord” LW 223
22:55  Sermon “Christ Changes Places With Us” St. Matthew 3:14 (length 13:45 minutes)
36:40  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
37:35  The Prayer of the Church
42:20  Communion Liturgy
50:15 Communion Hymns:
“The Only Son from Heaven” LW 72
“O Living Bread From Heaven” LW 244, TLH 316
“Baptized into Your Name Most Holy” LW 224, TLH 298
1.01:50  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 Baptism of Our Lord
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

Miriam’s Sunday School Study Class #11: The Fall Continued – January 10, 2021

Today’s class examines the third Old Testament account, as we continue to look at the Fall. (Genesis 3:1-24).
Handout 1:  Text-for-Gen-3.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 #11
–Pastor Michael D. Henson, Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL)
–PDF documents are available at trinityh.org under the tab “Bible Studies.”

Before Study 4

LORD God, the Fountain of wisdom, Who by Thy Well-Beloved Son hast taught us that every scribe instructed unto the Kingdom of Heaven should bring forth from his treasures things old and new: Vouchsafe unto me diligence and foresight; grant me the spirit of judgment that I may discern between good and evil; the spirit of understanding that I may fully know the purport of that which I read; the gift of memory that I may retain it and readiness with fluency, that I may use it in Thy service for the profit of souls committed to my teaching; through the Same 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.30).

#11 We Surely Deserve Punishment for Our Sins

Alas, I ask myself if this is not happening in punishment of some of my chief patrons and of me. Of my patrons, because, though they believe that Christ is risen, they still wander about in the Garden [looking] for him along with Magdalene, and he has not yet ascended to the Father for them [John 20:17]. Of me, because, as a concession to good friends, I was so subdued at Worms lest I appear stubborn, and so did not make a more explicit and a bolder confession before the tyrants, although since that time these unbelieving heathen have accused me of replying arrogantly. They judge as heathen (that is what they are), who have never sensed a bit of the spirit of faith. I have often regretted my humility and deference.  (Luther’s Works, v.43, p.65)

Picture:  Art. III  Das Christu Gott und Mensch anser Erlöser und Heÿland seÿ. 
“That Christ God is our Savior and Redeemer of men.”
Jere. 23, v. 6 ;  “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely : and this is his name whereby he shall be called.  THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
1 Tim. 2, v. 5 ; “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

[All of the pictures for this year’s posts are from an etching entitled “Augsburg Confession” by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) and found in the Royal Collection Trust.]

Catechesis on the Baptism of Our Lord (Matthew 3)

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 January 3, 2017, we learned stanzas 3-4 of “Welcome to Earth, O Noble Guest” (Lutheran Worship, #38), the third and fourth part of Holy Baptism 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 comfort we receive from  Jesus’ Baptism (St. Matthew 3:13-17), which is the Holy Gospel for the Baptism of Our Lord(1st Sunday after Epiphany).

The service concludes with “Responsive Prayer for Catechesis” (pdf link below).  [Length: 1 hour, 3 minutes]

Bulletin: Catechesis Baptism of Our Lord – 01-03 2018
Responsive Prayer: Responsive Prayer for Catechesis 2017

Catechesis on Epiphany One (Luke 2:41-52)

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 January 9, 2019, we learned stanza 2 of “To The Name of Our Salvation” (The Lutheran Hymnal #116), the second part of Holy Baptism 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 Twelve Year-Old Jesus at the Temple (St. Luke 2:41-52), which is the Holy Gospel for the First Sunday after the Epiphany.

Bulletins: Catechesis-Epiphany-1-01-09-2019.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2019.pdf

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

This catechesis is recorded in two parts.
The first video is the Learn-by-Heart.  [Length: 33 minutes]

The second video is the Catechesis Service.  [Length: 33 minutes]