#26 Violence Follows After the Word has been Lost

Moreover, by his addition—“And the earth was filled with violence”—he indicates that this is the unvarying sequence of events: after the Word has been lost, and faith has ceased to exist, and tradition and ἐθελοθρχει̂ια, as Paul calls them (Col. 2:23), flourish in place of the true forms of worship, acts of violence and a shameful life follow.

The word חָמָס properly denotes violence, force, and harm, with disregard of all law and equity, when anyone may do what he pleases, and whatever things are done are done not by law but by force. If this was their kind of life, someone may say, how could they maintain an outward reputation for saintliness and righteousness? As though indeed one did not have similar examples before one’s eyes today! What has the world ever seen that is crueler than the Turks? Nevertheless, they adorn all their brutality with the name of God and godliness. (Luther’s Works, v.2 p.158)

Tenebrae on Holy Wednesday March 31, 2021

Order of Matins/Lauds (Insert)
Psalmody:  Psalm 69, 70, 71
Readings: Lamentations 1:1-14, 15-22, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
After readings Hymn “The Royal Banners Forward Go” LW 103, TLH 168 (insert)
Sermon
Canticle of Moses (Exodus 15:1-19)
Psalm 147:1-11
Canticle of Zechariah (Benedicus)
Psalm 51

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

Service Bulletin:  Tenebrae-for-THREE-DAYS-NKJV-Online.pdf

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Catechesis on Easter on March 31, 2021

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 PM.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.

The dialog sermon explains the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ (St. Mark 16:1-8), which is the Holy Gospel for Easter Sunday.  The teaching for Learn-by-Heart will include hymn #135, stanza 1 of “Welcome, Happy Morning,” Small Catechism, Christian Questions with their Answers, 17-20, and Job 19:25-27.
–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Resurrection-3-31-2021.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2020.pdf

 

Divine Service for Holy Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” LW 508
Readings:  Isaiah 62:11-63:7, Revelation 1:5b-7, St. Luke 22:1-23:56
Hymn “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted”  LW 116, TLH 153
Sermon
–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).

Service Bulletin:  Holy-Wednesday-Divine-Service-for-Online-3-31-2021.pdf

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#25 Those Without the Word think that Christians are Corrupt in Word and Action

The verb שִׁחֵת {corrupt} is very common in Holy Scripture, and it is striking. Moses also employs it in Deut. 31:29: “I know that after my death you will surely act corruptly; and turn aside from the way”; and David, in Ps. 14:3: “All are corrupt and have become detestable.” Furthermore, both passages are really speaking of sins against the First Table; that is, they charge those who are saintliest in appearance with false worship of God and with false doctrine. It is impossible for an ungodly life not to follow in the wake of false doctrine.

When Moses states that the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, he clearly points out the contrast, namely, that the hypocrites and tyrants were of the opinion that what Noah taught and did was wrong, but that they taught and did everything in the saintliest manner. But, says Moses, the opposite was true. The earth, that is, the entire world, or all human beings, was corrupt, namely, so far as the First Table is concerned, they did not have the true Word or the true worship. This distinction in regard to the First and Second Table is very much to my liking and has undoubtedly been pointed out by the Holy Spirit. (Luther’s Works, v.2 p.158)

For Hope 3.

O LORD, make us ever hold fast by Thee, and fix in Thee all the might of our hope, that we may tell of Thy praises in the everlasting gates; 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.34).

Divine Service for Holy Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” LW 508
Readings:  Jeremiah 11:18-20, 1 Timothy 6:12-14, St. Mark 14:1-15:46
Hymn “Upon the Cross Extended”  LW 121, TLH 171
Sermon
–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).

Service Bulletin:  Holy-Tuesday-Divine-Service-for-Online-3-30-2021.pdf

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#24 Ungodliness in the First and Second Table of the Law

Here Moses expressly adds the clause, “The earth was corrupt in God’s sight,” (Genesis 6:11) in order to indicate that in the sight of his age Noah was treated and regarded as a stupid and worthless person. In contrast, the world appeared to itself most holy and most righteous; it assumed that it had adequate reasons for persecuting Noah, especially so far as the First Table and the worship of God were concerned. To be sure, the Second Table likewise gives rise to pretense and hypocrisy; but there is no comparison with the First. An adulterer, a thief, and a murderer can remain hidden for a time, but not forever. But the sins against the First Table usually remain hidden under the guise of saintliness until God reveals them. Ungodliness never wants to be considered and actually to be ungodliness; it strives to be praised for piety and godliness. It embellishes its forms of worship to such a degree that in comparison with them the true forms of worship and true godliness are filthy.  (Luther’s Works, v.2 p.158)

For Hope 2.

ALBEIT, O Lord, there be many that say that there is no help for us in our God; yet Thou art our Defender and the Lifter-up of our head: Vouchsafe therefore, to give us the increase of hope, and to surround us with Thy perpetual mercy; 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.34).

Divine Service for Holy Monday, March 29, 2021

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” LW 508
Readings:  Isaiah 50:5-10, 1 Peter 2:21-24, St. John 12:1-43
Hymn “Christ, the Life of All the Living”  LW 94, TLH 151
Sermon
–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).

Service Bulletin:  Holy-Monday-Divine-Service-for-Online-3-29-2021.pdf

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