#49 The Christian Art of Suffering

For this is the Christian art, which we must all learn, the art of looking to the Word and looking away from all the trouble and suffering that lies upon us and weighs us down. But the flesh is utterly incapable of this art, it sees no farther than the present suffering. For this also is the way of the devil; he removes the Word far from one’s eyes, so that one sees nothing but the present difficulty, just as he is doing with us now. What he wants is that we should deny and forget the Word altogether and gaze only at the danger which threatens us from the pope and the Turks. Then if he wins the play, he drowns us in the difficulty, so that we see nothing but its rush and roar. But this should not be. For this is what happens: when a person wants to be a Christian and acts according to his feelings, he soon loses Christ. Drive the suffering and cross from your heart and mind as quickly as you can; otherwise if you think about it for long the evil grows worse. If you have affliction and suffering, say: I have myself not chosen and prepared this cross; it is because of the Word of God that I am suffering and that I have and teach Christ. So let it be in God’s name. I will let him take care of it and fight it out who long ago foretold that I should have this suffering and promised me his divine and gracious help. (Luther’s Works, v.51, p.203-204)

Catechesis on Trinity Nine 2017 (St. Luke 16:1-13)

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 9, 2017, we learned stanza 1 of “The Will of God Is Always Best” (Lutheran Worship, #425), the fifth 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’ teaching on the shrewd manager (St. Luke 16:1-13), which is the Holy Gospel for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).  [Length: 1 hour, 5 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-Nine-8-9-2017-online.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Recite Word by Word

Catechesis on Trinity Nine on July 28, 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.  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 the shrewd manager (St. Luke 16:1-13), which is the Holy Gospel for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity.

Learn-by-Heart will include hymn #478, stanza 3-4 of “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun,” Small Catechism, Sixth Commandment and meaning,  and St. Luke 16:9.

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Trinity-Nine-7-28-2021.pdf
Recite Word by Word:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

For Consecration 3.

LORD, do Thou turn me all into love, and all my love into obedience, and let my obedience be without interruption; and then I hope Thou wilt accept such a return as I can make. Make me to be something that Thou delightest in, and Thou shalt have all that I am or have from Thee, even whatsoever Thou makest for Thyself; 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.40-41).

Divine Service Trinity Eight Sunday, July 25, 2021

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun” LW 478, TLH 536
Readings:  Jeremiah 23:16-29, Acts 20:27-38, Matthew 7:15-23
Hymn “The Will of God Is Always Good” LW 425, TLH 517
Sermon
Communion Hymns: “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word” LW 334, TLH 261
“In God, My Faithful God” LW 421, TLH 526
“Savior, Again to Your Dear Name” LW 221, TLH 47
“Feed Your Children, God Most Holy” LW 468, TLH 659

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  Trinity-Eight-Divine-Service-for-Online-7-25-2021.pdf

Picture:  Pastor Sullivan preaching at the Eldona Summer Camp July 19-23 in Kerrville, Texas.

Above is the video, below is the audio.

Miriam’s Sunday School Class #38: on July 25, 2021

Today’s class will study Genesis 18.
Handout 1:  Text-for-Genesis-18.pdf

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

Picture: Eldona Summer Camp July 19-23 in Kerrville, Texas.

Above is the video, below is the audio.

#48 Christ Strengthens Us in Our Suffering

So it is with all other things; when it gets going it becomes too heavy, whether it be sin, devil, hell, or even our own conscience. But how are we going to do it? Where shall we go and hide ourselves? For us it looks as if the whole thing would fall to the ground. But on the other side they are confident and proud; they think they already have won the day. I too see the good Christopher sinking; nevertheless he gets through, for he has a tree which he holds on to. This tree is the promise that Christ will do something remarkable with our suffering. “In the world,” he says, “you shall have afflictions and tribulations, but in me you shall have peace” [cf. John 16:33]. And St. Paul says, “We have a faithful God who helps us out of affliction, so that we can bear it” [cf. I Cor. 10:13]. These sayings are staves, yea, trees, which we can hold on to and let the waters roar and foam as they will.

So in Christopher we have an example and a picture that can strengthen us in our suffering and teach us that fear and trembling is not as great as the comfort and the promise, and that we should therefore know that in this life we shall have no rest if we are bearing Christ, but rather that in affliction we should turn our eyes away from the present suffering to the consolation and promise. Then we will learn that what Christ says is true: “In me you shall have peace” [John 16:33]. (Luther’s Works, v.51, p.203)

2nd Tim. 4, v. 7-8. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

[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 Trinity Eight 2019 (St. Matthew 7:15-23)

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 31, 2019, we learned stanza a of “When All The World Was Cursed” (Lutheran Worship, #187) and the fourth and fifth 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 “False Prophets and False Fruits” (St. Matthew 7:15-23), which is the Holy Gospel for Trinity Eight.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word.”    [Length: 1 hour and 7 minutes]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Trinity-Eight-7-31-2019-Online.pdf
Prayers:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

For Consecration 2.

CAUSE us, O Lord, to become heirs of Thy testimonies, which have been made matter of belief unto us, let them be constantly in our thought, that: they may be sincerely held in true faith, and be so fulfilled in our work, that as they are uttered by the mouth they may guide us in sorrow with their comfort, and make us more ready to labor with Thee; 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.40).

Divine Service Trinity Seven Sunday, July 18, 2021

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun” LW 478, TLH 536
Readings:  Genesis 2:7-17, Romans 6:19-23, Mark 8:1-9
Hymn “Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread” LW 248, TLH 312
Sermon
Communion Hymns: “All Depends on Our Possessing” LW 415, TLH 425
“Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good” LW 452
“Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer” LW 220, TLH 54
“Feed Your Children, God Most Holy” LW 468, TLH 659

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  Trinity-Seven-Divine-Service-for-Online-7-18-2021.pdf

Above is the video, below is the audio.