Miriam’s Sunday School Class #37 Sunday, July 18, 2021

Today’s class will continue to study the covenant of circumcision in Genesis 17.
Handout 1:  Text-for-Genesis-17.pdf
Overhead:  Overheads-July-11-2021.pdf
Handout 2: Luthers-Works-Volume-3.pdf

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

Above is the video, below is the audio.

#47 At First Being a Christian is Easy, Then Over Our Head

How goes it then with him? This way: when a man accepts the faith, he does not allow himself to think of it as something burdensome. He thinks of it as being like a little child, which is beautiful and well-formed and easy to carry, as Christopher found. For at first the gospel looks like a fine, pleasant, and childlike teaching; as we saw at the beginning, when it started everybody got cracking and wanted to be an Evangelical. There was such a yearning and thirst for it that no oven is as hot as the people were then. But what happened? The same thing that happened with Christopher. He did not find out how heavy the child was until he got into the deep water.

So it was with the gospel; when it began to take hold the waves rolled out and pope, bishops, princes, and the crazy rabble set themselves against it. Then we first began to feel how heavy the child is to carry. For it came so dose to the good Christopher that he came very near to drowning. As you see, the same thing is happening now; on the other side which is against the Word there are so many tricks and stratagems, so much deceit and cunning, everything aimed at one purpose, to drown us in the water. There is such threatening and terror that we would be frightened to death if we did not have another consolation to oppose to it.

All right then, anybody who has taken upon himself the burden of the Christ, the beloved child, must either carry him all the way across the water or drown; there is no middle way. It’s no good to drown; therefore we’ll go through the water with the Christ, even though it looks again as though we would have to stay in it. After all, we have the promise that he who has Christ and relies and believes on him can boldly say with David in Ps. 27 [:3], “Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet will I be confident.” Let them paw and stamp their feet, let them threaten and frighten as they please, were the water never so deep we shall nevertheless go through it with Christ. (Luther’s Works, v.51, p.202-203)

Psal. 34, v. 8 (7)  “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”

[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 Seven 2018 (St. Mark 8:1-9)

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 July 11, 2018, we learned stanza 5-6 of “Your Table I Approach” (Lutheran Worship, #249), the 4th and 5th commandments and their meanings 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’ feeding of the 4,000 (St. Mark 8:1-9), which is the Holy Gospel for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).    [Length: 1 hour and 4 minutes]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Trinity-Seven-7-11-2018-online.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

Catechesis on Trinity 7 on July 14, 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’ feeding of the 4,000 (St. Mark 8:1-9), which is the Holy Gospel for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity.

Learn-by-Heart will include hymn #478, stanza 2-3 of “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun,” Small Catechism, Fifth Commandment and meaning,  and St. Matthew 6:33.

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Trinity-Seven-7-14-2021.pdf
Recite Word by Word:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

For Consecration.

O HOLY Spirit, Love of God, infuse Thy grace, and descend plentifully into my heart; enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling, and scatter there Thy brightening beams; dwell in that soul that longs to be Thy temple; water that barren soil, overrun with weeds and briars, and lost for want of cultivating, and make it fruitful with Thy dew from heaven. O come Thou Refreshment of them that languish and faint. Come Thou Star and Guide of them that sail in the tempestuous sea of the world; Thou only Haven of the tossed and ship-wrecked. Come Thou Glory and Crown of the living, and only Safeguard of the dying. Come, Holy Spirit, in much mercy, and make me fit to receive Thee, Who with the Father are one God, world without end. Amen  (Oremus, 1925, p.39-40).

Divine Service for Trinity Six Sunday, July 11, 2021

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun” LW 478, TLH 536
Readings:  Exodus 20:1-17, Romans 6:1-11, St. Matthew 5:17-26
Hymn “All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall” LW 363, TLH 369
Sermon
Communion Hymns: “Here Is the Tenfold Sure Command” LW 331, TLH 287
“I Lay My Sins on Jesus” LW 366, TLH 652
“Feed Your Children, God Most Holy” LW 468, TLH 659
“When Morning Guilds the Skies” LW 460

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin: Trinity-Six-Divine-Service-for-Online-7-11-2021.pdf

Above is the video, below is the audio.

Miriam’s Sunday School, Class #36: Genesis 17 on July 11, 2021 

Today’s class will continue to study the covenant of circumcision in Genesis 17.
Handout 1:  Text-for-Genesis-17.pdf
Handout 2:  Luthers-Works-Volume-3.pdf
Overheads:  Overheads-July-11-2021.pdf

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

Above is the video, below is the audio.

#46 The Legend of St. Christopher, A Christ-Bearer

St. Christopher was a man of significant physical stature. Christopher decided one day that he wanted to serve the greatest king he could. He presented himself before his local ruler and entered service, until he noticed the king cross himself at the mention of the devil, revealing that the king believed the Devil to have more power. St. Christopher then decided to serve the Devil. During his search, he encountered a band of thieves, whose leader referred to himself as the Devil. But when this leader avoided a Christian cross out of fear, St. Christopher learned there was someone even more powerful than the Devil.

St. Christopher found a hermit who taught him all about Christ, the King of Kings. The hermit suggested that he spend his life in prayer and fasting, a thing which St. Christopher, a large and probably often hungry man found difficult, he objected. The hermit suggested he then find something else that would please Christ. St. Christopher offered to work at a nearby river, and help travelers across. The fording was dangerous and many with less strength people had drowned. The hermit advised St. Christopher this would please Christ.

One day, a child approached St. Christopher by the river and asked to be helped across. St. Christopher obliged. However, as he entered midstream, the river rose and the child’s weight grew and became extremely heavy. It was only by great exertion that St. Christopher safely delivered the child to the other side. When St. Christopher asked the child why he was so heavy, the child explained that He was the Christ and when St. Christopher carried Him, he also carried the weight of the whole world on his shoulders. The child then vanished.

[Picture:  St. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child, by Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1485)]

Catechesis on Trinity Six 2017 (St. Matthew 5:17-26)

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 19, 2017, we learned stanza 1 of “The Will of God Is Always Best” (Lutheran Worship, #425), the third 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 His own fulfillment of the Law (Matthew 5:17-26), which is the Holy Gospel for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).  [Length: 1 hour, 2 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-Six-7-19-2017-online.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Recite Word by Word

Catechesis on Trinity Six on July 7, 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 His own fulfillment of the Law (Matthew 5:17-26), which is the Holy Gospel for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity.

Learn-by-Heart will include hymn #478, stanza 1 of “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun,” Small Catechism, Fourth Commandment and meaning,  and St. Matthew 5:19.

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

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