To Love Righteousness.

GRANT, Lord, that we may love righteousness and hate iniquity, so that, advancing by Thee the Way, to Thee the End, we may be led by Thy wonderful right hand to the kingdom of eternal beauty; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen  (Oremus, 1925, p.39).

Divine Service for Trinity Five Sunday, July 4, 2021

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “What Is the World to Me” LW 418, TLH 430
Readings:  1 Kings 19:11-21, 1 Peter 3:8-15, St. Luke 5:1-11
Hymn “If You But Trust in God to Guide You” LW 420, TLH 518
Communion Hymns: “How Can I Thank You, Lord” LW 385, TLH 417
“Awake, Thou Spirit of the Watchmen” LW 315, TLH 494
“Our Fathers’ God in Years Long Gone” LW 326
“Feed Your Children, God Most Holy” LW 468, TLH 659
“O Jesus, Blessed Lord, My Praise” LW 245, TLH 309

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  Trinity-Five-Divine-Service-for-Online-7-4-2021.pdf

Picture:  Pastor Henson celebrated 30 years in the Office of the Ministry on June 30, 2021.

Above is the video and below is the audio only.

#45 The Example of St. Christopher, A Christ-Bearer

So it is, as we see, that they cannot endure even the small afflictions. But when the big, strong afflictions occur, they despair altogether, destroy themselves, or they want to jump out of their skin because the whole world has become too cramped for them. Likewise they cannot observe moderation either in fortune or misfortune. When things go well, they are the most wanton, defiant, and arrogant people you can find. When things go wrong, they are utterly shattered and despondent, more than any woman; as we see those who are now pawing and bridling and bragging and boasting were so timid and nervous during the peasant uprising that they hardly knew where to go. So it must be when one does not have the promises and God’s Word. But Christians have their consolation even in the worst of suffering and misfortune.

But in order that you may better understand this, I will give you a fine example in which the Christian’s suffering is depicted. All of you are doubtless familiar with the way in which St. Christopher has at times been portrayed. [For those not familiar, next week I will include the legend of St. Christopher.]But you should not think that there ever was a man who was called by that name or who actually did what is said about St. Christopher. Rather the person who devised this legend or fable was without a doubt a fine intelligent man, who wanted to portray this picture for the simple people so that they would have an example and image of a Christian life and how it should be lived. And actually he did hit it off very well; for a Christian is like a great giant, he has great strong legs and arms, as Christopher is painted, for he bears a burden which the whole world, which no emperor, king, nor prince could carry. Therefore every Christian is a Christopher, that is, a Christ-bearer, because he accepts the faith. (Luther’s Works, v.51, p.201-202)

2nd Tim.  1, v. 14 : That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.. 

[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 Five 2019 (St. Luke 5:1-11)

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 17, 2019, we learned stanzas 4-5 of “My Inmost Heart Now Raises” (The Lutheran Hymnal #548) and the second and third 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 “Jesus tells the Apostles that they will catch Men” (St. Luke 5:1-11), which is the Holy Gospel for Trinity Five.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word.”    [Length: 1 hour and 3 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-Five-7-17-2019-online.pdf
Prayers:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

This catechesis is recorded in two parts.
The first video is the Learn-by-Heart. [Length: 32 minutes]

The second video is the Catechesis Service. [Length: 32 minutes]