#64 In this World, We Struggle and Suffer for the Sake of the Godly

For the devil is lord of the world. I myself could never believe this, that the devil should be the lord and god of the world. But I experienced often enough that this too is an article of faith: He is “prince of the world, god of this age.” However—God be praised—this is not believed by the children of men, and I myself do not fully believe it. For everyone thinks he knows best and hopes that the devil is beyond the ocean and God is tucked in our pocket.

But it is for the sake of the godly who wish to be saved that we must live, preach, write, do, and suffer all. Otherwise, if one contemplates the devil and the false brethren, it seems better not to preach, to write, or to do anything, but only to die early and be buried. For they pervert and revile all things and convert them into objects of offense and damage, just as the devil drives and leads them to do. It is inevitable that we struggle and suffer. We cannot be any better than the dear prophets and apostles who also had the same experience.  (Luther’s Works, v.47, p.113-114)

Catechesis on Trinity Twenty-One (St. John 4:46-54) 2019

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 October 16, 2019, we learned stanza 6 of “In thee, Lord, have I Put My Trust” (The Lutheran Hymnal #524) and the Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains “The Nobleman’s Son” (St. John 4:46-54), which is the Holy Gospel for Trinity Twenty-One.

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

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Trinity-21-10-16-2019-Online.pdf
Prayers:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

This catechesis is recorded in two parts.
The first video is the Learn-by-Heart. [Length: 26 minutes]

The second video is the Catechesis Service. [Length: 35 minutes]

 

Catechesis on Trinity Twenty-One October 20, 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 Nobleman’s Son” (St. John 4:46-54), which is the Holy Gospel for Trinity Twenty-One.

Learn-by-Heart will include Lutheran Worship #390, stanza 2 of “For Jerusalem You’re Weeping,” Small Catechism, Lord’s Prayer, Introduction and meaning, and 2 Corinthians 4:6.

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Trinity-21-10-20-2021-On-Line.pdf
Recite Word by Word:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

 

In Danger.

GRANT, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who in our tribulation are yet of good cheer because of Thy loving kind- ness, may find Thee mighty to save from all dangers; 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.57).

Divine Service, St. Luke Evangelist on October 18, 2021

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Send Now, O Lord, to Every Place” LW 316, TLH 506
Readings:  Isaiah 35:5-8, 2 Tim 4:5-15, Lk 10:1-9
Hymn “For Jerusalem You’re Weeping” LW 390

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  St.-Luke-October-18-Divine-Service.pdf

Miriam’s Class #50: Genesis 25 on October 17, 2021

Today’s class will study “Abraham and Keturah” (Gen 25:1-6) and “Abraham’s Death & Burial” (Gen 25:7-11), and “Ishmael’ Descendants” (Gen 25:12-18).

Handout 1:  Text-for-Genesis-25b.pdf

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

Picture:  Newly painted red church doors

Divine Service Trinity Twenty October 17, 2021

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “How Lovely Shines the Morning Star” TLH 343, LW 73
Readings:  Isaiah 55:1-9, Ephesians 5:15-21, Matthew 22:1-14
Hymn “Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness” LW 239, TLH 305
Sermon
Communion Hymns: “Alas, My God, My Sins Are Great” LW 232, TLH 317
“Jerusalem the Golden” LW 290, TLH 613
“In Thee, Lord, have I Put My Trust” TLH 524

“For Jerusalem You’re Weeping” LW 390

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

Service Bulletin:  Trinity-Twenty-Divine-Service-for-Online-10-17-2021.pdf

Picture:  Newly painted red church doors

#60 Luther’s Illustration: Commit and Rely on God

I must also give you an illustration from the present. Pope and emperor have opposed me and raged against me. Now what have I done that the more pope and emperor raged, the more my gospel spread? I have never drawn a sword or desired revenge. I began neither conspiracy nor rebellion, but so far as I was able, I have helped the worldly rulers—even those who persecuted the gospel and me—to preserve their power and honor.  I stopped with committing the matter to God and relying confidently at all times upon his hand. This is why God has not only preserved my life in spite of the pope and all the tyrants—and this many consider a really great miracle, as I myself must also confess—but he has made my gospel grow and spread. Now you interfere with what I am doing. You want to help the gospel and yet you do not see that what you are doing hinders and suppresses it most effectively.  (Luther’s Works, v.46, p.31)

Catechesis on Trinity Twenty (Matthew 22:1-14) 2020

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 October 21, 2020, we learned stanza 6 “Sun of My Soul, O Savior Dear” (Lutheran Worship, #488, The Lutheran Hymnal #551), , the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer and meaning from Luther’s Small Catechism and 2 Thessalonians 2:13b-14.  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 marriage feast (St. Matthew 22:1-14), which is the Holy Gospel for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity.

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

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Trinity-20-10-21-2020-On-Line.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Recite Word by Word

In Cross Bearing.

O LORD, what cross willest Thou that I should bear this day for love of Thee? Thou knowest, Lord, that I am all weakness; strengthen me to bear it patiently, humbly, lovingly. If I sink under it, look upon me and raise me up. Give what Thou commandest and command what Thou wilt; sanctify my cross to me, and keep me Thine own forever: Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen  (Oremus, 1925, p.57).