#67 God Help Us As We Do Our Part as Christians

A thousand years ago you and I were nothing, and yet the church was preserved at that time without us. He who is called “who was” and “yesterday” had to accomplish this. Even during our lifetime we are not the church’s guardians. It is not preserved by us, for we are unable to drive off the devil in the persons of the pope, the sects, and evil men. If it were up to us, the church would perish before our very eyes, and we together with it (as we experience daily). For it is another Man who obviously preserves both the church and us. He does this so plainly that we could touch and feel it, if we did not want to believe it. We must leave this to him who is called “who is” and “today.” Likewise we will contribute nothing toward the preservation of the church after our death. He who is called “who is to come” and “forever” will accomplish it. What we are now saying about ourselves in this respect, our ancestors also had to say, as is borne out by the psalms and the Scriptures. And our descendants will make the same discovery, prompting them to join us and the entire church in singing Psalm 124: “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, let Israel now say,” etc.  (Luther’s Works, v.47, p.118)

Picture:  Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from  Das Newe Testament Deuotzsch.  The image is from Martin Luther’s (1483-1546) September Testament. The image is based on Revelation chapter 6:1-8.  After the first four seals are opened, four horsemen roam the earth bringing great calamity. They are shown carrying a bow, a sword, scales, and a pitchfork. Woodcut designed by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), a close friend of Luther.  http://pitts.emory.edu/

Catechesis on the Last Sunday in the Church Year / Trinity 27 (St. Matthew 25:1-13) 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 November 20, 2019, we learned stanza 4 of “Brief Life Is Here Our Portion” (The Lutheran Hymnal #448) and the Fourth Petition and the meaning of 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 Ten Virgins” (St. Matthew 25:1-13), which is the Holy Gospel for Last Sunday in the Church Year (Trinity 27).

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word.”    [Length: 1 hour and 6 minutes]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Last-Sunday-11-20-2019-online.pdf
Prayers:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

Catechesis on Last Sunday in Church Year on November 17, 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 Sheep and the Goats” (St. Matthew 25:31-46), which is the Holy Gospel for Second-Last Sunday in the Church Year (Trinity 26).

Learn-by-Heart will include Lutheran Worship #177, stanza 3 of “Wake, Awake, For Night is Flying,” Small Catechism, Lord’s Prayer, Fourth Petition and meaning, and 1 Thessalonians 5:8.

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Last-Sunday-11-21-2021-On-Line.pdf
Recite Word by Word:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

For Hope amid Tribulation.

HEAR us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and have mercy upon us in our tribulations; and as Thou alone art glorious over the people, give spiritual joy to us, who look for the hope of Thine eternal rewards; 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.59).

Divine Service on Second-Last Sunday November 14, 2021

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying” LW 177, TLH 609

Readings:  Daniel 7:9-14, 2 Peter 3:3-14, Matthew 25:31-46
Hymn “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near” LW 462, TLH 611

Sermon
Communion Hymns: “Hope of the World” LW 377
“May God Embrace Us with His Grace” LW 288, TLH 500
“Now Thanks We All Our God”  TLH 36, LW 443,
“Jerusalem, My Happy Home” LW 307, TLH 618

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

Service Bulletin: 2nd-Last-Sunday-Divine-Service-for-Online-11-14-2021.pdf

#66 God Help Us As We Do Our Part as Christians

I can see there in the distance how the devil is puffing out his cheeks so vigorously that he is turning all red as he prepares to blow and rage. But our Lord Christ from the beginning (even when he was in the flesh) struck these puffed cheeks with his fist, so that they emitted nothing but the devil’s stinking wind. He still does this today and will ever continue to do so. For Christ does not lie when he declares, “I am with you always, to the close of the age” [Matt. 28:20], and when he assures us that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church [Matt. 16:18]. At the same time we are enjoined to remain awake and to do our part in preserving the light. We read, “Be watchful,” for the devil is called a “roaring lion” who “prowls around, seeking some one to devour” [I Pet. 5:8], and this he did not only in the days of the apostles when St. Peter uttered these words; he does so to the end of time. Let us be guided by this. God help us as he helped our forefathers, and as he will help our heirs, to the honor and glory of his divine name forever. For after all, we are not the ones who can preserve the church, nor were our forefathers able to do so. Nor will our successors have this power. No, it was, is, and will be he who says, “I am with you always, to the close of the age.” As it says in Hebrews 13 [:8], “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever,” and in Revelation 1 [:8], “He who is and who was and who is to come.” This is his name and no one else’s; nor may anyone else be called by that name.  (Luther’s Works, v.47, p.117-118)

Picture:  Beasts of the Earth and Sea from  Das Newe Testament Deuotzsch.  The image is from Martin Luther’s (1483-1546) September Testament. The image is based on Revelation chapter 13. All the people of earth, whose names are not in the book of life, worship the seven-headed beast emerging from the sea, as another beast emerges from the earth. Woodcut designed by Lucas Cranach, the Elder (1472-1553), a close friend of Martin Luther.  http://pitts.emory.edu/

Catechesis on the Second-Last Sunday in the Church Year / Trinity 26 (St. Matthew 25:31-46) 2018

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 November 14, 2018, we learned stanza 5 of “The Night Will Soon Be Ending” (Hymnal Supplement 98, Lutheran Service Book #337) and the Third Petition and the meaning of 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 Sheep and the Goats” (St. Matthew 25:31-46), which is the Holy Gospel for Second-Last Sunday in the Church Year (Trinity 26).

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

Bulletins:   Catechesis-2nd-Last-Sunday-11-14-2018-On-line.pdf
Prayers:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

Catechesis on 2nd Last Sunday November 10, 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 Sheep and the Goats” (St. Matthew 25:31-46), which is the Holy Gospel for Second-Last Sunday in the Church Year (Trinity 26).

Learn-by-Heart will include Lutheran Worship #177, stanza 2 of “Wake, Awake, For Night is Flying,” Small Catechism, Lord’s Prayer, Third Petition and meaning, and 2 Corinthians 5:10.

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-2nd-Last-Sunday-11-14-2021-On-Line.pdf
Recite Word by Word:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

Against Despair.

O ALMIGHTY God, although our iniquities have offended Thee: Grant that our prayers and our confession may obtain Thy mercy, that through Thy loving kindness, no. tribulation of this world may cause us to despair, no harmful persuasion may allure us to evil: but that the light of Thy countenance may shine upon us. and that from Thy light in this world, we may come to the light of Thine everlasting vision: 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.58-59).