Catechesis on Judica/Lent Five (St. John 8:42-59) 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 “Children of the Devil” (St. John 8:42-59), which is the Holy Gospel for the Fifth Sunday in Lent.  The teaching for Learn-by-Heart will include hymn #508, stanza 4 of “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” Small Catechism, Christian Questions with their Answers, 1-9, and John 8:42.
–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Judica-3-17-2021.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2020.pdf

For a Friend on his Birthday.

GOD, the Life of the faithful, the Savior and Guardian of those that fear Thee, Who, after the expiration of a year, hast been pleased to bring Thy servant N.N., to this his natural birthday: Increase in him. the grace of the Protector of life, and multiply his days with many years, that having, by Thy favor, been carried through a happy life, he may be enabled to attain the height of heavenly joys; 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.82).

Divine Service Laetare Sunday, Mar 27, 2022

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “O Day of Rest and Gladness” LW 203, TLH 9
Readings:  Exodus 16:2-21, Galatians 4:21-31, St. John 6:1-15
Hymn “Christ the Life of All the Living” LW 94, TLH 151
Sermon
Communion Hymns: “O Living Bread from Heaven” LW 244, TLH 316
“Oh, Love, How Deep” LW 275
“Not All the Blood of Beasts” LW 99, TLH 156
“Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread” LW 248, TLH 312

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

Service Bulletin:  Laetare-Divine-Service-for-Online-3-27-2022.pdf

Picture: Luther’s Portrait from Das Alte Testament Deutsch, M. Luther, Wittemberg, 1523.

https://bildsuche.digitale-sammlungen.de/index.html?c=viewer&bandnummer=bsb00106005&pimage=2&v=100&nav=&l=de

After the publication of the New Testament in 1522, Luther began to translate the Old Testament, which would take him 12 years.   “He used a Hebrew Bible that had been published in Brescia in 1494. He used the commentaries of Nicolas of Lyra and the grammar and lexicon of Reuchlin. Luther immersed himself deeply in passages, listening to them from within, and then asked whether what he thought he was hearing agreed with the letter of the text and was grammatically acceptable” (SMU).

Starting in August 2021, the artwork for Trinity’s bulletin covers and weekly snips for Our Family Daily Prayers were found in Luther’s 1522 German translation of the New Testament, Das Newe Testament deutzsch.  Both the first edition (September 1522) and the second edition (December 1522) included twenty-one full-page illustrations of the book of Revelation by Luther’s good friend, Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553).

Beginning with Laetare-Lent 4(Mar 27), the artwork will come from the first part of Luther’s translation of the Old Testament, Das Alte Testament Deutsch, which included the first five books of the Old Testament.  The first edition of 1523 contains full-page woodcut illustrations by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

“The 1524 edition was printed by Melchior Lotter in Wittenberg, Germany. It contains thirteen brilliantly colored illustrations made from woodcuts by Georg Lemberger, some in what is known as Fürstenkolorit. In this type of illumination, the woodcuts are colored and heightened with gold, suggesting this Bible was created for an aristocrat. Only ten copies of this edition are known to exist. Moreover, sixteenth-century prints showing Fürstenkolorit are extremely rare.” (https://collections.museumofthebible.org/artifacts/25085-luthers-pentateuch?&tab=description).

Luther’s Translation of the Pentateuch 1523
Das Allte Testament deutsch M. Luther. Wittemberg, 1523.
Second Part of the Old Testament: Joshua-Esther 1524
Das Ander teyl des alten testaments. Wittemberg (1524)
Third Part of the Old Testament: Job-Song of Solomon 1524
Das Dritte teyl des allten Testaments. Wittemberg (1524).
Luther’s Translation of the Prophets 1532
Die Propheten alle Deudsch D. Mart. Luth. Wittemberg (1532).
 
Martin Luther: The Complete German Bible 1534
Biblia, das ist die gantze Heilige Schrifft Deudsch… Wittemberg: Hans Lufft, (1534)

#24 For Luther’s Mother Margaret: Give Thanks that You Know the Gospel

By such words and thoughts, and by none other, let your heart be moved, dear Mother. Above all be thankful that God has brought you to such knowledge and not allowed you to remain caught in papistic error, by which we were taught to rely on our own works and the holiness of the monks, and to consider this only comfort of ours, our Savior, not as a comforter but as a severe judge and tyrant, so that we had to flee from him to Mary and the saints, and not expect of him any grace or comfort. But now we know it differently, [we know] about the unfathomable goodness and mercy of our heavenly Father: that Jesus Christ is our mediator, our throne of grace, and our bishop before God in heaven, who daily intercedes for us and reconciles all who believe in him alone, and who call upon him; that he is not a judge, nor cruel, except for those who do not believe in him, or who reject his comfort and grace; [and] that he is not the man who accuses and threatens us, but rather the man who reconciles us [with God], and intercedes for us with his own death and blood shed for us so that we should not fear him, but approach him with all assurance and call him dear Savior, sweet Comforter, faithful bishop of our souls, etc. (Luther’s Works, v. 50, p.20-21)

Divine Service The Annunciation of Our Lord, March 25, 2022

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Not All the Blood of Beasts” LW 99, TLH 156
Readings:  Isaiah 7:10-14, Genesis 4:4-7, St. Luke 1:26-38
Hymn “Praise We the Lord This Day”  TLH 274 (insert)
Sermon

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

Service Bulletin:   The-Annunciation-of-Our-Lord-1-year-Propers-Mar-25.pdf

Catechesis on Laetare/Lent 4 (St. John 6:1-15) 2017

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 March 22, 2017, we learned stanza 3 of “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth” (The Lutheran Hymnal, #142), the fifth question under The Sacrament of the Altar from the Small Catechism, and St. John 6:33.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains the feeding of the five thousand (John 6:1-15), which is the Holy Gospel for Laetare (Lent 4) Sunday.

The service concludes with “Responsive Prayer for Catechesis 2017” (pdf link below).  [Length: 1 hour, 8 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis Laetare – 3-22-2017
Hymn: TLH 142 Insert 3-15-2017
Responsive Prayer: Responsive Prayer for Catechesis 2017

Catechesis on Laetare on March 23, 2022

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 feeding of the five thousand (John 6:1-15), which is the Holy Gospel for Laetare (Lent 4) Sunday.

The teaching for Learn-by-Heart will include hymn #99, stanza 3-4 of “Not All the Blood of Beasts,” Small Catechism, Christian Questions with their Answers, 1-9, and John 6:33.

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Laetare-3-23-2022-online.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2022-8.5×11.pdf

For Brethren and Friends in Distant Lands.

ALMIGHTY Father, Who art present in Thy power in every place: Give ear in Thy loving-kindness to the supplications which we offer unto Thee on behalf of our brethren and friends in distant lands; may Thy mighty hand shield and protect them from all evil; may Thy Holy Spirit guide them in the right way and bless their going out and their coming in; and grant that, being united by our fellowship with Thee, we may all at the last be gathered in the Home which is above; 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.82).

Divine Service Oculi Sunday, March 20, 2022

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs” LW 204, TLH 344
Readings:  Exodus 8:16-24, Ephesians 5:1-9, St. Luke 11:14-28
Hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” LW 298, TLH 262
Sermon
Communion Hymns: “I Come, O Savior, to Your Table” LW 242, TLH 315
“Not All the Blood of Beasts” LW 99, TLH 156
“Jesus, Priceless Treasure”  LW 270, TLH 347
“Lord of Our Life” LW 301, TLH 258

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

Service Bulletin:  Oculi-Divine-Service-for-Online-3-20-2022.pdf

Picture: The Lamb from  Das Newe Testament Deuotzsch.  The image is from Martin Luther’s (1483-1546) September Testament.  The Lamb is worshiped in heaven as the earth is judged. Woodcut designed by Lucas Cranach, the Elder (1472-1553), a close friend of Martin Luther. For information on licensing this image, please send an email, including a link to the image, to dia@emory.edu.  These images are made available by the generous contribution of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.