Live Stream of Divine Service at 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Ascension Divine Service, May 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM   Link to Live Stream

 Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Readings:  2 Kings 2:5-15, Acts 1:1-11, St. Mark 16:14-20
Hymn “Draw Us To You” LW 153, TLH 215
Sermon
Communion Hymns: “Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels” LW 152
“A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing”  LW 149, TLH 212
“Here, O My Lord, I see You Face to Face” LW 243
Closing Hymn “On Christ’s Ascension I Now Build” LW 150, TLH 216

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

Service Bulletin:  Ascension-Divine-Service-for-Online-5-26-2022.pdf

Picture:  Museum of the Bible Web site

Catechesis On Exaudi/Easter Six (St. John 15:26-16:4) 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 coming of the Helper, the Holy Spirit (St. John 15:26-16:4), which is taught in the Holy Gospel for the Sixth Sunday in Easter.

Learn-by-Heart will include hymn #395, stanza 4-5 of “O Fount of Good, for All Your Love,” Small Catechism, Table of Duties: To Wives:  Eph 5:22, and Ephesians 4:10-12

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Exaudi-5-12-2021.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2020.pdf

 

#39 Outward Happiness Is a Gift of God to be Used Well

Eccl. 2:2.  I said of laughter: It is mad, and of pleasure: What use is it?

You should take all these things as referring to human counsels. He wants to say: “I wanted to use skill to seek the good, to seek pleasures and happiness. But this thought was sheer madness, which brought me double affliction. In the first place, the very labor of thinking and seeking brings affliction to the heart. In the second place, when I was hoping that I had achieved it, suddenly there came another conflict or trouble, and I lost both the labor and the joy.” By “laughter” he means what I myself seek, and by “pleasure” what I try to accomplish. What use is it? “Because it never turns out right for me, and some kind of trouble always arises.” Therefore the best happiness and gaiety is that which is not sought but is offered unexpectedly by God without your caring or planning. Thus outward happiness is indeed a good thing, but only for those who know how to use it well. The wicked, by contrast, even when they are lost in revelry, still are not happy, because they do not recognize that this is a gift of God and are always bored, dissatisfied with the things that are present and looking for something else.  (Luther’s Works, v.15 p.331-320)

Miriam’s Sunday School Class #79: May 22, 2022

Today’s class examines Joseph and Famine in Genesis 47:13-31 and Manasseh and Ephraim Gen 48.

Handout 1: Text-For-Genesis-47v13.pdf
Handout 2:  Text-for-Chapter-48.pdf

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

Divine Service Rogate/Easter Five Sunday, May 22, 2022

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Readings:  Numbers 21:4-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, St. John 16:23-33
Hymn “Our Father, Who from Heaven Above” LW 431, TLH 458
Sermon
Communion Hymns: “O Living Bread from Heaven” LW 244, TLH 316
“Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels” LW 152
“Come, My Soul, with Every Care” LW 433, TLH 459
Closing Hymn “How Blest Are They Who Hear God’s Word” LW 222, TLH 48

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

Service Bulletin:  Easter-Five-Divine-Service-for-Online-5-22-2022.pdf

Picture:  Candlestick and Table of Showbread from Das Alte Testament Deutsch, M. Luther, Wittemberg, 1523.

For Hope 2.

ALBEIT, O Lord, there be many that say that there is no help for us in our God; yet Thou art our Defender and the Lifter-up of our head: Vouchsafe therefore, to give us the increase of hope, and to surround us with Thy perpetual mercy; 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.34).

Catechesis on Rogate/Easter Five (St. John 16:23-33) 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 Prayer (St. John 16:23-33), which is the Holy Gospel for the Fifth Sunday in Easter.

Learn-by-Heart will include hymn #395, stanza 2-3 of “O Fount of Good, for All Your Love,” Small Catechism, Table of Duties: To Husbands:  1 Peter 3:7, Col 3:19, and St. John 16:33.

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Rogate-5-5-2021.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2020.pdf

Catechesis on Rogate/Easter Five, May 18, 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 Prayer (St. John 16:23-33), which is the Holy Gospel for the Fifth Sunday in Easter.

Learn-by-Heart will include Lutheran Worship #152, stanza 1-4 of “Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels,” Small Catechism, Table of Duties: To Husbands: 1 Peter 3:7, Col 3:19, To Wives:  Eph 5:22, and St. John 16:33.

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Rogate-5-18-2022b-online.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2022-8.5×11.pdf

#38 Jerome was Wrong. Do Not Despise the Gift of God’s Creation

Therefore he says: I said to myself: Come now, I will make a test of pleasure, that is, “I wanted to measure it by manners and rules, but this was nothing but vanity.” Here again it is appropriate to warn that we should not stray from the theme, as Jerome did when he foolishly boasted that from this book he had learned contempt for the world and for all things. He was then followed by monks and sophists, who did not know what it was to flee the world—in fact, did not know what the world was. For this is in fact to teach a contempt for the good creatures of God and to forbid their use, contrary to the clear words of Holy Scripture. Fleeing the world, therefore, does not mean abstaining from things, but it means abstaining from one’s own counsels. This would have been the right way for Jerome to teach his disciple Blesilla: “Do not despise things, but rather despise the strivings, plans, affections, and concerns by which you seek to obtain everything for yourself by your own exertions. It is not honor and desire for things that is evil, but an anxiety about things and your schemes to obtain them are to be despised. Nor is a contempt for the world the same as wearing dirty clothes, wearying your flesh with vigils, growing weak through fasting, and the like, but using these very things as they come. If God has given you food, eat it; if fasting, bear it; if honor, accept it; if condemnation, suffer it; if He casts you into prison, put up with it; if He wants you to be king, obey Him when He calls; if He casts you down, do not worry.” So David was a real despiser of the world when with equanimity he administered his kingdom and bore his exile. The real despisers of the world are those who accept everything as God sends it to them, using everything with thanksgiving while it is present and freely doing without it if the Lord takes it away. (Luther’s Works, v.15 p.31)