For Heavenly Mindedness.

GRANT me, Lord, not to mind earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now while I am placed among things that are passing away, to cleave to those that shall abide; 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.35).

Miriam’s Sunday School Class #80: May 29, 2022

Today’s class examines Jacob Blesses His Sons in Genesis 49:1-28 and Jacob’s Death Gen 49:29-50:14.

Handout 1:  Text-for-Chapter-49v1-to-28b.pdf

Handout 2: Text-for-Chapter-48.pdf

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

Picture: Pastor Michael Henson with our two Seminarians, Benjamin Henson and Jacob Henson.

Divine Service on Exaudi Sunday, May 29, 2022

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Readings:  Ezekiel 36:22-28, 1 Peter 4:7-14, St. John 15:26-16:4
Hymn “We Thank Thee Dearest Jesus” TLH 223
Sermon
Communion Hymns: “Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels” LW 152
“If God Had Not Been on Our Side” TLH 267
“When in the Hour of Deepest Need” LW #428, TLH 522
Closing Hymn “Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove” LW 161

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

Service Bulletin:  Easter-Six-Divine-Service-for-Online-5-29-2022.pdf

Picture:  Temple Curtains with Cherubim from Das Alte Testament Deutsch, M. Luther, Wittemberg, 1523.

#40 God’s Gifts are Taken Captive by Their Rules

Eccl. 2:3.  And I thought in my heart that I would abstain from wine and govern my heart wisely and comprehend prudence, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under the sun during all the days of their life.

…. Therefore I shall undertake a rigid and austere way of life, one of total abstinence and strictness.” …. This passage is like a thunderbolt against all the regulations and the religiosity of the monks, by which they subject to themselves and to their own planning such things as do not belong to them. This is not to say that abstinence is evil; what is evil is to seek it out by one’s own planning and to bind oneself to it as something necessary. For time, things, and places are gifts of God, which they nevertheless want to take captive through their rules and prescriptions. Besides, all they get out of it is sorrow and misery, while they torture the flesh and torment themselves in vain. For this is what the Carthusians prescribe: One is not to eat meat even if one were dying of hunger. The worst part of it is that they look for sanctity in such things, as though the devil himself could not be a saint this way, since, after all, he neither drinks wine nor dresses in purple, etc.

For Love. CONFIRM, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the hearts of Thy children, and strengthen them with the power of Thy grace, that they may both be devout in prayer to Thee and sincere in love for each other; 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.35).

Therefore he is saying: “All things would be good for me, whether abstaining or eating and drinking, but they become very evil when I add my own ideas.” God has not prescribed place or time, food or abstinence, but in our foolishness we prescribe: “Now I shall eat meat, now I shall not eat it.” God Himself says: “When you have it, eat; if you do not have it, abstain.” Therefore if you want to be abstinent, wait for the counsel of the Lord. He is able to cast you into prison, into hunger, into infirmity, and the like. There you should be abstinent, for there you have a rule that has been prescribed for you not by yourself but by God Himself. But now by your own ideas you make up a form of abstinence that is contrary to the will of God. These outstanding despisers of the world, moreover, everywhere abstain from things in such a way that they never lack for anything. They act in such a way as never to have to abstain. In short, just as they are puffed up above God through their own righteousness, so they are puffed up above the creation through their own ordinances. (Luther’s Works, v.15 p.32-33)

For Love.

CONFIRM, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the hearts of Thy children, and strengthen them with the power of Thy grace, that they may both be devout in prayer to Thee and sincere in love for each other; 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.35).

Divine Service Ascension Day – May 26, 2022

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.