Divine Service Circumcision and Naming of Jesus – December 31, 2022

Service of Light, LW p.250-255  Lutheran Worship
Psalm 8
Isaiah 63:7-18 (Isaiah 11:1-4 same as Christmas One)
Hymn “He Whom Shepherds Once Came Praising” LW #54
Divine Service begins with Introit, then Kyrie (Lutheran Worship, p.137)
Readings:  Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 2:21
Hymn “To The Name of Our Salvation” (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #7, TLH 116) Choir sings stanza 3 in four-part
Communion Hymn: “The Infant Priest Was Holy Borne” HS98 #853
“Lo, How a Rose is Growing” LW 67
Closing Hymn “God of Our Fathers” LW 501
–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  Circumcision-and-Name-of-Our-Lord-Cover-December-31-2022.pdf
Insert for Propers:  Circumcision-of-Our-Lord-Insert-1-1-2023-Final.pdf

Picture: The Luther Bible 1534: Exodus 29 — The Priest, p.54.


For Divine Guidance and Protection 4.

SHOW Thy marvelous loving kindness, O Lord, hide us under the shadow of Thy wings, keep us as the apple of Thine eye, that our goings may be perfected in Thy paths; and we may appear with Thee in righteousness and be satisfied when Thy glory shall appear; 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.43-44).

Divine Service Holy Innocents, Martyrs – December 28, 2022

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Sweet Flowerets of the Martyr Band” (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #72, LW 188, TLH 273)
Readings:  Jeremiah 31:15-17, Revelation 14:1-5, St. Matthew 2:13-18
Hymn of the Day:  “Once in Royal David’s City” LW 58

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  The-Holy-Innocents-December-28-ASBH-Final.pdf

Catechesis Christmas One – December 28, 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 Presentation of Jesus in the Temple” (St. Luke 2:22-40), which is the Holy Gospel for the First Sunday after Christmas .

Learn-by-Heart will include “To God the Anthem Raising(The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #6, TLH #112), Small Catechism, Holy Baptism Part Three, and Romans 5:19.

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Christmas-One-12-28-2022-Final.pdf
Responsive Prayer for Catechesis:    Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2023.pdf
Insert for Hymn:  Christmas-One-Insert-1-1-2023-Final.pdf

Divine Service St. John, Apostle – December 27, 2022

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Word Supreme, Before Creation” TLH 271
Readings:  Hosea 11:1-9, 1 John 1:1-10, John 21:19-24
Hymn of the Day: “Let Us All with Gladsome Voice” LW 42, TLH 97

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  St-John-Apostle-December-27-ASBH-Final.pdf

#8 Whoever Despises Preaching and the Office of the Ministry…

This much is sure: Whoever despises the office of the ministry will not think very highly of the Gospel. Since they trample the ministers and the preachers underfoot and treat them more cruelly than the peasants treat their hogs, we shall take back our pearls and see how much of the Gospel they will have without any thanks to us. If you can trample the Word of God and its preachers underfoot, He can trample you underfoot as well. (Luther’s Works, v. 21, pages 226).

#7 We Have No Fellowship with the Schismatic Spirits

The art that Christ is teaching us here, therefore, is how to separate ourselves from any such hog or dog we may see. This is how we treat the schismatic spirits: We have no fellowship with them, we administer no Sacrament to them, we communicate no consolation of the Gospel to them. Instead we show them that they shall not enjoy anything of Christ, our treasure. By doing this we withhold the pearl and what is holy from them right well. So far as I am concerned, no bigwig or peasant, no fanatic or schismatic spirit shall get the Gospel and Christ unless he first asks me about it and agrees with me, so that I or any other real preacher can affirm it. Anyone who has the Gospel correctly must certainly agree with us and be one with us, insofar as we are already sure that what we have is the true Gospel and the pearls. Certainly he will not trample us underfoot the way Squire Bigwig does, or condemn us the way the sectarians do, or despise us the way the peasants do in the cities and towns. He will hold in esteem both the clear Word and those who preach it and gladly listen to it. Where this is not so, we shall regard them as swine and dogs and tell them that they will get nothing from us. Meanwhile we shall let them read and listen and lay claim to the name “Evangelical,” if they choose, the way I have to do with certain bigwigs and towns.  (Luther’s Works, v. 21, pages 225).

#6 Don’t Throw the Gospel Before Them

Now, what are we going to do about it? “Do not throw it,” Christ says, “before swine and dogs.” “Yes, dear Lord, but they already have it. Since the proclamation is in public and is broadcast into the world, we cannot keep them from coming across the Gospel and taking it for themselves.” But this still does not mean that they have it, and, thank God, we can keep them from getting at what is holy. They may perhaps get the shells and the husks, that is, the freedom of the flesh. But all of them—dogs or swine, bigwigs or misers or peasants—shall be prevented from getting a single letter of the Gospel, though they may read all the books and listen to all the sermons and get the idea that they know it thoroughly. (Luther’s Works, v. 21, pages 225).

Bible Class #1 St. Luke One – December 25, 2022

Today and next week (Jan 1) we take a break from our study of Lutheran Bodies in North America to look at the infancy narratives from St. Luke chapters 1 and 2.

Handout 1:  St-Luke-Chapters-One-and-Two.pdf

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

Divine Service Christmas Day – December 25, 2022

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Choir sings a choral rendition “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14, Titus 2:11-14, St. Luke 2:1-14
Hymn “O Jesus Christ, All Praise to Thee” (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #5)
Choir sings stanza 1-2, then everyone joins in.
Communion Hymns: “A Great and Mighty Wonder” LW 51, TLH 76
“Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising” LW 48, TLH 90
“Joy to the World” LW 53, TLH 87
“Let Our Gladness Have No End” LW 69
Closing Hymn: “Away in a Manger” LW 64
–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  Feast-of-the-Nativity-Cover-12-25-2022.pdf
Insert for Propers:  Feast-of-the-Nativity-Insert-12-25-2022-Final-Isaiah-7.pdf

Picture: The Luther Bible 1534: Numbers 21 — The Snake on the Pole, p.98.