#14 In Christ’s Kingdom Judgment is Different

Matthew 7:1. Judge not, that you be not judged.  2. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.

…To keep this sermon from becoming a stumbling block and being misunderstood as if it forbade any judgment or criticism at all, it should be clear, on the basis of what has already been said so often, that here Christ is preaching only to His disciples. He is not talking at all about the judgment or punishment that takes place in the world. In the household, for example, the mother and father have to judge among the children and the servants, have to administer punishment, even corporal punishment, when they refuse to behave. If a prince or a judge wants to administer his office properly, he cannot avoid judging and punishing. This is all part of the secular realm, which is not our concern here and which we will therefore permit to act the way it should and must act. What we are discussing here is another kingdom, one which in no way weakens or annuls the other, namely, spiritual life and existence among Christians, where it is forbidden for one to judge and condemn another. The devil always mixes into such judging to do his work. He gives each individual a high estimate of himself and the opinion that his cause must be the best and must be the only one to prevail, while he criticizes and undermines whatever does not measure up to his standards.  (Luther’s Works, v. 21, pages 210-211).

Transfiguration Divine Service – January 29, 2023

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “How Good, Lord, to Be Here” LW 89, TLH 135
Readings: Isaiah 61:10-11, 2 Peter 1:16-21, St. Matthew 17:1-9
Hymn of the Day: “Oh, Wondrous Type! Oh, Vision Fair” (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #15, LW 87)
Sermon
“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” LW 241
“One Thing’s Needful” LW 277, TLH 366
“O God of God, O Light of Light” LW 83, TLH 132
Closing Hymn “Alleluia Song of Gladness” WS98 #819

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  Transfiguration-Divine-Service-for-Online-1-29-2023.pdf

Picture: The Luther Bible 1534: Judges 14 – Samson Kills a Lion with his Hands, p.48.

Lutheran Bodies in North America, Class #28 – January 29, 2023

Lutheran Bodies in North America, Class #28:  January 29, 2023  Link to Live Stream

Today we continue our study of the LCMS after 1981 within our study of The Lutheran Bodies in North America.

Handout 1: Part-9-after-1981-LCMS.pdf

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

Faith.

I BELIEVE in Thee, O God, the Father, my Maker.  I believe in Thee, O God, the Son, my Savior.  I believe in Thee, O God, the Holy Ghost, my Helper.  Glory be to Thee, O Holy Trinity, One God. Amen. (Oremus, 1925, p.23).

St. Titus Divine Service – January 26, 2023

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “For All Your Saints, O Lord” LW 195
Readings: Acts 20:17-35, Ephesians 3:14-21, St. Matthew 24:42-47
Hymn of the Day: “Lord of the Church, We Humble Pray” (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #76, ELH 95, LW 261, TLH 489)
Sermon

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  St-Titus-Bishop-and-Confessor-1-year-January-26-ASBH-Final.pdf

Catechesis for Transfiguration – January 25, 2023

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 “Jesus’ Transfiguration” (St. Matthew 17:1-9), which is the Holy Gospel for Transfiguration Sunday.

Learn-by-Heart will include “O Wondrous Type, O Vision Fair”(The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #15, LW #87), Small Catechism, Confession, Question Three, and 1 Corinthians 10:16(Lord’s Supper), 1 Corinthians 15:49 (glory) or 2 Corinthians 3:18 (glory)Romans 15:4.

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Transfiguration-01-25-2023-Final.pdf
Responsive Prayer for Catechesis:    Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2023.pdf
Insert for Hymn:  Transfiguration-of-Our-Lord-insert-1-29-2023-Final.pdf

 

The Conversion of St. Paul Divine Service – January 25, 2023

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “By All your Saints in Warfare” (LW #193 stanza 11)
Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10, Acts 9:1-22, St. Matthew 19:27-30
Hymn of the Day: “O Thou, Who Dost Accord Us the Highest Prize and Guerdon” (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #75, ELH 356)
Sermon

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  The-Conversion-of-St.-Paul-1-year-January-25-ASBH-Final.pdf

St. Timothy Divine Service – January 24, 2023

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Why Art Thou Cast Down, My Soul?” (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #12)
Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 1 Peter 5:1-4, St. John 21:15-17
Hymn of the Day: “Preach You the Word” LW 259
Sermon

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  St-Timothy-Pastor-and-Confessor-1-year-January-24-ASBH-Final.pdf
Insert for Hymn:  Epiphany-Three-Insert-1-22-2023-Final.pdf

#13 Christians Highly Esteem Ministers For the Sake of Christ and His Word

It must not be this way among Christians. Those who have honest and pious hearts should highly esteem their ministers and preachers in all humility and love, for the sake of Christ and of His Word. They should regard them highly as a gift and jewel given by God, more precious than any temporal treasure or possession. Similarly, true and pious preachers will faithfully seek only the welfare and the salvation of all people. They will not impose any burden on them, either in their consciences or even outwardly in their temporal possessions and physical existence. Whoever despises them should know that he is not a Christian and that he has lost the treasure once more. Our preaching and admonition is for everyone who will accept it and agree with us. Whoever refuses to do so and yet uses the name of the Gospel or the pretense of Christian brotherhood to despise us and to trample us underfoot, against him we use the art of letting him keep the pretense but actually taking everything back, so that he has nothing left at all. We have the command to separate ourselves from such people. We do not enjoy doing it, and we would have preferred to have them stay with us. But since they refuse, we must let them go and not let them ruin our treasure or trample it underfoot.  (Luther’s Works, v. 21, pages 228).

Epiphany Three Divine Service – January 22, 2023

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Arise and Shine in Splendor” LW 85, TLH 126
Readings: Jeremiah 33:6-9, Romans 12:16-21, St. Matthew 8:1-13
Hymn:  “Why Art Thou Cast Down, My Soul?” (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #12)
Sermon
Communion Hymns: “Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness” LW 239, TLH 305
“When I Suffer Pains and Losses” LW 423
“Hail, O Source of Every Blessing” LW 84
“From God the Father, Virgin-born” LW 74
Closing Hymn: “Lord, You I Love with All My Heart” LW 413, TLH 429

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  Epiphany-Three-Divine-Service-for-Online-1-22-2023.pdf

Picture: The Luther Bible 1534: Judges 7 – Gideon’s Men sorted at the water, p.42.