Matins on Ember Wednesday in Lent – March 1, 2023

Order of Matins, p.208  Lutheran Worship
Pre-Service Hymn: “O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day”  (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #20, TLH 559)
Office Hymn “O Lord, We Praise You” LW 238, TLH 313
Psalmody:  Psalm 25, 6, 91
Readings:  Wed-Exodus 24:12-18, St. Matthew 12:38-50
Catechism: Lord’s Supper

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Bulletin:  2023-Lenten-Embers-Matins-Mar-1-3-and-4-2023-Final.pdf
Psalms:  Ember-Days-Lent-Psalms-2023-Full-Page.pdf
Insert:  Lent-Ember-Days-Wednesday-March-2023-Final.pdf

#19 Do Not Despise and Condemn Your Neighbor, Help Him

“Secondly, though you see something bad in your neighbor, you should not despise and condemn him on account of it. Instead you should look at his good qualities and use your own good qualities to help him, by covering up for him, by making him look good, and by giving him your advice, knowing that even if you were the holiest and most pious man on earth, you would become the worst man by judging someone else. God did not give you your gifts for you to tickle yourself with them, but for you to help your neighbor with them when he needs it, and thus by your strength to bear his weakness, by your piety and honor to cover up his sin and to conceal his shame, as God through Christ has done for you and still does every day.  If you refuse to do that, if you insist upon flattering yourself and despising others, you should know that while someone else may have a speck in his eye as far as you are concerned, by comparison you have a log in your eye as far as God is concerned (Matt. 7:3). (Luther’s Works, v. 21, pages 218-219).

History of the Common Service #2 – February 26, 2023

Today we continue our study of the rise of the Common Divine Service in the Lutheran Bodies in North America.

Handout 1: Common-Service-Overview-of-Study-on-book-by-James-Heiser-Class-1-Feb-19-2023.pdf

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

Divine Service Invocabit Sunday – February 26, 2023

Order of Divine Service I, p.136  Lutheran Worship
Hymn “Who Trusts in God a Strong Abode” LW 414, TLH 437
Readings:  Genesis 3:1-24, 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, St. Matthew 4:1-11
Hymn of the Day: “O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day”  (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #20, TLH 559)
Communion Hymns: “Onward, Christian Soldiers” LW 518, TLH 658
“Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray” LW 250, TLH 314
“How Precious Is the Book Divine” LW 332, TLH 285

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  Invocabit-Divine-Service-for-Online-2-26-2023.pdf
Picture:  The Luther Bible 1534: 1 Samuel 4 – Ark is Captured, #371

Basics of Lutheran Teaching #3 – February 26, 2023

If you might be interested in joining Trinity Lutheran Church, this is the course for you!

Handout 1:  The-Basics-of-Lutheran-Teaching-Class-3-Feb-26-2023.pdf
Overheads 1:  Overheads-for-Basics-Class-3-2nd-Commandment-Feb-26-2023.pdf
Overheads 2: Overheads-for-Basics-Class-3-Jesus-Feb-26-2023b.pdf

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

For Illumination 2

LIGHTEN our eyes, O Lord, that our faith may fix her sight upon Thee, and our soul may take counsel in the sweetness of Thy love, and Thy fear implant true penitence in our hearts; 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.32).

To Abound in Good Works.

PLANT us in Thine House, O Lord, with virtues, and make us as good seed bear fruit in all loveliness of religion, that growing up like a palm tree in the flower of righteousness, and perfected therein by Thee, we may flourish in joy in Thy sight for evermore; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Oremus, 1925, p.26-27).

Divine Service Ash Wednesday – February 22, 2023

Order of Divine Service
Introit and the Lenten Address
The Litany, p.279-283 Lutheran Worship
Readings:  Joel 3:1-10, Isaiah 59:12-21, Joel 2:12-19, 2 Peter 1:2-11, St. Matthew 6:16-21
Hymn of the Day: “When over Sin I Sorrow” (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #19, LW 367, TLH 152)
Corporate Confession and Absolution, p.308-309 Lutheran Worship
Communion Hymns: “Not All the Blood of Beasts” LW 99, TLH 156
“Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face” LW 243
“By Grace I’m Saved” LW 351, TLH 373

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Service Bulletin:  Ash-Wednesday-Divine-Service-for-Online-2-22-2023.pdf
Picture:  The Luther Bible 1534: Judges 16:23-31 – Samson’s Death, #352

Learn-by-Heart for Invocabit – February 22, 2023

A shortened Catechesis to prepare for Invocabit/Lent One at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 22, 2023     Link to Live Stream

This Wednesday night, Trinity Lutheran Church(Herrin, IL) offers to both children and adults an opportunity for teaching with Learn-by-Heart from 6:30 to 7:00 PM.  Although we normally follow Learn-by-Heart with a Catechesis service designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service (The Temptation of Christ in the Wilderness from St. Matthew 4:1-11), this Wednesday we will not.  Instead there will be a Divine Service for Ash Wednesday.  Link to Ash Wednesday Divine Service

Learn-by-Heart will include “O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day(The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #20), Small Catechism, Sacrament of the Altar Second question and meaning, and Psalm 51:17.

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

Service Bulletin:  Catechesis-Ash-Wednesday-2-22-2023.pdf
Responsive Prayer for Catechesis:    Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2023.pdf
Insert for Hymn:  Ash-Wednesday-Insert-2-22-2023-ASBH-Final.pdf

#18 Reach Into Your Own Bosom and Find the Real Villain

You do not imagine, do you, that God is unable to spread out an account book before your very nose and to cite not only your transgressions and the sins of your youth (Ps. 25:7), but also your whole life, which you thought was very precious, as the monks think about their cloister life? How will you stand before Him then and answer for blaspheming and crucifying His Son daily with your Masses and other idolatry? This is what happens when we forget what we used to be like. Then it is easy to judge other people. But the command is: “Hans, take hold of your own nose, and reach into your own bosom. If you are looking for a villain on whom to pass judgment, you will find there the biggest villain on earth. You will just as soon forget about other people and gladly let them alone. You will never find as much sin in another person as you will in yourself. If you see a great deal of another person, you see one year or two. But when you look at yourself, you see your whole life, especially the serious blemishes that nobody else knows about. And then you must be ashamed of yourself.   That, you see, would be a good cure for this shameful vice. You would stop pleasing yourself and pray God to forgive you and others.” (Luther’s Works, v. 21, pages 218).