For the Parish Church 1.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, Whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, yet Who art willing to have an house fashioned by man, wherein Thine honor dwelleth and where men may worship Thee: Of Thy love and mercy, we beseech Thee, vouchsafe Thy presence here that this Church which we have reared to the glory of Thy name, may by Thee be accepted and hallowed, to the end that souls may here be gathered, nourished in Thy love, and made fruitful in Thy service; 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.69).

#49 If We Fail to Train Pupils, We Will Not Have Pastors

Above and elsewhere I have written much about the schools, urging firmness and diligence in caring for them. Although they may be viewed as something external and pagan, in as much as they instruct boys in languages and the arts, they are nevertheless extremely necessary. For if we fail to train pupils we will not have pastors and preachers very long—as we are finding out. The school must supply the church with persons who can be made apostles, evangelists, and prophets, that is, preachers, pastors, and rulers, in addition to other people needed throughout the world, such as chancellors, councilors, secretaries, and the like, men who can also lend a hand with the temporal government. In addition, if the schoolteacher is a godly man and teaches the boys to understand, to sing, and to practice God’s word and the true faith and holds them to Christian discipline, then, as we said earlier, the schools are truly young and eternal councils, which perhaps do more good than many other great councils. Therefore the former emperors, kings, and princes did well when they showed such diligence in building many schools, high and low, monastic schools and convents, to provide the church with a rich and ample supply of people; but their successors shamefully perverted their use. Thus today princes and lords should do the same, and use the possessions of the cloisters for the maintenance of schools and provide many persons with the means for study. If our descendants misuse these, we at least have done our duty in our day.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.176)

Picture:  The chalice has three scenes depicted on the cup and three on the base.  This one on the cup is the Lord’s Supper.

Book of Concord, Bible Class #43: Article II. Free Will concluded

This Bible study examines Article II. Free Will (concluded)
Quiz #42 ( grey sheet):  Quiz-42-for-July-26-2020-Free-Will-continued.pdf
Overhead:  Overheads-July-26-2020.pdf
Annotated Text of FC SD II:  Formula-of-Concord-Solid-Declaration-Article-II.pdf

Note 1: A Divine Service was also video recorded and is available at trinityh.org, under the tab, Sermons
Note 2: This is the audio only post.  The vimeo video is also available.   Click here –>  Vimeo Video for #43

Divine Service for Trinity Seven – July 26, 2020

Service Bulletin:  Trinity-Seven-Divine-Service-for-Online-7-26-2020.pdf
Printed Sermon:  SRM1926-Faith-is-Necessary.pdf

0:00  Hymn “Baptized into Your Name Most Holy” LW 224, TLH 298
3:00   Service Begins
9:05 Readings:  Genesis 2:7-17, Romans 6:19-23, Mark 8:1-9
14:05 Nicene Creed
15:45  Hymn “Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Breath” LW 248, TLH 312
19:25  Sermon “Faith Is Necessary” St. Mark 8:8 (length 17:30 minutes)
36:55  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
37:45  The Prayer of the Church
43:15  Communion Liturgy
51:45 Communion Hymns:
“Feed Your Children, God Most Holy” LW 468, TLH 659
“All Depends On Our Possessing” LW 415, TLH 425
“Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good” LW 452
1:02.25 “Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer” LW 220, TLH 54
1.04:40  Service ends

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL)
This post is the audio, if you want the video CLICK HERE –>  Vimeo Video for Trinity Seven
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

Catechesis on Trinity Eight (St. Matthew 7:15-23)

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.

In this video from July 31, 2019, we learned stanza a of “When All The World Was Cursed” (Lutheran Worship, #187) and the fourth and fifth commandments and their meanings.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains “False Prophets and False Fruits” (St. Matthew 7:15-23), which is the Holy Gospel for Trinity Eight.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word.”    [Length: 1 hour and 7 minutes]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Trinity-Eight-7-31-2019-Online.pdf
Prayers:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

For the Anniversary of Ordination.

O GOD, by Whose command the order of all time runs its course: Look graciously upon me Thy servant, whom Thou hast been pleased to call to Thy service, and that my service may be pleasing unto Thee, do Thou mercifully preserve in me Thy gifts ; 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.74).

#48 We Observe Moderation in Human Ordinances

We will regard these externals as we do a christening robe or swaddling clothes in which a child is clad for baptism. The child is not baptized or sanctified either by the christening robe or by the swaddling clothes, but only by the baptism. And yet reason dictates that a child be thus clothed. If this garment is soiled or torn, it is replaced by another, and the child grows up without any help from swaddling clothes or christening robe. Here too one must exercise moderation and not use too many of these garments, lest the child be smothered. Similarly, moderation should also be observed in the use of ceremonies, lest they become a burden and a chore. They must remain so light that they are not felt, just as at a wedding no one thinks it a chore or a burden to conform his actions to those of the other people present. I shall write on the special fasts when I write about the plague of the Germans, gluttony and drunkenness, for that properly belongs in the sphere of temporal government.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.175)

Picture:  The chalice from historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Soulard Market, St. Louis, MO:  It “was made in Austria for a monastery in Spain.  During the Napoleonic Wars it somehow came into the possession of a Saxon prince, who gave it to the group when they left Germany for America in 1838” (from A Pictorial Souvenir).

Book of Concord Bible Class #42: Formula of Concord, II: Free Will continued

This Bible study examines Article II. Free Will (continued).
Quiz #41 (blue sheet):  Quiz-41-for-July-12-2020-Free-Will.pdf
Overhead: Formula-of-Concord-Solid-Declaration-Article-II.pdf

Note 1: A Divine Service was also video recorded and is available at trinityh.org, under the tab, Sermons
Note 2: This is the audio only post.  The vimeo video is also available.   Click here –> Vimeo Video for #42

Divine Service for Trinity Six – July 19, 2020

Service Bulletin:  Trinity-Six-Divine-Service-for-Online-7-19-2020.pdf

0:00  Hymn “When Morning Gilds the Skies”  LW 460
3:20   Service Begins
10:05 Readings:  1 Kings 19:11-21, 1 Peter 3:8-15, St. Luke 5:1-11
17:50 Nicene Creed
19:10  Hymn “All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall” LW 363, TLH 369
22:20  Sermon “The Father’s Plan” Romans 6:5 (length 17:00 minutes)
39:20  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
40:10  The Prayer of the Church
46:15  Communion Liturgy
54:20 Communion Hymns:
“Here is the Tenfold Sure Command” LW 331, TLH 287 (different tune)
“I Lay My Sins on Jesus” LW 366, TLH 652
“Baptized into Your Name Most Holy” LW 224, TLH 298
1.07:10  Service ends

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL)
This post is the audio, if you want the video CLICK HERE –>  Vimeo Video for Trinity Six
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

#46 In Human Ordinances There Is Great Freedom to Change

Nevertheless, there should be freedom here: for instance, if we are unable, because of an emergency or another significant reason, to preach at six or seven, at twelve or one o’clock, on Sunday or Monday, in the choir or at St. Peter’s, one may preach at a different hour, day, or place, just as long as one does not confuse the people, but properly apprises them of such a change. These matters are purely external (as far as time, place, and persons are concerned) and may be regulated entirely by reason, to which they are altogether subject. God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit are not interested in them—just as little as they are interested in what we wish to eat, drink, wear, and whom we marry, or where we want to dwell, walk, or stand; except that (as was said) no one should, without reason, adopt his own way and confuse or hinder the people. Just as at a wedding or other social event no one should offend the bride or the company by doing something special or something that interferes, but one should join the rest, and sit, walk, stand, dance, eat, and drink with them. For it is impossible to order a special table for each individual, and also a special kitchen, cellar, and servant. If he wants anything, let him leave the table without disturbing the others. Thus here too everything must be conducted peacefully and in order, and yet there must be freedom if time, person, or other reasons demand a change; then the masses will also follow harmoniously, since (as was said) no Christian is thereby made any more or less holy.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.174)

Picture: St. John