Live Stream of Adult Bible Class at 9 AM on Sunday, February 25, 2024

Bible Class #2:  February 25, 2024  Link to Live Stream

We continue to study the word Love in the Old Testament.
Handout 1: Love-Study-3.pdf
Handout 2: Book-of-Concord-on-Love.pdf
Handout 3: Love-Study-2-English-b.pdf

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

Picture: Brazeau Presbyterian Church (Brazeau, MO).  The church was established in 1819.  The present brick church was completed in 1854. The church had two entry doors equally spaced on the front – one for women, and one for men; on the inside, there are two pairs of stairs, 4 feet wide, going up to the gallery. The church is topped by a six-sided belfry. Our congregation participated in a Christmas Country Church Tour on December 14, 2023.

Vespers on St. Matthias, Apostle – February 24, 2024

Vespers, Lutheran Worship, p. 224
Psalmody:  Psalm 25, 6, 91
Office Hymn “O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day”  (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #20, TLH 313)
Readings:  Acts 1:15-26, 1 John 2:15-17, St. Matthew 11:25-30
Sermon

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Psalms:  Ember-Days-Lent-Psalms-2023-Full-Page.pdf
Insert: St-Matthias-Vespers-February-24-ASBH.pdf

 

Before the Holy Gospel.

O LORD and Lover of men, cause the pure Light of Thy divine knowledge to shine forth in our hearts, and open the eyes of our understanding, that we may comprehend the precepts of Thy Gospel; plant in us also the fear of Thy blessed commandments, that we, trampling upon all carnal lusts, may seek a heavenly citizenship, both saying and doing always such things as shall well please Thee; for Thou art the illumination of our souls and bodies, Christ our God; and to Thee we ascribe glory and honor, worship and praise, now and for evermore. Amen. (Oremus, 1925, p.137).

Matins on Ember Friday in Lent – February 23, 2024

Order of Matins, p. 208  Lutheran Worship
Pre-Service Hymn: “Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord” LW #240
Office Hymn “O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day”  (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #20, TLH 313)
Psalmody:  Psalm 25, 6, 91
Readings:  Fri-Ezekiel 18:20-28, St. John 5:1-15

Catechism: Lord’s Supper
Sermon

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Bulletin:  2024-Lenten-Embers-Matins-Feb-21-23-and-24-2024-Final.pdf
Psalms:  Ember-Days-Lent-Psalms-2023-Full-Page.pdf
Insert:  Lent-Ember-Days-Wednesday-March-2023-Final.pdf

Catechesis for Reminiscere – February 21, 2024

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 Canaanite Woman” (St. Matthew 15:21-28), which is the Holy Gospel for Lent Two.

The teaching for Learn-by-Heart will include hymn “O Faithful God, We Worship Thee” (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #21, TLH 321), Small Catechism, Sacrament of the Altar, questions 2-3, and Philippians 3:9 or 1 Corinthians 2:14.

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

Service Bulletin: Catechesis-Reminiscere-2-21-2024.pdf
Responsive Prayer for Catechesis:    Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2023.pdf
Insert for Hymn: Reminiscere-Insert-3-5-2023-online.pdf

Matins on Ember Wednesday in Lent – February 21, 2024

Order of Matins, p. 5  Augustana Service Book and Hymnal (ASBH) 2023 Prayer Office Supplement
Office Hymn “O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day”  (The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal #20, TLH 313)
Psalmody:  Psalm 25, 6, 91
Readings:  Wed-Exodus 24:12-18, St. Matthew 12:38-50
Catechism: Lord’s Supper
Sermon

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL).
Bulletin: 2024-Lenten-Embers-Matins-Feb-21-23-and-24-2024-Final.pdf
Psalms:  Ember-Days-Lent-Psalms-2023-Full-Page.pdf
Insert:  Lent-Ember-Days-Wednesday-March-2023-Final.pdf

 

#16 Obstacles to Prayer Overcome

This struggle is portrayed in the woman of our text. The person and all attending circumstances are of the most unpromising kind. The first unfavorable circumstance is the fact that the woman is of heathen birth, no child of Abraham, nor of his lineage; and therefore, being a stranger, she has no right to ask any favors here. This she knew, and it would have been no wonder if this fact had prevented her coming. She might easily have been led to think: Why shall I go, and what shall I ask? It is all in vain. I am a heathen and foreign woman; He is a Jew, and one sent unto the Jews. I very much doubt whether we would overcome such obstacles as this; we would succumb to them, and give up our prayer. It is no trifling matter when conscience appears with its charges and tells us: What are you about? You have not the right to pray, as you are not Christ’s disciple; let Peter and Paul pray to God; these He will hear, but not you. You have no faith; perhaps you are not one of the elect, and surely unworthy to come before God with your petitions. With thoughts like these the devil can bring us to despair; for indeed the obstacles are great. When thus perplexed let us look for encouragement upon this woman, and learn to conduct ourselves as she did.

The difficulties in the way do not appall her; she keeps only in view the object of her coming, and forgets that she is a heathen and He a Jew. Her confidence and hope in Christ are so great that she never doubts His condescension. Her faith cancels the fact that she is a heathen.

#15 In Christ’s Kingdom Judgment is Different

We read in our Gospel that “Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness,” that is, the Holy Ghost brought Him thither. … That Christ did not go into the wilderness of His own accord, but was led up by the Spirit, is a fact of the greatest importance and should be well remembered. We should imitate this example, and never do anything through an impulse of our own feelings; but what we do must ever be done in obedience to the Word and command of God. Let us always first ascertain whether God orders us to do a thing, and when we are assured of this, then let us diligently do it, and do nothing without His Word.

The general duties and works of love need no new command; they are already laid down and ordered in the Ten Commandments. We are all enjoined of God to hear His Word, to love Him, to pray to Him, to be obedient to our parents, to love our neighbor, to shun all lasciviousness and to hold matrimony in high esteem. All this is God’s will and institution; therefore no especial call of the Holy Spirit to enter matrimony, to become father or mother, is needed. Such matters have all been arranged and commanded of God. (Luther’s House Postil, Sermon for Invocavit, Volume 1, p. 257-258)

Divine Service Invocabit – February 18, 2024

Hymn “Who Trusts in God a Strong Abode” LW 414, TLH 437
Order of Divine Service, p.7   The Augustana Service Book and Hymnal
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)
Sermon
Offertory: “Create in Me…”         p.18
General Prayer………                    p.19-20
Hymn: “Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared” LW 246, TLH 306
Exhortation                                    p.21
Communion Service, p.144 (Lutheran Worship)
Communion Hymns: “Onward, Christian Soldiers” LW 518, TLH 658
“Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” LW 305
“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-2-18-2024.pdf

Picture: The Luther Bible 1534: Revelation 8:7 – The First Angel with Hail, Fire, and Blood, #959

Bible Study on Love #1 – February 18, 2024

We begin our class studying the word Love in the Old Testament.
Handout 1: Love-Study-2-English.pdf

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

Picture: Brazeau Presbyterian Church (Brazeau, MO).  The church was established in 1819.  The present brick church was completed in 1854. The church had two entry doors equally spaced on the front – one for women, and one for men; on the inside, there are two pairs of stairs, 4 feet wide, going up to the gallery. The church is topped by a six-sided belfry.