#13 Christ Brings Benefit and Growth from Persecution

We know that he who raised Christ from the dead and placed him at his right hand is strong and faithful enough to be a Lord over all things, without a doubt also over sin, death, devil, and hell, to say nothing of the papistic swine’s bladders with their threatening, noisy snapping.9 They will not quell this boast in us. And as long as that remains our boast, we will gleefully scorn them and see whether they can gobble up this Christ as easily as they think and replace him with another about whom the Father knows nothing. Therefore I hope that Christ will not only rectify matters again for us—even if they should subsequently devise something worse—but let these redound to our benefit and growth, in accord with the abundant riches of his wisdom and goodness, especially if you too assist with your intercession and your trust.  (Luther’s Works, v.43, p.65-66)

Picture: Art. V  Das Gott durche wort und Sacramenta den Glaube in uns wircket. 
“That God says through the Word and Sacraments faith works in us.”
Rom. 10, v. 17 ; So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Tit. 3. v. 5 ; Not by woks of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

[All of the pictures for this year’s posts are from an etching entitled “Augsburg Confession” by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) and found in the Royal Collection Trust.]

Divine Service for The Confession of St. Peter – January 18, 2020

Service Bulletin:  The-Confession-of-St.-Peter-January-18-NKJV.pdf

Hymn “The Only Son from Heaven” LW 72
Service Begins
Readings: Acts 2:22-24, 32-33, 1 Peter 1:1-9, St. Matthew 16:13-19
Hymn “Built on the Rock” LW 291, TLH 467
Sermon “The Ways of Life” Acts 2:27-28
“Create in Me…” LW p.143
The Prayer of the Church
Communion Liturgy
Service ends

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

Divine Service for Epiphany Two – January 17, 2021

Service Bulletin:  Epiphany-Two-Divine-Service-for-Online-1-17-2021.pdf

0:00 Hymn “Oh, Blest the House” LW 467, TLH 625
1:40 Service Begins
7:35 Readings:  Exodus 33:12-32, Romans 12:6-16, St. John 2:1-11
16:05 Hymn “Rejoice, My Heart, Be Glad” LW 424, TLH 535
18:30 Sermon “Abhor Evil, Hold to Good” Romans 12:9 (length 19:20 minutes)
37:50 “Create in Me…” LW p.143
38:35 The Prayer of the Church
43:00 Communion Liturgy
51:40 Communion Hymns:
“The Only Son from Heaven” LW 72
“I Come, O Savior, to Your Table” LW 242, TLH 315
“When Christ’s Appearing Was Made Known” LW 81, TLH 131
1.03:00 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 Epiphany Two
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

Miriam’s Sunday School Study Class #12: The Fall, part 3 – January 17, 2021

Today’s class examines the Proto-Evangelium, as we continue to look at the Fall. (Genesis 3:1-24).

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 #12
–Pastor Michael D. Henson, Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL)
–PDF documents are available at trinityh.org under the tab “Bible Studies.”

Catechesis on Transfiguration (St. Matthew 17:1-9)

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 February 6, 2019, we learned stanza 6 of “To The Name of Our Salvation” (The Lutheran hymnal#116) and question three of Confession/Absolution from the Small Catechism. 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.

The service concludes with “Responsive Prayer for Catechesis” (pdf link below).    [Length: 1 hour and 3 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Transfiguration-02-06-2019.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2019.pdf

Before Preparing a Sermon.

O GOD, the Holy Ghost, Who enlightenest the minds of Thy children: Send down upon me, I pray Thee, the spirit of wisdom and understanding to lead me into all truth, that I may so feed the flock committed to me with the words of eternal life, as with them to attain unto that place where Thou livest; Who with the Father livest and reignest, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Oremus, 1925, p.30).

#12 Our Faith Transcends both Good Deeds and Sins

But be that as it may, whether we sinned or did right, we must for all of that be undaunted and unafraid. For just as we do not boast of our good deeds, neither do we despond in our sins. Bather do we thank God that our faith transcends both good deeds and sins. For the Father of all mercy has granted us faith, not in a wooden but in a living Christ, who is Lord over sin and over innocence, who can support and preserve us even if we fell into many thousands of sins every hour. Of this I have not the slightest doubt. And even if Satan would tempt us still more sorely and severely, he will not weary us, unless he succeeds in tearing Christ from the right hand of God. But so long as Christ remains enthroned there, we will also remain lords and masters over sin, death, devil, and everything. Nothing can undo that.  (Luther’s Works, v.43, p.65)

Picture:  Art. IIII  Das wir ohne unser verdinst durch den glaubë Gerechfertiget werdë. 
“That without our merit, through faith we are justified.”
Rom.  3, v. 24 ; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Gal. 2, v. 16 ; Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law : for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

[All of the pictures for this year’s posts are from an etching entitled “Augsburg Confession” by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) and found in the Royal Collection Trust.]

Matins for First Sunday After the Epiphany – January 10, 2021

Service Bulletin:   Epiphany-One-Matins-Psalms-Jan-10-2021-Online.pdf

0:00  Versicles, Venite, Lutheran Worship p. 208
3:15   Office Hymn “Within the Father’s House” LW 80, TLH 133
5:45   Psalm 45, 84, 100, LW #9, Ps 148 (See Insert)
26:00 Readings:  1 Kings 8:6-13, Romans 12:1-5, St. Luke 2:41-52
31:30  Sermon “The Son’s Duty” St. Luke 2:49  (length 7:40 minutes)
39:10  Te Deum, LW p.214
43:05  The Prayers
47:35  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 Epiphany One

Divine Service for Baptism of Our Lord – January 10, 2021

Service Bulletin:  Baptism-of-Our-Lord-Divine-Service-for-Online-1-10-2021.pdf

0:00  Hymn “Let All together Praise Our God” LW 44, TLH 105
2:50   Service Begins
8:55 Readings: Joshua 3:1-17, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, St. Matthew 3:13-17
17:05  Hymn “To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord” LW 223
22:55  Sermon “Christ Changes Places With Us” St. Matthew 3:14 (length 13:45 minutes)
36:40  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
37:35  The Prayer of the Church
42:20  Communion Liturgy
50:15 Communion Hymns:
“The Only Son from Heaven” LW 72
“O Living Bread From Heaven” LW 244, TLH 316
“Baptized into Your Name Most Holy” LW 224, TLH 298
1.01:50  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 Baptism of Our Lord
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

Miriam’s Sunday School Study Class #11: The Fall Continued – January 10, 2021

Today’s class examines the third Old Testament account, as we continue to look at the Fall. (Genesis 3:1-24).
Handout 1:  Text-for-Gen-3.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 #11
–Pastor Michael D. Henson, Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL)
–PDF documents are available at trinityh.org under the tab “Bible Studies.”