Divine Service for Ascension – May 21, 2020

Service Bulletin:  Ascension-Day-Divine-Service-for-Online-5-21-2020.pdf
Printed Sermon:  SRM1915-Captivity-Held-Captive.pdf

0:00  Hymn “A Hymn of Glory”  LW 149, TLH 212
1:45   Service Begins
7:50  Readings:  Numbers 21:4-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, St. John 16:23-33
12:40 Nicene Creed
14:15  Hymn “Draw Us To You”  LW 153, TLH 215
20:20  Sermon “Captivity Held Captive” Psalm 68:18  (length 15:00 minutes)
37:45  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
38:35  The Prayer of the Church
44:50  Communion Liturgy
57:40  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 Ascension Day
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

#38B Holy Adornment

But Christians who have the Word of God, as, thank God, we do, who believe it, preach it, and confess it, also have the right adornment. They have the right mitres on their heads, mitres adorned with verses and illustrations from the Scriptures instead of with precious pearls. Thereby they can instruct and comfort people. They wear a cross of real gold or pearls on the tips of their mitres because they are people ready to suffer everything for the sake of confessing Christ, who is the Lord and the glory of our heads (1 Cor. 11:3). They are clothed with an alb of pure white linen, that is, with a good conscience, a pure life, and good works.

Of course, the prophet used spiritual eyes to see this “holy adornment,” and he praised it because God and all the angels consider it splendid and glorious. This is so even though the world will not recognize it as such or attach any value to it, because it does not glitter and deceive the eye, like the crown and splendor of the pope and his false bishops. Indeed, the world regards such divine and holy adornment as a stench and as filth.…

We have shown in this verse what kind of people this King possesses, what the Christian Church is, and how Christ rules and works in the church with power through the Word, with the result that the church willingly clings to Him and obeys Him. We have also seen what the worship of the church is: a new and holy priesthood extending God’s honor and the knowledge of Christ. All this is to happen, he says here, “after Thy victory.” This means: after Christ has conquered His enemies—sin, death, hell, and the power of the devil and the world—in Himself by His resurrection and ascension, occupies His kingdom and dominion, and publicly proclaims this fact in all the world through the Gospel.  (Luther’s Works, v. 13 , p.296).

Picture:  “Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house and the place where thine honor dwelleth.”  Psalm 26

Catechesis on Exaudi/Easter Six (St. John 15:26-16:4)

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 May 9, 2018, we learned stanza 2 of “Holy God, We Praise Your Name” (Lutheran Worship, #171), the Table of Duties for Wives and Parents from Luther’s Small Catechism.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains the coming of the Helper, the Holy Spirit (St. John 15:26-16:4), which is taught in the Holy Gospel for the Sixth Sunday in Easter.

The service concludes with “Responsive Prayer for Catechesis” (pdf link below).

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Exaudi-5-9-2018-Online.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2017.pdf

This catechesis is recorded in two parts.

The first video is the Learn-by-Heart.  [Length: 23 minutes]

The second video is the Catechesis Service.  [Length: 42 minutes]

Adoration

O GOD, Whom to know is to live, to serve Whom is the health and joy of the soul: Thee with my lips and my heart and with all that might which I have, do I praise, bless and adore; Who livest and reignest One God, world without end. Amen.  (Oremus, 1925, p.21).

#38 The Devil’s Chapel is Far More Impressive than God’s Church

Oh, he is far better equipped with sacraments, prophets, apostles, and evangelists than God, and his chapels are much larger than God’s church; and he has far more people in his holiness than God. One is also more inclined to believe his promises, his sacraments, and his prophets than Christ. He is the great god of the world. Christ calls him “ruler of the world” [John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11] and Paul “the god of this world” [II Cor. 4:4]. With this aping tomfoolery he estranges men from faith in Christ and causes the word and the sacraments of Christ to be despised and almost unrecognizable because it is easier to perceive such things than to blot out sin, help in time of need, receive salvation through the devil’s sacraments rather than through Christ’s. For it is Christ’s will to make people holy and pious in body and soul through the Holy Spirit and not let them remain in unbelief and sin. This is too hard for those who do not wish to be pious or to desist from sin. They can readily dispense with this work of the Holy Spirit after they learn how they can be saved more easily without him—for example, by holy water, Agnus Dei, bulls and breves, masses and cowls—thus making it unnecessary to seek or heed anything else.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.169)

Picture:  The hard-carved wooden altar dates from 1896

Divine Service for Easter Five – May 17, 2020

Service Bulletin:  Easter-Five-Divine-Service-for-Online-5-17-2020.pdf
Printed Sermon:  SRM1914-The-Gift-of-Jesus-Based-Prayer.pdf

0:00  Hymn “Draw Us To You”  LW 153, TLH 215
1:45   Service Begins
7:50  Readings:  Numbers 21:4-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, St. John 16:23-33
12:40 Nicene Creed
14:15  Hymn “Our Father, Who From Heaven Above” LW 431, TLH 458
20:20  Sermon “The Gift of Jesus-Based Prayer” St. John 16:23  (length 16:45 minutes)
37:45  “Create in Me…” LW p.143
38:35  The Prayer of the Church
44:50  Communion Liturgy
57:40  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 Easter Five
Note: The Bible class was also recorded and will be available at trinityh.org.

Book of Concord, Bible Class #33: Smalcald Articles

This Bible study examines the Smalcald Articles.

Quiz #32 (pink sheet): Quiz-32-for-May-17-2020-The-Term-Antichrist.pdf
Overhead:  Pope-in-Smalcald-Articles-and-Tractate-b-1.pdf
Review for Quiz:  The-Term-AntiChrist.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 Class #33

Catechesis on Rogate/Easter Five (St. John 16:23-33)

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 May 2, 2018, we learned stanza 1 of “Holy God We Praise Your Name” (Lutheran Worship, #171), the Table of Duties for Husbands from Luther’s Small Catechism.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains Prayer (St. John 16:23-33), which is the Holy Gospel for the Fifth Sunday in Easter.

The service concludes with “Responsive Prayer for Catechesis” (pdf link below).    [Length: 1 hour and 5 minutes]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Rogate-5-2-2018-Online.pdf
Responsive Prayer:  Responsive-Prayer-for-Catechesis-2017.pdf

For Missionaries 2

O LORD, make ready the way in the dark lands, in the hearts which know Thee not; that those who, consecrated to the fulfilling of Thy last command, are carrying the message of the cross to the souls of men, may, constantly aided and uplifted by Thee, labor to the enriching of Thy great harvest; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.   (Oremus, 1925, p.76).

#37 The Devil’s Aping Tomfoolery

But the devil has a different purpose in mind. He wants the creature to derive new strength and power from his aping tomfoolery. Just as water becomes baptism by the power of God, a bath unto eternal life, washing away sin and bringing salvation, a power which is not inherent in water; just as bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ; just as sins are remitted by the laying on of hands in accordance with God’s institution—so the devil too wants his mummery and aping tomfoolery to be strong and imbued with supernatural power. Holy water is to blot out sin, exorcise devils, fend off evil spirits, protect women in childbed, as the pope teaches us in the Aquam sale, de pe; consecrated salt is to have the same effect. An Agnus Dei consecrated by the pope is to do more than God himself can do, as this is described in verses that I should some day publish with marginal notes. Bells are to drive away devils in thunderstorms. St. Anthony’s knives stab the devil; consecrated herbs expel venomous worms; some blessings heal cows, keep off milk thieves, and quench fire; certain letters give security in war and at other times against iron, fire, water, wild beasts, etc.; monasticism, masses, and the like are said to confer more than ordinary salvation. Who can tell it all? There was no need so small that the devil did not institute a sacrament or holy possession for it, whereby one could receive advice and help. In addition, he had prophetesses, soothsayers, and sages able to reveal hidden things and to retrieve stolen goods.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.168-169)

Picture:  The chalice (Good Shepherd window top)