For Forgiveness. 4

O LORD, the Expectation of our salvation: Receive the prayers of them that call upon Thee; Thou that art the Discoverer of hidden things, give ear to the hidden cry of the heart, that those things which we tremble to have committed and blush to confess, Thou, our King, mayest forgive of Thy clemency, and blot out of Thy goodness; so that our supplication may rise to Thee in the morning, and the good gifts of Thy mercy may descend on us right early; 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.62).

#28 Those Who Deny the Divinity of Christ lose all Christianity

This is the chief doctrine of the Christian faith. The sophists have completely obliterated it, and today the fanatics are obscuring it once more. Here you see how necessary it is to believe and confess the doctrine of the divinity of Christ. When Arius denied this, it was necessary also for him to deny the doctrine of redemption. For to conquer the sin of the world, death, the curse, and the wrath of God in Himself—this is the work, not of any creature but of the divine power. Therefore it was necessary that He who was to conquer these in Himself should be true God by nature. For in opposition to this mighty power—sin, death, and the curse—which of itself reigns in the whole world and in the entire creation, it is necessary to set an even higher power, which cannot be found and does not exist apart from the divine power. Therefore to abolish sin, to destroy death, to remove the curse in Himself, to grant righteousness, to bring life to light (2 Tim. 1:10), and to bring the blessing in Himself, that is, to annihilate these things and to create those—all these are works solely of the divine power. Since Scripture attributes all these to Christ, therefore He Himself is Life, Righteousness, and Blessing, that is, God by nature and in essence. Hence those who deny the divinity of Christ lose all Christianity and become Gentiles and Turks through and through. (Luther’s Works, v.26, p.282-283)

Picture:  flower

For Forgiveness. 3

HEAR us when we call, O Lord Jesus Christ, Who art our Righteousness; that as Thou didst for the wicked undergo all miseries, so Thou wouldest on the penitent bestow all mercies; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.  (Oremus, 1925, p.61).

#27 The Church Is Not Recognized by Relics

Meanwhile, pay no heed to the papists’ holy possessions from dead saints, from the wood of the holy cross. For these are just as often bones taken from a carrion pit as bones of saints, and just as often wood taken from gallows as wood from the holy cross. There is nothing but fraud in this. The pope thus tricks people out of their money and alienates them from Christ. Even if it were a genuine holy possession, it would nonetheless not sanctify anyone. But when you are condemned, cursed, reviled, slandered, and plagued because of Christ, you are sanctified. It mortifies the old Adam and teaches him patience, humility, gentleness, praise and thanks, and good cheer in suffering. That is what it means to be sanctified by the Holy Spirit and to be renewed to a new life in Christ; in that way we learn to believe in God, to trust him, to love him, and to place our hope in him, as Romans 5 [:1–5] says, “Suffering produces hope,” etc.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.165)

Picture: In the small museum they had a hand-made altar cloth that was now retired.  The thorn crown with nails and the multi-colored fringe closely resembles our paraments.

#26 Seventh, the Church Is Recognized by The Sacred Cross of Affliction

Seventh, the holy Christian people are externally recognized by the holy possession of the sacred cross. They must endure every misfortune and persecution, all kinds of trials and evil from the devil, the world, and the flesh (as the Lord’s Prayer indicates) by inward sadness, timidity, fear, outward poverty, contempt, illness, and weakness, in order to become like their head, Christ. And the only reason they must suffer is that they steadfastly adhere to Christ and God’s word, enduring this for the sake of Christ, Matthew 5 [:11], “Blessed are you when men persecute you on my account.” They must be pious, quiet, obedient, and prepared to serve the government and everybody with life and goods, doing no one any harm. No people on earth have to endure such bitter hate; they must be accounted worse than Jews, heathen, and Turks. In summary, they must be called heretics, knaves, and devils, the most pernicious people on earth, to the point where those who hang, drown, murder, torture, banish, and plague them to death are rendering God a service. No one has compassion on them; they are given myrrh and gall to drink when they thirst. And all of this is done not because they are adulterers, murderers, thieves, or rogues, but because they want to have none but Christ, and no other God. Wherever you see or hear this, you may know that the holy Christian church is there, as Christ says in Matthew 5 [:11–12], “Blessed are you when men revile you and utter all kinds of evil against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.” This too is a holy possession whereby the Holy Spirit not only sanctifies his people, but also blesses them.  (Luther’s Works, v.41, p.164-165)

Picture: Full Veronica window:  “According to Church tradition, Veronica was moved with sympathy when she saw Jesus carrying his cross to Golgotha and gave him her veil that he might wipe his forehead. Jesus accepted the offering, held it to his face, and then handed it back to her—the image of his face miraculously impressed upon it. This piece of cloth became known as the Veil of Veronica”  (Wikipedia).

For the Ministry of Mercy.

MOST MERCIFUL FATHER, Who dost commit to our love and care our fellowmen in their necessities: Graciously be with and prosper all those who are seeking and ministering to the sick and needy; let their ministry be abundantly blessed in bringing ease to the suffering, comfort to the sorrowing, and peace to the dying; and themselves be inspired with the consecration to selfless service, knowing that inasmuch as they do it unto the least of the Master’s brethren, they do it unto Him; through Him Who came to minister Thy Love unto men, even 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.76-77).

Book of Concord, Bible Class #27: Ap. VII and VIII. The Church

This Bible study examines Apology, articles VII and VIII.  The Church.

Quiz #26 (tan sheet): Quiz-26-for-Apr-5-2020-Apology-IV-continued.pdf
Text of the Apology VII and VII:  Apology-VII-and-VIII-b.pdf

Review 1 for Quiz: Apology-IV-III-31-34-and-Luke-7.pdf
Review 2 for Quiz: Apology-IV-Continued-March-29-Reply-to-the-Opponents.pdf

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Matins for Palmarum April 5 2020

Service Bulletin 1:  Palmarum-Matins-for-Online-4-5-2020.pdf
Printed Sermon:  SRM1904-His-Humility-and-Patience.pdf

0.00 Hymn LW #106 “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”
2:15 Order of Matins, p.208
3:10 Venite with Invitatory, p.209
5:20 Hymn LW #103 “The Royal Banners Forward Go”
7:45 Psalm 73
14:30 Readings:  Zechariah 9:9-12, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26-27
37:15 Responsory for Lent, p.212
38:30 Sermon “His Humility and Patience” Mt 26:42  (length: 16 minutes)
54:30 Te Deum, p.214
58:00 Prayers
65:15 total time

–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL)
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Repentance. 3

O CHRIST, Son of the Living God, Whose beauty in Thy Passion departed for very heaviness and has worn away because of all Thine enemies: Heal the wounds of our hearts, that Thy grace being confirmed in us, we may so put our trust in Thy Passion as to find our glory in Thy Resurrection : Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Oremus, 1925, p.60).

Devotions for Wednesday in Lent 5, April 1, 2020

Psalm 43 (chanted)   Text: Psalm 43 and Hebrews 9.pdf
Reading: Hebrews 9:11-15
“Jesus Your Blood and Righteousness” (LW 362, TLH 371)
Sermon Title: “Eternal”    Text: SRM1903-Eternal.pdf
Apostles’ Creed
Lord’s Prayer
“In Time of Pestilence” (The Lutheran Liturgy, p.301)  Text: Prayers-from-The-Lutheran-Liturgy.pdf
“During Unemployment” (The Lutheran Liturgy, p.303)
“Lord Jesus Christ, My Life, My Light” (TLH 148)

Total time = 28:45 min
–Michael D. Henson, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL)

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