Catechism Lesson for the Week of August 1, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of August 1, 2021:

[III] THE LORD’S PRAYER

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE SECOND PETITION

“Thy kingdom come.”

What does this mean?

Answer:  To be sure, the kingdom of God comes of itself, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may also come to us.

How is this done?

Answer:  When the heavenly Father gives us his Holy Spirit so that by his grace we may believe his holy Word and live a godly life, both here in time and hereafter forever.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia
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Hymns for August 1, 2021

Sunday, August 1, 2021, Hymns
9th Sunday after Trinity (LSB Divine Service – Setting 3)

Hymn of Invocation: LSB #874, “O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright”
Hymn of the Day: LSB #730, “What is the World to Me”
Johntide Hymn: LSB #909, “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”
Distribution Hymns:  LSB #915, “Today Your Mercy Calls Us”
LSB #714, “Who Trusts in God a Strong Abode”
LSB #801, “How Great Thou Art”
LSB #643, “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”
Evening Hymn: LSB #878, “Abide with Me” (5 PM Only)

Please note the above links will open a separate window with an MP3 recording of the hymn from a shared Google folder.  You can also access additional information related to the composer history, hymn texts, scripture references, additional recordings, and much more related to the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), available at Hymnary.org.

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Scripture Readings for August 1, 2021

Scripture Readings for August 1, 2021
9th Sunday after Trinity (LSB Divine Service-Setting 3)

INTROIT: Psalm 54:1 (Antiphon: Psalm 54:4-5)
PSALM: Psalm 51:1-12
OLD TESTAMENT: Proverbs 16:1-9
GRADUAL: Psalm 8:1
EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 10:6-13
GOSPEL: Luke 16:1-13

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Catechism Lesson for the Week of July 25, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of July 25, 2021:

[III] THE LORD’S PRAYER

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE SECOND PETITION

“Thy kingdom come.”

What does this mean?

Answer:  To be sure, the kingdom of God comes of itself, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may also come to us.

How is this done?

Answer:  When the heavenly Father gives us his Holy Spirit so that by his grace we may believe his holy Word and live a godly life, both here in time and hereafter forever.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia
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Hymns for July 25, 2021

Sunday, July 25, 2021, Hymns
8th Sunday after Trinity (LSB Divine Service – Setting 3)

Entrance Hymn: LSB #941, “We Praise You and Acknowledge You”
Hymn of the Day: LSB #420, “Christ, the Life of All the Living”
St. James Hymn: LSB #518, “By All Your Saints in Warfare”
Distribution Hymns:  LSB #667, “Saints, See the Cloud of Witnesses”
LSB #619, “Thy Body, Given for Me, O Savior”
LSB #830, “Spread the Reign of God the Lord”
LSB #692, ”Praise to You and Adoration”
Evening Hymn: LSB #351, “Creator of the Stars of Night” (5 PM Only)

Please note the above links will open a separate window with an MP3 recording of the hymn from a shared Google folder.  You can also access additional information related to the composer history, hymn texts, scripture references, additional recordings, and much more related to the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), available at Hymnary.org.

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Scripture Readings for July 25, 2021

Scripture Readings for July 25, 2021
8th Sunday after Trinity (LSB Divine Service-Setting 3)

INTROIT: Psalm 139:1–2a, 17
PSALM: Psalm 139
FIRST READING: Acts 11:27-12:5
GRADUAL: Psalm 45:16-17
EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 4:9-15
GOSPEL: Matthew 20:20-23

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LSB 909, Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation – Johntide

We have chosen LSB 909, Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation, as our hymn for the 2021 Johntide cycle of the long Trinity season.  During Trinitytide as a whole, we focus on the marks of the Church, and during Johntide specifically, on Law and Gospel.  As explained in the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, one of the confessional documents of the Book of Concord, the Church at its core is a “fellowship of faith and of the Holy Spirit in hearts,” recognized by the marks of the “pure Gospel and the administration of the Sacraments in accordance with the Gospel of Christ. This Church alone is called Christ’s body, which Christ renews, sanctifies and governs by His Spirit.” (Ap VII and VIII, 5).  Our chosen hymn beautifully expresses that which we believe, teach and confess about the Church.  In the first stanza, we sing of Christ, chosen and precious, as our head, cornerstone, help and confidence, who “binds all” of us, the living stones of the Church, “in one.” In this sung confession, we echo the words of the psalmist (Psalm 118:22), Isaiah (28:16), Peter (1 Peter 2:4-10) and Paul (Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:15-16).  In the second stanza, we echo King Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the first Temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 6:18-21), invoking God’s presence, His hearing our confessions and prayers and forgiving our sins. In the third stanza we continue the petition begun in the previous stanza, beseeching God to grant us His gifts of Word and Sacrament, through which He strengthens us in faith toward Him and fervent love to each other and our neighbors (c.f. Post-Communion Collect), and in the end bringing us to reign with Him in His glory (Revelation 21:1-4).  We sing these stanzas boldly confident that God will provide, as He has so promised!  We thus conclude with a stanza of doxology, namely praise, to our triune God, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

The text of the hymn is a translation by the Anglican clergyman John Mason Neale (1818-1866) of the second half of an 8th century Latin hymn. Of note, LSB 912, Christ Is Our Cornerstone, is Anglican clergyman John Chandler’s (1806-1876) translation of the very same Latin hymn.  The tune was written by Henry Purcell (1659-1695), who, in spite of his short life, is considered the most important English composer from before the 20th century.  Purcell served as organist at London’s Westminster Abbey, hence the title of the tune.

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Catechism Lesson for the Week of July 18, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of July 18, 2021:

[III] THE LORD’S PRAYER

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE FOURTH PETITION

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

What does this mean?

Answer: To be sure, God provides daily bread, even to the wicked, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that God may make us aware of his gifts and enable us to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

What is meant by daily bread?

Answer: Everything required to satisfy our bodily needs, such as food an clothing, house and home, fields and flocks, money and property; a pious spouse and good children, trustworthy servants, godly and faithful rulers, good government; seasonable weather, peace and health, order and honor; true friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia
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Hymns for July 18, 2021

Sunday, July 18, 2021, Hymns
7th Sunday after Trinity (LSB Divine Service – Setting 4)

Hymn of Invocation: LSB #811, “Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices”
Hymn of the Day: LSB #819, “Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good”
Johntide Hymn: LSB #909, “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”
Distribution Hymns:  LSB #625, “Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread”
LSB #595, “O Blessed Spring”
LSB #691, “Fruitful Trees, the Spirit’s Sowing”
LSB #652, “Father, We Thank Thee”
Evening Hymn: LSB #886, “The Day Thou Gavest” (5 PM Only)

Please note the above links will open a separate window with an MP3 recording of the hymn from a shared Google folder.  You can also access additional information related to the composer history, hymn texts, scripture references, additional recordings, and much more related to the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), available at Hymnary.org.

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Scripture Readings for July 18, 2021

Scripture Readings for July 18, 2021
7th Sunday after Trinity (LSB Divine Service-Setting 4)

INTROIT: Psalm 47:1,3
PSALM: Psalm 33:1-11
OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis 2:7-17
GRADUAL: Psalm 34:11,5
EPISTLE: Romans 6:19-23
GOSPEL: Mark 8:1-9

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