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The Divine Service – Confession and Absolution

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Following the Invocation, where we call upon the name of the Triune God and remember our Baptism where our sins were washed away (Acts 22:16), the Divine Service continues with the Confession and Absolution. Here, at the very start of the Service, we accept Jesus' invitation when He said, ... Continue

The Divine Service – The Invocation

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There has been much debate recently in our community regarding the topic of invocations. It just so happens that a few months ago, we began a series on the Divine Service, which, due to various deadlines, has not been continued until now. Though regretted, this temporary break now presents a ... Continue

The Divine Service (Intro-II)

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I would like to extend to you my previous invitation, “Let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1) and take a look at what happens on a typical Sunday inside the walls of a liturgical Lutheran church. For those who have never been to a liturgical church, ... Continue

The Divine Service (Intro-I)

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I am sure that many of you have been the recipient of this phrase, “You should go to church.” Perhaps many of you have even spoken these words yourselves. In my experience, it is often given lovingly, but taken judgmentally, as a condemnation or command. Interestingly enough, it is both: ... Continue

Luther’s Small Catechism – The Lord’s Supper

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[This article was originally written to be published on Holy Saturday, the Saturday following Maundy Thursday (the day Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper) and Good Friday (the day Jesus died on the cross for our sins) and the day before Easter Sunday (the day Jesus rose to life again from ... Continue

Luther’s Small Catechism – Confession and Holy Absolution

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“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Ps. 32:1). During this season of Lent as we prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate our Savior's passion, death, and resurrection, it is a wonderful time to reflect on God's gift of Confession and Absolution, the 5th ... Continue

Luther’s Small Catechism – Baptism Also Now Saves Us (1 Peter 3:21)

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As Jesus was ascending into heaven, He told His disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Not ten ... Continue

Luther’s Small Catechism – The Lord’s Prayer

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When you speak to the Triune God, what should you say? Is there a magic formula that you should use in order to guarantee that He will listen to you? Are some words better than others? Is it better to pray from the heart or to use memorized or written ... Continue

Luther’s Small Catechism – The Apostles’ Creed

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In God's Law we hear that we are sinners deserving of death. Of this we have a limited natural knowledge. But when we speak about God and what He has done to save us from our sins, of this, we have no natural knowledge. The good news of our salvation ... Continue

Luther’s Small Catechism – The Ten Commandments

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God first wrote His perfect Law in the human heart. But since Adam and Eve's fall into sin, our perfect knowledge of the Law is lost. Our conscience is valuable in guiding us to know what is right and wrong, but it is not perfect; sometimes it is over-sensitive and ... Continue