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Lutheran Essentials meets in the undercroft of the church on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.  You can reach the undercroft by going around to the back parking lot of the church and descending the staircase to the kitchen.  Knock on the door if it is closed and some one will let you in.  Our current study is on “The Fire and the Staff” by Klemet Preus and the Historic Liturgy.  If you do not have a copy of the “The Fire and the Staff” or the Book of Concord we are providing them for free.

The Psalm for this week is Psalm 49.  The Small Catechism lesson is the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer.

The first half of the class we will be reading through “The Fire and the Staff”.  We will continue with Chapter 5: The Church’s Staff (pg. 137-183).  We will pick up with Preaching and Doctrine (pg. 161) and discuss the role of preaching in the service.  We will also discuss why we use the liturgy and how it prepares us for our deaths.

For the second half of the class we will continue our study of the Divine Service Setting III in Lutheran Service Book with a discussion about the Alleluia (LSB 190).  We will talk about the meaning of this Hebrew word and the Gospel Processional.  We will close with singing the sequence hymn “Christians to the Paschal Victim” (LSB 460).

We will then discuss the Gospel (LSB 190-191).  We will discuss why the Gospel is the high point of the service of the Word and how to chant it.  We will also discuss the rest of the Gospel Processional.  We will finish this section by singing “O Sons and Daughters of the King” (LSB 471).

As always new people are always welcome to this study at any point during the class.  Please talk to the Pastor, Elders or Paul Edmon if you have any questions.

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