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 first half of the class we will continue reading through “The Fire and the Staff”. We will be reading Chapter 1: Light the Fire (pg. 23-54) picking up with “Can Doctrine Be Pure”. We will talk about why doctrine is important and why we should strive for and cling to pure doctrine.
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 of the Pre-service Music. We will talk about the purpose of the preludes and the role of music in the church. We will also discuss proper behavior in the sanctuary and things one can do during the prelude to prepare for the service proper. We will conclude our discussion by singing the hymn “Today Your Mercy Calls Us” (LSB 915).
We will also discuss the Opening/Processional Hymn. We will talk about hymn singing, why we do it, and how we do it. We will also discuss the movements of the pastor and other assistants, especially for a Processional. We will conclude our discussion by singing the hymn “O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide” (LSB 355).
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.