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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 41.  The Small Catechism lesson is the Second Article of the Apostles Creed.

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. 34-54) picking up with “A Conversation with Carl George”.  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 Invocation (LSB 184). We will talk about the purpose of the Invocation and where it is based in Scripture.  We will also discuss the sign of the cross and how one crosses themselves.  We will conclude our discussion by singing the hymn “I Bind Unto Myself Today” (LSB 604).

We will then discuss Confession (LSB 184).  We will talk about Private versus Public Confession, why confession is important, and the scriptural basis for the words we say in Public Confession.  We will conclude by singing “From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee” (LSB 607).

If we have time we will also discuss Holy Absolution (LSB 185).  We will discuss the Office of the Keys and the basis of the Absolution in Scripture.  We will close with the hymn “By Grace I’m Saved” (LSB 566)

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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