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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.  We are studying the The Smalcald Articles in the Book of Concord.  If you do not have a copy of the Book of Concord we are providing them for free.

The Psalm for this week is Psalm 32.  The Small Catechism lesson is the Fourth Commandment.

This week we will finish reading Part III Article III: Repentance.  We will finish contrasting true Repentance with the way that the Roman Catholics practice repentance, showing that true repentance leads not to more Law but rather the Gospel.  We will close this article with the singing of “From Depth of Woe I Cry to Thee” (LSB 607).

We will then go on and read Part III Article IV: The Gospel.  We will discuss what the Gospel is and what the means of grace are.  We will then sing the great Easter hymn “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands” (LSB 458).

Next we will read Part III Article V: Baptism.  We will discuss what Baptism is and that we should baptize infants.  We will sing the catechetical hymn for Baptism “To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Load” (LSB 406)

We will then read Part III Article VI: The Sacrament of the Altar.  We will discuss what Holy Communion really is, that both kinds are to be given to the laity, and reject transubstantiation.  We will close by singing “Lord Jesus Christ You Have Prepared” (LSB 622)

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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