Unmerciful

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 Martin Luther’s Large Catechism. If you do not have a hard copy of the Book of Concord we are providing it for free, as well as copies of the Lutheran Service Book.

This week we will recite Psalm 32, read the Fifth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer from the Small Catechism, and sing verse 6 of “Our Father, Who From Heaven Above” (LSB 766).  We will then study the Fifth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer in the Large Catechism.  We will discuss how God forgives our sins through the work of Jesus Christ.  We will also talk about how we are to forgive the sins of others in response to the forgiveness we receive from God. We will close this section with the hymn “Lord, to You I Make Confession” (LSB 608).

We will then recite Psalm 125, read the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer from the Small Catechism, and sing verse 7 of “Our Father, Who From Heaven Above” (LSB 766).  We will then study the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer in the Large Catechism.  We will discuss what it means for God to lead us not in to temptation and how the Lord gives us the strength to endure in the hour of temptation.  We will close this section with the hymn “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus” (LSB 685).

We will then recite Psalm 23, read the Seventh Petition and the Last Petition of the Lord’s Prayer from the Small Catechism, and sing verses 8-9 of “Our Father, Who From Heaven Above” (LSB 766).  We will then study the Seventh Petition and the Last Petition of the Lord’s Prayer in the Large Catechism.  We will talk about how Jesus Christ as defeated Satan and how He still defends us from evil in our lives.  We will also discuss the origins of the long ending of the Lord’s Prayer as well as the meaning of the word Amen.  We will close this section with the hymn “O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe” (LSB 666).

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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