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 be reading through “The Fire and the Staff”. We will start reading Chapter 6: The Christian’s Staff (pg. 185-212). We will talk about our vocations and how we go out and serve our neighbor. We will also discuss the difference between the uniformity of our justification and the diversity of our vocation.
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 Hymn of the Day, also known as the Office Hymn (LSB 192). We will talk about what pastors look for in picking an Office Hymn, how it relates to the sermon, and the theme of the day in the readings. We will finish this section by singing “Salvation Unto Us Has Come” (LSB 555).
We will the move on to discuss the Sermon (LSB 192). We will talk about what proper Christian preaching is to be focused on and contain. We will hear an excellent Easter sermon by the greatest orator of the church, St. John Chrysostom. We will then close with the hymn “Dear Christians, One and All Rejoice” (LSB 556).
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.