The traffic is tough, the congregation lives scattered across New England, and getting to church on a Wednesday evening is not an easy task. But the Lutheran Essentials class boasts a steady attendance, and offers a unique supplement to Sunday morning Bible study,

“Deep on theology and joyful in song this class meets every Wednesday night at 7pm and welcomes all who wish to learn more about the faith, young and old, both novices and seasoned veterans.” Class leader Paul Edmon describes the class and its membership. “Everyone of all ages is always welcome to drop in for it.”

“We typically have 8-12 people in class, plus who ever was listening in online which is typically around 5-6 people.”

“Started in 2013, Lutheran Essentials is a study that focuses on the orthodox writings of the Church.  The class alternates between reading a section of the Book of Concord and other orthodox authors.  Thus far the class has read through the entire Book of Concord once and is close to completing its second time, it has also read Spirituality of the Cross, Canon of Scripture, Fire and the Staff, The Historic Liturgy, In Christ All Things Hold Together, Didache, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and Heidelberg Disputation, and is starting a study on Ceremony and Celebration on Reformation 2018.  In order to better teach the faith the class sings hymns relevant to the topics at hand.”

“The class also sponsors the distribution of free Books of Concord and hymnals, distributing to date over 60 Books of Concord and 20 hymnals for free, all the books for the class are distributed free of charge as well.  In addition the class sponsored a contest to memory the hymn Salvation Unto Us Has Come in 2016 with the prize being a Lil’ Luther, 13 of which were handed out.”

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