Lutheran Essentials meets in the undercroft of the church on Wednesday evenings following the Lenten Midweek Vespers service 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 112, read the Close of the Ten Commandments from the Small Catechism, and singing verses 11-12 of “These are the Holy Ten Commands” (LSB 581). We will then read the Close of the Ten Commandments in the Large Catechism. We will discuss what the Lord requires of us in these Ten Commandments, why we are to study them, and how we are to engrave them in our hearts as God’s will for our lives. We will close this section singing the full hymn of “These are the Holy Ten Commands” (LSB 581)
We will then recite Psalm 14 and go into the Introduction to the Apostle’s Creed. We will discuss the importance and historical origins of the three Ecumenical Creeds of the Church (Apostle’s, Nicene, and Athanasian). We will also discuss why the Apostle’s Creed is broken into three sections in the catechism. We will close with the singing of the fourth creed of the Church the “Te Deum” (LSB 223)
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.