Having received Absolution, the congregation moves from the time of preparation to that part of the Divine Service known as “the service of the Word.” We typically begin the service of the Word with an introit or Psalm.
The word “introit” means “entrance” or “beginning.” As Christians moved from a persecuted minority to the official majority, they also moved from having worship in someone’s home to larger basilicas. This provided the opportunity to adorn the service with liturgical details that would not have been possible in a cramped home church.
Below are the nineteenth and twentieth articles of the Augsburg Confession. These are what we believe and confess as a Lutheran congregation. When they say “they teach,” they mean our churches teach.
Article XIX - Of the Cause of Sin
Of the Cause of Sin they teach that, although God does create and preserve nature, yet the cause of sin is the will of the wicked, that is, of the devil and ungodly men; which will, unaided of God, turns itself from God, as Christ says in John 8:44: When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own.
3 Birthday: Scott Rohloff
5 Divine Service 10am, Bible Study and Sunday School: 11am, Lunch: noon
7 Women's Bible Study: 1pm
8 Anniversary: Herb and LeAnn Safford
10 Birthday: Marty Groves
11 Men's Breakfast and Bible Study: 8:30am
12 Divine Service 10am, Bible Study and Sunday School: 11am, Lunch: noon, Birthday: Ruth Rohloff
14 Women's Bible Study: 1pm
19 Divine Service 10am, Bible Study and Sunday School: 11am, Lunch: noon, Birthday: Gary Funke
21 Women's Bible Study: 1pm, Birthday: Jacob Schielke
25 Men's Breakfast and Bible Study: 8:30am
26 Divine Service 10am, Bible Study and Sunday School: 11am, Lunch: noon, Council Meeting: 12:45pm
28 Women's Bible Study: 1pm
For 2021, I would like to challenge every member of this congregation to read through the Bible in one year. The Bible readings for September and part of October are listed below, and following are questions over the readings to see how well you are reading. List the chapter and verse with your answers.
Sept. 1: Ezekiel 9-12
Sept. 2: Ezekiel 13-15
Sept. 3: Ezekiel 16-17
Sept. 4: Ezekiel 18-20
Sept. 5: Ezekiel 21-22
Sept. 6: Ezekiel 23-24
Sept. 7: Ezekiel 25-27