Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer

The Sacrament of the Altar

February 23, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 70—A Prayer for Deliverance from Those Who Hate Christians—King David, with all his worldly power and might still confesses, “I am poor and needy; Make haste to me, O God!  You are my help and my deliverer.”  This is the true faith of every Christian.  We are surrounded by those who hate the Gospel of Christ and loathe our confession of faith in Jesus.  They taunt and ridicule Christians and their beliefs.  They seek our lives and desire our hurt.  They treat us with scorn and bitter contempt saying, “Aha, aha!”  Every evil name and accusation is hurled against us because of our faith in Christ. In the face of this, David teaches us to commend ourselves to God. He will come to our aid in suffering and persecution to deliver us according to His will and to further the cause of the Gospel.  Therefore, we commend ourselves to Him with confidence. “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, ‘Let God be magnified!’”  CP200223

Sacrament of the Altar

February 14, 2020

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Confession and the Office of the Keys

February 9, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 68—Luther on Psalm 68:“The 68th psalm is a beautiful and powerful prophecy of Christ, that He shall rise, ascend to heaven, give His Spirit, send His apostles, let the Gospel be preached, rescue poor sinners from death, comfort the sorrowful, destroy the Jewish kingdom and priesthood and scatter them, and establish a new kingdom in which He will daily be praised and preached, and not the Law of Moses. The psalm calls the apostles kings and lords of armies and leaders in battle because, with the Gospel, they do battle against death, sin, and the devil, against the wisdom and holiness of the world. Likewise, it calls them high fruitful mountains, God’s heirs, and God’s chariots with many hosts. It also calls them singers and choruses among the maidens, dancers, and singers—because they joyfully praise, glorify, and thank God. Thus David sings his song of joy over the holy kingdom of grace and life. He prays at the end that God keep His kingdom, bless it, and establish it to eternity. The psalmist is so completely and joyfully stirred in spirit that he has written this beautiful rich psalm.” From Reading the Psalms with Luther CPH.  CP200209

Confession and the Office of the Keys

February 2, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 67—A Prayer for the Mission of Christ’s Church—In David’s prayer on the mission of the Church, he teaches us that when we receive God’s mercy in Christ it results in His saving name being proclaimed to the nations in the preaching of the Gospel.  The preaching of the Gospel, faith in Christ, and the praise of God are all inextricably linked together as one divine miracle.  When He prays, “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” He is praying for the conversion of the nations that results in the confession of faith in Christ and the adoration of His holy name.  LSB 823, “May God Bestow on Us His Grace,” is Luther’s paraphrase on this psalm: “May God bestow on us His grace. / With blessings rich provide us; / And may the brightness of His face / To life eternal guide us, / That we His saving health may know, / His gracious will and pleasure, / And also to the nations show / Christ’s riches without measure / And unto God convert them” (stanza 1).  (See also stanzas 2 and 3) CP200202

Sacrament of Holy Baptism — Part IV

January 26, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 66—Praise and Thanksgiving for All of God’s Blessings and Protection—In Psalm 66 David sings the honor and praise of God for everything and exhorts the whole earth to do the same. David directs us to marvel at the works of God and declares that God is ultimately in control of all things and that everything He does is good. The Lord delivered the children of Israel through the Red Sea. He accomplished His purposes by raising up nations and bringing others to ruin. Yet His actions are not capricious and arbitrary. Even when He afflicts us, He does so for our good and to bring about our salvation. In Israel’s case, He often laid affliction on their backs and brought them through the fire, but in the end, He brought them out to rich fulfillment. David experienced this in his own life and service as King. He even learned to give thanks for the suffering that God had laid upon Him. The conclusion of the psalm encourages all of us, “Come and hear all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul.” The Lord had brought David to true contrition and repentance in order to set him free from his sin and give him new life. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me!” CP200126

Sacrament of Holy Baptism — Part III

January 19, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 65—The Church’s Prayer for Both Spiritual and Temporal Blessings—Psalm 65 begins with the phrase, “Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion…” Each week in the Prayer of the Church in the Divine Service, we give thanks to God for the blessings of salvation we have in Christ and how, through Word and Sacrament these blessings come to us in the Church.  We also pray for the civil authorities, for God’s blessing upon our nation, for good weather and an abundant harvest.  Psalm 65 is similar in its construction.  David recognized that “every good and perfect gift” of both spiritual and temporal blessings come from the Lord.  Psalm 65 strongly emphasizes the Church as the place where the Lord meets us with His gifts of salvation, but then also includes the reverent worship of God who sustains all of human life in creation.  As we pray Psalm 65, we may be reminded of the explanation to the Fourth Petition, “Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body,” including “devout rulers, good government, good weather, [and] peace.”  Psalm 65 is also a psalm of comfort because it confesses confidently that the Lord of creation and salvation is in control and provides us with all that we need.  CP200119

Sacrament of Holy Baptism — Parts I and II

January 12, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 64—Prayer against the Gossip, Slander, and False Witness that Maligns Christians—Throughout his reign as King, David suffered many slings and arrows from evil tongues which spoke against him.  Their slander and false witness were not mere lies, but emanated from a rejection of God’s Word, the Lord’s anointed servant, and David’s ministry as King.  In his prayer, David asks for the Lord’s protection against such attacks, but commends his cause to the Lord who will deal with his enemies and bring down upon them the very evils with which they have spoken their curses upon David.  Christians are called to preach and confess the Word of God faithfully.  When our doctrine and confession are attacked we are not to shy away from our responsibilities, nor are we to leave our office in an attempt to get justice for ourselves in a way that is contrary to God’s Word.  Instead, we are to commend our cause to God and allow Him to vindicate His people and punish the enemies of the Word as He sees fit. CP200112

Lord’s Prayer — 7th Petition and Conclusion

January 5, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — (Christmas Psalm 72 The walk through the psalms resumes next week) “The 72nd psalm is an exceedingly magnificent and beautiful prophecy of Christ and His rule in the whole world.  In this kingdom, neither sin nor the evil conscience shall flower and reign (as under the Law) but only righteousness, freedom, and joy of conscience.  However, this is not without the cross.  On account of the cross, their blood shall be shed and counted as very precious to God. And the psalm also announces the new worship, which is to call on God and to thank Him. He tells us to pray to God daily and daily to praise Him. This is our daily offering among all the Gentiles. At this time we hear nothing of circumcision, nor that the kings and Gentiles should receive the Law of Moses, but rather that they remain kings and Gentiles and receive this king as truly God by nature, call on Him, and glorify Him. For to call on God in distress and to thank Him for His help is the worship that alone pleases Him, who is alone our helper in need and our Savior. Without Him, all else is no help at all.” Martin Luther CP200105

The Creed — the Third Article

December 29, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — (Christmas Psalm 98 The walk through the psalms resumes after Christmas) “The 98th psalm, like the preceding psalm, is a prophecy of the kingdom of Christ, which extends into all the world. It also calls us to be joyful and to praise God for His salvation, that is, to preach and give thanks for the redemption given us through Christ. Here then is worship—not offerings given in Jerusalem, but preaching and thanksgiving that He is King in righteousness over the entire world, that is, that He has redeemed us from sin and death by Himself alone, without our merits.”—Martin Luther CP191229

Creed — the 2nd Article

December 22, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — (Christmas Psalm 96 The walk through the psalms resumes after Christmas) “The 96th psalm is a prophecy of the kingdom of Christ in the world, in which there will be nothing but joy and praise…In it, all the nations, lands, people, forests, seas, trees are called to worship.  They should praise and thank the Lord because He judges and rules with righteousness and truth.  That is, He delivers us from sins and all that sin brings with it, such as death, hell, the power of the devil, and all that is evil.  This is the new song of the new kingdom from new creatures, from a new people, not born of the Law or works but born of God and Spirit.  These are nothing less than miracles, done in Christ Jesus.” Martin Luther CP191222