Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Sacrament of the Altar

February 24, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Praying the Psalms: Psalm 21—A Prayer of Rejoicing in the Lord’s Salvation—God the Father heard the prayers of His Son and did not deny the desires of His heart or the requests of His lips.  Why?  Because the heart of our Lord Jesus was perfectly united in faith and love for the Father and the work of salvation to which the Father had called Him.  The King, Christ Jesus, trusted in the Lord, and through the Lord’s mercy He was not moved.  God the Father hears our prayers, also, precisely because we are joined to His anointed Son who won salvation for us.  Eternal salvation and the absolute guarantee of our victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil is the reason for our joy.  In our prayers we join with Christ in rejoicing in the gift of salvation that we have in Christ: “His glory is great in Your salvation; honor and majesty You have placed upon Him. For You have made Him most blessed forever; You have made Him exceedingly glad with Your presence… Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength!  We will sing and praise Your power.”  CP190224

Sacrament of the Altar

February 17, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Praying the Psalms: Psalm 20—Prayer to Seek the Lord’s Help from His Sanctuary—When we pray for God’s help, deliverance, and guidance we need to know where it is found.  Psalm 20 teaches us that the Lord’s help comes from His Divine Service, the sanctuary, out of Zion, where the congregation gathers around the Lord’s Word and Sacraments and, on the basis of His Word, offer their prayers and the sacrifices of a broken and contrite heart for His healing, comfort, strength, and guidance.  Because God the Father has accepted the offering of His Son and saved Him on account of His righteous sacrifice, the Lord will save us who are united to Christ by faith.  Those who trust in the wisdom and strength of this world will fall, but those who trust in the Lord and live from His Divine Service will live and stand with Him in the resurrection.CP190217

Confession and the Office of the Keys

February 10, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Praying the Psalms: Psalm 19—Praise of God for the Perfect Revelation of His Glory—David links together the preaching of the Gospel with the ordering of the cosmos.  “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork” precisely because they are signs whose ordered design and placement in the cosmos perfectly reflect the ordering of the Gospel of God’s love and sacrifice in Christ.  The creation of the sun, the moon, and the stars are for signs and seasons, and for all the patterns of life that find their fulfillment in the week of our redemption in the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ.  As the earth orbits around the sun, which sustains the life of all living things, so Christ and His Gospel is the source of eternal life and salvation. The pattern of a day (“evening and morning”) points us to the darkness of death and the light of the resurrection of Christ by which the creation is redeemed and made new.  The statutes of the Lord testify to the truth of the Gospel which is imbedded in all of creation.  The Law of the Lord—His commandments and promises—convert our hearts from unbelief to repentant faith. We rejoice in His salvation and desire His Word to be proclaimed in all of creation.  By the Word of the Lord we are turned from our sin, cleansed from unknown errors, and lead a life that is innocent of all transgressions by the gift of Christ’s righteousness. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer!”CP190210

Confession and the Office of the Keys

February 3, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Praying the Psalms: Psalm 18—A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Deliverance—This psalm was prayed by David in response to the Lord’s deliverance of him from the hand of Saul and, indeed, from all his enemies on every side. He compares this mighty deliverance of the Lord to His many acts of salvation for His people since the world began, especially His redemption of the children of Israel from bondage and His sustaining grace to them throughout their history. He gives all glory to the Lord, his Rock, Fortress, Deliverer, Strength, Shield, Salvation, and Stronghold.  When David says that he is “rewarded for his righteousness” he is referring to the righteousness of Christ which is the source of our salvation.  At the conclusion of the psalm, David gives glory to Christ, the Lord’s anointed, who is the source of abiding strength and deliverance for David and all the descendants of faith in Christ that have followed David.CP190203