Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Table of Duties—To Wives

April 28, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 30: Extolling the Lord’s Faithfulness to a Rescued Sinner—David wrote Psalm 30 on the occasion of the dedication of the house of David.  In the psalm he praises the Lord for His faithfulness to him as his Savior.   The Lord gave David victory over his enemies.  When David called out to the Lord for help, the Lord delivered him.  When David sinned, the Lord called him to contrition and repentance.  David learned throughout his lifetime that the Lord was the God of salvation, using His Law to expose the seriousness of sin and its devastating consequences, so that the sinner might ultimately be saved from damnation.  How comforting this theology would become for David as his life progressed and as he would be called to repentance by the prophet Nathan for his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah.  “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”  David confessed in this psalm what he would continue to learn and experience throughout the rest of his life.  The Lord did not desire his death.  There is no profit in his blood.  The Lord is merciful to the broken and contrite in heart.  This lesson is learned again and again as the Lord rescues us by allowing us to suffer the consequences of our sin, by speaking the judgment of the Law to us, and then by lifting us up by His forgiveness once we have been brought to repentance.  The fruit of His ministry to us as sinners is faith and the restored joy of His salvation: “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.”  For this salvation we give thanks to God forever! CP190428

The Creed— the 2nd Article

April 21, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 29: A Prayer that Rejoices in the Power of the Word to Save—All true theology gives all glory to God and ascribes no glory to ourselves or our own works.  Psalm 29 opens with the assertion that all the “mighty ones” should ascribe to the Lord all glory and honor.  We are called to worship Him, that is, to believe and trust in Him in “the beauty of His holiness.”  The beauty of His holiness is all that Christ has done in sacrificial love for us.  The psalm then directs us to the power of the Word of God by which every blessing of Christ is delivered to us.  As we pray the psalm and think of the Word of God that called the creation into existence and ordered all things, we should think of how the Word of God is mighty to deliver Christ’s salvation to us through the created gifts He employs in the Sacraments.  It is not the water, indeed, that does such things, but the Word of God in and with the water…  It is not bodily eating and drinking that do such things, but the words “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins…”  So the psalmist repeats the phrase again and again to give thanks for and to extol the promises of the Word of God: “The voice of the Lord is over the waters…The voice of the Lord is powerful…The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars…The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire…The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness…The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth…”  It is by the powerful, life-giving Word of God that we are united to Christ and it is by His Word that “The Lord will give strength to His people; [and] bless His people with peace.”  CP190421

Table of Duties— To Husbands

April 14, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 28: A Prayer to the Rock of Our Salvation—Jesus is the Rock of our salvation.  He is the strength of the Church and every Christian.  When we are attacked by forces hostile to the Christian faith, as Jesus was during His Passion, we cry out to Him whose very blood was shed for our redemption.  He hears our prayers and answers them.  He does not keep silent.  He comforts and strengthens us in His holy sanctuary.  We live from the Lord’s preaching and the Lord’s Supper.  Psalm 28 is a prayer that rejoices and rests confidently in the Lord’s salvation.  Those who reject our Lord Jesus are commended to God.  He and He alone must deal with them according to what they have done in impenitence and the rejection of the Gospel.  But He will not forsake those whom He has redeemed, but will shepherd them and bear them up forever.CP190414

Table of Duties — Of Citizens

April 7, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 27: A Prayer of Faith and Confidence in the Lord’s Salvation—Psalm 27 begins with two rhetorical questions that rest upon confident assertions of faith in the Gospel.  It is as if David were saying, “since the Lord is my light and my salvation, then whom shall I fear?”  Answer: No one!  “Since the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  Answer: No one!  Clearly it is the Lord’s will that we know with certainty that He is our Savior from all sin, death, and from the power of the devil.  Since He has died for us and redeemed us from eternal destruction, we have nothing to fear from anyone or anything that would seek to destroy us!  Psalm 27 prays for the Lord’s help, deliverance, guidance, and forgiveness on the basis of everything that Jesus has done in love for us.  Christ is our confidence.  To hear and receive Christ is also the singular delight of the Christian: “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.”CP190407