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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