Greetings Lebanon and friends, and God bless.
|Last night we resumed the Adult Catechism classes at 7pm. Marie sent an email with two links regarding the two basic texts from which we get our English Old Testaments – the Septuagint and the Masoretic Text. The articles may be helpful in getting a better grasp on what I was presenting last night. If not, no biggie.
Next Monday we’ll consider the much more straightforward development of the New Testament as we now have it, what it includes, the types of literature and genre, and summaries. After that we’ll deal with the question of the Scriptures’ authority and status in the Church, that is, why we call these writings “Holy”. Also, which English translations are preferable to others, the question of “inerrancy”, and related issues.
In the meantime, work on memorizing the 10 Commandments as they appear in your Catechisms.
For Wednesday: Holy Cross Day, we’ll celebrate the day with our usual Services of Matins, Confession, Holy Communion and Vespers at their usual times.
Saturday: 8:00am Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Queen Street Diner, Church Cleanup at 9:00am. Those who wish to help with the Rally Day Cruise In may meet at the church at 2pm to assist, otherwise Rally Day begins at 4:00pm.
Please come out to celebrate the new educational year at Lebanon. Bring family and friends! There will be food and lots of games and activities.
Looking ahead: Sunday, September 25th, St. Michael and All Angels, we will be starting a different Setting for the Sunday Liturgy. If you would like to see the order beforehand, you may view the link below. Much of it, including much of the Service music, will be familiar.
The following is a brief article on the “Salutation”, one of the ordinary parts of our Liturgy, from Steadfast Lutherans:
Notes on the Liturgy #7 – Salutation
Before the Collect of the Day and also at the Preface, Pastor and people speak the words, “The Lord be with you. And also with you.” Similar expressions are found in the Bible in several places (Ruth 2:4, Judges 6:12; Lk 1:28, II Thess 3:16). “The concept is still common in the Mideast’s use of shalom/Salaam (‘peace’ — with ‘of the Lord, be with you’ understood).” ( “Meaningful Worship” CPH) Pastor and people bless each other and so it is a sign of the bond of love in Jesus that should reside among God’s people (Jn 15:17). We do not seek to harm each other, but we seek to bless each other.
It is worth noting that the salutation comes before sacramental elements in the service–before the Bible readings and before Communion. This is intentional. Pastor and people bless each other and the blessings are received through the faith-filled hearing of the Word and reception of the Lord’s Supper.
Among some pastors, there might be hand gestures that accompany the salutation. The pastor may extend his hands when he speaks, and receiving the blessing he may fold them together and slightly bow his head. In reference to this practice, it has been said, “The extending of hands (by pastor) expresses the ardent longing and the earnest desire of the priest that the blessing he invokes may be bestowed; the joining of the hands signifies that the priest humbly mistrusts his own strength and confidently abandons himself to the Lord.” (Lutheran Liturgy by L. Reed)
Previous Notes on the Liturgy
Introit, Psalm or Hymn
Kyrie and Gloria