Free Download: Large Catechism readings as Bulletin Inserts — Holy Week

Find the bulletin inserts for Holy Week by clicking on the Downloads tab above. Earlier this month, we also added another download: a complete reading schedule for the Large Catechism (on which our bulletin inserts are based).

Also, today is the last day for the March sale! Many of our titles are up to 20% off. Browse the Books tab above for more details.

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March Sale and Other News

From now through Monday, March 31, many of our books are on sale up to 20% off! And remember that larger orders of Pless’s Didache (20+ books) qualify for a bulk discount. Numerous pastors have already picked up this updated and revised Catechesis manual for their Adult Instruction and Bible Study classes, and we are pleased to be sending it out to Lutherans worldwide.

Also be sure to check out a new download created by Pr. Edward Naumann, “PRIE: Preparation through Reflective and Introspective Examination.” This tri-fold brochure is designed to help in preparation for private confession and absolution according to the Ten Commandments, similar to the Beichtspiegel found in The Brotherhood Prayer Book. Find PRIE here or click on the Downloads tab above. EASTERsmall2

Did you know that we offer an Eastertide card with artwork by Edward Riojas? This theologically rich, original artwork depicts Jesus’ victory over the grave. As the inside verse proclaims: “For the sheep the Lamb has bled, Sinless in the sinner’s stead. Christ the Lord is ris’n on high; Now He lives, no more to die. Alleluia!”

 

 

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Thy Kingdom Come: An Excerpt from Ash Wednesday

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“Your ashes are smeared today. There is no beauty in them. The world cannot see anything in them but an ugly smudge of dirt and death. But for those with the eyes of faith, they are in the form of a cross, that most lovely and dear of all symbols, that emblem of our hope.

“We set our faces toward Jerusalem today. We turn our backs on sin. We look through the gallows on Golgotha and see the glory of the cross enlightening the empty tomb. He has been lifted up from the earth to draw us to Him, to drain the Law’s accusing power, to empty hell’s claim, to crush the devil’s head, to bestow peace upon the meek.”

-David H. Petersen, author of Thy Kingdom Come

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Large Catechism Readings According to the Church Year

New in our Downloads tab: Large Catechism Readings According to the Church Year. Our thanks to Pr. Craig Meissner of Immanuel Lutheran Church, U.A.C., Steger, Illinois, for providing the reading schedule, linking sections of the Large Catechism to the church year themes in the historic one-year series.

*Find it in our Downloads tab or click here to go directly to the pdf

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Pre-Lent Sale: 20% off Thy Kingdom Come by David H. Petersen

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With over sixty sermons spanning Pre-Lent, all forty days of Lent, and the Sundays after Easter, Thy Kingdom Come serves as an excellent daily devotion for both pastors and parishioners. Since the book begins with a sermon for Septuagesima, which falls on February 16, we are offering a 20% off sale running up through that date. Daily sermons begin on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Have a look at the Table of Contents for a detailed list.

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“Almost no one I know of has the ability that Fr. Petersen has to simply speak God’s truth to us – both in its devastating exposure of the darkest secrets of our hearts and in its intense comfort to the troubled conscience. You can tell the man likes and reads poetry. You can tell the man likes, reads, and knows his Luther.”     -Rev. William Weedon

“Preaching is not primarily teaching, but teaching goes on in the process of proclaiming the Good News. Pastor Petersen has a way of cutting to the chase quickly in explaining biblical symbolism…He preaches with an eye on the text’s literary devices, such as tying the forbidden fruit hanging in the Garden to our Lord’s body hanging at Golgotha – imagery that is not only vivid and striking, but theologically connecting Eden to the cross, and further making the connection between the cross and the Lord’s Supper.  He has the gift to speak with accessible profundity without falling into academic jargon. Pastor Petersen also brings in etymology and translation issues from the original languages, at times preaching in poetic patterns and lushly picturesque turns of phrase, thereby searing biblical imagery into the mind.”     -Rev. Larry Beane, “Meet my New ‘Old Friend’”

“[W]hen I’m in the Divine Service, when my Lord is there for me really and bodily, I need to hear that I stink, that I’m an awful sinner, that I need to be humbled at every turn. I need to hear that He’s forgiven me for all those things, that the way in which He loved me was to die for me, that He is my comfort and peace, that He fills all the gaps and the holes I didn’t even know I had and the ones I’m painfully aware of….You get a chunk of Law and a heaping dose of Gospel, a lethal and loving set of Lent and Easter sermons in Thy Kingdom Come….The comfort of the Gospel isn’t vague and nebulous in these sermons. It’s real. It’s actual. It’s Christ incarnate for you in ways you’ve never understood before. You will know hope and peace. You will be relieved of your suffering because Jesus lives.”                                                                                                         -Adriane Heins, “A Resolution You Can Keep”

“Pastor Petersen gets himself out of the way to be a mouthpiece of the Lord’s gracious voice. His sermons are concise in a way that reminds one of Peter Chrysologous, the Doctor of Homilies. In this respect, I commend this book of sermons for pastors to hone the art of purposeful and exegetically grounded preaching….It is helpful for pastors to read the sermons of other faithful pastors to break free their own style and usual vocabulary to express the unchanging faith. Pastor Petersen gives much in the way of a model for both new and experienced pastors who want to deliver a sound proclamation of Christ into our postmodern context. For the laity, sermons are most always good devotional material to read….I would certainly commend Thy Kingdom Come as reading for Lutheran laity who wish to have additional good devotional reading to supplement their prayers and reading of Scripture or perhaps in the context of using the daily office at home (Matins, Vespers et al). While Pastor Petersen’s sermons are meaty and substantive, they are also very accessible, and most of them are brief enough for a brief gathering of the family for prayer and catechesis.”     -Rev. John Frahm, a review on Brothers of John the Steadfast

“This is the hallmark of a good sermon: does it preach Jesus Christ crucified for you, a sinner? If it doesn’t, no matter how good it may be in other respects, it is not a good sermon. St. Paul himself said, ‘For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Cor. 2:2). Jesus requires this of his preachers. He charges His Church with the task of preaching repentance and the forgiveness of sins in His Name to all nations (Luke 24:47)….Every one of Pr. Petersen’s sermons is a bloody mess of Law and Gospel. The mess of your sin and the mess of Jesus’ cross are on display in every sermon. No matter the occasion, no matter the readings, every sermon is about Jesus in His saving work, Jesus crucified for you.”     -from the Forward by Rev. Todd Wilken

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Thy Kingdom Come: An Excerpt from Septuagesima

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“God isn’t like you. He doesn’t think the way you think. His ways are not your ways. And He doesn’t owe you, or anyone, anything. For reasons all His own, however, He loves and welcomes you into His kingdom—not for free, but for the bloody, torturous death of His beloved Son. This is the essence of the Gospel: The Lord rewards those
who don’t deserve it. He loves those who hate and abuse Him. He gives gifts to those who steal from Him. He is generous, merciful, and good despite you. If that doesn’t send a tingle down your spine, and you haven’t just lost a baby or your mother, shame on you. The Gospel doesn’t promise an emotional reaction, but it almost always gives it. The Bible calls that emotion joy.”

-an excerpt from Thy Kingdom Come by David H. Petersen. With over sixty sermons spanning Pre-Lent, all forty days of Lent, and the Sundays after Easter, this book serves as an excellent daily devotion for both pastors and parishioners.

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Prof. Pless on Issues, Etc.

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Listen to Prof. John T. Pless talk about Didache on Issues, Etc. (originally aired 1/8/14).

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The Brotherhood Prayer Book: A Hymn for the Holy Innocents

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Sweet flowerets of the martyr band,
Plucked by the tyrant’s ruthless hand
Upon the threshold of the morn,
Like rosebuds by a tempest torn;

First victims for the incarnate Lord,
A tender flock to feel the sword;
Beside the very altar, gay,
With palm and crown, ye seemed to play.

Ah, what availed King Herod’s wrath?
He could not stop the Savior’s path.
Alone, while others murdered lay,
In safety Christ is borne away.

O Lord, the Virgin-born, to Thee
Eternal praise and glory be,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost forevermore. Amen.

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Salvete, flores martyrum by Aurelius C. Prudentius, d. 413, trans. by H.W. Baker, alt.
From The Brotherhood Prayer Book

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Collect: O God, whose martyred innocents showed forth Thy praise not by speaking but by dying: mortify all vices within us, that our lives may in deed confess Thy faith which our tongue uttereth; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Picture: a 19th-century fresco from the Imperial Cathedral of Speyer, Germany. Find similiar pictures here.

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The Eve of the Nativity of our Lord

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Jesus, the Father’s only Son,
Whose death for all redemption won;
Before the worlds, of God most high
Begotten all ineffably.

The Father’s light and splendor Thou,
Their endless hope to Thee that bow;
Accept the prayers and praise today
That through the world Thy servants pay.

Salvation’s Author, call to mind
How, taking form of humankind,
Born of a Virgin undefiled,
Thou in man’s flesh becam’st a child.

Thus testifies the present day,
Through every year in long array,
That Thou, salvation’s source alone,
Proceedest from the Father’s throne.

Whence sky, and stars, and sea’s abyss,
And earth, and all that therein is,
Shall still, with laud and carol meet,
The Author of Thine advent greet.

And we who, by Thy precious blood
From sin redeemed, are marked for God,
On this the day that saw Thy birth,
Sing the new song of ransomed earth:

For that Thine advent glory be,
O Jesus, Virgin-born, to Thee;
with Father, and with Holy Ghost,
From men and from the heavenly host. Amen.

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Christe, Redemptor omnium, 6th century, trans. by J.M. Neale
*An excerpt from The Brotherhood Prayer Book

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The Brotherhood Prayer Book: O Antiphon for December 23

“O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations and their Salvation : Come and save us, O Lord our God.”

*Chanted by Pr. Sean Daenzer to the Gregorian tones in The Brotherhood Prayer Book, beginning on page 397. The order for singing this Vespers canticle is Antiphon, Magnificat, Antiphon. Read the introductory post about O Antiphons here.

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