Lent 2017: Learning Luther’s Catechism

As part of the Lutheran Church’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we will be using Luther’s Catechisms throughout Lent. Our midweek services will use a sermon series by Pastor Philip Quardokus following the outline:

Ash Wednesday • The Greatest of These Is Love: The Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:1–17
Week 2 – March 8  • This I Believe: The Apostles’ Creed, 1 Corinthians 15:3–8
Week 2 – March 15 • Our Father Who Is in Heaven: The Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:9–13
Week 3 – March 22 • The Washing of Regeneration: Holy Baptism, Matthew 28:18–20
Week 4 – March 29 • We Are Forgiven: The Office of the Keys, John 20:19–23
Week 5 – April 5 • We Eat a Holy Supper: The Sacrament of the Altar, Matthew 26:26–28
 Holy Week
*Note: There will be no supper or service the Wednesday of Holy Week
Maundy Thursday – April 13 • On the Night When He Was Betrayed, 1 Corinthians 11:23–32
Good Friday – April 14 • It Is Finished, John 19:30
Holy Saturday – April 15 • The Vigil of Easter
Easter Sunday – April 16 • Don’t Seek the Living among the Dead, Luke 24:1–6a
Spiritual Growth in Lent: Many people choose to give up something for Lent. Instead, you may want to take on something for your Lenten discipline. You may want to read the Six Chief Parts of Christian Doctrine from Luther’s Small Catechism each day according to the following schedule:
Monday—The Ten Commandments
Tuesday—The Apostles’ Creed
Wednesday—The Lord’s Prayer
Thursday—The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Saturday—The Sacrament of the Altar
Sunday—Daily Prayers, Table of Duties, orChristian Questions with Their AnswersIf you have a copy of the Lutheran Confessions, you may also choose to read one section of Luther’s Large Catechism each week throughout Lent.The Confessions of our church say this about the Catechisms:“Such matters also concern the laity and the salvation of their souls. Therefore we also confess Dr. Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms as they are included in Luther’s works. They are “the layman’s Bible” because everything necessary for a Christian to know for salvation is included in them, which is handled more extensively in the Holy Scriptures.” (FC Ep I 5)