Go to church. No really, it’s that simple and it will be good for you.

1364044_jesus_on_cross_5Today is Maundy Thursday, tomorrow Good Friday, Saturday is Holy Saturday.  Don’t miss out on hearing the Word of God over the next three days.  Two reasons – God’s Command and His Promise (thank you CPH for the Catechism quotes) :

The Third Commandment

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

 

Romans 10:14-17

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

 

Isaiah 55:10-11

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven

and do not return there but water the earth,

making it bring forth and sprout,

giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;

it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

 

What is the Sacrament of the Altar?

It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.

Where is this written?

The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and St. Paul write:Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

 

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.

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Go to church. No really, it’s that simple and it will be good for you. — 5 Comments

  1. I know that over the years, I have grown to appreciate the special services of the church year more and more, with Holy Week at the top of that list. In my own ever morphing psychology, I liken it to my path through childhood and into adulthood.

    As a small child, I found something good, and wanted nothing else… I would eat ice cream five times a day if I were allowed to, because it was good, and I wanted it all the time and every chance I could.

    Then somewhere in my teenage years, I learned to be a minimalist. I wanted to know how little of everything I had to do to get by… even how little of the good things I had to experience to check the box and be done.

    For the past 20 years or so, it seems I’ve been trying to find my way back to that childish desire to have as much of the good things as I can, only with better discernment of what is truly good, right, and salutary. I often wonder if growing up and maturing into the love and appreciation of these extraordinary services is a bit like that adolescent moving from trying to find the minimum necessary to just get by, back to a child-like faith that simply craves God’s Word and Sacrament like they once did ice cream, so many years ago.

  2. Pastor Scheer,
    Amen.

    And if I may I would like to recommend these meditations (especially Meditation II, An Exercise Of Repentance From Our Lord’s Passion.) by Johann Gerhard for us to ponder during those times between going to church this Holy Week:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=5m5IAAAAYAAJ&dq=Heisler%20inauthor%3Agerhard%2C%20meditations&lr&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q=Heisler%20inauthor%3Agerhard%2C%20meditations&f=false

    Blessed Good Friday

  3. Re: @Brad

    I can relate to that phenomen as well. It’s a good reminder that one of the most important duties you have as a parent is to take your children to church (yes, even the “inconvenient” post-bedtime midweek services).

    They may fight the “eating vegetables” nature of the long service as kids but by making attendance a priority and exposing them to the Gospel, Lord willing, an appreciation for the vegetables will develop.

    Parents are depriving their kids of the hearty fruits (couldn’t resist) and vegetables of the Gospel when they skip these nourishing aids to faith. I fear that by the time my kids are teenagers, midweek services will be an extreme rarity, an anachronism of a slower time, a forgone comfort that no one has time for.

    (As a side note, making the service more “palatable” by offering the ice cream of contemporary worship instead of the vegetables of liturgical Word and Sacrament worship is like feeding a kid ice cream for dinner. No one would argue the child is getting nourishment when it comes to their physical body, so why do we defend this when it comes to our kids’ spiritual lives?)

  4. I guess, mine is a bit more basic. 9 days ago, I was in an ER, being transferred to ICU. I had no clue, how serious or sick I was. One of my concerns? How can I go next week for Good Friday or Easter, like this, or if I’m still stuck in here? I got to go home (not Home, Home, but home) no clothes or shoes fit, I do not look like my normal self (yet). My concern? I get to have ma’ boys for not just Good Friday, but Easter too! What can we bring, for Breakfast afterwards, can the 3 of us, help with anything, my boys’ though WELS, actually want, really want, to go to LCMS Eastertide, with me! Bearing the thought, of not being able to attend any service, for any reason, let alone what others outside the US must bear, who in their right mind, would even question, not going or taking anyone, least of which, their children? 9 days ago, no one thought I’d be waiting for sunrise on this Easter morning. I know many, far too many, who wish they could attend & can’t, today. What possible excuse, could anyone offer those, who, wherever they may be, who wish they could attend & can’t…what excuse, would they give, to them?

  5. Easter Blessings, Dutch

    “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well”   3 John 1:2 
     

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