The mission of St. Paul's Evangelical-Lutheran Church is to preach
the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to administer his Sacraments
faithfully and regularly. "For through the Word and the
Sacraments, as through instruments, the Holy Spirit is given,
and the Holy Spirit produces faith, where and when it pleases God,
in those who hear the Gospel. That is to say, it is not
on account of our own merits but on account of Christ that God justifies
those who believe that they are received in favor for Christ's sake."
From Luther's Small Catechism:1
In the plain form in which they are
to be taught by the Head of a family.
Christian Questions and Answers
For those who propose to receive the Lord's supper.
Prepared by Dr. Martin Luther.
Questions 16-20 of 20.
16. Why should we remember and proclaim His death?
First, so that we may learn to believe that no creature could make satisfaction for our sins.
Only Christ, true God and man, could do that. Second, so we may learn to be horrified by our sins,
and to regard them as very serious. Third, so we may find joy and comfort in Christ alone, and
through faith in Him be saved.
17. What motivated Christ to die and make full payment for your sins?
His great love for His Father and for me and other sinners, as it is written in
John 14; Romans 5; Galatians 2 and Ephesians 5.
18. Finally, why do you wish to go to the Sacrament?
That I may learn to believe that Christ, out of great love, died for my sin,
and also learn from Him to love God and my neighbor.
19. What should admonish and encourage a Christian to receive the Sacrament frequently?
First, both the command and the promise of Christ the Lord. Second, his own pressing need,
because of which the command, encouragement, and promise are given.
20. But what should you do if you are not aware of this need and have no hunger and thirst for the Sacrament?
To such a person no better advice can be given than this: first, he should touch his body to see if
he still has flesh and blood. Then he should believe what the Scriptures say of it in Galatians 5 and Romans 7.
Second, he should look around to see whether he is still in the world, and remember that there will be no
lack of sin and trouble, as the Scriptures say in John 15-16 and in 1 John 2 and 5. Third, he will certainly
have the devil also around him, who with his lying and murdering day and night will let him have no peace, within or
without, as the Scriptures picture him in John 8 and 16; 1 Peter 5; Ephesians 6; and 2 Timothy 2.
Luther's Small Catechism, with Proof-Texts, Additions and Appendices. Phila.: The Lutheran Bookstore, 1882.
Ref.: Book of Concord, Small Catechism
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Wednesday April 26th:
7:00pm - Spoken Mass
Sunday April 30th:
God's Service - 9:30 a.m.
Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16,
1 Peter 2:21-25
Chief Hymn: 360
The Lord's My Shepherd;
I'll Not Want
Wednesday May 3rd 7:30pm:
The Idea that Changed the World
Emagine Theater, 200 N. Main St, Royal Oak.
Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased at the following
link by April 26:
If insufficient tickets are sold, no movie will be shown and no one
will be charged.
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