With Awe and Love: A Lenten Series Based on Luther's Small Catechism

The year 2017 marks the international observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In honor of that anniversary, this Lenten series is built around Luther's Small Catechism. The Small Catechism was designed as a teaching tool of the faith, not just within the church but in the home. Luther intended for the home to be the place where faith was first shared and taught. To that end he created the Small Catechism: a simple explanation of the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Sacraments. He included basic prayers for morning and evening and suggested ways to worship, praise and revere God during each part of our day.

The first week of this series sets the state with handing down of the Ten Commandments in Exodus. The following weeks look at each major section of the Small Catechism in turn: The Creed, the Lord's Prayer, Baptism, and Holy Communion. Studying the Small Catechism offers a way of growing closer to God by thinking on God's word and the basics of our faith.

Did you know - The Small Catechism is found in its entirety in our Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal, pages 1160-1167.

Blessings of the Season,

Pastor Susan


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