Why go to church? Simple. Jesus sinners doth receive. He comes to us through Word and Sacrament to forgive our sins, renew our lives, and draw us toward our eternal home with Him. Those are three great reasons to go to church, and to bring a friend!
Jesus Sinners Doth Receive
New resources for Christian families and congregations from Hausvater Project:
- In his hymn study of Jesus Sinners Doth Receive, Pastor Douglas Zahner highlights the Law and Gospel in these well-known lyrics and provides traceable handwriting practice sheets for aiding children in memorizing this doctrine-rich hymn.
- Pastor Jonathan Conner concludes his twelve-part study of the Divine Service with a discussion of the The Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon) and the Benediction (Blessing).
- A Guide to Our Order of Worship, prepared by Pastor Don Moldstad, summarizes the entire Divine Service in an article suitable for discussion during a one-session Bible study at church or for home discussion by families on Sunday afternoon.
Jesus Sinners Doth Receive (Hymn Study)
By Douglas Zahner
Jesus sinners doth receive;
Oh, may all this saying ponder
Who in sin’s delusions live
And from God and heaven wander!
Here is hope for all who grieve—
Jesus sinners doth receive.
Erdmann Neumeister was a Lutheran pastor and poet who lived from May 12, 1671 to August 18, 1756. His hymn “Jesus Sinners Doth Receive” is a great discussion guide for teaching repentance and forgiveness. When memorizing only a few stanzas, teachers may find stanzas one, five and seven most appealing. These three sum up the message of the Gospel quite clearly. Stanzas one and seven begin and close with the refrain—“Jesus sinners doth receive”—which is helpful when infants, toddlers or preschoolers are memorizing the words.
Our free download includes study questions, an answer key, and traceable handwriting practice sheets to aid memorization!
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The Divine Service, Part 12: The Nunc Dimittis and the Benediction
By Jonathan Conner
In this final article of the Divine Service series, we come to the Nunc Dimittis (Latin for “You are now dismissing) and the Benediction (Latin for “blessing,” or even more literally, “a good saying”).
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A Guide to Our Order of Worship
By Don Moldstad
The traditional Divine Service contains elements which are Sacrificial (what we do for God) and elements which are Sacramental (what God is doing for us). Though the Sacrificial aspects are important, the Sacramental aspects are where the true focus should be. When Jesus visited the home of friends (Luke 10:38–42), Martha was distracted with serving Jesus a meal, while Mary sat listening to Him. Martha requested that Mary help her, and our Savior replied: “Martha, Martha … one thing is needful, and Mary has chosen that good part.” This has application for our worship life: what Martha was doing for Christ (sacrificial) was certainly appreciated by Him, but what Mary did by sitting at His feet (sacramental) was a better part—the “one thing needful.”
As we now walk through the liturgy, note how it presents the life of Christ: His birth, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, etc. All true Christian worship is centered in Him and performed through Him.
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Forgiveness in Christ: it’s for you and your children. (Acts 2:38-29)
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