We had our first midweek service tonight. It went really well. We used the Service of Prayer and Preaching from LSB and I thought it went well, considering its novelty. At one church we just spoke the canticles together, since it was new. At the other, the congregation sang the refrain and I sang all the other parts, and I really thought that went well. The refrain is easy enough and repetitive enough to learn quickly. For my homily, I preached on the Genus Idiomaticum, which has to do with the way the properties or attributes of each nature are communicated to the whole person of Christ. Next week will be the Genus Maiestaticum, and so on. I didn’t use any Latin, but tried to explain them in simple terms. Dr. Scaer’s Christology book was really helpful in my preparation. I would encourage any pastors to tackle this theme for Advent Midweek sermons sometime. It is a good review, and you never really learn something well until you have to do the hard work of teaching it, and putting it into understandable terms. I don’t know how others felt, but my wife said she got a lot out of it. I used for the Scripture readings first the story of the Calming of the Storm, since in it Jesus exhibits both his divine and human natures (sleeps as only a man can do, and rebukes the wind as only God can do). Then I used one from Acts 20 in which Paul says that God obtained the Church “by his own blood.” This is a verse that the fathers of Lutheran orthodoxy often use in discussing the relationship of the two natures. It has been very informative for me, and meditative.
As an aside, last night I took my youngest daughter, Lizzy (6) to the Ballet in Keokuk. Someone lent us their season tickets and we grabbed a quick bite to eat beforehand and then went to the Ballet. Lizzy is really into Ballet, and loved it. She kept saying afterward, “they jumped so high!”