What a joy this weekend was! Aside from preaching the three regular Divine Services and teaching the Adult Bible Class, I was privileged to begin the Adult Catechesis in the afternoon and the Public School Catechesis in the evening. Catechizing is one of the neatest things that a pastor gets to do - and there's no better way to hallow the Lord's Day than to spend it opening the Word and inviting others to taste its riches. And I'm greedy: with no vicar, this joy is all mine and I am LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT. It will be a bummer to give any of it back up again.
At St. Paul's the Adult Catechesis occurs twice each year and runs for 8 weeks each. The Public School Catechesis mirrors the Bender approach and uses his work; it runs for 24 weeks.
For both experiences we used a bit from the Service of Prayer and Preaching; boy, do I wish we had the music for that service!