Knowledge of The Bible - in particular those accounts which relate to the liturgy and the catechism directing the community to the means of grace offered every Lord's Day in the Divine Service. Teachers will help students memorize Bible verses, the Small Catechism, and the hymn stanzas. Teachers will instruct students in the use of Bible tools (concordances, cross-references, Bible dictionaries, Bible atlases). Key threats and challenges to the faith and life of our children are to be identified and addressed by our curriculum - which is not merely Bible knowledge for its own sake.
The two main texts students use in religion are the New King James Version Bible and Luther's Small Catechism. Throughout the year, students are required to memorize bible verses and parts of the small catechism each week. They are tested at the end of the week, and receive an overall grade each semester. These texts are also used during religion class which occurs each day for students at all grade levels.
Here at St. Paul's we have daily chapel. We find starting off each day in this manner allows our students to prepare not just academically, but also spiritually.
Wednesdays we hold a traditional Matins service, and celebrate other religious events throughout the year.
Chapel is always open to the public everyday!
Each day in chapel, students are required to use The Lutheran Hymnal (1941). The Lutheran Hymnal is also what is used during our regular church services.
The Lutheran Hymnal (TLH) is one of the official hymnals of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). Published in 1941 by Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis, Missouri, it was the denomination's second official English-language hymnal, succeeding the 1912 Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book. A 1969 Worship Supplement contains additional hymns and service music.
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“I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme. Every institution that does not unceasingly pursue the study of God's word becomes corrupt. Because of this we can see what kind of people they become in the universities and what they are like now. Nobody is to blame for this except the pope, the bishops, and the prelates, who are all charged with training young people. The universities only ought to turn out men who are experts in the Holy Scriptures, men who can become bishops and priests, and stand in the front line against heretics, the devil, and all the world. But where do you find that? I greatly fear that the universities, unless they teach the Holy Scriptures diligently and impress them on the young students, are wide gates to hell.”
To the Christian Nobility of the German States (1520), translated by Charles M. Jacobs, reported in rev. James Atkinson, The Christian in Society, I (Luther’s Works, ed. James Atkinson, vol. 44), p. 207 (1966).
“The number of books on theology must be reduced and only the best ones published. It is not many books that make men learned, nor even reading. But it is a good book frequently read, no matter how small it is, that makes a man learned in the Scriptures and godly. Indeed, the writings of all the holy fathers should be read only for a time so that through them we may be led into the Scriptures. As it is, however, we only read them these days to avoid going any further and getting into the Bible. We are like men who read the sign posts and never travel the road they indicate. Our dear fathers wanted to lead us to the Scriptures by their writings, but we use their works to get away from the Scriptures. Nevertheless, the Scripture alone is our vineyard in which we must all labor and toil.”
“To the Christian Nobility” (Luther’s Works, American Edition (AE), vol. 44, p. 205)
“Above all, the foremost reading for everybody, both in the universities and in the schools, should be Holy Scripture–and for the younger boys, the Gospels. And would to God that every town had a girls’ school as well, where the girls would be taught the gospel for an hour every day either in German or in Latin. Schools indeed! Monasteries and nunneries began long ago with that end in view, and it was a praiseworthy and Christian purpose…. Is it not right that every Christian man know the entire holy gospel by the age of nine or ten? Does he not derive his name and his life from the gospel?”
“To the Christian Nobility” (Luther’s Works, American Edition (AE), vol. 44, pp. 205-206)