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Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod - Norman, Oklahoma
"In grateful response to God's grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities, and the world." -LCMS Mission Statement
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY ANN ARBOR CHOIR CONCERT AND LENTEN VESPERS
Wednesday March 16, 2016
Listen to the service by clicking on this link: Choir concert and Lenten Vespers
The LCMS Responds to the Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage:
Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!
From the Pastor
Dear Fellow Redeemed,
Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ!
What is the purpose of Sunday morning in the church? We know that in the New Testament it is called "The Lord's Day," because on that day he rose from the dead. We know that the 3rd Commandment says, "Remember the Sabbath (rest) day to keep it holy," which means that once per week we are called to "rest" in the Lord's gifts of forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.
The Lord's Day is a time to gather around the divine service that the Lord Jesus brings to us in baptism, absolution, preaching, and Holy Communion. It is also a time to gather around teaching. You and your children have souls that need to be continually taught by the Word of God.
You have nothing more important on Sunday morning than coming to the Divine Service and Bible study. Be sure your children are in Sunday School. Parents, do not neglect your spiritual responsibilities to train them in the Word of God!
We go through a lot of effort to put into place the staffing of teachers for children in pre-school, grade school, high school, and also college age and adult studies of God's Word. We want you to attend and be there! What good does it do for us to offer these classes, if you are not there?
Some people complain about how the world is going down the tubes, and it is. The apostle Paul said that the form of this world is passing away. What can you do about it? Be regular at worship, Sunday School and Bible class. This is something you can actually do! You are arming your family with the light of the Word of God, which is the sword of the Spirit. Then you and your children can stand up against the assaults of this dark world.
I look forward to a greater participation on your part to the Divine Service and Bible study.
May God the Holy Spirit move you to see Sunday as a TWO HOUR COMMITMENT to Word and Prayer!
In our Lord Jesus,
Notes: In September there are three special days in the church year:
- HOLY CROSS DAY is Sept. 14th
Ps. 99:1-5; Lam. 3:25-33;
1 Cor. 1:18-24; Luke 20:9-18
On that day we pray that, "...O God, you did not spare your only Son but delivered him up for us all that he might bear our sins on the cross..."
- ST. MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST day is Sept. 21st
Ps. 119:33-40; Prov. 3:1-6;
Eph. 4:7-16; Matt. 9:9-13
On that day we pray that, "...even as God called St. Matthew the tax collector, grant that we also may forsake all sin, all covetous desires and inordinate love of riches and cast every care upon Him..."
- ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS day is Sept. 29th
Ps. 103:19-22; Josh. 5:13-15;
Rev. 12:7-12; Matt. 18:1-11
On that day we pray that, "...O God, grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven, so by your appointment they may also help and defend us here on earth..."
From the Vicar
As the 2016-2017 school year begins we look forward to what we might encounter this time around. Each year is filled with new experiences, both good and bad. We pray for all things good, but we know that we are in the Lord’s hands whatever the situation. This past summer's Vacation Bible School theme was based on the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is my Shepherd". How fitting for us to remember this glorious Psalm as we send our children off to be led by their teachers, and as we are taught or prepare to teach others, as their shepherds.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23)
A new year may mean new worries or stresses, new problems and anxieties; but we fear no evil. We have a Lord who proclaims to be the good shepherd, in the Gospel of John chapter 10:1-18.
"I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep." (John 10:14-15)
Know this, even as teachers, students, parents, and congregation members we have one who is overlooking our lives. We have one who is comforting us during times of trials and tribulations. We have one who restores our souls and protects us, giving us goodness and mercy. We have the Good Shepherd who is our guide, teacher, leader, Lord and Savior, who's house we dwell in forever. We have the Lord who has anointed us, through baptism, making us His children; His flock. We have Christ the Good Shepherd who lays down his life in order to keep us in His flock forever. How comforting it is to know that as we shepherd, guide, teach, and lead our flocks this school year. We have an even greater Shepherd who does the same for us, perfectly in every way.
In Christ, the Good Shepherd, who leads us in paths of righteousness, Amen.