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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
Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!
From the Pastor
Dear Fellow Redeemed,
Holy Week begins Sunday April 9 with Palm Sunday. This is indeed the holiest week of the year for Christians. All of history from creation to the end of time finds its meaning, purpose and direction in what happened in the life of Jesus during Holy Week.
We travel with him on Palm Sunday from the hosannas and palms and his procession into Jerusalem on Monday when he cleanses the temple and drives out the money changers. Tuesday and Wednesday he taught in the temple courts and foretold his impending death. Maundy Thursday he instituted Holy Communion, washed the disciples’ feet and then prayed in the garden of Gethsemane.
On Good Friday he experienced the trial under Pontius Pilate, the mockery and crown of thorns from the soldiers and the painful crucifixion on the cross. On the Holy Saturday Sabbath he rested in the tomb. On Easter Sunday, he rose from the dead, the angels proclaimed his resurrection, and the women and the apostles would be eyewitnesses that he had indeed been raised on the third day.
The Old Testament Scriptures had foretold all of this in Isaiah chapters 52 and 53 and in Psalms chapter 22. Our salvation proceeded in this way: from the curse of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden, through the tree of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ who then first appeared as risen from the dead in a garden, to the tree of life that is now in heaven, the new garden of Eden which is Paradise.
We encourage you to attend all the divine services taking us to the cross of Calvary and to the empty tomb.
The ancient tradition of these Passiontide services draws us into the wondrous love of God in the divine drama by which He intervened in human history and divine drama it is indeed!
In our Lord Jesus Christ,
From the Vicar
"On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you...Receive the Holy Spirit.'" John 20:19-22
He is risen! The Lord Jesus Christ has broke forth from the grave defeating all evil, death and Satan himself. Everything is completed and Christ has given us His Spirit so that we may go proclaiming this Good News to all people. Because Jesus has bore the punishment for all, there is peace with God and Man once again. What was once ruined in the garden from Adam is now made perfect through Christ.
The Resurrection is proof that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God who has come and taken away the sins of the world. Jesus Christ is the beloved Son who pleases the Father. We no longer are a condemned people, destined for eternal separation from God. Rather we have peace with God and life with the Father forever in Heaven. This is what we have been promised and awaiting since the season of Advent. Christ the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world has redeemed the people of God once and for all. Let us like the apostles spread this Good News to all people and live our lives as the New Creation. Christ is risen! Alleluia! Amen.