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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
Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!
From the Pastor
During these 40 days of Easter, the Church rejoices in the many "convincing proofs" (Acts chapter 1), which Jesus gave of his resurrection. Luke tells us that "over a period of 40 days" Jesus gave these proofs through various resurrection appearances. Then, He was taken up into heaven as He ascended on high!
We could also call these the "50 days of Easter." Why? Well the liturgical year slows down this time of year to actual "real time." What I mean is this. The church celebrates Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday and then 40 days later, on a Thursday, celebrates the Lord's ascension to the right hand of God as our Intercessor. This exactly follows the Biblical chronology of Jesus' life.
Then 10 days later, on a Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. This also follows the timeline in the book of Acts, since the Lord Jesus told them to stay in Jerusalem, until the Holy Spirit was poured out on them. We will celebrate Pentecost on June 4, exactly 10 days after Ascension.
I think it is wonderful to follow the life of Jesus and the life of the church during these 50 days. In fact, you ought to make it your goal to read through the book of Acts during the month of May and retrace the steps of our Lord and the apostles. So plan to do it!
Pray every day for the Lord to direct your paths to the Divine Service on Sunday morning to receive his gifts of forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Pray every day for the Lord to direct your paths to find unique ways to show love to your neighbor. You will then find a life filled with purpose, joy and fervor!
In our Lord,
From the Vicar
"Do you know know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." (Romans 6: 3-4)
We have been united with Him in death like His so we certainly shall be united with Him in a resurrection like His. This is the significance of the resurrection and the reason why Christ came to earth to die a death upon a cross. With the winter behind us and our spring cleaning in full swing we can appreciate the idea of new life, a fresh start, and newness.
Just as the church year circles around to Christ's life, death, and resurrection, we take time to recognize and remember what He did for us through His suffering on the cross. As we live in this world where the consequences of sin still affect us, we are right to participate in the church year which constantly emphasizes Christ's life since it is the Christian life. We have been put to death with Christ through our baptism, no longer slaves to sin but free to live as Children of God doing what God's children would; which is heading His words and commands. We wake up everyday remembering our baptism, not just that we once were baptized but rather that we are baptized and we live free in the face of sin and evil.
"We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him...Let no sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace." (Romans 6: 6-14)
So as we start fresh again in this springtime let us remember that we are of Christ, in Him so we live new and not as before in our old selfish sinful ways. The beauty of Christ's resurrection is the fact that He has done all that we need to live this life free and pure. The victory over sin, death, and the devil is ours because it is Christ's and we are His. Live in the forgiveness of sins given to us through His Word and His Sacraments. Live in the forgiveness of sins by forgiving others as God has forgiven you.