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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 Servants of Jesus,
What is the season of Lent? The practices of Lent are modeled on the 40 days in which Jesus fasted and was tempted by the devil in the wilderness. As true God and true Man, he overcame Satan's three temptations by quoting the written Word of God to him. The Word of God, Holy Scripture, is the sword of the Spirit. It is the only offensive weapon we as Christians have, by which we battle against the spiritual forces of darkness.
Jesus is the Second Adam who overcame the same temptations experienced by the first Adam in the Garden of Eden. The first Adam failed and sinned and rebelled - bringing the curse of death to all mankind. The Second Adam was victorious and was holy and obeyed God - bringing the blessing of life to all mankind.
The 40 days of Lent are a time for prayer, fasting and repentance over the sin of taking God's gifts for granted. Do not neglect your holy obligation to be present among the saints in receiving God's gifts to us at the divine service. Offer your bodies as living sacrifices to God, holy and pleasing in His sight. Be with us for all of our Lenten services.
In our Lord Jesus Christ,
From the Vicar
As the month of March brings forth the season of Lent this church year, I often reflect on the thought of fairness. What if Christ never comes to bear the punishment rightfully owed to each and everyone of us? The physical suffering and anguish is thrown upon mankind, the wrath of God reigning down for all humans annihilating our very existence only to finally be forsaken by the Father forever. That is the fair and just punishment which we all are born into as sinful humans and truly deserve, but this is not the case.
While we certainly are dead to sin, the Father has sent His Son Jesus Christ to redeem a lost and condemned people. This is what the season of Lent focuses on. The punishment that we deserve is put onto Christ as He is raised up bearing our griefs and carrying our sorrows, stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God. Christ takes what is rightfully our destruction and punishment and unfairly bears it all even unto death.
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned -- every one-- to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." Is. 53:6-7
We reflect on this fact, that Christ bore the wrath of God so that we do not; it is the Lord’s will. We reflect with penitential attitudes and cry for mercy from the Lord, remembering His suffering servant Jesus Christ and Christ alone, so that we do not become puffed up in boastfulness. We reflect, asking for forgiveness as it is our faults, our own faults, our own most grievous faults that Christ must suffer although He alone is righteous.
"Out of anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities." Is. 53:11
This Lenten season reflect in awe at the sheer magnitude of Christ the suffering servant. Recall what we all have done which drove each nail, each thorn, and each insult at the innocent, hanging on a tree. Ask for mercy and forgiveness, because without it we are still slaves to sin, spiritually dead, condemned and forsaken. This Lenten season reflect on the fact that the Son of God, Immanuel, whose birth we celebrated a few months ago, we have betrayed and put Him to death. Know for a fact all that Christ experienced, He did on our behalf, because it is the Father’s will in Heaven to redeem His lost and condemned people; for He loves.