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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
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 Saints Walking in the Light of Jesus Christ,
The season of Epiphany is a marvelous time to rejoice that the Gospel Light of Jesus Christ is going into all the nations. Missionary work abroad and at home can highlight how the Great Commission is being carried out.
This month we will consider the world-wide work of Lutheran Hour Ministries in "bringing the Gospel to the nations, and the nations to the church." Also, one of our former vicars, Pastor Jacob Gaugert, continues as a LCMS missionary, helping to train pastors in Togo, West Africa. My sister and her husband are missionaries in Papua New Guinea (Pastor Larry and Tina Matro). He is also helping train pastors in that country.
Our own ESL - English as a Second Language - work at OU is bringing the Gospel to international students on campus here in Norman, so they can also learn about the true Light of Jesus Christ. Our church and school ministries are shining the light of Jesus on our street corner. Over 350 people heard the Christmas story told by the children of our school and another 100 people heard our Sunday School children do the same.
The Transfiguration of our Lord is Sunday Feb. 26 - The Shining of Jesus in bright Light on the mountain. God's Beloved Son who shines and is transfigured in glory on the high mountain, is also true Man.
The Epiphany hymn "O Wondrous Type, O Vision Fair" LSB 413 summarizes how both the Old and New Testament Church (Moses and Elijah; Peter, James and John) were present with Jesus on the high mountain as his glory was revealed:
O wondrous type! O vision fair Of glory that the Church may share. Which Christ upon the mountain shows, Where brighter than the sun He glows!
Then the 40 Days of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1.
The first verse of LSB 421 sets the tone for the season of Lent:
Jesus, grant that balm and healing In Your holy wounds I find, Ev'ry hour that I am feeling Pains of body and of mind. Should some evil thought within Tempt my treach'rous heart to sin, Show the peril, and from sinning Keep me from its first beginning
During this Epiphany season, may the Light of Jesus Christ shine brightly into our lives as we reflect His glory into a dark world, so others also may walk in the light of the Lord! It is as if Jesus is the sun and we are the moon reflecting his light! May He use us this
In our King and our Jesus,
From the Vicar
"Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Enter not into judgement with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you... Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who do down to the pit. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." (Psalm 143:1-2, 7-8)
Every day is a struggle against the devil and his schemes to devour us. We face trouble after strife due to the consequences of sin, yet it is our own fault. We pray to the Lord that He hears our pleas for mercy against the wickedness in this world, but we ask that He spares us His judgement for no one is righteous in His sight. This is most certainly true. We are attacked by evil almost to the point of crushing conquer. "For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore, my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled." (Psalm 143: 3-4)
As Christians we often face adversity as like those who do not believe, yet we must be reminded often that we are not forsaken by the Lord. We cry to the Lord, for our soul thirsts for Him as like a parched land. We cry out as we meditate on what the Lord has done before in the days of old. We meditate on the fact that the Lord has come into this world in flesh to save His people so that they may not pass away. The Lord has saved us by the reaching out of His hands, the work of His hands being pierced so that His blood may be shed for all people. The Lord gave His life so that we may have life with Him. No man can stand in the presence of God without this work that the Lord has done. Jesus Christ was the obedient servant even unto death, for the Lord has heard our prayers and has answered them. Redemption and salvation is given to those who call upon His name. Through His Son Jesus Christ, the Lord has had mercy on us, faithful in saving His people. Let us remember the days of old when we read the entire 143rd Psalm. The days in which the Lord has saved His people out of slavery in Egypt and brought His people out of slavery from sin when Christ stretched out His hands in order to die for the sins of the world.
"I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like parched land... In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!... for I am your servant." (Psalm 143: 5-6,11b, 12b)