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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 who walk in the Light,
In a way, Christmas is a celebration for the Jews. Jesus is born in Bethlehem, the city of the Jewish King David. Mary, Joseph and the shepherds were Jews who were dwelling in Judea. The people of Israel had been waiting for 2,000 years for their Messiah to come from the seed of Abraham, who is the father of the Jews.
On the other hand, Epiphany is a celebration for the Gentiles. The Magi or Wise Men were Gentiles from the east. They followed a star that they had seen in the sky and came to worship the One who is the Light for all the nations. Their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh were gifts for Jesus who is a king, priest and prophet.
We are in the Epiphany season from Friday January 6, the Epiphany of Our Lord, until Sunday February 26, the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Did you know about the four events that make up the wonderful Epiphany season?
First is the actual epiphany of the star that brings the Magi to Jesus. They exult in the glorious Light of Jesus, and bow down and worship him.
Second is the baptism of our Lord, where the voice of the Father speaks forth from the clouds in the sky and announces, "This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased!"
Third is the first miracle of our Lord, when Jesus shows his glory to his disciples by changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana.
Fourth is the transfiguration of our Lord, where on the high mountain Jesus shines forth in brilliant light from the cloud of God's presence. There Moses and Elijah (the Old Testament) and Peter, James and John (the New Testament) hear the Father say, "This is my Beloved Son, Listen to Him!"
So during this season, rejoice that as a Gentile Christian, you are able to freely receive his gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation. You no longer wander around in the dark, you walk boldly in the light!
This month we also consider the God-given gift and sanctity of human life. God created human life from conception in our mother's womb and sustains us till the day of our death. Christians must stand up in defense of God's gift of life and speak out against abortion, infanticide, mercy-killing and euthanasia, genocide and suicide. Instead, we offer mercy and love for those in hurt and in need.
In the Bright Morning Star -Jesus-
From the Vicar
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7
I can't imagine any better way to bring in the New Year than with this verse above. Rejoice in the Lord. Rejoice in the Lord always. No matter what the last year of life dealt us and no matter what this next year has in store for us, we must always remember to rejoice in the Lord always. We rejoice in the Lord always because the Lord protects us, saves us, and watches over us always.
While we all might hope for a New Year that is full of joy and celebration, we understand that we live in a fallen, broken world where heartache and disasters are lurking around every corner. This is only our fault, on the account of our sinfulness.
Take heart, for the Lord tells us that we ought to live our lives through prayer and supplication in everything. No matter the situation, we rely on the Lord God who created the Heavens and the Earth, this is the God that we worship. We worship a God so massive and so great that He created all things, but also a God who invites us to bring before Him every and anything that may concern us. For the Lord will give to us His peace which surpasses all understanding, all comprehension, all boundaries of our own thoughts. This peace is found only in His Son Jesus Christ and this peace does not leave us, regardless of the situation. This peace is grounded in the life, the death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Whether the next year brings unbearable hardships or great elation, rejoice in the Lord always, because He is near. There is no need to be anxious for anything, because we bring all that we have to the Lord in prayer and He gives us peace to know that we are His children. In the worst of times and the best of times the Lord is near and has not, and will not leave us.
"But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead." Philippians 3:7-11