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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 in Christ Jesus,
The Incarnation of our Lord Jesus in the womb of Mary is the fulfillment of God's promise already made in Genesis 3:15. The Seed of the woman was the One who would come to crush the head of Satan by dying on the cross. Jesus is this Son of God from eternity and also the Son of Mary born in time. Deity and Humanity in One Person, True God and True Man. This is the greatest and most profound mystery in all of history.
I recall being in Nazareth, Israel in 1999 after we had toured and worshiped at the Church of the Annunciation. This cathedral was built over the site of the house of Mary. In front of the altar was the first century pavement of the street and the ruins of an ancient stone house. It was surrounded by a communion rail.
Later that day, I looked down from my hotel room onto the site of this church and meditated on what had happened there. The Holy Spirit overshadowed the womb of the Virgin Mary and she conceived the Christ inside of her. God was made flesh in the body of this humble, faithful and blessed young woman.
Recent archaeological discoveries near this site confirm that there were ancient chapels and pilgrimage places by this church. But whether or not this is the actual site or not, this is the point: Our Christian faith is founded upon the real birth of the real Son of God from a real woman in a real town for our real salvation. God intervened in history. In Jesus, heaven and earth have touched and met.
When we gather around the Word of God, it is preached to your ears. With the word, water is poured on your head. With the word, bread and wine with Christ's body and blood are placed in your mouth. These are signs and proofs to you that the Lord personally wants to touch your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that you have saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Faith, that is the point of it all. Faith that you have forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Faith that you know the truth in Jesus and the truth has set you free. Rejoice in that faith and attend the divine services which sustain and nourish that faith. Until the Lord returns a second time, let us revel in the celebration of his first coming!
Merry Advent-tide, Christmas-joy and Epiphany-light!
In Christ Jesus,
NOTES: The new Church Year for this festival season is:
ADVENT Season - Nov. 27 through Dec. 24
CHRISTMAS Season - Dec. 25 (Christmas) through Jan. 6 (Epiphany Day) (the 12 Days of Christmas)
Note: This month we also remember those martyred for Jesus Christ:
St. Thomas Dec. 21st; St. Stephen Dec. 26th; St. John Dec. 27th; the Holy Innocents Dec. 28th
EPIPHANY Season - begins on Friday Jan. 6th - Epiphany Day - During Advent, use the Lutheran Hour Ministries Advent Devotional booklet entitled "Christmas Memories" as we prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the incarnation.
The message of Advent and Christmas is that God became a person in Jesus Christ, who was laid in a manger!
From the Vicar
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." John 1:1-5(NASB)
This is what it's all about. This is true Christianity. The Lord God who created the heavens and the earth comes down from Heaven to redeem His lost and condemned people, by giving of His own Son. While we prepare for the Christmas season with Advent in the church year, the world prepares for Christmas with more commercials, sales, and lights than anyone could imagine. The world does not understand or accept the Light which shines on all things. They do not celebrate the same Christmas that which we celebrate as believers in Christ Jesus. We know the true meaning of Christmas and we rejoice that the Lord has come to save His people. All things have been leading up to the messiah, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. It now begins with the birth of this baby. Immanuel, God with us.
Now while the Gospel of Luke records the narrative of the birth of our Savior Jesus in a historical story based recording, the Gospel of John captures the essence and purpose of Jesus and His ministry.
"The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:9-13 (ESV)
The Word of God becomes flesh, the Word which created all things and sustains all things is moving into the world He created. The God that we worship as Christians in not only the God who created all things from nothing, but also becomes what He has created. This is certainly something special. So as we reflect on this magnificent time, decorating with lights and candles in our homes, let us remember that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World that shines on all people. Jesus Christ is the Light in which we proclaim as the Life of the World. During Advent with each light lit on the Advent wreath, remember that Christ is the Light which overcomes all darkness. The Lord saves and He has come. Alleluia. Amen.