Welcome College Students
The LCMS U at OU would like to thank you for stopping by. We have free dinner and Bible study every Tuesday night at 6:30 pm (Bible study at 7:00). We meet at the Vicar’s house located at 419 Castro Street. Please park in the Church’s parking lot and enter through “The LSF Gate.” We enjoy fellowship with each other while studying God’s Word and singing hymns! If you have questions or would like to know more, please feel free to email the president of LCMS U at OU, Brandon Groh, at Brandon.D.Grohfirstname.lastname@example.org
LCMS U at OU is a campus ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Norman, Oklahoma. The church is located at the intersection of Classen Blvd. & Alameda with Divine Service at 8:00 and 10:30am, with Bible Study at 9:15 am on Sundays. We welcome and encourage you to join us in worship on Sunday mornings, especially if you are unable to attend the Tuesday night meetings.
From the Vicar
This semester, the college students and I are digging into the Book of Psalms. These poetic expressions of the Christian life have been compiled for specific reasons. The entire book is set up in a thematic fashion, driving towards the final five psalms that each begin and end with Hallelujah! (“Praise Yahweh!”) The ultimate response of the Christian when discovering the nature of God who redeems His people is one of praise.
Yet, much of the Book of Psalms (particularly the first half) has a much different response of the Christian. When confronted by the nature of the world as well as ourselves, we cannot help but lament. Why are things the way they are? From the example of the Psalms, we can see that our proper response can go even further to “Why does God let things be this way?” God wants us to question Him, to try and understand His motives and reasons. Only then do we take a look at our only evidence for the nature of God: what He has done.
The Israelites and Jews looked to the Torah, the first five books of Moses, to learn and remind themselves of who God is. God is ever patient with those who are unfaithful and sinful. The whole history of Genesis is God remaining faithful to His promise of a Savior despite a host of sinful characters. The book of Exodus teaches that God does not leave His people in slavery but delivers them from evil, preserving them in the wilderness, giving them a new way to live, and being with them again.
Now, we as Christians have even more than the Torah. We find the nature of God in the nature of a man. The Gospels open up the patience and salvation of God who seeks sinners, raises up the lowly, and reaches out to the lost. He works in ways we don’t expect, sacrificing instead of conquering. His wisdom and patience is beyond our understanding. But we remember that He saves and He loves.
When we look to the cross and determine who our God is, we escape the lament of the present, instead praising God for the past and looking forward with hope to the future in which God’s kingdom will finally conquer sin, death, and the devil forever. Our words join with the Psalms. Praise Yahweh!
Vicar Keith Kettner
LCMS-U CAMPUS MINISTRY EVENTS:
- LSF BIBLE STUDIES with Vicar Keith Kettner – Vicar House by Church
- Vicar’s house next door to the church
- Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.