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 Vicar.
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
As I’m beginning to write this article, we are already halfway through January 2020. By the time you’re reading this, it’ll be February – already a full month into 2020! If you’re anything like me, you’re sitting there amazed at how quickly time seems to fly by. And the older I get, the faster it seems to go!
This concept of life being too short isn’t anything new, in fact it can even be found in the Bible. Moses writes in Ps. 90:10, “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.” So how should this understanding that life is short inform the way we live? Well Moses gives us some advice regarding that also: “Who considers the power of Your anger, and Your wrath according to the fear of You? So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:11-12). Moses reminds us that while life is short, eternity isn’t. He reminds us that we have a just God who is rightly angry about our sin and who will eternally punish us for it. Moses instructs us to be aware of this just punishment and to turn to God for help. We are to ask God to give us a “heart of wisdom” in this brief life – a heart that recognizes that we are powerless to change our fate, but also a heart that recognizes that God not only has the power to, but that he did change our fate. Moses goes on to ask God to “have pity on Your servants” and to “satisfy us in the morning with Your steadfast love” (Ps. 90:13-14). Moses knew as we know that though we deserve eternal punishment, God loves us so much that he sent his Son to bear that punishment in our place and give us eternal joy and pleasure in heaven!
Next time you think that life is going too fast, remember Moses’ advice. Since we don’t have long on this earth, take what time you do have to focus on what ultimately matters: the fact that we desperately need a Savior and the fact that we do have a Savior! This fact, the greatest of all, allows us to rejoice! Though this life may be short, because of what he has done for us, our next life is forever!
Vicar Rob Schrader
LCMS-U CAMPUS MINISTRY EVENTS:
- Presentation: Is the Bible Believable?
Since the Bible is the basis for our understanding of and faith in God, it is good for us to ask the question: Is the Bible believable? The vicar explored this question in a presentation given at the Oklahoma Memorial Union on the university campus. You can download a PDF of his PowerPoint below if you would like to explore this important question for yourself.
Is the Bible Believable
- LSF BIBLE STUDIES with Vicar Rob Schrader – Vicar House by Church
- Vicar’s house next door to the church
- Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
- Study at 7:30 p.m.
Note: Church families, please begin signing up for meals to be provided on the sign-up sheet in the narthex.
- ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (E.S.L.) begins on Saturday, January 18th. It will meet each Saturday from 10:00 am-12:00 noon.