*Learn more about the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod!
Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church
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
The LCMS Responds to the Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage:
Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!
From the Pastor
Dear Saints bound for Heaven and Citizens living on Earth!
1.) This month we again celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday Nov. 1st.. For all the Saints who have died before us- we rejoice in their victory! We will recall all those in our congregation who have died this past year and gone into heaven. We will toll the bell as each name is read out loud during the service.
The annual Pledge Sundays are November 1st, 8th, and the 15th . We will PRESENT OUR PLEDGES AT THE ALTAR. (You should have received your packet of materials in the mail).
2.) On Sunday Nov. 8th , we will focus on "International Persecuted Church Day" as we pray on behalf of the many Christians around the world who have put their lives at risk because of their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
3.) The 2016 Church Work Program will be voted on this month at the Voters Meeting on Sunday Nov 15th at 1:00 p.m. with the LWML Thanksgiving Dinner at 12:00 noon before the meeting. We plan our year in God's Kingdom. We set the budget prayerfully and with careful planning. We set goals for the coming year and we look forward to God's blessings in meeting them! We do our pledging, confident that we can give God the 10% and we will live on the 90%.
We need each of us to pledge of our time, talent and treasures for the work of the Lord in our congregation. What a joy to participate in the Gospel work of our Lord through our TLC Church, School and Campus Ministry, as "One Family!"
4.) The Last Sunday in the Church Year, also called "Christ the King Sunday" is Nov 22nd. The theme for the lessons is the 2nd Coming and Return of Christ. This is also called the "Parousia." He is coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead. He comes to raise our bodies unto life everlasting. Come Lord Jesus!
5.) Thanksgiving Day Worship Service is Thursday Nov. 26th at 10:00 a.m. Our blessings of Church, Home and Country in the USA are so tremendous and bountiful that we are overwhelmed by God's graciousness! Plan to attend with your family and friends before your festive meal.
6.) The First Sunday in Advent is Nov. 29th. As the new church year begins, we prepare for Christmas with repentant hearts focusing on the Old Testament promises of Immanuel, God with us, born of the virgin Mary at Bethlehem. You will receive the Lutheran Hour Ministries Advent Devotional booklet that day with the theme: "Fear Not!"
7.) Wednesday Dec. 2nd at 7:30 p.m. will be the first Advent Vespers Service. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a Soup and Salad Supper. The theme this year is "O Lord How Shall I Meet You?" from LSB Hymn 334.
Rejoice that you have a wonderful place to be divinely served by God in Word and Sacrament as you receive His bountiful gifts for your body and soul! Giving proportionately means that we give a set percentage of our income for the Gospel work of the Lord Jesus Christ in our local congregation and in the church-at-large in the LCMS. God bless our receiving and our giving, as we walk by faith. "Stand in Your Vocation!" is our 2016 Stewardship Theme.
In Christ Jesus,
From the Vicar
It's hard to believe that November is already here. Time certainly passes quickly! As time goes on we are always left with changes, both good and bad. These changes that come with time’s passing sometimes bring happiness, but often times they bring mourning and sadness. Sad changes are an unfortunate reality of living in a realm tainted by sin, being that each day adds uncertainty to life. It is for this reason that we should find comfort in the Church and in the eternal, unchanging Word of God!
Each year the liturgical calendar brings us a break in the season of Pentecost when we reach November 1st and All Saint's Day. At this time we remember those brothers and sisters whom time has taken from us, but we also remember an eternal hope that time has no power over. This hope is beautifully summed up in 1 Corinthians 15, where we are taught the necessity of change for the sake of being brought into an imperishable, heavenly creation.
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
Talk about a change that we should welcome! This epistle reading teaches the Church to remember what it is that we actually celebrate on All Saints Day: Holy Baptism. In this washing we received by the Holy Spirit we endured the only change that will ever matter this side of the grave and that is why we can gladly remember our friends and family who have reached the fulfilment of their baptisms in death. The transformation we received in the font defines our present reality as Christians living in the promises of God; forever emancipated from Satan's grasp. When we read the names of loved ones who have died and we sound the bell in the Divine Service there will be tears shed, but we should remember the resurrection that Christ has secured for us in Holy Baptism and we can then let our sorrow be turned to joy.
This is exactly what 1 Thessalonians 4:13 is also reminding us of when we remember this hope that Christ has given us.
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
This message reminds us that Christians are not immune to sadness and loss, but also that our grief is not a hopeless grief, because we know we will be reunited with those whom God has shown His great mercy upon. We remember our dead not to remind ourselves of our loss, but to remind ourselves of the eternal life they now have with Christ! We also remember that time will see to our earthly demise faster than we might think, but that we should not be alarmed at this realization, because Christ has removed death's potency and promises to meet us in the grave. With this in mind, we come back to 1 Corinthians 15 where find a taunt against our now fangless foe. "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
Death knows well the answer to this question. Death knows that both its victory and its sting were left in Christ's tomb, forever removed from those whom God has now loved in Holy Baptism. This is why we should look forward to All Saints Day and remember those who no longer suffer in this age of tribulation!
Pax Christi, Vicar Eric Rudsenske