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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
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From the Pastor
Dear Fellow Redeemed in the Light of Jesus Christ,
This month we are in both the season of Epiphany and Lent.
The Transfiguration of our Lord is Feb. 7 - The Shining of Jesus in bright Light on the mountain. God's Beloved Son who shines and is transfigured in glory on the high mountain, is also true Man.
The Epiphany theme is found in the amazing hymn "Songs of Thankfulness and Praise" LSB 394. The last verse summarizes our waiting for his last great epiphany when Jesus returns in glory:
Grant us grace to see Thee, Lord,
Present in Thy holy Word-
Grace to imitate Thee now
And be pure, as pure art Thou;
That we might become like Thee
At Thy great epiphany
And may praise Thee, ever blest,
God in man made manifest.
Then the 40 Days of Lent begins on Feb. 10.
The first verse of LSB 439 sets the tone for the whole season of Lent:
O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken? Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession, What dark transgression?
During this Epiphany and Lent season, may the Light of Jesus Christ shine brightly into our lives as we reflect His glory into a dark world so others also may walk in the light of the Lord!
In our King and our Suffering Servant Jesus,
P.S. Hinner Organ renovating will begin in 2016 for installation in 2017!
From the Vicar
It would seem to me that the current Church year didn't quite give us enough time to get our Christmas trees down before Lent was already staring us in the face. As I think more about Lent, I am amazed at the growing popularity of this particular season, as many different denominations of Christianity observe this penitential time in a variety of ways. Many churches that typically do not adhere to the liturgical calendar have even found some usefulness for forty days of repentance. Yet, this is a good thing, as repentance is certainly important to the Christian life. Luther stated in his very first thesis, "When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said "Repent," he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance." With that in mind, we might be asking why we would need a particular season devoted to the things that we should already be doing as Christians. Many people have made it their duty to give up particular vices or habits during Lent, but such devotion is not a requirement for benefitting from this season either, though such things can be very helpful. Rather, Lent is giving us an opportunity to remember Christ's devotion and that we are the reason and cause for His suffering and death. We don't need a particular season to give up sins and vices, as we are reminded in Galatians 5:20-21, "...idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." Somewhere on this list, you will have found your own particular call to repentance. Yet, you will also find here the things that we GET TO reject every day of our lives!
The irony of Lent is that we are not being called to stew on our sin and remain in our despair, rather we are being called to see what Christ suffered and died to save us from, so that Easter can be a blessing to us. We are also reminded that we must constantly be rejecting our various sins because of our new nature in Christ. Galatians went on to say, "And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." This is to say, "I am baptized into Christ, therefore I get to reject the desires of my flesh, because He has given me His Spirit and sanctified me!" With this in mind, use this season to renew your understanding of how great your sin is, but also renew with it the understanding of how great our Savior is for freeing you from such a burden. So don't worry...Lent was never intended to be a "giving things up" contest.
Pax Christi, Vicar Eric Rudsenske