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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 Fellow Redeemed,
Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!
One of the challenges we face every day is that we are looking for purpose in what we do. We see people who obtain wealth, fame and power, yet their lives are a complete mess. We see other people who are lazy and worthless and accomplish nothing good. We look at ourselves and each of us ask, "How can I have a meaningful life that exhibits faith in God and love for my neighbor?"
Faith in God the Father through his Son Jesus Christ is worked by the power of the Holy Spirit. When the Gospel was proclaimed to you and when you were baptized, you were set apart as a son of God being connected to the Son of God. Men and women, young and old are all "sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus." Your purpose is to have this faith nurtured constantly in the water, soil and sunshine of God's Word.
Love for your neighbor then is the reason why you are still alive. This is not about getting your needs met. It is about meeting the needs of others. In your daily vocation as husband, wife, father, mother, child, employer and employee, you will find ways to serve other through simple acts of selfless charity. Your purpose is to love others through "witness, mercy and life together" in your family, congregation and civic community.
Pray every day for the Lord to direct your paths to the divine service on Sunday morning to receive his gifts of forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Pray every day for the Lord to direct your paths to find unique ways to show love to your neighbor. You will then find a life filled with purpose, joy and fervor!
From the Vicar
Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."
This profound statement of our Lord surely shocked all who were present at the temple. With all of the questions that had been put to Jesus about who He is and what He has come to do, this answer to the Jews in Jerusalem should have put all of this confusion to rest. He is God. He is YHWH.
The reaction we see from the people in the temple is not one of receptive faith; rather it is the faithless rejection of God Himself. The people pick up stones in an attempt to murder the Lord who has now revealed Himself to them in flesh and blood, boldly identifying Himself as the great "I AM".
We find this account in John 8: 48-59, which is our Gospel reading for Trinity Sunday. On this feast day, we confess what the Scriptures have revealed to us about God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as we speak together the Athanasian Creed and we hear the Word of God attest to the divinity of Christ. Why is this necessary? Why do we need a special day to focus on the Trinity and specifically, Jesus' place in the Godhead? Some would claim that the earliest Christians did not have a special festival to celebrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, so why do we?
In order to answer these questions, we should look back to the reaction that Jesus received from the Jews in the temple. Their objections were not intended to be against God the Father, or the Spirit. Their objections were to Jesus, who in their eyes could not be the Holy One of God-the Promised Messiah begotten from eternity. To them, Jesus was just a man, a teacher who threatened their cultural identity. This belief destroyed their connection to God the Father and Spirit. Their eyes were blind and their ears were deaf to what God the Father had said at Jesus' baptism: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." We can only have God the Father if we have God the Son. This is where the doctrine of the Trinity protects us from error. If Jesus is not of the same substance as YHWH, then He cannot be God. As St. John Chrysostom said, "He uses the same expression "I AM," that His Father does, because it signifies continuous being irrespective of all time." If we believe that Jesus is just a man, then we have no connection to God, the eternal Father.
Vicar Eric Rudsenske