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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!
We have been blessed to be in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in this congregation since 1901. This month from July 8-14 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the 66th National Convention of the LCMS. Dr. Matthew Harrison was already re-elected in June to serve his 3rd term as our synodical president.
Our delegates which represent us in the Norman Circuit are Pastor Mark Bersche from St. John's in Moore and Mike Dodds from St. John's in Lawton. The LCMS in convention meets every three years to discuss and vote on official business for the church at large.
The theme for the convention is "Upon This Rock: Repent, Confess, Rejoice!" Jesus Christ has built his church on the rock of his word. We stand on this rock as we confess the creeds each Sunday and gather around His Word and Sacraments.
God grant that we daily repent, confess our sins, proclaim our faith in Christ Jesus and rejoice in our salvation from sin, death and hell. We have forgiveness, life and salvation in him. Upon the Rock of Christ, we shall never be shaken. May God bless our synod with its churches to ever remain in Him!
NOTE: The month of July is a good time to remind ourselves of God's institution of both the Church and the State.
The State: Independence Day is July 4th, and then later came the founding of our constitutional, democratic, federal republic - the United States of America. It was and is a great blessing for temporal life and grants us our civic freedoms. (The State is called "The Kingdom of the God's Left Hand" - it has the office of the sword and rules by Civil Government)
The Church: Established by the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, it continues today in Word and Sacrament - the holy, catholic (universal), apostolic church - and gives great blessings of eternal life and spiritual freedom. (The Church is called "The Kingdom of God's Right Hand" - it has the office of the keys and rules by Word and Sacrament.)
From the Vicar
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16
Friends, I find it difficult to believe that I am already writing my July article for The Trumpeter and that my year here in Norman is drawing to a close. Since, this will be the last time I write for this newsletter, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the hospitality and kindness you have shown me during this time as your vicar. Your congregation has added a priceless element to my pastoral formation and I will certainly never forget this experience. I only ask that you would continue to include me in your prayers, as the prayers of those redeemed in Christ truly have a power we sometimes fail to recognize.
In the above verse from the Book of James, we are also reminded of our faithful duty towards one another as the redeemed people of God in the Christian Church. When we look for ways to help our neighbor, especially those who have already received forgiveness of sins, we often forget that one of the most important things we can do is to continue to pray for them. Ephesians 6:18 reminds us again, "...praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints..."
This has truly been an amazing year and I consider it a privileged blessing that I was able to serve here with you saints at Trinity. I pray that God would continue to bless this church, school, and campus ministry, making use of these wonderful gifts to call others to the hope that holds fast to the promises of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever.
Vicar Eric Rudsenske