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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
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. 2nd. 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 2nd, 9th and 16th. We will PRESENT OUR PLEDGES AT THE ALTAR. You have received your packet of materials in the mail.
2.) On Sunday Nov. 9th 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 2015 Church Work Program will be voted on this month at the Voters Meeting on Sunday Nov 16th 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 23rd. 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. 27th 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. 30th. 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: "God's Home for the Holidays."
7.) Wednesday Dec. 3rd 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 "Arise, O Christian People" from LSB Hymn 354.
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. "The Lord Our God Establishes the Work of Our Hands!" is our 2015 Stewardship Theme.
In Christ Jesus,
From the Vicar
Dear fellow redeemed,
As I said at the October Senior's Luncheon and at the Oct. 5 children's message, All Saint's Day is my favorite holiday of the church year. All Saint's Day is the first of November every year, we transfer it to the nearest Sunday to celebrate, for 2014, it's observed on Sunday, November 2. For me, All Saint's Day one of those church festivals where the realities of our Christian Faith hits home the hardest and the sweetest.
It is indeed a bit sad when the names of the saints that have gone on before us in the past year are read aloud. We miss our friends and family members on this side of heaven. This November, Grandpa Zimmerman's name will be read at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Traverse City, Michigan. But, as we Easter Christians know, it's on this holiday and every day that we remember the Gospel promise of Eternal Life that has been freely given to them and we rejoice in their transfer from mortal life to being with the Lord forever. One can't quite help but have a bit of a tear of repentant joy when the 6/4 time signature of that Norwegian tune starts up for "Behold a Host Arrayed in White" from TLH 656 (Lutheran Service Book 676), and we sing:
At home above the God of Love, For aye their tears shall dry.
They now enjoy their Sabbath rest, the paschal banquet of the blest.
The Lamb, their Lord, at festal board, himself is Host and Guest
Our beloved family members and friends that have died in the Faith have not passed away to oblivion. They share in the certainty that St. Paul taught in Romans, chapter 6, verse 5:
"For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his."
We remember the sweet words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from John, chapter 14:
"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. ..."I am the way, and the truth, and the life."
In our preaching and singing, we often hear the generic application of the Gospel, and yes, we are forgiven for our sins. When we read the names of the dearly departed in the Faith, we recall how they specifically now rest from their labors and rejoice in being in the presence of the Lord for eternity. Thanks be to God.
A blessed November to you all!
Vicar John Zimmerman