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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
Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!
From the Pastor
Dear Fellow Redeemed,
Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ!
Save the date! Sunday, October 29 at 4:00 p.m. - Reformation 500th Anniversary Festival Worship Service at Messiah Lutheran Church, 3600 NW Expressway, OKC.
This is a really big deal! As you know by now, next month the whole world will be focusing on Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Posting of the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517 in Wittenberg, Germany. Since 2017 is the 500th anniversary of that event, there are special services all around the world this year.
Here is what we in the Oklahoma District of the LCMS are doing. Since Oct. 31 falls on a Tuesday, we are having special festival services on Sunday, Oct. 29. There will be three services around the state of Oklahoma on that day at 4:00 p.m.: Zion Lutheran Church in Guymon; Messiah Lutheran Church in OKC; Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow.
Since we are in the Central Region of the Oklahoma District, which has 25 congregations from the OKC, Norman and Lawton circuits, our service is the one at Messiah in OKC. I am the 1st Vice President of the district and will be the officiant at this service.
Also assisting in the service are our District President Pastor Barrie Henke of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmond; Norman circuit visitor Pastor Gary Brandt of First Lutheran Church in Ada; OKC circuit visitor Pastor Ron Simpson of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Midwest City and Lawton circuit visitor Pastor David Thompson of First Lutheran Church in Chickasha. The preacher will be Dr. Peter Scaer who was our first vicar here at Trinity and is now a professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne.
There will be a mass choir and orchestra and a light supper at 5:30 p.m. afterwards. Everyone who attends will receive a keepsake color order of service and a wooden refrigerator magnet with the theme imprinted on it. The LCMS national theme is: "Reformation 2017 – It's Still All About Jesus!"
The true heritage of the Reformation is "Grace Alone, Faith Alone and Scripture Alone," which are called the "Three Solas!" Be present therefore each week at the Divine Service. "Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy." The 3rd Commandment means "we should fear and love God, so that we do not despise preaching and the Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it!"
I look forward to a greater participation on your part to the Divine Service and Bible study. May God the Holy Spirit move you to see Sunday as a TWO HOUR COMMITMENT to Word and prayer!
Save the date - Sunday Oct. 29 at 4:00 p.m.!
In our Lord Jesus,
From the Vicar
Who is the author of the Bible? The Holy Spirit is. He used men, called the prophets and apostles to write His words in Holy Scripture.
Like the two natures of Christ, we cannot comprehend how God used men to write down the words of Holy Scripture.
In his Christian Dogmatics (c. 1924) Francis Pieper writes, "God employed the holy writers as His tools, or instruments, in order that men might have His Word fixed in writing." Yet a little later he adds, "The writers were not lifeless machines, but living, personal instruments, endowed with intellect and will and equipped with their own distinct style." (Vol 1, 229-230, emphasis added) The Holy Spirit used the human writers to write down for us the Holy Scripture. How that exactly works is not for us to understand.
How does this understanding shape our view of the Scriptures? Starting with the Holy Spirit as author, we can be sure that the Bible is perfect and inerrant (without error) because it is the Word of God. Every book of the Bible is unified because the Holy Spirit is the author, writing always about Christ and the reconciliation of God and man. Considering the men the Spirit used as his authors, we can acknowledge style, choice of topics, and characters in the various prophets, histories and epistles we have in the Bible.
There is one Gospel, written in four very different ways. Matthew framed the life of Jesus for a Jewish audience, Luke for a Gentile audience. John has a three year timeline whereas the other three seem to take place in one year. Mark moves the narrative along quickly and is the shortest Gospel. The Gospel writers have such freedom to present the life of Jesus in different ways.
At the end of the day, we as Lutherans must constantly keep in mind that the Holy Spirit inspired the authors of Holy Scriptures. People in the world see the Bible as only human writers, and they lose the inerrancy of Scripture. The Holy Spirit used various writers, and we see the distinctions among the books of the Bible. The motivations and the styles of the writers vary. But we cannot allow the Bible to become man's opinion nor can we allow the Bible to become stale.
God has spoken by His prophets, Spoken His unchanging Word; Each from age to age proclaiming God, the one, the righteous Lord. In the world's despair and turmoil, One firm anchor holds us fast: God is king, His throne eternal; God the first, and God the last. (LSB 583:1)
Vicar Keith Kettner