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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 Fellow Redeemed,
The Gospel is the proclamation that the all-sufficient sacrifice of the holy Jesus on the cross has atoned for the sin of the whole world. All mankind has been declared righteous and innocent in God's sight.
This is justification, and it is all God's doing, not ours. We simply receive this gift by faith, and this also is a working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, not something we create on our own!
When the Gospel is proclaimed and the Holy Spirit creates faith in our hearts to believe this true message, then the assurance of salvation from sin, death and hell becomes a reality in our personal lives.
There are two Wednesday Lenten Vespers Services this month on April 2nd and 9th with the theme: "Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow." The services begin at 7:30 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. there will be a Soup and Salad Supper provided by various members of our church and its boards.
The Holy Week Services are also this month.
We encourage you to attend the worship services taking us to the Cross of Calvary and the Empty Tomb.
The ancient tradition of these Passiontide services draws us into the wondrous love of God in the Divine Drama by which He intervened in human history. And Divine Drama it is indeed!
Read all four Gospel accounts of the Passion of Christ and then plan to attend the Lenten and Holy Week services:
- April 13th Palm Sunday Communion Services 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
- April 17th Maundy Thursday Communion Service 7:30 p.m.
- April 18th Good Friday Services 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
- April 19th Holy Saturday Easter Vigil with Holy Communion 11:00 p.m.
- April 20th Easter Sunday Festival of the Resurrection Communion Services 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Also on each Lord's Day, Sunday, the Church in its hymnody, liturgy, Scripture lessons, Sacraments and preaching proclaims the refuge we have in Jesus Christ alone. Come frequently to the Divine Service each Sunday and receive the greatest gifts of forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.
The 40 days of Lent and Holy Week are times for prayer, fasting and repentance over the sin of taking God's gifts for granted. Instead, do not neglect your holy obligation to be present among the saints in receiving God's gifts to us and offering your bodies as living sacrifices to God, holy and pleasing in His sight! Be with us for all of our Lenten services! Please read about these services in this newsletter
In our Lord Jesus Christ,
From the Vicar
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We like fixing things. Man has always fixed things. We notice problems around us, diagnose them, devise a number of solutions, and get to work fixing whatever needs to be fixed. It could be as simple as steadying a wobbly table in the dining room or as large as patching the James Nance Memorial Bridge linking Purcell and Lexington, but the fact remains that we don't like seeing things go to shambles around us. We will go to great lengths to ensure that everything is running smoothly.
And so when we Christians look at the Church-at-large, we see many problems. Our children are leaving the Church, secularism is taking its toll on fellow Christians, and the "unchurched but religious" demographic has been rising steadily for a number of years. Something is broken.
In fact, this is nothing new- there have always been complaints about the way the Church conducts herself in this world and what could be done better. These sentiments have led to the splintering of the Church into all the various denominations in Europe and America.
There have been three primary "solutions" that authors throughout the last 500 years have offered: Structure, Worship, and the Leader. First, many churches have thought that to find the "real Church," one must escape the order of the Roman Catholic church and its bishops and priests, turning to structures of elders, congregationalism, or voters assemblies. These just caused more problems. Second, to get away from the "dead" liturgy, many have embraced catchier music, only to find that the youth continued down the path of secularism, right out of the Church's doors. The final solution is that of the leader. The pastor, some say, must have the gifts of charisma or administration or the Spirit, whatever that means. Maybe, others have said, we should bolster our clergy ranks by admitting women as pastors.
And yet the churches that adopt these three measures have declined, not only in membership, but also in theological conviction. Perhaps the solutions are not what we think they are. Perhaps, like the workers who tried welding patches onto the James Nance Bridge, we know what the problem is and administer the quickest and easiest patch, but that patch turns out to be ineffective, or worse- it actually does more damage.
In all this fretting, Jesus is left out of it all. The Church, coming from the Greek word meaning "gathered together," is gathered by Jesus around his Word and Sacraments. Jesus brings sinners to the Church, where they can find the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. The Church has life because Jesus has life- he rose from the dead for her.
And Jesus gives us the assurance that the Church will never die, because he has died for her. There will be problems, because the Church is made up of sinners. There will be fighting and discord, and yet the solution is not in order, worship, or leader changes, but in repentance and forgiveness. So may you ever seek this forgiveness, as it is given to you every Sunday. Let us now and evermore gather around the "one faith, one Lord, one Baptism" (Eph 4:5).
Yours in Christ,
Vicar Joshua Woelmer