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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,
Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ!
Now that we are back in the school and Fall season, it is a good time to talk about Christian education in your life. Attend the new adult Bible Study which begins on Tuesday Sept. 9th at 7:00 p.m. and is taught by Eldon Jupe.
Our next adult catechesis and instruction class begins on Thursday September 11th at 7:30 p.m. It is entitled: "Lutheran Catechesis" and it is a good review as well as an introduction to the basics of Christian doctrine, Luther's Small Catechism, liturgy and hymnody, and the Christian life. Invite a friend and attend with them!
Are you growing in your knowledge of the Word of God? Do you take time to study the Bible? If we really believe the Bible is the Word of God, then do we daily and weekly meditate on Holy Scripture? You have an opportunity each Sunday to do this. MAKE SUNDAY A 2-HOUR COMMITMENT EACH WEEK!! This is how you can plan your Sunday morning church commitment:
- 8:00 a.m. Divine Service
- 9:15 a.m. Bible Class / Sunday School
- 10:15 a.m. Concluded!
- 9:15 a.m. Bible Class / Sunday School
- 10:30 a.m. Divine Service
- 11:45 a.m. Concluded!
You have nothing more important on Sunday morning than coming to the Divine Service and Bible Study. And be sure your children are in Sunday School! Parents, do not neglect your spiritual responsibilities to train them in the Word of God!
In September, there are three special days in the church year which draw our attention to three vital parts of the Christian life on earth. These three are: the cross, the gospels and the angels.
HOLY CROSS DAY is Sept. 14th and the lessons are: Ps. 99:1-5; Lam. 3:25-33; 1 Cor. 1:18-24; Luke 20:9-18. On that day, we pray that, "...O God, you did not spare your only Son but delivered him up for us all that he might bear our sins on the cross..."
ST. MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST day is Sept. 21st and the lessons are Ps. 119:33-40; Prov. 3:1-6; Eph. 4:7-16; Matt. 9:9-13. On that day we pray that, "...even as God called St. Matthew the tax collector, grant that we also may forsake all sin, all covetous desires and inordinate love of riches and cast every care upon Him..."
ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS day is Sept. 29th and the lessons are Ps. 103:19-22; Josh. 5:13-15; Rev. 12:7-12; Matt. 18:1-11. On that day we pray that, "...O God, grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven, so by your appointment they may also help and defend us here on earth..."
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!
In our Lord Jesus,
From the Vicar
Greetings to you in the Name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
With the start of a new Vicarage comes the announcements of a few tweaks to the programming with Campus Ministry and the Vicar's Sunday Morning Bible Study. As for the Tuesday evening programming, we will be keeping that the same with the dinners at the Vicarage House starting at 6:30 p.m., Bible Study and a brief LSF/LCMS U organizational meeting afterwards. The goal is to have all the students to be able to be on their way by 8:00 p.m. at the latest on Tuesdays.
As for Sunday mornings, I am happy to announce my Bible Study series for this coming year named, "A Look Ahead," A Bible Study of the Following Week's Lessons for the Divine Service. My Bible Study section will be meeting in the new Walther Room recently completed upstairs. This Bible Study will focus on the Old Testament and Gospel pericopes (the assigned readings from the Lectionary that are found in the bulletin inserts) for the week ahead. This will help to give a preview for the following week's focus in our weekly Divine Services. This program will take us through the Church Year as it begins and ends here in the Sundays after Pentecost.
As I type this article at the end of my first week here at Trinity, I can't help but notice the energy and excitement that is building for the coming year with the Church and School. First, with the school: Being able to greet the kids and parents at orientation was a real treat. Further, having met with the seniors group, I'm gearing up for the lunches and trips with them. Last, but not least, the joyful fellowship that was shared at the ice cream social held in my honor was a great way to end my first weekend here in Norman after completing Summer Hebrew and hitting the highway the next day to get here.
I want to thank you all for your warm welcome to this gent from the Great Lakes Region. A big thank you to those who have worked on the property improvements at the Vicarage House. It's a good place to call home for the year, complete with a short walk to Trinity. To those who have contributed to my pantry and other gifts, thank you. It is a privilege to serve as your Vicar this year and I welcome your prayers and support during this Vicarage/Residency in Norman.
As always, if you ever need anything, call or text the Vicar line at 405-429-9327.
Peace in Christ,
Vicar John Zimmerman