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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
Rejoice in our Advent King, Christmas Savior and Epiphany Light - Jesus!
Advent, Christmas, New Year's and Epiphany. The Festival season is upon us! Let us rejoice and be merry! Another new Christian Church Year began on The First Sunday in Advent, was Dec. 1st
The theme for our Advent Wednesday Vespers Services and Christmas Services is "Bride of Christ Rejoice!" Jesus was born at Bethlehem, raised in Nazareth, ministered in Galilee and Judea, was crucified, buried, raised and ascended at Jerusalem. Now he is preached in all the nations as the only Anointed Sacrifice acceptable to God the Father. Jesus is the Bridegroom, the Church is the Bride. We rejoice!
During Advent, use the Lutheran Hour Ministries Advent Devotional booklet entitled "The Word Made Flesh!" as we prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the incarnation ("becoming flesh") of our Lord Jesus Christ in the womb of the virgin Mary. The message of Advent and Christmas is that God became a person in Jesus Christ, who was laid in a manger!
The flow of the new Church Year for this festival season is:
- ADVENT Season - Dec.1st through Dec.24th (Christmas Eve)
- CHRISTMAS Season - Dec. 25th (Christmas Day) through Jan. 6th (Epiphany Day) (the 12 Days of Christmas)
- (Note: This month we also remember those martyred for Jesus Christ: St. Thomas Dec. 21st; St. Stephen Dec. 26th; St. John Dec. 27th; the Holy Innocents Dec. 28th )
- EPIPHANY Season - begins on Jan. 6th - Epiphany Day
The Light for the Jews and for us Gentile nations has come. May we reflect the light of Jesus Christ into our community, so that all may have the light of life in Him!
Note: Just like last year, WE HAVE AN ADDITIONAL SERVICE ON CHRISTMAS EVE, SO THAT DAY THERE WILL BE the 7:00 p.m. CANDLELIGHT SERVICE and the 11:00 p.m. CANDLELIGHT AND COMMUNION SERVICE.
Have this month's church calendar on your refrigerator and make note of the dates and times. Come to the Divine Service and receive God's gracious gifts with joy and exaltation! We are also going Christmas Caroling on Sunday December 8th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Merry Advent-tide, Christmas-joy
P.S. Kathy and I want to express our thanks and gratitude for your special celebration in November, honoring our 25 years of service in our congregation. Thank you for your cards and gifts, and what a joy to have four of our former Vicars attend. It is a privilege to be the Pastor of this church!
From the Vicar
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
"And was made man." With this simple phrase of the Nicene Creed, we hear and confess an event that seems so commonplace to us, but is a radical confession in this world of many religions, nearly all of which speak in some way of the appearing of their deity as a human. Christianity stands out, because it is the only religion to say that God Himself became man- Jesus was not a god who masqueraded around on earth looking like a human. Nor was he a simple man with divine insights. For one, Scriptures does not permit either possibility. We, of course, could and should point to the virgin birth, the perfect life lived for us, or the multiple Old Testament prophecies predicting Christ's coming, but there is also much more going on and at stake for us to see and realize about the "Incarnation."
You see, there are problems in the world and in us that are met and answered by the Incarnation. Romans 5 especially talks about these. The first is the wrath of God over sin in His perfect creation, and the fact that this sin that is a part of us separates us from Him. Yet Romans 5:1-11 speaks of the reconciliation that we have in Christ. God the Father has been appeased by His own Son dying for us, who were considered "enemies" of God (Rom 5:10). So Jesus must have been true God in order to reconcile and save us.
But we cannot stop there, because there is the problem of sin and death that must be removed by a man. Original sin was brought into the world by one man, Adam, and can only be removed by another man. And so Jesus was that man in order that we who received "the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness [may] reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ" (Rom 5:17b). So to conquer death and bring us with him, it was also absolutely necessary that Jesus be true man and true God.
This all happened at the Incarnation: God became man. But the Incarnation and the understanding of who Jesus is does not end here- the Incarnation points to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It is there on the cross that the God-man gave his life to achieve reconciliation and life eternal for us. So this is the real shocking fact of Christianity: that not only was God mad man, but that he went willingly to dead and was raised for us. The Incarnation also means that Christ is present even today where he has promised to be: in the preaching of the Word and the giving of the Sacraments. Come to church and receive Jesus, for he has come for you.
May God bless your Christmas season with the joy that
comes from Him.
Yours in Christ,
Vicar Joshua Woelmer