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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 the Lord Jesus Christ!
During these 40 and 50 days of Easter, (40 days from Easter to Ascension, 50 days from Easter to Pentecost) the Church rejoices in the many "convincing proofs" (Acts chapter 1), which Jesus gave of his resurrection. Luke tells us that "over a period of 40 days" Jesus gave these proofs through various resurrection appearances. Then He was taken up into heaven as He ascended on high! Then the Holy Spirit was poured out 10 days later!
We will again celebrate "THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD" on Thursday evening, May 14th at a 7:30 pm Divine Service of Holy Communion. There will also be special hymns and Scripture lessons. Come receive our Ascended Lord's gifts!
(Acts 1:1-11) "In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, (2) until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. (3) To them he presented himself alive after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. (4) And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me; (5) for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (6) So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" (7) He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. (8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (9) And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. (10) And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, (11) and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."
THE DAY OF PENTECOST - is Sunday May 24th. The Holy Spirit is poured out on the church to be witnesses to the resurrection of our Lord (Acts chapter 2). This day celebrates the reversal of the Tower of Babel in Genesis when God confused the languages of the world and people were driven apart into many nations. Now in the one language of the Gospel, God gives the Holy Spirit to all people to bring the nations of the world back together again into the Church. There is communion at BOTH SERVICES.
HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY - is May 31st The glorious revelation of our One God in Three Persons into whom we are baptized in Matthew 28:16-20. The great Athanasian Creed is confessed. The name of the only true God, into whom we are baptized, calls us to confession of the divine mystery of the Trinity.
We will also rejoice in the gift and vocation of Christian motherhood on MOTHERS' DAY - May 10th. God bless all the mothers and grandmothers in our families and congregation.
ARMED FORCES SUNDAY is also May 24th when we thank the Lord for those who served so that we might be able to worship in the U.S.A. in freedom and liberty. Thanks to all who served and to those who died so that we can be free! Go the cemetery on MEMORIAL DAY - Monday May 25th - and place American flags on the grave plots of our veterans to honor their sacrifices on our behalf!
In our Lord,
From the Vicar
Have you ever been so busy and find yourself forgetting your schedule and go to an event the day before or perhaps you were running a bit late and skipped one of the stops on your list? Even with all the paper and smartphone calendars that we have, folks can still pop over and leave something behind. This isn't a new reality. People are busy and have a lot on their plates. It's easy to get distracted and to be at the right place at the wrong time.
In the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible written by Moses), we have an issue of busy people forgetting something. In Deuteronomy chapter 24, The LORD was giving instructions through Moses on how to interact with one another. In v. 19, note the word, "forget:"
"When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. (Deut. 24:19 ESV)
In the busyness of harvest season, way before the days of GPS satellite controlled reaping, this was all done by hand. God blessed the harvest for providing for His people then, just as He does today. However, with the hubbub of getting every bushel picked and stored for the winter, some unripe or overlooked grain may have been missed, or forgotten.
God's command here is to spare some of the blessings that He has graciously given to us to be given to the sojourner (traveler), orphaned and widows without property. The command is for us to rejoice in the blessings given and not to worry about every last head of grain. In His blessings to His people, God is able to sustain the needs of others as well. In this loving service to neighbor, Christ's love is reflected through us. By understanding that we are stewards of God's gifts given to us in our various vocations, we are able to help with sincere joy.
There is joy in sharing. We give thanks to God for the ability to earn income to support our families and ourselves on our journey. As Christians, we remember that it is God's blessing that provides us these abilities. We give thanks for the provisions provided by our neighbors in our need and to be able to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Blessings to you this Easter Season, Vicar John Zimmerman