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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
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY ANN ARBOR CHOIR CONCERT AND LENTEN VESPERS
Wednesday March 16, 2016
Listen to the service by clicking on this link: Choir concert and Lenten Vespers
The LCMS Responds to the Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage:
Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!
From the Pastor
Dear Fellow Redeemed,
Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!
During the summer months, we enjoy the outside sights and sounds and smells of flowers and gardens and trees. We listen to the happily chirping birds and bask in the breezes that blow across our yards. It is a special time of year when the colors are bright and brilliant. Enjoy the bounty and beauty that come from our gracious Lord!
The month of June begins the non-festival half of the church year. These summer months offer you a chance to read through all 150 of the Psalms in the Bible. The Book of Psalms is also called "The Psalter." What is remarkable is that the Psalms are both hymns and prayers at the same time. Every emotion and feeling that is common to the human experience is found in these Psalms.
When I once student-taught in a Lutheran high school in Chicago, I was assigned the teaching of the Book of Psalms to three classes, each made up of 40 freshmen students. What a challenge it was! We read, studied and sang the psalms with my guitar. The students even acted them out. I did anything to keep their interest.
The best thing to do is to read them every day. If you read two Psalms per day over 75 days, you can read through all 150 during the summer months. Start with Psalm 1 and read two on the first day of June. Then put in your bookmark to see where to begin the next day.
You will be amazed and comforted. You will see why I have often told people, "If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a psalm a day keep the blues away!" You are not alone. God is with you and saints through all generations have experienced exactly what you are experiencing.
So have at it and read the whole Psalter this summer!
From the Vicar
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5
As St. Paul opens his address to the Galatians, we find an amazing statement of comforting truth. Peace is certainly something that we all crave, whether we realize it or not. We want to find peace in our families and lives. We want to find peace in the world and in our society. We also need peace for our spirits. Some may argue that these kinds of 'peace' are getting harder and harder to come by, and in one sense this is probably true. The economy hasn't offered us much comfort, and neither has the current election cycle. The world seems to be more chaotic now than it has been since the Second World War and the news certainly never seems to be of the "good" variety. We seem to be surrounded by the kinds of things that take calmness from us and give us plenty of anxiety, but we forget the things of God that bring us true peace.
The peace St. Paul speaks of, however, is the kind of peace that endures despite the lack of calmness in the world. This is the peace that comes from knowing Christ, who gave Himself up unto death for our sins and the sins of the world in order to deliver us from this present evil age. When Jesus spoke words of peace to His disciples, He was reminding them of the restoration He has secured between mankind and God the Father. No longer are they at war with Him in their sin! This is precisely why the sermons you hear at Trinity Lutheran Church will typically begin with an address similar to the one St. Paul gives to the Galatians. If you want true peace, you find it in Christ. If we do not have this peace, then we will have God's wrath instead.
As Christians, we know that we do not find peace in the world, but we also know that Christ has overcome the world to bring you true peace in the forgiveness of sins. If you want the assurance of this forgiveness, you will find it in the Church, where God declares you free from sin in His Word and Sacrament. In these Sundays after Pentecost, come hear of this peace that Jesus brings to the troubled world and find consolation in His Word that has declared peace between you and your Father in heaven.
Vicar Eric Rudsenske