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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
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Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!
From the Pastor
Dear Saints in Christ,
International Lutheran Womens Missionary League Sunday is Oct. 4th. We will consider their mission work and also install our congregation LWML officers. We thank God for the work our LCMS women have done for missions in the USA and around the world. The theme this year is "Seek First the Kingdom of God!" From the words of Jesus we seek His Kingdom first and the righteousness that is found in Christ alone. Let us pray for their continuing service! Everyone get a Mite Box and collect your change and gifts for LWML!
Sunday Oct. 18th at 12:00 noon is the Voters Meeting for the initial presentation of the proposed Church Work Program for 2016.
On Sunday Oct. 25th we will also have our Annual Mission Sunday with Missionary Sue Hasselbring from Wycliff Bible Translators. She will speak during the 9:15 a.m. Bible class hour.
With his October 31st, 1517 posting of the 95 Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, Martin Luther directed the Church back to the written Scripture in the Old and New Testament as the inspired Word of God. Here alone can Christians know for certain what God's truth is. Here alone can we say, "Thus saith the Lord!"
We will celebrate this event here with the Reformation Festival on Sunday Oct. 25th. Our motto is "Sola Scriptura - Sola Gratia - Sola Fides" (Scripture Alone-Grace Alone-Faith Alone) as professed in our confessional writings - "The Book of Concord".
Our Lutheran forefathers in the faith wrote in the Epitome of the Formula of Concord in 1580:
"We believe, teach, and confess that the prophetic and apostolic writings of the Old and New Testaments are the only rule and norm according to which all doctrines and teachers alike must be appraised and judged, as it is written in Ps. 119:105, "Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." And St. Paul says in Gal. 1:8, "Even if an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed."
Other writings of ancient and modern teachers, whatever their names, should not be put on a par with Holy Scripture. Every single one of them should be subordinated to the Scriptures and should be received in no other way and no further than as witnesses to the fashion in which the doctrine of the prophets and apostles was preserved in post-apostolic times."
What a joy to proclaim these timeless truths in the midst of a world surrounded by lies and falsehood. We can boldly announce that God has redeemed us through His Son Jesus Christ - the Way, the Truth and the Life!
From the Vicar
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not
your own doing; it is the gift of God.
This October will officially mark the 498th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. As you probably already know, this event began when Martin Luther nailed the Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church doors in Wittenberg on October 31st, 1517. Very few events in history have had such a lasting impact as this priest's request for scholarly discussion with his peers on abuses in the Church.
Today, there are many different opinions about what the Reformation meant for not only the Church, but for world history in general. There are many lasting misconceptions about the Reformation and the results that this has had on Christendom even up to the modern day. There are also many aspects about this era that can still teach us about the life of repentance and faith.
One important thing to remember about the Reformation is that Luther never wanted to split the Christian Church, rather, he wanted to remind the priests, bishops and the pope of teachings they had neglected for centuries. Man-made tradition had, at this point, overshadowed the doctrine of justification by faith alone and replaced it with blasphemous lies. Of course, these include the use of papal indulgences for satisfaction of sin and the unbiblical teaching of purgatory among many, many others. Eventually, the stubbornness of Rome, not a faithful priest's call to repentance would bring about the split.
As Lutherans, we should not see the Reformation simply as the time when we diverged from the "mother church" of Rome, but as the era when the true doctrine of Christ and His justification by grace was preserved from the enemies of the (catholic) Christian Church. Rome had followed the same path as the Pharisees we have seen in the Gospels, rejecting Christ and His covenant for the sake of keeping earthly positions and power. Unfortunately, the Reformation would lead to some problems and turmoil. The Reformation, in a sense, was seen by some as an opening of Pandora's Box, allowing for other heretical teachings to independently self-establish in the following centuries. This can't be used to discredit Luther, because this was going to happen (and had been happening since the Church began) anyways. Despite this, the Reformation should still be seen as something to be celebrated. God utilized a called and ordained servant to preach the Word, call to repentance and to preserve the Church from demonic teachings that robbed the faithful of the objective means of grace for far too long. Luther did not redefine the Church, nor did he create a new denomination, even if that's how the world chooses to see it.
Pax Christi, Vicar Eric Rudsenske