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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 Saints in Christ,
International Lutheran Women's Missionary League Sunday is Oct. 5th. 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 "Fragrant Sacrifices and Offerings!" "And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Eph. 5:2) Let us pray for their continuing service! Everyone get a Mite Box and collect your change and gifts for LWML!
On Sunday Oct. 12th we will also have our Annual Mission Sunday with Missionary Pastor Jacob Gaugert (our former Vicar!) from LCMS World Missions. We will have a live online audio hook-up with him and a slide presentation during the Bible Class hour at 9:15 a.m. about the mission work in Togo, West Africa. Jacob is excited about speaking with us, since he was one of our 25 vicars!
On Sunday Oct. 19th at 12:00 noon is the Voters Meeting for the initial presentation of the proposed Church Work Program for 2015.
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. 26th. 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
Greetings to you in the Name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Nearly 500 years ago now, the Lutheran Reformation was started with the nailing of the 95 Theses on the Castle Church Door in Wittenberg by Dr. Martin Luther. One of the many blessings that came through the Reformation was the effort of Luther to bring the Bible into the vernacular, which is the language of the people. The Holy Scriptures had been translated into Latin from the Hebrew and Greek, however for the most part, it was only the clergy and the wealthy that had the ability to read it. Through the advances made by Guttenberg and the printing press, the foundation was laid for increased literacy and for mass production of copies of Holy Scripture to the point that we have today, free texts online and a wide range of translations.
Through the Bible Class programming here at Trinity, we are diving into the texts to listen to the Word of God as He continues to teach us through His revealed Will in Holy Scripture. It is an humbling honor and privilege to lead the Vicar's "A Look Ahead" study on Sunday mornings here at Trinity and the Tuesday night LCMS U study at the Vicarage House. I invite you to attend one of the Bible Study options available weekly here at Trinity on Sundays and Tuesdays. I pray that you will continue in your own Bible literacy training through attendance at church and home study. Through the revealed Word of God, we learn the whole counsel of God and chiefly, of our salvation found in Christ Jesus alone!
One of the hallmarks of the Lutheran tradition of the Christian Faith is for us to dive down and let God speak to us through His revealed, written Word. Through His Word, Jesus informs us of who He is and of the salvation He accomplished for us and the greatest gift of all, eternal life in Heaven. We don't rely on our own feelings to guide us through the dark and stormy path that is our fallen world. Through the reading of God's Word and receiving the preached proclamation at the Divine Services, our Heavenly Father feeds us. I encourage you to continue in faithful attendance to the Divine Services and to invite your neighbors (friends, relatives, coworkers, classmates and so on) to join us here at Trinity. We welcome all to join us as God continues to feed His people through the reading and teaching God's Holy Word and through the administration of His Sacraments.
Peace in Christ,
Vicar John Zimmerman