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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 Fellow Redeemed in Christ,
Though it is still summer, school starts already this month! Pray God's blessings again on our Church, School and Campus Ministry as everything begins this month.
Lutheran Student Fellowship begins again this month, as we again conduct the LCMS Oklahoma District campus ministry at OU with our 26th Vicar Eric Rudsenske. We look forward to getting to know these great college students and seeing them grow in God's Word.
Trinity Lutheran School and Childcare will also begin this month and we rejoice that we can continue to share the love of Jesus with our school families as we have for the past 26 years!
Parents of our 7th and 8th grade Confirmands will receive a letter this month about the Confirmation Orientation Session Wed. August 26th at 6:30 p.m. and about our Confirmation Classes which will begin Wed. September 2nd at 5:45 p.m.
Our next adult catechesis and instruction class also begins on Thursday September 10th at 7:30 p.m. It is entitled: "Lutheran Catechesis" and it is a good review as well as an introduction to the basics of Christian doctrine, Luther's Small Catechism, liturgy and hymnody, and the Christian life. Invite a friend and attend with them!
It is VERY important that you help us invite people to these classes! In the Lutheran church we take seriously the charge of our Lord to evangelize through baptizing, teaching and catechizing in God's Word. Those who attend can then choose to become communicant members of the LCMS if they so desire.
This is one of the main ways by which we "grow in number" in God's harvest field! I can't do this myself - so PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER whom you will invite to attend these next set of exciting classes in Christian truth and doctrine!
We also draw our attention to two special days this month:
AUGUST 15TH - ST. MARY, MOTHER OF OUR LORD
Psalm 45:10-15; Isaiah 61:7-11;
Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 1:46-55
Read these Scripture lessons and rejoice in this humble woman, blessed by God to be the mother of the Savior!
AUGUST 24TH - ST. BARTHOLOMEW
Psalm 121; Exodus 19:1-6;
1 Corinthians 12:27-31a; John 1:43-51
Read these Scripture lessons and see that Bartholomew was also called Nathanael and was an honest man who confessed with exuberance that Jesus was the Son of God!
AUGUST 29TH - THE MARTYRDOM OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
Psalm 141; Jeremiah 1:17-19; Mark 6:17-29
Read these Scripture lessons and re-evaluate the real purpose of our lives - to point others towards Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the Lord. John gave his head for the Head of the Church - Jesus!
In our Lord Jesus,
From the Vicar
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Transition happens regularly in life and reasonable people will do their best to make plans for whatever the future may bring. However, for seminarians preparing to go on vicarage, there is really no way of making your own plans for anything until that call night in April. Thankfully, God has a hand in all matters of our lives. Just as this passage from Jeremiah reminded God's people in Babylon that He had a plan for them, we can have hope in our own futures because God himself has loved us by His Son and also provides all we need for this life.
Looking back at my own life, I can see many reasons to be thankful, as God's plan included giving me to a faithful family who always supported and kept me in the Church. Growing up in Mississippi, they provided me and my brother Benjamin with a happy home and provided for all of our physical and spiritual needs. For that reason, my father decided that our family would be better off leaving the ELCA church I had grown up in and joining the LCMS, which my father felt would be a transition that would benefit our family's Christian life. He was right. Within a couple years, my family was properly catechized and we all found new confidence in the Christian Church, the Holy Scriptures and faith in Christ alone. These were all concepts that I had never fully understood growing up, but these would, from this point forward, shape me forever after. Out of curiosity, I visited Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne in 2009, taking part in a program called Christ Academy, where young men from across the country learn about the seminary and the formation of a pastor in the Lutheran Church. From this point on, I had a greater respect for the ministry, the Office of the Keys and the Christian Church, but still did not see myself ever becoming a pastor.
I attended Mississippi State University and originally planned on working in the international business world, studying German and Russian with those intentions in mind. However, after a few years in the business school, I realized that I could never really see myself working in that realm. I had grown so much in my respect for the Lutheran Church, that I constantly considered focusing my efforts towards the possibility of doing church work if my talents and skills could be at all useful in her mission. After prayerful consideration and speaking with my home pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, I decided in my junior year at MSU that I would attend Fall Greek upon completion of my undergraduate degree.
Upon successful completion of the trial by fire (a.k.a. Dr. Nordling's Greek class) I began to see God's plan for me taking shape. Now that I am on vicarage here in Norman, I know that I am in the right place and that God has blessed me with this time here so that I might learn how to handle the great responsibility of being a pastor in the future. I sincerely hope that this year together at Trinity Lutheran Church will be a blessing for us all and I thank God for this opportunity!
In Christ, Vicar Eric Rudsenske