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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
Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!
From the Pastor
Dear Fellow Redeemed,
This month we are in the season of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. Four of the six Wednesday Lenten Vespers Service are this month (Wed. March 4,11,18,25) with the theme: "In Silent Pain the Eternal Son." The services begin at 7:30 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. there will be a Soup and Salad Supper provided by various members of our church and its boards.
The first verse of LSB 432 sets the tone for the whole season of Lent:
In silent pain the eternal Son, Hangs derelict and still;
In darkened day His work is done, Fulfilled, His Father's will.
Uplifted for the world to see, He hangs in strangest victory,
For in His body on the tree, He carries all our ill
The 40 days of Lent are a time for prayer, fasting and repentance over the sin of taking God's gifts for granted. Instead, do not neglect your holy obligation to be present among the saints in receiving God's gifts to us and offering your bodies as living sacrifices to God, holy and pleasing in His sight! Be with us for all of our Lenten services! Please read about these services in this newsletter.
The Holy Week Services will then begin with Palm Sunday on March 29th with both 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Divine Services of Holy Communion. Special hymns and music with the choir and the children will prepare for us the events of Holy Week.
We encourage you to attend the worship services taking us to the Cross of Calvary and the Empty Tomb.
The ancient tradition of these Passiontide services draws us into the wondrous love of God in the Divine Drama by which He intervened in human history. And Divine Drama it is indeed!
Read all four Gospel accounts of the Passion of Christ and then plan to attend the Lenten and Holy Week services:
- March 29th Palm Sunday Communion Services 8:00 and 10:30
- April 2nd Maundy Thursday Communion Service 7:30 p.m.
- April 3rd Good Friday Services 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. - Tenebrae
- April 4th Holy Saturday Easter Vigil with Holy Communion 9:00 p.m. (earlier this year)
- April 5th Easter Sunday Festival of the Resurrection Communion Services 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
In our King and our Suffering Servant Jesus,
From the Vicar
As we're hitting the halfway point of the Spring Semester, this would be a good time to recap some of the goings on over in the Campus Ministry area of Trinity Lutheran Church's three-point ministry focus:
It's been a joy and honor to serve as the point-person for the Oklahoma District campus ministry at the University of Oklahoma this year. It takes many hands to make this work, including the supportive members here at Trinity with your time, talents and treasure to keep the house and van in good shape, cooking those lovely homemade dinners for the students (and the Vicar) and of course, the students.
While undergraduate students have a wide-array of calendars here in Norman and back home, it's been a particular blessing to see the number of active students grow up in numbers a bit this year. The bulk of active members are freshmen and sophomores and it is my prayerful hope that they will continue their involvement after my tenure of Vicar is up here. They're a great bunch of folks that enjoy diving into God's Word in Bible Study and know how to kick back and relax during a movie/game night or a trip to hike in the Wichita Mountains.
During this Spring Break, we will be taking some road trips in Oklahoma together to enjoy some of the greater and lesser known places of interest around this fine state. One of the days will be a "hometown tourist" day here in Norman and the 6-day calendar of events will end on Saturday, March 21, with helping with the cleanup day here at Trinity. I'm hopeful for a good turnout throughout the week and that cleanup day.
As some have heard me say, this is a slightly different campus ministry paradigm than what I'm used to up in the Great Lakes region and that's A-OK. On the journey so far, it's been a blast overall. Each week brings its own set of opportunities. The discussions at our weekly Bible Studies are solid. One of the biggest lessons learned so far by Vicar #25 is to "plan well, but go with the flow as needed." That lesson was learned in my former Admissions career and it's good to be reminded about the joy that can come from an unexpected change in plans.
I've been working with this fine group of college students on planning and such. We will be having a 2015-2016 kickoff planning meeting next month. I'm hopeful for a solid framework to be laid down by the students for the launch of the next academic year. The energy of the members of this group is high. It's a joy to be connected with them this year and I look forward to learning of their respective paths throughout their Earthly journey as they continue grounded in the true Faith, fed by Jesus in His Word and Sacrament.
Peace in Christ,
Vicar John Zimmerman