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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 Fellow Redeemed,
The Gospel is the proclamation that the all sufficient sacrifice of the holy Jesus on the cross has atoned for the sin of the whole world. All mankind has been declared righteous and innocent in God's sight.
This is justification, and it is all God's doing, not ours. We simply receive this gift by faith, and this also is a working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, not something we create on our own!
When the Gospel is proclaimed and the Holy Spirit creates faith in our hearts to believe this true message, then the assurance of salvation from sin, death and hell becomes a reality in our personal lives.
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 Holy Week services:
- April 2 Maundy Thursday Communion Service 7:30 p.m.
- April 3 Good Friday Services 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
- April 4 Holy Saturday Easter Vigil with Holy Communion 9:00 p.m.(earlier time)
- April 5 Easter Sunday Festival of the Resurrection Communion Services 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Also on each Lord's Day, Sunday, the Church in its hymnody, liturgy, Scripture lessons, Sacraments and preaching proclaims the refuge we have in Jesus Christ alone. Come frequently to the Divine Service each Sunday and receive the greatest gifts of forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.
Holy Week is a vital 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 here.
In our Lord Jesus Christ,
Note: The once every three years OKLAHOMA DISTRICT CONVENTION is here in Norman at the NCED Postal Training Center on Hwy 9. We are the host congregation for the Opening Communion Service on Friday April 17 at 7:00 p.m. and YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US. It is in the Marriott Convention Center next to the NCED. LCMS 1st Vice-President Dr. Herb Mueller is the preacher. I am the convention chairman. Join us!
From the Vicar
April launches in the middle of Holy Week. We mark the end of Lent 2015 on the first weekend of April and shout with joy with all the believers in Christ on Easter that Jesus has risen from the dead. On Easter morning, a historic proclamation is stated by pastors throughout many Christian churches: "Christ is risen!" The congregation replies: "He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!"
For this article, I want to introduce a hypothetical Christian, brought up in the Lutheran church, baptized as an infant, confirmed in eighth grade and doesn't attend services too often. Here are some questions that might be going through this Christian's mind:
"I know and believe that Jesus died and rose for me, and secures our salvation on Good Friday, but why should I keep coming back week after week, year after year? I know the Bible basics, I've been baptized into Christ's Death and Resurrection, so I've got all the basic data, why should I keep coming?"
It's true, baptized and confirmed Lutheran Christians do have the basic data, but do they get the whole Biblical narrative? Are they willing to walk alone with their own thoughts on these eternal matters? Are they regularly receiving the sweet forgiveness of Jesus Christ through Confession and Absolution and in the on-going reception of His very own body and blood in the Sacrament of the Altar?
St. Paul wrote in his instructions to the young Timothy these words:
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
(1 Timothy 4:16 ESV)
In that epistle, Paul encouraged the young pastor Timothy to keep on teaching, to keep on preaching. Why? To spread the Gospel message of redemption in Christ. Timothy and all pastors are charged to keep on feeding the members and to be fed by Christ Himself.
As your Vicar, it's a distinct honor and privilege to step into that pulpit or to kneel down beside dear members in the lowest level of a hospital bed and to bring the Good News of Christ directly to your ears. Each day is different, no doubt. As we continue in our many and various vocations, we continue to reflect Christ's Love to those all around us, our family, friends, known and unknown neighbors. We continue to be fed by God in reading His Word, prayer, singing hymns and spiritual songs of the Faith and receiving a solid Law/Gospel sermon, the teaching act of preaching.
Listen to the words of Paul to Timothy at the start of that chapter:
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
(2nd Timothy 4:1-5 ESV)
When Pastor or I step into that pulpit or visit in members' homes, we are not teaching our own cleverly devised myths, we're preaching and teaching the Word, the Divine ?????, Jesus Christ Himself. Our duty in this place, Trinity Lutheran Church, School and Campus Ministry is to exhort with patience, to bring the divine comfort that only Jesus Christ Himself can bring. The Living Word of God found in the Holy Scriptures is brought to you here and now. Your loving Father in Heaven found it fitting to leave ambassadors, the Undershepherds (pastors) of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, to walk with you in your earthly lives.
You are not alone in this walk of Faith. I encourage you to continue to walk together with your brothers and sisters in the Faith. Continue to come week after week, be fed by Christ Himself through the Word and Sacraments. We don't come for entertainment or if we "feel it or not," we come as Christ Himself is here in this very place. Jesus continues to come for you, He cares for you.
The resurrected Son of God, Jesus Christ continues to speak to His people. When the morning alarm sounds on Sunday morning, you can picture it as God calling you in the morning to come and to be fed by His Word and Sacraments. It is my prayerful hope that you all stay connected to the Father through the Son with His bride, the Church. I look forward to seeing you all at the Divine Services on Sundays where God continues to speak to us and feed us by His Son.
And when Easter comes early this month, I look forward to hearing this proclamation and reply:
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Vicar John Zimmerman