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Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Pastor David Nehrenz

From the Pastor
David Nehrenz

Dear Fellow Redeemed,

Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ during this Pentecost season!

The month of July is a good time to remind ourselves of God's institution of both the Church and the State.

The State: Independence Day is July 4th, and then later came the founding of our constitutional, democratic, federal republic - the United States of America. It was and is a great blessing for temporal life and grants us our civic freedoms.

God established the State as His "minister (servant)" as it says in Romans 13:1-7 "The authorities that exist have been established by God...do what is right and he will commend you...he is God's servant to do you good...he does not bear the sword for nothing...he is God's servant (minister), an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer...the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing."

(The State is called "The Kingdom of the God's Left Hand" - it has the office of the sword and rules by Civil Government)

The Church: Established by the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, it continues today in Word and Sacrament - the holy, catholic (universal), apostolic church - and gives great blessings of eternal life and spiritual freedom.

God established the Church as His "minister" as it says in 2 Corinthians 4:1 "Since through God's mercy we have this ministry...we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord...." and in 5:18 "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not counting men's trespasses against them." Also in 1 Corinthians 4:1 "Men ought to regard us as ministers/servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things (sacraments/mysteries) of God"

(The Church is called "The Kingdom of God's Right Hand" - it has the office of the keys and rules by Word and Sacrament.)

Thank God for His good gifts to us in our nation and in our church! They are all by grace; we deserve none of them! But God grants them to us as our merciful Heavenly Father! Therefore, let us pray for "all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." (1 Tim. 2:2)

In our Lord Jesus,
Pastor Nehrenz

Notes:

  1. Liturgical days this month
    July 22nd - St. Mary Magdalene -
    • Read John 20:1, 2, 11-18
    July 25th - St. James, The Elder, Apostle
    • Read Acts 11:27 - 12:3a
  2. For good online radio shows from a confessional Lutheran perspective, check out: www.issuesetc.org
  3. Also to hear about recent events affecting our LCMS and all churches in the U.S. from the perspective of our Synodical President Dr. Matthew Harrison, go to: www.lcms.org/president
Vicar John Zimmerman

From the Vicar
John Zimmerman

"And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God."
(1 Corinthians 2:1-5 ESV)

In first-century Corinth, those who were eloquent with fancy words were held in high esteem. Those who can make the words dance out of their mouths were seen as the "real deal." In a high-end economy, people can afford such things, such is the way of the world. St. Paul wanted nothing of that. He wanted the clear words of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to predominate, not his style of speech.

Over a year ago now, I was assigned to Trinity Lutheran Church, School and Campus Ministry for my Vicarage assignment. You were assigned a 6'2" former high school basketball power forward and first-baseman from the Lake Michigan area. I did not come to Oklahoma to bring fancy words to you every third Sunday from the pulpit. My speech was not and is not filled with fancy words, but is that of a Great Laker that teaches and preaches about our crucified and risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In part of the training process as laid out by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod for future pastors, I came to Norman to visit, teach, and preach the testimony of God and to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. As a fellow redeemed sinner-saint, I have walked with you in weakness, strengthened only by Jesus Christ Himself. Stepping into the pulpit for the first time was a bit of a knee-wobbling experience, it's an intimidating moment in the life of a Vicar. It was and is the Holy Spirit who keeps the words flowing each and every single time.

I want to thank you all for your supportive prayers, comments and actions over this past year. There are too many to list here, but know that your departing Vicar deeply appreciates them. The kindnesses extended to me will not be forgotten. I left Fort Wayne the day after my final summer Hebrew exam to launch this Vicarage experience in this community. It's been quite the ride here. Thanks for sharing in this process. As Vicar #25 is retired for #26 to be worn by Vicar-elect Rudsenske later this month, my prayerful hope is that you all love him as you have loved me during this year. Further, may he and you "know nothing of each other except Jesus Christ and him crucified."

Keep the Faith - Keep in Touch,
Vicar John Zimmerman

(...Campus Ministry News...)


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Pastor David Nehrenz on KFUO - the Lutheran Hour station

June 6, 2014
Daily Lectionary
Luke 20:19-44