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Dear Members of Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center,

As part of our 100th Anniversary celebration, we will be publishing a new photo directory. From Thursday, March 19th through Saturday, March 21st, LifeTouch Photography will be at the church to take portraits. For more information, please refer to the bulletin inserts that will be available in the coming weeks, or see an Elder after church. There will be two options for reserving a portrait session. First, there will be a sign-up sheet available at church. Second, a website is available for our congregation through LifeTouch for online reservations. Please follow this link to access the online form, and follow the directions found there.

This will be a wonderful resource for our members to better know one another, we ask that you save the date and make time for a portratit session in March!

 

 
Transfiguration Sunday—25 January 2015

Matthew 16:21-17:9
Transfiguration Sunday—25 January 2015
Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center
The Rev. Jason D. Lane


GRACE, MERCY, AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, AND FROM OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. The text is the Transfiguration account according to Matthew chapters 16 and 17.


Before this miracle on the Mountain, Jesus told His disciples, “I’m leaving. Are you coming?” [16:21] He told them HE HAD TO GO TO JERUSALEM AND SUFFER AND BE KILLED, AND ON THE THIRD DAY, BE RAISED! “You coming?” Peter said, “NO!” Because Peter didn’t hear the resurrection part. He just heard the suffering part and that part didn’t make sense to him. Peter, who moments before confessed of the carpenter’s son, “YOU’RE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD!” PETER, who knew the Scriptures and the prophecies about the Christ who would BEAR OUR SORROWS AND CARRY OUR SINS, and BY WHOSE WOUNDS WE WOULD BE HEALED…Peter TOOK JESUS ASIDE—to correct Him. “NEVER, LORD!” HE SAID, “THAT WON’T HAPPEN TO YOU!” As if to say, IF YOU’RE THE SON OF GOD, why should You suffer? IF YOU’RE THE SON OF GOD, why should You die? And why should You, Lord of the Universe and King of all creation have to go anywhere? IF YOU’RE THE SON OF GOD, command this world to become Your kingdom!”


You remember what Jesus said: [16:23] “OUT OF MY SIGHT, SATAN!” It means, “Would you tempt Me? Would you tempt Me with this world? Would you tempt Me to save Myself?” Jesus said, “That’s exactly WHAT HUMANS WANT—to save themselves.”

 

[16:24] “IF ANYONE WANTS TO COME WITH ME, HE HAS TO RENOUNCE HIMSELF AND PICK UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME! Are you coming?” It’s just that coming with Him means leaving your own life in His hands, live or die. It means renouncing things like the desire to be impressive to people with, say, a hundred foot leap from the pinnacle of the Temple, and renouncing the desire to turn clumps of earth into massive wealth. No. If I come with Him, and make money on the way that He’s leading, good. Then I’m making money, so that I’ve got something to give. If I have a career while following Christ, good. It’s a great way to bless the world on my way out to another country that I’ve never seen.

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SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY – JAN. 18, 2015
TEXT: JOHN 2:1-11; ROM. 12:6-16; AMOS 9:11-15
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord, Jesus Christ. Dear hearers of the Word made flesh: Whether you are single or married today’s Gospel overflows with good gifts for you. God’s good gift of marriage - God’s good gift of wine - God’s good gift of a sign - God’s Gift of gifts, the Word made flesh! He is awesome in his deeds toward the children of men. Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!”


On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. Weddings in that day could be seven days in length. Some guests would remain the whole week to share in the family’s joy. This required considerable provision of food and drink. To help celebrate - the wedding couple at Cana served their guests God’s good gift of wine. The abuse of wine in drunkenness is sin (Prov. 23:20; 31; I Cor. 6:10; Eph. 5:18). But in Scripture, wine itself is a sign of physical and spiritual joy (Genesis 27:28), of future hope (Is. 25:6; Joel 2:19; Amos 9; 13, 14), of abundance (Joel 2:24; 3:18), of God’s love and blessing (Deut. 7:13; Is. 25:6-8; Psalm 104: 14, 15). The prophet Amos speaks of the end time in this way – “the mountains shall drip sweet wine and all the hills shall flow with it.” Wine is God’s good gift! Running out of wine at a wedding was a serious social blunder.


When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”


His mother knew of Jesus’ uniqueness! She knew that she had borne the Son of the Most High. She knew that He would be given the throne of David and there would be no end of His kingdom (Lk. 1:31-33). She knew He could help. Therefore she asks Him for help with wedding provisions - to keep social shame from the new couple whom they knew either as family or friends.

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SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS – JAN 4, 2014

TEXT: MATTHEW 2: 13-23/1 PETER 4:12-19/GEN. 46:1-7
THE KING IS ON THE RUN FOR HIS LIFE AND OURS!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


Dear hearers of the Word made flesh: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.


An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”  And he rose and took the child and his mother and departed to Egypt…


The heavenly King is running from the earthly king?  The Messiah - promised for centuries – is pursued by murderous King Herod! In fear Herod is willing to destroy all the male toddlers two years of age and younger in the region of Bethlehem. It has become known as “the slaughter of the innocents” (not innocent of all sin – but guilty of nothing deserving capital punishment).


Historians (Baily – Jesus through Middle Easter Eyes – p. 56-58) describe Herod as a complex individual. Ethnically Arabian, religiously Jewish, culturally Greek, politically Roman, historians portray him as both brilliant and brutal. They relate his bravery in personally leading his army in the field of battle. He had sided with Anthony and Cleopatra. When Octavian (later known as Caesar Augustus) defeated them, Herod quickly requested an audience with Octavian. He came before him without a crown and even in defeat admitted his loyalty to Anthony. He then asked for mercy saying, “What I ask of you is to consider not whose friend, but what a good friend I was.”  Caesar decided to trust him and told him to put his crown back on his head. Herod did so and through the decades of his reign he grew more fearful and more suspicious of conspiracy. He ordered the death of Mariamne - his favorite (of ten wives). He also ordered the death of two of his favorite sons whom he came to view as rivals as well as a mother-in-law, a high priest and others.  


Now he sought the death of a child that wise men from the east had said was born the king of the Jews. THE HEAVENLY KING IS ON THE RUN FOR HIS LIFE. In the middle of the night, while others slept, Joseph heeded the angel’s warning. The land of bondage for the people of Israel became the land of refuge for the King of Israel, at least for a time. It was no accident; he remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my Son.”

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THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD – JAN 11, 2015

TEXT: MATT. 3:13-17; 1 COR. 1:26-31; JOSH 3:1-3, 7, 8, 13-17
“THIS IS MY BELOVED SON”


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Dear hearers of the Word made flesh; the wonder of what God reveals in Jesus at the Jordan cannot be fully understood or explained by us!  Jesus’ first adult act in the Gospels abounds and overflows with holy surprise!  God grant us on this day – joyful thanksgiving at the Baptism of our Lord! 


Then Jesus came from Galilee…Yes! “Jesus” named before His birth as Savior from sin – worshipped by wise men from the east – refugee to Egypt escaping King Herod’s sword…Then Jesus came from GalileeYes!  Out of Egypt God called His Son after Herod’s death.  Joseph and Mary withdrew to the district of Galilee and lived in a city called Nazareth.  There the child grew into manhood. 


Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan…Yes!  The Jordan river rich with God’s wonder!  The river of Naaman’s cleansing from leprosy!  Before that, the river of Israel’s passing over into the Promised Land – on dry ground!  The Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel so that they would know the Lord was with him as He had been with Moses.  To this end the Lord said to Joshua, when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.  As at the Red Sea, the water of the Jordan does the bidding of the Lord of all the earth.  Yahweh’s presence is with His people in the Ark of the Covenant carried by priests standing in the divided waters of the Jordan

 

 

 



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NEW YEAR’S EVE – JAN 31, 2014

TEXT: ROMANS 8:31b-39; LUKE 12:35-40; ISAIAH 30:8-17
GOD IS FOR US IN CHRIST JESUS!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


To you who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord, Jesus Christ.


The Church year that marks the life of Christ is into its second season.  Advent is past.  Christmas remains with us yet one more week.  The world’s calendar, however, just now turns the page and your prospects for 2015 are very good!  As you consider the passing of the old and the entry of the new this evening, please stay awake in light of St. Paul’s words to the Church at Rome. 


The Holy Spirit caused St. Paul to ask some defiant yet beautiful questions?  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?  Who is to condemn?  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written, for your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered. 


St. Paul quotes sheep being slaughtered from the Psalms (44:22).  From the Old Testament he demonstrates that tribulation for Christians is nothing new.  The dangerous threats that Paul lists were all experienced by the apostle himself (2 Corinthians 11:16-33).  He fulfilled his calling in distress and weakness and danger and imprisonment.  His last writing from prison (Philippians) indicates his approaching death. 

 

Each word in his list covers oceans of evil and danger which God’s people still encounter as they stay awake today.  He records seven pressure-filled, persecution-laden threats ending with execution (the sword).  A look at the fleeting year of 2014 reveals that all of these threats were at work.  The church has just passed through a century where more Christians, numerically, have been persecuted and martyred than at any other time in history. We live in a time when governments that once championed freedom of religion are turning increasingly hostile to the message of the Gospel. “Free” societies that allow for the public expression of nearly any thought, any idea or any action increasingly cannot bear to hear the witness of Christ’s Church in the public square. Increased violence from Islamic radicals has led to martyrdom for growing numbers who confessed Christ and who refused to deny Him.


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