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Sundays @ 9:00a
Mondays @ 7:00p

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Sundays @ 10:30a

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Wednesdays @ 8:30a

 

 Ash Wednesday

Divine Service @ 6:30p

 

Lenten Vespers

Wednesdays in Lent @ 6:30p

Supper preceding @ 5:30p

 

 
HOLY THURSDAY – APRIL 17, 2014

HOLY THURSDAY – APRIL 17, 2014
TEXT: JOHN 13:1-15, 34-35; 1 COR. 11:23-32 EX. 12:1-14
FAITH AND LOVE LIKE CHRIST’S LOVE!
IS YOUR MANNER OF COMMUNING WORTHY?
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  As He came to wash Peter’s feet in the upper room Jesus said to him – “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.  When Peter protested Jesus said, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”  After Judas went out into this night of betrayal Jesus summed up His washing and teaching in this way: A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples.


Dear friends in Christ, He who is clothed with light as with a garment laid aside His outer garments.  He who wraps the heavens in clouds wrapped round Himself a towel.  He who pours water into rivers and oceans and lakes poured water into a basin.  He before whom every knee will bow (Phil. 2:10) knelt down on His knees to wash the feet of His disciples.  The fingers of the one who crafted the universe scrubbed dirt and dust from between men’s toes.  This duty of the lowest slave the Master performed for His disciples.  Adding to His humility is the fact that He also washed the feet of the very man who would soon betray Him.  Why?

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PALM/PASSION SUNDAY

PALM/PASSION SUNDAY – APRIL 13, 2014
TEXT: MATTHEW 27:11-54; PHIL. 2:5-11; ZECARIAH 9:9-12
YOUR KING COMES TO GIVE YOU LIFE FROM DEATH!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness.  The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign (John 12:17-18).  Dear Christians; the reason for that first Palm Sunday procession was life from death!


Lazarus’ corpse had been entombed for four days.  Then Jesus cried out before his grave “Lazarus come out!”  And He did!  From decomposing corpse to saving sign – Lazarus was full of life again.  The people knew it!  The Pharisees feared it!  The Chief Priests were so anxious about it they made plans to put Lazarus to death again (John 12:10).  Evil plans notwithstanding, on this day, the glorious procession is on!  The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.  They took branches of Palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”


Two thousand years later we are still gathering to praise Him.  Is it not a wonder that there are palm branches and shouts of Hosanna to Him in this house of worship this morning?  Is it not a wonder that your voice is joined in His glorious procession?  Don’t ever turn back from following Him – for still today this King comes to give life from death.

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5th Sunday in Lent – APRIL 6, 2014

5TH SUNDAY IN LENT – APRIL 6, 2014
TEXT: JOHN 8:42-59; HEB. 9:11-15; GEN. 12:1-14
BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS - I AM  
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


In many and various ways God spoke to His people of old by the prophets, but now in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son. Dear hearers of the Word made flesh:


“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”  So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. Moses asked God at the burning bush – when people ask who is the God who sent me…“what shall I say?”  God said to Moses, “I AM who I AM.”  And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Throughout the Old Testament the most frequent name for God is Yahweh (I AM).  It is used over 5000 times. Jesus’ use of it here – before Abraham was, I am - is clearly understood by those in opposition to Him. They picked up stones not only to end His life – but also to end His claim to be God - to be Yahweh (I AM).


The topic of conversation and conflict was their descent from Abraham. Jesus spoke of His doing the will of the Father with the authority of the Father. They spoke of Abraham and God as their father. He spoke of their lifting Him up - of their attempts to kill Him. If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God…If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. The depth of His longing for them sounds forth in a painful question – Why do you not understand what I say?  It is because you cannot hear my word. The reason is tragic - You are of your father the devil.


“Because I tell you the truth, you do not believe me.”  Which one of you convicts me of sin?  If I tell you the truth, why do you not believe me?  Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not of God.

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3rd Sunday In Lent

TEXT: LUKE 11:14-28; EPHESIANS 5:1-9; JER. 26:1-15
BY THE FINGER OF GOD JESUS CASTS OUT SATAN!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


To the saints at Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center who are faithful in Christ Jesus, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:


Now Jesus was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. Satan often speaks – through voices of the world and even in the church. He speaks to lead hearts and minds away from Christ’s forgiving presence. He spoke through Peter saying the cross must not happen to Jesus. Jesus’ words spoken to Peter’s face were not pretend – Get behind me Satan (Matt. 16:23). Satan spoke through Ananias and Sapphira who lied about their gift to the church (Acts 5:3). Satan continues to speak as an angel (a messenger) of light teaching false spiritual things (2 Cor. 11:14). God warns of his schemes (Eph. 6:11) and snares (1 Tim. 3:7) and deceit (Rev. 20:10).


Through this man’s mouth, however, Satan was not speaking. In this body – speech was silenced. This man could not express freely the thoughts in his mind. He could not confess with his mouth his sins nor the wonder of the Holy Trinity’s person and work as you just did in the creed. Now Jesus was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled.

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4th Sunday in Lent

John 6:1-5        Exodus 16:2-21        Galatians 4:21-31
Vicar Paul Rockrohr


“Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He asked this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.”


How many times have you listened to the feeding of the five thousand? It is recorded in every Gospel, every year it is part of the readings. Include Sunday School and personal devotions, and that number may be really high. What is it about this miracle that all four writers decided to include it, 2 of whom were apostles and eyewitnesses of it?


There also is the reality that John does not record that many miracles, his gospel is focused primarily on the teachings of Jesus. He even concludes with the words “Now there are many other things which Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” Yet along with other Gospel writers, John is led by the Holy Spirit to include this miracle for us, while other things Jesus did are omitted. As with all the Scriptures the choice to include this is divine. Therefore today we must give this particular narrative careful attention with respect to similarities and differences from the other 3 accounts of it. It can be very tempting to say, “yes, we’ve heard this one before.” But to do so would to be to ignore the Spirit’s inspiration of the Scriptures, there is a purpose here.










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2nd Sunday In Lent

TEXT: MATTHEW 15:21-28; 1 THESS. 4:1-7; GEN. 32:22-32
AGAINST ALL APPEARANCES
JESUS GIVES GREAT FAITH & EXTENDS GREAT MERCY!


Behold, A Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “have mercy on me, O Lord, son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 
In the name of Jesus, dear friends:  God doesn’t wrestle with His enemies!  He wrestles with the ones He loves.  Dealing - wrestling with Jacob – physically and spiritually – wrestling with this woman – verbally, emotionally, spiritually – He is teaching His disciples and us on a profound level. 


Strike one – she is a woman in a time and culture when being a woman meant being of lower status.  Self-respecting rabbis didn’t talk to women in public.  Strike two – she is a Canaanite woman – a descendant of Ham and his son Canaan (Gen 9:25).  She is from among a pagan people cursed by God in the Old Testament.  She is an outsider with no genetic tie to Abraham.  Strike three – her daughter is demon possessed. 


“Have mercy on me, O Lord, son of David.”  Notice the me!  This care-giving mother is at the end of her rope.  As is often the case with children – this child doesn’t get it – this daughter was not able to feel the pain her mother was enduring.  Many parents know the effort of staying up at night with a sick child; some know the helpless ache when a serious illness grips their child.  Consider the agony that parents would experience if Satan bodily invaded one of their children.  “Have mercy on me, O Lord…my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.  The child she had carried in her womb, the child she had nursed and taught and loved, was in the grasp of the evil one.  She has heard of Jesus (Mark 7:25) and she uses a Messianic title. “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David.”       (Silence)      But he did not answer her a word.

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