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Divine Service

Sundays - 9:00a

Mondays - 7:00p  

 

Bible Study &
Sunday School

Sundays - 10:45a
 

Matins

Wednesdays - 8:30a

 
ISM Scholarship *APPLY NOW!*

The International Student Ministry (ISM) of Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is offering a scholarship opportunity:

Two (2) $300 scholarships will be made available to LCMS undergraduate students attending UW-Milwaukee, Concordia University Wisconsin OR other Milwaukee area college or university in the fall of 2015.  The purpose of this scholarship is to provide an opportunity to learn about and volunteer in Christian outreach efforts to those from other lands (see ISM Scholarship application for more details).

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Fourth Sunday After Trinity Sunday

Fourth Sunday After Trinity
Sunday, June 19, 2016
“GLORY BEYOND COMPARE”
TEXT: Romans 8:18-27
Pastor Chad E. Hoover


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

About 13 or 14 year ago, the vicar at here at Luther Memorial Chapel posted Romans 8:18 on the bulletin board in his office: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us"


This is not in any way a warning to Vicar Jennings on the kind of year he can expect. Vicarage was hard. I barely got paid. My wife and I were parents to one year old with another on the way. That was a difficult pregnancy for Andrea, she ended up spending a lot of time on bed rest and in the hospital. It was a difficult year. We all go through experiences like that though.


But when does it get better? Because God does promise us glory! When do we leave all the pain and suffering and hardship behind? When did my family and I experience that glory God promised to reveal to us. Was it when we moved back to Fort Wayne to complete my Seminary training? No. There were still hardships. Was it when I received my first call to serve Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City, Michi- gan? No, there were many trials there. Was it when our third child was born? Our fourth? No. Was it my second call to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kalkaska, Michigan? No Was it my current call to Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne? No

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TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION -THE REV. MICHAEL HENRICHS

TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION
THE REV. MICHAEL HENRICHS
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - JUNE 19, 2016
LUKE 8:26-39; GALATIANS 3:23-47; ISAIAH 65:1-9
JESUS COMES TO YOU DOING STRANGE AND WONDERFUL WORK!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


Dear members of Our Savior – dear guests – dear Pastor Henrichs, Rachel, Caleb, Mary;  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever (Galatians 1:3-4).  Amen.


Dear hearers of the Word made flesh; Jesus comes!  Always one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, He comes!  As God’s “yes” to every promise (2 Cor. 1:20) as fulfiller of the law and the prophets He comes! (Luke 24)  With rest and refreshment for burdened souls (Matt. 11:28-30) He comes!  The reason His Church gathers together in worship each week is because Jesus comes!  The reason a seminary candidate was called and ordained and installed to serve Zion Lutheran Church in Avon, South Dakota twenty years ago on the fifth Sunday after Pentecost is because Jesus comes.  The reason Our Savior, White Fish Bay called Pastor Henrichs to serve them over a decade ago is because Jesus comes to His gathered people. 


Risen from the grave He comes to you each week through the proclamation of His Word – through the speaking of Christ (Rom. 10:17).  He comes among His gathered people each week serving them with holy food – His very body – His very blood – to forgive and heal and strengthen them.  The healing He provides each of you is not disconnected from the healing He bestowed upon the man in the country of the Gerasenes.






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SERMON FOR THE 2ND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Wisdom of the Faithful
Vicar Brad Akey


Last week, the sermon on Luke 16 brought to attention the lack of faith of the rich man, who was dependent upon money over and above God. The fact of the matter was he cared more for the material aspects of his life, breaking the First Commandment. See in today’s Gospel, how this is a problem of not only money, but of all earthly things idolized to be above God. Fellow Christians, money is not the only material thing which can distract and pull believers away from God. Satan uses anything he can to confuse our hearts on what truly matters. We must have a proper understanding of where our priorities lie and know true Wisdom, lest we face the same punishment as the men who ignored the invitation.


The master of the house has sent out His Word. Come, for everything is now ready. No longer shall humanity wait for the promises to be fulfilled. They are being fulfilled, an ongoing action. “Gather together that we may enjoy fellowship with one another.” But they all alike began to make excuses. Notice how each invited guest is occupied with something else dearer to him. I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it… I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them… I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. This was not concerning responsibilities or obligations, but rather excuses of disdain. No one would buy a field in that land without first examining it. No one would buy even one yoke of oxen – that would be completely unheard of. While a wedding day might preclude other priorities – the one who voices that excuse simply offers being married as a reason to reject the master’s invitation. The gracious invitation of the master is valued so little that these pseudo-reasons to refuse it are raised in great abundance.

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THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – JUNE 12, 2016

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – JUNE 12, 2016
TEXT – LUKE 15:1-10; 1 PETER 5:6-11; MICAH 7:18-20
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Dear hearers of the voice of the Good Shepherd:


Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.  The very first verse in the Psalter!  It is the prime description of the Messianic Man – the Man like no other (See Psalm 2).  The Pharisees knew the talk of Jesus as the Messiah.  They also knew the laws demand to keep away from every evil thing (Deut. 23:9).  They knew the wisdom of Proverbs to not go near the house of a forbidden woman (5:9) – to avoid the way of evil – turning away from it and passing on (4:15).  So why, in their people-categorizing way of thinking is Jesus receiving those who lived openly as they should not live?  Why was He eating with those they thought to be evil people?


Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Jesus.  And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”  Said with venom - their grumbling was ongoing.  So was Jesus’ eating with those whom they thought He should not eat!  Would the Messiah eat with tax farmers – labeled as traitors – notorious for lining their pockets with the hated Roman tax system and even abusing it?  Would the Messiah eat with sinners – a broad group including those of despised trades – of wrong lineage - of questionable morals?


Dear Christians – Jesus here shows Himself to be intensely stubborn and obstinate in a most beautiful way!  He refuses to be told what to do in restraining the Gospel.  He will not be capsized by the law.  He will not tolerate being bound by laws but will be Lord over them.  While He Himself fulfilled all laws, here he is the most obstinate and kind of all when giving answer for the laws demands to poor sinners – sinners wanting to hear His voice – sinners needing to be in table fellowship with Him.

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HOLY TRINITY – MAY 22, 2016

HOLY TRINITY – MAY 22, 2016
TEXT: JOHN 3:1-17; ROMANS 11:33-36; ISAIAH 6:1-7
THE FATHER GAVE HIS SON
TO GIVE YOU LIFE BY WATER AND THE SPIRIT
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen. 


Nicodemus was the best of the best in that culture – intelligent – serious – respectable. He greets Jesus with kindness.  No deceit or wicked intent is evident in his approach.  Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him. 


As a religious leader, Nicodemus would have known of John the Baptist and his witness to Jesus and his baptism of Jesus.  That wondrous event beautifully colors this conversation.  Nicodemus would have known of the great wonders Christ worked.  Yet he also would have known that Jesus’ teaching did not direct hearers to the works of the Law as the Pharisees did.  Therefore Nicodemus was conflicted.  He could not simply reject Christ’s teaching confirmed by so many wonders and signs.  We know that you are a teacher come from God.  Nor could he, in good conscience accept Jesus’ words for the Pharisees thought them contrary to the Law of Moses. 


Nicodemus is looking for a middle way.  He desires to understand Jesus in a way that fits the Pharisees focus on rules for righteous living.  But Jesus isn’t from God in some sense – Jesus is God!  His answer to Nicodemus is a thunderbolt!   “Amen, amen, I say to you unless one is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Having the law and fulfilling the law are two different things.  The bold security and self-confidence of the Pharisees is false confidence.  Jesus’ teaching is not about doing and not doing – but about becoming.  It is not first about living differently but being born differently.  I say to you (Nicodemus – upstanding, respected leader) unless one is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God.  This was a strange sermon for this outwardly righteous man to hear.  It seemed a bitter answer to Nicodemus’ good intentioned approach.  He had praised Christ as a man of honor.  Jesus response tags Nicodemus as a man of dishonor – unfit for the kingdom of God.  Jesus’ answer is a sharp preaching of repentance. 

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Divine Service
Sundays @ 9:00am
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Bible Study
& Sunday School
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Wednesdays @ 8:30am