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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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The 14th Sunday after Trinity, 28 August 2016

The 14th Sunday after Trinity, 28 August 2016
LUKE 17:11-19
The Rev. Jason D. Lane

To those called saints at Luther Memorial Chapel and to our new and returning University students who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb: GRACE, MERCY, AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.


Beloved, the Christian life is a Word search! Just consider the wisdom of Solomon: “MY SON, BE ATTENTIVE TO MY WORDS; INCLINE YOUR EAR TO MY SAYINGS. LET THEM NOT ESCAPE FROM YOUR SIGHT; KEEP THEM WITHIN YOUR HEART. FOR THEY ARE LIFE TO HIM WHO FINDS THEM, AND HEALING TO ALL HIS FLESH.” Words fly by our ears day and night. We watch movies, we read books, we listen to music, we go to class to listen to a professor, we listen to our spouse and co-workers, our friends and neighbors. But out of the rattling of all these words, the Lord’s WORDS breakthrough for the one WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR. BE ATTENTIVE TO MY WORDS, He says. INCLINE YOUR EAR TO MY SAYINGS. It’s as if He were saying, “Many things in this world jealous for your ears, things that are trying to distract you and lure you. I know you’ve got deadlines and I know you’ve got family, and the kids have lessons and practice and you’ve got appointments. But I also know about the rattling of this world, with promises of wealth and prosperity, health and happiness. But they are empty words. MY WORDS…ARE LIFE; listen to Me.” Actually, He doesn’t say just “Listen to Me.” He says, “INCLINE YOUR EAR TO ME.” He doesn’t mean listen to Me when you think it’s best. Or “Listen to Me for the moment.” He means always be listening for My voice. INCLINE YOUR EARS TO MY WORDS.

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13th Sunday After Trinity - August 21st, 2016

13th Sunday After Trinity - August 21st, 2016

WHAT MUST YOU DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE?
Text: Luke 10:23-37, Galatians 3:15-22, 2 Chronicles 28:8-15
Vicar Jonathan P. Jennings


In the name of Jesus!  Amen.


“What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  This question isn’t new.  It’s been asked countless years prior to the lawyer asking it in our text, and continues to be asked by multitudes of people today.  Seeing the statistic for death is 100%, the question naturally arises “What’s next?”  Looking across the religious landscape of the world you’ll see a variety of false beliefs in regards to the afterlife.  Whether it’s reincarnation of Hinduism, the Spirit World of the Mormans, or purgatory of the Roman Catholics, these false beliefs and others like them oppose scripture, which reveals only two states of eternal existence - heaven or hell.  Heaven, to live forever in eternal glory with God, or hell, where there’s weeping and gnashing of teeth in separation from God.


Yet, unlike others, the lawyer from our text doesn’t pose this question as one who is curious over his future fate or seeking to obtain further information, but intends to put Jesus to the test (Luke 10:25).  As is common for man’s sinful flesh to do, the lawyer desires to justify himself before God through his self-righteous works, making himself an heir to everlasting life.  Even though he’s considered to be an expert in interpreting religious law, this question reveals an individual who denies that Jesus is the Son of God, the Torah made flesh.


Jesus, as He so commonly does throughout scripture, responds to the question with a question, “What is written in the Law?  How do you read it?” (Luke 10:26)  This is a natural question to pose to an individual who’s an expert in the Torah. The lawyer is astute and answers Jesus’ question correctly by reciting the commands from the Torah, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).



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ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – 8/7/2016
TEXTS: LUKE 18:9-14/GENESIS 4:1-15/EPHESIANS 2:1-10
GOING HOME THE RIGHT WAY FROM JESUS’ PRESENCE!
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.


Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Semitic words for “pray” can be used for both public worship and individual prayer.  The appointed times for people to go up for public worship and prayer was at dawn and at 3:00PM.  The worship and prayers at those hours centered in the atonement sacrifices which included the sacrifice of an unblemished lamb – the sound of trumpets and cymbals – the reading of a Psalm.  When the Priest went into the sanctuary to offer incense those present outside said their prayers.

 

 'Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. Today – 130 (30) or so of us went up to this house for public worship and prayer.  None of us are registered Pharisee’s.  None of us are professional tax collectors.  But, each and every one of us goes down to our house from worship and prayer either justified (exalted) – or not justified (humbled).

In normal temple practice even individual prayer was spoken aloud.  Pharisees often stood aside from others and so did this Pharisee as he prayed - ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  To his comparative moral graph he then adds two trump cards – I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.  Pious Pharisees fasted 12 times each year.  This was more than the law required.  His…I fast twice a week more than quadrupled that already heightened practice!  Old Testament tithes were from oil and grain and wine (with exceptions listed by the Mishnah). His - I give tithes of all that I get was went far beyond that and was seemingly sacrificial.  Self-discipline - self-striving - self-esteem were his.

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Twelfth Sunday after Trinity - August 14, 2016

The Lord Opens the Ears of the Deaf Through His Word
Twelfth Sunday after Trinity - August 14, 2016
Texts: Mark 7:31-37; 2nd Corinthians 3:4-11; Isaiah 29:17-24
Vicar Jonathan P. Jennings


In the name of Jesus!  Amen.

God’s word is powerful. Yesterday and the previous Saturday we saw His word bring together a man and a woman, making them into one flesh. It was His creating word that made the ground you walk on and the sun that shines upon your face. It’s His word that continues to sustain you, and gives you and everything life. It was the Word made flesh who speaks the healing word “Ephphatha” in our Gospel text who comes among us today and opens our ears.


Southeast of the Sea of Galilee is the region of the Decapolis. It was in this region where Jesus previously healed the demoniac (Mark 5:1-20), and after that, this man was going around proclaiming all Jesus had done for him (Mark 5:20). It would’ve been difficult for the individuals that brought the deaf-mute to Jesus not to have heard of the demoniac’s healing.


The man these individuals bring to Jesus is severally impaired (Mark 7:32). First, he is deaf. In other languages they would say ‘his ears are closed,’ ‘he has no ears,’ or ‘his ears are stone.’  This man’s ears were closed to the many things we take for granted today: birds singing, beautiful music, or the voice of a loved one. Second, this man was mute. This means he couldn’t speak and was unable to form words.


The text doesn’t tell us how he ended up this way. What we do know is people of that day were quite certain that an individual’s sin was the root of various ailments, such as blindness and deafness. It’s precisely why the disciples ask Jesus in the story of the man born blind, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents?” (John 9:2). Yet, it’s not that the deaf-mute man sinned or his parents (John 9:3), but it was a distant relative named Adam. This man and his wife sinned on account of a lie and subjected the whole creation to futility, under which it’s groaning to this day to be set free from its bondage to corruption (Roman 8:20-21). Things are no longer very good as God once declared (Gen. 1:31).

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TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – JULY 31, 2016

TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – JULY 31, 2016
TEXT: LUKE 19:41-48; ROM. 9:30-10:4; JEREMIAH 8:4-12
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


To all those at Luther Memorial Chapel who are loved by God and called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Dear hearers of the Word made flesh:


With all its posturing about the greatest threats facing you the Democratic National Convention did not get it right.  With all of its posturing about the greatest threats against you, the Republican National Convention did not get it right.  It is not terror and border security, nor is it our climate and energy security.  It is not lack of money for education because some aren’t taxed enough nor is it not over-regulation and taxation by big government.  It is not threats against Christians nor is it threats against those who oppose Christianity.  These and others are issues in the world and in our nation at this time.  But they are of no comparison at all to the greatest threat against you.  As you seek to be a good citizen and sort through political confusion and corruption, do not be misled to think that earthly politics will change the deepest threat against you.  That threat is the same whoever the earthly ruler is.  Neither convention’s platform included this threat, but then no political platform ever has.  While human hearts constantly search for a secular Messiah, none will ever deal with what ultimately matters. 


What ultimately matters for every human being is that which makes God in the flesh weep!  The real and deepest threat to mankind is eternal death – lacking the peace God brings to this troubled earth in Jesus Christ.  That’s what He was bringing to fulfillment as these words were loudly raised to Him on Palm Sunday - Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest (Lk.19:38).  These words were fresh in his ears and When Jesus drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!  But now they are hidden from your eyes.  Dear Christian, Jesus sees your need as so much deeper than one election or even the existence of one country.  Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away (Mt. 24:35). 

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