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TEXT: LUKE 19:41-48; ROMANS 9:30-10:4; JER. 8:4-12
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

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

Jesus journeys up to Jerusalem for the final time! God’s plan of salvation is quickly moving toward completion! The Sabbath rest was ended and the Great Week – what we call Holy Week - was about to begin. Approaching the city from Bethany the summit of the Mount of Olives is reached. With a turn in the road - suddenly the whole city bursts into view – Jerusalem! An incredible sight nestled among closely knit hills – Jerusalem! An impressive sight with her strong walls and gleaming rebuilt temple precincts – Jerusalem! The destination of thousands of pilgrims at Passover and for that feast ringed with tents – Jerusalem! Over no other city did God fuss so lovingly. It was a city overflowing with sacred names and events – Jerusalem! In this city was an intense devotion to ancient Scriptural texts and in this holy city was the place of God-appointed sacrifices now offered in the rebuilt temple. – Jerusalem! 

When (Jesus) he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it…His weeping here was not with quiet tears as ran down his face at the tomb of Lazarus (edakrusen). His weeping here was with noticeable wailing and lamenting (eklausen). As the sweeping view of Jerusalem met His eyes, the Word made flesh broke into loud sobbing tears – this grown man openly displaying emotional grieving. Jesus wept deeply over the city as Jeremiah had done centuries before (Jeremiah 19:1; 13:17; 14:17).

When he 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. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you.” 

9th Sunday after Trinity - August 17th, 2014

Vicar Zachary Marklevitz

Jesus tells a parable to his disciples. It is about a man, who has just been fired from his job. He was a manager for a wealthy man. However, the wealthy man discovered that this particular manager had been dishonest with his money – and it’s probably a fair assumption that the manager was stealing the wealthy master’s money.
Before the man was fired, Jesus tells a monologue the manager had with himself: “What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.” If you have ever been fired, laid off, or quit a job – or know someone who has – you may know this struggle all too well. Especially, when a person has held a job for a long period of time, then the transition into another means of income can be even more challenging. This may have been the situation of the manager.
Jesus continues the parable with the manager’s decision: “I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people will receive me into their houses.” Interesting enough, the man was not immediately terminated from his job and so he requested to see those in debt to his master. Even today, for an employer to not immediately fire his employee is an exception to the rule of business. Either way, the manager took advantage of his limited time in order to find favor with others. After he meets with those in debt to his master, he then reduces the debt they owed. In order for the manager’s plan to work, he had to place trust in his master. By telling those in debt that they owed less than the original loan, the manager trusted that his master would honor the word spoken by the manager in his name.

8th Sunday after Trinity - August 10th, 2014

Vicar Zachary Marklevitz
How can we know who is a prophet sent by God and who is a false prophet? Is it possible to look into a man’s hearts to reveal his true motives? No. However, Jesus does say that we will be able to recognize a prophet sent by God by their works. He says, “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.”
What does good fruit look like? What does the bad fruit look like? Is good fruit recognized simply because we like our pastor? Or is bad fruit recognized because we are bothered by a pastor’s perfect hair and his obnoxious and continuous smile? No. Rather recognizing good and bad fruits are more substantial than these emotionally-based preferences. Instead, St. Paul gives warning to prophets, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the Church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” Paul clearly states what a true prophet of God is – an overseer and a caretaker of the Church of God, which Jesus obtained with his own blood.
However, there is a warning to the Church of Jesus – For Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and those who know His voice are His sheep. Yet Paul warns, “From among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.” This warning concerns the sheep within the Church. Jesus calls them, ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing. Jeremiah describes these wolves in sheep’s clothing to “speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.” Today, we would be foolish to think all would conform to the Words of Jesus – Or that the Church would be free from false teachers. Instead, some come with visions of their own minds and twisted things, teaching lies in the name of God. Lies concerning the gift of good works, the gift of marriage, the gift of life,

Funeral Sermon for Florence Schaus - August 1st, 2014

Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

Dear Bill, David, John and Paul and families – and dear friends and fellow members of Florence Schaus: It was a pleasure to serve your mother, your grandmother, your sister-in-Christ as pastor these last decades of her life. Her time at Luther Memorial Chapel long preceded mine. Our congregation’s service to her and Bill outside these walls was at Luther Manor when his health failed and then to Flo these last half-dozen years at Chippewa Falls. I know, Paul that you took her sometimes to a sister congregation there before health concerns limited that. She expressed her thankfulness for your care in that way and for family care in many, many ways. Flo also expressed her thankfulness for connection to her church home here through cards of the Dorcas Guild and the Word and Sacrament connection through weekly tapes of the liturgy and sermon and through an annual summer visit. The last of those visits was on the 9th of July. We communed with Flo in her apartment and at her behest enjoyed lunch and visiting time with some of you and with her. The rhythms of life constantly change and Barbara and I will surely miss the day to partake in God’s gifts and to visit with Flo. Each of you will surely miss her presence in your own life is special and personal ways. While we rejoice in the eternal gifts God has given to her in Christ in is nonetheless proper to acknowledge the loss caused by the enemy of death – the loss of her voice and her care and her presence among us.

Funeral Sermon for Irma Stiemke - August 8th, 2014

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Troubled Hearts Are Cleaned by the Lord!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


Dear Janet and other family and friends of Irma Stiemke; Every promise that God has made is fulfilled in Christ Jesus our Lord. God’s promise of a temple that endures forever is the temple of Jesus’ body raised from the grave. His promise of a heavenly home – a promised land - is life in the presence of Jesus. As the Psalm says, “Whom have I in heaven but you, O Lord?” (Psalm 73:25)

Nothing can speak to the hearts of us dying sinners – like the promises God has made in Jesus the Christ – the Messiah! The truth is – the heart of Irma needed constantly to hear His voice. The same is true for us. Irma was able to receive the Lord’s Supper when I called on her a few weeks ago. One of the texts read in my calls then was from the Psalm we just spoke. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

God created a new heart in Irma some 94 years ago. On August 1st, 1920 Erhard and Martha Stiemke took their infant daughter to St. John’s Lutheran Church to receive God’s gift of holy baptism. The Bible’s witness to this gift of rebirth cannot be overstated. It can be misunderstood in a magical way – which it is not. But it is a miracle – a holy mystery – a gift of the new life of faith – that God will never back away from. As we read – the one baptized is baptized into the very death of Christ – the center of human history – the sacrifice of the Lamb of God for the sins of the world. Scripture says that those baptized are clothed in Christ (Galatians 3:27). We understand that God knows His own who died before they could receive this saving sacrament (1 Peter 3:15, 16). We leave them in the hands of a gracious and loving God. But God would have us remember His baptism of us every day and today He would have us take deep comfort from His putting His name on Irma so many years ago.


6th Sunday After Trinity - July 27th, 2014

TEXT: MATTHEW 5:17-26; ROMANS 6:1-11; EX. 20:1-17
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

To all those at Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Dear hearers of the Word made flesh – dear Ronan on the day of your confirmation:

On Mount Sinai – the law was given by the Christ – the pre-incarnate Christ. Then, centuries later – in the fullness of time - He who gave the Law to Moses came down in the flesh. In today’s Gospel Jesus the Christ lays bare the meaning of the Fifth Commandment He first gave on the holy mountain!

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ When Jesus cited Old Testament Scripture He used the phrase “it is written” – not “you have heard that it was said.”  By using this phrase “You have heard that it was said…” Jesus refers to various scribal interpretations of the Torah (oral tradition surrounding the Torah) – not the full meaning of the


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