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Last Chance Portrait Session - September 10th, 2015

 

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Dear Members of Luther Memorial Chapel,

As part of our 100th Anniversary celebration, we will be publishing a new photo directory. Many of you had your photo taken in March, but t's not too late if you missed the Spring session! LifeTouch photographers will be back at LMC on Thursday, September 10th from 2:00p through 9:00p for a last-chance make-up session. Look for the insert in the Chapel News for more information! There will be a sign-up sheet available after church or follow this link online to reserve your time-slot.

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 on September 10th!

 
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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12th Sunday After Trinity

TEXT: MARK 7:31-37; 2 COR. 3:4-11; ISAIAH 29:17-24
GOD GIVES YOU THE TREASURE OF A FREE TONGUE!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


To the Church of God that is at Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Dear hearers of the Word made flesh:


This man was living in the silence of deafness.  Consider also that his tongue was bound - not free to utter plain speech.  In that binding he lacked a marvelous gift that you possess!  What a uniquely astounding gift God has given you in your tongue.  That small member in your mouth is no accident patched together by time and chance.  Good heavens – did you know that the muscles in your tongue run in all three directions – front to back – sides to the middle – top to bottom.  This design is unique in the body!  Your tongue is so marvelously attached and yet so freely suspended as to be extremely movable – extending – retreating – bending – shaping - working with your lips and teeth and mouth to form speech even as it serves you also in tasting and eating and swallowing.  What a uniquely created and amazing gift you have!  You would be right in using your tongue to speak aloud words of thanksgiving to God - just for your tongue. 


Such speaking the man in the region of the Decapolis could not do.  He did not have the ability to hear or to speak plainly.  But he did have, friends who had heard of Jesus and who could speak.  They brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”  And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.

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10th Sunday after Trinity, 9 August 2015

LUKE 19:41-44

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 from the Gospel Lesson, Luke 19:41-44, but I want to include the few verses that precede it, starting at verse 37. AS HE WAS DRAWING NEAR—ALREADY ON THE PATH DOWN FROM THE MOUNT OF OLIVES—THE WHOLE MULTITUDE OF HIS DISCIPLES BEGAN TO REJOICE AND PRAISE GOD WITH A LOUD VOICE FOR ALL THE MIGHTY WORKS THAT THEY HAD SEEN, [38] SAYING, “BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! PEACE IN HEAVEN AND GLORY IN THE HIGHEST!” AND SOME OF THE PHARISEES IN THE CROWD SAID TO HIM, “RABBI, REBUKE YOUR DISCIPLES.” BUT HE SAID, “I TELL YOU, IF THEY WERE SILENT, THE STONES WOULD START SHOUTING.” And then just this from our text: [41] WHEN JESUS CAME NEAR AND SAW THE CITY, HE BURST INTO SOBS OVER IT, 42] AND SAID, “IF YOU—YOU— HAD ONLY KNOWN TODAY THE TERMS OF PEACE!  BUT NOW THEY’RE HIDDEN FROM YOUR EYES. … 44] YOU DIDN’T RECOGNIZE THE TIME WHEN GOD WAS COMING TO YOU.”


From the moment sin entered the world THE TERMS OF PEACE between a sinner and God always meant bloodshed, the shedding of innocent blood in place of sinners doomed for eternal damnation. In Eden, it was a promise of innocence and then God covering the indecency of Adam and Eve with the skins of freshly slaughtered beasts. It was always the innocent for the guilty. How many sin offerings? How many whole burnt offerings? How much blood had to be spilt to cover the iniquity of Israel? As far as Divine Service in Israel was concerned: it was almost all about innocent blood covering the transgressions of the people—over and over and over again. And then it was: God’s SHALOM! PEACE BE WITH YOU! God made that peace possible, not Israel or any human being.

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11th Sunday after Trinity, 8-16-2015

The God of Pride
Vicar Brad Akey


    The seven deadly sins are universal. There is wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Each is a form of self-idolatry. Each causes us to lose sight of what is proper in our life and place it upon OUR wants and desires. When we put those things before our neighbor and before God, this is where corruption happens. In our readings these deadly sins were all over. Envy, that Abel’s offering was accepted but not Cain’s. Greed, from the way that the tax collectors lived. Even lust was referred to in our Epistle, among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind. But no sin was emphasized more in these readings than the sin of pride. Luther notes how Lucifer was endowed above all the other angels and it went to his head and he became proud and despised God. And man is no different. 


The greatest sin of man is self-exultation, trying to justify himself, yet Christ who died for all, only exalts the humble.


We are told right away that this is a parable of Christ and in it He specifically targets those who trusted in themselves, that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt. This Pharisee in the parable prayed standing by himself. “By himself” “could legitimately be translated ‘to himself.’” Pointing out what the Pharisee’s true goal is. He says, God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get. The Pharisee attempts to cover praising himself and glorifying himself to God, by beginning with thank you.



 

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9th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – AUGUST 2, 2015

TEXT: LUKE 16:1-13; 1 COR 10:6-13; 2 SAM 22:26-34
THE MASTER IS MIGHTY IN MERCY!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


To the Church of God at Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints…Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


The Greek term Jesus used for the manager’s wastefulness is the same word used of the prodigal son. He had squandered or wasted his master’s resources. His misuse was fraudulent – and suddenly the game was up. What is this that I hear about you?  Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.


Do you recall what the manager said in response to the master’s accusation?  Nothing!  Not one word of protest!  In the Middle East when a servant was dismissed - excuses were often given –friends would rise to the defense – loopholes were sought to justify actions. This caretaker’s silence is as stunning confession of guilt!


He makes no attempt to justify his prodigal ways to the master, but he does begin to talk to himself about what he can’t do – dig and beg. Then he states -  I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.”  This statement is crucial to understanding the intriguing parable Jesus speaks!  The fact that the dishonest caretaker still has time to do anything related to his work is highly unusual. In business today there is a phrase sometimes related to firing a dishonest employee. It is “being walked out” of the office or jobsite. It generally happens immediately when the axing occurs. It may happen with police escort if arrest is at hand. The fired employee is given no opportunity – no alone time - to sabotage his computer or alter records or speak to others. If the Lord had “walked out” his manager in the manner common in biblical times he may have been jailed on the spot. Or to help recoup his losses, the master could have immediately sold him into slavery along with his family. In mercy this master does neither!  

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