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12th Sunday After Trinity

MARK 7:31-37; 2 COR. 3:4-11; ISAIAH 29:17-24
HE HAS DONE AND IS DOING – ALL THINGS WELL!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


They were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Dear hearers of the Word made flesh:


Do you agree that Jesus does all things well – for example in creating your ears? Right now your outer ear is capturing sound sending it down the ear canal to your ear drum. Your middle ear amplifies the sound through the three tiniest bones in your body the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup (the only bones that never grow from the time of birth). Ever wonder how those miniscule bones knew not to grow while all your other bones grew? This bony apparatus increases the sound pressure 20 times and moves the vibration from your ear drum through a window to the inner ear. There incredible things take place! This tiny snail-shaped chamber named the cochlea takes the mechanical vibrations from the middle ear and converts them into electrical signals understandable to your brain. To do this fluid-filled channels and tiny hairs – called cilia (too small to be seen individually – even under a microscope) - these cilia open and close molecular level trap doors 20-20,000 times per second. And wondrously – you hear – at present these words! Do you agree that Jesus does all things well? What a tremendous created gift Jesus has given you in your ears, for – All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made (John 1:3).


However things certainly didn’t seem to be going well for the man in our text. He had lived in silence – his ears imprisoned with deafness. His tongue also was bound by a hindrance of speech. He had never heard the name of Jesus uttered. He could not speak clearly of his hopes and fears and desires. What He did have, were 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. That’s why they were saying, “He has done all things well.

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11th Sunday After Trinity

TEXTS: LUKE 18:9-14/GENESIS 4:1-15/EPHESIANS 2:1-10
GOD BE PROPITIATED TOWARD ME – FOR JESUS’ SAKE!
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.


“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”


Please hear some good news in what may seem a bad sort of way. It is just fine if you come to this house of worship today without all the answers. It is in fact good if you recognize this morning (evening) that everything with you is not as it should be. Indeed, you are fortunate if you are aware that your vocations accuse you - as a spouse or parent or student or friend or child or worker or citizen or Christian or pastor – that your vocations accuse you with things you have done or left undone – with words said or left unsaid – with thoughts or lack of thoughts about yourself and God and life and others. In this polarized and corrosive culture – in tough economic times – however difficult the transitions and troubles of your life – how beneficial for you if you recognize that your greatest problem right now - is you – your lack of perfect fear and love and trust in God. A prayer I have used in recent years with others more than any other except the Lord’s prayer begins in this way – O most loving Father, You want us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing except losing You, and to lay all our cares on You, knowing that You care for us…

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10TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – AUGUST 24, 2014

TEXT: LUKE 19:41-48; ROMANS 9:30-10:4; JER. 8:4-12
NOW IS THE TIME OF YOUR VISITATION!
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.” 

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8th Sunday after Trinity - August 10th, 2014

SERMON FOR THE 8TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
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,

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9th Sunday after Trinity - August 17th, 2014

SERMON FOR THE 9TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
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.











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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.

 

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