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Dear Members of Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center,

As part of our 100th Anniversary celebration, we will be publishing a new photo directory. From Thursday, March 19th through Saturday, March 21st, LifeTouch Photography will be at the church to take portraits. For more information, please refer to the bulletin inserts that will be available in the coming weeks, or see an Elder after church. There will be two options for reserving a portrait session. First, there will be a sign-up sheet available at church. Second, a website is available for our congregation through LifeTouch for online reservations. Please follow this link to access the online form, and follow the directions found there.

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 in March!

 

 
FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT – MARCH 22, 2015

FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT – MARCH 22, 2015
TEXT: JOHN 8:42-59; HEB. 9:11-15; GEN. 22:1-14
IF ANYONE KEEPS MY WORD HE WILL NEVER SEE DEATH!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


In many and various ways God spoke to His people of old by the prophets, but now in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son. “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” That is, Amen, amen…death he shall not at all see forever.


Dear hearers of the Word made flesh: Jesus speaks God’s truth against the bitter enemy of death. He speaks a word of incomparable sweetness! “If anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” It is a word of the great I AM in the flesh. “Truly, truly, (Amen, amen) I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him…


There is no medical marvel that can undo death - no scientific discovery that releases from death - no herb in the garden or health-food store that can counteract death. Because man is powerless to change death he sinfully seeks to redefine it as if he knows it and controls it. Scientists - doctors - politicians who promote euthanasia assume that death ends suffering. This claim, that nothing comes after death, is one of incredible faith – tragically the wrong faith. Such statements convey no knowledge about what can be tested and verified.  The truth is that the living sons of Adam who make such pronouncements about our state after death do so without knowing. Having not experienced death (Hebrews 9:28) they can speak only from their world view – their beliefs.  

 

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Fourth Sunday In Lent - March 15, 2015

John 6:1-15 – Feeding of the 5,000
Vicar Zachary Markevitz


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: The feeding of the 5,000 happened during Passover. The celebrating of Passover commemorates the Israelites freedom from slavery in Egypt. The beginning of this commemoration is marked by a ceremonial dinner called the Seder. This is a time to celebrate freedom with food and wine. Yet, despite it being Passover, Jesus saw “a large crowd coming toward him” without food.


This large crowd had seen the signs that Jesus had done. He had distinguished himself from others and now this crowd was seeking him. Scripture tells us that Jesus “knew what he would do.” He immediately had compassion for the crowd. He was concerned with their well-being. Instead of sending them away to the closest town for food, Jesus decided he would provide for and sustain them. He cared more and sooner for them than they did for themselves.


Jesus’ great love extended toward the crowd, but also to his disciples. As the crowd was approaching, Jesus tested Philip, “Where are we going to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” Jesus brought to light Philip’s sin. Philip failed to trust Jesus fully. We also see this sin in Andrew. Philip and Andrew were unable to feed the 5,000. This task was impossible for them. Jesus’ test was not to trap Philip, but was out of love for his disciples. They thought that they didn’t have enough means to provide food. They didn’t have enough money for “two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” They were only left with an insignificant amount of bread and fish. They could not plan or find a way to provide for the hunger that this crowd would inevitably face.








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SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT – MARCH 1, 2015

SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT – MARCH 1, 2015
TEXT: MATTHEW 15:21-28; 1 THESS. 4:1-7; GEN. 32:22-32
MEASURED DOWN IN GREAT NEED!
MEASURED UP BY CHRIST IN GREAT FAITH!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day…Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me”…And there he blessed him. Truth be known – the whole experience was a blessing for Jacob and for us! Jesus - wrestled with a Canaanite woman who also was alone. She was an outsider to Israel. The demon possession kept her daughter from feeling the pain she was enduring – from being with her. Notice the me in this woman’s prayer. “Lord help me” she pleaded. “Lord, even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”  Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.”  No greater blessing than faith. Truth be known - her spiritual wrestling with Jesus was a blessing for her and for us!


In the name of Jesus, dear friends:  God does not wrestle in this manner with His enemies! He wrestles with the ones He loves. Wrestling with Jacob – physically and spiritually – wrestling with this woman – verbally, emotionally, spiritually – He is teaching them – He is teaching His disciples – He is teaching you at the deepest level of faith.


God wrestles with the ones He loves. How goes your wrestling with God in prayer?  It is so natural to get sidetracked – so easy to be wearied and sluggish in the use of God’s gift of prayer. How goes your wrestling with God in prayer for the church in this crumbling, criticizing culture - for control of your body in holiness and honor and not in the passion of lust - for the gift of marriage in the future - for deeper love for your spouse in the present?  How goes your wrestling with God in prayer for faith that doubts your doubts and never doubts God’s promises – for specific family and friends in their great need - for God’s blessings for yourself - your pastor – your fellow members – your fellow students – even your enemies.  God wrestles with you - the ones He loves!

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THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT – MARCH 8, 2015

TEXTS: LUKE 11:14-28; EPHESIANS 5:1-9; EXODUS 8:16-24
THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS COME UPON YOU
IN THE FLESH OF JESUS CHRIST
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.


Some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,”…he…said to them…if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?...But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Dear hearers of the Word made flesh; the Jews clearly understood that what Jesus did could be done only by God or by Satan. In this respect, they were nearer the truth than those today who deny “all this stuff of the devil.” Satan’s real existence is not what the comic strips portray! The term “devil” is in reality not a term of endearment such as - “that cute little devil.” He is not cute! He is not little! His deceitful power is no joke!


Scripture pictures the human heart and soul as a house in need of an occupant. In the heart of every person there is a throne and we, in sinful rebellion, have dethroned God! “You will not surely die…you will be like God” the serpent tempted. When moderns (all of whom are dying) presume to have outgrown the notion of the devil, then the devil has taken up quiet occupancy in that heart and soul. There he nestles showing no external agitation - more like a docile and mute manager than a raving mad demon. From his cloaked inner perch he misdirects thoughts, inflates intellectual pride, pumps up self-confidence, and most thoroughly of all prevents or twists the hearing of God’s Word. In this fallen world where demons roam, there are no empty houses. At one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Make no mistake, Satan wants you back. There is a real, unrelenting war between God and Satan in daily life and therefore between you and Satan in daily life. There is no middle ground – no neutral hiding place! Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

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ASH WEDNESDAY – FEB 18, 2015

ASH WEDNESDAY – FEB 18, 2015
MATT.6:1-6; 16-21; 2 PETER 1:2-11; JOEL 2:12-19
REPENT WITH ALL YOUR HEART!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord:


Your need for this is so very great!  Your need for this is so very constant!  More than you need a college degree;  more than you need healing from physical illness; more than you need relief from ongoing pain;  more that you need financial security; more than you need length of life and peace of mind; more than you need any human relationship; more than you need a change of circumstances;  you need this!


The prophet Joel flagged it as so vital it should postpone a wedding or even the consummation of a marriage that has taken place.  “Blow the trumpet in Zion…Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.”  The prophet Joel marked it as so crucial that tears among the clergy were called for.  “Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare your people, O Lord…”  Jesus proclaimed that without it all the treasures we store up for ourselves - and all our acts of charity - and all our acts of religious devotion - are worthless (Matthew 6).


What is it that God commands of all people everywhere (Acts 17:30) and yet Scripture clearly reveals is a gift of God (Acts 5:31; Acts 11:18)?  What is it that is not known to persons who are secure in themselves – who see no need to be different than they are now – who see no need to act differently than they are now acting (Smalcald Articles III, III, 3)?  What is it that involves both terrors of conscience through the knowledge of sin - and faith that for Christ’s sake, sins are forgiven (AC, XII)?  What is it that is nothing other than a return and approach to and a walking in Baptism (LC, IV, 75-59)?  What is it that is a total change of heart, a new reality that daily adjusts our perception to see as God sees?

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