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Divine Service


Sunday Oct. 30th - 10:00a

Bible Study - 8:30a-9:30a


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following the service


No Monday Divine Service 10/31

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).


MATTHEW 22:1-14; EPH. 5:15-21; ISAIAH 55:1-9
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

To the saints who are at Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

No commoner who invites you – but the king!  No lecture or common event to which He invites you - but a feast!  No common feast or general get together to which He invites you - but a marriage feast – for His Son!  It is the King who makes all the preparations – those invited must do nothing!  It is the King who furnishes all the food even and the wedding garments – those invited must bring nothing!  Everything is ready.  Come to the wedding feast. 

It is difficult to overstate the weight and the impact of the wedding image Jesus employs.  In Jewish tradition God’s gift of marriage was seen as the fulfillment of the divine plan to be fruitful and multiply.  It was considered so important - the Rabbis ruled that even the study of the Torah may be suspended in order to rejoice with and bring joy to a bride and groom (Ketuvot 17b).  Rabbis extolled the covenant at Sinai as the marriage of Yahweh with Israel.  The complete fulfillment of this divine marriage was expected in the days of the Messiah. 

Then Jesus came and proclaimed Himself as the Bridegroom (Mark 2:19).  So did His best man – John the Baptist (John 3:29) saying, The one who has the bride is the bridegroom.  The friend of the bridegroom who stands and hears him rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice.  Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.  He must increase but I must decrease. When Jesus spoke this parable it was Holy Week.  John had decreased to the point of imprisonment and martyrdom and Jesus’ increase is very near the hour of His glory.  It was glory He began to manifest in the first of His signs – also at a wedding feast - in Cana (John 2:11).  The abundance of His gift of wine surely points to the length and the joy of the wedding feast!  From His first sign - to the hour of His glory - to His enduring and eternal gift of God’s feast of salvation – this much is clear!  In Jesus the Father says everything is ready!  Come to the wedding feast.  Come, everyone who thirsts…without money and without price…delight yourselves in rich food.


MATTHEW 9:1-8; EPH. 4:22-28; GEN. 28:10-17
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

To the saints who are at Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Dear hearers of the Word made flesh:

You know how it is when 10 minutes can seem like 10 seconds. At 5:20AM – lying in bed – you tap the snooze bar. There is nothing your mind and body feel like doing more than lying on that bed. Almost instantly the alarm is sounding again and its 5:30. 10 minutes seems like 10 seconds and continuing to lie on that bed can be so very tempting. In like manner lying on that bed can be so very satisfying at the end of a long and trying day.

For the man brought before Jesus, however, lying in bed was neither tempting nor especially satisfying. Rather, for him it was a major dwelling place - even a necessary means of travel. Some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. St. Mark provides details as to their actions – digging up a roof – lowering him down as their faith pressed to be in the presence of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 

In the face of physical paralysis – Jesus’ statement perhaps seemed off target. The most pressing visible need was surely bodily healing – being freed from the prison of his paralysis and his bed. Day after day 10 min for him may often have seemed like 10 hours. When the sun arose each day, he did not arise to move along his way. No one wants to be a burden to others but he certainly was – carried along on this day by others. Rather than craving to lie longer in bed, he would have rejoiced beyond measure to jump up for work or for class – to exhaust himself with vocational duties and the needs of others – to sink into bed tired and weary at day’s end. But such gifts of daily bread were denied him. Some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. His need was constant. His need was confining. His need was crippling. His need was now directly in the presence of Christ.

The 15th Sunday After Trinity

Trinity XV
September 4, 2016
Rev. Jon C. Olson

Today… this day, Jesus directs our attention away from election issues of emails and walls, job insecurities, even worrying about what the man will be like who will fill the office of pastor here at Luther Memorial in a couple of years from now, to fix our gaze upon the birds of air and the lilies of the field. 

Look at how the birds, who don’t sow, reap, or work; they don’t store up stuff in barns or houses, but yet the Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they?

Of course you are. But, not in the way your sinful flesh thinks. You and I and the world tend to think that there is something valuable inside of us – whether it be what we do, how we feel, what we say, or even the status of our reputation before others—this is how we think God will measure our value. 

We are naturally inclined to find our certainty before God based upon how things look around us. When things are going well, we think that that shows that God loves us. Someone has something go well and we think, “God must love them.”  When things are going poorly…well, God must have thought they had it coming. God does not work through good and bad karma. 

Every human being at some point or another wonders to themselves, does God actually care for just little old me?  And if you look for evidence of God’s love by measuring up all the positive experiences in my life, the best you can expect is a mixed result. And so we think to ourselves, “If He is caring for me, He certainly sometimes doesn’t seem to be caring for me in the way I think I want to be cared for!”


It is dangerous to base God’s care for us on how we think it ought to be. In fact, it is this very kind of thinking that leads directly to idol worship. It is a very risky thing when faith focuses solely on our life’s circumstances – our job, our family, our money, our house, and the stuff we have as proof of God’s love for us. Our happiness, certainty and even our identity is then determined by what material stuff – what the KJV Bible calls mammon - is around us. 

16th Sunday After Trinity

SEPT 11, 2016
LUKE 7:11-17; EPHESIANS 3:13-21; 1 KINGS 17:17-24
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ who gave Himself for our sins, to deliver us from this present evil age (Gal 1: 3, 4). Dear hearers of the Word made flesh:

It is proper for you to hate the opposite of life - death – death by accident – death by illness – death by abortion - death on the highways –death through radical Islamic terrorism including the nearly 3000 killed on 9/11 - death in weather disasters - death through criminal violence - death in hospitals – death in hospice care. All sinners face a crisis. God does bring calamity. Death comes to dozens in a Brussels Airport, to scores in an earthquake in Italy, to hundreds in Chicago violence, to a dozen (drug-related) in Milwaukee over a Labor day weekend. Death comes to roughly three and a half million (born and unborn) each year in America.

It is proper for you to hate the opposite of life – death - death the way God reveals it – as a curse (Gen 3) – as the wages of sin (Rom 6) – as an enemy (I Corinthians 15). This is not pretend death – thought of as something natural. This is not death discussed by soothing voices who deny God’s existence and the second death of God’s wrath. This is not make-believe death – described as an end to all existence as if science could see what is beyond the grave. This is death – real death – appointed for you to face once and then the judgment.

The son of the widow of Nain was not near death – not just clinically dead. It’s not that his vital signs were undetectable while efforts were made to resuscitate him. This young man was dead! His funeral procession was not a celebration of his life but an honest recognition of the severe loss caused by his death. This widow’s line had been snuffed out. The corpse of her only son who was her source of support was being carried out for burial.

The convergence of the great crowd of people coming into the city and the considerable crowd going out of the city pictures the two streams of all people. One is the march of all humanity steadily carrying their dead to the grave. The other is a procession of life – following in the train of Jesus – as you are doing today.

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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