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Fourth Sunday After Trinity
Sunday, June 19, 2016
TEXT: Romans 8:18-27
Pastor Chad E. Hoover

To you who are loved by God and called saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

About 13 or 14 year ago, the vicar at here at Luther Memorial Chapel posted Romans 8:18 on the bulletin board in his office: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us"

This is not in any way a warning to Vicar Jennings on the kind of year he can expect. Vicarage was hard. I barely got paid. My wife and I were parents to one year old with another on the way. That was a difficult pregnancy for Andrea, she ended up spending a lot of time on bed rest and in the hospital. It was a difficult year. We all go through experiences like that though.

But when does it get better? Because God does promise us glory! When do we leave all the pain and suffering and hardship behind? When did my family and I experience that glory God promised to reveal to us. Was it when we moved back to Fort Wayne to complete my Seminary training? No. There were still hardships. Was it when I received my first call to serve Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City, Michi- gan? No, there were many trials there. Was it when our third child was born? Our fourth? No. Was it my second call to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kalkaska, Michigan? No Was it my current call to Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne? No


There have blessings all along the way. There have been glimpses on God’s glory, but the sufferings of living life in a sinful world have never gone away, nor will they ever until the Lord returns or until we go to be with Him. At that time, the glory of God will be revealed to us in all its fullness and the sufferings will be all but forgotten.


LUKE 8:26-39; GALATIANS 3:23-47; ISAIAH 65:1-9
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

Dear members of Our Savior – dear guests – dear Pastor Henrichs, Rachel, Caleb, Mary;  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever (Galatians 1:3-4).  Amen.

Dear hearers of the Word made flesh; Jesus comes!  Always one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, He comes!  As God’s “yes” to every promise (2 Cor. 1:20) as fulfiller of the law and the prophets He comes! (Luke 24)  With rest and refreshment for burdened souls (Matt. 11:28-30) He comes!  The reason His Church gathers together in worship each week is because Jesus comes!  The reason a seminary candidate was called and ordained and installed to serve Zion Lutheran Church in Avon, South Dakota twenty years ago on the fifth Sunday after Pentecost is because Jesus comes.  The reason Our Savior, White Fish Bay called Pastor Henrichs to serve them over a decade ago is because Jesus comes to His gathered people. 

Risen from the grave He comes to you each week through the proclamation of His Word – through the speaking of Christ (Rom. 10:17).  He comes among His gathered people each week serving them with holy food – His very body – His very blood – to forgive and heal and strengthen them.  The healing He provides each of you is not disconnected from the healing He bestowed upon the man in the country of the Gerasenes.


TEXT – LUKE 15:1-10; 1 PETER 5:6-11; MICAH 7:18-20
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Dear hearers of the voice of the Good Shepherd:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.  The very first verse in the Psalter!  It is the prime description of the Messianic Man – the Man like no other (See Psalm 2).  The Pharisees knew the talk of Jesus as the Messiah.  They also knew the laws demand to keep away from every evil thing (Deut. 23:9).  They knew the wisdom of Proverbs to not go near the house of a forbidden woman (5:9) – to avoid the way of evil – turning away from it and passing on (4:15).  So why, in their people-categorizing way of thinking is Jesus receiving those who lived openly as they should not live?  Why was He eating with those they thought to be evil people?

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Jesus.  And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”  Said with venom - their grumbling was ongoing.  So was Jesus’ eating with those whom they thought He should not eat!  Would the Messiah eat with tax farmers – labeled as traitors – notorious for lining their pockets with the hated Roman tax system and even abusing it?  Would the Messiah eat with sinners – a broad group including those of despised trades – of wrong lineage - of questionable morals?

Dear Christians – Jesus here shows Himself to be intensely stubborn and obstinate in a most beautiful way!  He refuses to be told what to do in restraining the Gospel.  He will not be capsized by the law.  He will not tolerate being bound by laws but will be Lord over them.  While He Himself fulfilled all laws, here he is the most obstinate and kind of all when giving answer for the laws demands to poor sinners – sinners wanting to hear His voice – sinners needing to be in table fellowship with Him.


Wisdom of the Faithful
Vicar Brad Akey

Last week, the sermon on Luke 16 brought to attention the lack of faith of the rich man, who was dependent upon money over and above God. The fact of the matter was he cared more for the material aspects of his life, breaking the First Commandment. See in today’s Gospel, how this is a problem of not only money, but of all earthly things idolized to be above God. Fellow Christians, money is not the only material thing which can distract and pull believers away from God. Satan uses anything he can to confuse our hearts on what truly matters. We must have a proper understanding of where our priorities lie and know true Wisdom, lest we face the same punishment as the men who ignored the invitation.

The master of the house has sent out His Word. Come, for everything is now ready. No longer shall humanity wait for the promises to be fulfilled. They are being fulfilled, an ongoing action. “Gather together that we may enjoy fellowship with one another.” But they all alike began to make excuses. Notice how each invited guest is occupied with something else dearer to him. I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it… I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them… I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. This was not concerning responsibilities or obligations, but rather excuses of disdain. No one would buy a field in that land without first examining it. No one would buy even one yoke of oxen – that would be completely unheard of. While a wedding day might preclude other priorities – the one who voices that excuse simply offers being married as a reason to reject the master’s invitation. The gracious invitation of the master is valued so little that these pseudo-reasons to refuse it are raised in great abundance.

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