Mission Moment: A Word from Pastor Wokoma 

Lenten Greetings! 

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A Blessed Ash Wednesday and a glorious Lenten Season! 

O Lord, let your grace pour down on these, my Beloved Supporters, and all their loved ones this Ash Wednesday and through the Lenten Season! Amen. 

School resumed exactly on the 2nd of February, and was immediately blessed with visiting professor from USA, the Rev'd. Fr. Prof. Peter C. Bender coming to teach for two weeks from the 4th to the 15th. Each day he taught 6 hours a day, preached every day in chapel, and conducted 1 1/2 hours of interviewing LCN members: laity, ministers and seminarians. He also taught the seminarians some hymns from the LSB that were not yet familiar to them. We cannot thank him enough for this. May the Triune God repay him and all those who prayerfully and financially support our work. 

We received a bit of good news from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. We have been informed that two of our students, two of our pastors in the field, and one of our bishops has been accepted to begin the STM program in the fall of 2019, pending funding. This is part of the effort to train up indigenous pastors to serve as professors at JEM Lutheran Seminary and LCN-at-large, continuing to teach solid Lutheran doctrine. 

Prayer Requests: 

1) Pray for the safety and peace of the country as it continues the election period and we await the results. Specifically pray for the safety of the seminarians, faithful Christians here, in general, and for myself as I travel to various communities in the face of this present radical Muslim administration which seems to be bent on imposing its will on the masses through the tactics of changing election dates and / or election results by any means necessary to create confusion, put forward their plans, and to try to forcefully convert all people to the Islamic faith. 

Thank you very much for all your prayers and support. May the Lord continue to keep you all in the Shadow of His Wings, especially throughout this Lententide. Amen. 

Have a glorious Lent! 

Sincerely in-Christ, 
Fr. Wokoma

1 Tim 1:15 

To read more about Pastor Wokoma visit: www.lcms.org/rwokoma 

Easter Sunday Readings and Sermon (ONLY): April 21, 2019

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Service Times: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Easter Breakfast: 9:15 a.m.
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Old Testament Reading – Job 19:23-27
Epistle –
1 Corinthians 15:51-57

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twentieth chapter.
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

The Complete Easter Sunday Service: April 21, 2019

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Service Times: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Easter Breakfast: 9:15 a.m.
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Old Testament Reading – Job 19:23-27
“Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
Oh that with an iron pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!”

Epistle – 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twentieth chapter.
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

The Complete Good Friday Service with Choir (58 min./28 meg download)

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The Complete Tenebrae Vespers Service
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Faith Bell Choir: When I survey the Wonderous Cross
Opening Versicles
Introit
First Reading
John 18:1-11
Hymn #440 — Jesus, I will Ponder Now
Second ReadingJohn 18:12-27
Hymn #438 — A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
Third Reading John 18:28-32
Men’s Choir — O Sacred Head Now Wounded
Fourth Reading John 18:33-40
Hymn #451 — Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted
Fifth ReadingJohn 19:1-16
Adult Choir — Were You There Whne They Crucified My Lord?
Sermon: Rev. Dr. Edward O. Grimenstein
Grace Bell Choir — Go to Dark Gethsemane
Sixth ReadingJohn 19:17-27
Hymn #543 — What Wonderous Love is This
Seventh ReadingJohn 19:28-42
Strepitus: Slamming of the book

Readings and Sermon: Good Friday, April 19, 2019

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Tenebrae Vespers
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Each of the following readings below are linked to the Holy Scripture

Faith Bell Choir:
When I survey the Wonderous Cross
First Reading
John 18:1-11
Third Reading John 18:28-32
Fourth Reading John 18:33-40
Fifth ReadingJohn 19:1-16
Sermon: Rev. Dr. Edward O. Grimenstein
Sixth ReadingJohn 19:17-27
Seventh ReadingJohn 19:28-42
Strepitus: Slamming of the book

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