Video Message from LCMS President Pastor Harrison

Video Message from LCMS President Pastor Harrison
A blessed 500th anniversary of the Reformation to all of you! We have a wealth of videos and articles at www.lutheranreformation.org for you to enjoy and learn about this seminal event in time. We also have a brand new outreach and evangelism resource as well as new resources on the Small Catechism and the topic of the Lord’s Supper. In conclusion, Pastor Harrison shares comforting thoughts and comments on the disasters that have befallen many in these last months. The Lord bless you in these dark days. He is our light!

Complete Service: Vespers Sunday October 29, 2017

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Sunday October 25, 2017 [Reformation Vespers]

Since Pastor Grimenstein is out of the office on Wednesday Nov. 8th through Friday November 10th we thought we would present the complete Vespers service from Sunday October 29, 2017

Pastor will be attending the Eastern District Pastors Conference in Niagara Falls. As a result, the Wednesday Night Service and Thursday Morning Bible study will be cancelled. 

 

Pastor's Corner

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“Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.”
In a few weeks Thanksgiving will be upon us, and along with it, a lot of work. Thanksgiving means picking up family from airports, car rides, large meals, large family gatherings, maybe many family gatherings, shopping, more shopping and then planning for Christmas shopping. Your list could probably go on and on.

Sometimes the “busy-ness” of our holidays and lives is unavoidable. But harboring an unrelenting “busy-ness” in our hearts can be avoided. During this time of year, especially as we prepare for Advent, we should remember the story of Mary and Martha. You may remember, Martha was running around preoccupied with all her busy preparations while Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to Him. Jesus told Martha that it was Mary who had chosen what is best (Luke 10:38-42).

Now, please don’t use this passage of scripture as an excuse NOT to cook a turkey, have guests over, etc. In-stead, allow this passage of scripture to change how you approach all of your preparations. What I mean is simply this – as we begin our celebrations of Thanksgiving, let’s remember the One to whom we are giving thanks; Christ Jesus our Lord. Like Martha, it can be so easy for us to get all wrapped up into OUR plans, and all the work WE have to do, that we can completely forget that this time of year our thoughts should especially be turned to our Lord Jesus who has worked so hard for you.

The quote at the beginning of this article comes from a portion of our liturgy. We say it immediately after we have received the Lord’s Supper, “Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.” We say this because our Lord has just given us a foretaste of the feast to come in heaven through the Lord’s Supper. As we begin our prepara-tions for Thanksgiving and other festivities, may we always remember the preparations our God made for our salvation through the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, and may His great work of salvation be brought to mind during our own many labors and preparations during these upcoming seasons.

The Lord be with you,
Pastor Grimenstein

What is the “Prayer of the Church”? (part 18 of 22)

What is the “Prayer of the Church”?
The Prayer of the Church, or the “general prayer” as it’s sometimes called, is the part in the service where the pastor leads us through a series of petitions, or prayers, with responses from the congregation. For example, after each petition the pastor may say: “Let us pray to the Lord,” and the congregation may respond with “Lord, have mercy.” See if you can find the Prayer of the Church in your hymnal. Try to find the other response that the pastor and congregation might say.

Why do we do this in the Divine Service?
Do you know anyone who needs praying for? Wouldn’t you like to have the rest of the congregation praying for that person too? During the Prayer of the Church, we pray for all of the people of our congregation, particularly those who are sick and shut-in. We also pray for our missionaries, for our government, for all believers and many others. No wonder it’s called the Prayer of the Church!


Parents:
Before the Divine Service, remind your children to pay close attention to the words of the prayers. Encourage them to join in the responses with the rest of the congregation. Try using these responses in your prayers at home.

Sermon: Sunday November 5, 2017

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View the Sunday November 5, 2017 Bulletin - All Saints Day

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fifth chapter.
Seeing the crowds, [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.