Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran Church

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Thank you Laura (and Ash) for bringing us at home, God's word through the video. I liked the transmission directly down the middle of the aisle.
Always enjoy the service. Thanks to all who make this possible.
Thank you, Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, for your care in teaching our Lord's doctrine.
Many thanks to the Lambs of Grace Preschool students who planted lots of tulip bulbs last fall! Now look at the beautiful courtyard in full bloom!
Is the Lenten service schedule posted anywhere?
My husband and I were blessed by the service tonight. Thank you for the fellowship and the tasty meal beforehand. You made us ‘out of towners’ feel very welcome! 🙂

Joined together in fellowship by the Holy Spirit and nurtured by God's Word and Sacraments, we share with others the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

GOD: God is Triune, Father, Son, Holy Ghost; three persons, one divine essence. He is the only true God: Matt. 28:19;1 Cor. 8:4 . JESUS: Jesus is God, equal to the Father, the only Savior of mankind: John 5:23, 14:6; Acts 4:12. SIN: All mankind is born in sin; by nature man is spiritually blind, dead and an enemy of God, condemned to eternal damnation outside of Christ: Psalms. 51

Operating as usual

[09/15/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“God is no passive force. God is the one who is active, not human beings. The issue is not our ascent to God, but God’s descent to us. Lutheran spirituality is all about what God does. To rescue us from our miserable and depraved human condition, He became a human being Himself. The God-man Jesus Christ accomplished the perfection moralists only aspire to and took upon Himself the punishment for everyone’s moral failures by dying on the cross. The spiritual life has to do with recognizing God’s work—what He accomplished on the cross and what He continues to accomplish in people’s lives through the Holy Spirit.”

[Gene Edward Veith, Jr., The Spirituality of the Cross, p. 23 (CPH)]

[09/14/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.

Here first a great light shines into your heart, if you desire to have it, and teaches you in a few brief words what all tongues and many books cannot express or inscribe, namely, what you are, where you come from, and wherefrom come heaven and earth. For you are the creature, the workmanship, the creation, the handiwork of God. That is, of yourself and in yourself you are nothing, you can do nothing, you know nothing, you are capable of nothing. For what were you a thousand years ago? What was Heaven and Earth six thousand years ago? Nothing, just as what has never been created is nothing. But what you are, what you know and are capable of, this is “God’s creature,” as you here confess with your mouth.”

[Martin Luther, A Simple Way to Pray]

[09/13/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“[Our Churches] also teach that the Word, that is, the Son of God, did assume the human nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary, so that there are two natures, the divine and the human, inseparably enjoined in one Person, one Christ, true God and true man, who was born of the Virgin Mary, truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, that He might reconcile the Father unto us, and be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for all actual sins of men.
He also descended into Hell, and truly rose again the third day; afterward He ascended into heaven that He might sit on the right hand of the Father, and forever reign and have dominion over all creatures, and sanctify them that believe in Him, by sending the Holy Ghost into their hearts, to rule, comfort, and quicken them, and to defend them against the devil and the power of sin.
The same Christ shall openly come again to judge the quick and the dead, etc., according to the Apostles' Creed.”

[From the Confessions of the Church, Augsburg Confession, Article III, Of the Son of God]

09/12/2021
09/12/2021

[09/09/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“[Our Churches] also teach that since the fall of Adam all men begotten in the natural way are born with sin, that is, without the fear of God, without trust in God, and with concupiscence; and that this disease, or vice of origin, is truly sin, even now condemning and bringing eternal death upon those not born again through Baptism and the Holy Ghost.

[Our Churches] condemn the Pelagians and others who deny that original depravity is sin, and who, to obscure the glory of Christ's merit and benefits, argue that man can be justified before God by his own strength and reason.”

[From the Confessions of the Church, Augsburg Confession, Article II, Of Original Sin

09/05/2021

[09/03/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“Imagine it! There you are, on the slave block, about to be sold into who knows what kind of slavery. You look up, and there stands Jesus, giving Himself for you, standing in your chains, shedding His blood for you, buying your freedom. “You are free to go,” you hear the auctioneer say. “You are free!” The price? The eternally valuable blood of Jesus Christ, the priceless perfection of His obedience in life and death, the precious treasury of His merit on the cross. This was the payment to buy freedom for the entire world.”

[Jacob A. O. Preus, Just Words, p.83 (CPH, 1983)

[09/02/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“Luther described the preaching of God’s Law and Gospel as God’s alien and proper work. Preaching the Law is alien work because it is actually foreign to God’s nature. He takes no delight in crushing sinners and condemning them with His wrath. Yet that is just what His Law does. God does this alien work so that He can finally do His proper work, the work that God loves to do, namely, forgiving sinners who have been broken by their sin and who look to His mercy, not their own merit. Law and Gospel are both in the Bible, but the Gospel is the goal. It is God’s ultimate Word of forgiveness and peace. You have not finished your study of any biblical text until you get that Good News.”

[John Pless, in Lutheran Spirituality, Life as God’s Child (CPH), p. 19]

[08/31/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“As a community, the Lord has blessed us Christians with fellowship. Through Baptism, He incorporated us into His Body, the Church. We are not alone (see Ephesians 2:19-22). We recall what God said after the creation of Adam: “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). We were not created to live alone, nor are we re-created to live alone. Instead, God has planned that we are to live together in community.”

[Naomichi Masaki, in Lutheran Spirituality, Life as God’s Child (CPH), p. 229]

[08/30/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“The ways in which sin burdens us can only be addressed by the Word of God’s forgiveness. For when the Word of God says that we are forgiven, we dare to drop our defenses, to give up our self-justification. We dare to confess the truth about ourselves. The truth can be confessed and endured because it is not the last word about us. The last Word is: “You are forgiven.””

[Walter R. Bouman, We Believe, p. 119-120]

08/29/2021

[08/27/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“A study of the Greek use of fellowship in the New Testament proves that God provides a unique, spiritual fellowship that is not derived from psychological, sociological, or common-cause convictions. Rather, it is a gift given to us by Christ to make us one with Him and with one another. When fellowship is confessed as something that flows from the Christian altar, we are prompted to treat one another not just as friends but as the ones into who mouths are put the Lord’s true body and true blood. In 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, Paul describes those who receive the body and blood of the Lord as one body (and perhaps also one blood.) Christian fellowship goes beyond a fellowship hall; it flows from a Communion table (see Romans 14:9-10; Ephesians 5:212; Matthew 5:23-24).”

[Naomichi Masaki, in Lutheran Spirituality, Life as God’s Child (CPH), p. 232]

[08/26/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“The trouble with considering deadly sins as separate pieces is that we may become so preoccupied with our sins that we get no further than the resolve that we really must try to do better. Those who think of Christianity as nothing more than a moral renovation program tend to think of sins as individual items that you can keep on a checklist and add up the score each day. But sins are not individual items as if at 11: 15 this morning I did a sin. It was a corker, but I have not done that sin since.

Particular sins are symptoms of a disease. We sin because we are sinners; we are not sinners because we sin. A corrupt tree brings forth corrupt fruit. Its fault lies not in its being a tree but in its being corrupt. What is wrong with us is not that we are human but that we are gone wrong, we are sinners.”

[Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel, p.71 (CPH)}

[08/25/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“Because justification is received, not achieved, the Apostle [Paul] writes that our boasting is excluded on the basis of faith (Romans 3:27). Faith is not a human work, but the work of God through His Word. It renders us passive in the sense that we have contributed nothing to our salvation. It is a gift. Thus all human boasting of merit or effort is excluded.”



[John Pless, in Lutheran Spirituality, Life as God’s Child (CPH), p. 17]

[08/24/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“Of course it is dreadful, and still I am so full of joy that I should like to take the whole world into my arms. This is the great secret of redemption you understand, that God has drawn a cross over all the sinfulness of the world both without and within us. Do you believe that Christ died only for the sins you committed before you became spiritually concerned? He would hardly have needed to die for them—you could put them away by your own strength. That you begin your day with the Bible instead of with Molière, that you deny yourself a nip of brandy on Saturday nights, that you no longer write coquettish verses with double meanings—that is only picking burrs from your coat, something you can get rid of yourself. But the corruption of sin is something that you cannot put away yourself. For this you need a Redeemer, one who suffers in your place; for otherwise you might as well give up every thought of Heaven right now.”

[From The Hammer of God by Bo Giertz, p. 118-119]

[08/23/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“I do not adore the creation rather than the Creator, but I adore the one who became a creature, who was formed as I was, who clothed Himself in creation without weakening or departing from His divinity, that He might raise our nature in glory and make us partakers of His divine nature.”

[St. John of Damascus, ca. 700 AD]

08/22/2021

[08/20/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“God’s Law functions to show us our sin, that is, our unbelief, which is made manifest in our thoughts, words, and deeds. In contrast, the Gospel speaks the forgiveness of sins. The distinction between Law and Gospel is made difficult because the old Adam clings to what Luther called the opinio legis, that is, the inborn “opinion of the law” that human efforts must in some manner contribute to salvation. When human beings take God’s Law in hand, it is natural that its use ends either in despair or self-righteousness. The Gospel does not declare man’s righteousness but the righteousness of God. The Law is all about man and his sin. The Gospel is all about God and the redemption He has won for the world in the blood of Jesus. The Gospel declares pardon to the guilty, righteousness for the unrighteous, and life for those who are dead in sin.”

[John Pless, in Lutheran Spirituality, Life as God’s Child (CPH), p. 16]

[08/19/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“So Christians through the centuries have cherished the sign of the cross as an ongoing reminder of baptismal identity. Upon rising from sleep, upon going to bed, when eating, and when beginning prayer, many Christians trace the sign of the cross on themselves as they repeat the Word once spoken at their baptismal washing: in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19) … And there is comfort in that sign. For the sign of the cross of Christ is the sign of His love. And that sign is a protecting shield. For where the Lover is, there is protection for the beloved.”

Harold L. Senkbeil, Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness, p. 68 (CPH: 1994)]

[08/17/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“So often we hear about the power struggle between a pastor and a congregation. “Who is the boss?” “Who is in charge?” Martin Chemnitz, an important Lutheran theologian after Luther and Melanchthon, taught that the Church consists of both teachers (pastors) and hearers (laypersons). The pastor is not there for himself but to serve the congregation. People are not left alone to serve the Gospel to themselves but are given the instrumental service of the pastor. The sound understanding of the pastoral office starts with the recognition that the Lord of the Church is Jesus, and that Jesus continues to serve His people with the Gospel in His Church.”

[Naomichi Masaki, in Lutheran Spirituality, Life as God’s Child (CPH), p. 235]

[08/16/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“It stands there in his name that he saves from sin. Yet where our hearts look they see only sins. There's that that I have done and that. Yet no matter what good works I do, they are never enough. There is no escape. Those sins condemn. Nevertheless, here it stands written that all the sins are located there in this name. If that is where your sins are, it is well with you. But what's that to you if you refuse to be a sinner. Did you not hear why he is called Jesus? Not to help the obviously holy ones; they are their own Jesus. It is for sinners that he is Jesus.”

[Martin Luther, Sermon on the Circumcision of Our Lord, 1532. WA 36. 38.4-39.2]

08/15/2021
08/15/2021

[08/13/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“God comes to meet and comfort us in His Word and sacraments. He dispenses His love, forgiveness, and life through the Word of His gospel, the washing of His Baptism, and the eating of His Holy Supper. Through these means we are given a share in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and we are comforted. In our God, Who loves us, we find real comfort in the face of worry and sorrow. This is the God Who comes to us with a comfort we can grab on to—a comfort much more real and lasting than comfort found in any mother’s lap. It’s the comfort we have in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

[Rev. Harold L. Senkbeil, Where in the World is God?, 40]

[08/12/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“First, the theology of the cross applies to the manner in which God acted as Christ. You simply cannot judge the actions of God by what you see. God’s greatest work, the sacrifice of His only-begotten Son, seems harsh and appears evil. A righteous man is condemned not only by wicked earthly rulers but also by God Himself. How can that be good? Yet every Christian counts Christ’s death as the greatest treasure. A good theologian “comprehends the visible and manifest things of God seen through suffering and the cross.” You cannot have the true and loving God without the bloody death of Christ. God will not love you without the gruesome spectacle of His Son’s co**se. God cannot accept you except through the naked, bloody, dead Savior on Golgotha. That is the theology of the cross.”

[Klemet I. Preus, The Fire and the Staff, p. 41 (CPH)]

[08/11/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“Scripture bids us to thank God for the person who hits us straight in the face with the truth, and that is not just about spraying the right brand of stuff into our armpits as the way to happiness. There are things, though, that do hinder happiness, all the things we do to block happiness or hurt others. A friend will help us see them and help us get rid of them. Before you can thank God for such a friend, you must have embraced Him, and you will be growing then toward being such a friend.

But for heaven’s sake, don’t go around hunting for specks in people’s eyes. You have some logs to confess, logs to be pulled out and dragged to Calvary. Cleansed and forgiven, you may then see as a servant sees, as a burden-bearing Savior sees. Lord, take from us, though it hurts, all that blinds us and hinders the flow of Your love. Amen.”

[From Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel, p. 171, CPH]

[08/10/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“If a Greek wished to teach people who understood only Egyptian or Syriac, the first thing that he would do is learn their language. He would rather have the Greeks consider him a barbarian by speaking like the Egyptians or Syrians in order to be useful to them, than to remain always Greek and have no means of helping them. In the same way the Divine nature intended to teach not only those who were learned in the literature of Greece, but also the rest of mankind. Jesus adapted Himself in order to be understood by the simple multitudes whom He addressed. He sought to win their attention by using language familiar to them.”

[Origen, Against Celsus 7.60, Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers, 184]

[08/09/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“And after God, through the Holy Spirit in Baptism, has kindled and wrought a beginning of true knowledge of God and faith, we ought to petition Him incessantly that by the same Spirit and grace, through daily exercise in reading His Word and putting it into practice, He would preserve faith and His heavenly gifts in us and strengthen us daily until our end. Unless God Himself is our teacher, we cannot study and learn anything pleasing to Him and beneficial to us and others.”

[Formula of Concord II:16]

08/08/2021

[08/06/21]   Note for Contemplation and Comfort

“Jesus gathers us to feed us with Himself. “I am that bread of life” (John 6:48). “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Eat and be filled, and there is always more—more Jesus than you have so far calculated, imagined, delighted in. From Him, then, receive happy, growing, deep-down days that pull you forward to the always more He would give you. “Thou openest Thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing” (Psalm 145:16). Amen.”

[From Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel, p. 194, CPH]

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