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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).

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 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. 

13th Sunday After Trinity - August 21st, 2016

13th Sunday After Trinity - August 21st, 2016

Text: Luke 10:23-37, Galatians 3:15-22, 2 Chronicles 28:8-15
Vicar Jonathan P. Jennings

In the name of Jesus!  Amen.

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  This question isn’t new.  It’s been asked countless years prior to the lawyer asking it in our text, and continues to be asked by multitudes of people today.  Seeing the statistic for death is 100%, the question naturally arises “What’s next?”  Looking across the religious landscape of the world you’ll see a variety of false beliefs in regards to the afterlife.  Whether it’s reincarnation of Hinduism, the Spirit World of the Mormans, or purgatory of the Roman Catholics, these false beliefs and others like them oppose scripture, which reveals only two states of eternal existence - heaven or hell.  Heaven, to live forever in eternal glory with God, or hell, where there’s weeping and gnashing of teeth in separation from God.

Yet, unlike others, the lawyer from our text doesn’t pose this question as one who is curious over his future fate or seeking to obtain further information, but intends to put Jesus to the test (Luke 10:25).  As is common for man’s sinful flesh to do, the lawyer desires to justify himself before God through his self-righteous works, making himself an heir to everlasting life.  Even though he’s considered to be an expert in interpreting religious law, this question reveals an individual who denies that Jesus is the Son of God, the Torah made flesh.

Jesus, as He so commonly does throughout scripture, responds to the question with a question, “What is written in the Law?  How do you read it?” (Luke 10:26)  This is a natural question to pose to an individual who’s an expert in the Torah. The lawyer is astute and answers Jesus’ question correctly by reciting the commands from the Torah, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).

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.

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity - August 14, 2016

The Lord Opens the Ears of the Deaf Through His Word
Twelfth Sunday after Trinity - August 14, 2016
Texts: Mark 7:31-37; 2nd Corinthians 3:4-11; Isaiah 29:17-24
Vicar Jonathan P. Jennings

In the name of Jesus!  Amen.

God’s word is powerful. Yesterday and the previous Saturday we saw His word bring together a man and a woman, making them into one flesh. It was His creating word that made the ground you walk on and the sun that shines upon your face. It’s His word that continues to sustain you, and gives you and everything life. It was the Word made flesh who speaks the healing word “Ephphatha” in our Gospel text who comes among us today and opens our ears.

Southeast of the Sea of Galilee is the region of the Decapolis. It was in this region where Jesus previously healed the demoniac (Mark 5:1-20), and after that, this man was going around proclaiming all Jesus had done for him (Mark 5:20). It would’ve been difficult for the individuals that brought the deaf-mute to Jesus not to have heard of the demoniac’s healing.

The man these individuals bring to Jesus is severally impaired (Mark 7:32). First, he is deaf. In other languages they would say ‘his ears are closed,’ ‘he has no ears,’ or ‘his ears are stone.’  This man’s ears were closed to the many things we take for granted today: birds singing, beautiful music, or the voice of a loved one. Second, this man was mute. This means he couldn’t speak and was unable to form words.

The text doesn’t tell us how he ended up this way. What we do know is people of that day were quite certain that an individual’s sin was the root of various ailments, such as blindness and deafness. It’s precisely why the disciples ask Jesus in the story of the man born blind, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents?” (John 9:2). Yet, it’s not that the deaf-mute man sinned or his parents (John 9:3), but it was a distant relative named Adam. This man and his wife sinned on account of a lie and subjected the whole creation to futility, under which it’s groaning to this day to be set free from its bondage to corruption (Roman 8:20-21). Things are no longer very good as God once declared (Gen. 1:31).


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