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A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth

 

Reading through the hymn, A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth by Paul Gerhardt will take you through what Martin Luther called, "a joyous exchange” for the Christian because of what Jesus Christ has done.

“Your blood my royal robe shall be,
my joy beyond all measure!
When I appear before Your throne, 
Your righteousness shall be my crown; 
With these I need not hide me” (st. 4). 
The events of Holy Week reveal that there is no need for us to hide, for we are no longer naked in our sin. We are clothed in the finest possible apparel to celebrate the feast of Easter, both now and forever. ~Marion Lars Hendrickson

Paul Gerhardt is a favorite hymn-writer of many Lutherans. It would be worth your time to read a little about him, and his testimony.

My Song is Love Unknown

Samuel Crossman (1624–83), an Anglican priest, composed this poem in the latter part of the 17th century. It was not originally intended to be a hymn. Instead, Crossman’s poem first appeared as one of a collection of nine that he attached to a conduct book he had written for young men. Here he
told religious stories and offered encouragement for godly living that children might grow in the faith.

As a piece of devotional verse, Crossman’s poem has much in common with the religious lyrics of earlier 17th-century poets such as John Donne and, more importantly, George Herbert. The religious lyric sought not only to communicate a religious subject but also to foster personal meditation upon it.
Whether out in the world or gathered in worship, God’s people have been given a story to sing. Today, we sing again that story of God’s love for sinners in Jesus Christ.

Lord God, bless Your Word wherever it is proclaimed. Make it a word of power and peace to convert those not yet Your own and to confirm those who have come to saving faith. May Your Word pass from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the lip, and from the lip to the life that, as You have promised, Your Word may achieve the purpose for which You send it; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen 
- David R. Schmitt

Reading through each verse of this hymn would be an excellent time of prayer and meditation on the forgiveness, life and salvation we have through Jesus. 
The hymn is based on the following verses of scripture:
Isaiah 52:13-53:3
Romans 5:6, 10
Philippians 2:5-11
Acts 3:13-15

Jesus Priceless Treasure

Jesus, Priceless Treasure (LSB 743)
was written by Johann Franck after the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1677).
Consider Franck’s hymn in light of Peter’s first epistle; 
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith more precious than gold that parishes though it is tested by fire may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. So you have not seen him, you love him. So you do not now, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:6-9)

Lord Jesus Christ, our support and defense in every need, continue to preserve Your Church in safety, govern her by Your goodness, and bless her with Your peace; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
- Paul F. Becker

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

 

The pastor says, “The Lord be with you” and the congregation responds “and also with you.” These are imparting words. What I mean is that they are not just a casual greeting. They are words spoken by people who take seriously Christ’s promise, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”  The salutation is not just a way to greet the person next to you in the pew. It is holding Christ to his promise. It is a recognition of Christ in our midst. It is an acknowledgment that we are a people who have been gathered by the Good Shepherd into the safety and security of an eternal fellowship. 

Brothers and sisters in Christ, our fellowship is created and sustained not by our close proximity to one another. Neither does our fellowship require four walls. We have been called and gathered by the Holy Spirit working through the Word of God. We are united in Christ by baptism. When we partake of the Lord’s body and blood we share a table with every Christian not just those who are present in the same room with us.
d not starve ourselves physically out of fear of the coronavirus, we will not starve ourselves of forgiveness, life, and salvation.

We are going to cancel this Sunday’s gathering for worship at Concordia. Everything that would normally be provided will be made available except for the company of one another. At this time, we are being told that the best way to make “short business” of this virus is by not gathering. Sunday’s sermon will be recorded and made available electronically in as many different ways as possible. Hard copies of the sermon and a worship folder, will be available for you if you would like to stop by the Church from 9:00am to 11:00am on Sunday morning. We will meet you at your car if you would like.
We were not scheduled to provide communion this Sunday. Pastor Wiist, the elders, the president of the congregation, and the head of the board of lay ministry will be meeting early next week to discuss the best way to make communion available, whether that means having worship on March 29th or providing some other means. One way or another, communion will be offered at the regularly assigned times.  

Our Church building will remain open and Pastor Wiist will continue to have regular office hours. He will also be available to make home visits should you have an emergency that requires spiritual care. His cell phone # is 812-461-8171. Do not hesitate to call. 

Keep your eyes open for future announcements and please be patient with us as we make difficult decisions. Our goal has not changed. Our mission remains the same: “Together we reach out and strengthen with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”  Lord, grant us wisdom, strength, and compassion. Amen.

In Christ,                 

Rev. David Wiist

a storm is coming

It feels a little bit like we have been warned and told to prepare because a storm is coming. Such warnings raise many questions: What form will the storm take? Will it come this way? Will it affect someone that I love? Will it force me to change my plans? Am I prepared? Is there something that I should be doing that I haven’t already done?

     I suppose, in some ways, only hindsight can answer some of the questions that cause us the most anxiety. But is it really unanswered questions or uncertainty that causes anxiety or is it coming face to face with the reality that we are not in control? We become anxious when we face situations beyond our control.

     I hope that you will be comforted by the good news that we were never really in control of anything, but that we are, nevertheless, far from helpless. The Apostle Peter in his first epistle acknowledged our lack of control, our complete dependency, and our strength all at the same time when he wrote, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

     In an attempt to deal responsibly with the challenge presented by the corona virus we have suspended our congregation’s programs for the rest of the month of March. We are going to cancel this Sunday’s gathering for worship at Concordia. Everything that would normally be provided will be made available except for the company of one another. At this time, we are being told that the best way to make “short business” of this virus is by not gathering. Sunday’s sermon will be recorded and made available electronically in as many different ways as possible. Hard copies of the sermon and a worship folder, will be available for you if you would like to stop by the Church from 9:00am to 11:00am on Sunday morning. We will meet you at your car if you would like.

 If you develop a physical need please let us know. We will assist. In addition, know that Pastor Wiist has both the time and the desire to speak with you about any concerns you have and to provide you with devotional materials while you are “shut-in.” 

     Keep an eye on our Facebook page as you will find many good resources for your encouragement. For example, Pastor Wiist intends to continue many of our regular studies online…including the material he was using for his midweek services and Sunday Morning Bible study. You’ve got your Bibles, Hymnals, and Catechisms. Get them out and get ready for some fun!

     We will adjust as the situation around us changes, but take comfort in the good news that God is in control and he does most certainly care for you. Cast your anxieties upon him!

 In His grace, Rev Dave Wiist

New Windows

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We have new, absolutely beautiful,  stained glass windows in our four sanctuary doors. Sunday we had a blessing of these windows, these sacred pieces of art:

 "... in His great love for us the eternal God has taken on human flesh and joined Himself to His own creation. Heaven and earth are now filled with His glory and He uses the things of this world to bring us His blessing. "He has made everything beautiful in its time" so that we may behold the beauty of the Lord and inquire in His holy temple. (Ecclesiastes 3:11;(Psalm 27:4)   It is fitting, then, that these windows be sanctified by Word and prayer for use in the Lord's house. (from the Lutheran Service Book Agenda)

 These windows are given in memory of our brother in Christ, Terry Lampton. They light up the room as he certainly did. 

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