Volume 26 May 2014 No. 5
Musing on the Resurrection
But another feature of these accounts is the gentleness by which he reveals to them who he is. He appears, for instance to Mary Magdalene in a way that she does not at first recognize; only when he calls her by name does he lift the veil from her understanding; so also, on the Emmaus road, he walks with two disciples while their eyes are kept from recognizing him; only after speaking with them and at last breaking bread with them does he make himself known. When he finally appears to all the disciples in the upper room, he lets them physically inspect him, and eats before them (
St. Luke 24:37-43). In short, he
is kind to them in spite of their dullness of heart to believe.
And so, of course, is he to us. He is kind. His way is to keep showing us, week after week. To keep preaching to us, telling us, bringing us to his Feast.
As he wanted them to know, so he wants us to know. He wants us to be confident.
The confidence that he want us to have is meant to carry us through life in spite of our sometimes acute awareness of our unworthiness and sin. And, in as perhaps as deep a way, in spite of the depth of challenges and fears that we sometimes must face. He wants us to know.
This is the joy of Easter, and of Eastertide. It is meant to continue throughout the Sundays from Easter until Pentecost, but to extend even beyond that; for every Sunday is Easter. Even the Sundays during the Lenten season are not counted among Lent’s forty days. No, they are Easter Sundays, in a way. All Sundays are Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday fulfills the words of the Psalmist: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
The reason for this joy is that we become participants in Jesus’ resurrection: his flesh is our flesh, his death is our death, and his resurrection is our resurrection. He immortality that he achieved has become our own immortality. This is why he explained to Martha: “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (
11:26). St. John
The Holy Feast of Easter is not over, therefore. It continues throughout Eastertide, throughout the year, and throughout all of Christian life.
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
+ Pastor Eckardt
Church Needs and Finances
Our Easter offering was a welcome $3463.50 this year. This is a figure that comes in at over twice the normal level for a weekend.
However, our needs continue to be felt. A special council meeting was held a little over a month ago in which the low level of our savings account was discussed, and possible plans of future action were weighed, but no definite steps were taken.
Since then, members may have noticed that a stained glass window broke in the balcony, due to high winds. The trustees put up plywood for a temporary fix, but this will need to be addressed, and although insurance will cover the expense, the deductible is $2,500.
At council meetings the sacrificial giving level of many members is routinely noted. In addition, a bulletin from over twenty years go was recently reviewed, listing offerings not too much higher than they are today, in spite of the fact that our attendance today is considerably smaller. In short, we are a small parish with a great eagerness to thrive. Members need to be aware that, on the one hand, their remarkable giving levels have been helping us to maintain a viable congregation, but on the other hand, these levels will need to continue, and, if possible, be augmented.
5/28/1982 Christine and Garry Erickson
5/28/1977 John and Charlene Sovanski
5/2 Sheri Kraklow
5/6 Emilie Ricknell
5/10 William Thompson
5/16 John Eckardt
5/17 Jeffery Boswell
Otis Anderson, John Ricknell, David Ricknell, Bill Thompson
First Tuesday meetings are May 6th, as usual: Altar Guild at 6 pm, Vespers 6:45; Elders 7:15.
Church Council will be meeting on Wednesday, May 21st, at 5:30 pm.
Pentecost in June
Pentecost is late this year; it does not fall until Sunday, June 8th. That weekend, Pastor and family will be at a wedding and family reunion in
so there will be no Pentecost Vigil. Pastor Kenneth Wegener, former pastor here
now retired, will be filling in. Cincinnati
Altar Guild Notes
• Wednesday, April 30th: SS Philip and James, color is RED.
• The altar paraments color throughout May is WHITE.
• No mass on Wednesday, May 28th; instead, mass is on Thursday, May 29th, which is Ascension Day. The color is WHITE.
The Lighter Side
Coming up again this May!
A one-day conference: “Justification and the Sacrament”
— with special guest speaker Rev. Rolf Preus
The most prolific writer among the late Robert Preus’s many sons, Pastor Preus is widely known for his emphases on Justification and the Holy Ministry. His recent re-admission to the clergy roster of the LCMS, after a two-decade hiatus in the hinterlands of the ELS (from which he was suspended in 2006 for challenging their views on the Ministry), is a delight to confessional LCMS Lutherans who wonder what took them so long.
Tuesday, May 20th Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Also featuring banter and discussion from among our editors
Rev. Fr. Larry Beane, MDiv
Rev. Fr. Jason Braaten, MDiv
Rev. Fr. Mark Braden, STM
Rev. Fr. Burnell F. Eckardt Jr., STM, PhD
Rev. Fr. David H. Petersen, MDiv
Rev. Fr. D. Richard Stuckwisch Jr., PhD
8:30-9:00 am Registration/Coffee, donuts/
Holy Absolution available
9:00 am Matins
9:40 am Welcome
Justification and the Sacrament, part one
11:00 am Holy Mass
12:15 pm Lunch (provided)
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Justification and the Sacrament, part two
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Response from the editors
3:30 pm Vespers
4:00 pm Gemütlichkeit
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In Our Prayers
In addition to our shut-ins, our current list of prayer intentions at mass includes the names on the lists here following. To update the list, please inform pastor.
in our parish:
And all of our shut-ins.
Anna Rutowicz [re Harris]
Julie Ross [Svetlana Meaker’s daughter, cancer]
Caleb Cleaver [Ricknell]
Christian Johnson [re Kemerlings]
Madison Lindsay [re
Michelle Steuber [re Fisher]
Jill Matchett [re Shreck]
Anthony Strand [re Murphys]
Edna Day [Chris Harden’s mother-in-law, cancer]
Carolyn Lewis [re
Barb Fornoff [re Russells]
Tilly Miller [Jennifer Madsen’s mother]
Lorene Foglesong [friend of the Kraklows]
Pastors Don Chambers, [Manito]
Brian Feicho [
E. St. Louis]
Glenn Niemann [
Arthur Baisch [cancer]
Adam Jacobsen [
and Timothy Quill [
] Fort Wayne
in the military:
Donny Appleman [re Ricknell]
Thomas Kim [re Shreck]
Jaclyn Harden Alvarez
and Richard Heiden
any unborn children in danger of abortion, and those suffering from unrest, persecution, and imprisonment in Somalia, China, North Korea, Syria, and elsewhere.
Here are some details. Websites: www.persecution.net; www.northkoreanchristians.com/religion-north-korea.html.
“According to party covenant, Article 1, section 1, all North Koreans are required to worship Kim Il Sung with all our heart and might, even after his death. We have to venerate the pictures and status of Kim Il Sung.”
“We must hang [Kim Il Sung’s] pictures. The pictures indicate that Kim Il Sung is god, as we hang the pictures for the purpose of reminding ourselves that we depend on him.”
“Religious freedom is not allowed in
because it will ruin the deification
of Kim Il Sung.” North
“A young woman, in her twenties, was washing clothes in a tributary to the
River (the border between China and ). When packing up the
clothes, she dropped what was believed to be a small Bible. The actual words
used by the North Korean authorities were “Christianity book” (kiddokyo chaek).
Another washer woman reported the girl to the police. North Korea
“According to Interviewee 4, the informer may not have known that the book was a Bible, but all suspicious activity had to be reported to the police. The young woman and her father, looking to be roughly sixty years old, were arrested and held by the local Gukgabowibu police for some three months. During that time, the woman and her father were presumably investigated and interrogated. Apparently, they were deemed guilty of a capital offense. On a summer morning in 1997, the two were taken to a market area near where the
runs into the . The two were
accused of trafficking and condemned as traitors to the nation and Kim Jong Il.
“Interviewee 4 was unaware of any other judicial procedures prior to the announcement of the crime, verdict, and sentence in an extremely brief public “show trial,” which consisted of no more than announcements of the charges and verdict immediately prior to the execution. Teachers and students from elementary (4th grade and up), middle, and high school were assembled, along with persons who had been sent over from the nearby market. Seven police fired three shots each into the two victims, who had been tied to stakes a few meters from the “trial” area. The force of the rifle shots, fired from fifteen meters away, caused blood and brain matter to be blown out of their heads.
“Interviewee 4 was in the fifth row. She sketched from memory a schematic drawing of the execution scene.”
Hundreds of these Christian residents have watched their lives — and their very freedoms — slip away right before their eyes.
, a city which has
been occupied by both government and rebel forces for weeks, is now alone the
site of more than 1,500 violent deaths. As
the Arab Spring continues to rage throughout Homs , thousands more people have
lost their lives in a movement that seeks to strip President Bashar al-Assad’s
regime of its power. And as Islamic
protesters clash with government forces, Christians have become hopelessly
tangled in the crossfire. Syria
The most recent fighting has left over 50 Christians dead. One victim, a young Christian boy, was killed by rebels who filmed the murder and then blamed the act on government soldiers. Another victim, a Christian man, was taken captive by rebels before being cruelly asked by them, “How do you want to die?” The man suffered a complete breakdown before he was eventually released.
Those who mourn
We sorrow with Charlene Sovanski and her family at the loss of her mother Ruth Hoernemann of
in early April. Ortonville, Minnesota
We also sorrow with Allan Kraklow and his family at the loss of his sister-in-law Dorothy Kraklow of
also in early April. Muscatine, Iowa
May the comfort of the resurrection of our Lord be with all who mourn.