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    Grace Lutheran Church Grace Lutheran Church, Brenham, Texas, Blesses
  • Grace Lutheran Church, Brenham, Texas, Blesses Concordia Lutheran Mission with Vestments, Paraments, and Altar Pieces.
    3 April 2007.
                Grace Lutheran Church, Brenham, Texas, blessed Concordia Lutheran Mission with vestments, paraments, and altar pieces.  These chancel ornaments were dedicated on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, 18 March 2007 (see photo of some of the chancel ornaments in front of some of the members of Concordia).
                The Rev. Matthew Jacobs with the assistance of the Altar Guild at Grace sought out Concordia after our needs were communicated to Lutheran Mission Alliance in Texas.  Thanks also to the Rev. Al Loeschmann and the Rev. Warren Malach for helping us make the connection.
                The vestments and paraments cover all the seasons of the church calendar and represent thousand and thousands of dollars worth of materials were they purchased new.
                Grace also provided Concordia with brass candlesticks for the altar and a brass altar cross.  The cross alone is valued at nearly $500.00. 
                This tremendous gift of paraments, vestments, and altar pieces, blesses Concordia not only with beautiful chancel furnishings, fine trimmings, and in-kind financial assistance, but more importantly these ornaments like all ornaments and ceremonies in the church are evangelically centered because they, as our Confessions state, teach us what we “need to know of Christ” (The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XXIV.3, 4).
                Concordia thanks the Altar Guild of Grace, the Rev. Matthew Jacobs, all the members of Grace Lutheran, Brenham, TX, the Rev. Al Loeschmann and the Rev. Warren Malach for the gifts which benefit Christ’s Church and redound to our Savior’s everlasting glory.


    Paraments sewn by Betty Kuk
  •  Concordia Lutheran Member Betty Kuk Sews Good Friday Paraments and Vestments.
    3 April 2007.
                Concordia Lutheran Mission member Betty Kuk sewed Good Friday vestments and paraments and also sewed a new fair linen for the altar at Concordia (see photo).  The paraments, vestments, and linens were dedicated Palm Sunday, 1 April 2007.

                The vestments and paraments provided by Mrs. Kuk made for a beautiful addition to the host of paraments, vestments, linens, and altar pieces generously provided by Grace Lutheran Church, Brenham, Texas (see companion story).

                Mrs. Kuk sewed a beautiful black stole with gold cross on the ends and nape of the stole.  Beneath the crosses the stole is edged with black fringe. Mrs. Kuk also made a black parament and veil to drape over the altar cross on Good Friday, and a fair linen.

                Like all ornaments and ceremonies in the Church, these vestments and paraments are evangelically centered because they, as our Confessions state, teach us what we “need to know of Christ” (The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XXIV.3, 4).

                All the members of Concordia Lutheran Mission give thanks to Mrs. Kuk for her work benefiting Christ’s Church and work done to our Savior’s everlasting glory.
                 Rev. Willis Jenson and Mrs. K
    Concordia Lutheran Mission Ad in Local Newspaper
  • Concordia Lutheran Mission
    The mission of the Church is to forgive sins
    through the Gospel and thereby grant eternal life.

    (St. John 20:22-23, Augsburg Confession XXVIII.8, 10)
    Concordia Lutheran Mission currently meets at the Terrebonne Grange Hall,
    8286 11th St., Terrebonne, OR. 
    web site:  http://www.lutheransonline.com/concordialutheranmission
    Divine Service 11:00 AM.  Sunday School 10:00 AM.
    The Rev. Willis C. Jenson, supply pastor, Office:  541-325-6773

     Concordia Lutheran Mission States Mission of Church in Redmond Spokesman Ad.
    3 April 2007.
                Concordia Lutheran Mission began running an ad (see graphic above) in the Redmond, Oregon Spokesman, a weekly paper last week (28 March 2007).  The ad states the mission of the Church:  “The Mission of the Church is to forgive sins through the Gospel and thereby grant eternal life.”
                Jesus establishes the Church’s mission when He says, “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:  Whose so ever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them ... .”  St. John 20:21, 22, 23. 
                Jesus commissions the Church to forgive sins because sin is what closes heaven to men (Psalm 69:4, Psalm 22:1) and bars eternal life to them (Romans 6:23). 
                And Jesus authorizes and empowers the Church to forgive sin not according to the whims of the Church, but rather according to His command and Word (St. Matthew 28:19, “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you ... .”).  For the Gospel of forgiveness is for all men (St. Mark 16:15) because Jesus was given by God to save all men (St. John 3:16.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only-Begotten Son ... .”).
                And because the Church’s absolution in the Gospel is none other than Christ’s absolution (St. Luke 10:16, “He that heareth you hearthe me.”), the Lutheran Church therefore has since the Reformation (approaching ½ a millennia, i.e. 500 years) confessed the Biblical truth that the Church grants eternal life through the preaching of Christ’s Gospel:
                This power [of the keys] is exercised only by teaching or preaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments, according to their calling, either to many or to individuals.  For thereby are granted, not bodily, but eternal things, as eternal righteousness, the Holy Ghost, eternal life.  These things cannot come but by the ministry of the Word and the Sacraments, as Paul says, Rom. 1, 16:  The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.  Therefore, ... the power of the Church grants eternal things, and is exercised only by the ministry of the Word ... .  (The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XXVIII.3, 4)
    Concordia Dedicates Communion Ware, Altar Books and Taper
  • Concordia Dedicates Communion Set, Altar Books, and Taper.
    1 May 2007

        On the Fourth Sunday of Easter, 29 April 2007, Concordia Lutheran Mission dedicated to the Lord's Service, a set of communion ware, altar books, and a taper.  These vessels, books, and utensils were donated by people throughout the country as well as members of Concordia.

        The communion set was donated by Mr. & Mrs. James Slater of Battle Lake, Minnesota.  The communion set consists of three trays holding 39 individual cups and a paten.  The communion set is effectively in brand new condition would constitute a monetary gift of well over $1000.00.   It is beautiful and in splendid condition.

        Mr. and Mrs. Harlen Peterson of Concordia donated the taper/snuffer in memory of Mrs. Peterson's parents, the Rev.Stevenson, and Mrs. Esther Stevenson, and Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Peterson.  The taper was not used to light the altar candles at the beginning of the service because it had not yet been dedicated to the Lord's service.  But the snuffer was used at the conclusion of the service.

        St. John Lutheran Church, Farwell, Texas donated the altar books.  The books provided are The Lutheran Agenda and The Lutheran Liturgy.  These books are invaluable resources and costly to purchase outright from Concordia Publishing House and difficult if not impossible to find through used book outlets -- which may very well indicate the high demand for them even though the Missouri Synod is now into it's second hymnal since their publication.  Pastor David Symm of St. John contacted us about the books and made the gracious offer in behalf of St. John.  Pastor Symm also told us that the St. John board of elders decided also to cover the cost of shipping the books for us, representing another contribution to Concordia.

        The Agenda contains services that do not ordinarily appear in the hymnal, e.g. baptism, confirmation, marriage.  The Lutheran Liturgy contains the ordinary services, e.g. The Holy Communion, as well as the introits, collects, and prayers for the church year, and other prayers, the pericopes according to the one years series, theSynodical Conference series, and so on. 

        On every page and in every service of these books Christ is found.  For these books contain the liturgy; and the liturgy is nothing else than the Gospel, Christ' Word and Sacraments.  The Apology of the Augsburg Confession states:

    But let us speak of the word liturgy. This word does not properly signify a sacrifice, but rather the public ministry, and agrees aptly with our belief, namely, that one minister who consecrates tenders the body and blood of the Lord to the rest of the people, just as one minister who preaches tenders the Gospel to the people, as Paul says, I Cor. 4, 1: Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God, i.e., of the Gospel and the Sacraments. And 2 Cor. 5, 20: We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, Be ye reconciled to God. Thus the term [leitourgia] agrees aptly with the ministry. For it is an old word ordinarily employed in public civil administrations ... . (Article XXIV.(XII).80, 81)

        And the communion ware and the taper also teach us about Christ and His saving work for us.  The communion ware obviously brings to mind the Sacrament and reminds us that on the night in which Jesus was betrayed and the night before His Passion was ever thoughtful not of Himself, but of us, and instituted this Blessed Sacrament to distribute the benefits of His Passion to us.  OurLarge Catechism teaches us:

    For here He offers to us the entire treasure which He has brought for us from heaven, and to which He invites us also in other places with the greatest kindness ... . In conclusion, since we have now the true understanding and doctrine of the Sacrament, there is indeed need of some admonition and exhortation, that men may not let so great a treasure which is daily administered and distributed among Christians pass by unheeded, that is, that those who would be Christians make ready to receive this venerable Sacrament often. ...  Therefore also it is vain talk when they say that the body and blood of Christ are not given and shed for us in the Lord’s Supper, hence we could not have forgiveness of sins in the Sacrament. For although the work is accomplished and the forgiveness of sins acquired on the cross, yet it cannot come to us in any other way than through the Word. For what would we otherwise know about it, that such a thing was accomplished or was to be given us if it were not presented by preaching or the oral Word? Whence do they know of it, or how can they apprehend and appropriate to themselves the forgiveness, except they lay hold of and believe the Scriptures and the Gospel? But now the entire Gospel and the article of the Creed: I Believe a holy Christian Church, the forgiveness of sin etc., are by the Word embodied in this Sacrament and presented to us. (Fifth Chief Part, THE SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR.66, 39, 40, 31, 32, emphases original and added)

        The taper reminds us the Gospel is the Light of the world:  "I am the light of the world:  he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."  St. John 8:12.

        The dedication of these church vessels, books, and utensils again reminds us that all ceremonies in the Church direct us to Jesus and teach us what we need to know of Christ our Savior (The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XXIV.3, 4).

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mason City, Iowa, and St. Peter Lutheran Church, La Grange, Missouri, Contribute Altar Books and Missal Stand to Concordia
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mason City, Iowa and St. Peter Lutheran Church, La Grange, Missouri Contribute Altar Books and Missal Stand to Concordia
    31 December 2007

    Bethlehem Lutheran church, Mason City, Iowa, and St. Peter Lutheran Church, La Grange, Missouri, graciously donated to Concordia Luther Mission a missal stand and altar books, The Lutheran Agenda and The Lutheran Lectionary. They were dedicated on the Fourth Sunday in Advent, 23 December 2007, during the Divine Service. 
    The altar books, of course, contain the Liturgy of the Church. This fact makes these books especially precious because the Liturgy of the Church is the Gospel.The Lutheran Church's position on the Liturgy since the Reformation states:  "But let us speak of the word liturgy.  This word does not properly signify a sacrifice, but rather the public ministry, and agrees aptly with our belief, namely, that one minister who consecrates tenders the body and blood of the Lord to the rest of the people, just as one minister who preaches tenders the Gospel to the people, as Paul says, I Cor. 4, 1:  Let a man so account of us as ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God,i.e. of the Gospel and the Sacraments.  And 2 Co., 5,20: We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, Be ye reconciled to God.  Thus the [liturgy] agrees aptly with the ministry."  (The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XXIV. (XII) 80 81). 
    Obviously the altar books, then, are great treasures because within them reposes the saving Liturgy of the Church.  And the missal stand, upon which these books rest, reflects the rich treasures of the Kingdom of Heaven which lie within those books.
    The missal stand Concordia received from St. Peter is a solid brass, ornate bookstand with a bell-shaped base and adjustable easel.  Its gold color and rich texture reminds us of the wealth of the Kingdom of Heaven.  Brass's durability reminds us of the enduring and eternal nature of the Kingdom of Heaven.
    The treasures given to us in the Gospel are not fleeting, but enduring and eternal.  Jesus says in Proverbs 8:  "Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.  My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.  I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:  That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures."  (vv. 18-21)
    The fact that a missal stand supports the liturgy reminds us that all things in the Church are appointed to teach people what they need to know about Christ and the eternal benefits He bequeaths us in the Liturgy.  The Large Catechism states:  "Everything, therefore, in the Christian Church is ordered to the end that we shall daily obtain there nothing but the forgiveness of sin through the Word and signs, to comfort and encourage our consciences as along as we live here."  (Part Second, the Creed, Article III.55).  And The Augsburg Confessionstates:  "For ceremonies are needed to this end alone that the unlearned be taught [what they need to know of Christ]."  (Article XXIV. 3, 4)
    Concordia again extends its heartfelt thanks and expresses its deep appreciation for the rich gifts bestowed upon us by Bethlehem Lutheran Church and their Pastor the Rev. Mark Lavrenz and St. Peter Lutheran Church and their Pastor the Rev. Paul Lohse.
                    Soli Deo Gloria.
    "MISSAL:  1) the Roman service book containing the Ordinary and the Canon of the Mass and the proper's of the time and of the saints;  2)  in modern use, a large edition of the service book, well bound, intended for use at the altar.
    "MISSAL STAND:  the desk of metal or wood upon which the service book rests on the altar in time of public worship."  Luther Reed, The Lutheran Liturgy, p. 768

    The Altar Books, The Lutheran Agenda, and The Lutheran Lectionary, on the altar of Concordia Lutheran Mission. The Altar Books were donated by Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mason City, Iowa

    The Rev. Mark Lavrenz, Pastor 

    The Missal Stand on the altar of  Concordia Lutheran Mission. The Missal Stand was donated by St. Peter Lutheran Church, La Grange, Missouri

    The Rev. Peter Lohse, Pastor 

    Concordia Dedicates to the Lord’s Service the Book Stand for the Guest Register
  • Concordia Dedicates to the Lord’s Service Book Stand for the Guest Register on 25 June 2008.
    21 August 2008

    Concordia Lutheran Mission dedicated the book stand for the new guest register on the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, 25 June 2008. 

               Mr. Gordon Kuk of Concordia handcrafted the book stand. The book stand is made of laminate, carvings, and moldings designed and crafted by Mr. Kuk.  A hand-carved cross adorns the front, reminding us that all Church architecture and furnishings are designed not only for practical purposes but also to exhibit and proclaim the Lord’s saving Gospel.  “for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”  Isaiah 11:9.

              Oak skins cover the basic frame to give it a rich appearance and texture.  Mr. Kuk stained the easel with golden oak stain and covered it with red felt, giving it a formal and royal appearance.
      All the members of Concordia thank Mr. Kuk for his time and effort for the benefit of Christ’s Church and to God’s eternal glory.
    Betty and Gordon Kuk with the Rev. Willis C. Jenson, Supply Pastor, Concordia Lutheran Mission.
    Concordia Dedicates the New Advent Wreath to the Service of Christ's Church and to God's Eternal Glory
  • Concordia Dedicates the New Advent Wreath to the Service of Christ's Church and to God's Eternal Glory.
    29 October 2008
    On the Festival of the Reformation (Observed), 29 October 2008, Concordia Lutheran Mission dedicated the new Advent wreath donated to Concordia by Harlen and Esther Peterson.  The wreath is made of wrought iron and brass and includes four new candles for the upcoming Advent season and a Christ candle for the Christmas season.

        The Advent wreath conveys the message  of Advent with four candles progressively lit for each
    Sunday in the advancing Advent season, reminding us of the approaching Festival of Christmas
    and Christmas season and the observance Christ's appearance in Bethlehem.  Each Sunday in Advent
    moves us closer to the birth of Christ on Christmas and prepares us accordingly.

        The custom of the progressively lit candles reminds us that Advent is a season of preparation and, therefore, penitential, i.e. a season of repentance.  Christians prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth just as St. John the Baptist prepared people for Christ's appearance in his day, through repentance and the remission of sins.  St. Luke the Evangelist writes of the call of St. John the Baptist's call and how he was to prepare the people of Judah for the coming of Christ in His First Advent: And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest:  for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation through the remission of their sins.  (St. Luke 1:76-77)

                Likewise, this preparation for Christ' coming, His Second Coming, continues today in the Church today through the preaching of repentance and the remission of sins.  The Lutheran Church states:
    Moreover, the power of the keys administers and presents the Gospel through absolution, which [proclaims peace to me and] is the true voice of the Gospel.  Thus we also comprise absolution when we speak of faith, because faith cometh by hearing, as Paul says Rom 10, 17. ...  Thus faith is conceived and strengthened through absolution, through the hearing of the Gospel, through the use of the Sacraments, so that it may not succumb while it struggles with the terrors of sin and death.  This method of repentance is plain and clear, and increases the worth of the power of the keys and of the Sacraments, and illumines the benefit of Christ, and teaches us to avail ourselves of Christ as the Mediator and Propitiator.  (The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XII. [V.].39, 42, 43, Triglotta, pp. 261, 263.
                Through the Gospel men avail themselves of Christ the Savior and, thereby, are well prepared to meet the Lord when He returns in glory.  For, if we have availed ourselves of Christ through absolution and faith, we are then with Him already, for where there is the Gospel and faith, there He sets up His abode and abides with us (St. Matthew 18:20, St. John 14:23).

        Advent and the Advent wreath, then, remind us of the First Advent of Christ and, thereby, how to prepare for His Second Advent: through the Gospel.  For through the Gospel and faith we are with Christ already and are prepared for His coming in glory at all times.  Jesus says:

    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age.  Amen.  (St. Matthew 28:19-20)          
    Concordia Dedicates the New Advent Wreath Stand
  • Concordia Dedicates the New Advent Wreath Stand to the Service of Christ's Church and to God's Eternal Glory.
     On the First Sunday in Advent, 30 November 2008, Concordia Lutheran Mission dedicated the Advent wreath stand handcrafted for the new wreath by Concordia member Mr. Gordon  Kuk.

    On top of the hemlock post rests an oak-veneered shelf that supports the Advent wreath.  The base on which the stand rests is hand sanded and stained with oak stain.

    Crosses encrust the base and the shelf, proclaiming to us in these small, wooden reliefs the Power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16), the Gospel of Christ-Crucified for the sins of men.
    "For I am determined to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."  I Corinthians 2:2.

    The Cross embellishments and the richness and lustre of the materials remind us of the bounty of salvation and the eternal riches of the Kingdom of Heaven with which God provides men in the Gospel.  "for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."  Isaiah 11:9  "Let Israel hope in the LORD:  for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption."  Psalm 130:7.  Our Lutheran Confessions state:  "... the Gospel brings consolation and remission, not only in one way, but through the Word and Sacraments, and the like, as we shall hear afterward in order that [thus] there is with the Lord plenteous redemption, as Ps. 130, 7 says, against the dreadful captivity of sin."  The Smalcald Articles, Part III, Article III.8. 

                Finally, the garland appears to sprout from the top of the wreath stand, giving it an appearance of a living tree.  The sprouting evergreen garland reminds us that the Cross of Christ is now the Tree of Eternal Life to those who believe.  "Who on the tree of the cross didst give salvation unto mankind that, whence death arose, thence Life also might rise again; and that he who by a tree once overcame might likewise by a tree be overcome, through Christ, our Lord ... ."  The Proper Preface for Lent, The Lutheran Hymnal, p. 25.

    Concordia Dedicates White Chasuble
  • Concordia Dedicates White Chasuble to the Service of Christ's Church and to God's Eternal Glory.
     On the Third Sunday in Advent, 14 December 2009, Concordia Lutheran Mission dedicated the white chasuble sewn and handcrafted for Concordia by Concordia member Mrs. Betty Kuk.  The chasuble
    completes Concordia's set of vestments. The chasuble includes a stole and is made of white cloth with gold Maltese crosses on the front and back of it.

         Mrs. Kuk selected the material and cut it to fit after the pattern of Concordia's other chasubles.  Once the material was cut to the pattern, she then assembled it by sewing together the various components.

          The last part of the project was to affix the cross appliqués. The appliqués for chasuble and stole were handcrafted for Concordia by nuns from Immaculate Heart Convent of Syracuse, New York.
                "... the alb, stole, and chasuble are the primary eucharistic vestments of the Church of the Augsburg Confession ... ."  Lutheran Worship:  History and Practice, p. 223.  The chasuble makes plain that the emphasis lies on the Office of the Gospel, which the pastor administers, and not the pastor.  For the chasuble, like all vestments, draws the attention of the faithful to the Office of the Gospel in the Crosses and other symbols that appear on the chasuble, and not to the person of the pastor.  This vestment, like all other vestments, brings into bold relief not the person of the pastor but rather the saving Person of Christ in the Word and the Sacraments:
    "For Luther, vestments belong within the realm of Christian liberty.  In his Formula Missae of 1523 he commented, 'We permit them [vestments] to be used in freedom, as long as people refrain from ostentation and pomp.  For you are not more acceptable for consecrating in vestments.  Nor are you less acceptable for consecrating without them.' ...  Luther's colleague and pastor, Johannes Bugenhagen, expressed a similar view in a letter to a certain M. Goerlitz on September 30, 1530:  'There is a twofold doctrine of chasubles ... one is the truth, namely that chasubles can be used; this does not give scandal to those who are accustomed to hearing the Gospel.  The other is a Satanic lie out of the doctrines of the devils, namely, that it is never lawful to use chasubles; this gives scandal to the people where they hear and believe such lies from the ministers.' ...  The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has wisely sought to follow the directive of Article XXIV of the Apology that vestments are retained in the church's liturgy.  The continued use of vestments in the Church of the Augsburg Confession is important for at least two reasons:  First, vestments are used as ensigns of the office of the holy ministry.  These liturgical garments cover the man, reminding the congregation that their pastor speaks to them not simply as a fellow Christian, but as 'a called and ordained servant of the Word.'  The vestments are clothes of a servant.  In this sense, ... 'vestments are a liturgical language.'  Secondly, vestments are a visual reminder of the continuity of the church's worship throughout history.  Grisbrooke writes, 'An essential element in the nature of Christian worship is its witness to the unchanging and abiding value and power of God's mighty works in Christ, and it follows that the vestments should reflect the continuity of Christian worship, rather than discontinuities which times have afflicted it.' ...  The use of the historic vestments signals our linkage with the church catholic in confession and life.  Thus in the evangelical Lutheran Church vestments are not merely aesthetic decorations, but are symbols of the historic continuity of our church with prophets, apostles, martyrs, and confessors of all times and places."  Lutheran Worship:  History and Practice, pp. 221, 222, 223, emphasis added.
    Concordia Receives Five People Into Membership
  • On the Festival of the Transfiguration of our Lord, 22 February 2009, during the Divine Service, Concordia received five people formally into membership. 
    Anna Boales, Penny Yackee, and Mary Kane were formally received into membership by transfer from Emmaus Lutheran Church, Redmond, Oregon.
    Karin and James Preuit of Madras, Oregon were formally received into membership by colloquy.
    A reception for the new members was held after the Service.
    We pray the Lord will continue to bless these people and all the members of Concordia as we continue to partake in the eternal blessings of the Gospel.
    The Lord gave the word:  great was the company
    of those that published it.  – Psalm 68:11.