There are many churches. There are many things to do in these churches. Some carefully market to you. They have coffee shops and bookstores. You can pick up the Pastor’s latest book. They have comfy seats, and big crowds. Everything you want. But sometimes this careful marketing blitz misses a big point. Christianity is not … More What You Need
Imposition of Ashes P: Dear brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ, on this day the Church begins a holy season of prayerful and penitential reflection. Our attention is especially directed to the holy sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. From ancient times the season of Lent has been kept as a time … More Ash Wednesday
Merry Christmas to you all! What a joy to hear God’s Word, and know that the one who takes away the sins of the world has come! We confess our faith in this wondrous gift, and know the same confession ties us to Jesus’ death, and resurrection. We confess that Jesus was raised from the … More Christmas Confession
It seems as if this year has lasted forever. We have spent eight months so far isolating for a pandemic. We have gone through a polarizing election. We are uncertain about the future. I know that is a normal state for people to be in. I imagine a Roman wondering what was going to happen … More Advent
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! For many this Thanksgiving will be different. Family gatherings are discouraged, and let’s face it 2020 has been a hard year so far. What do we have to be thankful for? Plenty! We are God’s children and His heirs. God’s kingdom is ours. We were given this when we … More Thanksgiving
Choice is one of the greatest joys that we have. We can choose our clothes. We can choose our cars. We revel in these choices. We love making them. However the Bible doesn’t allow us to choose God. We are sinners and slaves to sin. (John 8:34) Since the will of man is not spiritually … More God’s Choice
Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:30-31) What must I do to be saved? That is the seminal question in Jesus’ Kingdom, The Church. There are many who … More What Must I Do?
What a joyous occasion! We have once again been given permission to meet together at church! June 7th at 10:00 AM will be our first chance to celebrate Divine Service together as a Christian family in many weeks! I look forward to seeing many faces once again, but feel that I should remind those of you … More A Grand Reopening
Adult Bible Study will be held tomorrow, Sunday at 8:30 AM. We will follow that with Divine Service at 10:00 AM. Here is the link for both: https://webconferencing.cuchicago.edu/witte hope to see you there!
I know that many of you are looking forward to things getting back to normal. This period of social distancing is hard and scary. I want things to settle down as well. However, I question whether there will be normal again. The 1918 flu pandemic lasted into 1919. That pandemic killed 675,000 Americans. The people … More A New Thing