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Our Saviour Parish News, June, 2018

Our Saviour Lutheran Church
3301 The Alameda
Baltimore, MD 21218
410-235-9553

June, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

During the past month we celebrated the ascension of our Lord, the great Feast of Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit, the birthday of the Church, and the Feast of the Holy Trinity, commonly called Trinity Sunday on which we rejoice in God’s revelation of Himself as one God: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. And on Pentecost three fine young men, having completed the study of the Catechism, were confirmed: Dominick Carmichael-Myrie, Elijah Carmichael-Myrie, and Theodore Jones. Remember these young men in your prayers that they may always remain faithful to Christ and His Church.

Our dear sister in Christ, Mary Bridges, fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, May 28th, following a lengthy illness. May the Light perpetual shine upon her and may the risen Lord comfort her daughter Lynetric and all who mourn her departure. As of this writing, funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Remember also to pray for all those whose names appear in the Sunday bulletin. Helen Gray was recently hospitalized but is again at home. Our dear organist emeritus, Don Weber, is now a patient at Franklin Square Hospital.

Every Sunday morning we have Bible class and Sunday School at 9:45 A.M. Mary Techau has been teaching the little ones and the not so little ones. And for that I am very grateful! During the past year the Bible class has studied some of the Scripture lessons assigned to the Sundays of the Church Year, the Augsburg Confession, and the use of the psalms in the New Testament. We are now beginning a study of the Letter to the Hebrews which was addressed to Jewish Christians in danger of falling back into Judaism. God’s written Word is always timely, but I think that Hebrews is perhaps especially timely in a time when the Church is increasingly under pressure from a society which has ceased to be – if it ever really was! – in some sense Christian and in which the whole Judaeo-Christian tradition no longer forms the world we live in. Our Sunday Bible classes are quite informal. Questions are very welcome. Come join us!

  We have now been using our Synod’s new hymnal, Lutheran Service Book, for a month. I think that it has been well received. We have been using what is called Divine Service III which is the same liturgy that is found in The Lutheran Hymnal, the “red book.” Beginning on the first Sunday in July and continuing through August and September, we will be using Divine Service I which is the same liturgy that is found in Lutheran Worship, the “blue book.” I am happy to report that we have received so many offerings from members and friends of Our Saviour that these books have cost us very little. You can still give a book or books in honor or in memory of loved ones. The cost is $30.00 per book. By the way, we have numerous copies of the two older hymnals. You are certainly welcome to take one or more for your own use. The Church’s hymns are intended for use not only in public worship but also in family and private devotion.

 You may or may not have noticed that in the Lutheran Service Book there is a small triangle before the beginning of the last stanza of those hymns which conclude with a doxology, a stanza in which we give glory and praise to the triune God. The triangle is there to remind us to stand for these stanzas. It will no doubt take time before we all become familiar with this custom. Do remember that as we worship our heavenly Father we are not a regiment on parade but are the children of God in their Father’s house. 

 The new Church Council will be installed during the Divine Service on June 10th.  They are:  Paul Techau’ President; Dana Carmichael, Secretary; Bernie Knox, Treasurer; Mary Techau, Director of Education; Merton Masterson, Director of Worship; Gary Watson, At Large.

 Sunday, June 24th, is the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, the Forerunner of our Lord. Saint Luke tells us of this in Luke 1:57-80. Since John was born six months before the Savior, the Church has from ancient times remembered John’s birth six months before Christmas Eve.

 Enclosed with this letter is a tract which addresses the question of Fellowship in the Lord’s Supper. The Holy Sacrament is the Sacrament of Unity. The faithful Lutheran Church has always so understood it and has insisted on unity of faith on the part of those who receive Communion. The fact is that Christians are sadly divided in what they believe, teach and confess. Until these doctrinal differences are resolved, the common reception of Communion by Christians who are divided in  doctrine would suggest a unity which does not yet exist and for which we must all fervently pray. I am always happy to prepare people for the reception of Holy Communion.

 Do not forget that every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the Lord’s resurrection when Christians gather to hear His Word and to receive Him in the Holy Sacrament of His Body and Blood. Continue to pray for one another and for me your pastor.

Affectionately in our Lord,


Pastor McClean

Ordination Anniversary Celebration:
As you know, Pastor McClean will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination this June the 23rd.  In honor of this occasion, we will be having a celebration of thanksgiving on June 23rd at 10:00 AM with Divine Service and a luncheon to follow.

Please plan on attending this very special event. If you could please, respond by calling the church office (410-253-9553) and leaving a message or signing the sheet on the piano in the church by June 9 so that we can properly plan for the luncheon, it would be most appreciated.
– Our Saviour Church Council

Free Flea Market
As you change the clothes in your closet for the warmer weather, remember the Free Flea Market at Our Saviour. We can always use men’s clothing, housewares, and other items of interest. We will also gather coats for Waverly Elementary/Middle School, so you can bring them in now. This will be the 5th year that we have held this successful outreach to the community. Items can be dropped off in the room next to the Multi-Purpose room. Let Judy Volkman know what you are leaving. The first Free Flea Market will be June 9th and every second Saturday through September. Volunteers are needed to greet visitors and welcome them to Our Saviour.
– Judy Vokman

 

Our Saviour Parish News, February 2016

February 10 – Ash Wednesday
Soup Supper, 6:30 PM
Divine Service with Imposition of Ashes, 7:30 PM


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Because Easter Day is so early this year, March 27th, we already find ourselves at the beginning of Lent. I hope that everyone who is able to do so will make the effort to be in God’s house on Ash Wednesday, the First Day of Lent. Lent has been kept by Christians since ancient times: then it was the final period of preparation of adult converts for baptism which took place at the Vigil of Easter Eve. Holy Scripture teaches that in baptism we are made one with Christ in His saving death and resurrection, are born again of water and the Spirit, receive the forgiveness of sins and are made members of Christ’s mystical body, the Church. And because we have been baptized we are called to daily repentance. As we learned in the Catechism, Baptism “signifies that the old Adam in us should through daily contrition and repentance die and be drowned with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.” That is the daily life of Christians. Lent is simply a time of intensified effort to do just that through the discipline of prayer, fasting and almsgiving which the Lord Jesus assumes His followers will be engaged in as He says in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6: 1-21). God does not need our Lenten discipline but we do – so that we may grow in likeness to Him. I am always glad to answer any questions you may have about the observance of Lent. My telephone number is 410.554.9994; my email address is charlesmcclean42@gmail.com.

Again this year we will have the Wednesday evening Lenten Vespers at 7:30 PM preceded by a simple soup supper at 6:30 PM. The meditations this year will focus on the Passion of Christ as seen in the Book of Psalms. When our Savior appeared to His disciples on the evening of His resurrection He said, “These are my words which I spoke to you while I was with you, that everything written in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opened their minds of understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:44t). All Scripture speaks of Christ. As we reverently and intently listen to God’s Word written, our sin is uncovered, we see the greatness of Christ’s forgiving love, and His mind is increasingly formed in us.

And speaking of Holy Scripture I should also mention the adult Bible Class which meets every Sunday morning at 9:45 A.M. We study the appointed readings– the Old Testament Lesson, the Epistle and the Gospel– for the day. Come and join us!

During the third week of January Vicar Trent and I attended the annual Symposium on the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fortunate we were to arrive home just before the blizzard really took over! And speaking of our Vicar, he and his wife eagerly await the arrival of their first child early in March. The Baptism is tentatively set for Saturday, March 19th, at noon. Let us keep both parents and child in our prayers. There will be a Baby Shower on Sunday, February 21st.

In reviewing the annual parish report which is sent to Synod each year I was happy to note that in 2015 four people were confirmed in our congregation and both an infant and a young person baptized. We also received two new members by letter of transfer. The Lord continues to build His Church in this place and throughout the world.

Now we begin our annual journey to Easter, the glad feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. I hope and pray that this Lent will prove to be for each one of you a time of renewal in faith and hope and love.

Alfectionately in our Lord,

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Pastor McClean


Holy Week Services:

Maundy Thursday
Divine Service, 7:30 PM

Good Friday
Liturgy of Good Friday, 7:30 PM

Easter Eve
The Easter Vigil, 7:30 PM


Works of Mercy

A word of thanks to our church family for the generous outpouring of nonperishable holiday food items and for the donation of eight frozen turkeys which we provided to designated families in our community. The turkeys were provided by individual member donations and from a Thrivent Gift. Because of the abundance of canned and packaged food donations, we were able to deliver several extra boxes to GEDCO’s community food pantry where there is always great need.

The process of assembling and labeling individual baskets went swiftly and smoothly thanks to our team of volunteers: William Hawkins, Mary Techau, David West, Judy Volkrnan, and James Smallwood. Please continue to support our food outreach to our neighbors.

– Quilla Downs