THE NEWSLETTER THE GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH
From the Pastor
March + In the Year of Our Lord + 2012
The President of our dear Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has invited every member of every congregation to join him in a daily practice this year during the season of Lent. What is that, you may ask? He desires all members to pray the Litany of the church each morning upon rising from their beds. The Litany has a deep tradition within the Church. It is actually an extension of the Kyrie which we pray every Sunday during the Divine Service. Kyrie Eleison or “Lord, have mercy.” We prayed the Litany of Ash Wednesday this past week as we entered into the Lenten season. The full Litany can be found on page 288-289 in the Lutheran Service Book, but below you will find a “condensed” version of the prayer which has been since the recited since the early days of the Church. Pray it daily.
We poor sinners implore You to hear us, O Lord. To rule and govern Your holy Christian Church; to preserve all pastors and ministers of Your Church in the true knowledge and understanding of Your wholesome Word and to sustain them in holy living. To put an end to all schisms and causes of offense; to bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived. To beat down Satan under our feet; to send faithful laborers into Your harvest; and to accompany Your Word with Your grace and Spirit. We implore You to hear us, good Lord.
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To raise those who fall and to strengthen those who stand; and to comfort and help the weakhearted and the distressed. To give all peoples concord and peace; to preserve our land from discord and strife; to give our country Your protection in every time of need. We implore You to hear us, good Lord.
PERICOPES AND HYMNS
Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us Your peace.
TGS FOOD PANTRY 5
O Lord, have mercy. Amen.
In His love and mine,
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Pastor von Hindenburg
BIRTHDAYS AND HOMEBOUND
March 2012 This Month’s Pericopes and Hymns Please use the following readings and hymns during the week to prepare yourself for worship March 4, 2012—Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Romans 5:1-11 Mark 8:27-38 936—Sing Praise to the God of Israel 708—Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart 693—O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace Abraham and Sarah – Marc Chagall, 1956
March 11, 2012—Third Sunday in Lent
Exodus 20:1-17 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 John 2:13-25 865—Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain 823—May God Bestow on Us His Grace 427—In the Cross of Cross of Christ I Glory Jesus Cleanses the Temple, German Bible, 1702
March 18, 2012—Fourth Sunday in Lent Numbers 21:4-9
Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21 918—Guide Me, O Thou, Great Redeemer 555—Salvation Unto Us Has Come (stanzas 1-5) 555—Salvation Unto Us Has Come (stanzas 6-10) Poisonous snakes bite rebellious Israelites, from the Nuremberg Bible (Biblia Sacra Germanaica)
March 25, 2012—Fifth Sunday in Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34 Hebrews 5: 1-10 Mark 10:32-45 616—Baptismal Waters Cover Me 430—My Song is Love Unknown Rembrandt van Rijn, 1630
Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem 2
March 2012 Mark Your Calendar A convocation has been scheduled as a follow-up to the topic of Confession and Absolution (5th Chief Part the Small Catechism) that will be the focus of the midweek Lenten pulpit exchange. (See midweek schedule on page 7.) Plan to attend this day which is sure to be edifying and enjoy learning and socializing with other Confessional Lutherans from southern CA.
Confession and Holy Absolution
The Keys in Action A Catechism Convocation for the People Saturday, April 21, 2012 9:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.) Trinity Lutheran Church 11716 Floral Dr.—Whittier, CA 90601-2834
Presenters: Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast, Jr.
President, Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, Indiana Rev. Robert Dargatz
Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church Orange, CA Rev. Dr. Alfonso Espinosa
Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Irvine, CA For more information, including schedule and previous convocations, go to www.smallcatechism.com Lunch provided. Please let Pr. von Hindenburg know if you plan to attend so he can RSVP for our congregation.
Stained Glass Window—Confession and Office of the Keys, Church of the Reformation-Lutheran, Afton, MO—used by permission
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 11th. Remember to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour the night before. Remember ~ spring ahead!!
Lutheran Hour Booklets The Lutheran Hour spinner rack has been updated with new booklets. Many of the titles are new from what was previously offered, so be sure to take a look. Included are titles such as: Parenting Families
Battles with the Bottle
Forgiveness is a Choice
Has God abandoned me?
What happens when I die?
The Conflict at Home - Confronting PTSD
People of Christ with a message of Hope
So you prayed for a miracle.
Prayers and thoughts for Caregivers
The Bible What? When? Why?
Speaking of Care - Giving and Receiving
God is bigger than your grief
"THHHPPTT" - helpful ways to manage anger
Depression - Understanding the pieces of the puzzle
Alzheimer's: Facing the loss of a lifetime
Coping with Cancer
Surviving Breast Cancer
Surviving a loved ones suicide Out of the Shadows - Addiction 4
March 2012 The Good Shepherd Food Pantry The Food Pantry is in its infancy stages, but is now up and running, thanks to the generous donations from our church family. A Needs List can be found on the bulletin board in the narthex, and there are copies on the first narthex table for your to take home. Let us all be reminded of our calling, as expressed in the Gospel recorded by St. Matthew, the very Word of God for us. Matthew 25:31-46 31
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 41
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Pray, Fast, Give Just last week, we celebrated Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, the beginning of a forty day liturgical period of prayer and fasting. The word Lent comes from an Old English word meaning “springtime”. Like spring, Lent can be a time of transformation, as well as preparation, as we prepare to celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, Lent offers a wonderful opportunity for spiritual renewal through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. As this year’s Lenten season has begun, prayerfully consider some type of renewal: Private Confession and Absolution. Attending Bible classes. Daily prayer and devotions. Give up something harmful or rededicate yourself to helping those in need. Lent is not about giving up something to please God. It is a time to give glory to God—through prayer, fasting and giving alms—by recalling and being thankful for what Jesus Christ gave up to pay the penalty for the sins of the world—His holy and innocent life. If you have any questions about how to begin any of these practices, please contact Pr. von Hindenburg, and he will be delighted to help you with suggestions and in recommending resources.
New Members In the past few months, we have received into membership by Confession of Faith four new members: Our organist, Jay Rogers, and Ms. Marlene Wood, and her two adult children, Stephanie Thorn and Mark Thorn. As you recall, TGS sponsored a CLCC seminar in February of 2011, covering Evangelism, Outreach and Assimilation. All of these new members have been assimilated into our congregation: Mark is serving as acolyte and communion assistant; Marlene is the Lutheran Hour Ambassador; and Stephanie was elected at the Voters Assembly in February to be the congregational secretary. Stephanie has provided her testimonial here as to why she joined The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: I’m so happy to be the newest member of The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. It’s so nice to be here! Joining the church as a member on January 1st was the best New Year’s resolution I could have ever made and the best way to start 2012. It has truly been like a homecoming for me. I grew up in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. I attended a Lutheran school from kindergarten to the eighth grade, and was confirmed (cont’d on page 8) 6
Midweek Lenten Pulpit Exchange As last year, Pr. Von Hindenburg will be participating in a Lenten pulpit exchange with other members of the confessional group, Servants of the Word. After Easter, this culminates in the Catechism Convocation (outlined on page 3 of this issue). See below the schedule for services at The Good Shepherd. 7:00 p.m.—Wednesday nights Theme: Confession and Holy Absolution—The Keys in Action February 29—The Paralysis of Sin / The Power of Forgiveness Rev. Brandon Jones, St Paul, Long Beach March 7—The Office of the Keys—Jesus’ Breath and Words Rev. Jeff Springer, Trinity, Whittier March 14—Personal Absolution: Forgiveness Applied Pr. von Hindenburg March 21—The Keys of the Church: Binding and Loosing Pr. von Hindenburg March 28—Our Need: Living as Sinner-Saints Rev. Sam Schuldheisz, Redeemer, Huntington Beach
Maundy Thursday, April 5 Good Friday, April 6 There is no Hymn Sing nor Bible Class on Wednesday evenings during Lent.
March 2012 (New Members, cont’d from page 6) and took Holy Communion for the first time at the age of thirteen. For various reasons, I decided to leave the Lutheran church during my college years and went off to try different churches, like Calvary Chapel and other larger churches in the South Bay area. Although the churches were large, bustling, and popular by society’s standards, the contemporary music, lead by a worship band complete with drums and electric guitars, the “come as you are” casualness, and the clapping while singing just did not appeal to me. It just wasn’t my style of worship whatsoever. I really missed the reverential worship of the Lutheran Church. I made a decision to go back to my roots and come back to a LCMS congregation. I chose to come to The Good Shepherd for several reasons, including the fact that my grandma and grandpa, Kathe and Tom Palke, were long-time members and I often attended Sunday morning services with them as a child. I want to honor their memories and continue their legacies at the church they attended and loved so dearly. More importantly, I had heard many wonderful things about Pastor von Hindenburg from my mom, my brother Mark, and my great aunt Lena Jordan, who would often tell me that Pastor von Hindenburg “stands on the Word of God.” My mom invited me to join her at the Thanksgiving service a few months ago and I decided to go with her, and I’m so glad that I made that decision. I loved everything about the service and I truly felt “home” as we sang the traditional hymns that I remembered from my childhood and heard a sermon by Pastor von Hindenburg in which the word of God was preached. Pastor von Hindenburg is outstanding. He is a confessional Lutheran pastor who preaches and teaches from the Holy Bible, and it is his passion, his conviction, and his dedication to God and to his congregation that ultimately sets him apart from any other pastor I have ever known. Needless to say, I have been back for almost every service since first coming back and I just love it here. I enjoy the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings, being able to confess my sins and receive absolution for them each week, and the fact that the sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday. I’m so thankful that there are so many opportunities to hear and learn God’s Word, and that is why I love attending Sunday morning bible study, Sunday morning service, and the midweek Wednesday night hymn sing and Bible class. Pastor von Hindenburg is a terrific Bible teacher and just a wealth of knowledge about the Bible, theology, and about the Lutheran confessions. Karina is an excellent pastor’s wife and I thoroughly enjoy her midweek hymn sings and teachings. I appreciate all of the hard work that is poured in to preparing the classes, and I know both Pastor and Karina work tirelessly to teach us God’s word so that we will be equipped to share Christ’s love and the message of the gospel to others in our communities. The Good Shepherd Inglewood is the perfect church in which to serve God and serve others, both inside the church as well as outside, in the community. We have so many opportunities to reach out to others in need and proclaim the Good News of Christ’s death and resurrection. It’s an exciting time to be at The Good Shepherd and I’m so glad to be here and be able to serve. + Mark, Stephanie and Marlene in the narthex of The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 8
Remember in Prayer Birthdays 7 Marion Cotton 15 Lou Pankonin 17 Sharon Weishaar 19 Kevin Marquardt 29 Evelyn Sibbing
Those at Home Arlene Lisko Marjorie Haener— 310-891-3348 Jeanette Hedrick— 310-675-5198 Ken Lange— 310-324-2160 Jean Peterson— 310-670-2859 Evelyn Sibbing— 310-973-7590 Adena Yeates—310-643-6546
A birthday prayer when you remember your fellow congregants: Watch over your child, ___, O Lord, as his/her days increase; bless and guide him/her, wherevers/he may be. Strengthen him/her when s/he stands; comfort him/her when discouraged or sorrowful; raise him/her up if s/he falls. Lead him/her always to the Cross, where forgiveness may be found, and the peace which passes all understanding abide all the days of his/her life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
For the homebound: Gracious Father, You have assured us that we shall receive strength for every day of our lives. Grant Your servant ____, who is homebound, both the desire and will to spend his/her days as an obedient child, trusting in your goodness and remembering with thankfulness Your mercies, which are new every morning; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
8:30 am Bible Class 10 am Divine Service
8:30 am Bible Class 10 am Divine Service
8:30 am Bible Class 10 am Divine Service
28 7 pm Vespers
22 9:00 am Elders Meeting
1 Men’s devotion breakfast—Denny’s, Hawthorne —See Norm
14 15 7 pm Vespers
7 pm Vespers
20 21 6:30 pm Church 7 pm Vespers Council
8:30 am Bible Class 10 am Divine Service
31 9 am Vanguard
The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Preaching God’s Word to Inglewood and beyond since 1935
THE GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH 902 S Maple St. Inglewood, CA 90301
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310-671-7644 Royce Morton, Administrative Assistant Jay Rogers, Organist
Reverend Bruce J. von Hindenburg, Pastor Sunday morning Adult Bible Class—8:30 a.m. Sunday Divine Service—10:00 a.m. +++ Wednesday Bible Class/Midweek Service—7:00 p.m. Private Confession and Absolution—By Appointment +++
Council and Committee Members President—Norm Morton Vice President—Mary Flett Secretary—Stephanie Thorn Treasurer—Clinton Galloway Financial Secretary—Dick Huhn Board of Elders—Leon Tarr, Chair; Jim Weishaar
Board of Trustees—Jim Weishaar, Chair; Leon Tarr
+ Altar Guild—Gayle Tarr, Chair LWML—Royce Morton, Gayle Tarr, CoPresidents
Ushers—Norm Morton, Chair Future Needs—Susie Fritts, Royce Morton, Gayle Tarr
Special Services—Mary Flett, Karina Lindsey
Board of Evangelism—Karina Lindsey, Chair; Royce Morton; Marlene Wood