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From the Pastor

June-July-August + In the Year of Our Lord + 2012

It’s an Election Year! Is your response – Woohoo!!! What a great country! We get the opportunity to help in choosing our destiny; to at least take part in deciding which path we want to take as a city, county, state or nation. Or is it more along the lines of – Not Again. Months and months of radio commercials, TV soundbites, yard signs, name calling, mudslinging and appeals for money – and in the end – my one vote doesn’t count anyway. Our perspectives have a great effect on how we approach politics. If we take the first approach we are going to look for opportunities to get beyond the thirty-second sound bites and bumper sticker slogans. We will look beyond the (R) or the (D) following a candidate’s name and find out what they truly think about issues that impact us. And “us” is an important word in this context. Do we vote for selfish motives or do we look for what is going to be the greatest good for our community? If the second outlook is more along the way we regard politics we will learn to use modern technology – we will record our favorite programs so we can fast Inside this issue: forward through all of the commercials and just watch what appeals to us. We will sign up for some sort of “blocking” system so no unwanted politician or group can reach into our home with their message or appeal for funds. We can look for innovative ways to use the voter guides and information packets that arrive daily in the mail. And, in the end, we can avoid the polling place and just complain about PERICOPES AND HYMNS 2,3,5 the outcome. LUTHERAN PUBIC RADIO 6 I encourage your individual participation. Get educated and vote! Now, how does this relate to “church,” you may be asking? ABOUT HOLY TIRNITY 7 Who we elect to be Senator, President, City Councilman, or Dog Catcher will, SUNDAY in some way or another, impact YOUR life. It may impact the lives of others Q&A ABOUT THE 8 and it may have an effect on future generations. AUGSBURG CONFESSION But as the hymn, often sung at funerals says, “I am but a stranger here, heaven is my home.” I’ve officiated at funerals where that hymn has been sung and looked out PRAYER CALENDAR 9 over the faces, some streaming with tears, and wondered while they were singing those words if that was just wishful thinking or if they really think that SUMMER CALENDAR 11 they will be in heaven with their Lord. 13 And not only did they “think” it – did they believe it? Did they (cont’d on p.6) CONTACT INFO


June-Aug 2012 June’s Pericopes and Hymns Please use the following readings and hymns during the week to prepare yourself for worship June 3, 2012—The Feast of the Holy Trinity

Isaiah 6:1-8 Acts 2:14a, 22-36 John 3:1-17 507—Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty 604—I Bind Unto Myself Today 798—The God of Abraham Praise June 10, 2012—Proper 5B

Genesis 3:8-15 2 Cor. 4:13—5:1 Mark 3:20-25 578—Thy Strong Word 668—Rise! To Arms! With Prayers Employ You 656—A Mighty Fortress is Our God

June 17, 2012—Proper 6B

Ezekiel 17:22-24 2 Cor. 5:1-10 Mark 4:26-34 901—Open Now They Gates of Beauty 566—Preach You the Word, and Plant It Home 823—May God Bestow on Us His Grace

June 24, 2012—The Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptizer

Isaiah 40:1-5 Acts 13:13-26 Luke 1:57-80 345—Hark! A Thrilling voice is Sounding 346 –When All the World was Cursed 594—God’s Own Child

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The Birth of John the Baptizer, Jan Van Eyk, 1422


The Newsletter July’s Pericopes and Hymns Please use the following readings and hymns during the week to prepare yourself for worship July 1, 2012—Proper 8B

Lamentations 3:22-33 2 Corinthians 8:1-9; 13-15 Mark 5:21-43 750—If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee 846—Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old 782—Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings July 8, 2012—Proper 9B

Ezekiel 2:1-5 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Mark 6:1-13 583—God Has Spoken by His Prophets 839—O Christ, Our True and Only Light 718—Jesus, Lead Thou On July 15, 2012—Proper 10B

Amos 7:7-15 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29 682—God of the Prophets, Bless the Prophets’ Sons 743—Jesus, Priceless Treasure 746—Through Jesus’ Blood and Merit Detail from Caravaggio’s The Beheading of John the Baptizer

July 22, 2012—Proper 11B

Jeremiah 23:1-6 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-44 510—A Multitude Comes from the East and the West 644—The Church’s One Foundation 748—I’m But a Stranger Here July 29, 2012—Proper 12B

Genesis 9:8-17 2 Cor. 8:1-9, 13-15 Mark 5:21-43 607—From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee 849—Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness 535—How Wide the Love of Christ 3

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The Meyer Minute From a church newsletter I picked up the following Diary of a Bible. The author is unknown. January: A busy time for me. Most of the family decided to read me through this year. They kept me busy for the first two weeks, but they have forgotten me now. February: Clean-up time. I was dusted yesterday and put in my place. My owner did use me for a few minutes last week. He had been in an argument and was looking for some references to prove he was right. March: Had a busy first day of the month. My owner was elected president of the PTA and used me to prepare a speech. April: Grandpa visited this month. He kept me on his lap for an hour reading from 1 Peter 5:5-7. He seems to think more of me than do some people in my own household. May: I have a few green stains on my pages. Some spring flowers were pressed in my pages. How does the diary of your Bible read this far into the year? Source: Dale A. Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary.

Dear Issues, Etc. Supporters, Pentecost greetings to you! The reformer Martin Luther had this to say about the Holy Spirit, God's Word and music: The Holy Ghost himself honors music as an instrument for his proper work when in the Holy Scriptures he asserts that through her gifts were instilled in the prophets, namely, the inclination to all virtues, as can be seen in Elisha (2 Kings 3:15)...The gift of language combined with the gift of song was only given to man to let him know that he should praise God with both word and music, namely, by proclaiming the Word of God through music and by providing sweet melodies with words. The Holy Spirit is working through God's word put to music on Lutheran Public Radio, Sacred Music for the World. You'll hear hymns like "Thy Strong Word," "The Church's One Foundation, " "Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart," "God's Own Child I Gladly Say It," "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less" and more. You can listen to sacred music 24/7 at Lutheran Public Radio. You can also listen on mobile devices like an iPhone or iPad or any Android phone. Thanks for listening! Jeff Schwarz, General Manager Lutheran Public Radio 4


The Newsletter August’s Pericopes and Hymns Please use the following readings and hymns during the week to prepare yourself for worship August 5, 2012—Proper 13B

Exodus 16:2-15 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:22-35 821—Alleluia! Sing to Jesus! 918—Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer 775—Be Present at Our Table, Lord August 12, 2012—Proper 14B Tissot, The Gathering of the Manna, c.1896-1902

1 Kings 19:1-8 Ephesians 4:17-5:2 John 6:35-51 610—Lord Jesus, Think on Me 850—God of Grace and God of Glory 843—”Forgive us , Lord, as We Forgive” Daniele da Volterra, Prophet Elijah on Mount Horeb, 1550-1560

August 19, 2012—Proper 15B

Proverbs 9:1-10 Ephesians 5:6-21 John 6:51-69 655—Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word 696—O God, My Faithful God 876—O Blessed Holy Trinity

August 26, 2012—Proper 16B

Isaiah 29:11-19 Ephesians 5:22-33 Mark 7:1-13 579—The Law of God is Good and Wise 865—Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain 580—The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace 5


June-Aug 2012 From the Pastor (cont’d from p. 1) truly believe that Jesus IS their Savior and Lord? Had they learned about this God/Man who had gone to the cross and suffered the wrath of His Father so that the sins of the world are forgiven? Did they know who God is? Do they know the truth about salvation, resurrection, eternity? Often times people will take the same approach to Christianity as they do with politics. They hear the TV preacher or they see a bumper sticker that says, “God allows U-Turns” and they think, a) here we go again, b) what a “nut,” or c) I’ll have to think about that – someday. Church, God, Jesus, are just words like “lower taxes,” “better education,” “clean water.” Or, they’re equated with Temple, Mosque, Buddha or Allah. They feel there is no incentive to learn more – to go beyond the sound bites and daily devotionals that flicker across their computer screen. What’s going to happen is going to happen and, in the end, we’re all going to die. There is an alternative – it’s called Bible study. It’s taking the opportunity to go beyond the clichés about church – even beyond the preaching in the pulpit. It’s an opportunity to hear what God has to say to YOU. It’s a chance to ask questions – seek out answers – get to know your Lord and Savior so “heaven is my home” is not wishful thinking – but a certainty – a fulfillment of a promise made by God to YOU. If you are a good citizen and take the time to find out the facts about the candidates and the propositions – if you go beyond the slogans and sound bites – good for you! I urge you to take the same approach about your Lord and Savior. Go beyond the bumper stickers and daily Bible verses – yes, even beyond listening to the sermon – attend a Bible class, ask questions, hear the Word. As the psalmist writes: Teach me Your way, O LORD, that I may walk in Your truth.

Pastor von Hindenburg

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Holy Trinity Sunday We have thus far lived out the drama of Christ's earthly life -- His Nativity at Christmas, His revealing Himself as God at the Epiphany, His time in the desert at Lent, His Passion and Resurrection at Good Friday and Easter. We recalled His glorious Ascension, and at last week's Pentecost, the Holy Ghost has descended upon the Church, sent by the Father and the Son. God's Triune Nature has been fully revealed, and now we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity on this day, hearing in the Gospel recorded by Matthew, appointed for Year A, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age." And with this Mass, the Time After Pentecost, the season that represents the Church Age, begins. Vestments on this day are white. Symbols for the day are the natural symbols of the Trinity -- the shamrock used by St. Patrick to explain the Trinity to the ancient Irish, the pansy -- viola tricolor -- called the "Trinity Flower," a candle with 3 flames, the triangle, the trefoil, 3 interlocking circles, etc.

There are no particular customs for the day aside from the public confession of the 4th c. Athanasian Creed -- the statement of Faith that best summarizes catholic teaching on the Trinity.

The Athanasian Creed Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic faith. Whoever does not keep this faith whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally. And the catholic faith is this: that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the Persons, nor dividing the substance. For the Father is one Person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another. But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit: The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated; the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite; the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet, there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal, just as there are not are not three Uncreated, nor three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite. In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty; and yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; and yet there are not three Gods, but one God. So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the Holy Spirit is Lord; and yet there are not three lords, but one Lord. Just as we are compelled by Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct Person as God and Lord, also are we prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords. (cont’d on p. 12)

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE PRESENTATION OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION What is the Augsburg Confession? The Augsburg Confession is the principle confessional document of the Lutheran Church. Lutherans all over the world, from the Reformation era to the present day, accept it as a true and correct exposition of the universal Christian faith as taught in the Holy Bible. Why was the Augsburg Confession written? Throughout the decade of the 1520s, Emperor Charles V, elected ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, was being urged by the pope to suppress the teachings of Martin Luther and his fellow reformers. In addition, Charles was preparing to meet the threat of the Ottoman Turks who had been at war with the Christian states of southeastern Europe. These dual pressures made him eager to resolve the religious differences that had fractured his empire. To this end, the Emperor summoned the electors, princes, bishops, and other officials of the empire to meet in the city of Augsburg. Elector John the Steadfast of Saxony, duke of the part of Germany in which the Reformation began, instructed his theologians to prepare a clear and concise statement of Lutheran beliefs and practices to present to the Emperor. This document was presented to Charles at the Diet (general assembly) of Augsburg on June 25, 1530 and has been known ever since as the Augsburg Confession. Who Wrote the Augsburg Confession? Philip Melanchthon, Martin Luther's close friend and fellow reformer, wrote the Augsburg Confession using documents previously drawn up by Luther and others. Melanchthon was a professor at the University of Wittenberg, a brilliant humanist scholar, and an exceptional theologian. Since Luther could not appear before the Diet -- he had been declared an outlaw and would be arrested if he left Saxon territory -- it was logical for Melanchthon to take the lead at Augsburg. Luther remained in regular touch with Melanchthon and Elector John by letter, providing them with advice and encouragement. When Luther read the final draft of the confession, he was extremely pleased with it. What does the Augsburg Confession teach? The Augsburg Confession consists of 28 doctrinal statements called articles. The first 21 articles present the core of the Christian faith as taught by the Lutherans. The remaining 7 articles deal with medieval Roman Catholic practices and beliefs that the reformers believed were abuses. The confession stresses that Holy Scripture is the only source of Christian doctrine and that salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is the central doctrine around which all other teachings revolve. You are encouraged to read (or reread) the Augsburg Confession and see for yourself what the document teaches. Why do we commemorate the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession? The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession is a uniquely Lutheran festival that draws our attention to one of the turning points in Christian history. On June 25, 1530 in the city of Augsburg, the rulers and mayors of Saxon Germany boldly and confidently confessed their faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The men who signed the Augsburg Confession were not bishops or pastors, but laymen who put their lives in danger by their public confession. The motivation behind the drafting of the Augsburg Confession was a layman -- John the Steadfast of Saxony -- and the author of the document was a lay theologian -- Philip Melanchthon. By God's grace, John the Steadfast and the other courageous laymen who stood with him before the emperor at Augsburg were one in spirit and confession with the apostles and martyrs of old who joyfully declared the gospel of the risen Christ in the face of threats, persecution, and even death. On this day then, we thank and praise our Father in heaven for the example of the unswerving and fearless confessors of Augsburg. But more than that, we ask God the Holy Spirit to preserve each one of us in the same true faith unto everlasting life. 8


For the months of June, July and August, you may use the following list to remember your brothers and sisters in prayer.

1 Robert Knox, Norm Morton

17 Leon Tarr, Evelyn Sibbing

2 Melda Schoenbaum, Jean Peterson

18 Cynthia Conley, Beverly Sarafolean

3 Johnathon Thomas, Carmen Miller

19 Arlene Lisko, Brittany Cotton

4 The Rabe Family, Royce Morton

20 Lena Jordan, Brent Tilley

5 Stephanie Thorn, Marion Shorte

21 Dalton Benson, Dick Huhn

6 Altar Guild of TGS, Ken Lange

22 Wilma Dierker, Clinton Galloway

7 Denice Cotton, Jay Rogers

23 LWML of TGS, Susan Marquardt

8 Susie Fritts, Jim Weishaar

24 Gayle Tarr, Lynette Hurd

9 Karina Lindsey, Sharon Weishaar

25 Kathleen Tarr, Marie Knox

10 Marion Cotton, Barbara Hurd

26 Lou Pankonin, Ralph Prey

11 Rev. James May Family, Adena Yates

27 Beverly Bergeron, Jocella Collins

12 Church Council, Erika Martinez

28 Art Dawson, Alice Huhn

13 Mary Flett, Pr. von Hindenburg

29 Jane Anderson, Margaret Smith

14 Marlene Wood, Thelma Ryan

30 Sheila Ramirez, Claudio Miller

15 Dorris Kelley, Nicole Hayes

31 Renee Shorte, Marion Cotton

16 Bill Navarro, Mark Thorn Romans 10:1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 9


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Thrivent Members Did you know that you can designate your Thrivent Choice dollars to The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Inglewood? Each quarter you are able to direct these moneys to the church. If you do, please let us know, so that we may credit this money on your giving statement. You may also let us know if you want your Thrivent Choice dollars to go to some special fund or activity. Thrivent won’t tell us, so you must. You can go to the Thrivent website, or call them at 800-Thrivent. (They will ask for your SS# to verify your identity.) What a great way to help your church.

Pacific Lutheran High School Update From Principal Lucas Fitzgerald May 2012 I’d like to give some updates from campus at PLHS. I thank all of our churches, church members, and area pastors for their support of our Lutheran high school here in Torrance. To God alone be the glory. Lucas Fitzgerald – Principal (lutheranluke@gmail.com) PLHS’ Class of 2012 has been successfully accepted to universities including U.C. Irvine, Concordia University, Michigan State, University of Massachusetts, Azusa Pacific University, University of Illinois, Pepperdine University, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Western Kentucky, Syracuse University and UNLV. Way to go Seniors! Luther’s Attic Thrift Store (2409 Artesia Blvd. in Redondo Beach) continues to provide academic assistance to its students through the sale of high-quality, gently used items. The store is presently in need of donations and volunteers for the summer as many regular volunteers are beginning their summer traveling. The store is especially low on female clothing presently and we would appreciate any high-quality donations you may have. Contact Luther’s Attic at 310-542-4828 or through e-mail luthersattic@yahoo.com if you’re able or willing to help us make our store as successful as possible. Pacific Lutheran High School’s website (www.pacificlutheranhigh.com) has information that may be of interest to area families and church members in its Parent Resources or Student Resources Section. Check us out on the web! Our school continues to serve God at its Sepulveda/Arlington location in Torrance as we look in the greater South Bay area for a new and improved school site. Please keep your eyes and ears open for where God might be leading His school in the months and years to come. 10


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CHURCH CALENDAR FOR JUNE, JULY, AUGUST 2012 Repeats Weekly Sunday Bible Study—8:30 a.m. Divine Service 10:00 a.m. Wednesday (no Wed. classes in August) Hymn Sing—6:30 p.m. Bible Class—7:00 p.m. Friday Matins—9:00 a.m. Bible Class following June June 3—Mite Box Sunday: Bring your change to drop in the LWML Mite Box to help support LWML projects June 7—Men's Bible Study Breakfast - 6:00 a.m. (see Norm Morton for details) June 8-10—LWML District Convention, Ventura (see Royce Morton or Gayle Tarr for details) June 12—Commemoration of the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, AD 325 June 14— Board of Elders - 9:00 a.m. June 15—Private Confession and Absolution - Noon-3 p.m. June 19—Church Council - 6:30 p.m. June 24—The Nativity of John the Baptizer June 25—Commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, 1530 (see p. 8) June 27-29—Pacific Southwest District Convention, Irvine (no classes on the 27th or 29th) June 30—Vanguard - 9:00 -10:30 a.m. July No Men's Bible Study Breakfast July 12—Board of Elders - 9:00 a.m. July 12—Visit from Rev James May of Lutherans in Africa - More info to come - Mark your calendar now! July 17—Church Council - 6:30 p.m. July 20—Private Confession and Absolution - Noon-3 p.m. July 22—LWML Meeting & Potluck - 11:30 a.m. (after Divine Service) July 28—Vanguard - 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

August No Men's Bible Study Breakfast August 11—Vanguard Swap Meet/Food Fair August 16—Board of Elders - 9:00 a.m. August 17—Private Confession and Absolution - Noon-3p.m. August 21—Church Council - 6:30 a.m. August 26—Vanguard - 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Please call the church office with any questions. 11


June 2012 From The Lutheran Reporter Online, May 23, 2012 Price of hymnal to increase January 1, 2013 Concordia Publishing House says it will increase the price of Lutheran Service book from $23 to $25 beginning January 1, 2013. More than 86 percent of the Synod's 6,100-plus congregations nationwide now use the hymnal, according to CPH. "Because fewer and fewer congregations are purchasing large enough quantities to sustain significant print runs and in order to maintain the hymnal's quality," the price increase is necessary, said a CPH spokesman. No price increases are projected at this time for other products related to the hymnal. To order Lutheran Service Book, call CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit www.cph.org/t-LSB.aspx.

(cont’d from p. 7) The Father is not made, nor created, nor begotten by anyone. The Son is neither made, nor created, but begotten of the Father alone. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding. Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits. And in this Trinity, there is nothing before or after another, none is greater or less than another; but whole three Persons are coeternal with each other and coequal, so that in all things, as has been said above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped Therefore, whoever desires to be saved, must think thus about the Trinity. But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man. He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; and He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age: perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh; equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity. Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ. And He is one, not because His divinity was changed into flesh, but because His humanity was assumed unto God. He is one, not by a mingling of substances, but by unity of person. As a rational soul and flesh is one man: so God and man is one Christ. He died for our salvation, descended into Hell, and rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended into Heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father. From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. At His coming, all people will rise with their own bodies; and they are to give an account of their own deeds. Those who have done good will go into eternal life; those who have done evil will go into the everlasting fire. This is the catholic faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved.

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