NEW COMMUNION SILVER STILL IN PROCESS
|On Sunday 28 September we dedicated our new hand-hammered communion silver service. The set includes two chalices, two patens (plates), a flagon (pitcher), and a ciborium (container). The artist is Ken Schmidt of Austin, who was trained at the Cranbrook Institute. Each piece has been fashioned from Argentium silver, which is 9.30 Silver with the Germanium. Dr. Schmidt has been very careful and creative with his process and so some of the pieces were incomplete on 28 September. He took them back with him to Austin and will be returning them for our use late in October, hopefully in time for Reformation Sunday.|
This is how St. Paul describes himself in Sunday's Epistle reading. If Paul were actually blameless, why did he need Christ? Why does any one of us need Christ? The answer is clear. While St. Paul was able to keep the Law according to the standards of the Pharisees, he was not able to keep it according to the standards of God and that is what counts. Because of the sin nature we have all inherited from Adam, "no one of us is righteous, no not one (St. Paul, Romans 3:10)." The only way the unrighteous are counted as righteous by God is when the law is kept perfectly by God's standards. The only way the unrighteous are counted as righteous by God is when their sins have been forgiven. In Jesus's life, death, and resurrection, this is what our Lord accomplished for us all.
Because You Asked
The congregation has just ordered a new set of vestments and paraments for the Advent Season. They will be purple with rose accents. So the question is why the change in color?The light blue paraments for Advent are a relatively recent invention, which I suspect had to do with church supply houses providing one more set of paraments to congregations. We are returning to the purple-pink to be reminded that Advent, like Lent, is a pentitential season with the third Sunday being a Sunday of rejoicing. This is the rose Sunday of Laetare. Last year we went with three purple candles and one rose candle in our Advent wreath. This year we are catching up with paraments and vestments. Your support for this change has been great!
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Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Memorial Lutheran Church and School