Pastor’s Blog

Our Sin of Failed Hospitality

Our Sin of Failed Hospitality

“Who can say, ‘I have made my heart clean;’ ‘I am pure from my sins,’” asks the author of Proverbs (20:9). No one, is the implied answer. Sin is pandemic to humanity. “My sin is ever before me,” the Psalmist insists (51:3). Sin is the universal moral flaw evident in...

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The Significance of the Cross

The Significance of the Cross

The Supreme Court ruled on June 20 in The American Legion et al. v. the American Humanist Association et al.” that the “Bladensburg Cross” standing 40 feet tall outside of Bladensburg, Maryland can remain on public property without violating the First Amendment’s ban...

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Our New ELCA MetroChicago Bishop

Our New ELCA MetroChicago Bishop

We have a new bishop. The Rev. Yehiel Curry was elected on June 8 to serve for six years as Bishop of the MetroChicago Synod beginning September 1. Bishops are important to both congregations and pastors. Every Sunday we pray for our bishop, praying he (or she) will...

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ELCA Metro Chicago Synod Assembly 2019

ELCA Metro Chicago Synod Assembly 2019

Five members of LCM will represent our church as “Voting Members” to the annual Metro Chicago Synod Assembly June 7-8. Approximately 500 voting members to the Assembly are the legislative authority as defined in the Synod’s constitution. They will review the work of...

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Following Jesus in Daily Life

Following Jesus in Daily Life

The curriculum for Confirmation students at Lutheran Church of the Master follows a three year cycle. During the first year, students study Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, Luther’s “road map” through the Bible. In his Small Catechism, Luther identifies five...

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Racism: America’s Original Sin

Racism: America’s Original Sin

Oliver Brown took his daughter Linda to the nearby Sumner Public School in Topeka, Kansas in the fall of 1951 to enroll her in the school. She was denied enrollment because she was black and the school’s students were all white. With the help of the NAACP’s legal...

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Fridays for Future

Fridays for Future

On September 26, 1983, 44 year old Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov of the Soviet Air Defense Forces was on duty at the secret command center outside Moscow monitoring early warning satellites over the United States. Alarms sounded warning of a launch of five...

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Including Jesus in our Ordinary Lives

Including Jesus in our Ordinary Lives

The disciples of Jesus dragged in a net with one hundred and fifty-three large fish, John writes in Sunday’s gospel lesson (John 21:1-19). And to the amazement of all, the net held. It had been an unsuccessful night of fishing until the “stranger” on the beach...

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Preparing for Confirmation Sunday

Preparing for Confirmation Sunday

Confirmation Sunday at LCM is May 19 when the students who have completed three years of instruction will affirm their faith in the “Affirmation of Baptism” rite. The congregation participates, making a promise: “People of God, do you promise to support these sisters...

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Were You There?

Were You There?

Tears streamed down our cheeks as with horror we watched video recordings of the Notre Dame Cathedral being consumed by fire. We listened as crowds watching sang “Ave Maria.” The day before the fire, Palm Sunday worshipers recalled Jesus’ triumphant entry into...

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Observing Holy Week

Observing Holy Week

Sunday marks the start of the most spiritually vital week for the Christian: Holy Week. Its observation dates to a third century directive by the Roman emperor Constantine (280-337). He rose to power in 312 and by 324 was the sole Roman emperor. His edict in 324...

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Hear the Call into God’s New Future

Hear the Call into God’s New Future

Chicago’s world-class museums welcomed many during the spring break, offering visitors stories of cultural, historical and religious importance. Visitors delighted in works of Rembrandt, displays of the latest in DNA research, and explorations into the technological...

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Words Have Power

Words Have Power

A prayer rug lay on the wooden floor in front of the altar/table of our church this past Sunday. The rug was a memorial to the 50 murdered by a right wing terrorist while they were praying in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15. Following the attack,...

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Love One Another, No Exceptions

Love One Another, No Exceptions

“I’m childless,” complained Abram to God, lamenting he had no family. So God brought a fussing Abram outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you can count them…So shall your descendants be” (Genesis 15:5). Those words from Genesis were read last...

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Lent’s Invitation: To Empathize with Others

Lent’s Invitation: To Empathize with Others

Observing Lent was a family practice in the Foster home. On Saturday, allowance day, Keith and Alan each received one dollar. Ten percent of the dollar, one dime, went immediately into their Sunday School envelope except during Lent when two dimes were included in...

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Lenten Preparation

Lenten Preparation

Our 40 days of Lenten preparation for Easter began on Wednesday. The season’s name Lent comes from an Anglo-Saxon word lencten meaning spring. Irenaus of Lyons (130-200 CE) was the first to describe Lent as a two to three day fast. The early Christians prepared for...

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Lent’s Reminders

Lent’s Reminders

Crocus will soon appear in our yard, announcing Spring’s imminence. Costco usurped the flower’s mission with aisles of paddle boards and sunscreen while snow yet covered the ground. Ashen crosses will mark our foreheads on Wednesday. Lent begins with the reminder that...

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The Crisis of Gun Violence: What Can We Do?

The Crisis of Gun Violence: What Can We Do?

A conflict arose in Corinth over this question: Is a Christian permitted to eat meat sacrificed to an idol?  Sacrificed meat was plentiful, the best cuts and affordable. But some reasoned eating the sacrificed meat would be a tacit endorsement of the pagan gods to...

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