New Luther Translations
Of the twenty new volumes of Luther’s writings being translated,
I have already reviewed the first three of them (LW
69 in the October 2009 issue;
58 in the Summer 2011 issue; and
60 in the Summer 2012 issue). Here are my favorite lines from
the most recent one,
“I always had enough courage that I was occasionally accused of
being excessively mordant and inconsiderate on account of that
overconfidence with which I was inflamed” (9); “the spirit of
each of us breathe together as one!” – Wessel Gansfort of
Groningen [1419-1489] and Luther (10); “I am a barbarian, and
one with little talent; I admit it…. [For it] is a fact that
some diseases, which we cannot alleviate gently by means of any
salve, must be cured by cutting with iron” (15); “we… prefer [a
piety] that is uneducated and childlike to an impiety as
eloquent as it is childish” (16-17); “an index for reading the
Scriptures and recognizing Christ, [this is] a thing [that] thus
far none of the commentaries [have] provided” (21); “certainly
the authority of parents is greater than all other authority
that is under God” (34); “I… would prefer that there were no
commentaries…. But [we cannot] do without commentaries that at
least point to the Scriptures…. But I call such ‘pointing out’ a
commentary” (46); “by God’s permission the evil foe always
perverts what is best and gives a fair appearance to what is
worst” (57); “all [those] writing against me… write against
Luther; no one writes against Luther’s arguments” (75); “God is
too clever for you. He has quickly made you into fools” (94); “I
consider blessings and curses in this life to amount to about
the same thing” (101); “It is no longer the time for preaching,
but time for praying; the wrath has begun, and we must ward it
off with prayer” (126); “we must not despair of those who…
search for the right foundation; for these have not yet…
drowned, but are still… swimming and wanting to reach shore”
(137); “the greatest… fathers of the church have spoken ineptly,
and that not infrequently” (174); “you have suddenly become full
and lazy from the great and copious abundance of the Word, and
you have it without cost, toil, and effort” (190); “Christians
cannot without sin keep silent about [the] glorious confession
of the truth” (197); “there is probably no book I would rather
have printed than my
(1527)” (218); “strange beggars without letters or testimonies,…
are not to be tolerated” (239); “if children are not brought up
with instruction in the arts [they] are made into nothing but
gluttonous little swine” (246); “I am born [to] go out to
battle. For this reason, my books are very stormy and more
warlike…. Thus I am the rough woodsman, who has to clear and
straighten the path” (250); “our people are simply profane in
comparison to [Muslims]…. And this is why so many people readily
abandon faith in Christ for [Islam]” (259); “if it is a good
work, then God has done it through and in me” (271); “the
Christian Church is not holy in itself;… but in Christ” (325);
“Everything that is God’s own Word and work, whether great or
small, must meet with the assaults and slanders of the devil and
his world” (338).
these words from our most eminent teacher (BC,
p. 576) enrich us all! Amen.
by Larraine King
by you, we turn to you,
Offering up ourselves in praise;
Thankful song shall rise forever,
Gracious donor of our days.”
Hymn 408 from LBW sums up very well how we are to honor and
thank our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Like the offertory prayer, “Merciful Father, we offer
with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us…..” we
are to offer to God gifts that He has first given us.
One of the most difficult yet rewarding parts of being a
member of the body of Christ, is our stewardship commitment to
furthering the work of the church.
Giving things away, especially money that we have worked
hard to earn, is extremely challenging.
You might say that it “hurts!”
It requires that we regularly give the first fruits, or
the earliest ripe of the crop or of the tree; or the chief or
principal part. As
we think about this, there is no wiggle room – not when we have
an excess, or when we want to, or when we remember – but that
which comes first.
So our tithes and pledges to the church are to be first in our
bill paying. That
requires commitment, courage, faith, and trust.
As a postscript concerning this, the church budget is
based on the pledges that members make.
If we fall behind or forget to contribute our pledge as
planned, this can lead to budget shortfalls and cash flow
problems. It can
mean that the church is unable to pay its bills, sometimes
including the staff payroll.
Let’s pray to be faithful to our pledged financial
commitment, remembering that it is offered to the glory of God
and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Summer is fast approaching which means that the children’s
Sunday School program (and
The Messenger) has a
vacation. Thank you to
all of the teachers – Gina Allen, Matthew and Dana Kahn, Kari
Ceaicovschi, Peter and Janine Douglass, Ted Foss, and Pastor
Marshall – for their devoted service to our children and youth.
And for all who donated to the bake sales in support of
Gospel for Asia. To
date over $500 has been collected, which will be used to
purchase chickens, and other farm animals to help families in
Asia. This fund
drive will end at the conclusion of Hymn School on June 21st.
The summer adult education class will begin June 9th.
Watch the bulletin for specific details.
Also look for information about summer Extended
Ministries projects in the bulletin and on the bulletin boards.
There is an amazing group of women who meet ten times a year in
the parish hall to make beautiful quilts that are donated to
organizations in the area and sometimes around the world, that
provide housing and shelter for the needy.
The “Scrappers” are motivated, capable, and talented.
Mary Goplerud and Vivian Wheeler are the two leaders.
With the help of Vivian’s daughter, Vicki Brakke, as well
as Lauri Nygaard, they craft some impressive quilts.
They have donated a number of them to the St. Nicholas
Faire for the last four years.
We applaud their marvelous work.
If you can stitch a little, and cut and craft material,
consider joining them.
They meet at 9:30 am on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday
of every month except November and December.
The Mid Year Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday,
August 4th in the Parish Hall after the 10:30 am liturgy.
Financial reports for the first half of the year,
extended ministries projects, and a report on the recent Synod
Assembly and election of a new bishop for the NW Washington
Synod will be presented.
Beverages will be provided, and if we are lucky, some
goodies to eat, too!
wide our hand in sharing, As we heed Christ’s ageless call,
Healing, teaching, and reclaiming, Serving you by loving all.”
Year to date (Jan-April)
A Story of Seeing Jesus
I saw Jesus last
week. He was
wearing blue jeans and an old shirt.
He was up at the church building; he was alone and
working hard. For
just a minute he looked a little like one of our members.
But it was Jesus, I could tell by his smile.
Jesus last Sunday, he was teaching a Bible class.
He didn’t talk real loud or use long words, but you could
tell he believed what he said.
For just a minute, he looked like my Sunday School
teacher. But it was
Jesus, I could tell by his loving voice.
I saw Jesus
yesterday. He was
at the hospital visiting a friend who was sick.
They prayed together quietly.
For just a minute he looked like Brother Jones.
But it was Jesus, I could tell by the tears in his eyes.
Jesus this morning.
He was in my kitchen making my breakfast and fixing me a special
lunch. For just a
minute he looked like my mom.
But it was Jesus, I could feel the love from his heart.
Jesus everywhere, taking food to the sick, welcoming others to
his home, being friendly to a newcomer and for just a minute I
think He’s someone I know.
But it’s always Jesus, I can tell by the way he serves.
someone see Jesus in you today.
Stewardship is found in many ways, with Jesus, the Son of God,
being our role model.
May we each find our own way to serve; be it financial
tithing to our church, friendship, giving aid to the ill or
needy, teaching, caring, serving or sacrificing.
Then maybe someone will see Jesus in us today.
Maxine Foss, Church Council
Clinging to Christ:
Study of Colossians
Summer 2013 Bible Study With Pastor
Sundays, 9 am - 10 am, Room D
we will take 12 weeks to study the book of Colossians –
according to Martin Luther’s insights on the book. Each week we
will concentrate on a few verses, aiming to find help in them
for our growth in faith and love. Each week we will have a
handout with Luther’s comments which will guide our discussion
schedule is the following:
Kierkegaard as Midwife
Freeing People of Their
By Pastor Marshall
Kierkegaard believed that there
was only one right way to help people – and that was to free
them from all foolishness or fatuities, and help them stand on
their own. This, he thought, would take acting like a “midwife,”
and unselfishly working
“with every self-sacrifice” – or
“magnanimously will to annihilate” oneself, especially
from the selfish wish “to be regarded as unselfish” (Kierkegaard’s
Jennifer Worth, in her book, The Midwife Trilogy
(2010), which is the basis for the highly acclaimed new
television show, Call the Midwife, says that what
best guides the work of midwives is “patience,
experience, observation and masterly inactivity” (542).
I think Kierkegaard would like that formulation. I also
think it is consistent with Matthew 10:16, where our
Lord Jesus tells us to be “wise as serpents and innocent
as doves.” Some might think this is passive-aggressive.
But for those who drink deeply from the wells of
Biblical wisdom, they will see it as the heart of
Christian agility – and nothing more.
The Kierkegaard Bicentennial
Our November 17, 2013,
By Pastor Marshall
We have been commemorating Søren
Kierkegaard (1813-1855) and his profound witness to Jesus Christ
every November since 1980. In 2005 we had a special celebration
for the sesquicentennial of his death (1855-2055) – with the
publication of my
Kierkegaard’s Year 2005 (46 pp.).
This year we are having our
largest commemoration ever for the bicentennial of his birth
(1813-2013). We will celebrate this anniversary in November on
his heavenly birthday, or death date – which for us is the
closest Sunday after the actual date of his death on November
11th – which is November 17th this year – even though his
earthly birthday was on May 5th.
celebration, there will be:
sermon using passages from Kierkegaard’s writings.
a lecture at the education hour on Kierkegaard’s
failed engagement to Regine Olsen, based on the novel,
(2005) by Caroline Coleman O’Neill.
a new musical setting by Carl F. Schalk of
Kierkegaard’s favorite hymn, “Commit Thy Way,
Confiding,” by Paul Gerhardt (1706-1776).
the world premiere of “A Kierkegaardian Fugue,”
by Josh Deutsch of New York City – with Ruth Marshall,
cellist and Christopher Freeze, tenor.
the world premiere of a new poem on Kierkegaard
by Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment
for the Arts (2003-2009). Since 2011 he has been the
Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at
the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Prior to being a fulltime poet, he was a vice-president
of marketing at General Foods (1977-1992), where he
helped develop Jell-O Jigglers. And, as of two years
ago, he had received 10 honorary doctorates. Everything
“Gioia does simultaneously serves the cause of his own
poetry and his quest for poetry to reach a wider
audience of educated but non-specialized readers…. Gioia
argues for a revival of form in poetry [meter + rhyme]
to parallel the return to tonality in music” [Matthew
Gioia: A Critical Introduction (West Chester,
Pennsylvania: Story Live Press, 2012) 64-65.]
the dedication of the Rita Marie Kepner bronze
statue of Kierkegaard (2012).
distribution of free copies of the fall 2013
issue of Lutheran
Forum journal – which will devote its cover article
to our commemoration.
a book signing of Pastor Marshall’s new book,
the Church, with a foreword by Dr. Carl E. Braaten,
and an epilogue by Dr. Robert L. Perkins.
a special guest, the Presbyterian pastor and
foremost African Kierkegaard scholar, the Rev. Samuel
Odachi, from Nigeria.
a Scandinavian pastry reception with free
anniversary coffee mugs – and Norwegian Kransekake.
the Nordiska Scandinavian folk dancers.
Save this date and make plans to attend – inviting your
family and friends!
FOOD BANK COLLECTION
for Summer is lunch and snack foods for children who are home
from school: peanut butter, jam, crackers, energy bars, seed &
nut packs, macaroni & cheese are just a few suggestions.
Also, fresh produce will be picked up weekly from July –
October. If you
need help picking the fruit off your trees, that help is also
provided – just call the church office.
This program is through “Community Harvest of SW
There are still three spaces left for
July-August flowers and a few others through the end of the
year. If you were
interested in signing up for Altar Flowers this year but have
not yet, you might consider one of these remaining dates.
has been set for Sunday, August 4th, immediately following the
10:30 am Holy Eucharist, in the parish hall.
Mark your calendars!
Voter registration will be on the tables at the back of
hiking this summer?
We have mountains of books to choose from to keep your mind busy
after a day on the trail.
Stop in to our library when you’re at church and see
READING THE KORAN
with Pastor Marshall.
These two hour, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Thursday evening classes
will be June 20th & 27th and July 11th & 18th.
Call the office to register.
Pastor Marshall has been teaching this class four times a
year since 2003.
– Communion: Those
who are baptized in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy
Spirit and believe are welcome to receive the Sacrament of the
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
St. Nicholas Faire
December 8, 2013
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Once again, we will have an
“ornament” decorated tree in the lounge beginning in July.
It will stay up until the end of August, or until all of
the ornaments have been claimed, whichever comes first.
The tree will have “wishes” on it for items that are
needed to complete gift baskets that will be sold at the St.
Nicholas Faire, which raises money for the West Seattle Food
Bank and the West Seattle Helpline.
Your job is to choose an ornament (or as many as you want
to), purchase the item that is on the front of it, and bring it
to church to donate to the Faire.
Easy, simple, no hassle!
If you have any questions see or call Larraine King
And while you are at it…… put
December 8, 2013 4:00 pm
to 7:00pm on your calendar and start sharing the date with
your friends and family.
Plan to come and have a joyous time, raising money for
two outstanding charities that help those in need in our
More details in September!
The Messenger takes a
vacation during the summer months, the needs of our community
continue. We will
again be collecting school supplies and backpacks for the West
There will be a poster in the lounge announcing the drive and a
reminder in the bulletin in July.
Or if you prefer, you can write a check to First Lutheran
Church of West Seattle and designate it to the West Seattle
Helpline School Supply Drive.
All children deserve to have a good start to the school
year. I well
remember how much I anticipated the new school year, and
shopping for clothes and supplies.
It must be so difficult and very disheartening for
parents and children alike, who do not have the extra income to
cover these items.
Let’s help the children in our community by contributing to this
School Supply Drive.
Look for the donation box in the lounge and give
Remember the West Seattle Food Bank during the summer.
Check the church bulletin for suggested food donations.
Hunger doesn’t change with the seasons.
Practice adding a few additional canned items to your
Once it becomes a habit for those of us who have abundance,
those in need will be better supplied.
Larraine King for Extended Ministries
to all for such wonderful support of the youth Sunday school
charity "Gospel for Asia". With your help, we have surpassed our
goal and so far have over $500 to purchase chicks and even
larger animals. Our Sunday school students have learned that
animals play a crucial role in the lives of many people in South
Asia. They have learned that the animals provide sustenance and
produce income when the milk or offspring are sold. The students
initially hoped to purchase several pairs of chickens. Now they
are excited to consider purchasing chickens and a pair of goats,
or a lamb, or pig for families in need. It is wonderful for the
students to think globally and understand that children in many
countries are so disadvantaged, have no access to quality
education, and simply need to help provide for their families to
exist on a daily basis. We are so fortunate to have such support
right here at First Lutheran Church to help our students support
families through the work of Gospel for Asia. The students have
really enjoyed doing the impromptu bake sales and love to see
folks show such interest in their mission to help Gospel for
Asia. We will continue to
gather donations for Gospel for Asia until Hymn School June
19th. We will report back on how many pairs of chicks and
which larger animals they choose to purchase! Thank you all!
Gina Allen, Education Committee
Monthly Home Bible Study, June
2013, Number 244
The Reverend Ronald F. Marshall
Along with our other regular study of Scripture, let us join as
a congregation in this home study. We will
study alone then talk
informally about the assigned verses together as we have
opportunity. In this way we can "gather
together around the
Word" even though physically we will not be getting together
We need to support each other in this difficult project. In 1851
Kierkegaard wrote that the Bible is "an extremely dangerous
book.... [because] it is an imperious book... – it takes the
whole man and may suddenly and radically change... life on a
prodigious scale" (For
Self-Examination). And in 1967 Thomas Merton wrote that "we
all instinctively know that it is dangerous to become involved
in the Bible" (Opening
the Bible). Indeed this word "kills" us (Hosea 6.5) because
we are "a rebellious people" (Isaiah 30.9)! As Lutherans,
however, we are still to "abide in the womb of the Word" (Luther's
Works 17.93) by constantly "ruminating on the Word" (LW
30.219) so that we may "become like the Word" (LW
29.155) by thinking "in the way Scripture does" (LW
25.261). Before you study, then, pray: "Blessed Lord, who caused
all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so
to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that
we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of
everlasting life, which you have given us in Our Savior Jesus
Christ. Amen" (quoted in R. F. Marshall,
Making A New World: How
Lutherans Read the Bible, 2003, p. 12).
Read Jonah 4.10 noting
the word pity. How
does pity play out in Jonah? On this read Jonah 1.3 noting how
Jonah shows no pity to Nineveh; and Jonah 1.4 noting how God
shows no pity to the ship heading to Tarshish; and Jonah 1.15
noting how God pities the ship after Jonah is sacrificed; and
Jonah 1.17, 2.2, 6, 10 noting how God pities Jonah by rescuing
him by way of that great fish; and Jonah 3.10 noting how God
pities repentant Nineveh; and Jonah 4.2 noting how Jonah doesn’t
pity repentant Nineveh; and Jonah 4.5 noting how God pities
Jonah by allowing him to flee from Nineveh; and Jonah 4.6 noting
how God pities Jonah by shading him; and finally Jonah 4.7
noting how God quits pitying Jonah with that shade plant. So at
the end of Jonah when God says Jonah is wrong to pity the dead
plant but he is right to pity repentant Nineveh, what is the
point? On this read Jonah 4.2 noting the words
abounding. Read also
Jonah 1.9 noting the words
made, and Jonah 1.14
noting the word pleased.
Is the point one that is similar to the words
voice in Job 40.8-9?
If so, how so?
Read again Jonah 4.10 noting this time the word
grow. Why does God
say this to Jonah? On this read Deuteronomy 8.17 noting the
wealth. Read also Job
38.4 noting the words
foundation and earth.
What’s the problem these two verses are addressing? On this read
Romans 1.25 noting the confusion of the
Creator with the
creature. How does
this confusion take hold? On this read Genesis 2.5 noting the
line you will be like
evil, and Isaiah 5.20
noting the confusion between
evil. Why aren’t we
content to go along with what God says is good, and avoid this
confusion? On this read Luke 12.19 noting the words
merry. Contrast that
with John 15.18-19 noting the words
own, and Matthew 7.14
noting the word hard.
What does this penchant for pleasure, and the course of least
resistance, mean for us? On this note the words
deliver in Romans
7.24! Do you agree, or is this to negative for you? Explain
Reread Jonah 4.10 noting
this time the line
perished in a night. Why are we attracted to the ephemeral –
and flee from the substantial? On this read Galatians 3.3 noting
the contrast between the
Spirit and the flesh
and the prevalence of the
flesh over the Spirit.
Read also John 20.25 noting the words
materialistic concern is apparently important for preventing us
from becoming gullible. But against this caution, read
Revelation 16.5 noting the words
holy. So because God
is reliable and good, we can accept his word without any need
for material verification. On this point read 2 Corinthians 4.18
noting the words
invisible and eternal;
1 Peter 1.24-25 noting the prevalence of the
word over against
grass; and Colossians
3.2 noting the contrasting words
earth. Once we trust
in God, we can then favor what’s eternally distant over what’s
materially at hand. But where’s the motivation for doing this?
On this read John 14.27 noting the words
afraid. Should all of
these considerations have changed Jonah’s mind? Did they? If
not, why not? Did it have anything to do with his anger? Did it
Read Jonah 4.10 one last
time noting the word
being. How does this apply to us? On this read Acts 17.26-28
noting the words God,
offspring. Read also
James 4.14-15 noting the words
if. How are we
dependent on God? On this read John 15.5 noting the words
nothing. How should
we respond to this? On this read 1 Thessalonians 5.18 noting the
word thanks. How
would this have changed Jonah? On this read 2 Corinthians 3.18
noting the phrase his
likeness. Read also Galatians 2.20 noting the words
live. Can you say
this too? If so, how?
MOTHER OF OUR LORD
The Feast of Saint Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus
Christ, will be celebrated at our Sunday Holy Eucharist
On this day we will thank God for the life and
faith of Saint Mary, who has been called the
Mother of all believers
for she was the first person to believe in the gospel.
Lutherans for centuries have honored Our Lady by praying
My soul magnifies the Lord, and
spirit rejoices in God my Savoir, for he has regarded
the low estate of his handmaiden.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me
blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for
me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him from
generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm; he has
scattered the proud in the thoughts he of their hearts,
has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and
lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good
things, and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance
of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our
ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.
Remember in prayer before
God those whom He has made your
brothers and sisters
Evelyn Coy, Cynthia Natiello, Jim Coile, Agnes Arkle, Clara
Anderson, Peggy & Bill Wright & Wendy, Bob & Barbara Schorn,
Rosita & Jim Moe, Ion Ceaicovschi, Cameron Lim, Olivia DeCroce,
Luke Bowen, Don Kahn, Jim and Ruth Shaovaloff, Dano, Karen & W.
Erick, Mary Lou Jensen, Annette Grubisich, Chris & Margeen
Bowyer, Christina Johnston, Anna and John Bertelsen, Amy West,
Duncan Sturrock, Jennifer Alfano, Gary Berkenpas, Tabitha
Anderson, Mary Uhler, Christy Leidholm, David Fleming, Max
Richards, Gloria Belarde, Walter Braafladt, Micah Fecher.
Pray for the shut-ins that the light of Christ may give them
Anderson, Agnes Arkle, Donna Apman, Pat Hansen, C. J. Christian,
Vera Gunnarson, Louis Koser, Anelma Meeks, Olive Morrison,
Dorothy Ryder, Lillian Schneider, Crystal Tudor, Vivian Wheeler,
Pray for our bishops Mark Hanson and Chris Boerger, and the
bishop elect Brian Kirby Unti, our pastor Ronald Marshall, our
deacon Dean Hard and our cantor Andrew King, that they may be
strengthened in faith, love and the holy office to which they
have been called.
Pray that God would give us hearts which find joy in service and
in celebration of stewardship.
Pray that God would work within you to become a good
steward of your time, your talents and finances.
Pray to strengthen the stewardship of our congregation in
these same ways.
Pray for the hungry, ignored, abused, and homeless this summer.
Pray for the mercy of God for these people, and for all
in Christ's church to see and help those who are in distress.
Pray for our extended ministries: El Camino de Emmaus in the
Skagit Valley, and the Gospel for Asia that God may bless and
strengthen their ministry. Also, pray for our parish and it's
Pray that God will bless you through the lives of the saints:
Saint Barnabas; Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles;
Saint Mary Magdalene; Saint James the Elder and Saint
Bartholomew, Apostles; and St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord.
Treasury of Prayers
Grant me grace to find rest from all my sinful deeds and
thoughts, to surrender myself completely unto you, and
to keep my soul still before you like a still lake; so
that the beams of your grace may be mirrored therein;
and may kindle in my heart the glow of faith and love
and prayer. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
All the Saints (ALPB,