Our Twofold Savior
Romans 4:25 says that Christ was “put to death
for our trespasses and raised for our
justification.” This single verse is a good
guide for Holy Week and Easter. Keep it with you
as you come to worship during these most holy
days of the year.
According to Luther the distinction in this
verse between the crucifixion and resurrection
of Jesus notes that “in his suffering Christ
makes our sin known and thus destroys it, but
he justifies us and delivers us from all sin, if
we believe this” (Luther’s
Works 42:13). So by his death he conquers
sin, but by his resurrection that victory
becomes ours through faith in him. The power of
the resurrection raises us out of our doubt and
lethargy and brings us into the power and joy
which faith in him brings (Romans 1:4).
So thank God for our twofold Savior Jesus
Christ. Thank him for what Jesus does apart from
us on the cross, and then what he does within us
through faith in him.
Holy Week and Easter
Sunday of the Passion
Holy Eucharist – Chapel
Church School Passion Faire
Eucharist – Procession with Palms
Holy Week: Jesus’ Cleansing of the Temple
Eucharist – Chapel
The Great Litany - Chapel
Holy Week: Anointing Jesus for Burial
Eucharist – Chapel
The Great Litany – Chapel
in Holy Week: The Betrayal of Jesus by Judas
Matins - Chapel
Eucharist – Chapel
The Great Litany – Chapel
Thursday: The Last Supper
Eucharist – Chapel
Stripping of the Altar
Friday: The Crucifixion of Our Lord
Eucharist – Chapel
Office of Tenebrae
A Liturgy of Lessons, Hymns
Saturday: The Burial of Our Lord
Liturgy of the Burial – Chapel
Liturgy of Light, Readings, Baptism
and Holy Eucharist
Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter
9:00 to 10:00 am
Easter Brunch in the parish hall.
The Perils of Our Inefficiency
by Pastor Marshall
Because we are so slow and so prone to mistakes, we will
be deleted (annihilated) by the very computers we have
made. This is the thesis of the controversial book,
Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End
of the Human Era (2013) by James Barrat. This will
happen by "repurposing the world's molecules using
nanotechnology [which] has been dubbed 'esophagi,' which
means eating the environment" – due to our
merging with machines (pp. 15, 47). Barrat's
findings are based on the considered opinions of
the leading scientists in the field — including
the renowned Stephen Hawking (p. 148). Most of them say we have about 15
years left before this happens (p. 196). Unfortunately
"the failure to explore and monitor the threat is almost
267). And unfortunately, when this happens, it
will be done "so fast and so
smoothly and so
usefully, only a fool or a prophet would... complain"
(p. 210). So the scenario is that as we willingly and
happily give over more and more to computers to do for
us, our handovers will turn into one big takeover (p.
3). And our demise will have nothing to do with
malevolence as the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey
suggested (p. 17). No, that can't be the case because
machines are "amoral," according to Barrat, and would
only kill us the way hurricanes do – without any feeling
(p. 18). So we will be eliminated simply because we are
too inefficient (as in Luke 13.7). Two possible blocks
from this happening are the huge financial costs
involved and the complexity of it all. But Barrat points
out how both of these are easily overcome (pp. 163, 185,
197). Even so, Barrat is not without hope. We do have 15
years to find a way to defend ourselves. But, as he
writes, "I'm hoping for luck because I do not believe
our universities, corporations, or government
institutions have the will or the awareness for
adequate, timely preparation" – being irrational as many
of us are (pp. 242, 26). Might we then add, that
Christians know such luck to be the grace of God
Support the Sunday School
Last year the Sunday
School students chose to support Lutheran World Relief
by making school kits to be shipped to a country in
school kits are currently being loaded on to a freight
liner to make the journey any day now.
The students will be able to track the final
destination of the school kits.
Thank you to all who helped to support the
students by donating money so they could purchase the
specific school supplies to assemble the school kits!
The Sunday school students chose to support
Lutheran World Relief this Spring as well.
Their goal is to raise enough money to purchase
items to help sustain families and communities.
They want to help hose people living in poverty
around the world.
They hope to raise enough money to purchase a
metal rickshaw so farmers can transport crops to
They want to purchase fruit tree seedlings to
provide food and income to families.
They want to purchase quilts for children.
All of this can
be purchased for $208.
If they raise an extra $165 they will then
purchase farming tools and hens and chicks!
They are ambitious students.
They will be
asking for your support.
We will plan another bake sale to help raise
look for the student’s LWR poster and donation can!
We will keep you posted on the bake sale plan.
Thank you for your support of the Sunday school
students and their hope to help those living in profound
poverty around the world.
Gina Allen, Church
Council Education Chair
Servants of Christ and Stewards of the Mysteries of God
Servanthood and stewardship are twin duties for the
On the one hand, the Christian is called to be a
is to obey and act in accordance with his master’s
Now, there are two kinds of servants, the willing and
The willing servant is loyal, trustworthy, and
He is given much to care for.
The unwilling servant is compelled, often by
force, to do the will of the master, but still must do
In 1 Corinthians 9:14, Paul recognizes that as a
Christian, he is called not only “to live from the
gospel” but also “to preach the gospel.”
If he does so willingly, he will be rewarded, but
if he does so unwillingly, he does so out of duty, or as
a steward (1 Cor. 9:17).
Later we find out that this stewardship was given
to Paul by God Himself, as Paul tells the Colossians
(1:24-27), “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you…[and]
for the church, of which I became a minister according
to the stewardship from God which was given to me for
you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which…has
now been revealed.”
This exposition of
stewardship is given to us by Paul to help us practice
Paul’s injunction “to live from the gospel” is
not only given to himself, but to all Christians living
in every time and every place.
To live from the gospel includes preaching the
gospel and being a steward of the mysteries of God,
which is Christ.
There is a warning in this message, however.
Paul tells us that the willing servant will be
rewarded while the steward is under obligation and will
receive no reward.
The reward is not what we might expect—blessings,
happiness, a life free of troubles—NO!
The reward is that we will not preach the gospel
as if we own it!
We will be free from abusing the message.
Regardless of the willingness or lack of, a
steward is expected to care for the things given him.
So as we consider ourselves stewards of the
gospel, let us pray that we may be willing so we may be
able to deny ourselves and preach the gospel free from
selfish desires for power.
This month, let us contemplate Paul’s words:
What is my reward then?
That when I preach the gospel, I may present the
gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my
authority in the gospel.
(I Corinthians 9:18)
"Miss Maude stopped rocking, and her voice hardened,
‘You are too young to understand it,’ she said, ‘but
sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than
a whiskey bottle in the hand of — oh, of your father.’”
[Harper Lee (1926 – 2016),
To Kill a
Mockingbird (1960) p. 60.]
FOOD BANK DONATION
suggestions for March are canned meats, chilies and
2016 FLOWER CHART
could use a few more families to sign up for Easter
Thursday, March 10th, chapel at 11:30 am with
lunch at noon.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Instruments of Change benefit & social hour: live
music, guest speaker, dinner, and a dessert auction at
their new location of the Seattle Design Center.
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 5:30-9 pm.
West Seattle Helpline 11th Annual Taste of West Seattle
on May 26th.
Tickets can be purchased starting March 1st on
the Helpline web page.
Get yours early, this is a popular event and they
have been known to sell out.
will buy your
recyclables and then send the church a 10%
a couple of times a year.
We recently received a check for $33, so
every little bit of help is good!
Pastor Marshall is willing to take your
donations (newspaper and aluminum cans) if left
neatly at the back of the parsonage carport.
#6 Styrofoam can also be recycled (the
kind that snaps when broken).
Please bag securely before leaving.
Another thing that should be properly
disposed of are
They are not allowed in the garbage.
Pastor Marshall is willing to properly
dispose of them if they are left in
bags on the office window counter.
Thanks to those who participate in these
A Poetic Church:
Poems, with their simple
rhymes, entertain us. But others, with their odd ways of
putting things, expand our minds and enrich our hearts.
Think of the line from Shakespeare’s famous
(1609) – “unswept stone, besmear’d with sluttish time.”
Or the one from John Milton’s
(1667) – “enthralled by sin to foul exorbitant desires”
(III:176–77). These quotes help us understand the
ravages of time and the nature of sinful flesh. The
Academy of American Poets’ new collection of poems,
Poems for Every Occasion, ed. Tamar Brazis (New
York: Abrams Image, 2015), includes poems with
wonderful, unusual expressions. Here are my favorites:
My first one is “So much of
any year is flammable, lists of vegetables, partial
poems. Orange swirling flame of days, so little is a
stone” (p. 22). This helps with 2 Corinthians 4:18 –
“the things that are unseen are eternal.” Next is “Have
I not reason to lament what man has made of man?” (p.
99). This helps with Romans 7:24 – “Wretched man that I
am!” A third is “Burst into my narrow stall; Swing the
picture on the wall” (p. 105). This helps with John 3:8
– “The wind blows where it wills.” A fourth is “I began
as an astronomer – a liking for bright flashes, vast
distances, unreachable things” (p. 125). This helps with
Psalm 119:37 – “Turn my eyes from looking at vanities.”
Also I like “Plodding along in the daily strife, Bearing
the whips and the scorns of life” (p. 194). This helps
with John 16:33 – “In the world you have tribulation.” A
sixth is “I love this cultured hell that tests my
youth!” (p. 217). This helps with Romans 5:3 – “We
rejoice in our sufferings.” Then there is “I’m as
pathetic as a railroad without tracks” (p. 219). This
helps with Galatians 1:6 – “I am astonished you are so
quickly deserting Christ.” An eighth is “We’ll live to
be much older, weightless we’ll drift in the haze of
space, which will be, once and for all, scrutable and
safe” (p. 223). This helps with 1 Corinthians 13:12 –
“then face to face.” Next there is “My heart is warm
with the friends I make, Yet there isn’t a train I
wouldn’t take, No matter where it’s going” (p. 255).
This helps with Galatians 1:10 – “If I were still
pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ.” A
tenth is “Whatever suffering is insufferable is
punishable by perishable” (p. 330). This helps with
Romans 8:18 – “I consider that the sufferings of this
present time are not worth comparing with the glory that
is to be revealed to us.” An eleventh is “A little sound
of thanks – a zipper or a snap – to close round the
thought of whatever good we did” (p. 360). This helps
with Luke 17:9 – “Does he thank the servant because he
did what was commanded?” Another is “You gave me blue
and I gave you yellow. Together we are simple green” (p.
371). This helps with 1 Corinthians 12:27 – “You are the
body of Christ and individually members of it.” My
penultimate one is “I need no resolution, just the
constant turmoil of living” (p. 374). This helps with
John 12:25 – “He who hates his life in this world will
keep it for eternal life.” And my final one is “Fragile
and momentary, we continue” (p. 390). This helps with
Luke 12:32 – “Fear not, little flock, for it is your
Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
These lines are worth
hanging on to because Proverbs 25:11 says that “fitly
spoken” words are like “apples of gold in a setting of
silver.” May God put them to good use so that we may say
fewer dull things in his name, and be “aglow with the
Spirit” (Romans 12:11).
on the Church
“Church is not a place
to promote programs but to profess faith. The church is
not to be pliable but principled…. The church does not
pressure but pronounces and protects. The church does
not prey on the lost; it prays for the perishing. The
church does not pollute the mind; it provides food for
the soul. The church does not profane the truth; it
possesses God’s Word. The church is not passive or
progressive; it is purging and possessive. The church
should not reflect pop culture but portray godly
attributes. The church should not seek pleasures but
seek after God. The church should not be prideful but
princely – we are children of the King. The church
should not promote anything – but preach Christ only….
The church is not to reflect the world but to be a
portrait of Jesus Christ. The church is not a public
institution – for Christ purchased it with His purifying
blood. The church should not work for its own profit; it
is Christ’s priceless possession. The church’s lectern
is not a politician’s prop but a preacher’s pulpit. And
finally, the church is a place to pray for those who do
not know Christ and to praise the Savior for making a
way for salvation if they will only believe.”
Warning (2010) pp. 164–65.]
on Bible Study
“Holy Scripture is a
book for heretics, that is, a book which heretics mostly
claim for themselves, for no other book has been misused
as much…. There has never been any heresy so bad or
coarse that it did not attempt to conceal and cloak
itself with Scripture…. Thus Holy Scripture must be a
book for heretics, not that it is Scripture’s fault, but
the evildoers’ fault, who so shamefully misuse it…. God
will certainly deal with evildoers and villains. So if
the Bible is a book for heretics, I will not for that
reason throw it down, but all the more study in it and
read it, so that I will know how to guard against the
misuse that others practice. So, then, let everyone be
ready and prepared, so that he is not so easily misled…
when they cite Scripture to you, for they are certainly
ravenous wolves underneath. When you think they are
feeding and satisfying you, they are tearing, slaying,
and devouring you…. So the greatest and most difficult
struggle is when one must struggle with Scripture
against Scripture, knock down and prevent someone’s
sword, snatch the weapon out of his hand, and slay him
with his own sword, which no one does, unless he is
enlightened by the Holy Spirit so that he can see this
With the Mind:
Readings in Contemporary Theology
3-5 pm in the Church
Lounge, Saturday, March 22nd.
The book for March is
Whether Global Recession, Terrorist Threats, or
Devastating Natural Disasters, These Ominous Shadows
Must Bring Us Back to the Gospel (2010), by the
pre-eminent Christian evangelist, Billy Graham (b.
1918). This book is about how we are to deal with
calamity. Everyone wants to know why a good God would
allow so much suffering in our lives. Graham’s response
is that nothing bad ever happens without God first
warning us about it and showing us a way out (p. 89).
Sad for us we repeatedly ignore the warnings (pp. 6, 13,
79, 129, 136, 151, 189, 208, 240, 263).
A copy of this important
book on Biblical warnings is in the library. If you
would like to purchase one for yourself, contact Pastor
Marshall. Feel free to attend our meeting when we
discuss our wretchedness and why we don’t heed the
warnings so that we can escape unharmed.
Monthly Home Bible Study, March 2016, Number 277
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
then talk informally about the assigned verses together
as we have opportunity. In this way we can "gather
around the Word" even though physically we will not be
getting together (Acts 13.44). (This study uses the RSV
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
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"
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).
And don’t give up, for as Luther said, we “have in
Scripture enough to study for all eternity” (LW
Read Exodus 3.15 noting the names
God’s name only associated with these names? On this
read Exodus 3.13 noting the name
I am who I am.
What kind of a name is this more abstract one? On this
read Psalm 50.12 noting the words
does this say about God? On this read Acts 17.25 noting
the line as
though he needed anything. Why is God so
independent? On this read John 5.26 noting the phrase
life in himself.
How is that possible? On this read Revelation 1.8, 15.3
and 16.7 noting the word
all three verses. What is this almightiness about? On
this read Psalm 62.11 noting the line
power belongs to
God. Does this mean that God will never come up
short? On this read Psalm 115.3 noting the line
the Lord does
whatever he pleases. Why is this so important? On
this read Deuteronomy 8.17 noting the words
my. Why is
this warning given? On this read Romans 1.25 noting the
and the wickedness which comes from this mix-up. Are you
now ready to follow Psalm 96.2 and
name of the
Lord? Why would you want to?
Read again Exodus 3.15 noting this time just the name
does this name tell us about God? On this read Genesis
22.1–2 noting the words
God then the one who tests us? On this read 1
Thessalonians 2.4 noting the line
who tests our
hearts. What else does the name of Abraham connote?
On this read Hebrews 11.8 noting the words
Does this make God a frightening God? On this read
Revelation 14.7 noting the line
fear God and give
him the glory. Anything else regarding Abraham? On
this read Genesis 18.22–33 and 19.24–25 noting the words
these two sets of verses make God one of mediation as
well as destruction? On the first read Genesis 9.15
noting the words
covenant. On the second one, read Jeremiah 26.29
noting the words
breaks. Why is the God of Abraham so rambunctious?
Why is this the first person listed in God’s threefold
Reread Exodus 3.15 noting this time the other name
does this name tell us about God? On this read Genesis
21.12 noting the line
shall your descendants be named. This says that
physical lineage through Abraham is not enough, but that
faith in God must also be there (unlike Ishmael, Isaac
believed) – as Luther notes (Luther’s
Works 4:33). We also see this in Romans 3:28 –
a man is
justified by faith. What else can we learn about God
through Isaac? On this read Genesis 27.35 noting the
we see how trouble follows God and his people, for as
Luther again points out, the house of Isaac is an
“exceedingly disturbed state” (LW
5:168). This is quite shocking given that Genesis 21:6
says Isaac begins with miracle and
Then why the disruption? On this read Romans 8.17 noting
the line provided
we suffer with Jesus. Note also Matthew 10.36 and
the line a man’s
foes will be those of his own household. How
startling is that?
Read Exodus 3.15 one last time noting the last name
what does this third name tell us about God? On this
read Genesis 32.28 noting the phrase
striven with God.
Why is this important? On this read Luke 12.19 noting
the words ease
Are we then by nature opposed to God? On this read
Romans 11.24 noting the phrase
nature. Why do we clash with God? On this read
Romans 7.18 noting the line
dwells within me. Contrast this with Mark 10.18
noting the words
Anything else to learn from the name Jacob? On this read
Genesis 28.7 noting the words
while being universal, God is also localized. On the
importance of this, read Colossians 2.9 noting the word
you agree? And how about Psalm 96.2? Are you finally
ready to follow it?
of Our Lord
Feast of the
Annunciation of Our Lord
will be celebrated in the chapel at
11:45 am with
we will honor the angel Gabriel's
announcement to Saint Mary that she will be the Mother of Our Lord.
Prepare for this feast of the Church with the
Pour your grace
into our hearts, O Lord, that we, who have known the
incarnation of your son, Jesus Christ, announced by an
angel, may by his cross and Passion be brought to the
glory of his resurrection:
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and forever.
prayer before God those whom He has made your
sisters through baptism.
Mary Goplerud, Chuck Prescott, Melanie Johnson, Nancy,
Sam, Kevin and Kim Lawson, David, Eileen and Michael
Nestoss, Leah Baker, Kyra Stromberg, Peggy & Bill
Wright, Bob & Barbara Schorn, Luke Bowen, Ion
Ceaicovschi, Tabitha Anderson, The PLU Faculty, Robert
Crowmartie, Celia Balderston, Mike Harty, Angel Lynn,
Asha Sagmoen, Dean Cheney, Kevin James, Nancy Wilson,
Gregg Carter, John Bechtholt, Rick Sitts, Ken Sharp,
Dorothy Chase, Bruce & Margaret Kirmmse, Margaret
Douglass, Mike Granger, Chuan-Tang Chang, Denise Alvorod,
Jim Thoren and the great migration from the Near East
into Europe and other parts of the world.
Pray for those who have suffered the death of a
loved one: Pray that God will bear their grief and lift
Pray for the family and friends of
Wheeler on her death.
Vivian died on February 15th at the age of 97.
Pray for the shut-ins that the light of Christ
may give them joy:
C. J. Christian, Louis Koser, Anelma Meeks,
Dorothy Ryder, Lillian Schneider, Crystal Tudor, Nora
Vanhala, Peggy & Bill Wright.
Pray for our bishops Elizabeth Eaton and 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 Lent.
Pray for the mercy of God for these people, and
for all in Christ's church to see and help those who are
Pray for our sister congregation
El Camino de Emmaus,
in the Skagit Valley, that God may bless and strengthen
Also, pray for our parish and it's ministry.
Pray that God will bless you through the lives of
Thomas Aquinas, teacher, 1274; Joseph, guardian of our
Treasury of Prayers
Lord God, Mighty
and Eternal, in Jesus you have given me a model
of humility as seen in his death on the Cross.
Help me bear witness to you by following his
example of suffering. And, then, give me the
hope of eternal joys by sharing in his
resurrection. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
All the Saints