Weekly News: Mar 1-8

Category: News, Weekly Tags: March 1, 2015 @ 10:00 am



The Road Home: March 1-8

The Road HomeThis week, Luther Memorial will host homeless families through The Road Home of Dane County. Volunteers are needed to donate food for meals, set up and clean up the classrooms, cook meals, play with children, do laundry, and stay overnight as hosts. Sign up in the narthex today!

Readings & Hymns

Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16
Psalm 22:23–31
Romans 4:13–25
Mark 8:31–38
#409 Kyrie! God, Father
#667 Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
#811 On My Heart Imprint Your Image

Sunday School noisy offering during Lent

Bring your spare change! Throughout Lent, the Sunday School will have a noisy offering to support Jamie Stark’s work in El Salvador. Proceeds will help equip homeless people with farming skills, animals and supplies.

From Ashes to Alleluia: Lenten Worship & Study

Sundays (Feb. 22–Mar. 22)
8 am Holy Communion
9:15 am Lenten Study: “Drowning as Life: Biblical Metaphors (of) Baptism,” led by Pastor Wilson.
10:30 am Holy Communion
6:30 pm Lenten Study: “The Book of Psalms,” led by Pastor Pohlman and Nancy Raabe.

Wednesdays (Feb. 25–Mar. 25)
5:30 pm Campus Communion
6:15 pm Soup Supper
7 pm Lectio Divina
8 pm Prayer at the Close of Day

2015 Luther Memorial Church Congregation Council


(Front row L-R) Angela Read, Abigail Jensen, Jonathan Woolums (secretary), Jeff Klukas; (back row L-R) Pastor Brad Pohlman, Laura McGuire, Phyllis Pleuss, Sue Gaard (president), Janet Zentner, Pastor Franklin Wilson, Brenda Ryther, Jim Nelson (treasurer), Yvonne Eide and Jay Suthers (vice president). Not pictured: Cliff Haaland.

Sunday Lenten study: “The Book of Psalms”

All are welcome for an overview of the Psalms and a closer study of the Psalms of Lament. 6:30–7:30 pm in the Luther Room. Come early at 6:20 pm for evening prayer.

  • Sunday, March 1: “Psalms, an Introduction,” led by Pastor Pohlman
  • Sundays, March 8, 15, 22: “The Psalms of Lament,” led by Nancy Raabe

Lent Learning: Wednesday, Mar. 4

All are welcome for a soup supper at the Lutheran Campus Center at 6:15 pm, prepared by LCC students and staff, followed by Lectio Divina and prayer at the close of day in the LM nave.

Chazen tour: Sunday, March 8

Thank you for signing up! Our tour is now full. If you’d like to walk over together, please meet by the church east entrance/courtyard door at 12:10 pm. Contact Suelyn if questions (

Women’s group: March 10 & 12

The women’s group meets at two different times each month; the same topic is presented at both sessions. Upcoming topic: “Faith in Action: Works Righteousness and the Book of James.”

  • Tuesday, March 10, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
  • Thursday, March 12, 10 am (Library)

Light refreshments and transportation as needed will be provided. For questions or to arrange a ride, please contact Nancy Raabe at or 258-3160 ext 16.

Game night: Saturday, March 21

Gather in the Great Room for another evening of fun for all ages on Saturday, March 21 at 6:30 pm. Bring your favorite games and a snack to share!

Interested in serving home communion?

Volunteers are needed to take Holy Communion to those unable to attend church. Please contact Nancy Raabe to learn more about this meaningful ministry at or (614) 214-2639, or stop by the welcome desk.

Meet and greet!

Hosts are needed to welcome Sunday morning guests with coffee and treats. Learn more and sign up at the welcome desk.

Germany tour in 2016

Luther Memorial is exploring the possibility of a June 2016 guided tour of Germany, particularly sites associated with Martin Luther and J. S. Bach. If you would like to learn more, please sign up at the welcome desk. Follow-up information will be available soon.

2015 offering envelopes in narthex

Reminder: Please pick up your 2015 offering envelopes.

Pastoral care

When in need of pastoral care, please call or email the church office (258-3160 or In case of emergency or on weekends and evenings, please contact the pastors at home: Pastor Franklin Wilson (204-9268) or Pastor Brad Pohlman (444-7604).

Upcoming Events

Lenten Study (cont.) “The Book of Psalms”: Sundays, March 8, 15, 22 at 6:30 pm
Lent Soup Supper, Lectio Divina, Night Prayer: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 6:15 pm
Chazen Museum of Art Tour: Sunday, March 8, 12:30 pm
Women’s Group (evening): Tuesday, March 10, 7 pm
Women’s Group (morning): Thursday, March 12, 10 am
Lenten Quiet Day, Study of the Passion: Saturday, March 14, 9 am–3 pm
Game Night: Saturday, March 21, 6:30 pm
Congregation Council Retreat: Saturday, March 28, 9 am
Passion/Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 29

Maundy Thursday Service at Oakwood Village West: Thursday, April 2, 10 am
Maundy Thursday Eucharist: Thursday, April 2, 7:30 pm
Good Friday Tre Ore: Friday, April 3, Noon
Good Friday Liturgy: Friday, April 3, 7:30 pm
Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 4, 8 pm
Easter Holy Communion: Sunday, April 5, 9 & 11 am


March 1, 2015


Spring forward! Set your clocks ahead one hour NEXT Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8 at 2 am.

Sunday Forum

9:15 am | Great Room

This week: Lenten Study “Drowning as Life: Biblical Metaphors (of) Baptism,” led by Pastor Wilson.

Next week: Lenten Study (cont.), led by Pastor Wilson.

This week

Sunday, March 1: 2 Lent
The Road Home (March 1–8)
8 am Holy Communion
9:15 am Sunday Forum (Great Room)
Sunday School (3rd Floor)
10:30 am Holy Communion
4:15 pm Training Choir (3rd Floor)
4:15 pm Children’s Choir (Choir Room)
5 pm Youth Choir (Choir Room)
6 pm Confirmation (Great Room, Library)
6:30 pm Lenten Study: The Book of Psalms (Luther Room)

Monday, March 2
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)

Tuesday, March 3
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
6:30 pm Library (Library)
7 pm Capital Appeal Task Force (Luther Room)

Wednesday, March 4
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
10:45 am Bible Study (Fireside Room)
12 pm Organ Recital
5:30 pm Campus Communion
6:15 pm Soup Supper (LCC)
7 pm Lectio Divina (Nave)
8 pm Prayer at the Close of Day (Nave)

Thursday, March 5
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
5:30 pm Recorder Ensemble (Choir Room)
7 pm Adult Choir (Choir Room)

Friday, March 6
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)

Sunday, March 8: 3 Lent
8 am Holy Communion
9:15 am Sunday Forum (Great Room)
Sunday School (3rd Floor)
10:30 am Holy Communion
12:30 pm Chazen Museum of Art Tour
4:15 pm Training Choir (3rd Floor)
4:15 pm Children’s Choir (Choir Room)
5 pm Youth Choir (Choir Room)
6 pm Confirmation (Great Room, Library)
6:30 pm Lenten Study: The Book of Psalms (Luther Room)

SERMON: 2 Lent (Mar 1)

Category: News, Sermon Tags: @ 9:00 am

The Rev. Franklin Wilson

The Rev. Franklin Wilson


Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38


When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant with you.”
[God] raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our “trespasses and was raised for our justification.”
“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Genesis says the Lord appeared to Abraham when he was 99 years old, and made an everlasting covenant with him.   Paul tells us God raised Jesus for our justification, but only after Jesus had died for our sins.  God brings life out of death.  Abraham was as good as dead, yet God chose him to be the father of all who believe.  Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was 90 years old and barren, long past the age of childbearing; Sarah was pregnant with death. Yet God chose her to bear a son, to become the mother of nations, a forebear of the Christ.

What is it with God?  The Abraham and Sarah story sounds like something from the National Enquirer:   “90 Year Old Woman Pregnant.  Expecting son: delirious with joy.”  But, of course, only supermarket tabloids credit a 90 year old woman with joy when pregnant by a 99 year old husband.  You don’t have to be a med school professor to know something’s a little off in that story.  You don’t have to be a labor and delivery nurse to know a pregnant 90 year old resides well beyond the range of rare.  About 25 years ago, my then associate pastor asked Mabel, a woman very near 100, how she would feel if told she were pregnant. “I’d rather die,” she said.

Mabel nailed it. Telling Sarah (or Mabel) she was pregnant is a lot like Jesus telling the crowd, “Anyone who wants to become my disciple must take up their cross and follow me.”  As Pastor Pohlman noted when recently quoting the martyred Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “When Jesus Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”  For a 90 year old woman, pregnancy and birth would be tantamount to a death sentence.  But, then, turning 100 is tantamount to a death sentence.  Then, too, being born is a death sentence.  As campus pastor, Eric Jones, said in his Ash Wednesday sermon, birth has a one-to-one correspondence with death.

In any conventional sense, these readings for the 2nd Sunday in Lent are not “good” news, are not “happy” stories.  Put another way, if they are good, they’re only so in the sense that Good Friday is “good.”

The 2nd Sunday in Lent turns “good” on its head.  Jesus tells his followers that the Son of Man must be betrayed, suffer abuse, be humiliated, crucified, dead, buried, and then on the third day raised.  Beyond the distant promise of resurrection, this is not conventional good news.  If good news at all, it’s like telling a double amputee that amazing progress is being made in the design and manufacture of prosthetics.  But to get the amazing prosthetics, you first must lose your limbs.  Such good news is severely tempered by pain and loss.

Before the Son of Man can be raised from the dead, he must suffer many things, be betrayed, abused, crucified, dead and buried.  Is it any wonder Peter thought such news bad?  Any wonder Peter rebuked his master?  The wonder lies elsewhere: Jesus rebuked Peter—called him “Satan,” and told him he was not on the side of God, but of “men.”  Yet Peter was a man.  What other side could he be on?  The wonder hides in Jesus, not Peter:  in Jesus’ suffering death, God comes to our side, God on the human side.

Some things—especially difficult things —may be no less true just because they are painful.  In fact, in the biblical narrative most true things are difficult. Very few (if any) accounts of God’s saving work are told without suffering, pain, loss, and death.  These things form the substratum of life, and in much of life the hard substratum lies very near the surface:  hence, our routine addictions to distraction, amusement, sedation, and half-truth.  In and of themselves, entertainment, intoxicants, and circumlocution are not bad; but they are bad for us when they disable truth or, even worse, prevent us from recognizing truth when we hear it.

Jesus could have said, “The Son of Man is going to Jerusalem to receive a hero’s welcome, be enthroned, and give everybody all they want; he’ll satisfy every desire, and everyone will live happily ever after.”  That’s the stuff of fairy tales.  Had Jesus told a fairy tale, Peter wouldn’t have rebuked him, and Jesus would not have called him “Satan.”  But, in that case, Jesus would have been more like Satan than God, and for the moment, all would have seemed happily copasetic.  Lies are like that: sugar coating on a bitter pill; they hide the truth, but only for a moment.

Jesus Christ is more than a momentary fix.  He doesn’t sugar-coat the bitter truth.  He must suffer death, be buried, and on the third day rise.  Moreover, contrary to all sedation, distraction, and amusement, we too must die.  The only real questions are threefold:  when, how, and for what purpose. Of these three, deepest truth comes chiefly through the latter: for what purpose will we die?

Hard though it may be to hear, it doesn’t much matter when or how we die; the only thing that really matters is that we die with Jesus Christ on our side: in, with, and under us.  There is, after all, no shame in dying—it comes to all.  But true and everlasting life comes through dying in, with, and under Jesus.  Therefore, he says, “Take up your cross and follow me.”  Dying like Jesus, dying for others, we live.

Though it may not sound like it, these words bear the gracious truth of everlasting life; like his own life, Jesus gives away this gracious truth freely for us, and for all.  But, even if these words (and the one who speaks them) cause us shame, it’s only for a time.  Like Lent, shame lasts but a little while.  Then comes the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord.  Eternally longer than death, Easter does come: the resurrection of the dead, and there’s no shame in that.  In his death, Christ comes to our side: baptized into him and his dying, we live in him—his risen life.

Chazen tour: Mar 8

Category: News Tags: February 13, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Chazen Museum of Art

Special exhibition: The Saint John’s Bible

Sunday, Mar. 8

Thank you for signing up! Our tour is now full. If you’d like to walk over together, please meet by the church east entrance/courtyard door at 12:10 pm. Contact Suelyn if questions (

Learn more

Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible

Chazen Museum of Art

Women’s Group: Mar 10 & 12

Category: News Tags: February 12, 2015 @ 9:00 am

2015 Schedule

Tues, April 7, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, April 9, 10 am (Library)

Tues, May 12, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, May 14, 10 am (Library)

Tues, June 9, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, June 11, 10 am (Library)

Tues, July 14, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, July 16, 10 am (Library)

No meeting in August

Tues, Sept. 8, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Sept. 10, 10 am (Library)

Tues, Oct. 6, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Oct. 8, 10 am (Library)

Tues, Nov. 10, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Nov. 12, 10 am (Library)

Tues, Dec. 8, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Dec. 10, 10 am (Library)

Women’s Group

The Women’s Group is a monthly gathering for women of all ages to learn together and to get to know each other in a climate that is welcoming and open. Two sessions (morning and evening) are offered each month; the same topic will be presented at both sessions. Light refreshments and transportation as needed will be provided. For questions or to arrange a ride, please contact Nancy Raabe at or 258-3160 ext. 16.

women's-groupNext meeting: “Faith in Action: Works Righteousness and the Book of James”

Tues, March 10, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, March 12, 10 am (Library)

Game night: Mar 21

Category: News Tags: February 11, 2015 @ 9:00 am

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Gather in the Great Room for another evening of fun for all ages on Saturday, March 21 at 6:30 pm. Bring your favorite games and a snack to share!

How much fun is Game Night at Luther Memorial? See for yourself!

Sunday Forum “Jail Ministry”: Feb 15

Category: News Tags: January 14, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Sunday Forum
Sunday, Feb. 15 | 9:15 am
Great Room

The Rev. John Mix of the Madison Area Lutheran Council (MALC) jail chaplaincy program will lead discussion on jail ministry in Dane County.

Learn more

Learn more about the staff, mission and events at MALC online at


The Outreach Group and Madison Area Lutheran Council is collecting writing materials and new or slightly used adult winter coats (size XL and larger) for use by inmates in need. Please drop off donations at LM in the narthex by Sunday, Feb. 15.

Sunday Forum “Kenya Mission”: Feb 8

Category: News Tags: January 9, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Susan Ferson and Leland Albright

Missionaries in Africa

Sunday, Feb 8

9:15 am, Great Room

Pediatric neurosurgeon Leland Albright and his wife, neurosurgical pediatric nurse practitioner Susan Ferson, will discuss their many years of work at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya.

Learn more about Leland and Susan’s work on their blog:

Chili sale for youth mission trip

Category: News Tags: January 7, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Now’s the time to order! The annual Super Bowl chili sale is on at the welcome desk on Sundays during January.  $10/quart, available in mild or spicy chili con carne and vegetarian. Orders may be picked up on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, after each service and the annual meeting.  The sale supports the Appalachia Service Project summer youth mission trip to West Virginia.

Order today!

  • Place your order at the welcome desk,
  • Email your order to Mary Powell at or
  • Contact the church office at (608) 258-3160 or Please specify mild or spicy, with meat or vegetarian.

Young families brunch: Jan 24

Category: News Tags: January 4, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Luther Memorial Church - Young Families BrunchCome for a morning of conversation and play on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9:30 am in the Great Room. We’ll enjoy brunch, then let the children play with toys from the preschool. Please bring an egg dish, fruit, breakfast pastry or juice to share. Learn more at the welcome desk or contact Kirsten Heggeseth (

Dinner with friends! Sign up for Breadbreakers

Category: News Tags: December 9, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Breadbreakers is one of the best ways to get connected at Luther Memorial. Small groups (6 to 10 people) eat together 2–3 times, after which the groups are shuffled and the fun starts again. Each group decides where to meet and when. Families, singles and couples of all ages are welcome! New groups start in January. Sign up at the welcome desk or contact Kirsten Heggeseth, coordinator, to learn more: or (608) 616-0772.