Monday, March 28, 2011

Part 1 Bach St. Matthew Passion

Steady progress at Heritage

The sanctuary floor is newly repaired, caulked, and epoxy sealed. The
walls have been repaired and painted. New carpet for the center aisle
and chancel platform was being installed on Saturday. The sanctuary is
looking better than ever.

We will continue to use the old entry as our main point of entry, and
the doors on the altar end of the sanctuary will remain the main
entry/exit for the sanctuary. The new (north) entry will be open and
available, but there is no access to coat room or restrooms.

[source:  Pastor Anderson]

Saturday, March 12, 2011

one more time, BWV 639

music for Lent 1 -'Ich ruf zu dir'

Lent 1

Pastor Anderson reports that regular services at Heritage are scheduled at 8:00 and 10:30 AM.  Adult Bible class will meet at 9:15.  We are studying the Lutheran Confessions at Heritage.

Pastor Anderson offers this preview of tomorrow's sermon.

"The sermon for the First Sunday in Lent will be based on the Gospel
lesson, Matthew 4:1-11, the wilderness temptation of Christ. The story
of Christ's temptation in the wilderness is the traditional Gospel for
the first Sunday in Lent. It teaches us that Christ's suffered for us
throughout his ministry- not just the last day when he was arrested,
brutally treated, and crucified. Satan attacked Jesus continuously in
many ways throughout his ministry. Satan, in his evil, twisted, genius,
thought he could tempt and ruin the Son of God just as he had tempted
and ruined the first man of God- Adam. But Christ Jesus demonstrated
that he was wiser than Satan, alert to his wicked tricks and
temptations, and too strong to stumble and fall into sin. Yet in his
human nature, Jesus truly felt and suffered these attacks, so that he
truly knows what it is like to be tempted and tormented by Satan.
Therefore the Scripture says, 'For we do not have a high priest who is
unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been
tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. Let us then
approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive
mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.' "

-Hebrews 4:15,16.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

'O meditate....'

O meditate, how painfully
The Lamb of God, on Calvary
Has died for thy transgressions;
How dreary was that awful night 
Of agony, how great the fight
Of His most wondrous Passion!
O Son of God, eternal Word,
Divine Redeemer, dearest Lord,
We marvel at thy suff'ring;
For Thy disgrace and pain, and shame,
We'll ever magnify Thy name,
And praise Thy glorious off'ring.

[v. 2, #272  Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary]

Schweitzer does 'O Mensch, Bewein...'

'O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde grosse'

'Create and make in us new and contrite hearts....' - Ash Wednesday 2011

Almighty and everlasting God, You hate nothing that You have  made and You forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of You, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one true God, SAECULA SAECULORUM.

[Source:  Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary]

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Heritage update - March 8, 2011

Pastor Anderson continues to give the congregation accurate and consistent information about the status of the church building.  " Demolition and 
clean-up continue. The old gym is now nearly completely cleaned out, 
leaving behind only the floor slab and the south and west walls. A good 
amount of debris fell from the collapsing gym onto the adjacent flat 
roofs of the entry hall, kitchen, utility room, bathrooms, and bathroom 
hallway. All of this debris is being removed, together with the peak of 
the damaged west wall which rises above the flat roof on the west. 
Engineers continue to monitor and examine the adjacent structures, 
looking for any evidence of damage or dangerous conditions. Engineer 
Todd Christopherson is working to resolve city concerns regarding safety 
of the school wing, bathrooms, and hall way so that we begin using those 
portions of the facility again."

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Heritage Lutheran Church - March 1, 2011

Demolition of the still standing east wall of the gym began Monday 
morning. A huge wrecking machine grasped the top of the wall, and the 
wall wobbled a bit. After a few attempts, the machine stopped and the 
operator stepped out to talk with the crew. Apparently the entire wall 
wanted to come down as one piece, instead of falling apart in pieces. 
So it was decided that the wall would have to be strategically cut so as 
to come down in pieces. As of day's end, the wall was down.

Today demolition continues. Debris from the wall will be hauled away. 
Debris from inside the collapsed building can now be reached, but it 
will be taken out piece by piece and stock piled in the north parking 
lot in order to enable further examination by those still studying the 
cause of the collapse.

Work inside the remaining facility continues as well. A crew began 
yesterday chipping out the old grout in the sanctuary floor, preparing 
for refinishing of that floor. Another crew began work preparing for 
installation of a temporary wall, which will divide the entry way hall 
in half, barring access and protecting the building from the standing 
south wall of the gym. It is hoped that with this wall in place, and 
with shoring up the gym wall as a precaution, the city will again grant 
us use of the sanctuary for Sunday. We won't know about use of the 
sanctuary until Friday. For now, including Weds evening worship, we 
will be back in the old fellowship hall.

Plans are also going forward for restoration of the rest of the old part 
of the building. Carpet has been ordered, and the old entry way, 
pastor's study, church office, and sacristy should be put back to 
pre-collapse condition soon.

[source:  Pastor Anderson]