Come join us at
Martin Luther Chapel
4100 Terrace Avenue
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
(parking lot access from Baker Avenue)
Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
10 February 2019
Introit:                 Psalm 71: 15 – 18 (Antiphon: Psalm 71: 12)
Old Testament:  Isaiah 6: 1 – 8.
Epistle:                 1 Corinthians 14: 12b – 20.
Gospel:                Luke 5: 1 – 11.
Jesus comforts His people and builds up His Church by the ministry of the Gospel.
   When Isaiah “saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up,” he was overcome with an awareness of his  sin and “unclean lips” (Isaiah 6: 1, 5).  But the Lord atoned for his sin, took away his guilt and sanctified his lips with “a burning coal” from the altar (Isaiah 6: 6 – 7).  Not only was he rescued from death, but he was called and sent as a prophet of the Lord’s Word (Isaiah 6: 8 – 9).  Similarly, when Simon Peter and his companions “enclosed a large number of fish” at the Word of Jesus, he humbled himself and said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man” (Luke 5: 4 – 8).  But Jesus comforted Simon, called him to discipleship and declared that he would be “catching men”  (Luke 5: 10 – 11).  So in the Office of Holy Ministry, the Church remains the little boat from which Jesus teaches people (Luke 5: 3).  Thus are we instructed in the faith, so that we say “Amen” and return thanks with heart, mind, tongue, and life.  For the preaching of Christ Jesus is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit, by which He builds up His Church on earth (1st Corinthians 14: 12 – 19).    
Opening Hymn:   God Himself Is Present
Sermon Hymn:    You Have Come Down To The Lakeshore
Closing Hymn:     O Christ Who Called The Twelve  
Sixth Sunday After Epiphany
17 February 2019
Introit:                 Psalm 119: 1 – 2, 4 – 5 (Antiphon:  Psalm 119: 7)
Old Testament:  Jeremiah 17: 5-8
Epistle:                 1 Corinthians 15: 12 – 20.
Gospel:                Luke 6: 17 – 26.
Christians Live by Faith in Christ and Rejoice in the Promise of HIs Resurrection.
   “Cursed is a man who trusts in man,” for all strength of his flesh is like the grass that fades away (Jeremiah 17: 5).  the one who turns away from the Lord may have food and money and laugh for now, but he “shall mourn and weep” in judgment (Luke 6: 24 – 25).  But “the man who trusts in the Lord” is blessed with all that he needs,  “like a tree planted by water.”  When heat comes, he survives (Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8).  For the Lord has come in the flesh to heal the people of all their diseases, to cleanse their spirits with forgiveness,  and to preach the Gospel of the kingdom of God to the poor (Luke 6: 18 – 20).  As all of this is by way of His cross, it is solely by faith in the promise of His resurrection that Christians “rejoice” and “leap for joy” (Luke 6: 21 – 23).  “If Christ has not been raised,” our faith is in vain and we are most to be pitied (1 Corinthians 15: 14 – 19).  But, in fact, just as “Christ died for our sins,”  so has He also “been raised from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15: 3, 20).   
Opening Hymn:   Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!
Sermon Hymn:    Songs Of Thankfulness And Praise
Closing Hymn:     Voices Raised To You We Offer  
The Season of Epiphany
    (Greek word for manifestation).  Term applied to thet birth, Baptism, appearance of the star,and similar events in Christ’s life.  It is also applied to January 6, celebrated in commemoration of the visit of the Maji.
The Season of pre-Lent
  The season of pre-Lent (Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima, the 3 Sundays before Ash Wednesday, take their names from the Latin words indicating that tehy fall respectfully within 70, 60, and 50 days before Easter) partakes of some of the characteristics of Lent.
The Season of Lent.
4.  The season of Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday (6 March 2019) , is a period of penitential reflection.  It climaxes in Passiontide (the last 2 weeks of Lent:  Passion Week, the 2d week before Easter; and Holy Week, also called “Great Week”, formally called “Passion Week,” in which Palm Sunday and the “3 great days,” Maunday Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday [also called the Great Sabbath] receive most attention.
8..  From early days Easter was preceded by a period of preparation called Lent.  The custom of fasting during this time was generally at an early date, but the length of the fast varied.  Finally the fast was extended to 40 days (excluding Sundays), after the analogy of the period of the Lord’s temptation (Matthew 4: 2).  Ash Wednesday (also called from the custom of daubing the foreheads of worshipers on that day with ashes of the previous years palms, in token of penitence and human mortality) has been the 1st day of Lent sinse the Gelasian Sacramentary.  The season of preparation for Easter closed with the Great Week, also called Holy Week.  Wednesday of Holy Week was formally called Spy Wednesday by some because of the preparations of Judas Iscariot for betraying Christ.  Thursday of Holy Week commemorated the institution of the Lord’s Supper; it was called Holy Thursday by some: its German name is Gruendonnerstag (Green Thursday); since the Gospel of the day was John 13: 1 – 15, the day was also known as the day of Foot Washing; its present English name, Maunday Thursday, is derived either from the words of John 13: 34 (Latin Mandatum novum do vobis) or from the custom of carrying gifts to the poor in maunds (hand baskets) on that day.  Good Friday (German Karfreitag, a name expressing sorrow) was a day of deep mourning, with a complete fast till 3 or 6 o’clock in the afternoon.
The theme for the 2019 Lent Season at the Chapel is:  In the world, but not of the world.
13 March:  The Word Incarnate.                                            John 1: 1 – 17.
20 March:  The Temptation.                                                   Matthew 4: 1 – 11.
27 March:  Pick Up Your Cross Daily and Follow Jesus.        Luke 9: 23 – 27.
3 April:       Trouble In This World.                                           John 16: 33.
10 April:      My Kingdom Is Not Of This World.                      John 18: 36-37.                
Daily Divine Service at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN is conducted while classes are in session.  Seminarians are the Liturgists for these Services.  Professors provide the sermon.
On Wednesdays a visiting pastor is both the preacher of the sermon and the celebrant for the  Lord’s Supper.
Here is the link that will take you to the web page:   http://www.ctsfw.edu/daily-chapel/
Sunday School
We are excited to announce that our Sunday School is refining our effort to provide God’s Word and spiritual growth for both parents and children!
During February the children will be dismissed after the Collect of the Day for Sunday School classes.  They will dismissed from class and return during the gathering of our tithes and offerings.  
10am every Sunday
       Sermons based on the Gospel of
        St. Luke
Join us after the service for fellowship over coffee, tea, juice, water and cookies.  
Season of Epiphany.  For the next 9 weeks we will be celebrating Jesus’ manifestation as both true God and true Man. 
     The color for this season is white, signifying divinity, purity and joy.
     The season begins with the visit of the Magi to the new born son of Mary (Matthew 2: 1 – 12) on 6 January.
     The season concludes with the Transfiguration of our Lord (Luke 6: 28 – 36) on 3 March.
          Bible Study Times
                                                    8:45am class
                                                    Sunday’s Readings
                                                           Noon class
                                                               11am class
                                                      Gospel of St Luke

What we believe, teach and confess.

We confess and hold fast to the teachings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
as found in the Book of Concord (Which is drawn from the Holy Scriptures).
We are a Christian congregation that conforms to the divine Word of God in doctrine and practice.
It is the will of our Lord Jesus Christ that His disciples preach the gospel to the whole world.
That Christ’s mission for His Church might be carried out according to His will, He commanded that Christians:
     Unite in Worship.
     Practice fellowship with one another.
     Witness to all men.
     Help each other grow in the Word.
     Serve the needs of all men in Christian love..
     Administer the Office of the Keys as His Church.
     and maintain decency and order.
We are affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) as long as the confession and constitution of LCMS are in accord with the confession and constitution of this congregation as laid down in Article 2.
This congregation shall, to the best of its ability, actively support the LCMS and assist it in effecting all sound measures intended for the building up of the Kingdom of God.
Membership of this congregation shall be designated by two different terms:
     Baptized member.
     Communicant member.
About Martin Luther Chapel

All members of MLC are sinners, broken and hurting, but God has called us into His family where He forgives us and loves us in His Son, Jesus Christ, and then sends us to others.  Because of that, we are always growing, ever reaching and tirelessly proclaiming the Good News of Jesus.  There is a place here for you!  Won’t you come and experience God’s peace, joy and comfort.

Life and Times in the Life of Martin Luther Chapel



Homebound Visitation
Christ’s Cupboard Food Pantry
Shoebox Project
Scripture and Song
every Wednesday at 11AM
          featuring bible study
       and Christian fellowship
Pastoral  Outreach Visitations
   *Youth Group
   *Youth Confirmation
      Sept. – April
   *Sunday School
       Sept. – May
   *Vacation Bible School
                  either July or August
                  please call to inquire
          Martin Luther
        Christian School 
Our school did not open this school year.   We will post updates as they are available. 
 Social Gatherings
Central America Outreach

Church Leadership Team

Pastor   Robert Bruggeman
Exec. Director   Ed Fitzgerald
Lay Ministry   Calvin Fowler
Property   Charlie Dawson
Asst. Exec. Director   Fred Schuck
Stewardship   John Doose
Public Relations   Kathy Dawson
Treasurer   Jane Duffy
Evangelism: Robert Senior
Youth   Lisa Evans
Secretary   Terri Schuck
Christian Education   Jim Moore
Sunday School:  Judy Fitzgerald
Financial Secretary   Jan Wagner
Fellowship   Judy Fitzgerald
Our Pastor
Pastor Bob and Kim Bruggeman
I grew up in Nebraska and enlisted in the U.S. Marines immediately after graduating High School.  I was promoted to sergeant and was married in 1977.  After my enlistment was completed, I moved to Florida and became a police officer.  Kurt and Arthur (my two oldest sons) were born during this time in Florida. 
In 1983 I was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps and for the next 23+ years served in various assignments as an Infantry Officer.  Kyle (my third son) was born while I was receiving initial training as an Infantry Officer at Quantico, VA.  Over the course of the 23 years I was stationed at Quantico, VA (3 times), Camp Lejeune, NC (2 times), 29 Palms, CA (once) and Indian Head, MD (once).  I served in combat zones in the North Arabian Sea, Somalia and Iraq.  I made three routine peace time deployments to Okinawa, Japan and served in the Republic of Korea for two years.  I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2006.

I began Seminary Training in 2009 and in 2010 I had to take a leave of absence from studies.  Unfortunately, my marriage of 34 years ended in divorce in May of 2012.  I returned to the Seminary after receiving approval from the Call and Placement Committee in March of 2014.  

I was introduced to Kim Hannaman by a close friend in April 2013 and we were married in October 2014 by my field work pastor.  We completed the 2014-2015 School Year and were placed at the Northeast Kansas Lutheran Partnership for vicarage.  It was a great year of learning and growing in many areas.
We returned to Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne the first week of August 2016 and began the last year of course work for pastoral education.  I completed all the course work at the end of the Winter Term 2016-2017, passed the Theological Interview and awaited the Call Service on April 25, 2017.  That evening I received a divine call to Martin Luther Chapel and Martin Luther
Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ.
Kim and I arrived the beginning of May 2017 and I was ordained and installed as the pastor for Martin Luther Chapel on 21 May 2017.   
Pastor Derek Mathers, preached the sermon and then ordained and installed me.
Pastor Mathers and Ed Fitzgerald (Executive Director of the Parish Planning Council).
Pastor Mather (Left) was the Liturgist and my brothers in the ministry.
One of the multitude of joys I get to experience everyday is listening to the children.
Kim has a varied background: a flight attendant, newspaper and hotel marketer and a real estate asset manager [specializing in HOAs] manager for firms in the greater Los Angeles area.

Kurt is my oldest son and is married to Christina and they have two children, Steven and Alyssa.  Kurt is an Air Force Fighter Pilot and flies for Southwest airlines.  Christina home schools Steven and Alyssa.

Arthur is my middle son and is married to Chrissey and they have two children, Ethan and Connor.  Arthur is a Marine Attack Jet Pilot and Chrissey is a full time mother for Ethan and Connor.

Kyle is my youngest son and was a Marine Rifleman but is now pursuing a career in medicine. 


Executive Director, Parish Planning Council:  Ed Fitzgerald
Lay Ministry Board
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

LCMS Youth Gathering      San Antonio, Texas    30,000 in the Alamodome!

      New Photo Gallery


 Visit MLC This Sunday !

8:45 AM  for Bible Study
10 AM  for Divine Service of the Word and the Service of the Sacrament
(the Lord’s Table)
Please join us for fellowship over coffee and cookies
after the Divine Service in the lower Narthex.
from the 4100 block of Baker Avenue
(between Rte 130 and Roosevelt Ave.)
4100 Terrace Avenue      Pennsauken, NJ 08109
telephone  856 665 0116
email address   mlcemail@juno.com
The Old Rugged Cross   Jesus Loves Me  
Recent Church Song List includes, but is not limited to: 
Here I Am to Worship
In Christ Alone
Heart of Worship
Shine Jesus Shine
Our God is Greater
You are God Alone
10,000 Reasons
Better Is One Day
Here I Am Lord
                                              Good, Good Father
                                           Blessed Be Your Name
                                                  Lead Me To The Cross
                                              Open the Eyes of My Heart
                                                                                         Onward Christian Soldiers                          
                                                                                                          When Peace Like a River                                                                                                                       What a Friend We Have in Jesus
                                                                                                                                        Thy Word Is a Lamp
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies
proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1


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4100 Terrace Avenue
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
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FAX:    856…665…5312
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  Martin Luther Christian School is enjoying a number of successes:  our student population continues to increase, Pastor Mather, our principal, recently joined the Administration and provides a wealth of spiritual gifts and strength, and we have a number of new teachers that bring enthusiasm and current thoughts on education.  This is helping Martin Luther Christian School proclaim the Gospel to a student body that is largely unchurched and is now being encouraged to attend either Martin Luther Chapel or another Christian Church.

  The School is also experiencing a number of challenges:  a budget deficit that the Chapel is trying to help with; families that are seeking a Christian and safe school but are financially unable to send their children without scholarships, aging computers and data systems; curriculum that needs to be updated; facility maintenance that has been deferred; and low salaries for the entire administration, staff and faculty.
Please consider helping us in this good work with a financial giift