Come join us at
Martin Luther Chapel
4100 Terrace Avenue
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
(parking lot access from Baker Avenue)
Second Sunday In Lent
17 March 2019
Introit:                 Psalm 74: 1 – 3 (Antiphon:  Psalm 69: 9).
Old Testament:  Jeremiah 26: 8 – 15.
Gradual:              Hebrews 12: 2.
Psalm:                 Psalm 99 (Antiphon: verse 9)
Epistle:                 Philippians 3: 17 – 4: 1.
Verse:                  Luke 13: 35.
Gospel:                Luke 13: 31 – 35.       Sermon Title:  “Behold”
Jesus Rescues Us From Death And Brings Us Into Heaven.
    The prophet Jeremiah faithfully preached “all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people” (Jeremiah 26: 8).  He called the people to repentance, lest the Lord’s judgment come upon them.  The violence that Jeremiah suffered for this preaching foreshadowed the cross and Passion of Christ Jesus, who suffered the judgment of God for the redemption of all the people.  For Jesus “comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 13: 35) in order to lay down His life for the sins of the world.  Earthly Jerusalem was blind to His gracious visitation, and it put Him to death like the prophets before Him.  Yet, His sacrifice upon the cross became the cornerstone of the new Jerusalem, His church.  He visits us today in mercy with His preaching of forgiveness, to gather us to Himself within that holy city, “as a hen gathers her brood under her wings” (Luke 13: 34), for ‘our citizenship isin heaven”  (Philippians 3: 20).
10 March attendance at our children Sunday School was 3.
Opening Hymn:   Glory Be To God, We Give You Thanks And Praise.
Sermon Hymn:    Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart.
Closing Hymn:     All Glory Be To God On High.
First Sunday In Lent
10 March 2019
Introit:                 Psalm 91: 9 – 13 (Antiphon:  verses 15 – 16).
Old Testament:  Deuteronomy 26: 1 – 11.
Gradual:              Hebrews 12: 2.
Epistle:                 Romans 10: 8b – 13.
Verse:                  Ephesians 6: 11.
Gospel:                Luke 4: 1 – 13.       Sermon Title:  “Courage and Caution”
Jesus Christ Is Our Champion Against The Devil.
 Jesus Christ, our champion against the devil, endures and overcomes “every temptation” (Luke 4: 13) on our behalf.  He worships the Lord, His God, and serves Him only by trusting the Word of His Father:  “You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased” (Luke 3: 22).  Jesus’ victory is now ours through His gracious Word, which is not far away but near us – in our mouth and in our heart, in the proclamation of repentance and faith.  For “with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved”   (Romans 10: 13).  The Lord is not oblivious to “our affliction, our toil, and our oppression” (Deuteronomy 26: 7), but has mercy on us.  He has brought us out of bondage through the “signs and wonders”  of Holy Baptism, “with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm” (Deuteronomy 26: 8), and now He leads us by His Spirit even in the wilderness.
3 March attendance at our children Sunday School was 17.
Opening Hymn:   A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.
Sermon Hymn:    Seek Ye First.
Closing Hymn:     Jesus, Lead Thou On.
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 Midweek Divine Service at the Chapel is:  In the world, but not of the world.
Divine Service is Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm.
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/
          Bible Study Times
                                                    8:45am class
                                                    Sunday’s Readings
                                                           Noon class
                                            Ezra and Nehemiah
                                                               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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