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‘Now’ is a good time to pray

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in News | Comments Off on ‘Now’ is a good time to pray

by Tyler Arnold A large group of teens wearing blue T-shirts screen printed with their church’s name filtered out of the amusement park and into the parking lot for a quick bite before heading back in for more rides and games. They all grabbed lunch from a cooler in the back of the church van and sat down to eat. The adult leaders were the last to join the big group. One of the leaders rushed to reach the kids before they started eating and hastily asked, “Did you pray?” One young man, a little louder than the rest of the group, shot back, “No, and I’m already done eating. Besides, I prayed...

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LCMS Worship: 2018-19 One-Year Series hymn suggestions

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in News | Comments Off on LCMS Worship: 2018-19 One-Year Series hymn suggestions

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Worship suggestions for 2018 midweek Advent services

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Worship suggestions for 2018 midweek Advent services

LCMS Worship provides suggestions for liturgy, psalms, readings, hymns and collects to use during 2018 midweek Advent services. The proposed propers coordinate with the commemorations assigned to each of these days in the Lutheran Service Book. The liturgy suggested is either Vespers or Evening Prayer. Download (PDF) Download (Word) About Unwrapping the Gifts Unwrapping the Gifts is a bimonthly publication of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Worship Ministry devoted to providing resources for worship. Everyone involved in planning worship is encouraged to subscribe to the Unwrapping the...

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Pray, praise and give thanks

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Pray, praise and give thanks

by David H. Petersen My congregation’s public prayer, like that at most Lutheran churches, is marked by its intercessions for our members and for the members of our community experiencing tragedy, sorrow, sickness or pain. Prayers of gratitude for our people in their moments of joy, however, are not so noticeable or common. We are not completely negligent in this regard. We do typically include intercessions on Sunday morning for those just married and for babies just born awaiting Baptism. We normally pray for those who have been released from the hospital or have successfully undergone...

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LCMS congregations prepare response to Hurricane Florence

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in News | Comments Off on LCMS congregations prepare response to Hurricane Florence

By Stacey Egger As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolina coast this week, LCMS churches in its projected path prepared for the impact. “The storm keeps changing a little bit here and a little bit there. I’m not sure if that’s a relief or not. It depends where you are,” said Deaconess Sally Hiller, the LCMS Southeastern District’s (SED) Disaster Response Coordinator. Hiller said that people in some areas had evacuation orders revoked earlier in the week, only to have them reinstated again, as Florence’s course and intensity continued to change. Congregations in the area prepared for...

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