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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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Life Together with President Harrison – September 2018

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Life Together with President Harrison – September 2018

View on Vimeo.com | View on YouTube.com Can there be joy when talking about finances? Absolutely! We’re born stewards, freed up to thank God for the many blessings that He gives, even as we get to then share our gifts with others. Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, discusses how it’s possible that we can be joyfully Lutheran in the way in which we manage the gifts we’ve been given. Hear about how we, as a Synod, have no shortage of reasons to rejoice when it comes to the many opportunities we have to serve our neighbor in great joy and cheerfulness!...

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To number our days

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in News | Comments Off on To number our days

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Ps. 90:12) by Tim Saleska Until last year, whenever I prayed Psalm 90:12, I thought I knew what I was asking for. In my Psalms class, my students and I would discuss the relevance of this verse for our modern culture. We would talk about how important it is to learn how to number our own days, and how to teach others how to number theirs as well. I would say (and I still believe this) that this verse implies that the ability to number our days is a spiritual gift. We don’t naturally know how to do it. God must give the...

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LCMS Stewardship: September 2018 ‘StewardCAST’ newsletter

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in News | Comments Off on LCMS Stewardship: September 2018 ‘StewardCAST’ newsletter

In the September 2018 issue of StewardCAST, LCMS Stewardship shares insight into why some congregations and individuals are “surprised by stewardship” every year. Stewardship planning is one of those things that often gets lost in the weeds after summer. It is also possible for congregations to be surprised by stewardship because they avoid the topic all together. Thus, when the resources to support the ministry are not present, panic ensues. However, the faithful teaching and preaching of all of God’s Holy Word, including stewardship, will not allow for this surprise. Download StewardCAST...

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