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From Ashes to Easter, by the Rev. Dr. David M. Wendel, NALC Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry and Ecumenism, is now available. The 2018 Lenten devotions follow the daily Bible reading calendar being used throughout the NALC, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and Lutheran Church—Canada. From Ashes to Easter is available for download in two … Continue reading From Ashes to Easter
As Lent approaches very quickly, in the church as leaders and volunteer servants, we find ourselves with a very long to do list and a very short amount of time. People often joke with me thinking that I love organization The truth? While I do love brightly colored post-it notes, organization isn't my thing. Relationships … Continue reading The Priesthood of All Believers Gets Practical Part 2
In a day and age where it's difficult to get people involved because of our busy schedules and theirs... We want to help people connect to use their God-given talents and gifts. It's not just about another thing on the "to-do" list, but inviting people into the mission field. We have good news! There are … Continue reading The Priesthood of All Believers Gets Practical
leader: welcome to worship! all: welcome home! leader: who have you come to see? all: We come to see Jesus. leader: where do we see Jesus? all: in the teaching on the word, on the face of our neighbor, in the breaking of the bread. leader: how can we be here? all: only … Continue reading Litany of Welcome
leader: Here we go again. Another worship service. Singing, praying, etcetera, etcetera. all: Same old, same old leader: Blah, blah, blah all: You know, same old, same old. leader: Makes you want fireworks and laser lights. Cupholders in our seats, surround sound. all: 3D! We want it in 3D! leader: It seems like boring equals failure. Like it has to amaze us … Continue reading Litany of Meh
Leader: O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, All: Hear me. Leader: From the desire of being esteemed, All: Deliver me, Jesus. Leader: From the desire of being loved... All: Deliver me, Jesus. Leader: From the desire of being extolled ... All: Deliver me, Jesus. Leader: From the desire of being honored ... All: … Continue reading Litany of Humility
Leader: Why have you come? What do you wish to see? ALL: We wish to see a new way, see hope reborn, to see what we know in our hearts but do not always see with our eyes. Leader: Where does this exist? How do you know it is here? ALL: We know that … Continue reading Litany of Faith
Leader: God, tonight we lay our expectations at the foot of your throne. We know that expectations aren't always a bad thing, but there are times when we let them get in our way. All: You are trying to do this beautiful and holy thing. And instead of recognizing what You are doing, we … Continue reading Litany of Expectations