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What are We Waiting For? (A Reflection on Advent)

Advent. Season of waiting. Season of hope. Season of peace. Maybe. I’m not sure about that last one. Maybe even the last two. It’s hard work these days to align our minds, bodies and spirits with the deeper themes of this brief season of the liturgical year in the midst of so much noise, hustle […]

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Members of Morning Star Lutheran Church at a Kit Assembly at Morning Star Church in Matthews, NC 2016

Putting the “Luther” in “Lutheran World Relief”

What does it mean to be “Lutheran?” If you asked 100 Lutherans that question, you’d probably get 100 different answers. In the United States, we often joke that being Lutheran means drinking lots of coffee after church and having a casserole for Sunday dinner. But, at its simplest, being Lutheran means being a child of [...]Read More...

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Dirt Road in Barmasia, Bihar, India

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Precious Lord, Our world is a wilderness of dust and ash. The flames of poverty consume. Deserts engulf forests and grasslands. Drought, famine and food shortages blow through an ever more hopeless world. Yet amid the ashes and dust, we know that you are [...]Read More...

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Quilts from a distribution in Arusha, Tanzania organized through the ELIMAA School. 80 households were reached in the village of Kwa Morombo near Arusha.

A Quilt for Jesus (Devotion)

The following devotion was written for an Advent devotional booklet, published for its members by St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Ithaca, Ohio. Cross-posted here by permission of the author, Jane Morris Brown. In the last couple of years I became a fan of Facebook. I really like the interaction with many friends each day, learning [...]Read More...

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Eco Palms

Why Eco-Palms are a Better Choice for Palm Sunday

The Gospel of Mark tells us that when Christ entered Jerusalem on a colt, the crowds welcomed him shouting “Hosanna!” and “spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields”. Jesus is greeted as a triumphant king entering the city. Today churches all around the world – just like yours – join in this [...]Read More...

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Good Friday is a Good Time for Lament

O Lord, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence, let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. -Psalm 88: 1-2 There are times in life when all one can do is to cry out. Those times when the broken reality of our world comes crashing in. [...]Read More...

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What Did Luther Say About Loving Our Neighbor?

“It is not forbidden but rather commanded that by the sweat of our brow we should seek our daily food, clothing, and all we need and avoid destruction whenever we can, as long as we do so without detracting from our love and duty toward our neighbor.” -Martin Luther In Martin Luther’s time, society’s affliction, [...]Read More...

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A Prayer for Those Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

[UPDATED] On Friday, November 8 Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with sustained winds of nearly 150 miles per hour. It is the strongest typhoon in the world this year, and possibly the most powerful ever to hit land. Local officials estimate loss of life could reach 10,000 people, and it is estimated that up to [...]Read More...

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We Have a Dream, Too

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington. (Watch the whole 16-minute speech here.) Little needs to be said about the enormous impact his speech has had on American history and culture. We wanted to share our own dreams for the future of our world. [...]Read More...

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Photo of the Day: The Joy of Dancing

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; [...]Read More...

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Christ is Risen!

For those who lack clean water and daily bread… Christ is Risen For those who cannot access adequate healthcare or medication… Christ is Risen For those who struggle daily for their voices to be heard… Christ is Risen For those who wake up and face life-altering disasters in their communities… Christ is Risen And for [...]Read More...

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Reflections on a Love Feast

Several years ago, I went to visit my grandmother in rural Virginia. The timing of the trip happened to coincide with the annual Love Feast held at her Church of the Brethren congregation. A Love Feast is a celebration and remembrance of Jesus washing the disciples feet and the Lord’s Supper. She was so excited [...]Read More...

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