by Carol Broome
What a great God we serve, and what a church we are blessed with! We have pure, Gospel-centered doctrine. What a gift from God!
We host the best seminaries in the whole world, serving students from many different countries. We have a tremendously well-educated clergy, who have a precise and loving grasp of and ability to convey the truth, and who are focused appropriately on Word and Sacrament ministry. Our laity is excellently catechized and is strong in loving God and stepping up to take responsibility in the church and the world, joyously receiving God’s service in worship for forgiveness, certainty, refreshment and fellowship. Our Lutheran theologies of evangelism, human care, worship, stewardship and vocation are quintessentially biblical and a great gift to Christendom as a whole.
We are strategically located in the most wealthy country the world has ever known, giving us the means to share our gifts with others worldwide, and we have working partnerships with sister churches in many nations. Our educational system is very strong and supported by our absolutely outstanding publishing house and our exemplary church workers as well as our capable laity. We have tremendous mission and human care organizations.
So as we consider the challenges that we face in our unusual cultural situation in these times, we have the great privilege of starting with thanks to God for the many blessings that He given us, as individuals, congregations and indeed as a Synod. Thanks be to Him!