LCMS Worship provides “A Petition for the California Wildfires” for congregations to use in worship services this weekend to pray for those affected by the California wildfires.
The fast-moving “Camp Fire” in Northern California has engulfed some 90,000 acres, causing at least nine confirmed fatalities and the destruction of 6,713 structures in the approximately 27,000-resident town of Paradise.
After Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida on Oct. 10, LCMS World Relief and Human Care Disaster Response is partnering with the LCMS Southern and Florida–Georgia districts to provide long-term relief.
Three historic LCMS congregations are rebuilding following catastrophic losses earlier this year.
In a supplement to the October 2018 Reporter, LCMS Disaster Response highlights the mercy work that has been done over the last year following natural disasters in Texas, Puerto Rico, California and other regions.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the LCMS Southeastern District and local Lutherans are working together to bring physical assistance and Gospel hope to disaster victims in North Carolina.
The Synod is working hand in hand with the LCMS Southeastern District to provide relief and begin recovery.
The LCMS Southeastern District and LCMS Disaster Response are working with congregations in the area to address both the physical and spiritual needs of those in the hurricane’s path.
More rain is predicted this week, and much of the state remains under a flood warning.
As wildfires rage across California, local LCMS pastors, congregations and members have found opportunities to care for one another and their communities, while sharing the Gospel of Christ.
During the first 100 years of the LCMS’s history, mercy ministry exploded. “By 1928 the number of hospitals, orphanages, child welfare societies, homes for the aged and institution missions totaled
Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo, Hawaii, has been working to help those affected by the eruption of the Kilauea volcano.
Over the last 15 years there has been a resurgence of congregational mercy work within congregations in the LCMS. Much of this was due to the guidance of the Rev. Matthew Harrison, who in his capacity as executive director of WRHC wrote to pastors and lay leaders of the LCMS on the theology of mercy and how to incorporate a mercy that flows from Lutheran congregations to the needy in their community. In addition, the 2001 Synod convention opened up the possibility of a deaconess program at both seminaries for women to study deaconess ministry as a vocation. This expansion of the deaconess program, has increased the number of deaconess church workers, has created a greater awareness of mercy work, and has had a lasting influence across the Synod.
Paul’s ministry was also an example of caring for people in every need. Paul gives a model for congregations and individual Christians to care for their members and for the unchurched community around them. Paul encouraged the Galatians, “Let us not grow weary of doing good … So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:9–10).