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September 24, 2020

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  • September 24, 2020

Our Director of Disaster Response, Jim Habermehl, has been visiting our congregations in the Panhandle to assess the damage of Hurricane Sally. Our congregations have reported some damage to buildings, but thankfully, no injuries of members so far! We say thank you to our pastors in the Panhandle for their responsiveness and assistance to the Synod Disaster Response effort. Donations can be sent to the Florida Bahamas Synod offices marked “Hurricane Sally Disaster Response.” Gracious God, we pray for the victims of Hurricane Sally and tropical storm Beta. Comfort those who have lost so much. Let us be your presence […]

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September 22, 2020

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  • September 23, 2020

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and the pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”                         Frederick Buechner, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation

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September 21, 2020

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  • September 22, 2020

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be “the Church” and more specifically what it means to be St. Matthew’s New Life Lutheran Church. It feels like we’ve had to put our life together on hold as we’ve distanced ourselves from each other physically. As we return to “in person” worship, we have the opportunity to re-vision what it means to believe the promise that we our indeed “church”, given new life in a new place as we seek to reach out in new ways. Pray for the clear vision of the Spirit as we claim our […]

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September 20, 2020

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  • September 21, 2020

We will resume in-person worship on Sunday, September 27 at 9:30am with appropriate adjustments to ensure the safety of all attending. For those unable to join us due to health/risk issues, we will record and post worship each week.

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September 18, 2020

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  • September 18, 2020

Kingdom thinking—where there are no more stripes earned. Kingdom thinking—where first and last and in-between are all jumbled together. Kingdom thinking—where none of us can claim anything but gratitude that we are in the mix as recipients of God’s generous mercy.           Excerpted, God Pause, Luther Seminary, Paulette Thanig Creswell ’95 M.Div.          September 17, 2020 Almighty God, by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, you turn us from the old life of sin. Grant that we who are reborn to new life in him may live in righteousness and holiness all our days, through […]

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September 16, 2020

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  • September 16, 2020

Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, wildfires have erupted across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, […]

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September 15, 2020

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  • September 15, 2020

As God’s baptized children we don’t ever get to retire from the challenges and  opportunities of the faith. We know the truth of “dust we are and to dust we shall return,” but in between the opportunities are endless—to do good to our neighbor, to forgive as we have been forgiven, and to sing praises to our God, who made us out of love, and who sustains us with love and the promise to be with us until the end. Alleluia! Amen! Prayer Holy God of beginnings and endings hold us close and send us forth confident in your leading. […]

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September 13, 2020

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  • September 13, 2020

Pray that our congregations, together with neighboring congregations, ecumenical and interreligious partners, community organizations and Lutheran agencies, will respond daily to the endless opportunities for serving our neighbor and addressing critical social needs, loving our neighbors and making our communities stronger, healthier and more hopeful. Thanks to all who helped us in our God’s Work. Our Hands. Ministry this year. We were able to make a generous contribution to Children’s Home Society, we continue to help food insecure children and their families through Micah’s Backpack – and we have Socks to distribute as we continue to serve our neighbors in […]

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September 11, 2020 in Remembrance

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  • September 11, 2020

“On the morning of September 11 2001, 2,976 people from 93 nations lost their lives in New York, at the Pentagon, and on Flight 93. Today, we pause to remember that moment of horror and pray for those left scarred by those terrible events.” Leader: We remember the first time we heard the news. We recall the first time we saw those images. We remember the way our thoughts and prayers were with those families who lost loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them again today. O God of Comfort – though the years have passed, you are […]

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September 10, 2020

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  • September 11, 2020

Let us pray for areas aflame and all on the front lines fighting these fires. Marilyn Lange, Pastor, Bethel Lutheran Church, Green Bay, WI

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