Archive for June, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In the coming weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the legality of same-sex marriage. As Lutherans, we believe that marriage consists of and is based on more than just feelings. We believe men and women both are created in God’s image. We believe that they complement one another physically, psychologically and emotionally. And we believe that, from this balance of father and mother, children flourish.
To help begin a discussion on what our Lord has to say about marriage, we have assembled a marriage “toolkit.” It includes a Bible study, an insert that can be used in your church newsletter or bulletin, marriage-related worship resources and links to helpful information — such as “What You Need to Know about Marriage” – from other organizations. I believe you will find these resources helpful discussion starters, especially among your congregational members, confirmation classes, Bible-study groups, family and friends.
Also, along with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), Lutheran Church—Canada (LCC) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has released a statement affirming marriage. This statement resulted from ongoing study and discussion among the four church bodies about the need to affirm what Scripture clearly teaches about marriage and sexuality. You can download that statement here.
As we await the Supreme’s Court decision, we still have much to do. As LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison explained, “We repent, and we pray. We confess Christ and elevate marriage among us. We do what the church does best: We bear witness to Christ, show mercy to those in our midst, and we care for all in our life together.”
These resources are offered as part of the church’s ongoing efforts to preserve the traditional definition of marriage. We pray they are useful to you.
The Rev. Bart Day
Executive Director, Office of National Mission
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Marriage Toolkit Resources
Marriage Affirmation Statement
Aug. 14–15, 2013
Additional Resources and Links
- Press Release: “LCMS President Harrison signs letter supporting traditional definition of marriage, religious freedom”