Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
After May 20 tornadoes devastated parts of the Midwest and especially Moore, Okla., killing at least 24 people – some of them school children – we are requesting prayers and gifts to help with The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod’s ongoing relief effort.
The tornado swept dozens of homes and buildings off their foundations, shredded cars and trucks, littered streets with debris and power lines, injured at least 145 people in the Oklahoma City suburb and struck two schools and a hospital.
Aaron Uphoff, a vicar from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., is serving at Trinity Lutheran in Norman, Okla. He spent Monday evening in Moore, praying with and comforting those who survived the devastation. “I prayed with as many people as I could,” he said. “I asked Christ for comfort and for the peace that that surpasses all understanding, which is ours by virtue of Good Friday and Easter.”
At the same time, there is a great deal of mercy that needs to be shown to the people who have been hurt by this spring’s tornadoes. You can help support your Synod’s disaster response relief effort by contributing today to LCMS Disaster Response. The Rev. John Fale, associate executive director of the LCMS’ Mercy Operations Group,said, “The needs are going to be huge. We don’t know yet the extent of what they will be, but, by the grace of God, we will be there to respond with the love and mercy of Christ to help those affected by the tornado to regain some sense of normality.”
When the 6,200 congregations of the Synod respond, together we make an enormous difference by bringing our resources to bear where people are hurting. (Download a letter of encouragement I’ve written for our LCMS members and congregations here.)
Now is the time to help. Support those in need by:
- Making a donation online at http://www.lcms.org/give/disaster.
- Mailing checks payable to “The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod” (with a memo line or note designating “LCMS Disaster Relief”) to The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861.
- Calling toll-free 888-930-4438 (8:10 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday).
Pastor Matthew C. Harrison
President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Give a gift to help the LCMS provide immediate and ongoing response when disasters happen.
Watch LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison’s video message of Christ’s help and hope.
Keep up-to-date on the LCMS response to disasters around the globe at www.lcms.org/disaster
Download disaster-related worship resources for use
this Sunday, including a Bible Study, devotion, hymn suggestions and prayers.
Harrison on Boston: “Ask our dear Lord Christ for blessings for the injured and strength for the bereaved”
The deplorable attack on innocent citizens in Boston while they were joined in healthy and joyous activity is beyond comprehension. As Christian citizens of this nation, we stand against wanton violence. We express our deepest sympathy for those whose loved ones have been lost and with the families of the injured. We ask our dear Lord Christ for blessings for the injured and strength for the bereaved. We pray for every blessing upon the doctors; emergency workers; and city, state and federal officials as they face this evil in dedicated service.
Like the death of our Lord Christ Himself, we pray that, even in this dark hour, the sacrifice and pain of those affected will not be in vain, but redound in good as yet unseen. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too” (2 Cor. 1:3-5).
Pastor Matthew Harrison
“The hard work is over, says Luther. Christ has done everything for our salvation. It’s done! And, Luther says, it is as though our resurrection has already taken place in Jesus,” said the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, who quotes Martin Luther in his 2013 Easter video message. “Whatever you face in this Easter season . . . know that Christ is yours, and ours is eternal life.” Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed. Alleluia!
“Of all the things we learn from Holy Week, we learn especially that in God’s plan, suffering is purposeful,” said the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, in his 2013 Holy Week video message. “A blessed Holy Week to you as you meditate on our dear Lord’s suffering — all of it for you.”