Story of the Week

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Every week we bring you a story about an LCA/NZ person, family, congregation, community or agency that is a place where God’s love comes to life. Please help to spend the message of God's love in action among us, through us and for us:

  • Read our growing week-by-week collection of inspiration and encouragement here on this page 
  • View the Story of the Week in our on-line booklet
  • Watch the video clips on this page and share them with your congregation, school or community
  • Put Story of the Week in your bulletin notices, in members' pigeon holes or distribute via email with the interactive PDF available every week via LCA Notice Board.
  • Look out for Story of the Week on the LCA Facebook page and share with your friends. Thanks!

We're keen to receive your feedback, including the way you would like to use these clips. Let us know if you need HD (the videos are only in 360p). Contact Linda Macqueen, LCA Communications linda.macqueen@lca.org.au

18 December

Christmas in the bush

Whether Christmas is celebrated in soft white snow or bright red sand, its message is the same all over the world - Immanuel: God is with us. Read about Christmas in the Australian bush ...

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11 December

Sharing the true Christmas spirit

What’s the best way to get the message out about the real gift of Christmas? We asked some congregations and parishes to share their stories …

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4 December

How love came to life in a Fanta cake

Kiso lives in the mountains outside Lae in Papua New Guinea. Here, through the support of Australian Lutheran World Service, Kiso is supporting her voluntary community work by making and selling Fanta cakes. How do you make a Fanta cake? You'll have to read the story ...

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27 November

Certain path to growth

Studying ALC's Certificate IV course in ministry and theology is a certain path to growth. Read two of the students' stories here ...

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20 November

'Mum, Dad, I'm gay'

What do you say when your child tells you, 'I'm gay'? Read one Lutheran family's story ...

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13 November

ALWS plea: 'Help us support Mosul refugees'

Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) is asking Australian and New Zealand Lutherans for urgent support for poeple fleeing from Mosul. Find out how you can help.

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6 November

More that unites us than divides us

After 500 years of division, Catholic and Lutheran church leaders have come together in a historic show of unity on Reformation Day, 31 October. Read more about the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation ...

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30 October

Card carries young hope for change

Raising awareness of social issues and connecting people across the world are the aims of a new international Lutheran postcard project.

Read here for more information on the Note for Sale project.

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23 October 2016

Project Precious

Where there was once an empty block of land you can now hear the laughter of little children. It's the preschool building you helped to build from funds raised at General Convention of Synod last year. 

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16 October 2016

50 years from now

We asked six Lutheran young people what they thought the LCA/NZ could look like in 50 years, and what it would take to get there. 

Read their thoughts and ideas here...

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9 October 2016

Gateway to hope

A volunteer team went from Sydney to Cambodia to build a fence. It seemed a rather contradictory thing to do, to build a fence around a new church. Read LifeWay Epping and Newcastle's mission story.

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2 October 2016

Are your neighbours being served?

If your congregation has links to a local service or interest group, could you get a team together to hold a working bee for members and then serve them lunch a Longest Lutheran Lunch afterwards? Read the story for more Longest Lutheran Lunch acts of service ideas.

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25 September 2016 

Helping young leaders to Grow

Grow Ministries has developed a new training program designed to provide ongoing and sustainable leadership development for young adults of the Lutheran Church of Australia.

Read how the young leaders of our church will grow their story.

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18 September 2016

Learning from the young ones

The church is not just for adults – it is for people of all ages who journey together and inspire each other as the Spirit leads us and helps us grow up in Christ. Immanuel Lutheran Church at Novar Gardens believe adults can learn as much from being church with children as the children can learn from adults.

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11 September 2016

Partnership starts at birth

Churches are recognising the importance of partnering with parents and resourcing faith in the home, as well as the vital role intergenerational relationships and participation in a church community play in growing faith in children.

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4 September 2016

Outside the comfort zone

When Bible translator Hanna Schulz goes to live and work in a remote Papua New Guinea village, she goes without mains power and water, a fridge, air-conditioning and a flushing toilet.

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21 August 2016

Music stirs memories

Since her childhood Heidi Smith has known about the influence music can have on people’s physical and mental wellbeing. And having played organ and piano for church services in congregations and aged-care facilities since she was a teenager, she has seen positive changes in people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Now as a chaplain, she uses music therapy as one avenue to support people living with dementia.

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14 August 2016

Life in the Desert

In a landscape reminiscent of a 'Star Wars' movie, Lutheran World Federation is bringing life and hope to refugees in Djibouti.

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7 August 2016

No two days the same

‘You begin to expect to not know what to expect. Every day is an opportunity to serve the Lord’. Read the stories of Tandara Camp’s adventurous young interns, serving God in new and challenging ways during their ‘gap’ year.

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24 July 2016

Helping away from home

Moving your whole life from Nairobi in Kenya to Albury in New South Wales is a pretty big step. Yet it’s one that Leah Odongo, Australian Lutheran World Service’s (ALWS) program officer for Kenya, South Sudan and Emergencies, believes she was called to make.  ‘I asked God for a sign – and that’s when I saw the job posting at ALWS’, Leah says.

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Sorry to disaappoint, but there is no video this week.

 

 

17 July 2016

Good Morning 2017

As the sun rises on 1 January 2017, a group of New Zealand and Australian Lutherans will be the first in the world to greet the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation.

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10 July 2016

Beyond the ramparts

In north-east New Zealand, the Lutherans are joining other small congregations of various Christian traditions for worship. ‘We’re all Christians. Why not worship together?’

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3 July 2016

Paws for thought

At Tatachilla Lutheran College, south of Adelaide, there’s no doubt who the most popular staff member is. It’s Odie, a 14-year-old golden retriever. His ‘supervisor’ Pastor Jon Goessling says Odie teaches the students some things about God and grace.

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26 June 2016

Turning towards peace

Lutheran pastor Russell Bryant and other artists from remote Aboriginal communities near Maralinga have taken a wartime-inspired gift to Japan. The sculpture, which represents the connection between Japanese and Australian survivors of atomic bombing and testing, invites those who view it to turn towards peace.

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19 June 2016

Pain that won't go away

Living with long-term chronic pain tests endurance on every level. Does God not hear the cries of those who suffer day and night without relief? Stephen Abraham, an LCA pastor, was forced to leave the ministry because of chronic incurable pain.

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12 June 2016

Marathon effort

Running a marathon may be tough for even the most training-hardened athletes, but it pales into insignificance when compared with the challenges children face every day in refugee camps.

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5 June 2016

Born again! at a ripe old age

Over the past few months, three people have been baptised at Tanunda Lutheran Home (TLH), South Australia. It just goes to prove that it's never too late to come home to the Father.

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29 May 2016

The church for the unchurched

It’s nearly a year since Beyond Church (Murrumba Downs, Qld) opened its doors to a mainly unchurched community. Over 100 people turned up at their first worship service! ‘The church for unchurched people is changing lives and leading people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus’, says lay worker Chris Podlich.

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24 March 2016

Life-giving fruit

The sale of thousands of bags of deliciously sweet dried apricots from Barmera in South Australia’s Riverland has eternal benefits. The proceeds from the sale of each 500-gram packet reaches across borders to produce long-lasting fruit of another kind in Cambodia.

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13 March 2016

God draws the kids

At Trinity, Cairns, a family-size Bible study group grew and grew ... simply because God's plans are bigger than ours. This story comes from our LCA Board for Lay Ministry, 'ministry and mission encouragers'.

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6 March 2016

The God picture

Students from a Lutheran college share life with a remote Finke River Mission Indigenous community, and learn about love, hate, greed and racism.

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28 February 2016

'Here we are, send us'

Pastor Nathan Hedt and his family are missionaries, not in Asia or Africa, but in Pakenham, Australia. They are missionaries 'in the West', learning with their community new ways of sharing Christ with their friends and neighbours. For ongoing updates, visit the Pakenham Lakeside Church blogspot www.pakenhamlakesidechurch.org.au

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14 February 2016

Love drives out all fear

God is at work, creating peace where there was fear, hope where there was hopelessness, in the remote mountains of northern Thailand. This story comes from LCA International Mission.

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7 February 2016

Buy less ... to bless!

Ipswich Lutherans raise enough money for 150 water filters through ALWS Gifts of Grace, countering the buy-buy-buy culture of Christmas.

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