You may have heard the words: ‘If this program has raised any issues for you, please call 1800RESPECT’? This national counselling service supports people going through abuse or who have been abused. Lutherans who work on the helpline say that they pray for the right words to say.
Being with people who are dying can be uncomfortable, daunting and sad. We might worry about saying or doing the wrong thing. But even those with years of experience ministering to people who are dying say that discomfort or anxiety may always be present as we confront our own mortality.
Members of the LCA/NZ are being urged to pray for peace in Myanmar, where the military staged a coup d’etat and took control of the country last month. LCA International Mission works closely with churches in Myanmar and Pastor Matt Anker says, ‘Please join us as we pray for a peaceful resolution’.
The LCA/NZ’s Lutherans for Life has responded to the new ‘Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020’, which is before the South Australian parliament, with a public statement and call to action for the church.
On 8 December 2012, Melissa and Peter McGuinness learnt of their 18-year-old son’s death in a tragic road crash that claimed five lives. Now Melissa shares their story with young people around Australia, hoping to facilitate change in driving behaviours.
Jesus submits to God’s will. It’s not always God’s will for you to win the lottery. It’s not always God’s will for your severed finger to miraculously grow back. It’s not always God’s will for your hardship to be magically resolved. If prayer worked like that, Jesus wouldn’t have gone to the cross.
The following story about caring for creation was awarded third place (bronze) in the ‘Best Theological Article’ category at the 2019 Australasian Religious Press Association awards dinner. The story originally featured in the October 2018 edition of The Lutheran.