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Insights, musings, and thoughts from the people of Living Lord.

Upcoming Discipleship Workshop: May 1st

Join us for our next Discipleship Workshop on May 1st. Rev. Linda Anderson -Little will be leading the workshop and will be focusing on the following topics:

Deepening our relationship with God

Developing spirituality in everyday life

Embracing new spiritual practices

The workshop will be located in the Fellowship Room from 6:00 to 9:00pm on May 1st.  Dinner will be provided.  If would like to attend please contact Mandy Hilger (mhilger@livinglord.org) or sign up in the Welcoming Space.

About Rev. Linda Anderson- Little:

Linda Anderson-Little serves as the part-time Interim Associate Pastor and Director of Pastoral Care at Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Florissant, MO. Linda has been an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1989 and she has served congregations in Detroit, Kansas City and St. Louis. Linda is working toward a Certificate of Spiritual Direction at Aquinas Institute of Theology, and is also in training to become a Prayer Companion for theSpiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of LoyolathroughThe Bridges Foundation in St. Louis. She serves on the Board of The Prosperity Shop, the business arm of The Blessing Basket Project, which works to end global poverty by paying artisans in Asian and Africa Prosperity Wages®; a model which creates the working capital artisans need to start their own business and transform their families and communities. Linda is married to the Rev. Dr. Dan Anderson-Little, a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  They have 3 young adult children.

In the fall of 2016, Linda published her first book, Motherhood Calling: Experiencing God in Everyday Family Life, which shares humor and insights about the sacredness of daily life, the spiritual wisdom of children, and the presence of the holy in the mundane, joyful and sometimes painful events of daily life (including her battle with breast cancer). She is passionate about helping people see all life as Sacramental by encouraging people to notice “God-sightings” and to recognize the presence of the holy hidden in the ordinariness of our everyday.

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#SouthSudanNow

More than 7 million people in South Sudan need humanitarian assistance as a result of drought and renewed violence.

The ELCA is working with others to deliver immediate famine relief. In addition to these efforts, our church continues its long-term commitment to cultivating sustainable food security and sustained ministry with the people of South Sudan to build resilient and empowered communities.

 

Read More on the ELCA Web Site HERE!

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Welcome Bishop Roger Gustafson to Living Lord!

 

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This weekend, March 18th and 19th, Bishop Roger Gustafson of the Central States Synod of the ELCA will be visiting us at Living Lord Lutheran Church.  He will be joining us in worship and preaching during worship.  In addition, he will be available for conversation from 9:45am to 10:45am during the Pastor's Forum which meets in the Adult Education classroom.  After worship Bishop Gustafson and Pastor Roy will even be popping in to meet with the Merge youth as they talk about Sharing Communion.

From the Central States Synod website:

 

In June 2013, the Synod Assembly of Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) elected Roger R. Gustafson to serve as bishop. He was elected to a six-year term.

Before being elected synod bishop, he had served Advent Lutheran Church, Olathe, Kan., since being ordained a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1990.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and his Master of Divinity degree with honors from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, where he met his wife-to-be, Susan Langhauser. Roger’s first career was in print journalism, and he worked on a variety of newspapers in the Midwest and West.

Roger has served in several capacities in the Central States Synod of the ELCA. He was a member of the Pastor-to-Pastor pilot project; a member of the Bishop’s Pastoral Care Team; co-dean with Susan Langhauser of the Kansas City Area Ministry; co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 1993 Churchwide Assembly in Kansas City; a voting member at the 2005 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando; and chair of the synod’s Evangelizing Strategy Task Force.  He has chaired the Church Planters missions team for the Kansas City metropolitan area. He is a contributing writer for “Lectionary Homiletics.”

In addition to serving as a pastor at Advent, he also has volunteered as a mediator at Johnson County Small-Claims Court, has served as a mediator in church leadership disputes and coached mediation classes at Johnson County Community College.  He also has worked as a consultant on clean-water initiatives with Children International, a non-profit corporation that offers sponsorships of children born into extreme poverty.

Roger and Susan are the parents of Andy, who works for Mariner Wealth Advisers, Kansas City.  Roger is a fan of rock and jazz music, motorcycles, and barbecue.

 

 

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Message from the Bishop of the Central States Synod

Late this morning Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States and officially begin his work. The campaign that led to this hour highlighted rather than helped to heal knotty challenges our nation continues to experience in race relations, equal economic opportunity, respect for the inherent dignity of all persons.

 

Some of us celebrated the outcome of this election, others of us lamented, still others were disappointed in the field of candidates and declined to participate in the process. However, now is the time for us – all of us – to move on, and I am encouraging us in the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to move on in two very particular ways.

 

First, I urge us to pray for our new president as he takes up the heavy mantle of leadership. Scripture calls us to pray “for all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in … dignity. This is right and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” (1 Timothy 2:2–3) We can and should pray that President-elect Trump and the administration he gathers and leads will be willing instruments in God’s hands as God continues to shape creation to embody God’s values of mercy, justice, forgiveness, and grace.

 

A prayer in Occasional Services for the Assembly puts it well: “Almighty God, bless the public servants in the government of this country, that they may do their work in a spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice. Help them use their authority to serve faithfully and to promote our common life; through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

Second, I urge us to accompany our prayer for our leadership with action of our own. Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, progressive, or yet-to-be-named – whatever political label we bear takes a distant second place to our deeper and stronger identity: Christian. We are all members of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12) and as such are to be active in living the life of Jesus in the world.

 

As we pray for our leaders to act with wisdom, justice, a concern for the common good and a compassionate heart for the most vulnerable, we ourselves are to do precisely the same in our dealings with one another and as citizens of our nation. Regardless of your political leanings I urge you to find ways to be effective, to make a difference for the better because of Jesus and in the name of Jesus. There is much to be done to realize the petition, “Thy will be done, on earth … .” Let’s get to work, Church.

 

Roger Gustafson, Bishop rgustafson@css-elca.org

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Every good and perfect gift...

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

 

It is almost 2017. I know many would have to look back at 2016 and say it was a tough year. I would probably be one of those who agree.

 

This Fall we started homeschooling my daughter. This brought all kinds of challenges: wedging in 4-5 hours a day of a new activity five days a week, getting into a routine (still not there), butting heads with your student, separating being parent and teacher, and many more. It has been a year of frustrations and questions for me personally and in work. I have seen so many struggle this year with loss and hopelessness. Each week seemed to bring a new national or international crisis; not to mention a political season most would soon like to forget. But in those tough times, I think that some really cool and amazing revelations can come to light. Through the challenges of homeschooling I have learned a lot about myself and my daughter. I have seen her grow and realized more and more what she needs from us as parents and educators to help her be even more successful.

 

I have realized I need structure in my life (when my wife reads this she will probably faint). From my physical frustrations I am seeing a plan developing and a vision of how much better things could and should be. These things give me hope and confidence in 2017. God has blessed me with so many gifts and opportunities. He did not give to make life easy. He gave them to be used for something greater than myself. To be used in times of adversity and trial to sustain and help me grow. God is unflinching in His perseverance. His Will be done. I pray that your 2017 be filled with an awareness of God’s presence in your life and insight in how you can bring his Hope, Love and Light into this world that all too often is obscured in shadowy messes.

 

God Bless.

Chad Ryberg

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