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Lyric Opera Of the North
BACH'S ST. JOHN PASSION
Lincoln Park Middle School, Duluth, MN
Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 15, at 3:00 p.m.
A staged production of J. S. Bach's choral masterwork,
featuring Twin Ports Choral Project. Sung in
German with English supertitles.
Tickets www.loonopera.org 218.464.0922
$37/ $47/ $57 ($12 students)
Pre-Performance Talk and Q&A with Stage Director, Robert Neu;
Music Director, Dirk Meyer; Chorus Master, Richard Robbins;
Moderated by Karen Bockelman: 6:30 on October 14, 2:00 on October 15.
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria
Lutheran Disaster Relief:
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ELCA presiding bishop responds
Bishop Aitken always has an abundance of good information to be shared. Now, instead of finding it at the bottom of the home page, he has an entire page dedicated to sharing these resources. it will be found under the home drop down list or by clicking this link.
Bishops Online Sept. 11, 2017
Baptism and the New Life even in times of Disasters
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left death and suffering on the gulf coast and Caribbean. People everywhere are responding with prayer and financial gifts. (Our own ELCA Disaster Response is a loving and prudent way to make sure 100% of the gift goes to work on the Disaster intended.) While we can’t change weather patterns, we don’t need to fall prey to cynicism or despair. We can, individually and together, do something. Each person’s good works brings healing to someone. I know that some scholars question it – but I’m going to go with that old understanding that Martin Luther, when asked what he would do if he knew that tomorrow would be the last day on earth, gave a powerful response: “I’d plant a tree.”
I take that to mean, that Luther, living in the joy of the gospel decided to do the good and life-affirming deed no matter what external realities were happening around him. To plan a tree means to expect life. I’ve taken that into my own faith understanding as the years have passed. In my opinion, “I’d plant a tree” is one of the most faithful statements a Christian could make in the face of uncertainty. Knowing God has already done all that is needed for us and our salvation, trusting that God promises to love us, claim us as God’s own, and empower us with God’s Spirit is enough for the Christian to go on living lovingly, courageously, faithfully come what may.
This past Sunday, Kandice and her spouse, Pastor Charles Boettcher (Gethsemane, Upsala in our Synod) brought their beautiful child, Emma Grace, to the waters of baptism. In effect they were saying, “Make this child a sister to Christ and a light for the world, even in times of danger or despair.” I often wonder if we avoid speaking of baptism’s full meaning because it is too much of a miracle – It claims God really does something to us that lasts forever. After all, it grants forgiveness and eternal life, redeems us from death and the devil, joins us to Christ, gives us the Holy Spirit and doesn’t leave room for us to point to ourselves or to lift up our effort in it all. It’s too unbelievable for a culture raised on bargaining and earning so we often treat it as a nice little ceremony. In fact, it is God’s wisdom at work, creating a people for good works, to be our way of life for the world in good times or bad, in all that life brings to us.
From the baptism liturgy:
The ministers and the baptismal group face the assembly. A representative of the congregation leads the assembly in the welcome.
Let us welcome the newly baptized.
We welcome you into the body of Christ and into the mission we share:
join us in giving thanks and praise to God and bearing God’s create and redeeming word to all the world.”
2017-2018 Young Adults in Global Mission