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Bishop Aitken’s Reflections (Ephesians 2:8-9)
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.
+Bishop’s Visitation to Confirmation Students
Bishop’s Visitation to Confirmation Students and their parents
Bishop Aitken invites you to request him for a Bishop’s Visitation to your Confirmation Class. What works best for his schedule is to schedule so these visitations are to clusters of congregations. He encourages parents to come that night as well so he can meet them and include them in the teaching time. He will teach the gospel, talk about Christian Vocation, the role of the Christian in our world, our call in Christ and end with Communion and Commissioning for service with Anointing oil from Palestine.
Post -Election Pastoral Letter
To the Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
+Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
(You are given permission to use this letter at worship or other times in your congregation)
As people who have been granted the gift of faith through our Lord Jesus Christ, we have been and are being transformed by grace each day. We, who are baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection, are called to lift high the cross and the light of God’s unconditional love and to live as witnesses to the healing power of God in the world; For all people, no exceptions. We know this is so needed in our country right now. And it’s about more than just our country. In the global village we live in today, what happens in one country, affects the rest of the world, just as we have discovered when it comes to the planet itself. God has given us a beautiful world and empowers us to be responsible stewards for it, granting us space to make decisions and take actions about how we will live together. Will our response be one of continued business as usual, complete with long standing polarities, backbiting and bitterness, or will we, by God’s grace, make it a time for careful personal scrutiny about our personal lives and how we can be part of a new day, for all people?
Can we live into repentance, the joy of the gospel, and new life? (Repentance, remember means going beyond the mind set you currently have.)
A prayer to help us take our own “inventory”
“God, our refuge and strength, you have bound us together in a common life. In all our conflict, help us to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, to listen for your voice amid competing claims, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” -Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Pastoral Care book, p. 386
It starts with this truth: God loves you and your neighbor, everywhere. We belong to God and each other. God will not be stingy in granting us the gifts we need to live out God’s purpose in the days, weeks and months ahead as beloved children of God and servants of one another. We can take this opportunity, this “slice of life” post-election reality here in this country, to live out the loving and redemptive life of Jesus, who lives within us. After all, he is Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace, and our final authority. God wants to use you in the ministry of reconciliation, as St. Paul reminds us: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation”
(-2 Corinthians 5:18)
You belong. You are cherished.
Be used, to the Glory of God and the good of your neighbor.
+Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
Bible and Brew Study Retreats
Believing and Having Faith
Bishop Aitken is open to leading a Bible and Faith Study for men’s, women’s or mixed men and women’s Retreats around the theme Belief and Faith. He uses the Gospels as well as other Biblical texts around the meanings of trust, fidelity, faith and believing. You could arrange with one of our Camps (where he has done these already) or at a location of your choosing. He presents a Biblical understanding of what faith and belief really are, and in particular, as a Lutheran Christian.
You may contact the synod office to make arrangements with him.
2017 Compensation & Benefit Guidelines
See under home drop down list-resources.
Ever wonder where your gifts to the church go?