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Always Say a Prayer — ASAP

Worth repeating …

God is good! All the time! He supplies our every need — even taking care of us before we know what we need. Indeed, He is an amazing God! Yet, how do we connect with God?

Consider the acronym “ASAP.” We usually associate ASAP with work to be done and deadlines to meet. Four letters can make us feel there’s no time to spare! We hurry and scurry; we might even be in the midst of a family crisis or work dilemma, with little time to meet the deadline.

However, even when our worries and needs seem to be more than we can bear, we can remember ASAP … Always Say A Prayer. It’s better to slow down, take a breather, and ASAP … Always Say A Prayer.

God knows how stressful life can be. He wants to ease our cares. He will respond to all our needs and He will answer us ASAP … Always Say A Prayer.

If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul (Psalm 94:17–19).

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Meet our LWML On The Go Podcast Presenter

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Rebecca (Becca) is the wife of Jonathan Futty and the mother of Jonathan, age six and Benjamin, 11 months.

As a member of Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in Malvern, PA, Becca sings with the church praise team on Sunday mornings. She also enjoys participating with local high schools and community theaters as a director/choreographer.

Currently she is serving as LWML Eastern District Leader Development Chairman and Vice President of her LWML group. 

Becca says, “I am thrilled to be serving the LWML as podcast presenter and so grateful for the beautiful words from Praying the Psalms, by Sheila Lutz, that I get to read every week.”

LWML On The Go, is available through your podcast provider, at lwml.org, and on the LWML App.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119: 105).

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2019 LWML Convention: Sunday

2019 Convention logo: Purple world with gold cross and red heart stretching out around the world centered on the cross, with the inner point of the heart starting in the convention site of Mobile, Alabama.

In Praise to the LORD!

After an inspirational evening with sand artist Joe Castillo on Friday, many woke early to attend a Wake Up with the Word Bible study and participate in the Mission in Motion Pledge Walk. Apple of His Eye Missionary Steve Cohen opened the walk with the sounds of a Shofar, followed by the enthusiastic Excelsior Band of Mobile leading the way. Over 848 walkers joined in the fun, some carrying bright purple umbrellas. All proceeds from the walk go to the 2019–2021 LWML Mission Goal.

The past LWML Presidents Ida Mall, Gloria Edwards, Virginia Von Seggern, Linda Reiser, Jan Wendorf, and Kay Kreklau led the Saturday morning procession which highlighted 76 flags representing countries in which LWML has supported a mission grant. 81 YWRs and 12 H2H Sister Leaders helped carry the flags and participate in the procession. Rounding it out were 50+ youth from the Insta Friends Camp offered at convention for children and youth ages six months through high school.

Author Donna Pyle led the 2nd part of the Bible study and Mites in Action speakers Laura Hemminger, Rev. Gary Manning, and Stephanie Schulte, recipients of 2017–2019 mission grants, shared updates of their ministries in Y4Life (Equipping Youth to Witness for Life), NOLA4H (Hearts for the Hungry, Homeless, and Hurting), and Mercy Medical Work for the LCMS respectively.

Offering #2, divided between Medical Mission Teams and Expanding the Disability Ministry in the Dominican Republic received $24,722.60. Saturday evening, attendees were inspired as they listened to the VOICES of Mobile, a highly versatile vocal ensemble consisting of students from The University of Mobile.

A mission goal of $2,100,000 for the 2019–2021 biennium will fund 21 LWML Mission Grants.

God’s leaders elected in Mobile are:
President: Debbie Larson
Vice President of Organizational Resources: Marie Chow
Vice President of Special Focus Ministries: Deaconess Betty Knapp
Treasurer: Karla Koehler
Pastoral Counselor: Rev. Brian Noack
Nominating Committee: Brianne Stahlecker, Chairman, Crystal Miller, Sylvia Bean, Carrie Brumbaugh, and Mary Harrington.

Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations (1 Chronicles 16:23–24).

In Praise to the LORD! You can view the archived exciting action by accessing www.livestream.com/TheLWML  

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2019 Convention: Friday

2019 Convention logo: Purple world with gold cross and red heart stretching out around the world centered on the cross, with the inner point of the heart starting in the convention site of Mobile, Alabama.

In Praise to the LORD!

Almost 3000 women and men have come together in Mobile, AL for the 38th Biennial Convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Led by past LWML Presidents Gloria Edwards and Linda Reiser, the Tee up 4 Mites golf event brought 27 golfers to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail with proceeds going to the 2019–2021 LWML Mission Goal. Pre-convention seminars gave valuable information for those seeking insight into writing a Bible study, how to best use social media, discovering helps for leaders, and more. The exhibit hall, Jubilee Junction, continued to be full of energy as about 70 exhibitors shared their goals and projects for missions and ministries throughout the world. Another busy place was the Servant Connections area, where LWMLers spent time serving the Lord with gladness as they worked on cards of encouragement for cancer patients, made bookmarks for Lutheran Hour Ministries outreach to worldwide missions, tied quilts and fleece blankets, assembled Personal Care and School kits, and participated in a Red Cross blood drive. Rev. Dr. Ulmer Marshall inspired worshippers at the opening service with his message based on the convention verse, Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations (1 Chronicles 16:23–24a). The offering of $43,693.31 will go to the newly adopted mite goal of $2,100,000. A procession which included beautifully created district banners depicting the convention theme began the Friday morning meeting followed by the first session of a Bible study led by author, Donna Pyle. Mites in Action speakers, Jaclyn Rachel, and Lynn Corker and Jean Jaskierny, recipients of 2017–2019 LWML Mission Grants, gave highlights of their respective ministries in Haiti and Tanzania. Rev. Dr. Brent Smith from Mission Central in Iowa, brought greetings and a message of service and outreach through his keynote address. Delegates listened to a wonderful presentation of the proposed 2019–2021 Mission Grants, eagerly anticipating the results of those selected for God’s plan to provide support to missions in the next biennium.

In Praise to the LORD! You can be part of the exciting action by accessing www.livestream.com/TheLWML  

 

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2019 LWML Convention

2019 Convention logo: Purple world with gold cross and red heart stretching out around the world centered on the cross, with the inner point of the heart starting in the convention site of Mobile, Alabama.

We have arrived! Many of us are in Mobile, Alabama, or soon will be traveling to Mobile for the 38th Biennial LWML Convention. In Praise to the LORD! Isn’t that a great convention theme? As we gather at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center to celebrate God’s goodness, we are mindful of why we “do” convention every two years.

Delegates have the privilege of selecting new Mission Grants for 2019–2021 and the joy of voting for new officers to lead the LWML in the coming biennium. Attendees experience a feeling of pure happiness as they greet old friends, meet new ones, and become inspired to serve Him with gladness with renewed vitality. Led by God’s power, we praise and proclaim the Lord among all the nations is what we pray every attendee will experience. During and after convention we also pray those physically present or attending via livestream, will

Sing and rejoice in celebration of His Word,
Tell of His salvation for all,
Declare His glory among the nations, and
Go forth in His joy!

Through Bible studies, fellowship, Mites in Action speakers, servant connections, Jubilee Junction exhibit hall, business accomplished, energizing Mobilized for Missions pledge walk, special luncheons and pre-convention seminars, entertainment to God’s glory, uplifting opening and closing worship services, special speakers, flags representing LWML supported missions, LWML district banners, ingathering for Gifts From the Heart, and much more, the convention Bible verse becomes real ...

Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations 
(1 Chronicles 16:23–24a).

To God be the glory forevermore!

Join us virtually and watch via Livestream at livestream.com/thelwml

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Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord

nullThis past Sunday was the celebration of Pentecost. At our church we also had a blessing for all those going to convention in Mobile next week, June 20-23. It really fit together well. Pentecost and the giving of the Holy Spirit to the church and our convention, which is focused on spreading the Gospel worldwide. The logo for Mobile is a globe with a heart around it signifying God’s love for the people of the world and it converges right over Mobile, Alabama.

The poetry of our hymns is so rich! This particular hymn spoke to me as a prayer to the Holy Spirit. I hope you will pray it with me and pray for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Mobile during the convention, “In Praise to the LORD!”

Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord, with all Your graces now outpoured on each believer’s mind and heart; Your fervent love to them impart. Lord, by the brightness of Your light In holy faith Your Church unite; From every land and every tongue this to your praise, O Lord, our God, be sung: Alleluia, Alleluia!

Come, holy Light, guide divine, now cause the Word of life to shine. Teach us to know our God aright and call Him Father with delight. From every error keep us free; Let none but Christ our master be, that we in living faith abide, in Him, our Lord, with all our might confide. Alleluia, alleluia!

Come, holy Fire, comfort true, grant us the will Your work to do and in Your service to abide; Let trials turn us not aside. Lord, by Your power prepare each heart, and to our weakness strength impart that bravely here we may contend, through life and death to You, our Lord, ascend. Alleluia, alleluia! LSB 497

Almighty and ever-living God, You fulfilled Your promise by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to unite disciples of all nations in the cross and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. By the preaching of the Gospel spread this gift to the ends of the earth; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen    Collect for Pentecost Eve

nullWe have worked together for four years to engage, encourage, and equip the women of our church to use their God-given gifts in service to God and His people. I have enjoyed my time as your President and been privileged to receive many thanks and much appreciation on your behalf for our mission service. I look forward to all that we will continue to do as we Serve the Lord with Gladness!

Patti Ross

Come, Lord Jesus!

nullHe who testifies to these things says, “Surely, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelations 22:20) 

This verse, from the three year lectionary, is one we heard this seventh Sunday of Easter. Like the apostle John, we as Lutherans not only pray for the day that our Lord Jesus will come again to spend eternity with Him; but, we also pray daily the Common Table Prayer. In this prayer we ask Jesus to be with us at our tables, and to say to Him, Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 118:29)       

As we gather together in Mobile, Alabama, for the 38th Biennial LWML Convention, let us join our voices in prayer to our Lord Jesus that He guides and blesses us with His grace; all in praise to the Lord.

nullI invite you to share the message of our Lord’s grace and mercy with others by blessing them with a Living in Prayer Mustard Seed Devotion such as this one which may be purchased here online by clicking on the SHOP tab or in the LWML Store at the LWML Convention.


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