Statements & Letters

President Harrison comments on government recommendations

Comments (6)
  1. Michele Barnes says:

    Church or no church I will be sitting in my usual spot on sunday

  2. Earl Hubler says:

    I love you as a dear brother in Christ and respect you as my synod president, and am thankfull to the Holy Spirit for your call. I am a Elder ar St John’s Lutheran Church in Forest Morrisdale Pa, we will not limit nor close any service on Sun. or Wed. service. No disrespect to you my dear President, I will not give Satan the upper hand in thee bride of my Great and awsome loving Lord and risen Savior.

  3. Kent Bomberger says:

    Is there a chance for Rev. Harrison to make some you-tube videos having a service that the rest of the Country can see. as a shut in with my wife on hospice, it would be a way for the LCMS to share Gods love with everyone in this time in history.

    1. LCMS Church Information Center says:

      Thank you for your comment. Most LCMS districts are compiling lists of congregations that are live-streaming their church services. You’ll find district contact information at You could also search YouTube for LCMS congregations that have posts out there.

  4. Chris Michael says:

    The government may not directly say it is limiting our freedom to worship, but they are eneacting rules that do exactly that. For years I have heard from LCMS pastors that Christians come together for worship and to receive the Blessings of the Christ Jesus. Now, we can all sit at home and watch YouTube sermons. Where is the Truth in action about what the Word of God teaches? Or is it just as relative as the rest of the world? I thought we are taught to not fear the one who can kill the body, but rather the one who can kill the soul. I am stunned and devastated at how quickly the ‘christians’ in this country folded to not coming together to worship the Triune God.

  5. Amanda U says:

    Why are we closing our churches? Especially over Holy Week? Why are we allowing our worship to be considered “nonessential?” If you can get everything you need from online worship, why go to church at all?

    This virus is certainly a serious issue, but the reaction to it has greatly expanded the government’s overreach, and we are allowing them to do so without any push back whatsoever. We can cherry pick verses to support the choice to lock our churches. To say we must follow the government because the God placed leaders over us does not address when we should push back against its authority. History has shown us instances in which we should. Also, didn’t Luther push back against his church authority?

    For those members with great concern and health issues, many were already choosing to worship at home. For the rest, the church should not lock us out, effectively withholding sacraments from the members.