New This Week

Million Dollar Life Match applications now open

Grants will support LCMS congregations involved in providing beginning-of-life care in their local communities.

Wife of Synod’s longest-serving alliance missionary laid to rest in Jamaica

Abasifreke Ite, wife of the Rev. Obot Ite, died on Nov. 20, 2021, in Kingston, Jamaica.

Ministerial Care Coalition holds annual meeting

The coalition — a collection of representatives from around the Synod — supports and fosters conversations about church worker wellness.

From the mission field: Youth ministry in Dominican Republic

Updates about LCMS mission work around the world.

Campus clips: Schools highlight creativity, liberty

Updates from LCMS universities.

The gift of life: A letter from President Harrison

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, shares thoughts about the sanctity of life.

Lutheran schools to celebrate Christ ‘in all things’ during NLSW

The theme for this year’s observance, set for Jan. 23–29, comes from Colossians 1:17: “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Photo essay: A photographer’s look back at 2021

LCMS Managing Photojournalist Erik M. Lunsford shares some of 2021’s definitive moments.

Campus clips: CUNE welcomes new president, PBS airs CUI Christmas

Updates from LCMS universities and seminaries.

‘The kingdom ours remaineth’: Member of Augusta church loses wife in tornado

A historic outbreak of tornadoes on Dec. 10 and 11 impacted communities across eight states, damaged an LCMS church and killed a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Augusta, Mo.

Sailer elected to third term in South Dakota

The LCMS South Dakota District held its 62nd convention Dec. 5–7 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Synod pledges $1 million for beginning-of-life care

The 1 John 3 Initiative Million Dollar Life Match will provide up to $1 million in matching funds to LCMS congregations involved in upholding the sanctity of life in their local communities.

Carlson receives 2021 NLSA School Shepherd Award

The Rev. Eric Carlson is pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Hannibal, Mo.

Prayer Service for Life prepared for congregational use

The bulletin was prepared by LCMS Worship and LCMS Life Ministry in partnership with Concordia Publishing House.

December ‘Witness’: Canticles of Christmas

The December issue of LW highlights how the canticles teach us about Christ and why the church continues to use them to keep us mindful of the most important Christmas gift all year long.