Christine Behnke, Director of Parish Education for Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, sharing about the fire at Trinity in Milwaukee almost a year ago, and the hope that we have in Christ even when our buildings are destroyed.
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Rev. Merritt Demski, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Illinois, and Rev. Peter Ill, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Illinois, join Andy and Sarah to talk about the immense imagery in our wonderful Easter hymnody, especially Lutheran Service Book 458, “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands.”
Deaconess Kimberly Trombley, Vice President for Religious Life with Bethesda Lutheran Communities, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about celebrating Bethesda’s 115th anniversary in 2019, including the early history of Bethesda from 1904, how their ministry has expanded since that time, and the importance of community for people of all abilities. Learn more about Bethesda’s work providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at BethesdaLC.org.
Phillip Magness, Director of Sanctuary Worship at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, Missouri, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about Holy Week and Easter hymns from the Lutheran Service Book, including 617 (O Lord, we praise Thee), 454 (Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle), 467 (Awake, my heart, with gladness), and 486 (If Christ Had Not Been Raised).
Cindy Twillman, DCE, National Youth Gathering / LCMS Youth Ministry Volunteer, and Rev. Mark Kiessling, Director of Youth Ministry with LCMS Office of National Mission, join Andy and Sarah during National Volunteer Month to talk about the integral role of volunteers with LCMS Youth Ministry and the National Youth Gathering, how Cindy got involved with volunteering for NYG, and how volunteering makes a difference in the lives of young people. Find stories on Facebook of volunteers around the LCMS using the hashtag #LCMSVolunteers. Find out how you can serve as a volunteer in a variety of ways at home or around the globe at lcms.org/serve.
Rev. Trevor Sutton— Pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Lansing, Michigan, and author of Clearly Christian available from Concordia Publishing House, and Joe Willmann— Senior Instructional Designer with Concordia Publishing House, join Andy and Sarah to talk about the CPH FaithCourse on Clearly Christian, why it’s important to be clear about what we believe, what leads to confusion, and what you’ll get out of this CPH FaithCourse. Find the course at cphfaithcourses.com/clearly-christian and find your copy of the book at cph.org/clearlychristian.
Rev. Roy and Eliza Askins with their children, who serve through the LCMS in Asia, join Andy and Sarah to talk about Rev. Askins’ work as the Witness & Communications Manager for the Asia region, the family transition from Hong Kong to Taiwan, and the children share song and prayer in Mandarin. The Askins have several ways to follow their work and the work across Asia. Learn more about them and how to support their work at lcms.org/askins, and follow their personal story at facebook.com/askinsinasia or on their blog askinsinasia.com. Follow the work being done with partner churches in Asia at international.lcms.org/asia and hear podcast episodes at lcmsasia.fireside.fm.
Rev. Jeff Hemmer, pastor of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois, our KFUO Radio Church of the Week, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the history of the Easter Vigil service, why this service is so unique in the church year, and what attendees can expect. Find directions and service information for Bethany Lutheran at bethanylcms.org.
Lisa Clark, Senior Editor for Curriculum Resources with Concordia Publishing House, and Mark Knickelbein, editor of music/worship at Concordia Publishing House, join Andy and Sarah to talk about their collaboration on hymns, including the process of writing the text and composing the music, where inspiration comes from, and how the marriage of text and tune create a certain experience for the singer.
Rev. Mark Kiessling, Director of LCMS Youth Ministry, and Rev. Derek Broten, Program Director for the LCMS National Youth Gathering, join Andy and Sarah to talk about the current preparations for the 2019 National Youth Gathering, the pre-Gathering materials and Bible studies for groups to be studying, and how the theme will play out throughout the Gathering. Learn more and find materials at lcmsgathering.com.