Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lutheran resources to minister to those affected by suicide

Suicide is a very difficult situation.  
Sometimes we are stuck for words to say, other times we are unsure how to respond.    
Other times we hear about people committing suicide and we ask why???

Following are a number of resources I pray help you should you or a friend of yours ever be affected by suicide.  

Two sermons from Pastor Matt Thiele @ grace space, suicide and suicide- what would Jesus say? 

A sermon from Pastor Richard Schwedes - Sermon for the funeral of a person who committed suicide

Christian perspectives on suicide

Surviving the suicide of a loved one....pdf free Lutheran Hour Ministry 

The church and suicide Lutheran Church of Australia

Suicide Prevention from ELCA

Suicide LCMS

Suicide and the silence of scripture Christianity Today

3 video stories of people facing suicide but found hope in God from Yes He is!!

Bible verses
Mark 14:38
Romans 5:20
1 John 1:9
1 John 3:20-21

Psalms 25
Psalms 103
Psalms 130

Isaiah 43:1-3, 4-5
Romans 8:31-39
Hebrews 13:5b-6
1 Peter 5:8-9

Should you wish to discuss the issue of suicide  please contact a pastor, your doctor or a Christian counselor.

Feel free to email me with appropriate resources

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2012 Advent and Christmas Resources

15 Advent worship series themes: Faith and Works
Advent/Christmas worship Theme:  Here Comes Christmas - Portland-Heywood Lutheran Church
Advent with a difference:  ELCA world hunger

 resource page: Lutheran Church of Australia:  Commission on worship
Advent Liturgies:  reWorship
Worship Ways, Multimedia Worship in Advent/Christmas, Trees of Advent, Hawaiian Liturgy for Advent. Liturgy planningAdvent Resources & Alternate Liturgies, Wellsprings of the Gospel. United Church of Christ.
Worship Planning Resources for Advent-Christmas-Epiphany, Dan Benedict, General Board of Discipleship, United 
Advent Wreath Candle-Lighting Meditations for Home and Church, 2005. United Methodist Church.
Advent-Christmas-Epiphany Services & Liturgies, United Methodist Church General Board of Discipleship.
Advent Prayer Service, Debi Tyree, United Methodist Church General Board of Discipleship.
Wellspring Liturgies for Advent & ChristmasCatherine McElhinney and Kathryn Turner, Weekly Wellsprings.
Ideas for Worship from "On the Move," a publication of The Joint Board of Christian Education of Australia and New Zealand. At The Billibong, Jeff Shrowder.
21st Century Africana Worship Resources: Advent WReath Readings for Year B, the Rev. Sherrie Dobbs Johnson, United Methodist Church General Board of Discipleship
Worship Resources by Lisa Frenz, Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, Portland, OR:
         An Order of Worship for Advent with Holy Communion
         An Order of Worship with Holy Communion for Advent using images of the coming Light.
        An Advent Order for Holy Communion: Word of God Come Be With Us a service of renewal.
Advent Candle-Lighting Litaniees by Richard J. Fairchild at Kir-Shalom:  Year CBlue Christmas/Longest Night Worship With Those Who Mourn, Resources from General Board of Discipleship, United Methodist Church.
Advent Alternative - A selection of readings from Children's Literature with scriptural references that invite us to "lift the veil" and recognize the presence of God already born among us. Katherine Hawker, Outside the Box.
Advent Candle Prayers and Advent Communion Litanies, Katherine Hawker, Outside the Box.
Advent Services from St Andrew Lutheran Church (ELCA), New Bern, NC.
Inclusive Language Seekers Liturgies from Seekers Church:
     "hoping to be fed...our hands serving" (2004)
     "What Are We Waiting For?" (2003)
     "At Ease In Our Struggles" (2002)
      "Unknown Territory of Hope" (2001)
      "A Bright Snarl" (2000)
      "Mangers and Manure" (1999)
      "Just Enough" (1998)
       "Full of Grace" (1997)Methodist Church.
Traditional Hymns for Blended and Contemporary Worship Volume One: Advent-Christmas-Epiphany, by Dean McIntyre, United Methodist Church General Board of Discipleship.
Advent-Christmas Page, Together to Celebrate, David MacGregor, Contemporary Christian Music Resources.
"Prepare, Prepare," a hymn for Advent by John Kleinheksel. United Methodist Church Board of Global Ministries.
"'Tis Winter Now, the Fallen Snow," a hymn for Advent by John Kleinheksel. United Methodist Church Board of Global Ministries.
"The Lord's Messiah Comes,", a hymn for Advent by Rev David Beswick, Uniting Church in Australia.

Advent readings, devotions and Sunday School story:  Sola Scripture

Advent Resources:  Concordia Publishing House
Advent Resources:  Creative Communications
Advent Resources: Damaris Church
Advent Resources:  Augsburg Fortress
Advent resources:  Textweek

Advent ideas 
Advent Boxes:  Ringwood-Knox Lutheran Church
Faith Together: Come Lord Jesus curriculum face book and curriculum resources
Advent Prayer Stations:  Fresh Worship
Jesse Tree Ornaments, downloadable brochure from King of Peace Episcopal Church.

Art to Heart, Jeff Dugan. Suggestions for classic artwork to use with each week's liturgy. Jeff also offers the opportunity to purchase PowerPoint presentations of classic art for weekly liturgical use.

Devotionals, Daily Readings, Advent Calendars
Praying Advent, The Collaborative Ministry Office, Creighton University.
Celebrating Advent in the Home, downloadable brochures from King of Peace Episcopal Church.
Advent/Christmas Devotionals, Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Also please view our earlier Advent/Christmas resources at Advent and Christmas

If you have any resources to suggest...please email me at

Monday, October 22, 2012

LCA Vic/Tas Council for Ministry Support Presentation

The 36th Convention of the Lutheran Church of Australia Victorian District including Tasmania took place between 19th to 21st October 2012 in Portland Victoria with the theme 'where love comes to life.'

Part of the Council for Ministry Support's presentation included a presentation that included 6 tools for ministry and  mission.

The six tools are:
Lutheran Church of Australia's 5 pillars
Australian Bureau of Statistics - Community Profile
National Church Life Survey
Being Multicultural - not just multi-racial
Having a discipleship emphasis
Being God's stewards - using what we have to know and share God with others

The full powerpoint presentation is available here