Like many of you, I anxiously awaited the results in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. When the guilty verdicts came in on Tuesday, I breathed a sigh of relief. While I was well aware that such verdicts shouldn’t be this rare, I was grateful that there was at least this small…

The Greater Milwaukee Synod is releasing a video worship service for optional use in congregations on Sunday, April 11. Reflecting on the “Doubting Thomas” passage from John 20, we will contemplate how God meets us both in our times of doubt and in unexpected ways that surprise us– all is a part of the journey of faith….

Our annual Synod Assembly will be held Friday evening, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, 2021 on the Zoom webinar platform with a livestream viewing option for non-voting guests and visitors. Registration will open next week, and we encourage you to register your voting members as soon as possible. Due to our virtual platform and…

Friends in Christ: As we pass the one-year anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 in the United States, it’s safe to say that most, if not all, of us are weary from the many changes and restrictions the pandemic has brought about. Our congregations, communities, and leaders have worked diligently and tirelessly to find…

Siblings in Christ: Events of recent days have been incredibly hard and painful to watch. First, the decision by the Kenosha County District Attorney not to file charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times in August was widely anticipated and, for many, deeply disappointing. While many feared a resurgence of the violent…

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2) To be honest, I was a bit disappointed this week, seeing videos and photos being shared of the “Christmas star” (the rare conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on the…

The Greater Milwaukee Synod has released two worship videos for possible use in congregations on Sunday, December 27 and Sunday, January 3. The services are approximately 30 minutes in length and are available on YouTube and Facebook. We hope these videos will provide an opportunity for pastors, deacons, and worship leaders to have a brief…

Over the internet, through the Zoom To grandmother’s house we go; This Thanksgiving Day, we’ll just have to pray Our Wi-Fi sees us through. Over the internet, through the Zoom It’s how this year must go! We’ll all stay home, we dare not roam, As COVID is making it so. (with apologies to Lydia Maria…

Friends in Christ, On October 8, in response to Gov. Evers’ executive order limiting the size of gatherings in Wisconsin, I released a message stating, “While religious organizations are legally exempt from this order, I am strongly urging all our congregations to refrain from gathering indoors for worship and other activities until mid-November at the…

Dear friends in Christ: As we continue to await the final results of this expensive and exhausting election season, I’m writing to remind us all of a few essential truths that I pray will guide us as we engage in the difficult work that is before us. First, we need to honor and trust the…

Friends in Christ, In recent weeks we have experienced a significant increase in COVID-19 positive test results, hospitalizations, and deaths. In response, our governor has issued an executive order limiting the size of indoor gatherings. While religious organizations are legally exempt from this order, I am strongly urging all our congregations to refrain from gathering indoors for…

Dear Hunger Justice ministries of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, We have two pieces of good news to share! 1. Our colleagues at ELCA World Hunger have announced another round of Daily Bread Matching Grants. To refresh your memory, these Matching Grants of $500 were paired with access to an online fundraising platform which has the…

As the weather turns colder and the pandemic continues to restrict our ability to gather for worship and other activities, we recognize that congregations are revisiting decisions previously made about when and how to gather safely. As we do this, I’d like to lift up several things for consideration. Engage in conversations with curiosity and…

“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us! Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. O Lord God of hosts, how long will…

The Greater Milwaukee Synod council and staff offered a new synod-wide digital worship series for every Sunday from August 16 through September 13 — including five rotating sermons and readings paired with the same music and prayers. Congregations are invited to include one or more of these services in their worship rotation as needed. Below…

Working with Tithe.ly, we’ve been able to create an app for GMS. This app gives you quick and easy access to many items on our website and to text or online giving. While we have some fine tuning to do, we’re ready to roll this out! To download the app simply follow these steps. Visit https://tithely.app.link/greater-milwaukee-synod. Enter…

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;  let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach…

Welcome to the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s digital synod-wide worship experience for Pentecost Sunday, May 31! This 38-minute pre-recorded service includes a sermon from Bishop Erickson (available in both English and Spanish), music, prayers and readings by members and leaders from across the Synod. Congregations are welcomed to use it in place of, or in addition…

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