“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 is releasing two worship videos for possible use in congregations on Sunday, December 27 and Sunday, January 3. The services will be approximately 30 minutes in length and we will share both the full videos and the individual components that may be downloaded and inserted into congregational worship videos or streamed live….

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…

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…

“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 is offering a new synod-wide digital worship series — five rotating sermons and readings paired with the same music and prayers for every Sunday from August 16 through September 13. Congregations are invited to include one or more of these services, or individual video segments, in their worship…

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…

As we continue to adjust to life during the Coronavirus pandemic, more and more people– including potential new and returning members –are looking for ways to engage online with local faith communities. There’s a common misconception that improving your church’s web presence is difficult and expensive, or that it requires a top-to-bottom redesign (which, to…

Friends in Christ: As many of you know, the federal government has recently adopted legislation, called the CARES Act, which provides significant financial relief to individuals, families, and businesses coping with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the related temporary closure of businesses, schools, and places of worship. Included in this act are several…

Those of you who follow me on Facebook may know that I spent the first two weeks of November in Guatemala for a Global Mission consultation, and in Mexico for a vacation with my wife, Lynn, as we prepare to mark our 25th wedding anniversary. As I walked the streets of Antigua, Guatemala, tapping into…

A Pastoral Message on the Immigration Crisis Bishop Paul D. Erickson July 11, 2019 (Spanish translation below) Every day, it seems the headlines reveal a new dimension of the ongoing crisis regarding immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees. While many of our leaders may want to use these issues to increase their political appeal to their supporters,…

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Outreach for Hope Board of Directors announces Tim Larson’s resignation as Executive Director. While it is sad to lose a dedicated colleague, we share in Tim’s excitement as he prepares to join the Development team at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Tim’s last…

Dear friends: You may recall that I sent a message on March 11 regarding the process surrounding the replacement document for Vision and Expectations, entitled Trustworthy Servants of the People of God. This letter indicated that there was a brief comment period open, during which I received comments from eight rostered ministers in our synod….

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