Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.
-Genesis 12, March 12, 2017 Lectionary reading
Last year, our Synod organized our first Refugee and Migrant Sunday for the second Sunday in Lent. This year, the plight of refugees and migrants is even more drastic and their fate more uncertain.
Are people in your congregation concerned – and confused – about the refugee crisis? Are they struggling with how best to welcome the strangers in our midst in the name of Christ? As Lutherans, we have always been at the forefront of understanding the refugee experience and welcoming refugees; we have always related to the immigrant experience. On March 12, the second Sunday in Lent, the Synod Justice Team and Global Missions Team of the Synod are calling on all our congregations to join us in a time of prayer and reflection on our call to welcome the stranger, with a particular focus on education about the current crisis involving refugees from Syria as well as our companion synod of El Salvador.
For speakers or resources, contact Rev. Alexia Salvatierra at email@example.com or (213) 219-2449. You can download a sample sermon here, and a prayer for both liturgical and private use here. A bulletin insert with a refugee’s story and a Litany for Refugees is available here.
More resources are available on the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) Refugee Sunday website.
We can also connect you with a variety of follow up activities, and if you prefer to highlight this issue on a different Sunday, please let us know.
We look forward to your participation in this critically important effort.
Synod Justice and Global Missions Teams