For the past two years, our Synod has been organizing Refugee and Migrant Sunday as a Lenten observance. 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 and the immigration 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 11, the fourth Sunday in Lent, the Synod Justice Team and Global Partners 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 our companion synod of El Salvador.
Various resources are available for you below, including a sample sermon and mission talk as well as a prayer (for liturgical and private use). We can also connect you with a variety of follow up activities. 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 Partners Team