Posts Tagged ‘WMLT’

Steadfast in the City–Building Update

October 14th, 2012 12 comments

We have reached a joyous milestone here at Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries.  After a year of a complicated and at times frustrating process, we have acquired our first set of buildings in Northeast Philadelphia.  The buildings belonged to an existing LCMS church, Lutheran Church of St Luke, and the congregation agreed to allow us to take over and develop their property.  St Luke, an extremely small congregation, has chosen to still exist as an LCMS congregation as part of the negotiation. We did, however, inherit substantial expenses in remodeling the property that has fallen into decay, as well as updating the   More…

Steadfast in the City — The Story

August 6th, 2012 3 comments

Everyone seems to get a little piece of what I do out here in Philadelphia.  I wanted to take this chance to tell the story of the last year, an where we are going.  Since Lutherans across the nation know the name of this city’s mayor, I think I know the picture people get the most.  My media attention is also almost solely dedicated to my homeless relief work, but that is only a byproduct of where we are going.  So, here’s the story.  Not this Philadelphia story (video below), but this one (text below)…     (Boring history paragraph)    More…

Steadfast in the City–Food Ban Update

July 12th, 2012 8 comments

Today in Philadelphia, a federal judge blocked the enforcement of the ban to prohibit feeding the homeless in public.  Since much of a homeless person’s food supply is distributed outside due to high costs for downtown kitchens, and much of my mercy work is literally on the streets, this is truly an amazing development.  In the ruling, relief agencies are required to work toward long-term solutions.  I rejoice that the poor have been given justice in the courts and better cooperation is encouraged. Click HERE to read more.

Steadfast in the City– “Mercy or Ulterior Motives”

My friend and brother in the ministry, Matt Lorfeld, recently wrote a short, marvelous post on his church’s blog about the nature of mercy work and its possible “ulterior motives.” As a pastor who spends most of his time with what is generally called mission and evangelism work with the homeless and very poor, I know the difficulty in speaking on the topic of mercy. Mercy is not the Gospel. Mercy, though it attends to physical needs, does not save anyone. Mercy to the poor is the church in action in one of its forms, but to think that showing   More…

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“Acts of Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Sermon on Acts 4:32-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 15th, 2012 No comments

“Acts of Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Acts 4:32-35) As many of you may know, for the last couple of years our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has been organizing its work under the banner of “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” You can see the symbol that is being used for this emphasis on your bulletin insert, encircled by those three terms. But this is more than a slogan in a marketing campaign. No, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” really describes what the church does, whether on the national and international levels, as our synod operates, or on the local level, as, for instance, here   More…

“Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on John 1:43-51)

January 14th, 2012 2 comments

[This is a sermon of encouragement for all the “little churches,” the small, struggling congregations that seem to make up most of our synod (like the two that make up my dual parish). But I think it applies to big congregations too, when they realize that what makes them great is not their size but their Savior. And I think this message fits especially with the “Witness” aspect of the “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” emphasis of our synod, so appropriate during this Epiphany season. CH] “Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:43-51) Can anything good come out of   More…

WELS National Conference on Worship, Music & the Arts — Gustavus Adulphus College

July 20th, 2011 7 comments

We previously announced this conference on the Lutheran Calendar. Be sure to submit your events to the calendar. We found information on the conference posted at Witness, Mercy, Life Together Blog. This is the conference that we posted on our facebook page: Our steadfast brothers Johnson & Magness at Liturgy Solutions are having a great time at the WELS national worship conference – along with over 1000 conference attendees. With this many in attendance, perhaps this conference isn’t such a “secret.” Many familiar faces have been seen among the crowd: Jon Vieker, Al Collver, Raymond Hartwig, Larry Vogel, and John   More…

Witness, Mercy, Life Together Bible Study Available Now

July 6th, 2011 No comments

As previously announced here, The Witness, Mercy, Life Together Bible Study is now available. From the WMLT blog:   Yesterday, Concordia Publishing House received the Witness, Mercy, Life Together Bible Study from the printer. The first shipment arrived at the LCMS International Center today. Due to a generous anonymous donor, CPH will be mailing out a copy of the WMLT Bible Study to each LCMS Congregation over the next few days. The mailing to the congregations includes both the WMLT Bible Study and a WMLT DVD by President Harrison.   A sample of the first 11 pages, including President Harrison’s   More…

Witness, Mercy, Life Together Bible Study available in July

June 9th, 2011 1 comment

Found on Reporter Online:   Each LCMS congregation will receive this summer a free copy of a new Bible study on the Synod’s threefold “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” emphasis, including a video version on DVD. The mid-July mailing, funded by a donor, also will include a bulletin insert and a poster designed to help congregations promote the new Bible study among their members. “Witness, Mercy, Life Together describes what the Church does in this world while living under the shadow of Jesus’ cross,” writes LCMS President Dr. Matthew C. Harrison in a letter that will accompany the mailing. “From the   More…

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: A Hymn (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 29th, 2011 10 comments

President Harrison’s “Emphasis for the Church” is summed up in three terms, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Martyria, Diakonia, Koinonia are the related Greek terms). The President’s Office has set up a blog,, to carry forward the theme of “Witness, Mercy, Life Together: In Christ, for the Church and the World.” I’m going to be referring to this threefold emphasis in my preaching over the coming weeks, as I start a sermon series on the Book of Acts. So I thought it would be good to have a hymn to accompany the series. I’m aware that there are already a   More…