Posts tagged “March for Life

Closing Prayer: 2018 Rose Dinner

Posted on January 20th, 2018

I was honored to give the closing prayer at the Rose Dinner, the banquet held in conjunction with the March for Life. It was a tremendous privilege to be among the nation’s pro-life leaders. In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, Creator of all things seen and unseen. You created the world from nothing; You called Life into being by Your Word; and You made our first father Adam from the earth. You opened his side and fashioned a wife for him, bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. You blessed their marriage and called them to be fruitful and multiply.…

LCMS 2017 Life Conference Sermon

Posted on January 27th, 2017

March for Life 2017 January 27, 2017 • Arlington, Virginia Matthew 5:13-19 The trash collectors rumbled away from the suburban neighborhood, and as sometimes happens, they’ve unknowingly dumped some of their garbage in the street. A man who lives there went out to look, and he’s confused. What is that on the pavement? At first he thinks it’s dead birds, then maybe dolls. Finally, he comprehends the horror. These are children: naked bodies scattered on the asphalt – tiny victims of abortion. How did they end up on a garbage truck? This man—Richard Selzer, a physician—goes to the hospital. He speaks with the director, who assures him this was an accident. The little babies were, he says, “mixed up with the other debris.” This…

Sermon before the March for Life

Posted on January 22nd, 2014

Divine Service before the March for Life January 22, 2014 Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia (LCMS) Rev. 12:1-17 Click here for audio of the sermon Alongside beer cans and rotting meat, taking their place in mounds of rubbish, 55 million corpses of babies have been discarded. Many are trashed in bio-hazard bags, as a dangerous thing we must put far from us. Sometimes body parts are sold for experiments and testing. Except for those recovered by noble people digging through garbage heaps, none are given a proper burial.  They’ve been dismembered, suctioned, poisoned, flushed down toilets; some of them, born alive, have been beheaded by a physician who laughs. Looking into America’s abortion culture is looking evil in the face, and it appears evil…

Prayers before the March for Life

Posted on January 22nd, 2014

We come to you Father with praise and thanksgiving, not as we ought, but as we are able. We beg you to accept and bless the prayer we offer you. Do not consider what we truly deserve, but grant us your forgiveness. Lord, in your mercy, R.  Remember, Lord, Your one, holy, Christian and apostolic church. Watch over her and guide her. Grant her peace and unity throughout the whole world. Grant her to speak with one voice and act with unity of purpose upholding Your gift of life, and working for an end to the scourge of legalized murder. We pray especially for Matthew and John, and all the leaders of our Synod; for all pastors, and every servant of the Church. Grant…

Information for Lutherans attending the 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Posted on January 23rd, 2013

For the last eleven years, Immanuel Lutheran in Alexandria, VA has hosted a Divine Service before the March for Life. We expect that will continue in 2014. However, this year the Divine Service is part of the larger LCMS Life Conference being held at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City (Arlington, VA). You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend the Divine Service. The service begins at 9:00 a.m., with LCMS President Matthew Harrison preaching. After the service, we will take the Metro into the District for the March. If you are planning on attending the March for Life but cannot attend the Divine Service, plan on meeting your fellow Lutherans at 7th and Independence at 12:00 noon. Look for the…

Abortion: Not a Partisan Issue

Posted on January 18th, 2013

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ JESUS, When pastors talk about politics, they tend to lose sight of their calling: to preach JESUS Christ and Him crucified for the redemption of the world. But in the matter of abortion, we are not dealing with the usual political matters such as health insurance costs, taxation rates, gun control, or foreign policy. Abortion is, quite simply, the taking of a human life. To oppose abortion is not to side with a political party: it is to take your stand with the right of every human being to live. Thus among my favorite signs at the annual March for Life are the ones from Secularists for Life, Atheists for Life, Feminists for Life, and Democrats for Life.…

Register Now for LCMS Life Conference

Posted on January 2nd, 2013

The LCMS Life Conference is fast approaching. Held in Arlington, VA, participants will attend the March for Life in Washington, DC, hear President Harrison and other noted Lutheran speakers. Holy Communion, Evening Prayer, Matins, and the Itinerarium will be prayed at the conference. Get more details by clicking here – I hope to see you at the conference!

A new kind of paganism

Posted on February 25th, 2012

More from Chaput: Catholics need to wake up from the illusion that the America we now live in – not the America of our nostalgia or imagination or best ideals, but the real America we live in here and now – is somehow friendly to our faith.  What we’re watching emerge in this country is a new kind of paganism, an atheism with air-conditioning and digital TV.  And it is neither tolerant nor morally neutral. As the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb observed more than a decade ago, “What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned; what was once regarded as abnormal has been normalized.”  But even more importantly, she added, “As deviancy is normalized, so what was once normal becomes…

Roe v Wade, or Dragon v Woman? Sermon before the March for Life

Posted on January 23rd, 2012

Revelation 12:7-13 Audio here. “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things…. And in one Lord Jesus Christ … by whom all things were made…. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life.” The issue is not abortion. The issue is not a matter of our culture. The issue is not a matter of our educational system. The issue is not a matter of the support, or apathy, among our clergy. The issue is not our political system. To be sure, all of these are broken. Our culture is a cesspool, saturated with soft pornography, blasphemy, and covetousness. Our educational system devours the minds of the young, producing relativists who…

March for Life 2011

Posted on January 25th, 2011

The 2011 March for Life was yesterday, preceded by the annual service at Immanuel with the Lutherans for Life group. You can listen to Dr. Lamb’s sermon here. I’ll post pictures later when I get back to my home computer, but here’s a brief little report I gave on Issues, Etc. yesterday afternoon:  2011 March for Life Report (Source: Issues, Etc. listen on-demand archives). Lutherans come from all over the country, but every year there are a couple of pastors in northern Virginia who faithfully come and bring members of their congregations: Pastor Jim Knill of Concordia, Triangle, and Pastor Bob Koehler of Fredericksburg. Kudos to them for their faithful witness. Issues, Etc. doesn’t simply give lip-service to the pro-life movement – they are…