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Lutherans join ''March for Life'' in Washington, D.C.
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod ^ | 2009-1-22 | LCMS

Posted on 01/22/2009 5:28:12 PM PST by old-ager

Lutherans join ''March for Life'' in Washington, D.C.

March for Life logoLutherans from throughout the country will join the thousands who are expected to gather in the nation's capital Jan. 22 for the 36th annual "March for Life." LCMS World Relief and Human Care (WR-HC) also will be in Washington, D.C., providing information, insights and updated web coverage throughout the day from marching Lutherans as they affirm the blessing of God's gift of life.

This year's march participants include a coalition of Lutherans, including: Synod President Gerald B. Kieschnick; members of the LCMS Sanctity of Human Life Committee (under the auspices of LCMS WR-HC); Maggie Karner, director of Life and Health Ministries with LCMS WR-HC; Ed Szeto, coordinator for Life Ministries special projects for LCMS WR-HC; and Lutherans For Life (LFL) Executive Director Dr. James Lamb.

For many LCMS marchers, the full day of activities begins with morning worship and brunch hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Va. and Rev. Christopher Esget. Kieschnick will deliver the sermon, "Weeping for Her Children," based on Matt. 2:13-20.

LFL and LCMS Life Ministries banners will be waving at the noon, pre-march pro-life rally at the National Mall. U.S. congressmen and national pro-life leaders are among those expected to speak. Kieschnick has been invited to open the rally by offering the invocation. The actual march is expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Mall and end about 3 p.m. at the Supreme Court building.

The LCMS Sanctity of Human Life Committee will wind up the day with its quarterly meeting, back at Immanuel in Alexandria. "We will intensify our strategies for increasing synodical leadership in the public square concerning life issues," said Karner, who serves as committee chairwoman.

Lutheran pro-life leaders have called this year's participation especially important, as pro-abortion advocates increase efforts to eliminate protections for the nation's youngest and most vulnerable people.

Rev. Matthew Harrison, executive director of LCMS WR-HC, expressed his hope for accomplishing pro-life goals: "I am so pleased with the work of our LCMS World Relief and Human Care Life Committee. Director Maggie Karner has been amazing. The value of human life animates all we do at LCMS World Relief and Human Care. I am proud of what our staff has accomplished since the Synod formally gave us this task (of providing pro-life leadership). We will move confidently into the future, bearing witness to the world, for the sake of the Gospel, and for the least of these."

In an interview last month with the LCMS Reporter newspaper about the March for Life, Kieschnick said: "I very much look forward to this activity that in a visible way communicates our Synod's strong pro-life position, with which I wholeheartedly and unapologetically agree. Particularly at this point in history, it is imperative for LCMS members and other Christian citizens to affirm and speak in support of the God-given blessing of life, from conception to the grave."

The March for Life observes the anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court's "Roe v. Wade" decision legalizing abortion in the United States. For more information about LCMS Life Ministries, visit www.lcms.org/life.

March for Life logoLutherans from throughout the country will join the thousands who are expected to gather in the nation's capital Jan. 22 for the 36th annual "March for Life." LCMS World Relief and Human Care (WR-HC) also will be in Washington, D.C., providing information, insights and updated web coverage throughout the day from marching Lutherans as they affirm the blessing of God's gift of life.

This year's march participants include a coalition of Lutherans, including: Synod President Gerald B. Kieschnick; members of the LCMS Sanctity of Human Life Committee (under the auspices of LCMS WR-HC); Maggie Karner, director of Life and Health Ministries with LCMS WR-HC; Ed Szeto, coordinator for Life Ministries special projects for LCMS WR-HC; and Lutherans For Life (LFL) Executive Director Dr. James Lamb.

For many LCMS marchers, the full day of activities begins with morning worship and brunch hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Va. and Rev. Christopher Esget. Kieschnick will deliver the sermon, "Weeping for Her Children," based on Matt. 2:13-20.

LFL and LCMS Life Ministries banners will be waving at the noon, pre-march pro-life rally at the National Mall. U.S. congressmen and national pro-life leaders are among those expected to speak. Kieschnick has been invited to open the rally by offering the invocation. The actual march is expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Mall and end about 3 p.m. at the Supreme Court building.

The LCMS Sanctity of Human Life Committee will wind up the day with its quarterly meeting, back at Immanuel in Alexandria. "We will intensify our strategies for increasing synodical leadership in the public square concerning life issues," said Karner, who serves as committee chairwoman.

Lutheran pro-life leaders have called this year's participation especially important, as pro-abortion advocates increase efforts to eliminate protections for the nation's youngest and most vulnerable people.

Rev. Matthew Harrison, executive director of LCMS WR-HC, expressed his hope for accomplishing pro-life goals: "I am so pleased with the work of our LCMS World Relief and Human Care Life Committee. Director Maggie Karner has been amazing. The value of human life animates all we do at LCMS World Relief and Human Care. I am proud of what our staff has accomplished since the Synod formally gave us this task (of providing pro-life leadership). We will move confidently into the future, bearing witness to the world, for the sake of the Gospel, and for the least of these."

In an interview last month with the LCMS Reporter newspaper about the March for Life, Kieschnick said: "I very much look forward to this activity that in a visible way communicates our Synod's strong pro-life position, with which I wholeheartedly and unapologetically agree. Particularly at this point in history, it is imperative for LCMS members and other Christian citizens to affirm and speak in support of the God-given blessing of life, from conception to the grave."

The March for Life observes the anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court's "Roe v. Wade" decision legalizing abortion in the United States. For more information about LCMS Life Ministries, visit www.lcms.org/life.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: lcms; lutherans; marchforlife; marchforlife2009; prolife
"This year's march participants include a coalition of Lutherans, including: Synod President Gerald B. Kieschnick ... "

proud of Kieschnick, at least for a day

1 posted on 01/22/2009 5:28:15 PM PST by old-ager
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To: old-ager

You can count on the LCMS to be on the right side.


2 posted on 01/22/2009 6:21:17 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin - Jindal 2012)
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To: SoCalPol
You can count on the LCMS to be on the right side.

Yep! Were there ELCA folks on the other side? I'd expect that, too.

3 posted on 01/22/2009 6:32:35 PM PST by GingisK
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To: SoCalPol

Proud to be Lutheran and proud to favor pro-life — as if there were any other choice available to Christians


4 posted on 01/22/2009 6:33:51 PM PST by quintr
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To: quintr

God bless these Lutherans. May we one day all be united. V’s wife.


5 posted on 01/22/2009 6:35:59 PM PST by ventana
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