This past Sunday, Guest Lauren Amundson from Young Adults in Global Mission was our preacher and we celebrated the work of our global church...over fifty each of sewn quilts, school bags, and personal care quilts to ship overseas. No recorded sermon but check out the poem from worship and view the video from Lutheran World Relief if you missed it. They have many more inspiring short videos at https://lwr.org/videos. Click the link!
Lutheran World Relief receives these donations. This organization stays on in communities working with local partners for years after devastating events. This video documents the achievements after Typhoon Haiyan.
Here is the blessings we read over the quilts, a blessing for those who are suffering by poet John O'Donahue:
May you be blessed in the holy names of those
Who, without you knowing it,
Help to carry and lighten your pain.
May you know serenity
When you are called
To enter the house of suffering.
May a window of light always surprise you.
May you be granted the wisdom
To avoid false resistance;
When suffering knocks on the door of your life,
May you glimpse its eventual gifts.
May you be able to receive the fruits of suffering.
May memory bless and protect you
With the hard-earned light of past travail;
To remind you that you have survived before
And though the darkness now is deep,
You will soon see approaching light.
May the grace of time heal your wounds.
May you know that though the storm might rage,
Not a hair of your head will be harmed.