Kansas District Life MinistryIn your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me ... " (Ps. 139:16).
I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me a body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.
Holy Scripture in its entirety proclaims the works of God: Creation, Redemption, and Sanctification. As Christians we confess in our vocations the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to speak God’s truth in this world and to act on behalf of the helpless, to seek to proclaim the God-given value of human life in our words and deeds. In this Christian life we at times may need assistance or support in proclaiming the sanctity of human life. In response to this need, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has asked each district to identify a pastor to serve as District Life Coordinator.
The District Life Coordinator (DLC) serves as a point of contact between congregations, church workers, and lay people of the District, connecting them with resources of the LCMS such as Eyes of Life and LCMS World Relief and Human Care as well as affiliated ministries such as Lutherans for Life. The Life Coordinator shares information on these resources and highlights news and events happening within our communities and state. In coordination with the District Office, the Kansas DLC will schedule and plan a District March for Life event either on or near the date of the State March for Life.
Meet the Kansas District Life Coordinator
My name is Matthew Durance, and I am pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Greenleaf and serve as Vacancy Pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Barnes. It is my pleasure to serve as District Life Coordinator in the Kansas District. If you have questions that you need help answering, please contact me either by email (email@example.com) or at the Bethlehem office, 785-747-2407. I look forward to our work together, and I encourage all District congregations, workers, and church members to contact me and let me know of the work each of you all are doing to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the sanctity of all human life.
“By awesome deeds You answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by His strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.” – Psalm 65:5-7
News and Resources
What is embryo adoption? How does it work? Is it okay for Christians to participate or to advocate for this practice? If you or someone you know has asked these questions, check out the LCMS article below. You can find additional information at Lutherans for Life and Lutheran Family Services of Iowa.
Presidents Respond to The Equality Act
The proposed “Equality Act,” which prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, passed in the U.S. House in late February 2021 and now awaits a vote in the Senate. The legislation has raised serious concerns regarding implications for Christian individuals and faith-based organizations. Read more from Kansas District President Rev. Justin Panzer and LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison below.
LCMS Document on COVID-19 Vaccines
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod recently released “The LCMS and COVID-19 Vaccines: Facts and Considerations,” prepared by Commission on Theology and Church Relations in collaboration with Office of National Mission’s Life Ministry. The document addresses questions and concerns about the vaccines in relation to the sanctity of life and religious freedom. In a pastoral letter about the document, Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison noted, “The Synod does not have an official position on such vaccines at this time. Official decisions of this nature come through the Synod acting in convention, and no convention action has yet been taken. However, our church body remains firmly committed to the sanctify of life, and we continually seek to advocate for pro-life positions in the public square.” President Harrison encourages everyone to read the document, which can be found here.
Have you seen the movie Unplanned? This powerful film takes a hard look at the horrors of abortion and the gift of God’s grace and forgiveness. Whether you’ve seen the movie or are planning to see it soon, Lutherans for Life is proud to offer several resources to aid you in understanding the film from the Lutheran perspective of Law and Gospel. The resources even include a study guide for your church’s small group.
ANNUAL KANSAS DISTRICT LIFE CONFERENCE
The 2021 Kansas District Life Conference was held Friday, January 22 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Topeka. The conference speaker was Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer, professor and chair of the Exegetical Department at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW). In his presentations, Dr. Scaer highlighted developments leading to and surrounding the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, beginning with Margaret Sanger in early parts of the 1900s. Along the way, he touched on Genesis, the God who created us in His image, and marriage and family.
The January Rally for Life in downtown Topeka, which has been part of previous District Life Conferences, was postponed in 2021 due to the pandemic and security concerns. Kansans for Life is hoping to reschedule a rally in the spring.