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
ANNUAL KANSAS DISTRICT LIFE CONFERENCE
The 2021 Kansas District Life Conference will be held Friday, January 22 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Topeka from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer, professor and chair of the Exegetical Department at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), will be the keynote speaker, and we will also be participating in the March for Life at the state capitol building.
Sermon from the 2020 Conference (Pr. Matthew Durance)
Is Abortion an Election Issue?
With elections coming in November, this is a great time to highlight Pr. Michael Salemink’s book, Is Abortion an Election Issue? The book identifies ten reasons why abortion is never just an election issue, but at the same time is always an election issue. It’s available from CPH for only $.50 a copy (and orders of 10 or more qualify for a discount), making it perfect to hand out in your congregation, school, or at community events.
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.