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Bishop’s Messages

Hope in the Midst of Uncertainty

Fall, like spring, is a season of transition and change. Chilly nights, shorter daylight hours, the changing colors of the leaves, and even the calendar invite us to return to our familiar schedules of life in the church, our work, and school. However, this fall is...

A Word from the Bishop

In the Small Catechism of Martin Luther, we find these words about the Fifth Commandment: “You shall not murder. What does this mean? We are to fear and love God, so that we neither endanger nor harm the lives of our neighbors, but instead help and support them in all...

A Pentecost Message from Bishop Kucharek

Jesus said: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”(Acts1:8). And, “When the day of Pentecost had come...they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts...

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

This Easter, may we look beyond our empty church buildings and, with Mary Magdalene and Peter, see the empty tomb! Let us rejoice in the resurrection and victory of Christ over death and all that would threaten to overtake us!  May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ...

A Message for Holy Week from the Bishop

Sunday, April 5, is Palm Sunday – the beginning of Holy Week. During this week, Christians around the world remember the events of Jesus’ passion and death. This year, our journey with Jesus to the cross and tomb will happen while we are physically separate from each...

A Spiritual Message for the Season from Bishop Kucharek

Beloved in the Lord: As we find ourselves in these challenging and anxious days of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us find ourselves sheltered in our homes and without the face-to-face gatherings which people of faith find comforting especially in times of stress....

A Christmas Message from Bishop Kucharek

At this time of year, you can find nativity scenes in pictures, as figurines with a stable, in Christmas cards, and even in live scenes put on by churches, complete with animals. Though Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus are always the main focus, these nativity scenes (or...

An Easter Message from Bishop Kucharek

Easter Changes Everything! For weeks, the commercial world has been preparing us for Easter. Ads and emails invite us to “hop to” the latest sales promotion, remind us to shop for that Easter dinner “with our peeps,” and try to entice us with an “egg-cellent” deal...

Christmas Message from Bishop Kucharek

  Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem “...the angel said… I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. … When the angels had left…, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let...

A Pentecost Message from Bishop Kucharek

This Sunday, May 20, is Pentecost Sunday, the day in which the church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples (Acts 2:1-13), making it the birthday of the church. Its name derives from the fact that it falls 50 days after, and including, Easter...