In 1939, Lutherans all across the United States banded together to reach out to assist Lutheran refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. Creating Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) to organize their efforts, they welcomed these new Americans and walked with them as they began their new lives in the United States.
Seventy five years later, LIRS has directly resettled over 500,000 migrants and refugees in the U.S., extending the love and hospitality of this great nation.
I am writing to invite you to celebrate the 75th anniversary of LIRS on Sunday, June 22, the closest Sunday to World Refugee Day. Participate by:
- Lifting up refugees in your prayers
- Telling stories
- Having a learning event
- Taking an offering for LIRS
- Using this bulletin insert
To help you, your church, or group more fully experience World Refugee Day, LIRS will send you a free Refugee Sunday Kit when you request one today.
Also check out their great resources for advocacy and worship:
- World Refugee Day Sunday Toolkit
- Bulletin Inserts
- Refugee Litany I
- Refugee Litany II
- A Prayer for Refugees
- Advocacy Postcard
- and more
This year our companion synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic, has suffered much. There are many refugees as we speak. Let’s take time to pray and act.
We are God’s hands at work in the world – offering healing, hospitality, and hope.
Yours in faith,
Michael Rinehart, bishop