Welcome to the Western Iowa Synod, ELCA
In these beginning days as Bishop – and in these new days for the congregations,
rostered ministers, and people of the Western Iowa Synod – this is my prayer:
Come, Spirit, into the inner room of our lives today,
offering us your transforming gifts. Open what is closed within us.
Breathe renewed confidence into our fatigued spirits.
Send us forth with a passionate intention to be conveyors of your
Come, Spirit, open our hands and hearts to go
beyond a fear of scarcity, to share generously from
what we have to assist people in need.
Come, Spirit, soothe our soreness of mind and heart
with touches of kindness that heal and restore.
Come, Spirit, assure us that the turbulent animosity
and violence of this era can be lessened when we express
your love in our attitudes and actions.
Thank you for your call and confidence. Thank you for your continued prayers. I, along with the Synod staff, look forward to the new days ahead.
Bishop Lorna Halaas
Bishop Halaas will be installed on Saturday, August 17, 1:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Sioux City. All are invited. Rostered Ministers are invited to vest, the color for the day is red. In addition to the installation on Saturday afternoon, all are welcome Friday, August 16, 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Sioux City for a light evening meal followed by Holden Evening Prayer.
Prayer adapted from
Prayers of Boundless Compassion
copyright 2018 by Joyce Rupp.
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