“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6–7)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Resources

Please check back frequently for changes and updates as this situation continues to develop.



Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

May 22 — CDC offers general considerations to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their staff and congregations safe.

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President’s Message


5/20/2020 — Religious liberty during reopening

In this video message to laypeople, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison describes the tireless efforts church workers have made during the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and encourages congregational members to support and thank their church workers.


Previous messages

  • 04/30/2020 — includes American Sign Language version
  • 04/02/2020 — includes video transcript
  • 03/27/2020 — includes American Sign Language version
  • 03/13/2020 — includes American Sign Language version


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Featured Resources


Coronavirus Features – Reporter Coronavirus Features – Reporter
Quick reference guide available for times of disaster
The easy-to-use guide offers advice on what to do before, during and after a tragedy or disaster.
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Grants assist church workers impacted by pandemic
As of April 30, $321,452 had been distributed in 229 grants to workers across the Synod.
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Ways to show your gratitude and support for church workers
Suggestions for ways to show your gratitude and support for your pastors, teachers, church musicians, deaconesses and other church workers.
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Video Devotions



During this time of uncertainty, our greatest comfort is found in God’s Word.

Tune in to live devotions on the LCMS Facebook page every weekday at 9 a.m. (or watch the archived videos).

These devotions, led by LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, LCMS First Vice-President Rev. Peter K. Lange and LCMS Director of Worship Rev. Sean Daenzer, will focus on the words of comfort and promise found in Romans, Lamentations and the four Gospels.


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Congregations and Schools


Resources for reopening

Planning to reopen for in-person services? Use the resources in this Welcome Back media kit to get the message out to your members and community.

Resources for worship

These resources are intended to help pastors plan and lead worship services.

Resources for livestreaming

Concordia Publishing House is offering access to its Lutheran Service Builder software and related licenses at no charge until the end of sheltering in place.

The Lord’s Supper

“The sole purpose of this response is to promote and encourage the proper practice of the Lord’s Supper in faithfulness to the teaching and example of Christ.”

Resources for study

Reaching people outside of your church, especially during a time of social restriction, can be incredibly difficult. See how you can learn and teach remotely with these Christian educator resources.

LCMS Youth Ministry and School Ministry

During the COVID-19 pandemic, LCMS Youth Ministry and LCMS School Ministry are providing encouragement and new resources for your ministry.

 


Families and Individuals


Resources for home

Christ’s love and message can be overshadowed amidst nervousness, uncertainty and distress. Show families how they can draw closer to Him during these times with devotional material to re-center on Christ while at home.

Financial relief

Soldiers of the Cross Amplified grants support those who work for LCMS churches, schools or organizations.

Resources for distance learning

Gospel-centered resources to assist your home education.

Supporting your congregation

For our congregations to survive — and thrive — our worship offerings must continue as much as possible.

 

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Resources from our partners in ministry


These key partners have collected resources to support physical, emotional and financial health during these challenging times. LCMS ministries, workers and members are encouraged to access and make use of these resources as applicable.

 

Explore these resources by clicking each logo below:

 


Concordia Plan Services


LCEF

Concordia Publishing House


LCMS Foundation



 

*Visit these sites frequently for new and updated information!

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News and Articles


Reporter

Coronavirus News – Reporter
COVID-19 and the church: A different phase and a different response
Friday, May 22, 2020 1:35:16 PM

LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission webinar: ‘Ministry in the Epicenter of the Coronavirus Pandemic’
Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:42:02 PM

Religious liberty during reopening
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:17:56 PM

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The Lutheran Witness

Coronavirus Lutheran Witness Articles – Reporter
Give us a blessed end
Friday, May 22, 2020 9:38:56 AM

Christ’s Care in Coronavirus
Monday, May 11, 2020 5:11:54 PM

Read Luther’s letter about plague
Friday, March 13, 2020 11:14:40 AM

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LCMS International Mission

Coronavirus – LCMS International Mission
Project 24 Responds to the Coronavirus
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:47:57 AM

Africa team and COVID-19
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:53:55 AM

Ministry in the time of coronavirus
Thursday, March 05, 2020 10:22:13 AM

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KFUO Radio


coronavirus – KFUO Radio
The Student Union – The Ten Commandments in a Time of Pandemic (Rebroadcast)
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 2:30:24 PM

The Coffee Hour – Urban Mission Amidst a Pandemic
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:30:40 AM

Wrestling With the Basics – Don’t Settle for Normal
Saturday, May 23, 2020 9:30:49 AM

The Coffee Hour – Missionary Update from Taiwan during COVID-19 Pandemic
Friday, May 22, 2020 9:30:14 AM

The Coffee Hour – Missionary Update from South Korea during COVID-19 Pandemic
Friday, May 22, 2020 9:15:12 AM

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Commentaries


Your first source for insight and perspective from LCMS ministry leaders.

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