President's Office: Rev. Dr. Lucas V. Woodford

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I consider it a great honor and privilege to serve the Lord and our MN South District. There are tremendous opportunities for us to go about loving the Lord, loving people, and loving our Lutheran theology here in our District. I am utterly excited to lead and work together with all the wonderful congregations, schools, and church workers of our District for the growth of God’s kingdom.  

Pastoral Letters

March 5, 2019 | Temptation & worship during Lent

“To be sure, Satan will do all he can to lead us into temptation. But make no mistake: God tempts no one. Jesus leads us not into temptation but through temptation. He guards and keeps us in every temptation that comes our way. . . . Thus, our prayer is the prayer of Jesus: “Lead us not into temptation.” His lips spoke it. His heart prayed it. His life leads us through it. Jesus leads us to the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”

December 19, 2018 | Turning waiting to rejoicing

“Dear brother, your help is in the Name of the Lord. Your worth is not measured in statistics but in His sacred body given into death for you and His most holy blood poured out for you. Your consolation lies not in your achievements but in Him who loves you without reservation. Your hope is not in working harder or longer or smarter but in doing His work among the people and community He entrusted to your care.”

October 3, 2018 | A call to unity & thankfulness

“When we weave thanksgiving into our prayer life and faith life, it has a profound effect upon how we interact with others. This is especially true when it comes to how pastors interact with pastors. Giving thanks for each other and the faith God has given us can turn a hermeneutic of suspicion into a spirit of appreciation. My hope is to lead all of you with a spirit of appreciation that’s rooted in Christ.”

September 3, 2018 | Every pastor’s balancing act

“As a called and ordained servant of the Word, the more you exercise Christ’s authority among the lost and found (in preaching and sacramental administration) for the forgiveness of sins, the more authority you have. In a real sense, the more you give away, the more authority you gain. We pastors have nothing to give to others that we have not received for ourselves. We forgive because we have been forgiven. We love because Christ first loved us.”

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