The LWML is in Convention in Albuquerque NM this week. The Convention theme is “Jesus Christ Above All” from Philippians 2;9. Convention Goal Statement: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, through Word and Sacrament, I will proclaim Jesus Christ above all.
This is the place where our mite offerings are sent around the world into the mission fields. District conventions do marvelous work and the national convention extends that work.
The theme from Philippians is important because it is a missionary text.
Jesus humbled Himself even to the point of death on a cross, and His death on that cross was at the same time exaltation. For it was there that Satan met his match and was conquered. Furthermore the cross held forth the promise of resurrection on the third day. (Cf. John 12:32, 33; 17: 1 ) In addition, when His mission was accomplished, God exalted our Lord by raising Him from death to the eternal throne (which was always His), and by giving Him a name which is above every name. Now, at the very mention of His name, every knee should bow in reverent devotion. He is the Lord and King above all lords and kings. All creatures everywhere owe Him homage. Every tongue must now confess Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. This takes place already in His church, but not yet in all the world. But the day is coming when all will recognize Him as Lord, some to their sorrow but the faithful to their joy. Then all will know Him as Lord and Master even over death! So wrote Thomas Edge many years ago.
The LWML task is to bring the lost and erring into eternal fellowship with Jesus. God bless their convention.