The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'Though life be wrenched away'

Lutherans and Lutheran Disaster Response work to recover from California wildfires

At the 8 a.m. service on Reformation Sunday at Tierrasanta Lutheran, San Diego, the congregation sang: "If they take our house, goods, honor, child or spouse; though life be wrenched away, they cannot win the day. The Kingdom's ours forever." Little did they know that within two hours, members would face the reality of those words from A Mighty Fortress.

Tierrasanta's pastor, Kenneth Licht, said members noticed flames coming over nearby hills during coffee hour. They quickly went home to rescue important documents and treasures before the evacuation order came from police.

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