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with those nearing
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Father in Heaven.
Remind me that You are willing to hear me because Jesus my Savior traded places with me and has taken away all my guilt and punishment for disregarding, or dishonoring, or disobeying You. Assure me again that He offers me His record of perfect obedience, so that relying on Him, I am fit to come into Your presence with my prayers and my praises.

Hallowed be Your Name.
You are the Author of life and You are holy. You have revealed that life has meaning only when I am fit to be a partner with you. Through Jesus You have marvelously rescued and restored me to be Your own for eternity.  Even in sickness and weakness let me revere above all else Your awesome majesty, and reflect Your design for me as Your servant.

Your Kingdom Come.
Use the troubles I am going thru to help me recognize that what counts most of all in this world is to have You as king in my heart and life forever. Help me to appreciate that with Your message of forgiveness and life reviving my heart, You are establishing Your claim on me even through days of weakness or pain.

Your Will be Done
You have ransomed me from the slavery of seeking to do my own thing independent of You. Your plan is supreme. Use these days to help me, not merely to resign myself to Your will for my life, but to trust You will heal me on Your timetable so I can go on serving You.  And let me look ahead to what You have in store for Your redeemed people when Jesus returns.

Give us Today our Daily Bread
Thank You for assuring us You will provide our necessities in this uncertain world, and help me trust Your promises.

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Keep me conscious of how I still fall short of what You desire Your children to be. Remind me I am completely dependent on Your undeserved mercy, for which Jesus paid such a tremendous price.  In these crucial days in my life keep me ready to show Your love to anyone even if they have done wrong to me.

Lead us not into temptation.
Merciful Father, take me through these troublesome days; don’t let Satan deceive me into thinking You do not care, or try to rob me of Your Word that I am forgiven.  Let me hear Your reminder that though You allow me to be tested, You will be with me all the way.

Deliver us from evil.
Help me recognize the sorrowful consequences of sin that are all around us in this world and still affect us. Keep me looking ahead for the day when our returning Savior will abolish heartaches and misery and reveal His new heaven and new earth for His forgiven people.

The kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours now and forever.
I join with angels to adore You.  Accept my praise and trust as I look to You as Ruler of Your universe and Lord of Your people.

“O Lord, I rely on Your unfailing love.”

PDF of all [ HERE ].

Martin Luther Elder Care Ministries (MLECM) will reimburse pastors who are participating in the Pastor Elder Care Program for the following support materials ordered through Northwestern Publishing House:

  • Hymsoft Player 3.0
  • Out of the Depths-set of 4 - by Richard E. Lauersdorf
  • Listen God Is speaking To You devotion booklet - by Henry E. Paustian
  • For Such A Time As This - 300 devotions taken from Meditations

Please call the MLECM administrator at 734-406-4506 before ordering.


Martin Luther Elder Care Ministries (MLECM) is pleased to offer:

  • Citizens of Heaven Elder Care Devotions; 50 devotions written by Richard E. Laurersdorf

Please call the MLECM administrator at 734-406-4506 to order.


A monthly payment based on the number of services held plus a mileage reimbursement is provided.

The Pastor Elder Care Facility Ministry is available to both active and retired WELS (ELS) pastors. To be part of this program, a pastor will need to be able to hold weekly worship services at two different elder care facilities. Each pastor will be paid a monthly payment based on the number of services held during the month plus a mileage reimbursement for miles incurred going to and from the elder care facilities served.

Start-up is easy. MLECM will work closely with each pastor to identify elder care facilities in his area with the best potential for weekly worship services. MLECM will also gain the approvals needed to hold these services and identify a contact at each care facility for the pastor to work with.

Active pastors will be asked to gain written permission from their respective congregations to serve in this program. Either a copy of church council meeting minutes noting such approval or a letter will suffice. 

The growing network includes the following pastors [listed here].


Online Course @ MLC is now OPEN.

Registration for the 2024 Geriatric and Care Facility Ministry course is now open

Citizens of Heaven Elder Care Ministry / 2024 Ministry Course.


We are pleased to offer:

  • Citizens of Heaven Elder Care Devotions; 50 devotions written by Richard E. Laurersdorf

Please call the MLECM administrator at 734-406-4506 to order.

Growing to Serve!

In June 2013, Martin Luther Elder Care Ministries (MLECM) began the implementation of a new Elder Care Ministry in the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph area.

The Lord has certainly blessed this program. Today, the Elder Care Ministry includes 40 pastors who together serve 94 different elder care facilities with weekly worship services. These elder care facilities are located across Lower Michigan. Total weekly attendance exceeds 1,000 people, many of whom are not WELS members. 

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