Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer – Oral Arguments Recap

Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer.

In 2012, Trinity Lutheran Church applied for a state program in Missouri that reimburses nonprofits for the purchase and installation of rubber playground surfaces made from recycled tires. Trinity Lutheran Church hoped to use the funds from the state program to replace its playground but was denied by the Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources based on a provision of the state constitution that prohibits money from the state treasury from going “directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, or denomination of religion.”

The Trinity Lutheran playground case is the last remaining religious freedom case to be heard before the Supreme Court this term.

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God’s Plan Conquers Man’s Failures – The Beauty of Easter

. . . but we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel . . .” (Luke 24:21)

The two men walking on the road to Emmaus had just witnessed the death of Jesus on the cross. They were still in shock. It was the talk of the town – you could not escape all that had happened the past three days. But for these two men, just as for many others, they were overcome with discouragement. They thought that Jesus would be their redeemer – their Messiah that would rescue them from Roman rule and establish the Nation of Israel under his Kingship. Indeed – these men, as with many people in Jerusalem and throughout Judea, HAD hoped . . . but now their hope had been killed with Jesus on the cross.

It was then, when they were at their lowest and traveling a lonely road to Emmaus that Jesus showed up and walked alongside them. And it was only when Jesus started sharing the truth of God’s Word about His plan of salvation, were their eyes open to see that it was Jesus Himself that walked with them.

God always has a far better plan than what we map out for ourselves.

As we celebrated the Seder meal this week with Jewish and Christian friends and elected officials at our ministry center, we looked out our window at the Supreme Court of the United States. We couldn’t help but think that the High Court of Jesus’ day was the very mechanism that set in motion His Crucifixion. So as we celebrated the Passover and Last Supper meal, we were reminded to never lose hope – to stay right on course – for God’s plan always conquers man’s failures and injustice.

It is our prayer at Faith & Action that your hope is renewed as you celebrate all that God has done through His Son, Jesus Christ, this Easter!

On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Missionary Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Director of Operation

It’s Official: Judge Neil Gorsuch Takes the Oath of Office

Our day began with prayer in front of our headquarters when Judge Gorsuch drove by and entered the Supreme Court Building.

Incredibly, we were able to witness the private Oath of Office, administered by Chief Justice Roberts to Judge Neil Gorsuch, in the conference room from our position right in front of our Ten Commandments statue. As Judge Gorsuch lifted his hand to take the oath, your Faith & Action team bowed in prayer — asking the Lord for His guidance and wisdom to be upon the newest Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Thank you for all the support you have given over the years! Because of your help, we have been placed by God to pray and minister to both our nation’s elected officials but also to all those who are involved in the High Court – from the security team right up to the Justices themselves.  

Faith & Action has been faithful to bear witness of the Gospel of Christ and to reach out to ALL who work on Capitol Hill. Not only have we planted seeds, but we have been blessed to see the fruit of our labor time and again in the changed lives and hearts of those we have ministered to.

We rely on your faithful partnership with us, both in prayer and financial support, because it enables us to continue this important work that the Lord has graciously given us to do in Washington, D.C. To donate, please CLICK HERE or send your gift by mail to Faith & Action, 109 2nd St, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. If it’s more convenient, you may also call (202-546-8329).

On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Missionary Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Director of Operation

 

P.S. We ask that you join us in prayer for Associate Justice Gorsuch as he walks down this path of transition and we also ask that you lift up his family in prayer as they too adjust to their new home and all the challenges, blessings, and pressures that comprise the job of being a United States Supreme Court Justice.

Justice Neil Gorsuch Pledges Constitutional & Judicial Oath

On Friday, the Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the 113th Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch took both the “constitutional oath” and the “judicial oath.” Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. administered the constitutional oath at the Supreme Court at 9:00 am. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom Neil Gorsuch served as a law clerk, administered the judicial oath in a public ceremony at the White House at 11:00 am.

Please join us in our prayerful and supportive concern for all the Justices who bear an extraordinary responsibility and workload on behalf of the American people.

Judge Neil Gorsuch: Faith & Action Welcomes Our New Neighbor to the High Court

Now that Judge Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, your Faith & Action team will do the same as we did when Chief Justice Roberts, and Associate Justices Alito, Sotomayor, and Kagan arrived across the street at the Supreme Court building . . .  

— We will warmly greet him, welcoming him to the neighborhood,

— We will assure him of our constant prayers and offer pastoral care, 

— We will Introduce our friends to him as a support system, 

— We will keep YOU, our supporter family, constantly informed of the new Justice’s actions on the Court, his personal prayer needs, and his developing legacy.

Over the next few weeks, it’s going to be a busy time for Judge Gorsuch and his family. In fact, it will be a time of great transition and adjustment as the family moves into the area and the Judge begins both the ceremonial and practical installation process as a Supreme Court Justice. Just as we have prayed for and offered our pastoral care to former incoming Justices, we will do the same for Judge Neil Gorsuch and his family.  

We ask that you join us in prayer for the Judge as he walks down this path of transition and we also ask that you lift up his family in prayer as they too adjust to their new home and all the challenges, blessings, and pressures that comprise the job of being a United States Supreme Court Justice.

There is no doubt that the Lord has used Faith & Action in this special ministry to the High Court. And, as always, we rely on your faithful partnership in prayer and sacrificial financial support that enables us to be headquartered right across the street from the Supreme Court of the United States, which in turn, enables us to minister unconditionally and without bias to all that work for the High Court.

To donate a financial gift for this important ministry program, please CLICK HERE or send by mail to Faith & Action, 109 2nd St, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. If it’s more convenient, you may also call in your gift to (202-546-8329).

Please join us in our prayerful and supportive concern for all the Justices who bear an extraordinary responsibility and workload on behalf of the American people.

On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Missionary Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations

Your Support Is Urgently Needed

The Supreme Court Nomination . . .
The Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon . . .  
The National Day of Prayer . . .
 
Faith & Action is in the midst of one of our busiest times of the year. This year, in particular, we have had the added opportunity of ministering to all those who are involved in the Supreme Court nomination process of Judge Neil Gorsuch. In fact, I was in the Senate Judiciary Committee room when they voted to send the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for Justice of the Supreme Court to the Senate for full consideration. Your donation helps us be involved in this process and gives you first-hand information.
 
At the same time, in the midst of this important nomination process, Faith & Action has been busy planning for the 28th Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon on the West Plaza of the U.S. Capitol (which begins on April 30th and ends on May 4th) as well as preparing the festivities surrounding the National Day of Prayer. Both of these programs are UNIQUE opportunities to bring the Word of God and Prayer to the forefront of our country’s leadership in Washington, D.C. That’s why we immerse ourselves in the planning and preparation of these special outreaches – we want to ensure that all those who work on Capitol Hill hear the Word of God!
 
In fact, we have been so busy focusing on the work of our mission that we have neglected seeking your help! And at this time, we could really use your support in these important efforts on the Hill.  
 
We are looking to raise $10,000 in the next 48 hours! Will you be one of 100 people who give a gift of $100 today? Your support is urgently needed to help us bring God’s Word to our leadership in Washington, D.C. SIMPLY CLICK ON “Donate Today” to expedite your $100 gift (or more) to us! Thank you for helping us impact our government with the Gospel of Christ!

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination to the Senate Floor

The Senate Judiciary Committee sent the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court to the full Senate for consideration with an 11-to-9 vote. This Friday, the Senate will begin the full confirmation vote on the floor. Democrats are looking towards a filibuster for Judge Gorsuch’s nomination. The Republicans are likely to vote to change Senate practices later within the week so that Judge Gorsuch can be approved with a simple majority vote before their recess period. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has hinted at Republicans pursuing a nuclear option to eliminate the potential filibuster.

Please continue to pray for Judge Gorsuch and his family and for the entire U.S. Senate during this Supreme Court Justice nomination process.

Senate Judiciary Committee Is Set to Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. We’re live reporting at today’s meeting.

Please continue to pray for Judge Gorsuch and his family and for the entire U.S. Senate who will be voting on today’s Supreme Court nomination process.

*The Supreme Court is one of Faith & Action’s most unique and private personal ministry outreaches. Much of what we do is confidential – but in this very public nomination, it is our privilege to come alongside all those who are part of this important process by praying and offering our ministerial support to those who may need spiritual refreshing and comfort.

Join Our Prayer Conference Call for the Supreme Court Nomination Process

REMINDER! PLEASE JOIN US FOR A PRAYER CONFERENCE CALL FOR THE SUPREME COURT NOMINATION PROCESS . . .

We at Faith & Action value the importance of prayer and recognize that there is no greater thing we can do for the current Supreme Court nomination process than bring everything before the Lord!
 
Please join us on Thursday, March 30th for a conference call led by myself and Hope Ministries’ President, Dave Kistler, for a time of prayer for Judge Neil Gorsuch, his family, the U.S. Senate, and the nomination process and vote.

The Conference Call will take place, Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). To join us in prayer, please call 712-770-4010 and dial-in access code 361918#. Also, we suggest that you submit a prayer to our Prayer Wall on our website.
 

Submit Prayer Request Here

I hope you will participate in this important call as we bring our prayers before God and seek His will in this nomination process for the Supreme Court. We can be confident that the Lord hears our prayers and that He does indeed direct the affairs of men (Daniel 4:17).
 
Please mark your calendar for tomorrow, THURSDAY, MARCH 30th, at 7:00 P.M. (EASTERN TIME)! We look forward to our time together in prayer.
 
On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations

Senate Judiciary Committee Delays SCOTUS Nominee Vote

The Senate Judiciary Committee is delaying the initial committee vote on SCOTUS nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the committee, said Democrats had requested that the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Gorsuch be pushed to next week. Therefore, the committee will vote on April 3rd and hopefully will conclude by the end of that week before the Senate goes into a recess. Democrats are requiring at least 60 votes for Gorsuch’s approval. It is unclear whether the Democrats have enough votes to filibuster Gorsuch’s vote. Republicans have implied that they will practice their use of a “nuclear option” if the Democrats block Gorsuch’s vote. The “nuclear option” allows the U.S. Senate to override a rule or precedent by a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of by a supermajority of 60 votes.

We will continue to provide updates throughout this confirmation process of our next Supreme Court Justice.