150 Years of the Nebraska Synod: Built of Living Stones


“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.”  Ephesians 2:19-22

“Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Christ Jesus.”  -1 Peter 2:4-5


September of 2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the Nebraska Synod.  In thanksgiving of the Spirit’s ongoing work in our church, the synod is planning a year of story-telling, discernment, and celebration.  Here is how you are invited to participate:

Join the Celebration

Nebraska Synod: Living Stones

Your congregation is encouraged to make use of the “Nebraska Synod: Living Stones” congregational resource as appropriate in your context. The resource will contain: 1) A short history of the Nebraska Synod. 2) Prayers and liturgy for worship. 3) Story-telling prompts to help congregations tell their own church history. 4). Service Project Ideas to celebrate the day. 5) A sermon manuscript and video on the theme

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Share Your Congregational History

Your congregation is encouraged to gather, write down, and research highlights from your congregational history and submit them to the Nebraska Synod archives. The 150th Synod Anniversary Team will organize your stories so that they can be shared with the entire synod at the 2022 Assembly and beyond. The collected histories will also be stored permanently at the archives. Not sure where to begin? The “Nebraska Synod: Living Stones” resource will get you started.

Share Your Stories

“Christ builds a house of living stones: We are his own habitation; he fills our hearts, his humble thrones, granting us life and salvation.  Where two or three will seek his face, he in their midst will show his grace, blessings upon them bestowing.”


Third Verse, Built on a Rock by Grundtvig. Hymn #652 in Evangelical Lutheran Worship

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Rev. Kristen Van Stee

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Ian Hartfield

Synod Archivist

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