“Most people … don’t understand the importance of church. …
It’s hard to explain, but it’s just the place I need to be,” says David Rode, a member of a Lutheran church in the small town of Chapicuy, Uruguay, that recently dedicated its new building after many years of meeting in people’s homes. The church is the place to be because it’s where God’s gifts are distributed to His people. And Lutherans all around the world — from Peru to Papua New Guinea to Florida’s hurricane-ravaged coast — find comfort there that is foolishness to the world. In these pages, I hope you’ll find much to rejoice over as we come together to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.