We are deeply saddened to announce that ELS President John Moldstad’s soul was lovingly taken home to heaven by his Savior God. He died very suddenly at home on Friday (1/29). Please pray for his wife, Joslyn, and their family that they may find comfort and peace in the Word of Resurrection and Life, which John so faithfully and joyfully declared as a beloved father, grandfather, pastor and president of our Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
Lord Jesus Christ, great Shepherd of Your flock, it has pleased You to call John, a faithful under-shepherd to Your people, into Your gracious presence. We thank and praise You for all the blessings and mercy You bestowed on Your departed servant and upon us through his service to us. We praise You for having kept him faithful in the face of trials and difficulties, for having given success to Your Word which he rejoiced to proclaim, for having built Your temple in the hearts of many through his ministry, and for having given him a blessed death and reception into the kingdom of Your glory in heaven. Comfort and strengthen all who mourn his departure. Grant Your grace that in the midst of sorrow we all may retain a lively hope. Direct our thoughts heavenward that we may ever seek the one thing needful, the grace and knowledge of You our only Savior, while we await our joyful reunion in heaven, where You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit one God, now and forever. Amen. (Based on prayers in the Lutheran Service, CPH, pp. 645-46)
Our beloved brother, John, will rise again for Jesus’ sake.
In His saving name,
Rev. Glenn Obenberger