December 27, 2017
Pastor Michael Borcherding (Trinity Lutheran Church, Oak Lawn, IL) died unexpectedly in his home and entered the Church Triumphant on December 22, 2017. In the Central/Southern Illinois Synod, Pastor Mike served St. Paul Lutheran Church, Peoria, from January 1997 to November 2009. His funeral will be Friday, December 29, 10:00 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 9701 Brandt Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL. Visitation will be on Thursday, December 28, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home in Oak Lawn, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the church before the funeral. Pastor Mike’s confirmation verse happens to be mine as well: “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).
O God of grace and glory, we remember before you our brother, Michael. We thank you for giving him to us to know and to love as a companion in our pilgrimage on earth. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see that death has been swallowed up in the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may live in confidence and hope until, by your call, we are gathered to our heavenly home in the company of all your saints; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
S. John Roth