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The Church’s Calling to Care for the Vulnerable

Thursday, October 30, 2014

by Mathew Block Scripture is clear that the Church has a particular calling to care for the vulnerable. The Apostle James reminds us that “religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27). Likewise, Jesus Himself tells us that service to Him is hidden under service to the lowly of this world—service like providing for the hungry and thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and ...

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New Nicaraguan Mission Plant in 2015

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NICARAGUA – On October 21 Rev. Leonardo Neitzel, Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Executive for Missions and Social Ministry) met in Managua to discuss the creation of a new mission plant. Present for the meetings were Rev. Edmund Auger (LCC’s new regional mission overseer) and Rev. Dr. Nilo Figur and Licenciado Ricardo Arguello, representatives of Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones (CPTN—the Nicaraguan Lutheran Hour). This was a second meeting between these leaders and was preceded by on-site survey visits to examine the possibility of a establishing a LCC mission site jointly with the ...

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Woman of Faith—Katie Luther: Reformer’s Wife

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

by Peggy Pedersen “I will cling to Christ as a burr clings to a coat!” With these words, Katie Luther gave up her breath to the Lord. On January 29, 1499, she had been born to an aristocratic family of diminished means and given the name Katharina von Bora. Little is known of her early life, even her place of birth — likely in Meissen or Lippendorf, Germany— except that she had several brothers and possibly a sister. As in other Catholic families, Katharina was baptized shortly after birth, joining her to ...

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A week of prayer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

by Glenn Schaeffer Martin Luther reminds us in his Introduction of the Lord’s Prayer in the Small Catechism that “God invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear Father.” We have many reasons to talk with our Father, but here are just a few: To thank and praise Him for His grace and mercy! To adore Him as the Creator of heaven and earth! To confess our failings and to rejoice ...

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Prayer: More than a Convention Theme

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

by Paul Zabel The theme of our most recent Lutheran Church–Canada synodical convention was “Come to Him Who Answers Prayer.” As this convention is now past and a part of our church’s history, the three districts of our synod will now be earnestly preparing for each of their own district conventions taking place during the spring and summer of next year. And as has been done in the past, the three districts will be building upon or expanding upon our synod’s convention theme as they proceed to carry out their plans ...

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2014 Convention Proceedings Now Available

Monday, October 27, 2014

ONLINE – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) has released the proceedings from its Tenth Convention, held June 6-9 in Vancouver, British Columbia. “The official Proceedings to the Synod of the Tenth Synodical Convention of Lutheran Church–Canada are provided as a the official record of the decisions, elections, and activities of the convention,” notes Rev. Paul Schallhorn, Secretary of LCC’s Board of Directors. “I encourage all members of the Synod who receive these Proceedings to make them available to the members of their respective congregations and others so that the information contained herein may ...

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Nicaraguan church work students examined in lead-up to ordination, consecrations

Monday, October 27, 2014

NICARAGUA – October 23 marked the second-last set of interviews in Nicaragua for ten vicars (candidates for pastoral ministry) and 17 deaconess-candidates, in the lead-up to their ordinations and consecrations for full-time ministry. Each student was examined individually by Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) and Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua (ILSN) leaders. The interview questions focused on areas of academic knowledge including understanding of the pastoral ministry and diaconal work, the Lutheran liturgy, preaching and teaching, stewardship, and mission work, among other subjects. Throughout December and early January, the final set of interviews will ...

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