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Devotions, sermons now available for Winter Olympics

Monday, January 25, 2010

VANCOUVER – Lutherans volunteering, participating in or supporting in prayer the mission activities at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics can now draw upon two new inspirational resources.

The Alberta-British Columbia District of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) has published daily devotions and Lenten sermons – all with strong athletic metaphors – online at www. www. .

The resources were created in response to a resolution passed at a 2009 LCC Alberta-British Columbia (ABC) District convention. The resolution encouraged members and church workers to “pray for, support, initiate and be involved with the Vancouver 2010 mission opportunities.”

“The recurring athletic metaphors point us to the atoning work of Christ at the cross and the crown of glory we have by faith through the power of His victorious resurrection,” said Rev. Donald R. Schiemann, president of the ABC District. “It is our prayer that God will use these sermons to strengthen His people for witness and outreach as we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ - which is more than gold!”

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics run from February 12 to February 28.

The daily devotions are titled Golden Finishes and were prepared by Rev. Charles Cooley, pastor
Grace Lutheran Church, Osoyoos, B.C.

Cooley said Golden Finishes was inspired by stories told by his paternal grandmother Lena-Jo Ornbaum, who worked at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics.

The Lenten sermons were written by Rev. David Dressler, Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd, Calgary, Alta., and Rev. Laverne Hautz, Foothills Lutheran Church of Calgary.

The sermons are titled, Yes, there is Christian Training, Conditioning and Preparation, and How Beautiful the Feet.

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