Friday, April 21, 2006
More than 400 worshippers in Red Deer, Alberta joined the opening worship of the Alberta-British Columbia District’s 47th convention, its seventh since the formation of Lutheran Church–Canada. Pastor James Schuelke, (Mount Calvary, Red Deer) led the service. In keeping with the theme, Proclaiming His Faithfulness... to every nation, tribe, people and language (Rev, 7:9), the Scripture readings were read in Chinese, Korean and Spanish. The entire service was signed in American Sign Language for delegates from the district’s Deaf congregations.
In his sermon, LCC president, Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan spoke of faithfulness of God using Psalm 89:1 as his text. He encouraged those at the service to use every opportunity to pass on to co-workers, family and friends the Good News of the Gospel they received. Referring to the theme verse from Revelation where John describes the countless souls redeemed by the blood of Christ standing before the throne of God, he asked the assembled and all of Lutheran Church–Canada to “make John’s vision our vision.”
Sine Nomine, a choir of Concordia University College graduates from Edmonton, led the musical parts of the worship introducing new musical settings of the liturgy and a new hymn “Into the Nations” composed for the convention by Matthew Honey.
At the conclusion of the service, District President Don Schiemann declared the convention open. Business sessions begin Saturday morning and continue until Monday, April 24 at noon.