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November 7, 2019

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1519: The Gospel Breakthrough and the Leipzig Debate.
It was, perhaps, the year 1519 that was most important to the ultimate direction of the Reformation, writes Mathew Block—for it was only in 1519 that Martin Luther truly came to understand the good news of the Gospel. READ MORE

Central Regional Pastor David Haberstock reflects on how the Reformation focus on the Word of God answers the anxieties of our own time too. READ MORE

As Angels Do Above
What does Reformation Day have to do with the festival of St. Michael and All Angels? LCC President Timothy Teuscher explains. READ MORE

The Comfort of the Communion of Saints
West Regional Pastor Robert Mohns prays that God would open our eyes to the comfort of the communion of saints. READ MORE

Support CLWR with Gifts from the Heart
Canadian Lutheran World Relief has launched its annual Gifts from the Heart fundraiser, and Lutheran Church–Canada members are invited to give. READ MORE

In review: Joker
Rev. Ted Giese takes on the recent "dark and depressing" Joker film. READ MORE


A reminder that award nominations for Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton) and Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (St. Catharines, Ontario) are due January 1 and January 10, 2020 respectively. For more information, see the following two links:

- CLS Award Nominations
- CLTS Award Nominations


  • Rev. Jamie Bosma - Currently serving Bethel (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
    Declined a call to Our Saviour (Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan)
  • Rev. Cody Cooper - Currently serving LaRonge Fellowship (LaRonge, Saskatchewan)
    Considering a call to Christ Lutheran Church of Mellowdale (Barrhead, Alberta)


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  • NATIONAL - Ongoing
    Lutheran Foundation Canada, Christian Estate Planning - Call 877-711-4438 to book a free seminar at your congregation. Visit:
  • EAST - November 9, 2019
    Garage and Thrift Sale
    - LCC Short Term Mission Team Zion will be hosting a Garage and Thrift Sale at Redeemer Lutheran in Waterloo on November 9 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. All funds raised are supporting the January 2020 Mission Trip. Furniture, clothing, books, and much, much more. If you are interested in donating items to sell, please contact Lisa Jackson at the LLL office (519-578-7420) or Darryll Holland at LCC's East Region office (519-578-6500).
  • WEST - November 9, 2019
    Yaroslav Boychenko Piano Concert
     - On Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Yaroslav (Slava) Boychenko will present a special concert of Bach selections and Russian music at Redeemer Lutheran Church (9654 74 Avenue) in Edmonton. A conservatory-trained pianist and now a Lutheran pastor in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, Slava grew up in an atheist Soviet family where they never spoke of God. He first came into contact with the idea of the Divine when he attended a movie and heard a J.S. Bach piece being played as part of the soundtrack. He was immediately entranced by Bach, and over the years his love and interest in the composer grew—leading to his investigation of Lutheranism as an integral part of Bach’s soul. The story of Slava’s conversion and ultimate call to the Lutheran ministry is exciting and inspiring. He will be accompanied by Rev. Leif Camp, an American missionary in the Volga River area of Russia. Admission is free, with a freewill offering going to the pastor and his Russian ministry. Find Redeemer on Facebook and online at for more info.
  • EAST - November 15-17, 2019
    It's Jello Time!
    - Save the date of November 15-17,2019 for the Jello-on-a-Stick Youth Retreat at Trinity Lutheran Church (30 Erie Avenue North, Fisherville, Ontario). This retreat is for youth enrolled in confirmation classes, as well as for those already confirmed (up to Grade 12). Cost: $35. Youth leaders attend at no cost. Brochure and registration form will be available soon. Questions can be directed to Rita Rickus at
  • EAST - November 17, 2019
    75th Anniversary - Grace Lutheran Church in Kitchener, Ontario will be celebrating a milestone on Sunday, November 17th with a special 75th anniversary service at 3:00 p.m., followed by a pork and sauerkraut dinner at 5:00 p.m. If you are attending and plan to stay for dinner, please contact the church office at This will help the team in preparing food for this special occasion. Dinner will be a freewill offering.
  • WEST - December 1, 2019
    Dedication Service 
    - Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Red Deer, Alberta (18 Selkirk Blvd.) is having a Dedication Service in gratitude of the renovation that has just been completed. The church would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to celebrate this momentous occasion with them. Join them for service Sunday, December 1 at 3:00 p.m.
  • WEST - January 1, 2020
    CLS Honourary Award Nominations 
    - Nominations for Concordia Lutheran Seminary's honourary awards are due by January 1, 2020. For more information, visit:
  • EAST - January 10, 2020
    CLTS Honourary Award Nominations 
    - Nominations for Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary's honourary awards are due by January 10, 2020. For more information, visit:
  • WEST - July 2-5, 2020
    IMPACT Youth Gathering
    - It's just one year away! All LCC youth and leaders are invited to the IMPACT Youth Gathering on July 2-5, 2020 at Pines Bible Camp in Grad Forks, B.C. Watch for registration info coming later this year, and join us for a weekend of community, growth, and equipping centered on Christ. Visit for more information.


Richard Lutz of Spruce Grove, Alberta, is currently in hospital awaiting placement in long term care. The Lutz family requests prayer for Richard during this time.


3-year and 1-year Series available HERE.



The Triune God Curbs Evil and Overcomes Death with Resurrection

Christians live as “sons of God, being sons of the resurrection” (Luke 20:36), for the Lord our God “is not God of the dead, but of the living” (Luke 20:38). “Those who deny that there is a resurrection” (Luke 20:27) neither know the Scriptures nor the power of God, but the baptized faithful know “that the dead are raised” (Luke 20:37). For the Lord, who was, and is and is to come, knows Israel’s sufferings and has “come down to deliver them” (Ex. 3:8). Moses reveals the name of Yahweh to God’s chosen people, by which He is “remembered throughout all generations” (Ex. 3:15). In contrast to that sacred remembrance of His name, St. Paul warns against the antichrist, who “takes his seat in the temple of God” (2 Thess. 2:4). That lawless man preaches and practices the activity of Satan. Christians, however, are comforted by the coming of the Lord Jesus, who slays the antichrist and refutes his false doctrine “with the breath of his mouth” (2 Thess. 2:8). By His preaching, “stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught” (2 Thess. 2:15). Hear, receive and believe God’s promise of love, comfort and good hope.

Eternal Gospel and Incredible Grace

“Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth.”  Revelation 14:6

During the Reformation, this text was used to refer to Luther’s ministry and the Lutheran message: we have an eternal Gospel to proclaim. Christ has freed us from our sins without any works on our part. We are saved by grace alone. And, ironically enough, Luther said this should make him the “apostle of works” because once we are freed by grace, we are truly free to serve God in works that flow from thankfulness and praise.
Consider what this means within our own life. We are not bound by the needs and necessities of the secular world, even though we are in it. We have a higher purpose. Our calling to “love your neighbour” through God’s incredible grace, enables great works to flow out of us. Some of these great works include supporting the work of our church through gifts and offerings, which proclaims this eternal Gospel. In death, just like in life, you have an opportunity to be a blessing to your church through a gift in your will or by other means. To learn more about how you can establish a charitable end-of-life gift, please contact your regional Gift Coordinator or visit Lutheran Foundation Canada’s website at


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