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November 21, 2019

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Alberta considers bill to protect conscience rights of physicians
Lutheran Church–Canada echoes the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada in its support of Bill 207, a private member’s bill which would ensure health care providers in Alberta are not forced to participate in the provision of services like abortion or physician assisted suicide if they go against their deeply held beliefs. READ MORE

LFLC hold joint event with EDLYA, consider Christian response to end of life issues
Lutherans for Life-Canada held its Annual General Meeting on November 2, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church in St. Catharines, holding joint sessions with EDLYA (East District Lutheran Young Adults), who were holding their Fall Retreat at the church over the same weekend. READ MORE

LLL-Canada elects new board members
In early September, members of Lutheran Laymen’s League of Canada held elections for their Board of Directors. READ MORE

Doctor Sleep: Adequate adaptation raises questions of faith
Rev. Ted Giese considers the latest Stephen King adaptation. READ MORE

International Lutheran News
- Chairmen of International Lutheran Council (ILC) and Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) meet in Wittenberg


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. Dan Abraham - Currently serving St. Peter's (Simcoe, Ontario)
    Considering a call to Zion Lutheran Church and School (Prince George, B.C.) and Vanderhoof (Vanderhoof, B.C.)
  • 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:
  • 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.


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Jesus Christ Reigns, Enduring the Cross — Its Scorn and Shame

The Lord Jesus reigns in love among those who are baptized in His name. “They shall be mine,” He says, “and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him” (Mal. 3:17). Jesus’ service through crucifixion for sinful men anchors us in new life. In the proclamation of His Son, God makes His justice clear, defining “the distinction between the righteous and the wicked” (Mal. 3:18). He truly is “the King of the Jews” (Luke 23:38), who governs His Church with all authority in heaven and on earth. He has come into His Kingdom by His cross, and He graciously remembers us in paradise. Therefore, do not weep for Him, but with repentant faith “weep for yourselves and for your children” (Luke 23:28). Then the mountains and hills of Jerusalem, His holy Church, shall cover you with His righteousness and peace. For He “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Col. 1:15). “All things were created through him and for him” (Col. 1:16), and “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” bodily in Him, reconciling all things to Himself “by the blood of his cross” (Col. 1:19–20).

Partners in the Gospel

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  - Philippians 1:3-6

What amazing words to read! As Paul writes to the people of Philippi, he expresses his joy at their willingness to be a part of the great work of sharing the Gospel. To be certain, God doesn’t need anything we have. Yet He invites us to give so that we can indeed become “partners in the Gospel.” This is a gift of His grace: inviting us to do significant work in the Kingdom of God through our tithes and offerings.
By extension, if we have given during our lifetime, it makes sense to consider how we can be good stewards in our death as well. Consider what this means as you determine how your assets will be transferred from one generation to the next. Adding a gift in your will is a simple and straightforward way of ensuring there are resources available to continue sharing the Gospel. In death, just like in life, you have an opportunity to be “partners in the Gospel” 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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