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December 26, 2019

Announcements Calls/Changes Coming Events
 

The latest news and views from CanadianLutheran.ca

HEADLINES

God in a Box
LCC President Timothy Teuscher calls us to remember that we don't put God in a box: God did that Himself, in a manger, 2000 years ago. READ MORE

'Tis the Season
Rev. Thomas Kruesel, LCC Vice President, tells us that Christmas is a time for giving and a time for children. Or is it a time forgiving and a time for children? READ MORE

Help is on the Way
"For generations, people heard 'Help is on the way,'" East Regional Pastor Marvin Bublitz writes. That help came in the person of Jesus Christ. READ MORE

An Exodus... An Incarnation
West Regional Pastor Robert Mohns reflects on the "third watch of the night"—the time when God destroyed Pharaoh's army in the Red Sea; the time when angels appeared to shepherds announcing the newborn Jesus; and the time when Rev. Mohn's wife passed away. READ MORE

ILC New: Glory to God in the Highest
Rev. Dr. Timothy Quill, General Secretary of the International Lutheran Council, gives Christmas greetings. READ MORE

CHRISTMAS OFFICE HOURS


Please note that Lutheran Church-Canada's synodical office will be closed December 25 to January 1. The office will reopen January 2, 2020.

Please also note there will no be InfoDigest on January 2, 2019.

CALLS / CHANGES

  • Rev. Eric Moffett - Currently serving Foothills Lutheran (Calgary, Alberta)
    Considering a call to Zion Lutheran/Vanderhoof Lutheran (Prince George/Vanderhoof, B.C.)

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REMINDER: SEMINARY AWARDS


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

COMING EVENTS

  • NATIONAL - Ongoing
    Lutheran Foundation Canada, Christian Estate Planning - Call 877-711-4438 to book a free seminar at your congregation. Visit: lutheranfoundation.ca/seminars-and-webinars/
  • 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: https://www.canadianlutheran.ca/cls-calls-for-honourary-award-nominations/
  • EAST - January 6, 2020
    ESL Community Outreach
    - ESL Community Outreach in Kitchener will reconvene in January 2020 at new locations. The English Conversation Circle (which meets Mondays) will now meet at Holy Cross Lutheran (322 East Avenue), while the Monday evening "English Cafe" will now meet at Grace Lutheran (136 Margaret Avenue). For more information, visit www.eslco.ca.
  • 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: https://www.canadianlutheran.ca/clts-calls-for-award-nominations-3/
  • CENTRAL - February 20-21, 2020
    Higher Things Retreat - Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Regina will host a Higher Things Retreat entitled "Watching With Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding" from February 20-21, 2020. Rev. Ted Giese will lead participants through a study of film from a Christian perspective. With the God-given wisdom found in the Bible, the Small Catechism, and the Confessions, anyone can gain knowledge and understanding when learning how to approach what they are viewing on the screens that surround us every day. Download an information packet here. Cost is $45USD/$60CAD per person. Register online here, or contact Rev. Ted Giese at (306) 543-9744/mountolive@sasktel.net or Tana McKenna at (888) 482-6630/retreats@higherthings.org.
  • WEST - July 2-5, 2020
    IMPACT Youth Gathering
    - The IMPACT Youth Gathering registration package is now available for download. All LCC youth and leaders are invited for a weekend of community, growth, and equipping centered on Christ from July 2-5, 2020, at Pines Bible Camp in Grand Forks, B.C. www.impactyg.ca

LECTIONARY SUMMARY FROM THE LCMS

3-year and 1-year Series available HERE.

 

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

The Lord Jesus Undergoes a New Exodus in Order to Save His People from Their Sins

Herod’s efforts to destroy the little Lord Jesus anticipate the cross for which He was born. In response to Herod’s edict, Joseph must “take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt” (Matt. 2:13). But the Lord does not abandon the Holy Family there. He brings about salvation for all people, just as He “had spoken by the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son’” (Matt. 2:15). With might and strength, God accompanies His people, causing “his glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses” (Is. 63:12). Now through Jesus, even our afflictions are borne by Christ on the cross. “He redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them” (Is. 63:9). All of this is accomplished by God’s might so that we, too, are claimed as members of His family. For we “receive adoption as sons” in the only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, even as He became like us by His conception and birth of the woman. Thus redeemed by Christ, no longer slaves of sin and death but beloved children and heirs of God, we pray in Jesus’ name: “Abba! Father!” (Gal. 4:4–6).

 


Mirroring God’s Generosity
 

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”  - Luke 2:11

God gave to us everything we will ever need, without hesitation, reluctance, or reproach. He gave us the purest of gifts: his very own Son. He gave us true and eternal life when he gave us Jesus, the most precious of gifts.
 
In our daily lives, it is important for us to mirror God’s loving generosity within our own families, not only sharing the wonderful story of Jesus during the Christmas season, but also encouraging them to reflect God’s grace to others. When we imitate God’s generosity in our own lives, we glorify God and encourage others to do the same.
 
Here are a few simple things you and your family can do this Christmas to experience generosity together.
  • Share your generosity story with your family to celebrate all God has done for you.
  • Spend time with your church family letting them know how important they are.
  • Volunteer together as a family within your community.
  • Reach out to a mission that you are passionate about and say thanks for their work.
  • Encourage each family member to ask the most generous person they know to share a piece of advice.
  • Research a charity together as a family and consider sending a special donation.
  • Bring a sweet treat to your neighbour with a note of the real joy of Christmas.
Lutheran Foundation Canada wishes you a blessed Christmas and a new year filled with God’s love and grace.

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