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December 19, 2019

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The latest news and views from CanadianLutheran.ca

HEADLINES

Christmas Services 2019
Travelling over the Christmas holidays, and looking for a place to worship? Find a congregation near you. READ MORE

Christmas Presence
"Just as the Son of God is embraced by His Father — caught up to His breast in an embrace of love — so too we who have become children of God are caught up into the Father's heart." So writes Mathew Block in his latest column. READ MORE

Fifth anniversary of rebooted University of Calgary campus ministry
Five years after restarting campus ministry at the University of Calgary, Rev. Eric Moffett is in regular contact with more than 200 students. READ MORE

ILC News: Former president of the Lutheran Church of Venezuela murdered
Rev. Luis Coronado was found murdered December 16, several days after being reported missing. READ MORE

ILC New: LCSA reelects Bishop Maragelo
The Lutheran Church in Southern Africa held its General Synod December 2-5, 2019, during which time Bishop Modise Maragelo was reelected to another five year term in office. 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.

CALLS / CHANGES

  • Rev. Eric Moffett - Currently serving Foothills Lutheran (Calgary, Alberta)
    Considering a call to Zion Lutheran/Vanderhoof Lutheran (Prince George/Vanderhoof, B.C.)
  • Rev. Vincent Moore - Currently serving Christ Lutheran (Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta)
    Declined a call to St. John's Lutheran (Warman, Saskatchewan)

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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

PRAYERS


Rev. Murv Kentel was called home to glory on the morning of December 12, 2019. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Kelowna, B.C. Please remember the family and friends of Rev. Kentel in prayer.

London Outreach:  A mission campaign led by Faith Lutheran Church (London, Ontario) has officially begun.  A digital billboard located at Wonderland and Southdale roads in London went live on Monday November 25 and will run for four weeks. The billboard is based on Matthew 11:28 and has the website address www.you-are-invited.ca. The Website tells people they are invited to: belong, have peace and joy, have purpose, have hope, be free of past hurts, and have community. The website also features videos of personal stories, a resource section for books, songs, videos, and download files plus a contact us page. During church on November 24, members were invited to take business cards to distribute within the community. The cards have a picture of the billboard ad on one side and on the other side feature the Lutheran Hour Ministries logo and a QR code for the digital resources link. A visitor center is also being worked within the church. Please keep this outreach effort in prayer.

LECTIONARY SUMMARY FROM THE LCMS

3-year and 1-year Series available HERE.

 

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT

God’s Word Is Fulfilled for Us in the Flesh and Blood of Christ Jesus, the Son of Mary

The Fourth Sunday in Advent turns our attention toward the Nativity of Our Lord. With the blessed Virgin Mary, we await the coming of the Christ, her Son, conceived in her womb by the Word and Spirit of God. This fulfillment of the sign once given to the house of David, that “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son” (Is. 7:14), is now given to us in the Gospel. It declares that salvation is by His grace alone, entirely His work and a free gift. It also is the way and means by which the Lord our God is Immanuel, “God with us.” The almighty and eternal Son of God is conceived and born of Mary, and is thus “descended from David according to the flesh” (Rom. 1:3–4). He comes in this way to save us with His own flesh and blood; wherefore, He is called “Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). As Joseph received this sign in faith and immediately “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him” (Matt. 1:24), we also live by faith in this Holy Gospel.

 


The Greatest Gift
 

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus - Romans 15:5

dependence upon His grace and mercy. What do we have that we have not received as a gift from His hand? And, knowing that, how can we not be thankful?
 
Christmas is of course a time for giving and receiving. We wait with anticipation for the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We sing, we praise, we rejoice. We celebrate with family and friends, the joy of the season. We are thankful.
 
The greatest gift we have already received is the gift of salvation. We dearly cherish this gift and want our children and grandchildren to receive it as well. To that end, we bring them up in the Christian faith, gathering together around Christ’s Word and Sacraments. But what of future generations? Will they have the same opportunity to hear God’s word and come together to worship? You have an opportunity to ensure the work of the church continues. While you are enjoying family and friends this Christmas, Lutheran Foundation Canada encourages you to consider the impact a charitable gift in your will can make to your congregation or other ministries of Lutheran Church–Canada. A gift in your will provides wonderful resources so the message of salvation continues to be shared well into the future, and more will come to know the greatest gift of all.
 
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 www.lutherafoundation.ca.

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