The community of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Montreal shares with the synod A CHRISTIAN LITURGY OF COMMEMORATION AND PRAYER for victims at le Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, as St. John’s gathers, take a moment to pray for the families of the victims and for all who suffer. You will find the commemoration service outline here:
Grant, O God, that your holy, life-giving Spirit would move every human heart so that barriers which divide us might be dismantled, so that mistrust and suspicion disappear, so that hate comes to an end. May we live without divisions and celebrate you as our one creator, God who is great and who guides us in ways of peace. Amen.
Hilary Donaldson, musician and worship leader from Toronto, who has taught congregational song leadership at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, shares 5 congregational songs for Black History month on her blog “Transforming Every Guest.” Check it out!!
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity materials are ready. You will find them here:continue reading
Pastor Steve Johnson reports that Redeemer & Trinity in London are “hooking up with some of our close Catholic neighbours to do the starting and ending Sundays (St. Michael’s RC on 15th Jan and Trinity ELCIC 22nd Jan).” Pastor Steve says, “It is very good stuff.”
Partner with other congregations and bring Marty Haugen to town!! Click on the link for more information:continue reading
October 31, 2016
Lutheran, Anglican Leaders Reflect On Reformation Anniversary; Prepare Series Of Advent Devotions
On the anniversary of the Reformation, leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issue a joint letter along with a series of Advent devotions lifting upThe Lutheran World Federation‘s 500th anniversary theme and sub-themes.
In their letter, the leaders note the anniversary theme provides a, fitting framework; We are ‘liberated by God’s grace’ and affirm that ‘salvation, human beings, and creation are not for sale.
The text of the letter follows.
Read the full letter here: http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/Adventdevotionsletter.pdf
The Advent devotions are available for download here:http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/2016Adventdevotions.pdf
October 31, 2016
All this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has giving us the ministry of reconciliation. – II Corinthians 5: 18
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ:
Today in Lund, Sweden, the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church will inaugurate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. After five hundred years of division, and 50 years of dialogue, Lutherans and Catholics will publicly remember their history, and look to the future—together. For the first time, a centennial anniversary of the Reformation will take place in a spirit of reconciliation, for the whole world to see. In our broken world, this ministry of reconciliation is a faithful response to the love of God in Jesus Christ.
As churches shaped by the 16th century reformations—the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Episcopal Church, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America—we also participate in this ministry of reconciliation. Over fifteen years ago, our churches’ respective full communion agreements inaugurated new relationships in which we fully recognized each other “as churches in which the gospel is truly preached and the holy sacraments duly administered” (Called to Common Mission), an achievement that “marks but one step toward the eventual visible unity of the whole Church catholic” (Waterloo Declaration). We are committed to working together toward reconciliation—of the church, and of the deepest social ills that plague our world. It is our hope, together with you, to be signs of anticipation—of the “already, but not yet” of God’s realm of reconciliation, justice, and peace.
In this spirit we have prepared a series of devotions for the season of Advent, which may be used as bulletin inserts. The Lutheran World Federation’s 500th anniversary theme and sub-themes provided a fitting framework: We are “liberated by God’s grace” and affirm that “salvation, human beings, and creation are not for sale.” The devotions can be downloaded from each of our churches’ websites, and shared broadly. May our prayers united be a modest but hopeful sign of what our churches can do together as we bear witness to the One who first reconciled himself to us.
The Rev. Susan C. Johnson
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Anglican Church of Canada
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Episcopal Church (United States)
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America© Copyright 2007 Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canadacontinue reading
September 18 to 24, 2016 is World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.
Remember Eastern Synod and ELCIC relations with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. For more information on their communities, see http://www.elcjhl.org/ . Pray for Bishop Munib Younan in his leadership and Rodny Said, ELCJHL student at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
For more information on the World Council of Churches Week for Peace in Palestine-Israel, seecontinue reading
Have you ever wondered how church architecture impacts your worship and identity?
Here’s a talk that might help you reflect on that!
“The Psychological Impact of Built Spaces: How the design of buildings influences what you think, how you feel, and who you are” is a A FREE TALK by Colin Ellard of the Urban Realities Lab University of Waterloo held at St Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (49 Queen St. N, Kitchener) Sept 17, 2 pm. All are welcome. See below for poster.
The rescheduled Liturgy Canada Conference on Gathering is coming up on the last Saturday of September.
REAL PRESENCE: THE GATHERED COMMUNITY
SEPTEMBER 24, 2016; 9:30 – 3:30
CHRIST’S CHURCH CATHEDRAL, HAMILTON
Details of the conference can be found at http://liturgy.ca/real-presence-the-gathered-community/ and registration is at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/real-presence-the-gathered-community-tickets-22663043774continue reading