Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are Ambassadors for Christ: In Mission for Others, says National Bishop Susan Johnson. In a letter to the church, Bishop Johnson thanks members of the church for their commitment and participation in the ELCIC Praise Appeal as it enables the church to be a witness in the world, responding in mission and ministry.
"We are Ambassadors for Christ as we are involved in mission with our Companion Synods and partner churches," Bishop Johnson highlights in the letter. "We are Ambassadors for Christ as we work towards a right relationship with Indigenous peoples. We are Ambassadors for Christ as we respond as a part of the Lutheran World Federation to train leaders, strengthen churches and respond to human need around the world."
"This is made possible through the commitment and support of ELCIC members to the ELCIC Praise Appeal," says Bishop Johnson.
ELCIC congregations are being asked to support this year's Praise Appeal by designating a Sunday to highlight the appeal at a time that works best for local circumstances.
The theme for the 2012 Praise Appeal, Ambassadors for Christ: In Mission for Others, is based on the reading in 2 Corinthians 5, "we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us."
Resources for congregational use are available online.
A copy of the letter from the National Bishop can be viewed here.
Winnipeg, 9 February 2012
From the National Office of the ELCIC
302-393 Portage Ave. Winnipeg MB R3B 3H6
Phone 1.204.984.9150 Fax 1.204.984.9185