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[December 19, 2014 | No Comment | ]
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CANADA – The Christmas holidays can be a complicated time for those traveling. Lutheran Church–Canada is hoping to make it a little less complicated by posting the seasonal worship time for its churches across the country.
Visit LCC’s website here, and click on the province where you’ll be spending Christmas. Then, scroll down to find a church near you. Click on the “Seasonal Services” button to find out details regarding holiday worship services. If your church doesn’t have its seasonal services listed on the website, try its phone number for more …

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[December 19, 2014 | One Comment | ]
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by Robert Bugbee
“Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (St. John 1:17).
Christmas is about Jesus Christ. That is as it should be. The faith of Christians is to be centered on Jesus Christ. The whole mission of God’s Church in the world comes from Jesus Christ. The message the Lord’s people speak to each other and to their neighbours means very little if it does not point in clear words to Jesus Christ.
Someone has said that you can find three accounts of Christmas in the Gospel books of our New …

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[December 19, 2014 | No Comment | ]
Janice Wiltshire and Cheryll Matthes.

WINNIPEG – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) is saying farewell this December to two longtime employees in the synodical office: Cheryll Matthes and Janice Otto.
Cheryll Matthes, Member Services Coordinator for LCC Worker Benefit Plans, announced her intention to retire earlier this year. Matthes first began working for LCC in 1991, serving in administration roles with the mission department. She moved into the Worker Benefit Plans in 1996. With 24 years under her belt, she is the longest-serving staff member in LCC history, having served under all three of LCC’s Presidents.
Janice Otto, Pension …

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[December 18, 2014 | No Comment | ]
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by Thomas Prachar
You may be familiar with the short story “The Gift of the Magi,” written by American author William Sydney Porter in 1905. Or maybe you know him by his pen name, O. Henry. The story is a Christmas favourite that tells the poignant tale of a young married couple, Jim and Della Young, who want to buy each other the perfect Christmas gift. The problem: they don’t have a lot of money.
Jim used to make $30 a week, but now he brings home only $20. Della has scrimped …

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[December 18, 2014 | One Comment | ]
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BRAZIL – Musicians in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil (IELB) have seen their contemporary adaptation of “Angels We Have Heard on High” go viral online.
The video was produced by Projeto Lìder de Louvor (“The Worship Leader Project”)—a musical initiative supported by the Lutheran University of Brazil’s pastoral service department—and features IELB pastors and musicians singing the well-loved carol, accompanied by a variety of instruments, including guitar, piano, violin, drums, and cajón.
“There is no greater reason to praise than Christmas,” the group notes in the Facebook post announcing the new …

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[December 17, 2014 | No Comment | ]
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by Karl Persson
“They said there’ll be snow at Christmas. They said there’ll be peace on Earth. But instead it just kept on raining. A veil of tears for the virgin birth.”
So sings Greg Lake, disaffected by Christmas—and he is not alone. Perhaps it is because it is a season so touched by light that we are also more aware of the depth of the darkness around us—“the people who walked in darkness have indeed seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:2), but that makes the darkness that remains around us that …