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[April 19, 2019 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. David Haberstock
What’s your favourite day in the church year? Some of my favourites are the quiet joy of the faithful few celebrating Christ’s taking on our flesh on Christ-Mass Day and His flesh being pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities on Good Friday. Many love the candlelight and hymns of Christmas Eve or the lilies and alleluias of Easter Sunday. But for me a new favourite last year was the Easter Vigil.
I have to admit, I am a somber, melancholy sort of soul. I love …


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[April 18, 2019 | No Comment | ]

By: Marvin Bublitz
As I write this, we are in the midst of another Lenten season. Growing up, Lent was always my favourite time of the Church Year.  I found it to be the most genuine and spiritual.  Mid-week services in Lent did not suffer from the same distractions as did Advent.
Lent is a time to be brutally honest about ourselves. Lent can be like that first look in the mirror in the morning.  We see ourselves for what we really are, not what we might pretend to be.  And no …


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[April 16, 2019 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Robert Mohns
I have a confession to make. I have a weight problem. The weight problem I am thinking about started about this time last year. I was concerned about what I should take and the maximum amount of weight I could carry on an eight-hundred-kilometer walk. Ten percent of body weight is the recommendation. Now I am not a small person. I can carry a fair amount of weight. I discovered on my first test run, however, that I couldn’t carry that amount of weight. I pared the weight …


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[March 1, 2019 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Robert Mohns
Trees endure for generations. They present a powerful contrast with human mortality. “There is hope for a tree,” says the book of Job.
“If it is cut down it will sprout again;
Its tender shoots will not cease.
If its roots are old in the earth,
And its stump dies in the ground,
At the scent of water it will bud
And produce branches like a sapling.
But man dies and is laid low;
He breathes his last; where is he?”
[Job14:7-10]
“He breathes his last; where is he?” It’s the finality of death that is hardest when …


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[February 25, 2019 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. David Haberstock

Is all this worth it? A lot of energy, man-hours, passion, and sweat has been poured into this new Synod structure thing. And yet here we are a few months into not only the new structure but now the new “Regional Pastors”—and what has changed?
Really good question. I don’t know. It’s still very, very new as I write this. What has changed for me is I’ve converted my family room into an office (though boxes are still everywhere). I said good-bye to my congregation this last Sunday …


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[February 8, 2019 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Marvin Bublitz
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the Lord be with you.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
In late 2018 we began a new Church Year with the First Sunday in Advent. Since that time we have heard in the Sunday lessons the many changes for Zechariah and Elizabeth, for Mary and Joseph, and changes for the world through the Christ Child.
We are now in the Epiphany season, when we hear of the changes Jesus brought into the …


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