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Leader's Guide for Luther Movie Showings

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ONLINE – As congregations prepare for observances of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in October, some will likely be planning to watch a film adaption of Luther’s life. Many such congregations will turn to the 2003 film Luther starring Joseph Fiennes. Lutheran Church–Canada is pleased to provide a study guide that can be used to introduce the film and lead discussion following it. It can also be used for private reflection on the film. The study guide was developed by Rev. Ted Giese, the award-winning film reviewer for The Canadian ...

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History of the Reformation: The Translation of the Bible

Monday, September 18, 2017

by Mathew Block As far as Martin Luther was concerned, the Wartburg castle was more a prison than anything else. He had been spirited away to this place in May 1521 following his appearance at the Diet of Worms. This was a subterfuge of Frederick the Wise, who knew it was dangerous for Luther to go home now that he was under the imperial ban. But Luther’s safety came at a price. Isolated from his friends and coworkers, he suffered intense loneliness. What is more, he had to live with the knowledge ...

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LCC releases supplement to 2017 Convention Workbook

Friday, September 15, 2017

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) has released a supplement to the 2017 Convention Workbook. The supplement contains additional overtures for Committee 1, including overtures from the Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure and the Board of Directors proposing amendments to restructure the Synod. It also includes an overture from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations, proposing that LCC declare altar and pulpit fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland (ELMDF). The supplement also includes an appeal from the voting lay delegates of the Saskatoon Circuit; corrections to the original ...

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Our Family in Christ

Thursday, September 14, 2017

by Glenn E. Schaeffer Every congregation I have been a part of, whether as a lay member or pastor, has been my family. It was in the presence of my church family that my faith was born and confirmed. Over the years, it has been through my church family that the Spirit of the Lord has nurtured my faith in the triune God. My church family is where I, and my wife and children, have been loved and accepted. Our church family are the people we have often wept and laughed with ...

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Saints of the Reformation—LCC releases new book to celebrate anniversary year

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) is celebrating the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation with a new book entitled Saints of the Reformation, which reflects on the lives of several key figures in the Reformation. “The great Reformation of the church was not merely about events, ideas, and movements,” notes LCC President Robert Bugbee in a preface to the book. “It is also the story of people, individuals made of the same flesh and blood as we are. It is the story of their faith, their witness, their way of handling conflict, ...

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Official Notice to all Members of Lutheran Church–Canada from the CCMS

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Editor’s Note (September 13, 2017): A few small corrections have been made to this downloadable pdf since this story was first posted (switching the colours noting additions/deletions; replacing the word “Bylaws” with “Constitution” in one instance; and correcting the title of the Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure (not the “Commission on Structure and Governance,” as was inadvertently included in two overtures). Notice re Statutory Bylaws In keeping with Article XXI, 21.01 of the LCC Statutory Bylaws (2014 LCC Handbook, Page 7) the Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure (CCMS) hereby serves ...

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LCC releases Luther Liturgy for Reformation celebrations

Sunday, September 10, 2017

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada has released a new “Luther Liturgy” service which congregations are invited to use as part of local celebrations of the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The communion service celebrates the music of Martin Luther, and may be used at any time of the year during Reformation services. Congregations may wish to use it for October 29 or October 31 to coincide with Reformation Day observances. Alternately, the service can be used at another date of the congregation’s choosing. “Luther once said: ‘The riches of music are ...

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