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News from the ABC District Vol.IV – #38

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Vol. IV – Issue #38

Aug 18, 2014

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AnouncerPrepare For Worship
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost



Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us to know Your Son, Jesus, to be the way, the truth, and the life that we may boldly confess Him to be the Christ and steadfastly walk in the way that leads to life eternal; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

  • Isaiah 51:1-6
  • Romans 11:33-12:8
  • Matthew 16:13-20

The Lord Jesus Christ Is the Son of the Living God

Jesus asked His disciples: “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15). The question is also put to us: Who do you say that He is? Flesh and blood do not reveal this to us, but by the ministry of the Gospel the Father in heaven reveals His Son to us on earth, who has become flesh and suffered death for our salvation. Thus we believe and confess that He is “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16). As He died for our transgressions and was raised for our justification, He looses us from all our sins and preserves our life within His Church, against which even “the gates of hell shall not prevail” (Matt. 16:18-19). His salvation is forever, and His righteousness “will never be dismayed” (Is. 51:6). He comforts us with the Gospel in His Church, so that “joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song” (Is. 51:3). Therefore, “according to the measure of faith that God has assigned” (Rom. 12:3), we also offer ourselves “as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Rom. 12:1) through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Like these summaries? You can find them, and more, on LCMS’s website.



For Rev. Jon Estes who has been hospitalized in Drayton Valley, AB.


For Sandy Schick and family as the mourn the passing of David Schick.  David served as an active layman in his congregation and also in District and Synod.  David was called to his heavenly home two weeks ago after a struggle with cancer. 

For Christians around the world who are facing active persecution, particularly those in Iraq.  Please see the disturbing news on the Canadian Lutheran website


Rev. Basil Christi will be installed as pastor of the Duchess/Peace Lutheran Parish in Duchess and Taber on Sept. 7, 4:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Taber, AB.

For the most up to date information please visit

Upcoming News & Events:
(all events are for 2014 unless noted otherwise)

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  • September 2 – Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) – Opening Service of the 31st  Academic Year to be held at Concordia Lutheran Seminary   at 10:45 am. Read more…
  • September 10 –Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) – Founders’ Day Service, September 10 at 10:45 am in the Chapel. Read more…
Volunteer Inner City Ministry Opportunity

The Rock Lutheran Inner City Society invites applications for the volunteer position of Executive Director.

The part-time position (varying from 12 to 30 hours/week)involves co-ordination and management of our Breakfast Program at The Rock (St Peter’s Lutheran Church), liaising with our partners in ministry [currently Bethel Lutheran Church and the Oromo Evangelical Church], and overseeing the administration and promotion of the Society. There may be some travel and public speaking.

For more details on the position go to Please share this information with those you think suitable for the position, sending your resume or nominations to or fax to 780-426-1141 by August 31st, 2014.

Concordia Lutheran Seminary invites you to:CLS

The Opening Service of the 31st  Academic Year to be held at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in the chapel (7040 Ada Blvd, Edmonton, AB) on September 2nd, 2014 at 10:45 am.  Dr. Jim Gimbel, president will be our preacher and our new Chaplian, Rev. William Ney, will be our liturgist.  Thanks be to God that we welcome 7 new students and 3 returning students (with 3 on vicarage).  Please join us at our Opening Service as we begin another year of forming “servants for Jesus’ sake.”


Our Founders’ Day Service, September 10, 2014 at 10:45 am in our Chapel.   Rev. Don Schiemann, president of ABC District, will be our guest preacher.  Our service will be followed by lunch and cake.  If you are planning to attend the lunch, please contact Rhonda at 780-474-1468 ext 225 or . All are welcome.

Concordia Lutheran Seminary Honorary Awards The faculty and Board of Regents of Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS), Edmonton, invite individuals, congregations, and Boards of Lutheran Church-Canada to submit the names of persons to be considered for one of the seminary’s honorary degrees and awards.


The purpose of these honorary degrees and awards is to acknowledge outstanding service to the church, the seminary, and the community. Available degrees are: Doctor of Laws (LL.D), Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.), Doctor of Divinity (D.D.). Available awards are: Faith in Life, Friend of the Seminary, Doulos Dia Iesoun. A description of the awards and degrees and the forms required for each are available on the Desirable qualifications for each position are listed on each nomination form.


Completed forms must be received by January 1, 2015, for consideration. Degrees and awards will be presented at the seminary’s Sacred Convocation on May 29, 2015.


Contact:          Prof. Jonathan Kraemer, faculty secretary

Concordia Lutheran Seminary

7040 Ada Blvd.

Edmonton, AB T5B 4E3

fax 780.479.3067


Lutheran Hour Float – 2015 Tournament of Roses

God’s Word will be proclaimed in the public square on 1/1/2015! Please do keep this

project of the Southern California District of the Int’l LLL in your prayers. (The Lutheran Hour float is the longest-running (and currently the only) religious float in the Tournament of Roses parade, appearing since 1951.)

Interested in volunteering? See: now to be a Petal Pusher® for the 2015 Rose Parade floats!

Decorating starts Saturday December 6th 2014 continues through Wednesday December 31st.  (event takes place in Pasedena, CA)


The Lutheran Hour Float Project relies solely on the generous support of their many Christian friends. Interested in helping? See ‘Financial Support‘ for levels of gifting and corresponding thank you.


For more information see

Program Funding Requests Due October 15, 2014!


If your congregation is in need of financial assistance in 2015 in order to reach out to the lost people in your community with the gospel, you might want to apply for program funding from the Department of Outreach.   Application forms for 2015 program funding can be found at: 2015 Program Funding.  There are two forms to complete:  the Application and the Semi-Annual report.  NOTE: the Department of Outreach WILL NOT accept ANY funding requests AFTER October 15th so get your applications in as soon as possible.

“Come to Him Who Answers Prayer.”


Pray with Boldness and Confidence!  Martin Luther makes this point when he writes, “God invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear Father.” You are encouraged to approach your Father with boldness and confidence at all times, but especially during the ABC District Week of Prayer which is January 18-25, 2015. Numerous prayer resources, like Bible studies, sermon series ideas, prayer worship services, links to prayer resources,  “how to” manuals for prayer walks and prayer vigils are available online at:  PRAY!

Planting Trees in the name of Jesus!

Jesus’s followers at Concordia Lutheran Church in Edmonton are planning to plant 200 trees in a local park during Servolution, working in partnership with Parks Edmonton and a local girl guides group.  What acts of service is your congregation planning for Servolution?  We believe we can begin a “Servolution” of love by serving people through acts of kindness. You are invited to participate in this movement inspired by love of Jesus and empowered the power of the Spirit of God.  “Servolution” is coming to the congregations of the Alberta and British Columbia District from September 20-28. For more information and for resources like Bible studies, “how to” guides, servant event ideas, and event materials, visit:  ABC Servolution.

News from the Canadian Lutheran CL Logo

Have You Ever Considered a Church Work Vocation?


Is God calling you to serve as a Pastor, a Lutheran Teacher or a Director of Parish Services (DPS)?  Or do you know of someone who should consider a vocation as a full-time church-worker?  We want to challenge you and assist you as you work through these questions and, to that end, have launched a new website.  The address is:

Included in the website are testimonials from Pastors, Teachers, Directors of Parish Services, a Pastor’s wife, and seminary students.  Read how they were challenged by God to serve in a full-time called position as a church worker.  Listen to their challenges, the encouragement that was provided to them, the obstacles they met and their joys in serving.This week, we  feature  Rev. Paul Roggow, ABC District Missionary for the Metropolitan Vancouver area.

Go Logo Recent Blog Updates

08-07-2014 19:51:29 PM

The “Go!” administrator is taking a much needed vacation.  Posts will return on August 25th. In the mean time, continue to Go! and tell other people about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!…»


For event details see our online listings.


50th – St. James Lutheran Church,  Whitecourt, AB – September 7


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Resources of the Week
Reading the Bible with Understandingby Burgland, Lane

Sharpen teaching skills and grow in the Word by learning more about the Bible.

This book introduces

  • basic principles of biblical analysis
  • literary categories
  • how the Bible was developed

Read more…

God’s Blessings on your week!
In This Issue
Prepare for Worship
Concordia Lutheran Seminary invites you to:…
Concordia Lutheran Seminary Honorary Awards
Lutheran Hour Float – 2015 Tournament of Roses
Program Funding Requests
“Come to Him Who Answers Prayer.”
Planting Trees in the name of Jesus!
Canadian Lutheran
Have You Ever Considered…
“Go!” Updates
Resource of the Week

Lutheran Church Canada

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