Posted by: lolpres | March 9, 2016

ABC Connect – Keeping the District Connected

 

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ABC Connect
Keeping the District Connected
Please feel free to use any of this information in bulletins, newsletters, calendars, or announcements.
From the District President
The following thoughts are from a sermon I preached on Luke 15:1-10 with the title, “We Can’t Let This One Get Away!”

In While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks, Timothy Laniak writes, “There are about one billion sheep in the world, but each one matters to a shepherd somewhere.  I asked Bedouin about losing sheep and … from the mountains surrounding ancient Petra, Ahmed responded with characteristic confidence: ‘Since 1984 I have never lost a sheep or goat that I didn’t find again – dead or alive.’  But then, with hesitation and obvious feeling, he continued, ‘Except one. And that one I can never forget. She is on my mind every night before I sleep.’” (p. 77)

Do you think God is restless?  Maybe even a little agitated over “lost sheep” and “lost coins”?

Jesus is teaching us that we should always “count by ones.” Shepherd counts their flock, one by one, every night.

Jesus is making it clear that we are not to be “Little Bo Peep” pastors or members. You remember Little Bo Peep don’t you?  “Little Bo Peep had lost her sheep and didn’t know where to find them.” So what is Little Bo Peep’s solution, “Leave them alone, and they’ll come home, wagging their tails behind them.”

Anguish over the lost expresses itself in passionate intercession and determined action. Is this anguish all too often lacking in our self-absorbed lives?  Do we justify ourselves by saying, “They aren’t interested in what I have to say, anyway?”  Timothy Kaniah tells the story of two brothers who searched for their lost sheep through the night till they discovered the trail of their missing sheep.  When they came back to their village, their father was calling for them, “Have you found them?” The brothers called out, “Saved, both saved!”  Their answer was enough to fill the little house with great rejoicing.  Every member of the family asked the brothers to tell again and again the story of how their sheep were sought for, found and saved.” (p. 79)

St. Luke writes,  “Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. … 10In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (15:6-7, 10)

“Let’s do whatever it takes – no matter the cost. We can’t let this one get away!”

God’s grace and peace is yours in Christ!

Rev. Dr. Glenn E. Schaeffer
District President, ABC District
1 Timothy 6:12

Prayer Requests

  • Thanksgiving on behalf of Pastor Paul Roggow (Trinity, Duncan) and his wife Jackie as they rejoice in the birth of their son, Kai.
  • Please pray for Rev. Peter (Susan) Tu who is awaiting a liver transplant.
  • Please pray for Carole Hoveland, wife of seminarian Keith Hoveland, who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Please pray that many people would desire to worship the crucified and risen Saviour during Holy Week
  • Please pray for someone you know who does not yet believe in Jesus as their Saviour
News and Announcements
Concordia Lutheran Seminary is hosting a PASTOR’S SABBATICAL WEEK on June 6-10 (program 7, 8, 9 with 6 and 10 for travel), held at the wonderful conference centre of King’s University, 9125 – 50 Street, Edmonton, AB.

Housing will be in six bedroom apartment suites (Check out Accommodations

), with meals at the chef-prepared conference meal centre.  Daily topics and sectionals will be at King’s. Evening worship will be at CLS, where there will also be a variety of evening activities for clergy fellowship and rejuvenation.

Programming includes morning and one afternoon speakers and interaction time. Schedule details will follow. Featured speakers include Dr. Reed Lessing, Dr. Colleen Hammermaster, Dr. Robert Bugbee, and Revs Darren Dressler & Mike Keith.

Registration is limited.  For additional details and registration information click here

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Letter to Alberta Minister of Education

Click here

to read the letter written by Glenn Schaeffer to Minister David Eggen, MLA for Edmonton – Calder, regarding “Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, and Gender Expressions”. 

Doctor Assisted Suicide
The government of Alberta is seeking the public’s opinions on Physician Assisted Death. Let the government hear from the Lutheran community. Here is the online survey site: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/opinio6//s?s=29359

You can also print copies of the survey for other church members.  The deadline for submission of the survey is March 31.

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