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July/August 2019 Message from the Assistant to the Bishop

July/August 2019 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders By: The Rev. Prema Samuel, Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Life. Grace and Peace to you from God, our Parent, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, and the Holy Spirit our Guide and Counselor. A few years ago, I was called and ordained to […]

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June 2019 Message

June 2019 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – We have gathered at the rural church.  Many have journeyed for several hours to be present and to participate in the service of ordination and installation.  Once the worship begins and the procession has landed me near the altar, I […]

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May 2019 Message

May 2019 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – One of the joys and life-giving gifts for me as a Synod Bishop is our Synod’s relationship with The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO). I have been privileged to journey to Colombia several times facilitating delegation visits for youth, […]

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April 2019 Message

April 2019 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – Following the meeting of our National Church Council, March 8-10, 2019, the Western Synod’s Examining Committee will also meet in Winnipeg. This meeting is one of the highlights of my year as your synod bishop. The committee, comprised of one […]

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March 2019 Message

March 2019 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – On the western slope of the Mount of Olives, just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem, sits a small chapel, Dominus Flevit, from the Latin: Dominus – “the Lord”; Flevit – “wept.” The name of the chapel comes from Luke’s […]

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February 2019 Message

February 2019 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – Over the past several months I have participated in three continuing education opportunities which were each very good learning experiences. “Shared Stories: Promising Practices in Canadian Churches” through Ambrose University, Calgary and its flourishing Congregations Institute. A leadership development event […]

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January 2019 Message

January 2019 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – “In the time of King Herod…,” that’s how the story begins. “In the time of King Herod….” He built monumental structures including the Second Jewish Temple, the mountaintop palace at Masada and the palatial Herodium complex whose desert palace included […]

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December 2018 Message

December 2018 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – We are taught by the morning newspaper headlines and by the evening news broadcasts to know names like: Donald Trump, Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron, Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin, Emperor Augustus, Quirinius – governor of Syria.  Important people.  Politicians, some of […]

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November 2018 Message

November 2018 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – We have just concluded the season of Area Gatherings: Northern (Sept. 28-29 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Stony Plain in collaboration with St. John Lutheran of Golden Spike, Spruce Grove and St. Matthew, Spruce Grove), Southwestern (Oct. 13 […]

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October 2018 Message

October 2018 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – Cathy and I were privileged to travel with our Synod youth and home team leaders on the ABT Synod bus trip to and from the CLAY (Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth gathering) 2018 in Thunder Bay. Soon you will read some […]

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