Dear Beloved of God – As we enter the season of Advent I have been thinking of Joseph and Mary journeying to Bethlehem. The gospel writer tells us that as the hour of birth drew near they tried to secure lodging and they found no room in the inn (Luke 2:7). Founded in this verse […]
November 2017 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – The season of Area Gatherings (formerly Conference Conventions) is upon us. As I write the Northern Area Gathering and the East/West Central Area Gathering have taken place and I am anticipating the South/SW Area Gathering on Saturday (October 21). […]
October 2017 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – Soon we will be gathering across our Synod, the ELCIC, and indeed, around the world to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Already much has taken place, for example: the Common Prayer service in Lund, Sweden in October […]
September 2017 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ – With you I have been greatly disturbed by the recent events in Charlottesville. Plainly and without question, both the hatred and prejudice expressed in Charlottesville and the attack on counter-protesters are murderous acts. There is no way in […]
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ – The month of June holds two of my favorite synodical gatherings. They aren’t the Ponder Anew planned giving events happening throughout the Synod – although I am looking forward to these gatherings. The Bishop’s Self-Care and Renewal Team will be meeting and, though very important for me personally, […]
May 2017 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ – I invite your prayers for the 12th Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation taking place May 10-16, 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The ELCIC will be represented by four delegates: National Bishop Susan Johnson, Rev. Katherine Altenburg, Dan […]
April 2017 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ – Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is […]
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ – Reflections on a Sabbatical Leave – Celebrating the Gift “Sabbath is an invitation to image our life differently.” Finally Comes the Poet: Daring Speech for Imagination, Walter Brueggemann Prologue The Sabbath pattern – six days of work, followed by one of rest – is woven deep into the […]
Bishop Larry’s letter for Annual General Meetings is now available from the Synod website. Please go to: albertasynod.ca/about-us/bishops-message/bishops-l… to access it.
November 2016 – February 2017 Bishop Larry will be resuming his usual monthly message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders when he returns from his Sabbatical. You can expect to see a message for March 2017. Bishop Larry and Cathy appreciate your prayers as they are away for a time of rest and renewal.