Many of you remember fondly one of our former members, Sara Turnquist. She served as Dean at Aurora Lutheran Bible Camp for several years, helped out with youth events at church, and was always to be found sitting near the front at church, leading the congregation in standing on those final Trinitarian verses of hymns! Since she moved back to Saskatchewan, we've prayed for her when she became ill with a rare condition, and remember her with sadness, but mourn her in the hope of the resurrection in Christ Jesus! Here is the sermon from her funeral.
This year's joint Lenten services will have the theme: The CHURCH
February 13, 7:30pm, Ash Wednesday @ Epiphany Lutheran Church, 499 Dewe Ave.
Theme: The Church is "liturgical"
February 20, 7:30pm, 1st Lenten Midweek Service @ Epiphany
Theme: The Church is "catholic"
February 27, 7:30pm, 2nd Lenten Midweek Service @ Trinity Lutheran Church, 560 May St. N
Theme: The Church is "evangelical"
March 6, 7:30pm, 3rd Lenten Midweek Service @ Redeemer Lutheran, Kakabeka Falls
Theme: The Church is "orthodox"
March 13, 7:30pm, 4th Lenten Midweek Service @ Epiphany
Theme: The Church is "confessional"
March 20, 7:30pm, 5th Lenten Midweek Service @ Trinity
Theme: The Church is "apostolic/creedal"
March 28, 7:30pm, Holy Thursday @ Epiphany
Theme: The Church is "sacramental"
March 29, 10:30am, Good Friday @ Epiphany
Theme: The Church is "cruciform"
March 31, 10:30am, Easter Sunday @ Epiphany, preceded by breakfast at 9am
Theme: The "one holy" Church
After the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, the people of that town were in need of comfort. One response to that need was to organize a prayer service attended by the U.S. President and the State governor, with prayers led by various local Christian leaders as well as leaders of several other religions. A pastor of our sister church, the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, participated in that service.
In times of great tragedy, as in all times, there is no greater act of love than to point the eyes of the world to Jesus Christ and the salvation that He alone gives. It is impossible to clearly point to Jesus as the Lamb of God when we stand alongside those who are pointing us in countless other directions, pointing to false gods and false theologies that lead us away from our Savior’s blood.
Muslims and Jews and Buddhists wept just as many tears for the children of Sandy Hook as Christians. But they don’t have Jesus, the answer to those tears. “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers,” St. Paul warns us in 2 Corinthians 6. To share a stage and a microphone and an audience without rebuking the darkness that unbelievers speak is to violate this command from God’s Word. And if we don’t believe it prudent to follow Elijah’s example and mock Baal (the world) and his prophets when they share the spotlight with us, it’s best to descend Mount Carmel and speak from a place where no word of lawlessness is mingled with our word of righteousness.
I bring this to your attention because of the participation of one of our pastors in that service. He has since apologised to his brothers and sisters in Christ for giving such an unclear witness to Jesus through the circumstances of that service. This is good and right for this pastor to do so for it shows the willingness that all Christians ought to have to repent when they are in error and to not give offense to their brothers and sisters in Christ.
However, this pastor's actions have been misreported in the media (here).
To see how this serious issue has actually been handled, read the Missouri Synod President, the Rev. Matthew Harrison's letter (here). I thank God that the Missouri Synod has such gracious and wise leader who has provided merciful care to all sides of this sensitive issue.
You may notice that Pastor Harrison gave pastoral advice based on God's Word (not a reprimand), after lengthy conversation, and that in Christian humility Pastor Robert Morris offered his apology recognizing his error and offense against God's Word. You might also notice that Pastor Morris was aware of the possible offense and took measures to try to prevent it, and was quick to apologise once the offense was realized. This was no "reprimand" as some media outlets reported, but an excellent example of how the Church should do all things in love.
Read Pastor Morris' letter of apology here.
Read a more accurate news report of what happened here.
Read some commentary on Elijah and the prophets of Baal here.
For an excellent explanation of why interfaith services prevent the Gospel being proclaimed read this blog post titled, "The Grief Ritual of American Civic Religion".
Here are a few helpful articles on this controversy.
Here is a short article from an actual Biblical scholar examining the actual claims of the original scholar, Karen King:
Here's a helpful article explaining what this is all about: http://higherthings.org/5038
A good question: What if Jesus had a wife? http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/civil-religion/travis-scholl/what-if-jesus-had-a-wife/article_4e992524-03fb-11e2-b57b-001a4bcf6878.html
For a somewhat humorous approach to the topic watch this short video from Lutheran Satire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiUZ2qy90_I&feature=youtu.be
Come join us for our family camping weekend!
When: Friday, August 17 til Sunday, August 19.
Who: young and old
Where: at Camp Aurora. You can stay in the cabins at the camp, or bring a trailer or RV.
Cost: I think the cost is $5/person to help cover food costs. There may be a family rate.
There is a sign up sheet at church, or let one of the elders know you intend to come.
A rough schedule includes:
Arrive Friday night
hanging out and fellowship around the camp fire
group breakfast in the Dining hall
morning work bee for whoever wants to participate
sauna & lake time throughout the day
evening Pig roast
informal outdoor service
Sunday - Breakfast on own
pastor will do the regular service at church
everyone else may stay and have a leisurely morning
Dinner & Devotion has continued to happen throughout the summer. It has been hosted by varying families at their homes (Pastor's, the Browns).
August's dinner will be held at the Hintikka's on the 8th, at 5:30. Let them know if you intend to attend. Consult your directory or talk to them for directions.
Some celebratory events:
January 22, Special Birthday Sunday celebrating the first birthday of the first child born to one of our pastors
February 3, Anniversary Banquet @ Current River Recreation Centre
February 19, Anniversary Service, 3:00pm
ACTUAL ANNIVERSARY: February 22, Ash Wednesday
April, Spring Sing Easter Carol Sing
Summer - Family camp weekend
Want to know the difference between Lutheranism and other confessions of the Christian faith? This week's Issues, Etc. podcasts are for you! Check out the above video.
Meets Wednesdays, 4pm, and Sundays after Divine Service.
On Wednesdays we are studying the history and events of the New Testament.
On Sundays we are looking at how a Christian give s reasonable defense of their faith (apologetics) in the face of various challenges the world gives the faith. Topics include: God's Existence, Faith vs. Reason, Doesn't Science Disprove the Bible, What About the Flood, Wasn't the Bible Rewritten Many Times, Did Jesus Even Exist, etc. We'll also be studying the meaning and practice of the liturgy.
Next year we'll cover the Catechism and the New Testament.
Wednesdays,10am, studying the book of Hebrews
-Hebrews is about many fascinating things, angels, how God speaks to us, the salvific purpose and prophetic purpose of the Tabernacle and sacrificial system of the Old Covenant
Thursdays, 7:30pm is studying the same thing, but will only meet every second Thursday. See the calendar for details.