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Welcome to the website of the Laestadian Lutheran Church (LLC), the central organization of Laestadian Lutheran churches in North America. The website provides information about our faith, mission, organization, and activities. Here you will find an overview of our publications and links to member congregations. Selecting "Worship Services and Events" will lead you to hearing the spoken Word of God at various worship service occasions, both live and archived. Welcome to our website and welcome to our services!
In seeing the street scene and advertising, it seems that Christmas comes earlier every year. Marketing and shopping for Christmas items begins long before Advent. At the center are Christmas parties, gifts, foods, and home decorating. That Christmas is a Christian celebration hardly comes to the fore.
Christmas is a magical time. Regardless of age it transports us back to our childhood. Some of my fondest childhood memories are from the Christmas season: family gatherings; the smell of a newly-cut Christmas tree; special goodies; decorations; colorful gifts that needed shaking—some even with my own name; nervous excitement practicing for the Sunday school program, and all that comes with it. Finally, Christmas morning was full of anticipation wondering what additional gifts Santa had left behind. It was painful waiting for the last one to wake up because all of the family needed to be awake before opening gifts. Such wonderful memories I have!
The Long Wait: The fourth Sunday in Advent brings us close to the arrival of Christmas. These four weeks celebrating the beginning of the church calendar year, prepare us for the coming Christmas, the celebration of the birth of our Savior into the world to save all mankind. Especially for children, the time of waiting can seem long. Their perspective of time is limited because of the short time of their lives and their limited experience. It seems to them that time goes by so slowly. As an adult, one can appreciate how the days may be long, but the years just fly by.
February 23–26 | Phoenix, AZ
Motto: “I will not leave you comfortless.”(John 14:18)