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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!

News & Notes

September Update

September brings with it the first day of fall. Each season brings changes, and this is also true with the work of the LLC. One of the changes is Randy Herrala’s official retirement as executive director on August 31. We wish Randy and his wife Noella God’s blessings in this new phase of life for them. In replacing Randy in this position, I ask for your prayers of support in my new duties.

August Update

We now reflect upon the 2015 LLC Summer Services and meetings held July 2–5 in Outlook, Saskatchewan. Countless hours of planning, from scheduling microphone activation or announcements, to cleaning the bleachers, building a boardwalk, and measuring for chair layout, all joined together to benefit service guests when they arrived at the Jim Kook Recreation Complex. The throng of travelers from many locations lifted their voices to sing songs of Zion from the words projected on screens and then quieted to hear the sermons. This year’s motto, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27), reveals how God’s children hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, and follow Him in life, suffering, and doctrine. We thank the Heavenly Father for this time of re­­freshment, and we also thank the Laestadian Lutheran congregations in Outlook, Dunblane, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and the supporting congregations of Lethbridge, Alberta and Williston, North Dakota for hosting this year’s event.

June/July Update

The birth and life of John the Baptist will be the theme for special worship services in several LLC congregations in June. St. John’s Day occurs near the summer solstice, when the days are the longest, six months before the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:36). John the Baptist is remembered as the last prophet, the forerunner of Christ. Scriptures say he “came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light” (John 1:7). Seeing Jesus coming toward him, John said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). 


Voice of Zion - Featured Articles

Editorial: The Dangers of Marijuana

Rapid societal change driven by the technological advancement in our time continues to exert profound influence on human values at an accelerated pace and on a global scale. Although many benefits to human life are included in these advancements, the rapid changes are also shadowed by troubling trends of increasing permissiveness. For example, the world, as exemplified even by its educational institutions and governments, openly encourages the attitude that virtually anything and everything should be deemed acceptable. Unfortunately, believers can also be de­­ceived by misinformation, propaganda, and lies from the devil and the world, as Apostle Paul warned and exhorted: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, de­­ceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them” (2 Tim. 3:13,14).

The Sabbath Word 3: God’s Grace Order

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? In biblical times and for centuries in many cultures, it was common for sons to learn the same work as their father and continue in that occupation for their lifetime. Jesus likewise continued in the work of the Heavenly Father in His public ministry. This text reminds us of His main purpose—to heal sin-sick people and to save those who were dead in their sins.


Home & Family: Confession—Healing Salve for the Soul’s Wounds

Martin Luther writes about three types of confession. Confession, in which acknowledgment of sins is directed to God, is confession of faith or confession of the heart. Private confession happens in the presence of a trusted confessor father or mother. In the confession of love a transgression is ac­­knowledged to the person against whom one has transgressed.


Dates to Remember

LLC Peace Gardens Youth Days
LLC Peace Gardens Youth Days

 Join single believers from many North American congregations for a weekend of Christian fellowship and open discussions around God's unchanging Word.

LLC Veterans Camp, SLC
LLC Veterans Camp, SLC

Within the security of God's kingdom and the living gospel, the goals of this camp will be to support those who have served and provide opportunities for veterans and active-duty members to support one another. 

Bible Course, SLC
Bible Course, SLC

 Increase your general Bible knowledge, learn about the background and history of the Bible, and become more familiar with its use.

Featured Publications

LLC eBooks
LLC eBooks
Visit our online store for eBook offerings. Available in Kindle and ePub formats.
At the crossroads of choosing
At the crossroads of choosing
“You are young. You live the life that you have been given. Live passionately! Live beautifully! Live in such a way that you value yourself, your friends, parents, siblings, and those close to you,” says this book’s preface. Through 34 powerful topical essays it encourages young believers to hold on to faith, their greatest gift.
The Sheepfold Tender
The Sheepfold Tender
This book is the second installment of a planned four-part series of books consisting of articles, presentations and other writings by believers in recent decades.
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