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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

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). As summer vacations end and schools resume, we are reminded about the importance of education and teaching our children. During the weeks of summer, many of our young have been able to learn through confirmation schools, youth camps, and summer employment—even serving as camp counselors. Now a new school year begins, and many begin or continue their education in primary, secondary, and higher education settings. Member congregations resume Sunday school to teach about Scripture and matters of living faith. The learning that takes place in the time of youth lasts a lifetime. Let us nurture and embrace opportunities for education and be thankful for them, especially to teach our young about God’s Word and living Christianity. 


August Update

A summer festival, the 2014 LLC Summer Services and meetings, concluded on July 6. God gave a time of refreshment to pause around His Word in the fellowship of His children. Saturday evening’s youth presentation, “Remember, now thy Creator in the days of thy youth” (Eccl. 12:1), by Sam Roiko, spoke of the joy of a child of God and noted that the time of youth is a special time of visitation. “Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth” (Eccl. 11:9). The Summer Services weekend was truly a time of joy for the children of God who gathered there!

June/July Update

“Come and see” (John 1:46) is the motto for the upcoming 2014 LLC Summer Services in Rogers, Minn. This was the invitation given by Phillip, who had found Jesus, to his friend Nathanael, who doubted whether Jesus of Nazareth was the promised Messiah. Whether you attend in person or listen via the Internet webcasts, “Come and see.” Welcome to the festive worship services of God’s children, July 3–6!

Voice of Zion - Featured Articles

“Congregations Active and Considerate of All”

Timo and Raili Tuomisto Share Thoughts on Mission Trip to North America

With Finland’s suviseurat fresh in our minds, we traveled on the first weekend of July to the different, but equally warm and moving American Summer Services. God’s flock had arrived from various places in America and Canada to keep the annual festivities in Rogers, Minnesota. It was good to sit and hear the same gospel message that was proclaimed also in Finland.


September Editorial: The Gospel Is Spread without Respect of Person

Is it our duty to decide to whom the gospel should be preached? What did the apostle mean when he wrote to Timothy, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season” (2 Tim. 4:2)? Too often, it seems, one hesitates to make the mysteries of God’s kingdom known to those on the outside of His kingdom. Perhaps it is partly that we are shy and timid to confess our own faith; another reason may be that our flesh suffers at being thought of as foolish for our “childlike faith.” Should one really worry how we are viewed by the world? God has established His kingdom here on earth. He gives opportunities for His children to do His work. We must do this work in God’s way and in His time, without respect of persons.


The Sabbath Word 1: Jesus, Our Healer

Matthew 12:33–37 This text is a part of a long rebuke that Jesus made against the Phar­­i­­sees. They had followed and openly criticized Him for allowing His disciples to pick corn on the Sabbath Day and for healing several people of their illnesses. They accused Him of doing His work through the power of Beelzebub, the prince of the devils.



Dates to Remember

Bible Course, HLC
Bible Course, HLC

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

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Publications Week, LLC-Wide

 October 19-26, 2014


Featured Publications

Crossing the Current
Crossing the Current
This book, coming soon, is a collection of editorials, topical articles, and presentations published in the Voice of Zion, beginning in the early 1990s. .
Stories of the Apostles 1 & 2
Stories of the Apostles 1 & 2
In this two-part book, translated from SRK, we follow Luke’s description of the departure of Jesus’ messengers toward the uttermost parts of the earth. .
The Lord Is Shepherd of His Flock: Men’s Singing CD
The Lord Is Shepherd of His Flock: Men’s Singing CD
This recording of 16 songs of Zion is a pleasant mixture of singing and instrumental accompaniment drawing on Shepherd-themed hymns from LLC’s hymnal..
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