LLC member congregations will soon be visiting about the 2014 LLC Draft Operating Plan. The introductory paragraphs cite the words of Jesus and remind us of our mission: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14). The Operating Plan also mentions our present-day environment in planning for growth, for example, in our congregations and at our camps, while also acknowledging a changing society that places a greater emphasis on lifestyle freedoms with widespread rejection of the Bible’s authority as the truth of God. We rejoice in this blessing that God’s children throughout the world are united in the mutual work of His kingdom.
After Jesus arose from the grave, He appeared to His disciples, who were in shock and mourning, saying “Peace be unto you” (Luke 24:36).
Easter is our day of great festivity, / when the Lamb was offered there on Calvary. / Through His blood redeeming from our sins we’re free, / robed in righteous garments, clothed in purity. / Praise to Thee, dear Jesus! / Sing my tongue and soul to Thee! / Sing Hosanna! Amen! (SHZ 107:1)
May the beautiful message of Easter, captured in this old beloved hymn, fill your hearts this season!
The February calendar brings us to our 2013 LLC Phoenix Winter Services and the beginning of the Lenten season. This year’s motto, “Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing” (Ps. 100:2), will be remembered as Winter Services guests gather during the weekend of February 21–24. Welcome!
Happy New Year! We begin our new calendar year while still continuing the festive season following Christmas. Now we remember the circumcision and naming of Jesus and the time of Epiphany. While the Christ child was still in Mary’s womb, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and said, “thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).
It is now December, and we again enjoy the music of Christmas. As you sing the festive carols, reflect on the meanings behind the songwriters’ many descriptive names for Jesus—“Newborn King,” “Tender Lamb,” “Holy Child,” “Prince of Peace,” “Everlasting Light,” “King of Angels,” “Heavenly Guest,” “Rose,” “Savior of the World”! Through song and Scripture, we are reminded of God’s love for us when He gave us His only begotten Son (John 3:16).
The beginning of a new school year brings new and
perhaps more regular schedules for many. As our young return to school, let us be thankful for the educational opportunities available to them. A parents’ prayer is warmly expressed in the following song of Zion, “Father
dear, to You we pray, as our children leave today, and return to school and study. You have given them this duty;
be with them and bless them!” (SHZ 447:1).
The festive 2012 LLC Summer Services event in Baxter, Minn., is now behind us, and we are in the summer season of confirmation schools and youth camps. The Friday evening congregational presentation titled, Home, Family, and Diaconal Work
, by Jim Frantti, was very well received. The presentation turned our attention to supporting homes, families, and one another while remembering the foundation of God’s Word and Christ’s dual commandment of love. This presentation and news from the Summer Services and meetings are covered in this issue.
Summer is upon us! Each new season brings excitement, looking forward to the events ahead. We observe Father’s Day, St. John’s Day, Canada Day, and Independence Day as we prepare for youth camps, confirmation schools, and our festive Summer Services and meetings. At the same time, graduation celebrations are held to remember those who have successfully completed their courses of study, wishing them God’s blessings as they embark on new careers and paths. Dear fathers, God’s Word teaches us that “children are an heritage of the Lord” and “happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them” (Ps. 127:3,5). Thank you for the love, guidance, and support you have shown to your families, accepting them as gifts from God. Happy Father’s Day!
May and Mother’s Day! Old Testament Scriptures relate of Hannah, the mother of Samuel. Having with joy received the blessing of a longed-for child, she said, “For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him
to the Lord” (1 Sam. 1:27,28). Thank you, and Happy Mother’s Day, dear mothers, you who have received the gift of children from God and desire to raise your loved ones in obedience of faith unto His glory.
April begins with Passion Week and Easter. Our Lord’s resurrection victory brings a child of God hope and joy, believing upon the Savior who opened the gates of heaven with His sacrificial work.
Spring is about to begin, and we observe Lent, looking forward to Easter. While feeling excitement as the season changes, here is a March look at several LLC activities.
We look forward this month to the 2012 LLC Phoenix Winter Services, February 22–26. Welcome, and if you are not able to attend in person, listen online through the LLC website!
Happy New Year! With memories of the past and hope and plans for the future, we begin a new year. Let us look at some of the LLC activities underway.