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Ninth Biennial Convention
Augustana University College,
Camrose, AB
June 12 - 15, 2003

Sing to the Lord a New Song

Hymn Festival

The Rev.Michael Mills, OSA (Ontario Society of Artists), laureate was made a Companion of the Worship Arts at the Hymn Festival Service hosted by Messiah Lutheran Church on June 13, 2003.

David Cherwien , guest organist led the congregation with his magnificent and uplifting playing, making old hymns new again.

Brendan Lord directed the choir and the congregation in singing. Karen Johnson-Lefsrud was our host, while Mark Harris and Susan Johnson were the narrators.

National Bishop Ray Schultz conferred and blessed Michael and thanked him for the contribution he has made to the ELCIC with his art work. Former recipient, Rev. Don Johnson, presented Michael with the medal.


The service was well attended and the singing of the choir and the congregation moved us all to Sing to the Lord a New Song. Indeed God is among us and we have seen the Lord as the words of the hymn "Nimemwan Bwana" suggests.

Michael said he was thrilled and honoured to receive this award. His intent as an artist was to express scripture through his artwork and help us focus on the gospel.


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