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Tenth Biennial Convention of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
July 21–24, 2005
Winnipeg Manitoba

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Opening Sermon

National Bishop Raymond Schultz has written a sermon suitable for use on Sunday July 24, 2005. Many clergy will be attending worship that morning at the National Biennial Convention in Winnipeg. Congregational leaders are encouraged to use this sermon in their home pulpits that day.

Bishop Ray's sermon is based on the following texts:

Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

A few excerpts

In order for Paul to say what he does about love, he has to talk about faith and hope first.

There has to be some dynamic to the relationship, something to keep looking forward to.

Today's readings call upon God's people not to lose hope when things don't happen the way they expect… No matter how crazy things get, nothing can separate them from the love of God. "Keep your hopes up!" Paul writes to them.

…what has happened to the church of today? How did we get so cautious and self-concerned? When did we lose the faith to say to God, "Not my will, but yours?"

…did we quit trusting God just because God is ready to move us around a little?

…when we are silent enough to let God do the talking, God often surprises us with new directions.

Full Sermon text (.pdf)

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