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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

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From National Office of the ELCIC

CHRISTMAS GREETING FROM NATIONAL BISHOP RAYMOND SCHULTZ

Winnipeg, December 16, 2004 (ELCIC)-- Kelly Fryer wrote in Reclaiming the "L" Word that a core principle of Lutheran theology is the statement: "God always comes down."

Whatever we may think of humanity, God created us out of unconditional love and continues to live with us out of that attitude. This is not some syrupy sentiment; God, by character, is love. To desire communion with us is part of God's very nature.

God wants and chooses to live with us, in our world of time and space, amid our sin and error, accepting the necessity of our deaths and adapting to our changing moods. This is such an essential attitude on God's part, that God deems it worth dying for and did so. When one considers the risks involved in first-century pregnancies, the very act of choosing to start from the womb and live outward from there was an incredible act of vulnerability.

The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem is not the beginning of the story-the Exodus is--but it is the beginning of the core event for us. Everything else in the scriptures is seen in a new way because of this. Every person is seen as a new person because of this.

"Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom God favors!"

May the gracious love of God, revealed in Bethlehem and expressed most deeply on the cross, encourage you, fill you with joy, and call you forward into the future with Christ.

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