A NEWS RELEASE
From National Office of the ELCIC
Winnipeg, 14 December 2006 -- A video of the 2006 Christmas Greeting from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s National Bishop Raymond L. Schultz is available for viewing on the Bishop's page of the ELCIC website: http://www.elcic.ca/bishop/cathedra.html
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The following is the text version of the greeting:
ELCIC's National Bishop's Christmas Greeting
It's my privilege to bring you Christmas greetings
from the National Office of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
We, here in Winnipeg, pray for all who share ministry with us.
We remember our
international partners and
full communion churches.
Week by week we pray
in thanksgiving and
Christmas reminds us that hope can be as little as a baby,
yet grow into a world-wide faith.
Amid the forces that strive for dominance of
our communities and nations,
a seed of peace and justice continues to grow,
but always finding a voice somewhere.
Amid the temptations to greed and self-centredness
that a wealthy society like ours breeds,
a seed of compassion and mercy for others
continues to grow and transform us
to be In Mission for Others.
Amid the many tensions that set us at odds with each other,
a seed of reconciliation continues to grow and calm our fears.
Christmas reminds us that we are a people blessed by God;
for we have been given the greatest gift
the world has ever received,
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Grace and peace to you all!
Rev. Raymond L. Schultz
National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
For more information, please contact:
Ms.Trina Gallop, Manager of Communications
302 - 393 Portage Ave. Winnipeg MB R3B 3H6