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July 25, 2011

ELCIC National Bishop Calls for Prayers and Expresses Concern for the People of Norway

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson shared her concern and prayers for the people of Norway in the aftermath of terrible attacks on government headquarters and an island retreat centre.

We join the world in sending our thoughts and prayers to those who have been devastated by the tragic loss of family, friends and classmates, said Bishop Johnson. We also join in prayer with the Church of Norway and the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway as they respond pastorally to those in shock and grief. We pray that the presence of Christ will be a source of comfort and strength in the midst of overwhelming grief.

The World Council of Churches has prepared this prayer for Norway. Congregations and members of the ELCIC are encouraged to hold the people of Norway in their prayers.

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