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Welcome to the website of the Laestadian Lutheran Church (LLC), the central organization of Laestadian Lutheran churches in North America. The website provides information about our faith, mission, organization, and activities. Here you will find an overview of our publications and links to member congregations. Selecting "Worship Services and Events" will lead you to hearing the spoken Word of God at various worship service occasions, both live and archived. Welcome to our website and welcome to our services!


News & Notes

November Update

November brings All Saint’s Day, Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., and the end of another year on the church calendar. As we begin the month in observance of All Saint’s Day, we remember the children of God who have lived before us and died with the testimony of living faith. In Hebrews it is written, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report” (Heb. 11:1,2). Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8). 

October Update

The first Sunday in October is Michaelmas Sunday. This day is also known as “Angels’ and Children’s Sunday,” where we remember portions of Scripture following the theme, “The messengers of God.” During the time of Moses and again during the time of Jesus, there was persecution against children. Even today there are many who do not wish to accept children, and there are those who do violence against them. The gospel of Michaelmas emphasizes a child’s faith and reminds us that the kingdom of heaven is a kingdom for children and the childlike.


September Update

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). As summer vacations end and schools resume, we are reminded about the importance of education and teaching our children. During the weeks of summer, many of our young have been able to learn through confirmation schools, youth camps, and summer employment—even serving as camp counselors. Now a new school year begins, and many begin or continue their education in primary, secondary, and higher education settings. Member congregations resume Sunday school to teach about Scripture and matters of living faith. The learning that takes place in the time of youth lasts a lifetime. Let us nurture and embrace opportunities for education and be thankful for them, especially to teach our young about God’s Word and living Christianity. 


Voice of Zion - Featured Articles

Editorial: Different, Unique, and of Equal Value

God created humans as men and women—different but of equal value. The difference can most easily be seen on the basis of outward features, but there are also differences in us that do not show from the outside.

The Sabbath Word 1: Falling Away in the Last Times

Apostle Paul apparently knew of some talk that the Second Coming of Christ was near, and perhaps even false reports of this came from those writing as if the letters were from him or other teachers of that time. So Paul assures the Thessalonians to remain steadfast, not to be shaken or worried, and not to be deceived by false teachers. This deceitfulness is nothing new. Since the Fall, man has endeavored through the enticements of the enemy to be like God and put himself in the place of God. “Your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5). Paul also warned Timothy of this: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13).

The Sower’s Basket: A Prayer Is Answered

Ten years is a long time to wait, I thought, as I listened to Germaine. I was taught as a young boy that patience is a virtue, but ten years? That seems to be an eternity when it’s something that you feel is desperately needed. But ten years, even a bit longer, is how long Germaine had waited for her prayers to be answered. She had lost her sister, fatally injured in a motorcycle accident, over ten years ago. The mother of the lost child mourned for two years when she, as Germaine mentioned, died from heartache. Death affects similarly, regardless of race or creed of people. Separation at death makes one ponder matters of eternity. What happens to the soul of man at death? Am I acceptable to my Creator? This happened for Ger­­maine, would God somehow be able to comfort me in my great loss? She felt alone and separated from God because of sin. Added to this was the loss shortly thereafter of her father.

Dates to Remember

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Featured Publications

Crossing the Current
Crossing the Current
This book is a collection of editorials, topical articles, and presentations published in the Voice of Zion, beginning in the early 1990s. .
Stories of the Apostles 1 & 2
Stories of the Apostles 1 & 2
In this two-part book, translated from SRK, we follow Luke’s description of the departure of Jesus’ messengers toward the uttermost parts of the earth. .
See, Amid the Winter Snow
See, Amid the Winter Snow
This recording of 33 songs and hymns of Zion on organ, recently recorded in the Minneapolis church in Plymouth, Minn., is drawn from the collection of Advent and Christmas-themed hymns from LLC’s hymnal. .
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