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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

August Update

We now reflect upon the 2015 LLC Summer Services and meetings held July 2–5 in Outlook, Saskatchewan. Countless hours of planning, from scheduling microphone activation or announcements, to cleaning the bleachers, building a boardwalk, and measuring for chair layout, all joined together to benefit service guests when they arrived at the Jim Kook Recreation Complex. The throng of travelers from many locations lifted their voices to sing songs of Zion from the words projected on screens and then quieted to hear the sermons. This year’s motto, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27), reveals how God’s children hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, and follow Him in life, suffering, and doctrine. We thank the Heavenly Father for this time of re­­freshment, and we also thank the Laestadian Lutheran congregations in Outlook, Dunblane, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and the supporting congregations of Lethbridge, Alberta and Williston, North Dakota for hosting this year’s event.

June/July Update

The birth and life of John the Baptist will be the theme for special worship services in several LLC congregations in June. St. John’s Day occurs near the summer solstice, when the days are the longest, six months before the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:36). John the Baptist is remembered as the last prophet, the forerunner of Christ. Scriptures say he “came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light” (John 1:7). Seeing Jesus coming toward him, John said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). 

 

May Update

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). In Jesus’ farewell speech, He spoke how He would go to the Father, but then the Comforter would come. After Jesus’ resurrection at Easter, He ascended into heaven, and then came the shedding of the Holy Spirit. Ascension Day and Pentecost are among the special events we observe in May. 

Voice of Zion - Featured Articles

The Sweet Splendor of Summer Services Surrounds at Opening Ceremony

Hundreds of services guests’ voices, singing together the first song for the Friday, July 3 opening ceremony, sang of hope and praise: “O join, my soul, in singing praise to our Lord above, who blesses us with mercy and gifts of grace and love” (SHZ 526). This song, “The Summer in Sweet Splendor,” officially opened the 2015 LLC Summer Services in Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada. LLC Board Chairman Jim Frantti (Chassell, Mich.) welcomed all guests and gave the greetings of the LLC Board and staff. In opening prayer, he said, “We have felt the joy of Your children in greeting one another. We feel the security of Your kingdom.”

Home and Family Series: A Believing Friend Is a Treasure

 

Friends are important. Both the Bible and Songs and Hymns of Zion speak of friends. We all have positive experiences that we can associate with friends. But, what is the purpose of a friend? Probably most people find that sharing an experience with someone enriches it. Whether it be a vacation, an exciting moment, or simple pleasures of the day, we may want to tell someone about it. The same is true with difficult moments and sorrow. It is easier to work through difficulties if we can share them with someone, just as Job experienced when his friends came to comfort him and mourn with him. An old saying reminds us, “When you share your joys they multiply; when you share your sorrows they are divided.”

Book Review: At the Crossroads of Choosing

“You are young, living the life that you have been given. Live passionately! Live beautifully! Live in such a way that you value yourself, your friends, parents, siblings, and near ones.” With this encouragement, editors Saara Junes and Sirkka Vänttilä introduce the book At the crossroads of choosing. Published by the SRK and recently translated into English, this anthology contains stories and articles about the time of youth and the struggles young people face. It can be used in a variety of different situations and venues: at camps, for home reading, to support a friend, at youth discussions, and many more. It’s easy to pick up and read an article or two when time allows, and it provides a moment of respite during a busy day.

Dates to Remember

LLC Peace Gardens Youth Days
LLC Peace Gardens Youth Days
5

 Join single believers from many North American congregations for a weekend of Christian fellowship and open discussions around God's unchanging Word.

LLC Veterans Camp, SLC
LLC Veterans Camp, SLC
18

Within the security of God's kingdom and the living gospel, the goals of this camp will be to support those who have served and provide opportunities for veterans and active-duty members to support one another. 

Bible Course, SLC
Bible Course, SLC
25

 Increase your general Bible knowledge, learn about the background and history of the Bible, and become more familiar with its use.

Featured Publications

LLC eBooks
LLC eBooks
Visit our online store for eBook offerings. Available in Kindle and ePub formats.
At the crossroads of choosing
At the crossroads of choosing
“You are young. You live the life that you have been given. Live passionately! Live beautifully! Live in such a way that you value yourself, your friends, parents, siblings, and those close to you,” says this book’s preface. Through 34 powerful topical essays it encourages young believers to hold on to faith, their greatest gift.
The Sheepfold Tender
The Sheepfold Tender
This book is the second installment of a planned four-part series of books consisting of articles, presentations and other writings by believers in recent decades.
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