An angel came from God above / to tell of Jesus’ birth. / The fearful shepherds saw the light / that shone from heaven to earth. The angels said: “Be not afraid, / there’s joyful news for men. / The promised Savior has been born / this night in Bethlehem.” “For this shall be a sign to..
Editorial from Päivämies issue 43, Oct. 23, 2019 “It is good to discuss these matters listening with a tender ear and trusting in God’s care.” Next Sunday the SRK will release the third volume of its history Myrskyjen keskellä, Suomen Rauhanyhdistysten Keskusyhdistyksen historia..
As another calendar year nears its end, many congregations gather around special fall services to pause in thanksgiving for God’s abundant blessings and protection that He alone has granted again this year. November marks the end of the Church calendar year and the approach of Advent. Ma..
As summer fades and turns to fall, we are reminded again how our life is in God’s hands. We can feel secure remembering how God blessed our Summer Services and meetings. At the Annual Meeting congregation delegates gave clear support to the work of the LLC Board and staff here at the office..
Another successful camp season is coming to an end. A heartfelt thanks to all who have volunteered their time this year to serve. With nearly 3500 participants registered for camp in 2019 (note that this number does not include those who attended camp at Prairie Shores Camp), it takes many hands..
An estimated 6,000 guests gathered at Summer Services held for the first time on LLC property at Silver Springs. Over 20,000 meals were served. Hours of labor went into making the property ready. We hoped for dry weather, but God had other plans. Heavy rain prior to services posed challenges for..
Consistent with our current practice of holding biennial cooperative work meetings, representatives of the LLC, SFC and SRK met May 3–4, 2019, for the third time. The SFC hosted this year’s meeting at Dalarnas fridsförening (Dalarna Association of Peace) in Gagnef, Sweden. At the meeting we..
I wish to offer congratulations to all 2019 high school and college graduates – you have achieved a milestone in life! In June each year we celebrate Father’s Day. May our Heavenly Father bless and protect you dear fathers for the love and care that you extend to your families and loved..
Shared Vision, Shared Work Cooperation that extends across the ocean has a long history in Christianity. As was noted at the joint meeting of sister organizations LLC, SFC and SRK at Dalarnas fridsförening (Dalarna Association of Peace) last weekend, it feels important to clarify the common..
In May, we observe the special occasion of Mother’s Day. It is the day of the year set aside in honor of our mothers. Too often a mother’s work is minimized, or worse, forgotten. May God protect and keep each of you dear mothers as His own, and may He richly repay you for the care you selflessly..
Presentation: The Holy Spirit and the Congregation of God - Harri Vahajylkka (/_assets/resources/HolySpirit_Congregation_LLC2019_Vahajylkka.pdf) The Holy Spirit Teaches, Guides and Unites The LLC’s biennial Board Members Workshop was held in Monticello, Minn., on April 13, 2019. ..
As the heav’nly angels do, we can be rejoicing. We can run to tell the news: “Our Jesus now is living!” (SHZ 111:4). The message of Easter, “Jesus has risen,” gives hope! Through the redemption work of Christ, the child of God will make it to heaven. Rejoice, O flock of children! Your fa..
With the festive 2019 LLC Winter Services in Phoenix behind us, we look forward to gathering for LLC Summer Services at Silver Springs July 4–7, 2019. Services are always a time of refreshment and the child of God rejoices for such opportunities. In preparation for Summer Services in an ..
One of the many joys of working at the LLC office is taking time to reflect on how God blesses the work from generation to generation. In planning for yet another year, we rejoice over how God continues to guide and direct the work. He has given willing hearts to serve. One matter worth noting i..
Happy New Year! As we begin this new year our prayers arise to Thee; oh, may we walk before Thee in love and unity. How time so quickly flees! Oh, bind our hearts forever with bonds that none can sever to Thee, O Prince of Peace. The Spirit’s wisdom grant us, tha..
The angels once sang of the triumph of heaven on Christmas night. They sowed into mother earth’s sorrow a radiant star-filled night. That glorious hymn is resounding from each generation on (SHZ 28). Heavenly angels brought glad tidings of joy on the first Christmas night (Luke 2:10). Th..
As another calendar year quickly comes to an end, we are thankful for God’s goodness and protection that He has granted us this year. November marks the end of the Church calendar year and the approach of Advent. November 1, All Saints’ Day, is the day we remember those who have gone before us a..
As summer fades into fall we can reflect on the many blessings God has given His children. God blessed our Summer Services and meetings. At the LLC Annual Meeting, congregation delegates offered support and gave clear direction to our work here at the office. Another season of camps has passed a..
With fall in the air, another year of camps is winding down, summer is almost over and children are heading back to school. May God give growth to the seed of faith planted at the many camps this summer. I’m especially mindful of the confirmation students, as they’ve returned home from their res..
Around 3500 guests gathered for LLC Summer Services this year at the Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington. The weather was beautiful, and the school is in a wonderful setting with views of the Cascade Mountains in the distance. Many families were able to camp within walking distance..
June and July are often busy months with graduations, family trips, and the many activities at our LLC camp centers. Congratulations to all 2018 high school and college graduates – you have achieved a milestone in life! In June, we also celebrate Father’s Day. Dear Fathers, may the Heavenly Fath..
In May, we mark the special occasion of Mother’s Day. It is the one day of the year that is set aside to honor our mothers. Too often, it seems, a mother’s work is minimized, or worse, forgotten. Dear mothers, please don’t tire in the endeavor, and may God richly repay you for the care you ..
Easter dawns, our day of vict’ry; mercy’s morn is shining bright! Now the chains of hell are broken; lonely captives rise to light; fears of night and wrath are vanished—ev’ry cloud our Sun has banished. Death, where is your stinging scepter? Where, O grave, your victory? Satan, ..
With the festive 2018 LLC Winter Services in Phoenix behind us, we look forward as “birds of heaven” to gather near Seattle, July 5–8, for 2018 LLC Summer Services. The child of God rejoices at such opportunities. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but..
My wife Maggie and I returned recently from a month-long mission trip to Finland and Sweden. The trip took us to many congregations and we stayed in many believing homes. Believers there sent many greetings of love and God’s peace. We were also able to visit the opistos and witness the joy of be..
Happy New Year! As we begin this new year our prayers arise to Thee; Oh, may we walk before Thee in love and unity. How time so quickly flees! Oh, bind our hearts forever With bonds that none can sever to Thee, O prince of Peace. The Spirit’s wisdom grant us, that in the fu..
The angels once sang of the triumph of heaven on Christmas night. They sowed into mother earth’s sorrow a radiant star-filled night. That glorious hymn is resounding from each generation on. It causes the heart-frost to crumble, my forefather’s as my own. You hear it, O children, eac..
Another calendar year is quickly coming to an end. We can pause to reflect on the goodness and protection that God has granted this year. November also marks the end of the church calendar year, and the approach of Advent. November 1, All Saints’ Day, is when we remember those who have gone befo..
As summer fades into fall we can reflect on the many blessings God has gifted to His children. God blessed our Summer Services and meetings, and our camp season went very well. Congregations are experiencing growth, and God is blessing them with new church buildings. With the added growth a..
September brings with it a hint of fall weather and the beginning of the school year. It also marks the end of another busy camp season. My heart joins with the songwriter in prayer for our children: “Dearest Jesus, help Thy children as Thine own e’er to remain, so that none would fall ..
In visiting the Wright County Fairgrounds last fall, I remembered the 2016 LLC Summer Services in Essa, Ontario, and I wondered how God would bless in 2017. The facilities were similar in that both are outdoor airy venues. But, of course, one worries—what will the weather be like? We know ..
June and July can be busy months with graduations, family trips, and the many activities at our LLC camp centers. I want to congratulate all 2017 high school and college graduates—you have received a milestone in life! June also marks Father’s Day. Dear Fathers, may our good God continue t..
May marks the special occasion of Mother’s Day. Too often, it seems, a mother’s work is minimized, or worse, forgotten. Dear mothers, may God richly repay you for the care you unselfishly provide for your families. We wish for you God’s abundant blessings! O Jesus, bless our mothers dear. Wh..
Rejoice, O flock of children! Your faith is not in vain. The sepulcher is empty. The enemy is slain. Since Jesus won the battle with death and sin and hell, where clouds and fear were reigning, there light and gladness dwell. So, keep the feast of Easter! O flock of children, sing! To Christ, th..
With the festive 2017 Winter Services in Phoenix behind us, we look forward as “birds of heaven” to gather in Howard Lake, June 30–July 3, for 2017 LLC Summer Services. The child of God rejoices at such opportunities. May God continue to refresh each of us with His Word of grace as we journey ho..
As we make plans for the upcoming camp season my thoughts often turn to our children and youth, and join in the words of the songwriter, “The youth of Jesus journey as morning dew, so pure in light and grace so holy, on Zion’s Mount so fair. The sea of grace is found there, and all who there abi..
- December 2019 Update
- Alternating Periods of Struggle and Peace
- November 2019 Update
- October 2019 Update
- September 2019 Update
- August 2019 Update
- June/July 2019 Sister Organizations Meet to Discuss Cooperative Work
- June/July 2019 Update
- May 2019 LLC, SFC and SRK Joint Meeting
- May 2019 Update
- April 2019 Board Members Workshop