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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

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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
    special missions,
    international partners and
    full communion churches.

    Week by week we pray
    in remembrance,
    in thanksgiving and
    in hope.

    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,
    often unnoticed,
    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,
    Jesus Christ.

    For a child has been born for us,
    a son given to us;
    authority rests upon his shoulders;
    and he is named
    Wonderful Counselor,
    Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father,
    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


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