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Welcome UW, WLU and Conestoga Students!

Greetings in our Risen Lord Jesus Christ! On behalf of Grace Lutheran Church, I welcome you to Kitchener-Waterloo and invite you to worship with us at Grace Lutheran Church.  If you are new to the area and looking for a church home you will find a warm and welcoming community here at Grace.  Bible Study […]

Advent, a time of waiting

Dear Reader, Advent is a season of waiting and preparing for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God and Saviour of the world. As such, advent is a counter-cultural event. These days society is not very good at waiting. I noticed this year in the retail sphere the “Black Friday” […]

The Ascension of our Lord, 2015

Dear Reader, It was a moment that mixed the secular with the religious in a way that will probably never happen again in my life. Fifteen years ago I was backpacking alone on a 20-day trip in Israel on Easter break from seminary studies in Europe. I arrived at the bus terminal in Jerusalem. I […]

The Grammar of Holiness: Part 2

You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean, and you are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes that the Lord has spoken to them by Moses. Leviticus 10:10-11 (ESV) God is the source of all holiness.  Nothing is holy except by virtue of […]

The Grammar of Holiness: Part 1

Today the average person in the West is losing or has lost a sense for what is holy.  While this certainly goes along with a decrease in worship attendance in all Western countries (North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand) this situation is also affecting the Christian church.  An increasing trend toward secularism and atheism in […]

Get to Know Your Neighbour BBQ at Grace, Saturday, October 4th at Noon

Dear Victoria Common Neighbours: On behalf of Grace Lutheran Church,  I invite you all to a casual, get-to-know your neighbour BBQ in the parking lot of Grace Lutheran Church from 12-1PM on Saturday, October 4th.  Please come on out for a chance to get to know all your new neighbours who have recently moved in. […]

Dealing with Anger

As I was going through my seminary notes today in preparation for Sunday’s sermon looking for some of my notes on the gift of the Holy Spirit by Rev. Dr. John Kleinig (a retired Lutheran professor from Australia who taught me for a semester in Canada) I found this small nugget of Dr. Kleinig’s on […]