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Election call of the Churches for the European elections on May 26, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

15th May 2019 We extend warm regards to you all in the communion of faith!

As Christians we have been trying for many decades already to breathe life into the ecumenical idea of „unity in diversity” in this world.

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Published 19|05|2019

Election call of the Churches for the European elections on May 26, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

15th May 2019 We extend warm regards to you all in the communion of faith!

As Christians we have been trying for many decades already to breathe life into the ecumenical idea of „unity in diversity” in this world.

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Published 19|05|2019

World Council of Churches - songs and Prayers for their 70th Anniversary

The WCC's 70th anniversary is a time to give thanks for the achievements, ask for forgiveness for any shortcomings and implore God’s guidance and assistance in any future endeavours. As the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit wrote in a letter to the member churches inviting them to contribute prayers and songs for this anniversary year: “'praying together' has been the source of our inspiration and of all our energy in 'walking together' and in 'working together'.”

Click on the link below to find a collection of such prayers rising from the heart of those who had the privilege of participating – and sometimes even leading – the common Pilgrimage.
https://www.oikoumene.org/en/wcc70/prayers-and-songs/prayers-and-songs?searchterm=Prayers+70th+anniversary

Published 25|05|2018

Christmas Eve Service

If you cannot make it to a Christmas Eve church service, click on the link below on December 24 at 5:00 PM (CST).  You will see (via livestreaming) the Milwaukee Latvian Trinity Church’s Christmas Eve service  led by archbishop Lauma Zušēvics.
https://m.facebook.com/milwaukeedraudze/

Published 24|12|2017

A Prayer for the victims of the Las Vegas tragedy

Dear Sisters and dear Brothers in Christ,

Gradually the peace of the morning was transformed for all of us as news of the tragedy in Las Vegas became clear.  It was not at all clear what we could possibly do in the midst of so much horror and loss.  I started to pray.  Let us all pray.  

Your sister in Christ,

+ Lauma

Dear Lord,

In a place where thousands gathered together to experience something good, horror changed countless lives as one chose to do immeasurable evil and hard. Lord, please, we pray for all who have suffered and continue to suffer.  Once again our hearts are torn apart by the pain of so many.  We do not understand, Lord, but pray you help us find the faith to continue to affirm life and good in the midst of death and evil.  Heavenly Father, comfort all who not only mourn the loss of their loved ones, and all who are still desperately searching for those from whom they have not heard.   Hear their prayers, and ours.

Lord Jesus, we pray for all who suffer in this world.  Please, Lord, grant peace. Never let our hearts stop hurting for those who cry, or are struggling between life and death.  Lord, you taught us to cry with those who are crying and mourn with those who are in grief.  Lord, hear our prayers.  Only you can transform prayers into strength for those who so suffer and sense your presence, and learn, they are not alone.  We are with them and seek to do what we can to be part of the healing this world so needs....please let us not conclude with Amen, for it so often signifies the end of our prayer.  Let us continue...

Published 03|10|2017
Arch.
Lauma Zušēvics

Joint Commemoration

Geneva, 24 October 2016

Respected church leaders, dear sisters and brothers -

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I write this email to you a week ahead of the Joint Catholic - Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation to take place in Lund and Malmoe (Sweden) on October 31. [...]
Published 28|10|2016
General Secratary
Martin Junge

Tragedy in Nice, France

LELCA stands united in its grief with all who have so suffered in Nice, as children, mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, grandparents, and friends were torn from their hands and hearts.  We pray for each who struggles for their lives.  The innocent suffer, they had gathered with no weapons.  We know that there will be horrible consequences not only for those who are in mourning but for each that has witnessed that which no one should ever see.  What can we say to those in Nice who have experienced such terror?  At this time, let us acknowledge that we lack for words that would bring any real meaning.  Far too often we have witnessed such atrocities, in Dallas, Orlando, and not that long ago in Paris, elsewhere.  We have prayed, we must pray again - individually and in our congregations.  We must pray God grants them all strength to endure.  Let us pray individually and in all of our congregations, that God strengthen all those who have so horribly suffered.  Let us pray as well for those that stand with them and lovingly care for one another.  Let us give thanks for each that ran to help and still is doing all they can to help.  Let us thank God for the countless good people, who offered their shoulders, so that another might cry and cry in their arms.  Christ is in their midst.  He is there, where we are not.  He cries and stands with them, He comforts and consoles – through our prayers as well.  May you be gently blessed this day as so much good must be done to counter so much pain.
 
Yours in Christ
+ Lauma
Published 15|07|2016

Arch. Lauma Zušēvica

Vandals target St. John's Lutheran church in Aizpute

On June 22, 2016 we received news from Aizputes St. John's pastor Rev. Varis Bitenieks that someone had dragged a mattress up against the doors of the Church, doused it with gasoline, and set it ablaze.  The doors of the sanctuary started to burn.  This was done after those caring for the Church building had left. The burning mattress was seen by three who were passing by.   They called the police and the firefighters arrived.  Due to those swift actions, the damage was contained.  Latvia's police experts concluded that the mattress was purposefully ignited.
The Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad and its Church Council condemns this action and hopes that those responsible will soon be found and brought to justice.
 
Lauma Zusevics
Archbishop
Latvian Ev. Luth. Church Abroad
Published 24|06|2016

Dear Friend

Thank you very much for your partnership resettling refugees. Our shared history has provided support for people who cannot go home and welcome to over 500,000 refugees. Through LIRS you walk alongside refugees helping them to thrive in welcoming communities in the United States.
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Published 29|02|2016
LIRS President
Linda Hartke

Porvoo Church Primates’ Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland, 20-22 OCTOBER 2015

COMMUNIQUÉ

In the context of the crisis in the Middle East, Europe is facing one of its greatest challenges since World War II.

 The Primates and Presiding Bishops of the Porvoo Communion of Churches met in Edinburgh for their regular biennial meeting, and reflected with urgency and compassion on current geo-political and social challenges as well as ways to further strengthen their relationships and work together towards building a confident and missional Church in an increasingly secular and pluralistic Europe.

 On a daily basis people risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean sea; people walk long distances to cross into Europe because they do not have any other choice; also in parts of Europe, for example, houses have been set alight, so that refugees do not find a home; and there is a rising anxiety in some parts of Europe that democracy is being eroded by intimidation towards strangers seeking refuge and security

The Primates and Presiding Bishops were unanimous in reiterating that we should not stand back and remain silent, but must both speak and act, remembering the words of Jesus; ” For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matt. 25:35). They were also unanimous in their concern and prayers for Christians and other minority groups threatened by extinction in the Middle East. 

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Published 29|10|2015

Porvoo Communion of Churches
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