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Always being made new

ELCA anniversary not about the past but the future

Twenty-five years ago this month the ELCA came into existence. Do you remember our beginning? If so, what comes to mind?

As a parish pastor I recall thinking how much was not new. In fact, I remember parishioners wondering what all the fuss was about.

Worship order and hymns? Confirmation and Sunday school? Scripture and Lutheran confessional writings? Outreach ministry to the community and congregational leadership? They all remained the same. Yes, the beginning of the ELCA was marked by both continuity and change.

"Always being made new, 25 years together in Christ" is our anniversary theme. May it provide opportunity for us to reflect upon how deeply rooted we are as a church and how God continues to make all things new.


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