Bishop's Blog

November 12, 2018

It’s a command performance. All six ELCIC bishops are invited and expected to attend our Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth conferences every two years. But it’s a command performance that I, and I trust all of my colleagues, look forward to. This year’s gathering was held at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario and I’d...

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September 20, 2018

The following is an excerpt from Bishop Michael Pryse’s sermon at the closing service of the Eastern Synod Assembly which was convened June 21-24, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario under the theme “Liberated By God’s Grace … to be neighbour.”

In the fifth chapter of Luke’s Gospel we read another story of Jesus and...

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June 21, 2018

Report of the Bishop

I have presented several of these reports to you over the course of my tenure of service as your bishop. And it’s always a...

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June 13, 2018

Earlier this week I did something that my parents did several times a week but that I haven’t done in at least six months. I wrote a cheque. I just don’t use them anymore. I pay my all my bills online. I give my offerings to the church via pre-authorized remittance. As for cash, I seldom carry any. Why would I? Any expenses...

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May 09, 2018

The story is so familiar, perhaps too familiar. 

A lawyer asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responds with the question, “What is written in the law?” The lawyer responds correctly, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your...

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March 13, 2018

It’s been said that the truest test of faith is whether it will let anything stand in its way. And by this measure, those countless individuals who sought Jesus out in the Gospel narratives had incredibly deep faith. A man with an unclean spirit, a leper, a paralytic.  A woman with an unstoppable hemorrhage.  None of them...

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February 13, 2018

As we enter this new calendar year I am keenly aware that for many of us a new day is also dawning when it comes to determining how to best configure and re-position our congregational ministries for the future. I applaud the courageous and forward-looking leadership being provided by pastors and lay leaders who are...

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January 26, 2018

Once a year Bishop Michael invites all the rostered ministers who are serving under call or appointment to participate in meetings that convene in all seventeen Ministry Areas of our Synod. "I view these gatherings as being pastoral visits. The agenda is a simple one. We worship together, engage in pastoral coversation about...

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November 13, 2017

This fall most of us will participate in special worship services where we will ritually and prayerfully commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Some of these services will be “Lutheran specific” events in our congregations and...

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September 21, 2017

Two interesting pieces hit my twitter feed today. Depending on one’s perspective, I suppose the news they contained could be considered either encouraging or distressing; or perhaps both.

U.S. based Sojourners magazine tweeted a May 2015 article by Ryan Stewart entitled “Is it good or bad when churches shrink?”...

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August 24, 2017

One of our church’s most under-utilized resources is the untapped capacity of our pastors and diaconal ministers to lead. Yes, lead! Having closely worked with hundreds of rostered ministers over the past twenty-five years, I can testify that many of have both the desire and capacity to provide a higher level of leadership...

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June 22, 2017

I have been an engaged student of Canadian history for as long as I can remember. It was my major focus of study in university. One of my proudest childhood moments was being awarded the grade 8 history award from the local chapter of the IODE – the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire...

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June 01, 2017

In this time and place, the contexts in which we engage in ministry are undergoing massive change in virtually every regard. Our churches don’t exist in spiritual bubbles and changes within society and culture will, by necessity, change our ministry context. It can’t be avoided. Whether it be...

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March 16, 2017

I must confess that I’ve always had a kind of love/hate relationship with our annual observance of the Reformation. The “pull out all the stops/ pomp and circumstance” part of me has always loved this annual celebration of “all things good and Lutheran!” And yet, at the same time, it sometimes felt a tad self-congratulatory...

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January 05, 2017

Over the course of the past year, the Eastern Synod Council has been working on developing a strategic plan to help guide the work of our boards, committees, related agencies and staff. At our March 2017 meeting the Synod Council will complete this task and share this plan with the wider...

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