Opening Service for the Academic Year 2008-2009
Bethel Lutheran Church in Sherwood Park, AB hosted the opening service of the 25th academic year at CLS on September 7th. The Seminary community rejoiced that God has provided seventeen M.Div. students (two fourth-year, one third year, three vicars, six second-year, five first-year), one P.A.T. student, one M.T.S. student, one Open Studies student, and five colloquy students. They come from across Canada and from Hong Kong! They bring diverse life experiences as married and single, former members of the work force and recently graduated students.
Over 275 people gathered to worship and praise God for His faithfulness in building and preserving the LCC’s Seminary in Western Canada. Rev. Jonathan Kraemer, Assistant Professor of Old Testament Exegetical Theology at the Seminary, gave the message from Lamentations 3:23, “Great is Your Faithfulness,” this year’s theme. Bethel’s sanctuary resounded to the liturgy of the faithful augmented by a great number of musicians and voices. Celebrants and readers included pastors from the Edmonton area. Administrative Assistant, Karen Sorensen, was recognized for five years of service to the Seminary. An offering gave opportunity for the people to praise God and support the Seminary through financial gifts too.