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2007 Christmas Message from LWF President Mark Hanson

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Nov 23, 2007 – 05:38 AM | Read 1225 times

Bishop Mark Hanson, The president of the Lutheran World Federation Christ Meets Humanity Where People Struggle for Justice and Peace
GENEVA, 23 November 2007 (LWI) – In his 2007 Christmas message, the president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Bishop Mark S Hanson emphasizes Christ’s meeting with humanity where people struggle for justice, mercy and peace.

Message also available on MP3 at the LWF HomePage: www.lutheranworld.org hosted by the ELCA.

"Christ meets us where the creation groans in travail under the weight of our consumptive living. Christ meets us where the Word is read, the gospel proclaimed, and the sacraments shared," says the LWF president in the message addressed to members of the global Lutheran communion. Hanson is presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Affirming God’s presence in the world and unconditional offer for justice, he adds, "Because God is present in the world, there is no person so lowly, no place so forsaken, no enemy so despised, no conflict so intense, no sin so grievous, no relationship so severed that God cannot offer forgiveness and faith, reconciliation and resurrection, justice and mercy, healing and hope."

The full text of Bishop Hanson’s Christmas message follows. It is available on the LWF Web site in PDF version at:
http://www.lutheranworld.org/LWF_Documents/LWF_Christmas_2007.pdf

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