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PRESS RELEASE NO. 22
Lutheran Crowd Dances, Claps, Sings Praises to God at The Forks
the Land" Worship Theater Enthralls, Inspires
WINNIPEG, Canada, 28 July
Approximately 1,500 people from all over the world were at The Forks
yesterday despite the broiling summer sun and no shade. Participants
in the Tenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
gathered in the fields in front of the giant stage to sing, dance,
clap, pray and praise the Lord along with Jon Buller and the band
Freeman, the Christian rock band Krystaal and a superb worship theater experience entitled "Healing the Land."
Some folks welcomed the
beating sun after a week of meetings in air-conditioned rooms.
Others protected themselves with umbrellas, visors and even hats
fashioned out of the day’s edition of the The Source, the
Assembly newspaper. But no one left. The entertainment and worship
presentations held everyone’s attention and, together with the
sun, warmed their hearts and souls.
The worship theater was an
elaborate and flawless execution of "blessing, lament and
hope" for the four elements of life: earth, air, water and
fire. In chorus, dance, mime, song and readings in four languages
from the Genesis story, the theater portrayed the human spoiling of
the four basic elements of creation, culminating in a resounding
"sending" rendition of "Walking in the Light of
A special offering was
taken for the LWF Endowment Fund.
Delegates had received
coupons to help them enjoy the offerings at The Forks, including
dozens of concession stands selling local specialty foods, arts and
The worship theatre and
musical shows were not the only entertainment. Canadian Indigenous Peoples performed in music and dance, as did several musical groups
in The Forks amphitheater.
Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is taking place
21-31 July 2003 in Winnipeg, Canada, under the theme "For the
Healing of the World." It is being hosted by the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
There are around 820 men, women and youth participants in the Tenth
Assembly including 380 delegates from the
133 churches with full membership and three associate members. The Assembly is the highest
decision-making body of the LWF, and meets normally every six years.
Between Assemblies, the LWF is governed by its Council that meets
annually, and by its Executive Committee.
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