WINNIPEG: Few forget the powerful preaching from God’s Word, stirring music, and congregational singing when Lutherans gather by the hundreds for Divine Service. Lutherans in the Vancouver area and Lower Mainland will have that opportunity Friday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Holy Rosary Cathedral, 646 Richards St. in Vancouver at the opening service of Lutheran Church–Canada’s 10th national convention.
“We have to go to another sacred site for this event because none of our LCC parish churches have enough seating,” explained Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) President Robert Bugbee. “The cathedral seats 700 and we expect it will be full.” The convention will bus about 250 convention participants from UBC for the service. A similar service in Calgary last October at the Pastors and Deacons Conference attracted some 800 worshippers.
President Bugbee will preach at the service, focusing on the convention’s theme drawn from Psalm 65 “Come to Him who answers prayer.”
LCC president emeritus, Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan, is chairing the committee responsible for the convention worship, including the opening service. Musicians and choir members will soon begin rehearsals for the event. “Our Vancouver and Fraser Valley congregations are rich with musical talent,” Dr. Mayan observed. “We are so thrilled to be able to bring them together to enhance this unique worship service.”
Holy Rosary Cathedral was built more than 100 years ago and features lively acoustics and a Karn-Warren Organ made by D. W. Karn & Co. of Woodstock, Ontario installed in the fall of 1900 and recently overhauled.