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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Area ELCA synod bishop to preach for King and Queen of Sweden

  • Preachers from the pulpit often tell their congregations, based on Scripture, they are royalty once they have made a personal commitment to Christ.
    Yet, most pastors admit they have never really presented a message before those society would consider royals.
    After tomorrow, Jon Anderson, Southwest Minnesota ELCA synod bishop, is going to be able to make that claim.
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  • Preachers from the pulpit often tell their congregations, based on Scripture, they are royalty once they have made a personal commitment to Christ.
    Yet, most pastors admit they have never really presented a message before those society would consider royals.
    After tomorrow, Jon Anderson, Southwest Minnesota ELCA synod bishop, is going to be able to make that claim.
    As part of a visit by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden to Minne-sota, Anderson is going to be involved in a worship service, and during that service he has the privilege of offering the homily to the visiting dignitaries.
    The visit is taking place at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the college by Swedish immigrants.
    “It truly is a great honor to be able to have this op-portunity,” said Anderson.
    The ELCA college, which is located within the borders of the synod in which Anderson serves as bishop, invited him to come and speak during the service.
    “I was asked by the president of the college,” said Anderson, who admitted he has learned a bit of Swedish for the event.
    Anderson said the Swedish heritage in the area is a proud one, as it is one of many cultures represented in the diverse ELCA synod. In addition to the worship service, a special blessing of an altar cloth made by the king’s grandfather, Gustav V is going to be held, with that cloth then entrusted to the care of the college. While the king and queen of Sweden have been to the area before, Anderson said it is still a big deal and a good reason to celebrate.
    He said he plans to preach on Romans 8, and the title of his sermon is “In Christ: Life.”
    “This should be fun…and interesting,” said Anderson.

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