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Bucks pastor preaching at international Lutheran event



The Rev. Lydia Posselt, pastor at Family of God Lutheran Church in Buckingham, will address the Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Namibia, Africa, in May.

The Rev. Lydia Posselt, pastor at Family of God Lutheran Church in Buckingham, has been chosen to preach at the closing worship of the Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Namibia, Africa.

The 32-year-old Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastor will deliver her sermon, “The Jesus Parade,” in Windhoek, Namibia, on May 16.

She was one of the young pastors who submitted a sermon for the international preaching contest. Posselt was chosen from the 10 finalists by an international jury, as well as online voters.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen for this opportunity to preach in Namibia for such a momentous occasion,” Posselt said. She was serving as an associate pastor when she decided to participate in the preaching contest.

“I entered as a tribute to all the amazing women pastors and preachers, friends and colleagues, of all ages, who have influenced and mentored me,” she said.

The idea to invite a young pastor to speak stemmed from the fact that Martin Luther was 33 when he triggered the Reformation in 1517.

Posselt was chosen by an international jury composed of six male and female, ordained and lay members from different generations of the Lutheran communion of churches. In addition to their votes, Posselt also received high scores among more than 6,000 online votes.

In the appraisal of Posselt’s sermon on Galatians 5:1, 22-26 titled “The Jesus Parade,” one of the jury members said, “This is a well-written and theologically solid sermon. It both analyses the problem of sin on both the personal and social level, and it points our attention to how God will heal and redeem us. It takes up an ‘unpopular’ theme like ‘self-control’ and uses it to illustrate the nature of freedom in Jesus Christ. It makes a fitting allusion to Martin Luther.”

The Twelfth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) will take place May 10 to 16, under the theme “Liberated by God’s Grace.”

Almost 800 participants – including nearly 400 delegates from the 145 LWF member churches in 98 countries worldwide – will participate.

The assembly is the highest LWF decision-making body and meets every six to seven years.

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