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God’s People Now! theme for Edmonton 2006


The logo and theme, God’s People Now! for Edmonton 2006 (text, 1 Peter 2:9-10). – designed by Lynette Wiebe


November 1, 2005
-by Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — God’s people now! (1 Peter 2: 9-10) will be the theme for the Mennonite Church Canada assembly in Edmonton (July 4-7*, 2006).

The group charged with developing a theme wrestled with the task of discerning, praying, and listening for God’s leading. Pam Peters-Pries said, “We wanted a theme that was both celebratory and prophetic, something that would draw us into our new statement of identity and purpose and help us understand our call and be energized for our purpose as a church.”

Although a strong and celebratory theme text emerged, summing it up in three or so quotable and memorable words as well as developing a mind’s eye picture did not come so easily.

It wasn’t until staff graphic designer Lynette Wiebe spent some time with the text and distilled it into the simple proclamation, God’s people now!

Said Wiebe, “Those three words, God’s people now! flowed out of the biblical text and immediately felt right as representing the theme of Edmonton 2006. The words embody a clear message of both celebration and summons. We are called with a sense of urgency and purpose because where once we were not, we are now the people of God.”

*Original release updated with changed dates. Despite the date change, delegates remain welcome to visit a local congregation for Assembly Scattered on Sunday, July 9.