The 2013 WELS convention opened with a beautiful worship service.  Overwhelming bass and tenor voices of the assembly boomed out hymns new and old accompanied by instrumentalists and a choir.  Hearts crumbled as they considered "Who can stand" in the presence of the Lord?  We were directed to the throng of believers who DO stand before the throne, the church victorious, who have come out of the great tribulation.  God be praised for his glad tidings!
   The history of WELS missions at home and abroad was presented in a procession by the LWMS (Lutheran Women's Missionary Society).  WELS involvement was explained for each country (or state) as its flag was shown.  
See photos of the opening service at this link.

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