Friday, December 31, 2010

The Lutheran Hour Float - 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade

The Lutheran Hour Float
2011 Tournament of Roses Parade

Float Theme:
The theme for the 2011 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade is "Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories" and this year's float theme is "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." 2011 marks our 61st year of participation in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. The Lutheran Hour Float stands as the only Christian float participating in the world's most famous media event and will be seen by more than 450 million people around the world.

The theme, "Building Dreams, Friendships and Memories," suggests that this is what we should be doing in our lives; living in such a way as to surround ourselves with dreams, friendships and memories. In John 15:13, Jesus tells us, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." As the ultimate friend, Jesus died for us on the cross and then rose from the dead fulfilling one of mankind's greatest dreams—life everlasting. For all those who call on the name of Jesus Christ and believe in Him, He gives eternal life in heaven. Thanks to Jesus, the year of our Lord 2011 can be filled with dreams of what is to come for those who love God and are called according to His purposes, friendships that are rooted and grounded in His love for the world, and memories of His sacrificial life that opens hope and heaven for all who believe in Him. Our float depicts this truth as it shows Jesus welcoming His friends through the work and ministry of the church, as we bring Christ to the Nations and the Nations to the Church.

The 2011 Lutheran Hour Float riders are going to be lead by Harold Melser, Director of Ministry Advancement for Lutheran Hour Ministries and Joseph Snyder, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Lutheran Hour Ministries. Joining him will be LCMS members from Southern California Lutheran churches including
the Rev. Dr. Elroi Reimnitz, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks. Reimnitz will portray Jesus in a white and red robe.

TV Viewing Tips (Home & Garden Channel is Best):
While the Tournament of Roses Parade is on most network channels, (ABC, CBS, NBC), the Lutheran Hour Float is not guaranteed coverage due to commercials and/or other TV commitments. For the best viewing of the parade, the Home and Garden channel shows the parade in its entirety on cable TV. Check your local listings for time and channel.

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