"As a Lutheran who appreciates reading the 'Anglican Journal', I found the article 'Unravelling the mystery of Anglican sainthood' in the November  issue to be very interesting. The range of views expressed are also found within the wider Lutheran Church. However, as much as I think it’s appropriate that we can ask a departed believer to pray just as we might ask a believer here in this life to pray, I think motive is crucial. “God looks on the heart.” If we think that a departed believer provides a 'shortcut' to God or has 'more influence' before God, then such prayer is wrong. But it is quite appropriate in my view if 'prayer' (or really a 'request'”) to a saint-departed is simply asking that person to join in voicing a specific concern at hand. In the article I was also hoping to learn if the Anglican church has a process for determining a person to be officially remembered as a saint in somewhat the same way as the Roman Catholic Church. Thanks for this informative article". [Text of complete article.]
Author is the retired Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada bishop of Saskatchewan (1993-2002).