Sunday Thoughts for February 3

The Lord be with you This coming Sunday, February 3, will be the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Epiphany 4). Some of our sister congregations will be celebrating it as The Feast of the Purification of Mary and the Presentation of our Lord (transferred). The actual date for this feast is

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Sunday Thoughts for January 27

The Lord be with you Hello This coming Sunday will be, aside from January 27, the Third Sunday after Epiphany (Epiphany 3). It is also the Commemoration of John Chrysostom, Preacher. We will remember him in our prayers, but I thought you might like to know a bit more about

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Sunday Thoughts for December 30

The Third Day of Christmas December 27, 2018 The Lord be with you This coming Sunday is the First Sunday after Christmas, or simply Christmas 1. It is also the sixth day of Christmas and December 30, 2018. The Christmas season lasts just twelve days and so the maximum number

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Right There on That Hay

When our daughter was four years old, she was entertaining a young friend during Advent. The visitor’s family were not active church people, and the girl was interested in all the Advent and Christmas things in our house, particularly a very beautiful hand-carved manger scene. The two of them were

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Wednesday Thoughts for December 19

The Lord be with you Tomorrow (December 19) will be our third and final Wednesday Advent service for the year. This will wrap-up our look at Advent/Christmas traditions. Quite obliviously, there are WAY more traditions associated with these seasons than the three I’ve chosen. I’ve picked three that I think

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Sunday Thoughts for December 16, 2018

Wednesday after Advent 2 December 12, 2018 The Lord be with you This coming Sunday (December 16) is the Third Sunday of Advent. This is the Sunday churches traditionally light the pink candle on their Advent Wreath. The old Latin name for the Sunday is Gaudete. Gaudete means “rejoice” and

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Wednesday Thoughts for December 12

The Lord be with you Tomorrow, December 12, we will have our second Wednesday Advent service. Once again we will simply use Evening Prayer for our liturgy. Our hymns will be “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came” (LSB 356); “Hark the Glad Sound” (LSB 349); and “Go Tell It on

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Sunday Thoughts for December 9

The Lord be with you This coming Sunday (December 9) is the Second Sunday of Advent. We will be using the first setting of the Divine Service for our liturgy. Because it is Advent, the hymn of praise will be omited (along with the use of the word “alleluia”). The

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Wednesday (12/5) Advent Thoughts

The Lord be with you The season of Advent always has four Sundays. However, it does not always have four Wednesdays. This year we have only three Wednesdays. Tomorrow (12/5) we will have our first Wednesday Advent service. We will be using Evening Prayer for our liturgy. This is a

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