Jan 10, 2021
In the opening of his letter to the Corinthians, Paul emphasizes the idea of “calling”: he identifies himself as “called by the will of God” (vs. 1) and refers to his readers as those who are “called to be saints together” (vs. 2). This reminder of our identity in Christ, a powerful appeal for Christians to...
Jan 3, 2021
God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. —1 John 1:5
Light has been a consistent motive found in Christmas celebrations throughout history. From the legend of St. Lucy’s candle headdress which enlivens the winter solstice in Scandinavia, to the “star singer” processions of central Europe where children...
Dec 27, 2020
Then Herod, when he saw that he
had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and
killed all the male
children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained
from the wise men. —Matthew 2:16
December 28 (or in our case, the Sunday...
Dec 21, 2020
One of the joyous difficulties of the Advent season is finding a way to include in the service all the wonderful hymns and carols that we only get to sing during this time of year—an impossible task, for sure. Today, we will get to sing one of the more obscure members of the Christmas carol tradition. Come All You...
Dec 13, 2020
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the...