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Protected: Christmas Music

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Reformation Hymn

By Bob Kauflin and Chris Anderson We will trust God’s Word alone, where His perfect will is known; Our traditions shift like sand while His Truth forever stands. We will live by faith alone, clothed in merit not our own; All we claim is Jesus Christ and His finished sacrifice. Glory be, glory be to […]

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Protected: I’m Goin’ To Sing (June 4)

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Protected: African Psalm (Nov 20)

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Protected: Jesus Is A Rock In A Weary Land (Nov 13)

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  • Some Thoughts for Advent A Prayer for Advent

    How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given.  

    There is something about Advent and Christmas hymns that speak to me.  I hope they speak to you to.  What are hymns, really, but prayers that we sing aloud together?

    Daylight lessens as this month progresses, and in the deepest of night there rises this new star, a birth that makes possible a new day in a kingdom that reigns on this earth but is not of this earth.  The irony of lessening daylight which brings about a new day of great joy dawning in our lives.  A new day that means light and life and love.

    In this month that always seems too chaotic, I pray that we each may find stillness and peace during some part of our days.  This stillness and peace, however, gets interrupted with the cries of a newborn baby—cries of need and cries of hope.  That might be what Christmas is: a realization of our own need, and a realization of our hopes for a world that feels broken all too often.

    In the darkness of these December nights I hope that we are able find comfort in the knowledge of this coming birth.  For this birth means the coming of light, and as the scriptures so wonderful remind us, this is a light that the darkness cannot and will not overcome.  This birth means everything.  This birth changes everything.

    May we find and celebrate this birth in ourselves, and in others, and in the world, for the sake of the one who will be born and who will shine forever.  His name is Jesus.  Jesus of Nazareth.  Born in Bethlehem.  King of kings.  Lord of lords.  Jesus—the Christ.

    How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given.

    May there be enough silence in our lives, Lord, and time for expectation,
    that we may receive the gift we need,
    so we may become the gifts that others need.

    May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you all this Advent and Christmas season.

    —Pastor Derek

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