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For Sunday 11 December 2016


As we gather for worship this coming Sunday the Advent theme that “the Lord’s coming is near. . . . The Judge is standing at the door!” (James 5:8-9) is repeated. This repetition comes today with a change in emphasis, however. We are encouraged now to patience and hopefulness in our waiting. “Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way . . .,” the prophet says, “[for] your God will come . . . with vengeance . . . to save you” (Isaiah 53:3-4). In prison the Baptizer’s patience was tested because the judgment he prophesied had not yet come. Jesus assures him, and us, that any “delay” in judgment allows the Messiah to complete His work of healing and raising and saving, so that many more may “enter Zion with singing . . . [and be overtaken by] gladness and joy” (Isaiah 35:10).



Midweek Advent Services

Begining 30 November we will gather on Wednesday evenings to join in worship praying for our Lord's Advent, that is his coming. The services, following the liturgy of Evening Prayer, will begin at 7:00 pm and last about 40 minutes.

Our meditations this year come under the general hheading: Christ is Coming! The weekly themes are based on the four verses of the hymn, Lo! He Comes with clouds Descending (LSB 336), as the hymn teaches us about the coming reign of our Lord Jesus and exorts us to join in exaltation and praise of our Savior-King. As we hear the readings from Scripture and reflect on the hymn the Lord will encourage us to pray in fervent hope and longing the Advent prayer of the Church, "Come Lord Jesus! Come Quickly!"

Please join us as we gather to hear our Lord's promises and thus be encouraged and strengthened in our faith as we wait for him to come and deliver us.

  Christ is Coming!  
Nov. 30 Mark 14:61b-62 "He Comes to Reign!"
Dec. 7 Matthew 24:29-31 "Once Rejected, Now Glorious"
Dec. 14 John 20:24-29 "Exalt in His Glorious Scars"
Dec. 21 Revelation 5:6-14 "Adore Your King"

When Advent has ended, our celebration of the incarnation of our Lord will include services of lessons and carols at 7:00 pm and 10:30 pm on 24 December followed by a Divine Service on 25 December at 10:15 am. On 1 January, we will celebrate the Feast of the Name and Circumcision of Jesus with a Divine Service at 10:15 am.



President Harrison's comments on the HHS Birth Control Mandate, 15 February 2012

President Harrison's prepared testimony to the U.S. House Committee Hearing, 16 February 2012:

President Harrison's answers to questions from U.S. House Committee members,16 February 2012

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