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Archive for December 2018

I love to sing the songs of Christmas, especially at our Christmas Eve worship services. They tell a story that is powerful and important. They remind us that God is with us, Emmanuel, in our joys and in our pains. The Christ child of Christmas shines a light into our world and into our lives.

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You have a praise worthy story to tell! Mary and Elizabeth share their praise for God and their own humble celebration as they meet during their pregnancies, one caring John who will prepare the way for the Messiah and the other, the Christ child. Perhaps it’s time we started offering our praise for God so that others might see our faithfulness and be drawn into what God is already doing?

 

 

 

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The third Sunday in Advent is known as JOY Sunday. The readings for the day reflect that joy, even the reading for today’s sermon podcast, though it’s hard to see it at first. How is it with your joy, your heart, your holiday season? Learn about waiting with joy (and hope) in today’s message.

 

 

 

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Prepare the way! That’s John’s message for us this week, but what does that mean for us today? Where are the wilderness places for us to proclaim that Christ is coming?

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The readings for Advent can seem a little out of sync with the feelings we have about the holidays, but they give us some clues about how to live in the midst of waiting and hoping. Pastor Anderson, Assistant to the Bishop for Northeast Iowa Synod, ELCA, shares some thoughts in our language at Lord of Life around the three great cares entrusted to us.

 

 

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