This weekend marks the arrival of Epiphany. This season of the Christian year marks the visit of the Magi when they presented their gifts to Jesus. It also celebrates the manifestation of the Gospel to the Gentiles and stands as a commemoration of the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. It is also a time of…Details
Psalm • Psalm 147 Old Testament • Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Gospel • John 1:1-18 New Testament • Galatians 3:23-4:7 Let us rejoice in the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ. The “Word” of God, the eternal logos, Emmanuel has made his home with us transforming us into his likeness. Today let us remember the end and…Details
For those of you who were here, and can remember, the Wheatland Mission began its weekly times of worship four years ago this month. After meeting in homes and gathering for periodic times of worship we embarked on this journey the second week of Advent in 2005. Here are a few things about my life in 2005 that I find worth remembering:
- we only had one teenage daughter
- we lived in BelAire
- Harrison had a hard time breathing that year (asthma), so did I (nerves)
- we didn’t know if Wheatland would make it to Easter
Psalm • Psalm 96 Old Testament • Isaiah 52:7-10 Gospel • Luke 2:1-20 and John 1:1-14 New Testament • Hebrews 1:1-12 1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed…Details
Psalm • Psalm 80 Old Testament • Micah 5:2-4 Gospel • Luke 1:39-56 New Testament • Hebrews 10:5-10 This week we will read the Magnificat which is recorded in our passage from Luke. Mary’s song is an amazing and beautiful piece of music and poetry. In addition to it’s beauty its also bold, tough and…Details
Check this out at nakedpastor: Mary breaking some difficult/wonderful news to Joseph.
HT: another good one from David Hayward
Psalm • Psalm 85 Old Testament • Zephaniah 3:14-20 Gospel • Luke 3:7-18 New Testament • Philippians 4:4-9 The readings for this 3rd week of Advent aren’t any more “Christmasy” than last week. In fact these readings remind me of the repentance aspect to the Advent season. We don’t often think about this fact but…Details
The sermon below is prayed each year during the Pascha service of Eastern Orthodox churches. Pascha comes form the word “Passover” and is the Orthodox equivalent of Easter. St. John Chrysostom, “golden throat”, wrote this over 1600 years ago and it’s worth a fresh hearing every year.
The Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
Are there any who are devout lovers of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!
Let them now receive their due!
If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their reward.
It seems only fitting that we will have child dedications this weekend. As we anticipate the birth of a baby that changed the cosmos we can celebrate the birth of four children who have radically changed the lives of their parents! Four of our families are going to participate in committing themselves, and their children,…Details