T – 3 Days to Nativity (Christmas Eve)

“The people living in darkness have seen a great light” Isaiah 9:2-7 • Titus 2:11-14 • Luke 2:1-20 Advent concludes with the Christmas Eve service. Christians often gather at a midnight service in order to observe, at the earliest possible moment, the nativity of Jesus of Nazareth. While we may not be sure of the…

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Stealing for Advent

This is a guest post from Josh Wigdahl. It is an excellent reflection on Advent.  And so, in the season of advent, with the spirit of longing, expectation, and hoped-for-fulfillment guiding our hearts, I offer you this, my second post to this blog. May it fulfill all of your hopes. There are two things I…

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Advent 4 ~ December 17, 2016

“Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14 Ps 80:1-7, 17-19 • Isaiah 7:10-16 • Romans 1:1-7 • Matthew 1:18-25 As each week of Advent passes, joy makes a greater appearance. The anticipation of the season is not complete but it is coupled with greater hopefulness,…

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Advent 3 ~ December 10, 2016

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior…” – Mary the Mother of Jesus Luke 1:46b-55 • Isaiah 35:1-10 • James 5:7-10 • Matthew 11:2-11 The Magnificat is Mary’s song. She sings it after she is visited by her cousin Elizabeth, herself pregnant with John the Baptist. The song fits perfectly…

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Advent 2 ~ December 3, 2016

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light…” – Isaiah 9:2  Psalm 72 • Isaiah 11:1-10 • Romans 15:4-13 • Matthew 3:1-12 During Advent we wait. In this time we recall Israel’s longing for the Messiah, and we learn to yearn for the second coming—the end of history as we know it and…

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Advent 1 ~ November 26, 2016

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.” – Isaiah 9:2 Psalm 122 • Isaiah 2:1-5 • Romans 13:11-14 • Matthew 24:36-44 The season of Advent is ingeniously placed at the time of year with the shortest days. It is the darkest time of year. During our Advent services we read from the dark…

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Readings for the Week of November 19

Christ the King Saturday Psalm 46 • Jeremiah 23:1-6 • Colossians 1:11-20 • Luke 1:68-79; 23:33-43 The Feast of Christ the King marks the end of the Church year, as it should, signifying Christ’s elevation as King over all. The anticipation of Christ’s coming, the joy of his birth, his suffering and resurrection (along with…

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Readings for the Week of November 12

The Wheatland Mission is on retreat this weekend. Join us for worship at Hesston’s Crosswinds Conference Center for worship on Saturday, 7 PM. No worship at our regular location.  Psalm 98 • Malachi 4:1-2 • II Thessalonians 3:6-13 • Luke 21:5-19 Sometimes Scripture is simply beyond us. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t attempt to understand…

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All Saints Day – 2016

All Saints Day and All Souls Day Psalm 149 • Daniel 7:1-18 • Ephesians 1:11-23 • Luke 6:20-31 Today, we remember those great Christians whose names are remembered on churches, hospitals, and cities. Names like, St. Mark, St. Mary, St. Paul, St. Patrick, St. Benedict, St. Gregory, St. Anna, and St. Augustine. It is good…

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Readings for the Week of October 29

Readings for Proper 26 – October 29 Ps 119:137-144 • Isaiah 1:10-18 • II Thessalonians 1:1-12 • Luke 19:1-10 There are 613 individual commands in Old Testament Law. There are strange commands like: “Don’t boil a kid in its mother’s milk” (Ex. 23:19), “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or…

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