Readings for the Week of January 1, 2011

Psalm 147 • Isaiah 61:10-62:3 • Galatians 3:23-4:7 • Luke 2:15-21 “It gets darker and darker, and then Jesus is born.” – Wendell Berry And with that the Advent season concludes and we move into the season of Christmas. No longer bewailing the dark days without Christ we now rejoice at his arrival and seek…


“the unassumed is the unhealed”

My prayer is that we will all find ourselves encountering Christ in a special way this season.  Traffic is bad, the stores are crowded and the normal insanity of this season has long since descended. In the midst of this don’t let your eyes be blinded to the beauty of worshiping the Incarnate Christ. The…


Readings for Christmas Day – 2010

Psalm 96 • Isaiah 9:2-7 • Titus 2:11-14 • Luke 2:1-20 As we wrap up the season of Advent we prepare to both observe and celebrate the birth of Christ. The Incarnation, God’s plan from the beginning of time, changed and continues to change, the course of history. The Word became flesh and made his…


Advent Readings – Dec 6 through Dec 12

Psalm 146 • Isaiah 35:1-10 • James 5:7-10 • Matthew 11:2-11 This Advent we have been reflecting upon life in exile through the book of Isaiah. Some have called it the proto-Gospel because it so thoroughly points to the coming of Christ. There are several parallels between our own spiritual difficulties and the exile experience…


Readings for Nov 16 – 20

Psalm 46 • Jeremiah 23:1-6 • Luke 19:29-38 or 23:35-43 • Colossians 1:11-20 One year on the church calendar draws now to a close and another begins. It’s hard for me to believe but the season of Advent is upon us once again. Advent begins the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The calendar on the wall, or…


A Christmas Letter from Paul

Dear Wheatland Mission,

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

Advent #3: Words for the Week

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…