Isaiah 64:1-9 the appointed Old Testament text for the 1st Sunday in Advent was our focus for this morning. How could Isaiah ask the Lord to rend the heavens and come down? How could Isaiah pray to God and refer to him as “our Father” or “our Redeemer?” Questions like this and others are answered in Isaiah’s text. We also take a look at how our liturgy today points directly to the coming Advent, either the celebration of Christ’s birth or constant reminder that Christ is returning again… We do not know the day or the hour, but we are urgently witnessing to both God’s children and His lost children.
Archive for November, 2011
What will you be giving thanks for on Thanksgiving? What does the Jesus healing the ten lepers have to do with Thanksgiving? What does MDOT have to do with the lepers? Before sitting down to watch the parades and/or NFL games… before preparing to shop the early sales on Friday… Blessed Savior would like to help you start off Thanksgiving with God’s Word and celebration of Holy Communion. Join us as Vicar Ekong unpacks the “Healing of the Ten Lepers.”
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November 17, 2011
ST. LOUIS—Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will offer a one-day pre-Lenten workshop for pastors on Friday, January 20, 2012 called “Seeing is Not Believing: The Passion Story in Mark.”
Those following the three-year lectionary will hear Mark’s unique voice this year. Mid-week Lenten services offer the opportunity to contemplate Mark’s account of Christ’s passion, which is not part of the Sunday lectionary cycle.
Pastors will gather from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Presidents’ Room on the Seminary campus. The morning will focus on an overview of Mark and exegesis of Mark’s passion and resurrection account, led by Dr. James Voelz. Following lunch (included in registration fee), weekly service themes will be explained by Seminary professors Drs. Voelz, Jeffrey Gibbs, Joel Biermann, Charles Arand, and Kent Burreson. Included in the service themes will be Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Resurrection of Our Lord.
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What does it mean to be ready for the second coming? What are we to do with every blessing that God has bestowed upon us? Are we to envy those who have great talents? Is there some sort of gain for trading of our talent to another? The world tells us to not only gather worldly possessions, but to covet them. The world would have us apply our worldly norms on God’s blessing to us. What does that mean for you as Christians?
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November 10, 2011
ST. LOUIS—Perhaps you have considered the possibility of serving as a “Shepherd of God’s Flock” — a pastor, missionary, or chaplain — but you have questions such as:
How can I know for sure whether or not I should be a pastor?
What does the Bible say about being a pastor?
What does a pastor, missionary, or chaplain do?
What are the joys and challenges that they face?
Is there a need for them?
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, invites you to explore these questions and more in a relaxed, retreat-like atmosphere on the Seminary campus at an event called Shepherds of God’s Flock on January 5, 2012.
Designed for those in college or older, the retreat will focus on the spiritual and personal aspects of the decision-making process. During this one-day event, you will: mine the depths of the Scriptures concerning this office; hear from pastors, missionaries, and chaplains concerning the joys and challenges of their service; talk with other retreat guests from around the country who are contemplating such service; worship with the Seminary community in chapel; and talk with current Seminary students about their decisions to prepare for such service.
There is no cost to attend. All meals and lodging will be provided free of charge. Dress is casual. Please bring a Bible. Wives, fiancées, and girlfriends are also encouraged to attend. Participants are encouraged to stay through Friday, January 6, to attend “Green and Gold Days,” allowing for time to sit in on Seminary classes.
For more information or to register, contact Concordia Seminary admissions at 800-822-9545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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