Sunday, December 30, 2012

For the Sunday of Christmastide*

The people walking in darkness
Have seen a great light
On those living in the land of the shadow of death
A light has dawned.
Jesus Christ is our life and light.
In his name and in his power, let us worship God!

*Christmastide, literally “Christmas time,” refers to the Twelve Days of Christmas, from Christmas eve to the eve of Epiphany, January 5, the same season celebrated in the Christmas song of the same name. Epiphany, January 6, is celebrated in Liturgical churches as the time when the Magi brought their gifts to the Christ child.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

3rd Sunday of Advent

Hark, the glad sound! The Savior comes,
The Savior promised long;
Let every heart exult with joy,
And every voice be song!
Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
Thy welcome shall proclaim;
And heavens exalted arches ring
With Thy most honored Name.
 --Philip Doddridge

Sunday, November 25, 2012

For the Lord's Day - Sunday before Advent

“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” --   Jerry Bridges in The Discipline of Grace.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

For the Lord's Day - Thanksgiving Sunday

“Tragically, most of us have been taught that duty, not delight, is the way to glorify God. We have not been taught that delight in God is our duty! Being satisfied with God is not an optional add-on to the real stuff of Christian duty. It is the most basic demand of all. ‘Delight yourself in the LORD’ (Psalm 37:4 is not a suggestion, but a command. So are: ‘Serve the LORD with gladness’ (Psalm 100:2) and, ‘Rejoice in the LORD always (Philippians4:4).”  – John Piper, The Godward Life

Sunday, November 11, 2012

For the Lord's Day

"By far the greatest and most general controversy which Satan has with the saint of God is, to lead him to doubt the ability and the willingness of Christ to save a poor sinner. The anchor of his soul removed from this truth he is driven out upon a rough sea of doubt and anguish, and is at the mercy of every wind of doctrine and every billow of unbelief that may assail his storm-tossed bark." ~ Octavius Winslow

Sunday, November 4, 2012

For the Lord's Day and the week

Almighty God, who holds us to account for the use of all our powers and privileges: Guide, we pray, the people of these United States of America in the election of their rulers and representatives; that by wise legislations and faithful administration the rights of all, free-born, foreign born and unborn, may be protected, and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”.
(Adapted and modified by RE Larry Byers from The Book of Common Worship-1946)