O Come, O Come, Emmanu-Adam

O Come, O Come, Emmanu-Adam

“…and they shall name him ‘Emmanu-el,’ which means, ‘God is with us.’” ~Matthew 1:23b Now that the Welch family has made the switch to an artificial Christmas Tree, our tree will have no trouble making it to Epiphany, January 6, the 12th day of Christmas. In previous...
Purposeful Decisions

Purposeful Decisions

From Bethesda’s Administrative Coordinator, Amy Weinkauf This year, as my family sat around the table for our traditional Christmas Eve meal, we commented how much we had enjoyed the Advent season. When was the last time we felt that way? We paused for a moment trying...
The Prophet Of The Most High

The Prophet Of The Most High

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways…- Luke 1:76 The above line is the first words of a solo that the leader sings when leading the Gospel Canticle in the Matins service in the LBW. Many...
Mary and the Indwelling Word

Mary and the Indwelling Word

During the Sundays in Advent we will dwell in Mary’s story. Our focus scripture for this Receiving, Responding, Rejoicing season includes the encouragement to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16). No doubt, Mary is a wonderful witness to this...
Joy To The World

Joy To The World

“…with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God.”—Colossians 3:16 Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king; let ev’ry heart prepare him room and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and nature sing,...
Secret Christmas

Secret Christmas

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and to our children forever.” Deuteronomy 29:29 “The mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them, God chose to...