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Sunday's Hymn: As with Gladness Men of Old

As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onward, beaming bright;
So, most gracious God, may we
Evermore be led to thee.

As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly cradle bed,
There to bend the knee before
Him whom heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek thy mercy-seat.

As they offered gifts most rare
At that cradle rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure, and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to thee, our heav’nly King.

Holy Jesus, ev’ry day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds thy glory hide.

In the heav’nly country bright
Need they no created light;
Thou its Light, its Joy, its Crown,
Thou its Sun which goes not down;
There for ever may we sing
Alleluias to our King.

Other hymns, worship songs, prayers, sermons excerpts, or quotes posted today:

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Thankful Thursday

Here are a few things I’m thankful for this evening.

  • safe travels, for my son, who is on a road trip right now, and for the rest of the family as we drive around daily taking care of our business.

  • house plants and candles bringing life to my home in the dead of winter.

  • strength and energy to help care for my grandchildren and keep up with my other duties.

  • advent season and the opportunity to reflect on the Son’s first coming. And while I’m thinking of it, for the promise that the Son will come again—his second advent.

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment with your thanksgiving, post your thanksgiving on your blog, or tweet it. Give me the link by email or in a comment and I’ll add your thanksgiving to the list in the post.


Theological Term of the Week

Another term for the second coming of Christ, from the Greek word parousia meaning “coming” or “presence.”

  • In scripture (four texts from 1 Thessalonians): 

    For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy. (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 ESV)

    … and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 ESV)

    For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. (1 Thessalonians 4:15 ESV)

    Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV)

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Status Report: December

Sitting…on the couch in the living room.

Eatinga pear for my bedtime snack. 

Waiting…to turn in for the night. The phone woke me this morning at 5:20AM. It was a long distance number I didn’t recognize. My youngest son left yesterday, traveling the Alaska highway with friends, and they planned to drive through the night last night, so I answered, afraid of bad news, only to hear the click of someone hanging up. I got up and searched online for info on the phone number. Turns out it was the famous fake Microsoft phone scam. Yes, I was actually relieved to learn I’d been awakened at 5:20AM by a scammer. 

I tried to go back to sleep, but couldn’t, so I’ve been fighting sleep all evening. My goal is to stay awake until 10pm. Only 30 minutes to go. Yawn.

Feeling…happy to finally receive a text from my son telling me he’d arrived in Prince George. (Cell phone coverage is mostly non-existent on the Alaska highway, so it can be 900 miles or more of no-contact when a loved one travels it.)

Anticipating…the arrival of my fourth grandchild on Friday.

Not liking…cold weather, and it’s not been really cold yet. And it’s only the first of December. When did I become such a weather wimp?

Wishing…we had more snow. Because if it’s going to be cold, there might as well be enough snow to tromp through.

Not put up the Christmas tree until the 14th or 15th of December. I like love the decorated tree … for about a week. If I put it up in early December, I’d be taking it down before the big day.

Thanking…God for new opportunities for my youngest son.

Taking…the dog out for his before bed potty trip. Putting on a big, long parka that makes me look like Mole from The Wind in the Willows.  

Wishing…you a December full of worship and fellowship.


Heidelberg Catechism

Question 65. Since it is by faith alone that we share in Christ and all his benefits, where does this faith come from?

Answer: From the Holy Spirit, (a) who produces faith in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel, and strengthens it by the use of the sacraments. (b)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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