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God’s Kingdom Is Great In 2-0-1-8

“The kingdom of God is…righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 14:17

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         The Present

Matthew 1:21 – “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 

Luke 2:7 – “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

John 1:14 – “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Galatians 4:4-5 – “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”

     A blessed December to you!!  The Present, of course, is Jesus.  For you and me and all.  The promise fulfilled, the payment made—eternal life secured for all who believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ our Lord.

     And the present, of course, is now.  Now!  Don’t wait.  Open your Bible.  

     Open it early…and often.  Get back into the Word like you’ve never been before!  It truly is the Gift that keeps on giving.  Giving the peace that surpasses understanding.  Giving the joy of our salvation.  Giving the grace that is breathed into us in the gifts of Word and Sacrament—every time we gather in God’s house for Worship. 

     Now is the time; today is the day, and you are NOT too busy to spend moments with your Lord Jesus, Who loves you with an everlasting love.  Throughout this month wonderful and powerful opportunities will be given to all of us on Sunday mornings, as well as all of the other special seasonal Services.  

     Wonderful and powerful.  Why?  Because I as your pastor will be there?  Hardly.  They will be amazing and awe-filled times of Worship because we’ve got a Real.  Present.  God.  That’s why I love to say:  See you in church!

     From my family to yours:  a most holy and blessed Advent and merry Christmas to you!  In the name of Jesus, Who makes us one in Christ—one in Ministry—one in Mission,  
            Pastor Don Fraker

Commending of Self Prayer

Blessed Lord Christ, I commend myself to Your direction and care today.  May I speak with Your tongue, work with Your hands, walk with Your feet, feel with Your heart, think with Your thoughts and breathe with Your Spirit.  Amen.

(by John Baillie – 1886-1960)


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