December 2011

Hear, Read, Mark, Learn, and Inwardly Digest Anti-Semitism?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/13/2011 - 08:25

In an often-quoted Sunday Collect we pray,

“Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”

The Prince of Peace

Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 08:26

Attendance soars at the Christmas Eve service at my church and probably at most churches.  What draws people?  They know the story and they long to hear it again.  It reminds them that God is a God of infinite tenderness, and God’s love embraces all people.  Deeper still, they sense a mysterious Peace, a paradoxical mixture of stillness and joy, suffusing the whole Christmas Eve liturgy.  When the last note has been sung they leave, uplifted.