Receiving God’s Gifts, Sharing God’s Gifts.
Welcome to Christ Lutheran Church — a congregation of disciples called through Baptism, united by Christ’s Body and Blood, trusting in God’s inspired and inerrant Word, receiving God’s gifts of Word and Sacrament through liturgical worship, then serving and telling others the good news of Christ crucified and risen for life and salvation. We are the Body of Christ Receiving God’s Gifts and Sharing God’s Gifts for the life of the world! Read on to learn more…
Oh Lord, How Shall I Meet You?
From the Pastor's Desk
Advent, from the Latin word adventus, means arriving or coming. And Christ is indeed coming. This we know from His Word of promise.
But Advent calls us not only to acknowledge that Christ is coming, but also to be ready to meet Him when He comes. For this reason, we will join with the great hymn writer Paul Gerhardt throughout this season of Advent and ask, “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You, How Welcome You Aright?” (LSB 334), and we will hear from the prophet Isaiah some answers to this important question. O Lord, how shall we meet you? On His Turf (Isa 2:1-5), In Humble Repentance (Isa 11:1-10), With Eager Expectation (Isa 35:1-10), On His Terms (Isa 7:10-17).
Make no mistake… We must continually prepare for Jesus’ coming. We must not be caught dozing in the darkness, for the Day is at hand. “So let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Rom 13:12). “Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the House of God, that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths” (Isa 2:5). Let us not continue through life as idolaters and sinners without a second thought, but “Let us strengthen our weak hands and make firm our feeble knees, that we may have no fear when God comes with vengeance, bringing His salvation” (Isa 35:3-4). For Christ IS coming. “With righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked” (Isa 11:4).
Indeed, “the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isa 35:10). So let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob together to receive His Word and Spirit and forgiveness and hope and promise and salvation for life everlasting. Join us Wednesday nights beginning November 30th as we gather for meal and worship, taking our places with all who come to Zion with singing, that we may indeed be well prepared to meet Him when He comes.
Your Fellow Servant in Christ,
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