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A Good Preacher – check this out for a rating!

Luther said –

A good preacher should have these qualities and virtues: first, to teach systematically; second, he should have a ready wit; third, he should be eloquent; fourth, he should have a good voice; fifth, a good memory; sixth, he should know when to make an end; seventh, he should be sure of his doctrine; eighth, he should venture and engage body and blood, wealth and honour, in the world; ninth, he should suffer himself to be mocked and jeered of everyone…. Martin Luther (1483-1546), Table-Talk

I got two out of nine.  I wonder what the score means.  I leave it to you to figure which of the two I have.

Continued Blessed Christmas to you all.  Here is my rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Liitle Christmas” from the movie “Meet Me in St. Louis”.  I remember Judy Garland singing this to her little sister while it snowed outside.  When I was in St. Louis it was a long time before we had any snow, but when we did it was a nightmare.  Everyone traveling be careful.  Those staying home, stay warm.

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The King of Glory Comes

From Hebrews –

3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

From Collossians –

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

From Luther –

Ah, we poor people, to be so cold and sluggish in the face of the great joy that has clearly been prepared for us! This great benefaction exceeds by far all the other works of creation; and yet our faith in it is found to be so weak, although it is preached and sung to us by angels, who are heavenly theologians and who were so glad for our sake! Their song is very, very beautiful and describes the entire Christian religion. For giving glory to God in the highest heaven is the supreme worship. This they wish and bring to us in the Christ .. Martin Luther quoted in E. M. Plass, WHAT LUTHER SAYS, p.154

And finally Luther –

I have a better Caretaker than you and all the angels. He it is who lies in a manger … but at the same time sits at the right hand of God, the almighty Father. Therefore be at rest. — Martin Luther , letter to his wife Kate: 1546, eleven days before his death.

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Deaconess Eunita’s Christmas Adventure

Eunita, pastor Sean Daenzer, & Bob Wurl

Eunita, pastor Sean Daenzer, & Bob Wurl

This is the announcement from Bob Wurl one of the original Project 24 guys about Deaconess Eunita.

Please find enclosed a photo of Eunita Odongo – a deaconess from Kenya –  doing part of what these tireless workers do for the church.  Here she is speaking to a bunch of children at the Othoro Rescue Center which is home to some 40+ orphans.   Eunita spends time with this endeavor as well as working on congregational and community outreach to elderly, sick, orphan families that have  children being the head of the household, and other distressed people in the community or church members.

Please come to listen to her testimony of Christian faith in action that is common place with the church in Kenya on Wednesday, December 26 at 7:00 p.m. – Hot Cakes Café, Hankinson.  Invite others that you think might have an interest as well, bring your whole family.

Eunita is going to school in Boston at the present time and is coming to North Dakota to talk about  Mission opportunities and challenges that are going on in Kenya.

She looks forward to meeting  You  and to meet fellow Christians from North Dakota and Minnesota.

Eunita is going to be all over the place.  She goes to Willmar Minnesota and St. Cloud.  Here is her schedule as I have seen it.  If you get a chance she is a wonderful person to visst with so take the time to say “hi”.

Dec 30 – Bible study Room from 9:45 to 10:45 at Immanuel in Grand Forks

Dec 30—Home Reception at Wade and Cheryl  Gjevre In Drayton –6 PM Potluck

January 2 – Redeemer in Willmar  7PM Weds Evening – Pastor Steve Bielenburg

January 3—Prince of “Peace Lutheran School” in St cloud Minn.  –Candice Bicondoa – Forum and classrooms  1PM

January 4 and 5 – In Dickinson North Dakota with Nikki  and Olivia Tyrrell and pastor Wolters.  School, Ladies Bible study

and  Congregational event in progress.

 

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O Chrismon Tree part 6

chrismon 8The one who spoke from the burning bush to Moses was, we believe, the preincarnate Christ.  So when Moses asked who was speaking to him and the reply was “I Am That I Am” it means about the same as when Jesus calls himself the “Alpha and Omega”.  There is a Chrismon that depicts the burning bush.

Rev. Mark Chepulis on Cavalier ND wrote a wonderful sermon for the 4th Sunday in Advent.  It is the visit of Mary to Elizabeth.  Here is a part of the sermon.

For the Lord visits His people.  He visits His people to save them.  You it see throughout the Scriptures that man doesn’t go to God, but God visits them.  He visits Adam and Eve in the garden, He visits Moses in the burning bush and the Tent of Meeting, He visits Joshua as the Commander of the Lord’s Army.  Man doesn’t need to build a tower into the heavens because the Lord visits and comes down to His people.

But in today’s text, it’s different.  Today, He doesn’t visit His people as a burning bush, a pillar of fire, as the Angel of the Lord, but He comes to us as one of us; the Lord comes wrapped in flesh.  Can you wrap your heads around this: that the God who created the heavens and the earth, the God who spoke into being all that exists, enters into His creation and is, Himself, existing in time and space, in human flesh and blood in the womb of Mary?  We confess often in the Creed that Jesus was “for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man,” but can we even begin to understand that God is developing in the womb of a virgin?  Can we even begin to wonder at the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has, in Mary, an earthly mother?  The Lord visits His people to save them, He visits for us and for our salvation; to enter His creation via the womb of Mary, to live, to suffer, and to die on a cross.

The Lord’s first stop, the first of our Lord’s visitation as man, recorded in Scripture, is to Elizabeth and John, the baby growing in her aged womb.  Two pregnant women who shouldn’t be pregnant.  The womb of the senior citizen, Elizabeth, has been opened and is bearing the heralder of the Lamb of God.   The womb of the young virgin, Mary, who had never known a man has become fruitful by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus and His Prophet, who is to prepare His way, meet for the first time.

And how do Elizabeth and John react with the Lord and His mother’s visitation?  Joy.  Sheer joy.  “And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.  And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” 

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Obscured by Glitter

Luther on the Titus 2:11-14 says –

The way of God does not require us to build churches and cathedrals, to make pilgrimages, to hear mass, and so on. God requires a heart moved by his grace, a life mistrustful of all ways not emanating from grace. Nothing more can one render God than such loyalty. All else is rather his gift to us. He says (Ps 50, 14-15), in effect: “Think not, 0 Israel, I inquire after thy gifts and offerings; for everything in heaven and earth is mine. This is the service I require of thee: to offer unto me thanksgiving and pay thy vows. Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” In other words: Thou hast vowed that I should be thy God. Then keep this vow. Let me work; perform not thine own works. Let me help thee in thy need. For everything, look to me. Let me alone direct thy life. Then wilt thou be able to know me and my grace; to love and praise me. This is the true road to salvation. If thou doest otherwise, performing thine own works, thou wilt give thyself praise, wilt disregard me and refuse to accept me as thy God. Thou wilt prove treacherous and break thy vow.

Note, such obedience to God is real, divine service. For this service we need no bells nor churches, no vessels nor ornaments. Lights and candles are not necessary; neither are organs and singing, images and pictures, tables and altars. We require not bald pates nor caps, not incense nor sprinkling, not processions nor handling of the cross; neither are indulgences nor briefs essential. All these are human inventions, mere matters of taste. God does not regard them, and too often they obscure with their glitter the true service of God. Only one thing is necessary to right service–the Gospel. Let the Gospel be properly urged; through it let divine service be made known to the people. The Gospel is the true bell, the true organ, for divine service.

That line about being obscured by glitter hit me this morning………………………

 

My cat and the Chrismon Tree

My cat and the Chrismon Tree

 

 

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First Christmas Morning

First Christmas

Luther Wrote in his Christmas sermon –

“Joseph had to do his best, and it may well be that he asked some maid to fetch water or something else, but we do not read that anyone came to help. They heard that a young wife was lying in a cow stall and no one gave heed. Shame on you, wretched Bethlehem! The inn ought to have been burned with brimstone, for even though Mary had been a beggar maid or unwed, anybody at such a time should have been glad to give her a hand.

There are many of you in this congregation who think to yourselves: “If only I had been there! How quick I would have been to help the Baby! I would have wash­ed His linen. How happy I would have been to go with the shepherds to see the Lord lying in the manger!” Yes, you would! You say that because you know how great Christ is, but if you had been there at that time you would have done no better than the people of Bethlehem. Childish and silly thoughts are these! Why don’t you do it now! You have Christ in your neighbor. You ought to serve him, for what you do to your neighbor in need you do to the Lord Christ Him­self.

Here is my cover of Dan Folgelberg’s “First Christmas Morning”.

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First Christmas – some thoughts and a prayer.

Christmas at All Faiths Chapel

Christmas at All Faiths Chapel

There was a Christmas program at All Faiths Chapel.  It was offered by staff and some of the clients and it was very well done.  It has even gone on the road to nursing homes around the area.  It was simple yet profound and that got me to thinking of that first Christmas.  How simple was that? – first preacher, an angel.  first congregation, shepherds.  First church, a Judean field.  First offering, a baby in a manger.  So here is a little simple song I wrote called “First Christmas”.  My simple prayer is that the peace of that Christ Child, bought by His suffering and death and resurrection be yours in the days and weeks ahead.

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The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came.

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AnnucnciationThere is a great Basque Hymn in the Lutheran Service book but I can’t get the syncopation so I wrote my own melody.  The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came is Hymn number 356.  Sting did a nice rendition of it.  Here is mine.  And here are some quotes from http://elvis.rowan.edu/~kilroy/JEK/03/25.html

The following paragraph is from Chapter 14 of the book Miracles, by C.S.Lewis.

  …one of those features of the Christian story which is  repulsive to the modern mind. To be quite frank, we do not at  all like the idea of a “chosen people”. Democrats by birth and  education, we should prefer to think that all nations and  individuals start level in the search for God, or even that all  religions are equally true. It must be admitted at once that  Christianity makes no concessions to this point of view. It  does not tell of a human search for God at all, but of  something done by God for, to, and about Man. And the way in  which it is done is selective, undemocratic, to the highest  degree. After the knowledge of God had been universally lost or  obscured, one man from the whole earth (Abraham) is picked out.  He is separated (miserably enough, we may suppose) from his  natural surroundings, sent into a strange country, and made the  ancestor of a nation who are to carry the knowledge of the true  God. Within this nation there is further selection: some die in  the desert, some remain behind in Babylon. There is further  selection still. The process grows narrower and narrower, sharpens at last into one small bright point like the head of a  spear. It is a Jewish girl at her prayers. All humanity (so far  as concerns its redemption) has narrowed to that.

The following quotation is from Martin Luther’s sermon “On the Magnificat” (the Song of Mary, Luke 1:46-55).

       “For He that is mighty hath done great things for me, and  Holy is His Name.” (Luke 1:49)  The “great things” are nothing less than that she became the  Mother of God, in which work so many and such great good things  are bestowed upon her as pass man’s understanding. For on this  there follows all honor, all blessedness, and her unique place  in the whole of mankind, among whom she has no equal, namely,  that she had a child by the Father in Heaven, and such a child.

She herself is unable to find a name for this work, it is  too exceedingly great; all she can do is break out in the  fervent cry: “They are great things,” impossible to describe  or define. Hence men have crowded all her glory into a single  word, calling her the Mother of God.

No one can say anything greater of her or to her, though  he had as many tongues as there are leaves on the trees, or  grass in the fields, or stars in the sky, or sand by the sea.  It needs to be pondered in the heart, what it means to be the  Mother of God.

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Eunita Is Coming to North Dakota and Minnesota

eunita at Othoro No Eunita is not the latest named winter storm.  This from Roger Weinlaeder

Please find enclosed a photo of Eunita Odongo – a deaconess from Kenya –  doing part of what these tireless workers do for the church.  Here she is speaking to a bunch of children at the Othoro Rescue Center which is home to some 40+ orphans.   Eunita spends time with this endeavor as well as working on congregational and community outreach to elderly, sick, orphan families that have  children being the head of the household, and other distressed people in the community or church members.

Please come to listen to her testimony of Christian faith in action that is common place with the church in Kenya.

Eunita is going to school in Boston at the present time and is coming to North Dakota to talk about  Mission opportunities and challenges that are going on in Kenya.

She looks forward to meeting  You  and to meet fellow Christians from North Dakota and Minnesota.

I am pleased to be able to Host Deaconess Eunita over the Christmas Holidays.  The time that I have spent with the Deaconesses in Kenya was a very rewarding time.  We can all gain from their experience and dedication in the way that they demonstrate  god will in how we care for one another physically and spiritually.

Please find enclosed the schedule that I have for Eunita at the present time. If there is something that I have missed please contact me so that I can get it right.  I really appreciate all of you for taking your time and making the effort  to allow Eunita  to Share with us the things that are going on with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Africa.

Schedule as follows:

Dec 27 – 28  Bob Wurl and bill Sharpe – program in progress?

Dec 30 – Bible study Room from 9:45 to 10:45 at Immanuel in Grand Forks

Dec 30—Home Reception at Wade and Cheryl  Gjevre In Drayton –6 PM Potluck

January 2 – Redeemer in Willmar  7PM Weds Evening – Pastor Steve Bielenburg

January 3—Prince of “Peace Lutheran School” in St cloud Minn.  –Candice Bicondoa – Forum and classrooms  1PM

January 4 and 5 – In Dickinson North Dakota with Nikki  and Olivia Tyrrell and pastor Wolters.  School, Ladies Bible study

and  Congregational event in progress.

January 6 – return to Boston

 

The holiday season is a busy time of the year [its always busy] and there are some time frames that are still available that would allow for some opportunities.   Some have expressed an interest in hosting Eunita and utilizing this opportunity to learn about fellow believers in Africa and their challenges.

Please pass any corrections or point out errors.

Be Blessed

Roger Weinlaeder

7162 160th Dr NE

Drayton, ND 58225

701-454-6427 Phone

701-454-3554 Fax

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The Light Blue Tilting Planet

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So while folks were down in Mexico burning incense and taking pictures of their “auras” as they waited for the world to end, I had dinner with friends and went to bed at 9:30 listening to “The Big Theory” on the TV.  I know the world will end someday and God has a plan that we are not privy to and that’s OK.  Someone said today they thought the shootings in Connecticut were the final straw.  Evil at that magnitude was just too much they said.  I reminded them of the slaughter of the innocents in Bethlehem at the murderous rage of Herod.  the slaughter of innocents has been going on for awhile.  But I don’t have the energy to go down those paths today.  We pray for those in Coinnecticut because that is what we do in the face of evil and we remember that the reason the end hasn’t come is that God is patient and wants all to hear the message of his love.  I wrote this a few years ago.  Seems appropriate this morning.

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