Devotions In the New Year

If you are looking for devotions for 2015, I recommend the Carolinas Mission District daily devotions. If you want devotions that will teach you the Lutheran Confessions (The Book of Concord), Sola Publishing Company’s devotions are written by Pr, Ryman. Here is Day 1.

Sola Devotions – January 1, 2015

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Mark 9:14-29

From the Confessions: The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Pulling It Together

Our word “creed” comes from the Latin “credo,” which means “I believe.” When we say a creed, we are concisely confessing what we believe.

We confess the orthodox, ancient teachings of the Apostles using three principal creeds, the first of which is the Apostles’ Creed. (The other two creeds are the Nicene and the Athanasian creeds, each which seeks to explain the Trinity more clearly.) The earliest mention of this creed by name is in a letter from the late-fourth century, probably written by Ambrose, the Archbishop of Milan. This indicates that the creed had already been in use for some time, at least in some form.

The Apostles’ Creed is divided in three sections comprising the name of God: the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. God is what (or rather, who) we believe. Using this ancient creed, we first confess a distillation of Scripture, and what the Athanasian Creed later says of God: that he is “Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity.” (line 27)

This teaching is difficult to believe by way of our limited reasoning. Therefore we confess what the Scripture teaches, and with the father of the boy with the unclean spirit, say, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Prayer: Father, may your Spirit testify with my spirit the truth of your Word, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Check out Sola’s Confirmation workbook, The Apostle’s Creed, designed to be a small group Bible study, student book for home school or independent study programs, or as a classroom tool and homework resource as part of an existing confirmation program.

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Christmas Services

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Our Christmas Eve services are at 7:00PM and 10:30PM. Both are candlelight services with Holy Communion. The 7:00PM service will feature special music from our children and youth.

There will indeed be a service of worship Christmas Morning at 10:00AM. Please dress comfortably. Come in your pajamas, if you like. Just be there to worship the Christ of God on Christmas morning.

The First and Second Sundays After Christmas (the Sundays during the 12 days of Christmas) are December 28 and January 4. Sunday worship services are at the regular times:

10:00am – Service with Holy Communion
6:00pm – Vespers at Pastor’s home (620 W. Kivett St.)

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Parking Lot Extension

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Our additional parking is underway! By Christmas, we should have twice as much parking available. Thanks, Property Committee, for seeing this project through.

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gravel

The gravel is down and settling a bit before the asphalt is applied. You can already see how seamless the extension will be.

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Advent & Christmas Schedule

Wednesdays, December 3 – 17
7:00PM, Holden Evening Prayer

Sunday, December 14
11:30AM, Covered Dish Luncheon
followed by the musical, “Two Nights Before Christmas,”
starring our children and youth and Pastor Ryman
as the grumpy, singing custodian, Mr. McDuff.

Friday, December 19
6:00PM, the church van leaves for Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury
7–9:00PM, Youth Advent Ball

Wednesday, December 24
7:00PM, Candlelight Service with Children’s message & Communion
10:30PM, Candlelight Service with Communion

Thursday, December 25
10:00AM, Christmas Service. Dress comfortably.

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