New Year, New Catechism


With the new year comes a new catechism.  Theses questions and answers are from the New City Catechism.  Android users can get this as an app from the Google Store.  

What is our only hope in life and death?

    That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.

    Romans 14:7–8

    For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

    Second Sunday in Advent 


     Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!  Psalm 80:1,3,14,17

    This psalm reflects both the anticipation of Christ’s incarnation and the coming again of Christ on the  Last Day when he comes in glory to judge the living and the dead.  Both in some ways are fearful and wonderful things.  Consider the message of the angel to the shepherds on that night; Fear Not! (Luke 2:10)  Here the incarnation is a cause of rejoicing and wonder as the second person of the Trinity takes on flesh.

      But there will come another time when the incarnate Word arrives this time with all his glory and ” He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” which is both a fearful and wonderful thing.  

    Advent Sunday


    Matthew 21:5

    Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden. 

    Those of you who hold to the RPW probably won’t be having an Advent service today.  But those who have come from a liturgical calendar tradition recognize that this is the season of Advent.  

    Advent is the season that proceeds Christmas.  During this time we look forward to Christ’s return and at the same time we look back to Christ’s first coming, his incarnation.  So today take some time to meditate on what it means to prepare for the coming of Christ how we like Israel looked forward to his coming.  And how we can rejoice that he did come.