121212 Revelation 3:7

Text: Revelation 3:7
Theme: Oh, Come, O Key Of David, Come

The latch clicked. My heart sank. I had arrived at University School of Milwaukee early Saturday morning for my part-time job while I was a student at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. I was in such a hurry to go to the office and punch in that I forgot to take the keys out of the ignition. They were only a few feet away from me on the other side of the glass, but I couldn't get to them because all the car doors were locked.

With no other options I called a locksmith who eventually came out and opened the door so I could get my keys and get to work. I was still upset after that, in part because I had been so careless, but probably more because the locksmith's bill was substantially more than the amount of money I made that day.

If there was any good that came out of that experience, if I found a silver lining in what was for me a pretty dark cloud, I did learn a valuable lesson that day, and not just that haste makes waste. Feeling so foolish for not grabbing them, feeling so helpless without them, I was reminded of the important role keys play in our lives. And I am guessing that I am not the only person here who has that kind of story to tell.

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121209 Luke 3:1-6

Sermon Text: Luke 3:1 – 6
Sermon Theme: "Listen to the Messenger of Advent"

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene—during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God's salvation.' "

What are some of the names from the Bible that come to mind at this time of year? In his class between our Sunday Services right now, Pastor Pagels is leading a Bible study on Zachariah and Elizabeth; Mary and Joseph; and the Shepherds whom the angels appeared to on the night that Jesus was born. One of the key figures of the Advent Season is John the Baptist. During our sermons for the next two weeks, we will take a closer look at the ministry and message of this Advent Messenger. So today, as we take a closer look at the Gospel Lesson for this weekend from Luke chapter 3, we hear the encouragement to LISTEN TO THE MESSENGER OF ADVENT.

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121205 Luke 1:78,79

Text: Luke 1:78,79

Theme: Oh, Come, O Dayspring From On High

Shannon and I were new parents, and when Claire was only a few months old we went to visit her godmother. Since we hadn't seen our friend in awhile, and since she lived a couple hours away, we thought that it would be a good idea to stay overnight. So we packed up the pack-n-play and headed north for New London.

Everything seemed to be working out well until a cry broke the silence in the middle of the night. Claire was used to sleeping in her crib, and she decided that if she wasn't going to sleep there she wasn't going to sleep at all.

In the interest of full disclosure my wife was the one who usually pulled the late night baby duty, but on this night the responsibility fell to me. I picked up Claire and sat down with her in the living room and we rocked...and we rocked...we rocked back and forth in that chair until morning.

That experience gave me a deeper appreciation for what the psalmist meant when he wrote: "My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning..." (Psalm 130:6). Waiting for the morning light, wanting morning to come to put an end to a long sleepless night, for those few hours that was what I wanted more than anything else in the world.

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121202 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Text: 1 Thessalonians 3:9 – 13
Theme: "Oh Lord, Hear Our Advent Prayer!"
1. Supply What is Lacking in Our Faith
2. Help Us Live for You

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

As was mentioned at the beginning of our service, this morning we begin another Church year. This morning is also the first Sunday in the season of Advent. Advent is that time in the Christian Church year when we focus on the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Part of our focus during this Advent season will center on our studying and reading of God's Word, not only here at church but also privately in our own homes. Not only is this a good time for us to spend time in God's Word, but it is also a good time for us to spend time in prayer.

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