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Your support has been amazing for the LSSI’s Giving Tree ministry:  Remember to leave all gifts at St. Tim’s by noon on December 4. Gifts should be either unwrapped or in a gift bag and must be labeled with the slot/ornament number, social worker’s name and the child’s name. Gift cards should also be labeled and can be turned into the office. If you would still like to give a gift, you can give a gift card in any amount marked “giving tree.” If you have any questions call the office.

Fling Wide the Door – Advent Devotion – Wednesday, November 30

Fling Wide the Door – Advent Devotion – Wednesday, November 30

“Fling Wide the Door” (ELW 259)

Romans 15:4-13

Today’s reading from Romans encourages us to live
in harmony with one another. For the writer, Paul,
this isn’t a shallow “let’s all get along” sort of feeling.
Rather, he is communicating a sense of hope—an
openness to possibility—that when we build up our
neighbor, we begin to live into the vision of unity
that God has intended for us. There are many things
that are at work to divide people and put them into
different boxes, tribes, or groups. Jesus repeatedly
brings these different people together, as welcomed
guests to his common table, to remind us that our
different talents and viewpoints can be in service
to one another rather than used to tear each other
apart. In the reality of our broken relationships, we
may not always be able to actively live into this
space. But when the opportunity arises to meet
someone new or different, how might you engage
in words and actions of welcoming that reflect
Christ’s welcome for you?

Jesus, in your travels you sat at many tables, inviting
disciples, scholars, sinners, soldiers, and others to
experience each other in your presence. As we go
through our day, help us to practice that hospitality
and life-giving curiosity about the people you place in
our path. Amen.

Devotion Reproduced from 2022 Advent Devotional | Luther Seminary | Fling Wide the Door 

Contributing Writers
Dawn Alitz ’09 Ph.D.
Director of Coaching and Events
Amy Marga
Professor of Systematic Theology
Jessi LeClear Vachta ’14 M.A.
Director of Enrollment Services

Theological Editor
James L. Boyce ’71 M.Div.
Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek 

Editorial Coordinator
Bethany Riethmeier
Donor Engagement Coordinator

Luther Seminary
2481 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-641-3456
luthersem.edu
 

You can download the God Pause – Advent Devotional 2022—”Fling Wide the Door” in it’s entirety here: 

https://sttimothylutheran.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Luther-Seminary-Advent-Devotional-Fling-Wide.pdf

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Fling Wide the Door – Advent Devotion – Wednesday, November 30

Fling Wide the Door – Advent Devotion – Tuesday, November 29

“Fling Wide the Door” (ELW 259)

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
The psalm for today invites us to pray for our
leaders, not merely for the sake of their personal
wellbeing, but more so that their leadership may
lead to the wellbeing of the people in their care. At
a time when political divisiveness is so pervasive,
it is good for all of us to remember that a failure
in leadership doesn’t only affect a distant political
party or particular person; the effects ripple
out to our most intimate communities. How we
engage with the various leaders and how those
leaders then engage the issues of the poor and
oppressed will deeply shape the health of the
overall community; when we are pitted against
one another we lose the vision and possibility of
God’s kingdom. As you walk or drive through your
neighborhood today, what prayers can you lift up
for the leaders in your area?

God who is called Lord, and Jesus who is called Prince
and King, help shape our imaginations about how
good leadership works. May we honor your leadership
by looking to you for wisdom and insight and keeping
everyone in our community in prayer even when it
seems difficult to do so. Amen.

Devotion Reproduced from 2022 Advent Devotional | Luther Seminary | Fling Wide the Door 

Contributing Writers
Dawn Alitz ’09 Ph.D.
Director of Coaching and Events
Amy Marga
Professor of Systematic Theology
Jessi LeClear Vachta ’14 M.A.
Director of Enrollment Services

Theological Editor
James L. Boyce ’71 M.Div.
Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek 

Editorial Coordinator
Bethany Riethmeier
Donor Engagement Coordinator

Luther Seminary
2481 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-641-3456
luthersem.edu
 

You can download the God Pause – Advent Devotional 2022—”Fling Wide the Door” in it’s entirety here: 

https://sttimothylutheran.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Luther-Seminary-Advent-Devotional-Fling-Wide.pdf

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