worship volunteers

worship volunteers

We need worship volunteers for Christmas Eve services at 4:30, 7:30 & 9:30, AND Christmas Day at 9:30am. Please sign up in the narthex, or contact the office, if you can be our Ushers, Deacons or Acolytes!

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Fling Wide the Door – Advent Devotion – Sunday, December 4

Fling Wide the Door – Advent Devotion – Sunday, December 4

“Fling Wide the Door” (ELW 259)

“Fling Wide the Door” (ELW 259, Verse 2)
The second verse of our hymn shows an interesting
tension between rock and heart. When we hear
the words rock and foundation, we often think of
things that are hard and everlasting. And yet, the
writer says that the very core and foundation of
our belief is heart, mercy, and gentleness—traits
that we often think of as being soft and relatively
short-lived. And in a similar way, later in the verse
we sing that he brings our sorrows to an end so
that we may praise him for saving us from wrong.
We often think that sorrows end because that
which is causing the sorrow is taken away; not
often do we think that our own action could be the
culprit! Jesus is always engaging in these creative
tensions, loving us even though we misunderstand
and get in our own way. As you think about your
relationship with Jesus and others, what role does
forgiveness—of ourselves and others—play in this
idea of welcome? How might forgiveness change
your ability to fling wide the door?

Jesus, we come to you knowing that we don’t measure
up to your holiness in ways that deserve your love, and
this keeps us from truly coming to you or welcoming
you with joy. Continue to take our doubt, shame, and
burdens away so that we can come to you in joyful
worship! 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

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