Don’t forget to Sign up for Advent Devotions Starting Sunday!

Don’t forget to Sign up for Advent Devotions Starting Sunday!

Starting this Sunday, November 27th.. Don’t forget to sign up!

We will follow along and post the Advent Devotion for 2022 published by God Pause a subscription based devotion published by Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.  This new Advent series is called “Fling Wide the Door” based on the hymn named the same in the ELW 259. (Included Below) 

If you have received devotions in the past from St. Tim’s, you will automatically receive “Fling Wide the Door” throughout the Advent season. If you are not sure if you are part of our Devotions List, or would like to be added to the list, please sign up online to receive devotions whenever they are posted here https://sttimothylutheran.com/manage-subscription/   If you have questions, please contact Susan Moraski by calling the office 630.355.1330 or email office@sttimothylutheran.com. 

If you prefer to subscribe directly to the God Pause devotion you may do so by clicking on the links provided at the bottom of this post.

“Fling Wide the Door”
(ELW 259)
1
Fling wide the door, unbar the gate;
the King of glory comes in state;
the Lord of lords and King of kings,
the Savior of the world who brings
his great salvation to the earth.
So raise a shout of holy mirth
and praise our God and Lord,
Creator, Spirit, Word.
2
He is the rock of our belief,
the heart of mercy’s gentle self.
His kingly crown is holiness;
his scepter is his loveliness;
he brings our sorrows to an end.
Now gladly praise our king and friend,
and worship him with song
for saving us from wrong.

3
Oh, happy towns and blessed lands
that live by their true king’s commands.
And blessed be the hearts he rules,
the humble places where he dwells.
He is the rightful Son of bliss
who fills our lives and makes us his,
creator of the world,
our only strength for good.
4
Come, Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ;
our hearts are open wide in trust.
Oh, show us now your lovely grace,
upon our sorrows shine your face,
and let your Holy Spirit guide
our journey in your grace so wide.
We praise your holy name,
from age to age the same!

Text: Georg Weissel, 1590-1635; tr. Gracia Grindal, b. 1943
Text © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress.
Reprinted under OneLicense.net #A730924

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

Subscribe directly to God Pause Devotional by clicking on the button below. 

Don’t forget to Sign up for Advent Devotions Starting Sunday!

Sign up for Advent Devotion

New Advent Devotion Beginning Next Sunday, November 27

We will follow along and post the Advent Devotion for 2022 published by God Pause a subscription based devotion published by Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.  This new Advent series is called “Fling Wide the Door” based on the hymn named the same in the ELW 259. (Included Below) 

If you have received devotions in the past from St. Tim’s, you will automatically receive “Fling Wide the Door” throughout the Advent season. If you are not sure if you are part of our Devotions List, or would like to be added to the list, please sign up online to receive devotions whenever they are posted here https://sttimothylutheran.com/manage-subscription/   If you have questions, please contact Susan Moraski by calling the office 630.355.1330 or email office@sttimothylutheran.com. 

If you prefer to subscribe directly to the God Pause devotion you may do so by clicking on the links provided at the bottom of this post.

“Fling Wide the Door”
(ELW 259)
1
Fling wide the door, unbar the gate;
the King of glory comes in state;
the Lord of lords and King of kings,
the Savior of the world who brings
his great salvation to the earth.
So raise a shout of holy mirth
and praise our God and Lord,
Creator, Spirit, Word.
2
He is the rock of our belief,
the heart of mercy’s gentle self.
His kingly crown is holiness;
his scepter is his loveliness;
he brings our sorrows to an end.
Now gladly praise our king and friend,
and worship him with song
for saving us from wrong.

3
Oh, happy towns and blessed lands
that live by their true king’s commands.
And blessed be the hearts he rules,
the humble places where he dwells.
He is the rightful Son of bliss
who fills our lives and makes us his,
creator of the world,
our only strength for good.
4
Come, Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ;
our hearts are open wide in trust.
Oh, show us now your lovely grace,
upon our sorrows shine your face,
and let your Holy Spirit guide
our journey in your grace so wide.
We praise your holy name,
from age to age the same!

Text: Georg Weissel, 1590-1635; tr. Gracia Grindal, b. 1943
Text © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress.
Reprinted under OneLicense.net #A730924

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

Subscribe directly to God Pause Devotional by clicking on the button below. 

Don’t Miss Out – Vacation Bible School 2022

Don’t Miss Out – Vacation Bible School 2022

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INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND JOIN US FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2022

St. Timothy Lutheran Church  |  1313 N. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60563

Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 17

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Reserve your spot and REGISTER NOW!

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Play it Again, Sam

Play it Again, Sam

Thursday (December 23, 2021)

“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.”  Ecclesiastes 1:9

It is a not-very-well-kept secret among pastors that whenever we get home on Sunday, when the workday is finally over, we mostly melt in a chair somewhere and do something that is not in the least bit “productive.”  Sometimes, for me, this means working a crossword puzzle… even more often it means watching an old movie that I have seen a dozen times before.

Actually, there are very few movies or books that I love enough to do this with.  But there are a few… a few great films, a few novels, a few operas or plays, a few old poems or folk tales, a few Bible stories that I tell one more time with my little wooden drum to a church full of people who probably know the story better than I do.  There are those few precious expressions that I can come back to again and again.

And even though I know every line by heart and know exactly how it all turns out in the end, for some reason, there is always something fresh and surprising in the experience; some little thing that was always there but that I never noticed before, or something that reminds me again of why I love it so much.  I think it is because even though the story doesn’t change at all, I have changed.  And in bringing something new of my own into the relationship, all things are made new.

The season of Advent is coming to an end, now; Christmas is right around the corner and the new Church year has begun.  But even though we will be hearing the old story this year through the lens of St. Luke rather than St. Mark, I have to be honest enough to tell you (spoiler alert!), that I doubt if you will hear much of anything that you haven’t heard before: same child, same humble origins, same villains and scoundrels, same clueless disciples, same cross, same empty tomb.

And yet, the old story that contains nothing much new under the sun, invites you, this Christmas, to bring something into relationship with that story that has never been there before – this year’s sorrows and joys, victories and defeats, breakthroughs and disappointments, all the things you have done or failed to do.  It is a season that invites you one more time to lay all that you are and all that you have in front of the old chipped and worn manger that shows up under the tree in exactly the same place every year… and then step back, with the wide open and expectant eyes of a child and behold the fresh and completely surprising miracle of birth.

Pastor Wayne Miller

Stir up your power, O God, and come.  In your great love, receive now all that we lay in the straw beside the manger; our joys and tears, hopes and fears, confidence and doubt.  Transform them all into a source of wonder and gratitude for the gift of your son.  Amen.