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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

12222013 Advent 4 Children's Program

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.  AMEN.

Let us pray, Gracious Father, thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit that continues to call, gather and keep us in the one true faith.  May we celebrate in Jubilee not only the coming of the Christ Child, but also that the Holy Spirit unites us during this Advent season, especially all of us saints gathered here at Emmanuel.  AMEN.

Right here in this very sanctuary in July we celebrated with the Counselors of Sky Ranch the Jubilee of the camp that our congregation helped begin and fund in Colorado.  And today we come together not only to continue this celebration, but put the perfect exclamation point on it for us here at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Goodland, KS, with our celebration of the Jubilee!

We join today in Jubilee celebration, because of Jesus Christ entrance into the world as we know it.  In a few minutes all of you young people will tell the story of Jesus birth, but what all of us need to understand is that not only do you tell the story and the people here in the audience hear again the story that never gets old, but we celebrate the Jubilee of Jesus Birth in the manger in Bethlehem.

We come to celebrate, because the Holy Spirit fulfills His job to call, gather, enlighten and sanctify us in the one true faith.  This dovetails perfectly with our review of the Apostle’s Creed.  Hence, this week instead of hearing and reciting again what the Holy Spirit does in the Third Article of the Apostle’s Creed, I want you to think for a second, who first brought you here to this church.  [WAIT 5 SECONDS].

Do you remember who it was?  Was it your parents, grandparents, your friends or a relative of yours?  Ironically, we may not remember who it was who did this initially, but I want you to understand that the important part is there was always someone who did this for each of us.  The person who brought us was inspired to bring them and you, because of the Holy Spirit Who calls us by name, gathers us in God’s house, opens the scriptures to us as you will do in a few minutes and keeps us in the one true faith til we go to heaven.  This is why we come today to celebrate, not only the work of the Holy Spirit in each of our lives, but also the entrance of Jesus Christ in the manger.  This is what the Christmas message of Jubilee is all about.  We are celebrating the Jubilee and the work of the Holy Spirit of telling of Jesus Birth.

May we who gather today around the manger because of the work of the Holy Spirit, hear the clear message of Jesus Birth to save all mankind and come and celebrate in Jubilee, with hearts, voices, tamborines, drums, bells and songs the Joy of Jesus birth.  Thank you to all of you young adults and the leaders for this gift you are giving to all of us that was given in a lowly manger to save us.  And thank you for you the children who tell this sacred story of Jubilee for all of mankind, including all of us saints here at Emmanuel.  AMEN.
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