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Saturday, December 04, 2004 AD

Last Sunday, after the Divine Service, and replacing the Sunday School hour...

...our church, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Wichita, KS (two Kung Fu Masters preach here) celebrated The Hanging of the Greens (my sister-in-law didn't even know what this tradition was - so much for tradition at her church, Risen Savior Evangelical Lutheran, Wichita, KS (Weak Kung Fu taught here by a Weak Kung Fu Master - cannot break culturalism). (Oh yeah, tradition, is a hinderance to the church growth movement - it's so constraining.) My wife and I did a small part in the celebration by reading the following:

TS: The Advent Wreath: Jeremiah 23:5-6;

The days are coming declares the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, A king who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This the name by which he will be called; the Lord Our Righteousness.

Babe: The Advent Wreath is a contribution of the German and Scandinavian traditons. The wreath is plain, without any ornamentation or bow. The traditional evergreen wreath represents life in Christ. The Advent candles are arranged around the wreath. Candles have been used for centuries as the symbol of light by the Jewish religion and many others as well. It is the living light, the living flame that gives the candle meaning. The Advent candles are symbolic of the coming of Jesus, the Living Light of the world. He is the light that gradually penetrated in all the world. The traditional act, of lighting one more candle each week, tells of the increasingly brighter light of His coming, and leads the four weeks of Advent, a specific meaning has been attached to each cndle. The first is the Prophecy candle, announcing the period of waiting. The second is the Bethlehem candle, symbolic of the preparations being made to receive and to cradle the Christ Child. The third is the Shepherd's candle which typifies the act of sharing Christ. And the fourth is the angel's candle of love and final coming.

BTW, Dan, played a piece in the bell choir and Erica sang a duet with and elder of our church, "The Holly Had A Berry". Nick, this is sacred music, no dirty thoughts!

- posted by Ron OLSON, the Terrible Swede - the "Earthy" Lutheran Blog @



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