Sunday Thoughts – 12/5

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These next two weeks are going to be rather busy, but to make happy the arbiter of the bibilobloggersphere, I have several posts already written which will post throughout the week. Further, I am going to ‘machine gun‘ a topic this week. So, be ready. I intend to finish several books this week, but I am not holding my breath.

It is Advent, and our first real one. As I reflect over our year outside of a church community, I find myself in preparation for some of the things we are participating in now. But, more on that later.

We have had our first serious snow fall of the season, and it most likely will not end until the middle of the week. The good thing is that the major part of it is over, with the subsequent fall only replacing what has melts during the day. It is not as enjoyable as the previous years, mainly because of the snow from last year. I guess that I wasn’t ready for it this year, and have been too busy to keep a look out for it. It snuck up me.

The sermon today was rather good and I enjoyed it. When it becomes available for download, I’ll let you know. It was Advent related, of course, but it was on something that I’ve been wrestling with for a while as well. Peace. How can you get peace, which most of us want, if we are wanting to hold on to something else?

Anyway, it was one that you need to hear, I reckon. But, at the end of the service, the pastor asked Abigael and Landon to participating in lighting the Advent candles. This was a shocker, but that is most likely the best way to get them to not be nervous! I was pretty proud of it!

One of the songs this morning was O Come Emmanuel, a very old song, possibly dating from the 8th century. One of the stanza’s stood out to me, especially given my exclusionary attitude to the Book of Wisdom, although, I suspect that Proverbs 8 plays a large part in this portion of the hymn.

O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
who orderest all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

No matter, Wisdom (f.) = Jesus (m.)

Work that one out, why don’t you…

Oh, and don’t forget to remember your favorite bibliobloggers if you are going to shop at Amazon.com this holiday season or any day of the year.

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4 Replies to “Sunday Thoughts – 12/5”

  1. PS – Leopold Stokowski, who orchestrated a lot of Bach’s music, also arranged what he called “Two ancient liturgical chants”; they are the Venite and “Venite Emmanuel”, and combine into a stunning track. It’s on a Naxos CD of Stokowski orchestrations, including lots of amazing pieces. Give it a Google, see if you can find it – wonderful stuff!

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