St Alban’s Episcopal Church
Bolivar, Missouri

Saturday, December 18, 2021

O Lord, come! The second reading – Hebrews 10:5-10

The second great “O” O, Lord, come You will also see this in music and art as “O Adonai”. That is the Hebrew word for master, Lord. We are inviting the LORD of the entire Bible to come to us – again. But the cry is to the real power, the real authority the real Lord of all Lords and king of all kings, and ruler of all rulers. It is good to remember that. We are not calling out for a buddy, or a best friend to come – but for God as God actually is. And when God shows up – whether in a burning bus, or in your neighbor, or in a dream, or in your prayer, or as you are walking down the street one day – that place is holy. And so is the Law – the Way – Jesus. Always be prepared to remove your spiritual – and sometimes literal – shoes. Barefoot is the proper way to stand – or fall – before God who has Intentions: to redeem the world. Again and again and again. And until the Very End, God intends to use us – you – to do that.

Fr Jos Tharakan You may have seen this already on Facebook, but in case you have not, Jos is one of three final candidates for bishop of Idaho. The election is the end of February, 2022. Please do pray for him and Kimby, for St James, and for the Diocese of Idaho. All he wants is for the will of God to be done, whatever that is. He isn’t someone who is desperate to be a bishop, thank God. But he is willing to serve where he is called. And we know how well he serves!

The Second Reading for Sunday When Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘See God, I have come to do your will, O God.’ (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).”When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and sin offerings (these are offered according to the law,) then he added, “See, I have come to do your will. “He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Sunday with the children and decorating the church

This is not the day for fancy clothes – yours or theirs! After Eucharist we will decorate the church, set up the tree and haul down the life-size manger. Children have several crafts to do involving glue and glitter! Older children and adults may try their hand at Swedish straw stars and angels as well.



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