"Angels we have HERD on high, sweetly singing o'er the plain..."
That doesn't look right, does it? Well, it does today! Today we're inviting you to be generous and help us support a great cause!
If there’s a superhero of the barnyard, it just might be the goat. Why? Because goats can go where other animals can’t, surviving in some of the world’s harshest environments – rocky terrain, drought-prone areas, small plots of land, you name it. Fresh milk from a goat provides daily nutrition for children and their families. And what’s more, offspring can rapidly transform a community when shared with other families in need.
It only takes $100 to fund a pair of goats for a family in need! So that's what we're going to do. Let's get those goats! Your gift will help support the sustainable development ministries of ELCA World Hunger around the world!
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Wednesday, December 12
"In your presence there is fullness of joy." Psalm 16:11 (NRSV)
Do you ever wonder what it must have been like to have been there? All the stories we hear this Advent season, that pinnacle moment of Christ's birth - have you ever wondered what it must have been like to have been in those places, in those moments?
As you ponder that question, listen to this instrumental piece entitled "The Room," as we wonder together what it must have been like to be in the room, the town, the world when light finally broke through the darkness to dwell among us.
Monday, December 10
"In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God." Ephesians 2:21-22
It's important to remember that no matter what our church buildings look like, how big or small they are, or what they have inside, it's the body of Christ that makes up the true Church. We are the holy temple, joined together by Christ himself.
However, place is undoubtedly significant. It invokes within us a sense of peace and comfort. And no one captures the holiness and sacredness of our holy places of worship better than Christian Begeman of Prairie Sanctuaries. The buildings in these pictures have been for so many throughout the generations holy places to gather as the body of Christ in worship and community.
Saturday, December 8
"As a child, I heard many stories in Sunday school about the Holy of Holies, the most sacred space in the Temple of God. It was that place where God’s servants went to do what they were called to do on behalf of the people. I could only imagine what that must be like.
For me, our kitchen in our home was that holy space. It was the place were miracles happened." - Pastor Ron Glusenkamp
Today, let's create holy space! Take some time for yourself or gather some friends or family with you and bake something. Follow the link below for a delicious and quick recipe for pretzels.
Find the recipe here!
Thursday, December 6
Advent is a season for giving and on this day, we are giving you a wonderful opportunity to share the blessings that God has given to you.
Operation Christmas Outreach is an opportunity made possible by the Senior High Youth Group at PLC and the Community Service Center. The PLC youth collect donations and then shop for Christmas gifts for local teenagers and youth this Christmas season.
If you are so inclined to support this great cause, you are encouraged to click above and hit the green button on the GiveMN site to donate.
"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind'. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" Matthew 22:37-40
Tuesday, December 4
"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile" Jeremiah 29:11-14
In this season of Advent, we wait and prepare, watch and hope for the coming of our Savior. We don't always know what God's plan is for our lives but like this "Legend of the Three Trees", God's plan is bigger than we can ever imagine. Today as you think about this story, watch, listen and wonder about how God is working in and through you and the people around you.
Tuesday, December 11
When we think of place, we often think physical spaces - a room, a house, a camp, a mountain range. In the world we live in, though, it would be wrong to ignore the ways we occupy digital space. We live so much of our lives online, for better or worse, creating a different kind of community with others. In some cases, community just as meaningful as our physical ones.
So, what would happen if a bunch of people did exactly that - created meaningful online community using their individual gifts from the many different places they are? We'll let composer Eric Whitacre and these talented musicians answer that question for you.
Calida gravisque pura velut aurum
Et canunt angeli molliter
warm and heavy as pure gold
and angels sing softly
to the new-born babe.
Sunday, December 9
"Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord..." Jeremiah 29:12-14
As we come to the end of our first week of our Online Advent Calendar, we invite you to take some time for Sabbath rest. One way to rest in God is a practice called Centering Prayer, a way to experience God's presence within us.
Click here for detailed instructions of the practice. Whether this is in or out of your comfort zone, take some time for you and God today. You might be surprised how close God is.
Friday, December 7
"That's what entering the room means, I think. It means taking the time to remember on purpose...[and] to have faith is to remember and wait, and to wait in hope is to have what we hope for already begin to come true in us through our hoping." - Frederick Buechner in "A Room Called Remember"
If you were to take just a few moments today to remember your life and all that has gotten you to this place, what would you remember? Would remembering be easy or difficult?
We have a God who promises to remember us, just as Jesus promised to remember the thief on the cross next to him. And to remember our lives is to remember the way God has breathed and continues to breathe life into us. It is to wait with hope, believing no matter what our memory holds God has always been with us.
(Material used with permission from Frederick Buechner Literary Assets, LLC)
Wednesday, December 5
"This is my favorite place, my worry slips away,
I could stay here for days and days and days and days."
We all have favorite places. Places that give us joy and life. Places where, as the lyrics of this song state, "worry slips away." Places we could stay for days upon days, maybe longer.
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NRSV)
What are your favorite places?
Monday, December 3
“I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut." - Revelation 3:8 (MSG)
A door can be a lot of things. An invitation. A barrier. A sign. A mystery. Whatever it is, it opens to something - something important enough to be kept behind it. Not every door can or should be opened; many doors are needlessly closed.
This Advent season, we anticipate the coming of Christ who has opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers through his death and resurrection. A door that no one can slam shut.
Are there any doors we can open in response to God's opening of salvation's door? Are there holy places we're guarding that God is moving us to open up?