Posts by Jo Witt

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Third Sunday after Epiphany

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Reception Uncovered — Rejection Is Not the Exception But the Rule When one proclaims God’s Word, typically the intentions are good. We want others to know the joy of salvation and the love of Christ. Therefore, it can be surprising to us when God’s Word is met with apathy or rejection […]

Second Sunday after Epiphany

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Uncovered – God Delivers More Than We Ask, Not Less Is the pursuit of God and the pursuit of pleasure two separate paths? Many make that assumption—that life with Jesus is a boring, sterile experience. They are dead wrong. Jesus came to undo everything that is wrong with our world as […]

First Sunday after Epiphany – Baptism of Our Lord

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Anointing Uncovered – What Eyes See Differs from What God Decrees Our sight tends to be the sense we trust most. We say we will believe something when we see it. That presents a problem when it comes to the work of God. So often what our eye sees differs from […]

Second Sunday after Christmas

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: What Child Is This? He Turns Slaves into Sons The ability to appreciate Christmas is directly proportional to the understanding for whom Christmas is. Christmas is only meant for those who are held captive by our enemies, sin and death. Christmas is for people who have no power of their own […]

First Sunday After Christmas

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: What Child Is This? Our Savior and Substitute Already as a child, Jesus’ saving work had begun. His entire life, he served as our substitute, perfectly obeying God’s Law. Just think of how we often neglect the study of God’s Word. Then look at twelve-year-old Jesus, eager to be in the […]

Fourth Sunday in Advent

by Jo Witt

Church Year Focus: When The Lord Comes Near Theme of the Day: When The Lord Comes Near, He Lifts Up The Humbled Luke 1:39-55 Micah 5:2-5a Hebrews 10:5-10 Psalm 85 274 – My Soul Now Magnifies the Lord 327 – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 5 – As Angels Joyed with One Accord 233 – […]

Third Sunday in Advent

by Jo Witt

Church Year Focus: When The Lord Comes Near “Advent” is a Latin word that means “coming.” The season of Advent is the four week period before Christmas that the Church uses to connect the two “comings” of Christ. The first time the Lord came into our world it was as a tiny, helpless baby, born […]

Second Sunday in Advent

by Jo Witt

When The Lord Comes Near, He Humbles His People Luke 3:1-6 Malachi 3:1-7b Philippians 1:3-11 Psalm 66 13 – There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying 16 – On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry 11 – Comfort, Comfort All My People 14 – Arise, O Christian People Prayer of the Day: Stir up our hearts, […]

First Sunday in Advent

by Jo Witt

Theme: When The Lord Comes Near, He Humbles Himself Luke 19:28-40 Jeremiah 33:14-16 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Psalm 24 302 – Prepare the Royal Highway 301 – Savior of the Nations, Come 303 – O Bride of Christ, Rejoice 309 – The Advent of Our King 951 – Lord, Now You Let Your Servant 313 – […]

Last Sunday of the Church Year

by Jo Witt

Theme: Be On Guard! Be Alert! Keep Watch! Mark 13:26-37 Isaiah 51:4-6 Jude 20-25 Psalm 93 206 – Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying 216 – Saints, Behold! The Sight Is Glorious 344 – At the Name of Jesus 7 – Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers 220 – O’er the Distant Mountains Breaking Prayer of the Day: […]