Category Archives: Church Calendar

Twenty First Day of Advent

25And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the … Continue reading

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Twentieth Day of Advent

LUKE 2:17–20 17Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19But Mary kept all … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Day of Advent

LUKE 2:15-16 15So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord … Continue reading

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Eighteenth Day of Advent

LUKE 2:11-14 11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in … Continue reading

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Seventeenth Day of Advent

LUKE 2:8-10 8Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, … Continue reading

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Sixteenth Day of Advent

LUKE 2:1–7 1And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3So all went to be registered, everyone … Continue reading

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Fifteenth Day of Advent

LUKE 1:57-80—The Benedictus—Zechariah’s Song 57Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. 58When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. 59So it was, … Continue reading

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Thirteenth Day of Advent

LUKE 1:34-35 34Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 35And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will … Continue reading

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Evening Reading

We praise you, the Lord God Almighty, who is and who was. You have assumed your great power, you have begun your reign. The nations have raged in anger, but then came your day of wrath and the moment to … Continue reading

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Twelfth Day of Advent

LUKE 1:32-33 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.33And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His … Continue reading

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Eleventh Day of Advent

LUKE 1:26-31 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name … Continue reading

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Tenth Day of Advent

MATTHEW 1:22-25 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23”Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which … Continue reading

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Ninth Day of Advent

MATTHEW 1:18-21 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and … Continue reading

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Eighth Day of Advent

MATTHEW 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 2Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and … Continue reading

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Seventh Day of Advent

ISAIAH 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT … Continue reading

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The Sixth Day of Advent

HEBREWS 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through … Continue reading

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The Fifth Day of Advent

COLOSSIANS 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or … Continue reading

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The Fourth Day of Advent

PHILIPPIANS 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a … Continue reading

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Third Day of Advent

JOHN 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT Just as we saw from verse 14, that the Word, who is … Continue reading

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Second Day of Advent

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT After a long, tiring day of shopping, … Continue reading

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First Day of Advent

Note: These readings and devotionals are prepared by several pastors in the CREC. JOHN 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were … Continue reading

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Ascension Thursday!

Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O … Continue reading

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Ascension…

It is hard to escape the historical implications of the resurrection. Christ has died and we died. Christ is risen and we are risen with Him. But also, history dies and history is risen with Him on the third day. … Continue reading

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Trinity Talk Discusses Lent!

How Should Christians observe Lent? What are the major themes present? Rich Lusk of Birmingham, AL and Doug Roorda of Pella, IA answered these questions and addressed the focus of the Lenten season for the Christian.

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Season of Epiphany

Jeff Meyers provides a great summary of Epiphany: What does Epiphany mean? The English word is derived from the Greek epiphainein, which means “to appear” or “manifest.” The Epiphany season has to do with the Lord’s manifestation or appearance to … Continue reading

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Advent and Penitence

A fellow CREC minister Toby Sumpter writes: Today is the first Sunday in Advent and this season has historically been understood and celebrated as a season of preparation and penitence. And it might seem odd to us as we begin … Continue reading

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Donkey and Kingship

The Triumphal Entry teaches us quite a bit about Messiah’s kingship: First, Messiah enters riding a young donkey. Donkeys are kingly animals. David rode on a donkey and his son Solomon also rode on a donkey. Secondly, the donkey is … Continue reading

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Celebrating All Saints’ Day



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Pentecost

Since Jim Jordan will be preaching our Ascension Sunday Service, I decided to work ahead on a sermon for Pentecost on May 31st. What appears to be clear in the Acts 2 pericope is that Pentecost is the great Babelic … Continue reading

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Resurrection

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