Feast of Holy Innocents

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Christmas prayer

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the True Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

God with us

Some thoughts from last Sunday’s sermon from Taylor Ishii, our church’s youth pastor.

“God will stop at nothing to be with us.”

Also, a quote (in my paraphrase) he gave from Stan Hauerwas: “What shouldn’t stun us is that Mary is a virgin but that God won’t abandon us.”

May we be reminded of the stunning truth of this season: He is God with us.

Photo by Daniel Vogel on Unsplash

Prepare Him Room

O behold, the mystery now unfolds
See the star shine on the virgin foretold
Angels sing and light up the sky
Hope rings out in a newborn’s cry
Swing wide, you ancient gates
For Christ is born today!


Prepare Him room
Prepare Him room
Let the King of glory enter in


God with us, the promise has come to be
This, the one the prophets were longing to see
In the darkness a blazing light
To the hungry the words of life
His kingdom now is near
For those with ears to hear


Oh, our hearts, as busy as Bethlehem
Hear Him knock, don’t say there’s no room in the inn
Through the cradle, cross, and grave
See the love of God displayed
Now He’s risen and He reigns
Praise the Name above all names!

Music and words by Rebecca Elliott and Dave Fournier. © 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP).

Listen to this wonderful song HERE.

Merry Christmas!

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this. (Isa. 9:6-7)