From the Pastor's Desk
On the Incarnation
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt amont us"
On December 25th, as has been done for generations beyond our personal recollection, we celebrate the incredible and profound moment when, in the words of C. S. Lewis, "A stable...had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world" (The Chronicles of Narnia: The last Battle).
Yes, on Christmas Day we celebrate the incarnation, or the putting-on-of-flesh of God's Son, Jessus Christ. But don't let the familiarity of this event cause you to skip over pondering just how incredible and beyond imagining this miracle of all miracles really is, nor how gracious and necessary this was for us and our salvation. To help us in pondering this, as we lead up to the Christmas holiday, I share with you what St. Athanasius (d. 373) had to say about this event in his classic work On the Incarnation,
"We saw in the last chapter that, because death and corruption were gaining ever firmer hold on them, the human race was in process of destruction. Man, who was created in God's image..was disappearing and the work God was being undone. The law of death, which followed from the Transgression, prevailed upon us, and from it there was no escape...It would, of course, have been unthinkable that God should go back upone HIs work and that man, having transgressed, should not die; but it was equally monstrous that beings which once had shared the nature of the Word should perish...It was unworthy of the goodness of God that creatures made by Him should be brought to nothing through the deceit wrought upon many by the devil; and it was supremely unfitting that the work of God in mankind should disappear, either though their own negligence or through the deceit of evil spirits. As, then, the creatures whom He had created reasonable, like the word, were in fact perishing, and such noble works were on the road to ruin, what then was God, being Good to do?
Was He to let corruption and death have their way with them? In that case, what was the use of having made them in the beginning? Surely it would have been better never to have been created at all than, having been created, to be neglected and perish; and besides that, such indifference to the ruin of His own work before His very eyes would argue not goodness in God but limitation, and that far more than if He had neer created men at all. It was impossible, therefore, that God should leve man to be carried off by corruption, because it would be unfitting and unworth of Himself...
"For this purpose, then, the incorporeal and incorruptible and immaterial Word of God entered our world...in a new way, stooping to our level in His love and Self-revealing to us...He saw that corruption held us all the closer, because it was the penalty for the Transgression; He saw, too, how unthinkable it would be for the law to be repealed before it was fulfilled...All this He saw and, pitying our race, moved with compassion for our limitation, unable to endure that death should have the mastery, rather than that HIs creatures should perish and the work of His Father for us men come to naught, He took to Himself a body, a human body even as our own...He took it directly from a...virgin, without the agency of human father...Thus, taking a body like our won...He surrendered His body to death in place of all, and offered it to the Father. [All] this He did out of sheer love for us, so that in His death all might die,...that He might turn again to incorruption men who had turned back to corruption, and make them alive through death by the appropriateion of His body and by the grace of His resurrection. Thus He would make death to disappear from them as utterly as straw from fire."
Have a Blessed Christmas!
December Youth Schedule
December 3: High School Bible Study 6 pm Hauge
December 6: Youth Group 6-8 pm Emmanuel
December 13: Youth Group 6-8 pm Emmanuel
December 16: PreHEY 5-6:15 pm Emmanuel
December 17: High School Bible Study 6 pm Hauge
December 20: Youth Group 6-8 pm Emmanuel
December 27: Youth Group and College Age 5-9 pm Emmanuel
The governor of MN has asked for four weeks to decrease gathering together, so I am assuming we should put our Christmas Gathering on hold for now. Take care of yourselves and your family, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Our Lord knows what is in our heart, even if we are unable to put it into words.
From our Fall 2020 WMF Newsletter: This pandemic has put us all in a different world. How do you keep in contact with your ladies at this time? On the local level: phone calls, texts, notes, Zoom? On the district level: letters and notes to the various WMF groups in your district, Zoom meetings. It is important to keep in touch at this time when we are encouraged to socially distance. We would encourage you to remember the projects of our WMF and AFLC, remember to support your local, district, and national WMF's. The projects continue but with groups not meeting or meeting virtually, the funds may not be sent in.
On that note, if anyone has any hats they have knitted/crocheted during this time to donate to the Alaska mission, those i need in Kenyon, or newborn hats for hospitals, please let Elrene or Lucy know. We need to get those sent out, especially to the Alaska mission and Kenyon, with the weather getting colder.
Annual Dues are $2.
The Lutheran Ambassador (group rate) annual subscription is $24.
If you pre-ordered a 2021 WMF Bible Study book, they are $12.
If paying by check, please make it payable to Hauge WMF. Please pay Brenda Boyum by the end of December. Thank you.
If at any time you wish to contact us with questions, comments, etc., please feel free to call or email any of us at anytime.
Have a blessed Christmas,
Elrene, Ann, Polly, and Brenda
New Parish Calendar Online
Emmanuel's website now has an online calendar which is the single best location to find updated times and locations for events. You can subscribe to this page and events will sow up on your digital calendar automatically. Check out www.emmanuelaflc.com.
Merry Christmas to All
A Blessed New Year!
For a link to the latest service on YouTube, please , search YouTube for Hauge Lutheran Church, Kenyon, MN, or it's below:
November 29, 2020 9 a.m.
Brenda Boyum, Secretary
The Old Stone Church
The annual service at the Old Stone Church scheduled for June. Financial contributions to the Old Stone Church are welcome and appreciated. They will be used for the maintenance of the church and cemetery. Please mail the contributions to Hauge Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 71, Kenyon, MN 55946. Please be sure to designate it is for the Old Stone Church.