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Sr Pastor Joe Johnson 701.430.3787 
Ed Pastor Julie Johnson 701.799.5206


Saturday, December 23

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Pastor Julie Tilberg


O Come, O Come Emmanuel…

…and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here…

…until the Son of God appear…

…Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel…


Advent is a time of waiting and watching for signs of God entering our lives. This year, I’ve encountered the traditional Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” in a new way, appreciating its’ ability to speak to the diversity of human experience. One can approach singing it like a lament Psalm, demanding that God should come right now and reveal God’s self ... to that of singing in a full, bold, joy-overflowing

“REJOICE! REJOICE!” sort of way. What people, situations or images come to you as you ponder the words of this hymn? Where do you see glimpses of Emmanuel (God with us) revealed? …glimpses of hope, restoration, new life, immense love, generous grace, peace-filled ways… ?

O come, O Come Emmanuel, into our hearts and minds this Advent Season. Help us to see glimpses of your presence in those around us and in those around the world. Help us to be glimpses of your presence to our neighbors nearby and far away. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

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