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From the Pastor

Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth
To tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth
Jesus this song you wrote
The words are sticking in my throat
Peace on Earth
Hear it every Christmas time
But hope and history won't rhyme
So what's it worth? This peace on Earth   ---U2

 People of Concordia, the seasons of Advent and Christmas present us with an opportunity to proclaim to our community the hope that we have as followers of Jesus Christ. The promise of peace in the angel chorus, the promise of peace in the child born in Bethlehem is a peace not yet fulfilled, but is a promise in progress. It may often appear to others that our “hope and history won’t rhyme.” For those who are drowning, for those who are mourning, for those longing for a day when hope and history ultimately come together, God is incarnate in Jesus Christ, taking on the yearning, despair, and pain of the world. We celebrate his birth, we look for his arriving again properly when we put on the flesh of our neighbors, wondering about the worth of this peace of which we proclaim, waiting with them for this promised peace, working for peace for all people.

This is our calling until the day when there is peace on earth, when our hope and the facts of history do indeed rhyme. I am thankful to serve alongside of you in this mission God has for us and to look forward with you toward this blessed day! May your Advent preparation for the coming of Christ point all people to the peace that is to be! May your Christmas celebrations find hope and history to be closer to each other than we expect!

Pastor Jeff

Last Updated:  December 2017    Limitations & Policy