O King of the nations, the ruler they long for, the cornerstone uniting all people: Come and save us, whom you formed out of clay.
O Rising Sun, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, you open and no one can close, you close and no one can open. Come and rescue the prisoners, those who are in darkness and the shadow of death.
O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you the nations will make their prayer: Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.
O Adonai and ruler of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the burning bush and gave us the Law on Sinai. Come with an outstretched arm and redeem us.
O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other mightily, and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.
Two years ago, my good friend Chuck Meyer and I were invited to be a part of a group of student composers at Wartburg Theological Seminary writing musical settings for the O Antiphons. These antiphons are traditionally used in vespers services the last seven days of Advent. Each of the seven antiphons focus on a name or description of Christ given in the Bible.
Well, today is the last day for this year’s seniors to work on their ELCA Approval Essays, because they’re due tomorrow. Since the Gospel text for this year is Matthew 3.13-17 (Baptism of Our Lord, Year A), I’ve found myself writing the word baptism a LOT. So, should it be capitalized?
If you’re looking for the official ELCA directions on this, look no further than the ELCA Style Guide. Rather than make you flip through 52 pages of it, though, here’s the one minute version, taken straight from the Style Guide:
There is nothing more frustrating than asking a question and not getting an answer. Timely communication is critical in the business world, and it’s critical in the church world too. Churches seem to recognize this: as I noted in part 5 of this series, over 95% of congregations posted email contact information on their website.
Just listing an email address isn’t enough, though – someone has to check it.
There are plenty of things that churches can do to make their websites more appealing to visitors and members. I was curious to find out how common some of these “advanced content” ideas were. These things aren’t advanced because they require advanced technology; instead, they are just “above and beyond” a simple brochure-style website.