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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Religious f ocu December BA Ministerial alliance Reflection on birthof child By THOMAS RECTOR Johns Episcopal Church There is a line in a hymn that comes out of the American spiritual It Our Lady sings Magnificat with tune surpassing Our Lady of Mother Mary Magnificat is a psalm she says to her cousin In only a few Elizabeth will give birth to John the Baptist and whose pregnancy has just has come down from Galilee to Elizabeth says to Blessed are you among women the mother of my Lord Then Mary My soul magnifies the The word magnifies is used in its archaic to extol or but it is fascinating to think of the fullness of God focused in one very young It is also quite appropriate for the song of Mary to be read in many American churches on the last Sunday of The celebration of the Lords first advent is at From our point of view the division of time took place on the first Gods plan for humanity was revealed in the Yet the divine story is told in the most human Two pregnant women had a lot to Although there were many years difference in it was a first pregnancy for both They got along so well that Mary stayed on to help Elizabeth though the time John was When she heard that Zechariahs lips were it added to her own joyous God was mightily at work in these two This was not the first time God chose this most human of all events to change the direction of Our sacred history began with Abraham and Sarah however it would have ended there without the miraculous blessing of the birth of There was nothing miraculous about the birth of Moses the miracle was that he lived to grow Samsons mother had been barren barrenness was the opposite of blessing in the ancient When the miracle of life came to Samuels praised God with a The Magnificat is a lot like Hannahs Both have a note of exhultation that is almost Sweet young or are not supposed to feel that but they do Both also have a note that is surprising for a psalm of praise and Both psalms mark the gift of this child as a triumph by Gods grace for the According to the Magnificat God has scattered the put down the mighty from their thrones and sent the rich empty God also has Exalted those of low degree and filled the hungry with good Since this may be our last day to prepare the inner way for the Lord prior to the excessive joy and grace of Christmas let us reflect on what Mary thought her gift of a Son would mean to the But then the possibility of the powerless coming to power and the hungry being fed must not be good news for us or we would have done something about Then it was probably idle chatter between pregnant we might all want to learn the tune to Living Christmas Paul Lutheran presents annual pageant Paul Lutheran Church of Bulverde will again present a Living Christmas In its fifth the presentation includes scenes portraying the Christmas event and the celebrations of it a the shepherds in the wise Mary and Joseph at the inn and the There will also be three contemporary scenes and a Those attending the pageant tomorrow and Sunday between 7 and 9 will drive through the area on a trail illuminated by hun dreds of f Backdrops for each scene have been painted by an artist whose is a church The costumed participants between the ages of 3 and 80 are also members of the And other members of the church have provided animals to complete the Ray Kraemer of Paul explains the the presentation is a gift of the congregation to the Others who have seen Living Christmas in the past said it has added to the meaning of their own Christmas adds the All interested persons are invited to attend the event at the church on Highway just south of the intersection of Highway Stall photo by Cindy Richardson Church in the Valley is located in the shadow of Canyon Dam Catholics gain political strength By GEORGE CORNELL AP religion writer Roman Catholic representation in the new 98th Congress has risen to a record height of while Mormons and Eastern Orthodox Christians also increased their congressional ranks to the largest But most mainline Protestant whose members once dominated in lost ground in the fall except for who still are far fewer than their past The results indicate increasing religious pluralism and diversity in American political said researchers of Americans United for Separation of Church and which compiled the new The compiled by research director Albert says Roman Catholics gained six new members in the November con tinuing a 20year upward trend that strengthened their hold on first place among But with Protestantism divided into a variety of their combined Congress members still added up to a predominant total of com pared to the 142 In the strictly denominational lineup of United Methodists regained from Episcopalians second place to with 73 Methodists now in three more than in the previous Up to Methodists had long been the largest group in but Catholics since have held a growing hold on first Episcopalians had passed Methodists in but fell behind in dropping from second to third lost 10 members in down to a total of their lowest representation in 20 Presbyterians remained in fourth with 54 a loss of Although Baptists lost eight down to their smallest representation in two they still remain in fifth Local First Baptist 733 Cross Sunday School Morning Worship Evening Worship 7 Wednesday Prayer Service First Protestant United Church of Seguin and Coll Worship 8 and Church New Braunfels Presbyterian 373 Church School Worship Service Nursery First United Methodist 572 San Antonio Church School Morning Worhip Youth Activities Johns Episcopal 312 Communion 8 Church School for senior highs and intermediate and chapel program for younger students 10 Family church and church school 11 Communion and Healing 9 Paul Lutheran Cross and Santa Clara Worship Service8 broadcast on KNBT FM 92 and Sunday School Trinity Baptist 1235 Er vendberg Sunday School 10 Worship Service and 6 Primera Iglesia Bautist First Mexican 2080 San Antonio Corner of San Antonio and Grape Sunday School classes tor every age Morning Worship Evening Worship 6 nesday Prayer Service 7 Mission Pentecoste 129 School Services Saturday and Sunday First Assembly of 16 87 Highway 81 Sunday School Morning Worship Childrens Church Evening Worship 6 Wed nesday Family Night Iglesia Bethel Pentecostal 2990 San Wednesday Saturday Sunday School 10 Bible School Sunday 6 30 Worship Services Sunday Harmony Baptist 1472 Highway 46 Sunday School Worship Services 11 and 7 Bible Classes 6 all Prayer meeting Cross Lutheran South Hickory and Cross Sunday Adult 9 Wor ship Holy Communion first and third New Braunfels Foursquare 1492 Highway 81 Sunday Worship 10 Evening Worship 7 Midweek Service 7 First Presbyterian 272 Sunday School Fellowship Worship 11 and 7 Church of 16 6 5 Highway 81 Bible Classes for all 9 Worship Service 10 Evening Worship and Childrens Bible Hour 6 Wednesday Classes 7 Nursery Worship At The Church Local Churches Ejeraplo Vivo Baptist Garner Santa Clara and Guenther Sunday School Worship Church training 6 Prayer Meeting Wednesday 7 at 498 Second Baptist Sunday School Worship Services 11 and 7 of Your Choice Area Faith United Church of 970 Loop Church School Worship Service Freedom Fellowship 330 Prayer Worship 10 Live Oak Baptist 335 Sunday school Worship service 11 Peter and Paul Catholic 386 Saturday Obligation Mass for Sunday 7 Sunday Masses New Life Assembly of God 552 Highway 81 Sunday School 10 Morning Worship 11 Evangelistic Services 7 Wednesday Worship Tree of Life Carl Schurz School Nur sery Sunday morning and Sunday evening 7 Oakwood Baptist Lamar Bible study morning worship evening worship 7 Wed nesday prayer service Bible Believers Laurel Apartment 300 Laurel Sunday School Worship Services 11 and 6 Eastside Baptist 983 Sunday School Worship 11 and 6 Wednesday service The Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay 2386 San Antonio Priesthood meeting 9 Relief Society 9 Young Women 9 Primary 9 Sunday School 10 Sacrament First Church of the 146 5 IH 35 Sunday School Worship Services and 6 Green Valley Apostolic Tabernacle 104 Melody Sunday School 10 Evangelistic I Service 7 Bible Study First Church of Christ 137 Mill Sunday Service Sunday School Wednesday Service Child care Asamblea De Dlos Spanish Assembly of 255 Com merce Sunday School Evangelistic Service 6 30 Saturday 6 30 Josephs Anglican 185 Jahn Worship Services 9 1928 Prayer New Braunfels Christian Loop Sunday School Worship and 6 Junior Church Chapel In the Cove In Cypress Cove Club Worship Service 9 Triumphant Lutheran Bat Cave Road at Schoenthal Worship 9 Sunday School 10 for all Bulverde United Methodist Highway 281 and Cibolo Sunday School Church Service Thomas Chapel Roman Canyon Dam Sunday Mass and PreSunday Mass Saturday 5 and Canyon Lake United Methodist Flintstone Canyon Lake Mobile Home Sun day School Morning Worship Bracken United Methodist FM Sunday School Church Service a Frledens United Church of Church School 9 Worship Service Andrew Lutheran Church FM 26 73 East of Startz Sunday School 9 Worship Communion first FrancisByTbeLake Episcopal FM 306 1 mile west of FM 11 Holy Communion Second 8 Holy Communion 11 morning Church in the Valley In Deep Canyon City Church School 9 Morning Worship Evening Worship 6 Bulverde Baptist Box Sunday School Worship Christian Training 6 Evening Worship 7 Wednesday Services 7 Church of FM 3159 and FM 26 Bible Class 10 Sunday Worship 11 and 6 Wednesday Service 7 Church in the Wildwood Assembly of FM 26 The Sunday School 10 Worship Service Paul United Church of Main and FM Church Worship Paul Lutheran High way 186 3 at Highway Sunday Worship First Baptist Horseshoe Falls Sunday School Worship Evening Service 6 Nursery Rock Hill Gospel Church Faith 502 IH 35 South of New Braunfels behind the rest Sunday school 10 worship 8 and It and Bible college ladies meeting Young ministers
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