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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung G Friday December 27 1996Q 7 Its time to return Christ to Christmas In a recent article a wellknown theologian was discussing his concern about certain Christians and their approaches to Christianity What bothered him most was his discovery that although they spoke approvingly about love for others and even Gods love for us few were willing to talk about their love for God They judged that it is wrong not to love people but really expressed no thoughts about neglecting God Many contemporary Christians subscribe to Jesuss second great commandment but ignore His first One of my favorite Christmas stories is Travers The Fox at the Manger which is written about the birth of Jesus It was late at night Silence had dropped like a stone into the stable spreading out ring on ring of stillness away to the fields and the farthest hills A faint glow came from the manger where the Child lay quietly in the straw Around him stood the friendly beasts their foreheads drooping upon their chests They were peaceful and still like furry statues But presently their ears gave an imperceptible twitch A sound too delicate to be heard by human ear William L Schroeder came slowly nearer As the moon slid out of a cloud they saw picking his way through the spangled fields a small red The story continues with the animals becoming alarmed and frightened by the presence of the fox He tells them he is an enemy of man but he will be a friend to the one who is not yet grown As the fox approaches the manger the Child sees him and inquires why he has come The fox tells him that he knows what will happen when he becomes a man Just like the fox he too will be hunted and killed and for that reason will need great courage It is for that reason he has braved the danger to come and give his gift of cunning to the Child Listening intently the animals are amazed by what they hear Mow will the fox elude the hunter if he gives away his cunning They do not understand the great love that the fox has for the child Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote that the things and who we love identify what we are This statement is relevant to our approach to our feelings about Christmas For example why do we replace the Christ with an X in Xnias The X symbol signifies no in our society Our greetings arc no longer Merry but Hnppy We spend countless hours buying presents and only a few minutes if any thinking of God Even our laws attempt to prohibit our involvement with the Son of God in public settings Every Christian is called to a deep mystical union with God through His Son We must encounter Christ face to face And we with our unveiled faces reflecting like mirrors the brightness of the Lord all grow brighter and brighter as we are turned into the image we II Cor By our love of God we are truly turned into the image we reflect Our heart is renewed by a spiritual metamorphosis A vision develops within us to experience this love This incredible giving of love between Creator and created allows a mystical bond to be forged This is the bond that drew the fox to the stable allowed him to endure the wrath of the animals and present his wondrous gift It was a gift of pure love which emanated from the love of the Child The spirit of love for God cannot be suppressed for restlessness persists The hunger for God will not die within our hearts In glimpses and passing moments it invades our lives Christmas gives us the opportunity to reforge the bond of love for God and a chance to return to the manger with our gift of love So let us invite the Christ Child to our parties our caroling opening of presents and the gatherings of friends and families If we do it will be a joyous Christmas which shall remain with us through eternity William L Schroeder is a deacon at Sts Peter and Paul Advertise on our church page Call 6259144 FERGUSON HERMES INSURANCE AGENCY SINCE 1932 6254500 DM ANTONIO Edward Jones Mary K 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denomination Faith United Church 970 Loop 337 6256761 Sunday Worship Sunday schoolall ages am Pastor Lee Zillman Youth Faith Extravaganza 2nd Saturday of each monm 1pm First Assembly of God 1687 81 West Sunday school 945 worship and 6 Wednesday service 7 First Baptist Church 733 Cross St Sunday school worship and 7 Wednesday dinner Bible study and prayer service First Church of Christ Scientist 137 E Mill St Sunday service Sunday school Wednesday service Child care available First Church of the Nazarene 1465 135 East Sunday service worship and First Protestant Church located on the corner of Seguin and Coll streets one block from downtown plaza Sunday Worship and AM Sunday School Classes AM Breakfast at The First Youth Activities call 6097729 Ext 36 Wednesday PRIME TIME Bible studies seminars For Your Intercession Prayer Groups Wed AM Tues PM Adult activities child care provided First United Methodist Church 572 W San Antonio Street Sunday Worship Sunday ScJKJol Youth Activities 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Junior Church Nursery Youth groups adult bible study A non denominational fellowship 629 2202 Pastor Rick Bartlett 608 0330 New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard Worship Sunday school worship 11 nursery provided New Braunfels Seventh Day Adventist Church 2990 W San Antonio St Box 311551 Sabbath school Saturday worship Saturday 6295673 Oakwood Baptist Church 2154 Loop 6250267 Sundays Si 15am Sun 6pm Wed Service 7pm Pastor Ray Still Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 138 W Austin Masses Saturday and 8 and 11 Sunday Monday through Friday Masses 6 Wed 8 Peace Lutheran Church 1147 S Walnut Worship and am Sunday School am Pastor David Schulte 620 0618 New Life Fellowship Church 104 Melody Lane New Braunfels 78130 mi south of 135 on FM 725 behind Sacn Pac 2106065527 Worship Sundays 10 am Wednesdays pm Resurrection Baptist Church 909 FM 1518 6580459 St Johns Episcopal Church 312 S Guenther Holy Eucharist Rite One Rite Two at 9 and Christian education classes begin at 9 and St Josephs Anglican Church 446 N Seguin Sun 8 Holy Communion 11 3rd Sundays Holy Communion 2nd 4th Sundays Morning Prayer Church School Sundays St Paul Lutheran Church Cross and Santa Clara Streets Sunday worship 8 broadcast on KNBTradio FM 92 9 Sunday school 15 Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church 386 N castell 625 4531 Monsignor Eugene Ocallaghan Mass Sat 5pm Sun Sam Tree of Life Fellowship 652 N Loop 337 Sunday services including childrens church at and and 7 ladies Bible study 10 Wednesday Pastors Bible study and Youth Meeting 7 Wednesday Church of Unity New Braunfels Sunday Service at the Senior Citizens Center at 655 Landa St The Unitarian Uniyersalists of Comal County will meet or Wednesday at me Faith United Church of Christ 970 N Loop 337 at pm Public invited Victory Temple Church 608 1300 1121 Oasis New Braunfels Penecostal Church of God Pastor Donald Beard Sunday worsh and Sunday SchoollOam and 6pm Wed 7pm AREA Bracken United Methodist Church 20377 FM 2252 Sunday school Church services and UMYF Sunday 5 Church of Christ FM 3159 and 2673 Bible class 10 Sunday worship 11 and 6 Wednesday service 7 899 7077 St Andrew Lutheran Church 7420 FM 2673 1 mi E of Startzville Sun Church School 9 Worship Holy Communion 1st 3rd Sundays Nursery provided 9 St Francis By the Lake Episcopal Church FM 306 at Spring Mountain Drive Canyon Lake Sunday Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist Sunday School for adults and children Wednesday Morning Prayer 10 Bible Study and The Rev John D Badders Vicar 9643820 Unity Center of Practical Christianity in San Marcos 16870 No State Hwy 123 5 miles from 204 towards San Marcos TX 78666 Sunday Bible class 11 am worship Tuesday 11am prayer service 512 392 5199 DialAPrayer 512396 LIFE Sondra Von Gyllenband spiritual leader Call for weekly class schedule
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