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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Religious focus Hfrald-Zeltung Friday, December 17,1982 SAMinisterial alliance Reflection on birth of child By THOMAS F. KEITH, RECTOR St. John's Episcopal Church There is a line in a hymn that comes out of the American spiritual tradition. It goes, "Our I^ady sings Magnificat with tune surpassing sweet." Our I^dy is, of course, Mother Mary; Magnificat is a psalm she says to her cousin Elizabeth. In only a few months, Elizabeth will give birth to John the Baptist and Mary, whose pregnancy has just begun, has come down from Galilee to visit. Elizabeth says to her, "Blessed are you among women ... the mother of my Ix>rd ...." Then Mary says, "My soul magnifies the Ixird ....” The word "magnifies” is used in its archaic sense, "to extol or praise," but it is fascinating to think of the fullness of God focused in one very young woman. It is also quite appropriate for the song of Mary to be read in many American churches on the last Sunday of Advent. The celebration of the liOrd’s first advent is at hand. From our point of view the division of time took place on the fir.-X Christmas. God’s plan for humanity was revealed in the incarnation. Yet the divine story is told in the most human terms. Two pregnant women had a lot to share. Although there were many years difference in age, it was a first pregnancy for both cousins. They got along so well that Mary stayed on to help Elizabeth though the time John was born. When she heard that Zechariah’s lips were unsealed, it added to her own joyous expectation. God was mightily at work in these two pregnancies. This was not the first time God chose this most human of all events to change the direction of history. Our sacred history began v'ith Abraham and Sarah; however it would have ended there without the miraculous blessing of the birth of Isaac. There was nothing miraculous about the birth of Moses; the miracle was that he lived to grow up. Samson’s mother had been barren; barrenness was the opposite of blessing in the ancient world. When the miracle of life came to Hannah, Samuel’s mother, she, too, praised God with a psalm. The Magnificat is a lot like Hannah’s song. Both have a note of exhultation that is almost fierce. (Sweet mothers, young or old, are not supposed to feel that way, but they do!) Both also have a note that is surprising for a psalm of praise and thanksgiving. Both psalms mark the gift of this child as a triumph by God’s grace for the poor. According to the Magnificat God has “scattered the proud," "put down the mighty from their thrones" and “sent the rich empty away." God also has "Exalted those of low degree" and “filled the hungry with good things." Since this may be our last day to prepare the inner way for the Lord prior to the excessive joy and grace of Christmas Day, let us reflect on what Mary thought her gift of a Son would mean to the world. 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 it. Then too, it was probably idle chatter between pregnant women. Nevertheless, we might all want to learn the tune to Magnificat. Living Christmas St. Paul Lutheran presents annual pageant St. Paul Lutheran Church of Bulverde will again present a "Living Christmas" pageant. In its fifth year, the presentation includes scenes portraying the Christmas event and the celebrations of it — a prophet, the Annunication, shepherds in the field, wise men, Mary and Joseph at the inn and the manger. There will also be three contemporary scenes and a choir. Those attending the pageant today, tomorrow and Sunday between 7 and 9 p.m. will drive through the area on a trail illuminated by hundreds of candles. Backdrops for each scene have been painted by an artist whose is a church member. The costumed participants between the ages of 3 and 80 are also members of the congregation. And other members of the church have provided animals to complete the scenes. Rev. Ray Kraemer of St. Paul explains the the presentation is a gift of the congregation to the area. Others who have seen "Living Christmas" in the past said it has added to the meaning of their own Christmas celebration, adds the pastor. All interested persons are invited to attend the - event at the church on Highway 281, just south of L the intersection of Highway 1863. Staff photo by Cindy Richardson Church in the Valley is located in the shadow of Canyon Dam Catholics gain political strength By GEORGEW CORNELL AP religion writer Roman Catholic representation in the new 98th Congress has risen to a record height of 142. while Jews, Lutherans, Mormons and Eastern Orthodox Christians also increased their congressional ranks to the largest yet. But most mainline Protestant denominations, whose members once dominated in Congress, lost ground in the fall election, except for Methodists, who still are far fewer than their past prevalence. The results "indicate increasing religious pluralism and diversity in American political life,” said researchers of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which compiled the new figures. The analysis, compiled by research director Albert J. Menendez, says Roman Catholics gained six new members iii the November voting, continuing a 20-year upward trend that strengthened their hold on first place among denominations. But with Protestantism divided into a variety of denominations, their combined Congress members still added up to a predominant total of 367, compared to the 142 Catholics. In the strictly denominational lineup of strength, United Methodists regained from Episcopalians second place to Catholics, with 73 Methodists now in Congress, three more than in the previous lineup. Up to 1960, Methodists had long been the largest group in Congress, but Catholics since have held a growing hold on first place. Episcopalians had passed Methodists in 1980. but fell behind them. Episcopalians, in dropping from second to third place, lost IO members in Congress, down to a total of 61, their lowest representation in 20 years. Presbyterians remained in fourth place, with 54 members, a loss of one. Although Baptists lost eight seats, down to 46, their smallest representation in two decades, they still remain in fifth place. Local Churches First Baptist Church, 733 Cros Sunday School 9:30 a rn St Morning Worship IO 45 a rn , Evening Worship 7 pm ; Wednesday Preyer Service 7:15 pm. First Protestant Untied Church of Christ, Seguin and Coll Streets Worship I and IO 30 a in.; Church School^ a in New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard Church School 9 30 am; Worship Service ll a rn.; Nursery provided First United Methodist Church, 572 W San Antonio St. Church School 9 30 a ni.; Morning Worhip IO 50 a rn.; Youth Activities5:30 p.m St. John's Episcopal Church, 312 S Guenther Communion 8 a.rn ; Church School for adults, senior highs and intermediate and chapel program for younger students It) am, Family Serv ice, church and church school ll a rn.; Communion and Healing 9 a m. Wednesday. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cross and Santa Clara Streets Worship Service li m. I broadcast on KNBT Radio, FM 92) and 10 30 arn.; Sunday School 9:15 a rn Trinity Baptist Church, 1235 Er-vendbcrg Ave. Sunday School IO a m.; Worship Service 10:45 a rn and8 pm. Primera Iglesia flautist (First Mexican Baptist,) 2080 W. San Antonio St., Corner of San Antonio and Grape Streets. Sunday School classes for every age 9 45 am ; Morning Worship 10:50 a in ; Evening Worship 6    p.m.;    Wed nesday Prayer Service 7 p m Mu»ion Proteinste Church, 129 School St Services Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 7:30 p rn. First Assembly of God, 16 87 Highway 81 W Sunday School 9 45 a ni.; .Morning Worship IO 45 a.m.; Children's Church 10:45 arn.; Evening Worship 6 pm.; Wednesday Family Night 7:30 p.m. Iglesia Bethel (Pentecostal Church), 2990 W. San Antonio. Wednesday 7 30 p.m., Saturday 7 30 p m , Sunday School IO a.m.; Bible School Sunday 6 30 p.m.; Worship Services Sunday 7:30 p m. Harmony Baptist Church, 1472 Highway 46 S Sunday School 9 45 a rn.; Worship Services ll a m. and 7 p.m.; Bible Classes 6 p.m. (all ages*; Prayer meeting 7:30 pm. Wednesday Crofts lutheran Church, South Hickory and Cross Streets. Sunday School, Adult Bible, 9 am.; Worship 10:15 a m ; Holy Communion first and third Sundays. New Braunfels Foursquare Church, 1492 Highway 81 W Sunday Worship IO a.m.; Evening Worship 7 p.m., Midweek Service 7 pm Thursday. First Presbyterian Church, 272 S. Krueger. Sunday School 9:45 am.; Fellowship 10:30 a.m.; Worship ll a m and 7 p m. Church of Christ, 16 6 5 Highway 81 W Bible Classes tor all 9 a rn.; Worship Service IO a.rn ; Evening Worship and Children's Bible Hour 6 p m.; Wednesday Classes 7 p.m. Nursery available. Worship At The ChurchLocal Churches (cont.) Ejemplo Vivo Baptist Church, Garner Hall, Santa Clara and Guenther Streets. Sunday School 9:30 a rn.; Worship 10 45 a m.; Church training 6 p.m.; Prayer Meeting Wednesday 7 p m at 498 Liberty. of Your Choice Area Churches Chapel in the Cove (Interdenominational), Cypress Cove Club House Worship Service 9 a rn. Triumphant Lutheran Church, Bat Cave Road at Schoenthal Road Worship 9 am; Sunday School IO a m. for all ages. Bulverde United Methodist Church, Highway 281 N. and Cibolo Creek. Sunday School 9:30 a rn.; Church Service IO: 45 a .rn. St. Thomas Chapel (Roman Catholic), Canyon Dam Hillside. Sunday Mass 9:30 a m. and 11:15 a m.; Pre-Sunday Mass Saturday 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, Fiintstone Drive, Canyon l-ake Mobile Home Estates Sunday School 9:15 am.; Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Bracken United Methodist Church, FM 2252 Sunday School 9.30 a m ; Church Service 10:45 a m. Friedens United Church of Christ, Geronimo Church School 9 a m ; Worship Service IO: 15 a m. St. Andrew Lutheran Church (ALC), FM 26 73 East of Startz-ville Sunday School 9 a.m.; Worship 10:15 am.; Communion first Sunday. St. Francis-By-The-Lake Episcopal Church, FM 306 I mile west of FM 2673. Services, ll a.rn Holy Communion; Second Sunday, 8 a.rn Holy Communion; ll a rn. morning prayer. Church in the Valley (Interdenominational), Deep Acres, Canyon City; Church School 9 a in.; Morning Worship 10:15 a.m.; Evening Worship 6 p in. Bulverde Baptist Church, P O. Box 43 Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:45 am.; Christian Training 6 p.m.; Evening Worship 7 p m.; Wednesday Services 7 p.m. Church of Christ, FM 3159 and FM 26 73. Bible Class IO a in.; Sunday Worship ll am. and 6 pm.; Wednesday Service 7 p.m. Second Baptist Church, Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Worship Services ll a m. and7p.m. Faith United Church of Christ, 970 Loop 337. Church School 9:15 a.m.; Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Freedom Fellowship Church, 330 Hackberry Prayer 9 30 a m.; Worship IO a m. Live Oak Baptist Church, 335 Washington Sunday school 9 45 a m.; Worship service ll a rn. Ste. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Casten Saturday Obligation Mass for Sunday 7pm.; Sunday Masses 7-8:30, 11-11:15 am. iembly 552 Highway 81 W Sunday School IO a m., Morning Worship ll a m.; Evangelistic Services 7 p.m.; Wednesday Worship 7:30 p.m. Tree of Idle Fellowship, Carl Schurz School Auditorium Nursery provided Sunday morning 9:30 a m. and Sunday evening 7 pm. Oakwood Baptist Church, Lamar School Bible study 9:30 a.m.; morning worship IO 45 a m ; evening worship 7 p.m.; Wed nesday prayer service? p.m. Church in the Wildwood (Assembly of God), KM 26 73, The Oaks Sunday School IO a.m.; Worship Service IO:50 a.rn and 6 30 p m St. Paul United Church of Christ, S Main and FM 78, Cibolo. Church School 9am; Worship IO: 15 a m. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Highway 186 3 at Highway 281. Sunday School 9 a m ; Worship IO. 15 a.rn Blblr Believers Fellowship, laurel Plaza, Apartment 300 laurel I .ane Sunday School 9.50 a.rn ; Worship Services ll a.m. and6 p.m. Eastside Baptist Church, 983 Holly Sunday School 9 45 a in.; Worship ll a rn, and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service 6:30 a in The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-bay Saints. 2386 W San Antonio St Priesthood meeting 9 a rn , Relief Soc iety 9 a ni . Young Women 9 a rn , Primary 9 am; Sunday School IO a m ; Sacrament IO 50a iii First Church of the Nazarene, 146 5 Iii 35 E Sunday School 9 45 a in , Worship Services 10 50 a m. and 6 p.m Green Valley Apostolic Tabernacle IL.PX’.), 104 Melody lame Sunday School IO am.; Evangelistic Service 7 pm.; Bible Study . Thurday 7:30 p.m. First Church of Christ Scientist, 137 E Mill St Sunday Service IO 30 a ni ; Sunday School IO 30 a m., Wednesday Service 7:30 p.m. Child care available. Asamblea De bios (Spanish Assembly of God), 255 W Commerce St Sunday School 5:30 p m.; Evangelistic Service 6 30 pm.; Saturday 6 30 p.m. St. Joseph's Augluau Chapel, 185 E. Jahn St Worship Services 9 a ni.; 1928 Prayer Book New Braunfels Christian Church, Iax»p 337. Sunday School 9 30 am , Worship IO 30 a m and 6 pin; Junior Church IO 30a rn First Baptist Church, Horseshoe Falls Estate Sunday School 9 30 a rn.; Worship IO 40 a rn.; Evening Servtce6 p.m.; Nursery provided Hock Hill Gospel Church Faith Center, 502 Hi 35 South of New Braunfels behind the rest area. Sunday school IO a rn., worship 8 and lh a rn. and 7 30 pm ; Tuesday, Bible college 7:30 p m ; Thursday, ladies meeting 9 30 a in., Young ministers 7 30p m „ ;