New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Faith is difference
By REV. J. LINWOOD KENNEDY First Protestant Church
Why are some people angry, defensive and afraid? And how does a man become so heartless that he can coldly order the death of all male babies two years old and younger? What makes a man a Herod? What makes a group of astrologers leave their work to travel to a distant country to pay homage and bring gifts to a small child?
Two men see a star. One searches for a child to become victim of his hostility — another travels in the direction of the light and finds a child whom he and his companions believe to be the Son of God.
What makes any person what he or she is? Why do we believe and do as we do? Why do some believe while others are antagonistic or indifferent?
I am certain the answer isnot in the old heredity or environment question. Heredity and environment are both important and we are responsible for our environment and what it does in the shaping and misshaping of lives. But some who have both good genes and chromosomes and a healthy and wholesome environment either fail to see any significance in the star or ignore its light altogether.
One thing has become clear to me. It is not hat some are given a star while others are not. Some who seem too deprived to have received any star follow the light anyhow while others upon whom great light has shined refuse to walk in the light given to them.
Many, especially teachers and others who work with people have observed those who come from an environment where,
given their proverty, their lack of opportunity and bad influence that has been exerted on them, really shouldn’t amount to anything. Any yet, some of these possess some kind of inner poise that no one can say where it comes from — some kind of perceptivesness, some eagerness to learn, some grasping of every opportunity. And others we have seen have had every conceivable opportunity life has to offer. Nothing has been denied them. They come from good homes, with plenty of material goods, all the educational opportunities, good brains, fine personalities and yet some of them waste their opportunity and make nothing of the light given to them.
The Magi were foreigners — a fact celebrated by the church in the feast of the Epiphany. We know nothing about their previous religious background or if they were religious at all. They were apparently not Jews waiting for the birth of the Messiah. What is likely is that they saw the star while busy at their daily task studying astrology. Who knows why they followed this star? As with every sign, they-we may stay of journey. And the journey is always blocked by the barriers of distance that lead to strange new untraveled places. It would really always to be easier not to go. We are frequently not given .the light of the sun but are usually required to follow some lesser light — some light that requires more careful attention than the light of day. More often than not we are met by the obstacles of the Herod systems of the world that divert our attention and destroy our goals.
Observe how faithful the Gospel writers were to point our that the most unsuspecting poeple were the first to recognize Jesus as God in their midst?
They all shared something in common. They were not passive! Each possessed a certain perceptivity, an openness, an awareness of whatevery way God revealed Himself to them in a given time and place in the usual routine of their living, however good of bad that may have been. Each acted upon what little knowledge was given him or her. Each walked by whatevery light he or she saw. Each was obedient to whatever truth he or she knew. None demanded yet another sign, but each had the spiritual insight to see God in both the good and bad events of life.
As with the wise men and Herod, two people see in a single event two different things. God’s revelation of himself seems to mean something entirely different to each of them. “An Epiphany is not any kind of manifestation,” says W.B.J. Martin. "It is the flash of recognition of the divine in ordinary life; it is the discovery of the sacred within the secular. It is Moses recognizing God in the flaming bush...”
For those first century wise men, their response included a journey — a search — an willingness to follow the light wherever it led, the recognition of the Holy in the midst of te secular — that which was above them a beyond them. And finally, their response included the presentation of that day’s most treasured gifts. '
I is conceivable that any person who got so much as a glimpse of God could remain unresponsive and whose life would not ultimately reflect some change — some reordering of priorities, some new sense of self worth? What if our search for Him today and His availability to use really does carry the potential,for change in our lives? And what if it is our faith that makes a difference?
Freedom of religion?
Separation of church, state carried too far—Graham
By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP religion writer
Talking with a churchman in the Soviet Union, Billy Graham remarked that reading of the Bible is prohibited in American schools. The man "looked in a state of shock,” Graham relates.
“He said, is that America? I though it had religious freedom.’”
The evangelist cited the incident in contending that U.S. courts and state officials have given in overmuch to efforts to ban religious elements from American civil life.
“This country has carried the business of separation of church and state too far," he said in a New York interview. "The writers of the Constitution meant freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”
Graham is "part of a tradition: the Baptists, who were pivotally responsible for the constitutional provision against any “establishment of religion” and guaranteeing its "free exercise.” He said the intention wasn't to suppress its expression.
“But now studenLs in our schools can’t even sing carols at Christmas
time,” he said. “They can't have group prayer. They’re sometimes stopped from carrying Bibles
“In some places, it’s been held illegal for them even to have a period to meditate — whether about a girl friend or whatever. Schools and other institutions are prevented from displaying the IO Commandments.
"Teachers have been frightened against any reference to God. They’re frightened of their superintendents; the superintendents are frightened of the school boards, and the boards are frightened of the courts.”
Staff photos by Cindy r ichardson
St. Francis By The-Lake Episcopal Church is located on FM 306
Vespers service planned
A multi-cultural vespers service will be conducted in celebration of Epiphany Saturday at 7 p.m. at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio.
The services are sponsored by the Texas Catholic Conference on Ethnic Community Affairs. Ix*d bv group President Msgr. Balthasar Janacek, the Epiphany Vespers will include scriptural readings, hymns and a homily by Sr. Edla Maria Estrada, STJ, and will feature a special liturgical dance by
the Filipino Dance Ensemble.
This service combines two religious traditions of many cultural groups — Vespers, an ancient religious tradition of evening prayer; and Epiphany, commemorating the visit of the Magi. In mainlands, Epiphany is celebrated more grandly than Christmas with gift giving, visiting and partying since the Magi visited the Christ Child and presented gifts. Some cultural groups have also celebrated Epiphany as the Baptism of the Lord.
Sunday School 9:30 a m.; Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; Evening Worship 7 p.m.; Wednesday Prayer Service 7:15 p.m.
First Protestant United Church of Christ, Seguin and Coll Streets. Worship 8 and 10:30 a m.; Church School^ am.
New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard. Church School 9:30 a.m.; Worship Services, 9:30 a m., ll a.m.; Nursery-provided for all services.
First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St. Church School 9:30 a m.; Morning Worhip 10:50 a m.; Youth Activities5.30 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 312 S.
Guenther. Communion 8 am.; Church School for adults, senior highs and intermediate and chapel program for younger students IO a m.; Family Service, church and church school ll a m.; Communion and Healing 9 a m. Wednesday.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cross and Santa Clara Streets. Worship Service 8 a m. (broadcast on KNBT Radio, FM 92) and 10:30 am.; Sunday School 9:15 a m.
Trinity Baptist Church, 1235 Er-vendbcrg Ave. Sunday School IO a m.; Worship Service 10:45 a m. and6 p.m.
Primera Iglesia Bautist (First Mexican Baptist,) 2080 W. San Antonio St., Corner of San Antonio and Grape Streets. Sunday School classes for every age 9:45 a m.; Morning Worship 10:50 a.m.; Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Wed*
nesday Prayer Service 7 p.m.
Mission Pentecoste Church, 129
School St. Services Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 7.30 p.m.
First Assembly of God, 16 87 Highway 81 W. Sunday School 9:45 a m.; Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; Children's Church 10.45 am.; Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Wed
nesday 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 m.; Worship Services ll a m. and 7 p.m.; Bible Classes 6 p.m. (all ages); Prayer meeting 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Cross Lutheran Church, South Hickory and Cross Streets. Sunday School, Adult Bible, 9 a m.; 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 p.m. Thursday.
First Presbyterian Church, 272 S
Krueger. Sunday School 9:45 a m ; Fellowship 10:30 a m.; Worship ll am. and7 p.m.
Church of Christ, 16 6 5 Highway 81 W. Bible Classes for all 9 a in.; Worship Service IO a.m.; Evening Worship and Children’s Bible Hour 6 p.m.; Wednesday Classes 7 p.m. Nursery available.
Worship At The ChurchLocal Churches (cont.)
F.jemplo Vivo Baptist Church,
Garner Hall, Santa Clara and Guenther Streets Sunday School 9 30 a rn.; Worship 10:45 a ni.; Church training 6 pin.; Prayer Meeting Wednesday 7 p.rn at 498 Liberty.
Second Baptist Church, Sunday School 9 45 a in ; Worship Services 11am and 7 p m
Faith I uited Church of Christ, 970
Loop 337 Church School 9:15 am.; Worship Service IO 30 arn.
Freedom Fellowship Church, 330
Hackberry. Prayer 9 30 am.; Worship IO a ni
Live Oak Baptist Church. 335
Washington Sunday school 9 45 am.; Worship service ll a in.
Sis. Peter and Paul Catholie Church. 386 N Caste!!. Saturday Obligation Mass for Sunday 7 p.m.; Sunday Masses 7-8 30, 11-11:15 am.
New Life Assembly of God Church,
552 Highway 81 W Sunday School 10a.m.; Morning Worship ll a m.; Evangelistic Services 7 p.m.; Wednesday Worship 7:30 pm.
Tree of Life
Schurz School sery provided 9 30 arn. and pm
Fellowship, Carl Auditorium Nur-Sunday morning Sunday evening 7
of Your Choice
Oakwood Baptist Church, (.amar School. Bible study 9 30 am.; morning worship 10:45 ain.; evening worship 7 pm.; Wed nesday prayer service 7 pm
Bible Believers Fellowship, laurel Plaza. Apartment 300 laurel lane Sunday School 9 50 a m.. Worship Services ll am and6 pm
Eastside Baptist Church, 983
Holly Sunday School 9 45 am; Worship ll am and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service6:30a in
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2386 W San Antonio St Priesthood meeting 9 a m , Relief Society 9 a in.; Young Women 9 am; Primary 9 am; Sunday School 10 a.m.; Sacrament 10 50a.m.
First Church of the Nazarene,
146 5 IU 35 E Sunday School 9 45 am.; Worship Services 10 50 arn. and 6 p m.
Green Valley Apostolic Tabernacle
11 P C.), 104 Melody l.ane Sunday School IO arn.; Evangelistic Service 7 p.m.; Bible Study , Thurday 7 30 pm.
First Church of Christ Scientist. 137
FL Mill St Sunday Service IO 30 a in.; Sunday School IO 30 am.; Wednesday Service 7 30 pm Child care available
Asamblea De Dios (Spanish Assembly of (iud), 255 W Commerce St Sunday Sc hool 5 30 p m ; Evangelistic Service 6 30 p.m.; Saturday 6 30 p m.
St. Joseph s Anglican Chapel, 185
FL Jahn St Worship Services 9 a in.; 1928 Prayer Book
New Braunfels Christian Church.
Loop 337 Sunday School 9 30 am . Worship 10:30 am and 6 pm, Junior Church IO 30a rn
Chapel in the Cove (Interdenominational), Cypress Cove Club House. Worship Service 9 arn.
Triumphant Lutheran Church, Bat
Cave Road at Schoenthal Road. Worship 9 a m.; Sunday School IO a m. for all ages.
Bulverde United Methodist Church, Highway 281 N. and Cibolo Creek. Sunday School 9:30 a m.; Church Service 10:45 a .m.
St*. Thomas Chapel (Roman Catholic), Canyon Dam Hillside. Sunday Mass 9:30 am and ll 15 a rn.; Pre-Sunday Mass Saturday 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, Flintstone Drive, Canyon Lake Mobile Home Estates. Sunday School 9:15 arn.; Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
Bracken United Methodist Church, F'M 2252. Sunday School 9 30 a iii.; Church Service 10:45 a.m.
Friedens United Church of Christ,
Geronimo. Church School 9 a m.; Worship Service 10:15 a.m.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
(ALC), FM 26 73 East of Startz-ville Sunday School 9 am.; Worship 1015 am ; Communion first Sunday.
St. F'rancis-By-The-ljike Episcopal
Church, FLM 306 I mile west of FLM 2673 Services, ll afb Holy Communion; Second Sunday, 8 am. Holy Communion; ll am morning pray er.
Church in the Valley (Interdenominational), Deep Acres, Canyon City; Church School 9 a m.; Morning Worship IO 15 a rn , F7vemng Worship 6 p m.
Bulverde Baptist Church. P O Box
43. Sunday School 9 30 am, Worship IO. 45 am.; Christian Trainuig6 p.m.; Evening Worship 7 p.m.; Wednesday Services? pm
Church of Christ, FLM 3159 and EM 26 73 Bible Class IO a m.; Sunday Worship ll am. and 6 pin.; Wednesday Service 7 p m.
Church in the Wildwood (Assembly
of Godi, KM 26 73, The Oaks Sunday School IO am.; Worship Service IO 50 a iii and 6 :30pin.
St. Paul United Church of Christ, S
Main and F’M 78, Cibolo. Church School 9 a rn . Worship IO: 15 a m
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Highway 186 3 at Highway 281. Sunday School9a rn ; Worship 10:15a rn
First Baptist Church. Horseshoe Falls Estate. Sunday School 9 30 am; Worship 10:40a iii.; Evening Service6 p.m.; Nursery provided
Rock Hill Gospel Church Faith Center, 502 IU 35 South of New Braunfels behind the rest area Sunday school IO a rn , worship 8 and IF a m and 7:30 pm ; Tuesday, Bible college 7 30 p.m.; Thursday , Indies meeting 9 30 a m., Young ministers? 30pm