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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

We praise you for the Baptist,
forerunner of the Word,
our true Elijah, making
a highway for the Lord.
The last and greatest prophet,
he saw the dawning ray
of light that grows in splendor
until the perfect day.

All praise, O Lord, for Andrew,
the first to welcome you,
whose witness to his brother
named you Messiah true.
May we, with hearts kept open
to you throughout the year
proclaim to friend and neighbor
your advent ever near.

Horatio Bolton Nelson’s “By All Your Saints Still Striving”
(tune: King’s Lynn)
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Today’s hymn reminds us that John the Baptist came before Jesus to prepare people to recognize Christ. It seems even in the past, people were busy enough that they needed a little extra warning so they wouldn’t miss God’s Son. We all have people who have been forerunners of our faith. For some it was our mother, father, grandmother, college roommate, or youth pastor. Who was pivotal and helped you to follow Christ? Who helped you to know that Jesus was the messiah, your savior?

We worship God as the Trinity, the God who creates, redeems, and sustains us. Some view the Trinity as a reminder that faith is a communal act, that we are actually created for community. So let us remember today who has helped to bring us into this community of faith. In the words of this hymn, “May we, with hearts kept open throughout the year, proclaim to friend and neighbor your advent ever near.”

Merciful God, we thank you for the forerunners of our faith. In every age you have called people to show us whom to follow and to be a witness to your loving Son, Jesus Christ. Help us, O Lord, to be alive in Christ, so that we can guide others to your transforming light. Amen.

Written by Liz Nickerson, Family Ministry Coordinator

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