September 1993

RW 29
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • Third Sunday of Advent

    Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

    Christians associate these words more readily with Jesus (Luke 4) than with Isaiah. Any sermon preached from Isaiah will surely proclaim Jesus as the anointed one, the Christ. But we should not rush too soon to Luke 4. We should first savor the revolutionary radical, wild announcement of the prophet, even though we will be tempted to tame it with reason and common sense.

  • Hymn of the Month


    Child So Lovely/ Nino Lindo

    One of the most pervasive Christmas folk traditions is the singing of lullabies. The Austrian "Silent Night" the Polish "Infant Holy" and the North American 'Away in a Manger" are some common examples of Christmas carols that often function as lullabies in Christmas season tableaux, church school programs, and carol services.

  • Fourth Sunday of Advent

    2 Samuel 7:1-11; 16

    This lection is directly tied to the gospel for the day (Luke 1:26-38). But apart from that, this message from God to David marks a turning point in the history of God's people.




    Greetings, favored ones, the Lord is with you.

    His name is Immanuel, God with us.

    Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!

    Hymn: "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
    [PsH 340, PH 41-42, RL 195, TH 208]

    Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-7

  • Give or take a year, 1884 was the year Clarence Wexler founded the town that bears his name. He drifted west from Paterson, New Jersey, prospecting not for gold but for coal. Coal mines were as good as gold when they were close enough to the Boston/New York/Trenton furnaces to connect by rail, and far enough west to ensure cheap labor. So it was that Clarence Wexler settled in mid-Appalachia to begin his dig.