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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with
mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in
spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope.”
–Romans 12:9-12a

Currently, the Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church is meeting in St. Louis, MO to make decisions on our future life together as a denomination. The world is watching as our General Conference works to determine how or if we can stay together and serve God together as the body of Christ or if we will go our separate ways over matters of human sexuality. Will we be able to create a church denomination where there is grace and a place for everyone; or will our divisions only grow deeper?

We usually sing the hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel during Advent as we are preparing and waiting for the birth of the Christ child. The title of this hymn is an appropriate prayer during these days that the General Conference is together…O come, O come Emmanuel is a prayer we could repeat many times during today and tomorrow as delegates from around the world make decisions.

The second verse of this hymn has wonderful poetic words that long for God’s wisdom to come and are also words of prayer. The words say, “O come, thou Wisdom from on high, and order all things far and nigh; to us the path of knowledge show and cause us in her ways to go.”

God’s wisdom, made real in Jesus the Christ, longs to be made known in our lives and our life together as the Church. God’s wisdom turns our conventional wisdom upside down and Jesus, the Wisdom from on high, teaches us to love God and our neighbor with our full heart, mind and life.

Let us pray, O come, O come Emmanuel, and pray for this wisdom to come upon the General Conference of The United Methodist Church and upon our life together as God’s people.


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