The Diocese of Milwaukee offers two resources to its parishes for use in their weekly services. In the spirit of building community, all parishes are encouraged to use both resources beginning in Advent 2014 so that all voices are lifted together as we offer these prayers, week by week.
The Diocese of Milwaukee's deputation to the 2015 General Convention (GC) join Bishop Miller in inviting you to inform yourself about the work of this year's General Convention, which meets in Salt Lake City June 25 - July 03. Click on "Read More" below to check out links to the deputation's website and Facebook Page!
Click on the "Read More" link below to participate in Bishop Steven Miller's Lenten Study Program. The program will take place at 7pm on Thursdays during Lent and focuses on the passion narrative in the Gospels.
“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
Dear Friends in Christ,
My favorite Mass of the three Christ Masses for the feast of the Incarnation is the Mass on Christmas Day. (Like Easter, Christmas has three Eucharistic Propers from the ancient custom that priest were allowed to celebrate three masses on this day, rather than just one.) One of my earliest memories in worship was a Christmas Day service in my Grandpa and Grandma Miller’s church. It was the first time I had ever seen a church so richly decorated with torches and garlands on each pew.
As I get older, I find I am most feed by the quiet simplicity of a service on Christmas Day and the more reflective nature of the lessons appointed. Instead of the birth narrative from Luke, the Gospel for this third mass is the prologue from John’s Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God….” a Johannine echo of the creation story from Genesis written in the light of the Christ event, that is Jesus incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension.
The verse that speaks to me most deeply is verse 5, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” I cling to that verse most especially this year. I cling to the confidence and the assurance it offers of God’s reign in a year that seems more violent that any before.