301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

St. John's weekly newsletter to parents, faculty and staff

Banner - Issue #21

WRITTEN BY Anonymous - 06 March 2012

The Principal’s Pen

Oh, Come Oh, Come Emmanuel
Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel.

This is the first verse of one of our most common Advent hymns. The title, and first line, come to us from Isaiah 7:14, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” This first verse, and the entire hymn, focuses our attention on our wait for a Savior. We look for the One who will delver us from sin and bring us to our heavenly home.

The part of this hymn that amazes me most, though, is the name Emmanuel. Literally, it means “God with us”. Think about that for a moment. It is hard for me to imagine God giving up the riches of heaven for the commonness of earth. But, that’s exactly what He did. He gave up His throne in heaven for a manger in a stable. He gave up an angel chorus for the voices of a few shepherds. He gave up His heavenly robes of righteousness for swaddling cloths. He gave up the presence of God for the presence of some sheep and cows. It’s hard for me to wrap my human mind around all of this. But, I think it is the heart of what it means to be a part of God’s family.

The God we share daily with your children is not some distant God secluded in heaven. No, the God we share is “God with us”, the God who gave up heaven to live with us here. We have a God who loves us so much that He came to know us, spend time with us, and, ultimately, give up His life for us. That, I think, is one of the best parts of Christmas! May God bless you and your family with His presence this Christmas!

Seeking to reach all with Christ, St. John Lutheran School partners with families to provide a Christ-centered education which nurtures faith in Christ,

promotes discipleship, develops God-given abilities and skills, and encourages academic excellence.

Spelling Bee January 10

On Tuesday, January 10, don’t miss our school’s Spelling Bee where students in grades 5-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the county Spelling Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

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