Vicar's Page

There is nothing like the excitement of the Christmas season.  We worked long and hard to prepare.  Busily decorating, wrapping, and baking. Bustling from place to place.  So much joy and love were shared with family and friends.  For myself, there is little that brings greater satisfaction than singing and listening to Christmas carols.  I love the worshipful atmosphere that continues to grow as Christmas approaches.  

But what happens when the anticipation is over? What happens when all the work is done, when all the guests have left, and all the torn packages are cleaned away?  What happens when all the dishes are once again clean and neatly stacked in the cabinet?  What happens after all the beautiful, bright, and colorful decorations have been put away?

During such times I have often felt the winter blues since the only colors left appear to be gray.  When the decorations that remind us of God’s gifts to us are stored away, it can be easy to be distracted by worldly things.  When our bodies, exhausted after the marathon of the Holyday season, finally receive much needed rest, we can sometimes feel down.  

Despite this, the Good News, the Gospel from God above, has not changed.  Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”  

Let us pray:

Savior, thank You for coming in the flesh for us.  You have restored us to new life by Your sacrifice.  Because of what You have done, we are able to live with You forever.  Help us remember that we are new creations in You, and please keep our eyes fixed on You so that Your light shines through us. Amen.

Vicar Dwight Wyeth

What is a Vicar?

You might be asking, “What is a Vicar?”  For the preparation of future pastors, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod seminary training is a four year, post-graduate (after college) program.  The first two years are spent in the classroom (at either Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, or Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana).  The third year is a year-long internship, called a “Vicarage,” with a congregation.  Among the many things a Vicar does:  preaching and teaching; hospital and shut in calls; attending meetings; basically, getting to know the pastoral ministry in as well-rounded a way as possible.  The fourth year of training is back at the seminary before the student is graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.  Please keep our Vicar in your prayers this year as he prepares to serve Christ’s Church as a pastor.

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