An ancient prophet. An astonished shepherd. A busy innkeeper. A faithful young mother.
Each had an uncommon vantage point for the birth of our Savior. So also each of us today finds ourselves within an individual life and circumstance, awaiting the coming of our Lord in Advent.
Yet we have many things in common. None of us can escape the shackles of sin on our own. All of us have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Each of us has been given a distinct opportunity to share our story of grace and redemption through our Lord and Savior by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“An uncommon Advent: the arrival of a Savior in our lives” is a sampling of such stories, composed by members of the Concordia University Wisconsin community. It is our prayer that you will spend time during the Advent season to read and reflect on God’s Word and await the coming of Jesus with newfound anticipation and zeal through the Holy Spirit. That same anticipation and zeal is found in the mission of Concordia University Wisconsin and is what drives the work of the university each and every day.
Dec. 2 — Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, PhD, President | Isaiah 8:9-9:7 and 1 Peter 4:1-19
Dec. 3 — Abbi Imlah, Campus Ministry (Student) | Isaiah 9:8-10:11 and 1 Peter 5:1-14
Dec. 4 — Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, School of Health Professions | Isaiah 10:12-27a, 33-34 and 2 Peter 1:1-21
Dec. 5 — Dr. Michael Uden, Vice Provost | Isaiah 11:1-12:6 and 2 Peter 2:1-22
Dec. 6 — Richard L. Herron, Batterman School of Business (Student) | Isaiah 14:1-23 and 2 Peter 3:1-8
Dec. 7 — Dr. Dawn Kuerschner, School of Nursing | Isaiah 24:1-13 and 1 John 1:1-2:14
Dec. 8 — Steve Taylor, Vice President of Student Life | Isaiah 24:14-25:12, Obadiah 1-21, 1 John 2:15-29
Dec. 9 — Carl Butz, Registrar | Isaiah 26:1-19 and 1 John 3:1-24
Dec. 10 — Elizabeth Polzin, Assistant Vice President | Isaiah 26:20-27:13 and 1 John 4:1-21
Dec. 11 — Rev. Dr. Roy Peterson, Senior Vice President | Isaiah 28:14-29, 1 John 5:1-21, 2 John 1-13, 3 John 1-15
Dec. 12 — Kelsey Kleba, Athletics (Student) | Isaiah 29:1-14 and Jude 1-25
Dec. 13 — Sandra Jahns, School of Arts and Sciences | Isaiah 29:15-30:14 and Revelation 1:1-20
Dec. 14 — Gretchen Jameson, Senior Vice President | Isaiah 30:15-26 and Revelation 2:1-29
Dec. 15 — Naomi Tiefel, Admission System Analyst | Isaiah 30:27-31:9 and Revelation 3:1-22
Dec. 16 — Dr. Jim Juergensen, Campus Ministry | Isaiah 32:1-20 and Revelation 4:1-11
Savior of the nations, come, virgin's Son, make here you home! Marvel now, o heaven and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth. God the Father was His source, back to God He ran His course. Into hell His road went down, back then to His throne and crown. From the manager newborn light shines in glory through the night. Darkness there no more resides; in this light faith now abides. — Martin Luther, translated by F. Samuel Janzow; Lutheran Service Book, #332
Dec. 17 — Kim Masenthin, HR Director | Isaiah 33:1-24 and Revelation 5:1-14
Dec. 18 — Beckie Kruse, Director of Residence Life | Isaiah 34:1-2, Micah 1:1-7:20, and Revelation 6:1-17
Dec. 19 — Dr. Brad Condie, Batterman School of Business | Isaiah 40:1-17 and Revelation 7:1-17
Dec. 20 — Dr. Jim Pingel, School of Education | Isaiah 40:18-41:10 and Revelation 8:1-13
Dec. 21 — Kathleen Siedenburg, Center Admissions | Isaiah 42:1-25 and Revelation 9:1-12
Dec. 22 — Dr. Michael Borst, School of Health Professions | Isaiah 43:1-24 and Revelation 9:13-10:11
Dec. 23 — Tom Phillip, Vice President | Isaiah 43:25-44:20 and Revelation 11:1-19
Dec. 24 — Eugene Pitchford, School of Education & Black Student Union | Isaiah 44:21-45:13, 20-25, Daniel 10:1-12:13, Isaiah 48:1-22, and Revelation 12:1-17
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