Advent Blessings from President Harrison


Found on the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Advent Blessings from President Harrison — 8 Comments

  1. I know this doesn’t exactly fit here and I mean no disrespect to this post but I just heard about a church in my area canceling worship services on an Advent Sunday to do social justice. Is this really gospel proclamation during the time of prep for Oir Lord’s birth or a big self-centered distraction? The church is called the Alley and their website is

  2. @Concerned Layperson #1
    This is specifically what they are doing. I don’t like the canceling church thing, but maybe what they will do will go beyond serving sandwiches.

    Sunday December 19th. Starting times will reflect our normal worship schedule and be at 9:00a and 10:45a in Cottage Grove and 6:30p in the Midway.
    Our goal is make at least 5,000 sandwiches for the homeless. That’s 5,000 people fed!
    To worship by serving together shoulder to shoulder in Jesus name.

    @Kiley Campbell #3
    I totally agree.

  3. @mbw #5

    So some “rich liturgical churches” don’t care for the hungry and homeless because they receive the gifts of God in the Divine Service? Or a non liturgical congregation like The Alley really cares because they cancelled their worship service to make sandwiches? This is a very unfortunate false dichotomy!

    The gifts God freely gives in the Divine Service move the people of God to works of mercy and service in their various vocations. Please do not not pit justification against sanctification or the gifts received from the Lord against the good works motivated by the Gospel!

    Feeding the hungry is a nobel cause and true act of mercy but let us first and foremost strive for the “bread that endures unto eternal life.” (John 6:27,35) Let us also remember that all true good works flow freely from the Gospel (AC VI).

  4. If I go to my liturgical Lutheran Divine Service and before/after send a check to the local food pantry, [because I know that they can buy a case of food for the price of a few cans, retail] have I done less for the hungry than the social organization which skips its program to go make sandwiches?
    It depends. In the case of flood or fire, sandwiches might be an immediate need. Chronic food shortages are better handled by the organizations which dispense staples to be used over the week.

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