December 27, 2008

[Vox News] New Year’s Edition

[Vox Gathering]

Join us this sunday for lectio divina as we pray through the scriptures together as a community. Here’s a quick preview of the texts we will be exploring on Sunday.

Isaiah 61:10-62:3
10-11 I will sing for joy in God,
explode in praise from deep in my soul!
He dressed me up in a suit of salvation,
he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo
and a bride a jeweled tiara.
For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers,
and as a garden cascades with blossoms,
So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom
and puts praise on display before the nations.

Isaiah 62
Look, Your Savior Comes!

1-5 Regarding Zion, I can’t keep my mouth shut, regarding Jerusalem, I can’t hold my tongue,
Until her righteousness blazes down like the sun
and her salvation flames up like a torch.
Foreign countries will see your righteousness,
and world leaders your glory.
You’ll get a brand-new name
straight from the mouth of God.
You’ll be a stunning crown in the palm of God’s hand,
a jeweled gold cup held high in the hand of your God.
No more will anyone call you Rejected,
and your country will no more be called Ruined.
You’ll be called Hephzibah (My Delight),
and your land Beulah (Married),
Because God delights in you
and your land will be like a wedding celebration.
For as a young man marries his virgin bride,
so your builder marries you,
And as a bridegroom is happy in his bride,
so your God is happy with you.

Galatians 4:4-7
4-7 But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.

[Vox Getaway]
The getaway is only 3 weeks away!! Space is still available, so sign up if you haven’t already. Here’s a recap of the Getaway details:

Date – January 16-18, 2009
Location – Camp Buckner
Theme – The Global Parish
Speaker – Dwight Friesen
Cost – $119 College/$150 Postgrad
Questions – email us or check out facebook

[Year End Giving]
We’ve always wanted to give back out as much as we can to those around us. Here are a couple of giving reminders for the end of the year.

1. Year end giving. This Sunday is the last day to get your year end giving in so you can get a tax deduction for this year.

2. EFT automated giving. We’re making EFT available online if you want to setup automated giving. Just check out www.voxveniae.com/giving.

Thanks for your generosity and helping us be generous with Austin and the rest of the world.

[New Year’s Eve Party]
Ring in the New Year with the Vox family at 1405 Luna!! The party is hosted by the Bagwells and will begin at around 8:30pm. In addition to being a casual BYOB shindig, please bring a food dish to share (appetizers, desserts, etc…)

Until next week, Happy New Year, everyone!!