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Advent Blog
Advent Stanzas

Advent Stanzas

Dear friends, My Advent gift to you on this Thursday, three days before Christmas, is my favorite Advent poem – a mixture of longing, ache, and hope. “The time has come to admit I believe in the simple astonishment of a newborn.” Enjoy! — Rev. Barbara Callaghan I. Are we always creating you, as Rilke said, Trying, on our best days, To make possible your coming-into-existence? Or are you merely a story told in the dark, A child’s drawing of barn and star? Each year...
Bend

Bend

By David C. Clark At the end of 2001 my father’s cancer was such that he could not sit or stand without great pain. Lying down was the only position that offered some level of physical comfort. As Christmas came closer, he and my mother planned logistically how the day of family gathering, gift exchanging, and dinner would work. I felt my mother’s desire to make my father feel safe and dignified and her anxiety around how and if our family would offer him those...

Trusting Our Dreams

Rev. Paul Shupe preaches the Hancock Church Sunday sermon “Trusting Our Dreams”. December 18, 2016 – Matthew 1:18-25 https://youtu.be/LwHKOLnN6zU
A "New" Christmas Carol

A “New” Christmas Carol

By Mark Morgan, Director of Music A terrific “new” carol. Text by Richard Wilbur (who wrote the lyrics for Candide, in addition to being an excellent poet) and tune by Douglas Hurd (ANDUJAR) A Stable lamp is lighted Whose glow shall wake the sky: the stars shall blend their voices, And every stone shall cry. And every stone shall cry, And straw like gold shall shine; A barn shall harbor heaven, A stall become a shrine. This child through David’s city Shall ride in triumph...
Hope

Hope

By Rev. Paul Shupe Hope is a mountain climber with her boots off at the top of a great peak, basking in the sun, feeling very much one with the mountain below, and yet in the same moment gazing at the vast horizon, of other peaks not yet climbed offering the promise of more days to come like this one.  Hope is both the rootedness in the present moment and the simultaneous imagining of others to come.  Hope is the hear and now and the...
When All the Talk of Miraculous Pregnancy is too Much

When All the Talk of Miraculous Pregnancy is too Much

By Rev. Barbara Callaghan Two years ago in the middle of Advent, in the midst of how crazy church life can be in December, I received the good news that I was pregnant. It was thrilling, and wondrous. I felt a newfound awe and connection with Advent, and a whole new meaning of expectant hope and waiting. A few days before Christmas Eve (the biggest night of the year for Christian ministers!) Kate and I were told that there was a high chance that my...
Family Time

Family Time

By Emelia Attridge When I was in middle school, my family spent every weekend at our Christmas tree farm in Maine. We would get up early and work from Black Friday to the week before Christmas. This became an Advent ritual during my preteen years. I would bounce back and forth from serving hot cocoa and cookies to guests at the tree farm to rehearsals and Nutcracker recitals. Christmas tunes and the scent of pine filled the air anywhere we went. The season of Advent...
Time For Stillness

Time For Stillness

By Nancy Rottman “We are all called to be mothers of God – for God is always waiting to be born.” – Meister Eckart, 13th Century Christian Mystic So far this Advent, it has been as challenging as ever for me to slow down and find time for stillness and silence.  Perhaps the same is true for you. What I hope for us, though, is that we can meet the challenge, at the very least while we are in worship, when we are at a...

The Power of Mercy

Rev. Barbara Callgahan preaches the Hancock Church Sunday sermon “The Power of Mercy”. December 11, 2016 – Luke 1:47-55 https://youtu.be/3JZBl97kyPM
Waiting for the Season

Waiting for the Season

By Andrew Harris The past couple years I’ve felt like the Advent season has passed me by. I frantically tried to hold together finals, church events, worship services, shopping and parties, and then it was Christmas Eve. And as we were singing “Silent Night” at midnight I finally felt the spirit of the season. This season started off feeling decidedly similar. I have scrambled from task to task, hoping to hold everything together knowing that finally, on Christmas Eve, I could stop waiting for the...