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Advent blog: "Annunciation" by Nancy Rottman

Advent blog: “Annunciation” by Nancy Rottman

This Sunday we will be reading about Mary’s visit with Elizabeth (The Visitation). But before we do that, it is important, I think, for us to pause for a good long moment to stand in Mary’s place and hear the angel announcing what could be, if she’d (we’d) only say, “yes!”  What annunciations have occurred in your life? Did you say, “Yes” or “No?” What might have been if you had chosen differently? Choice: integral to humanness.   I invite you to read (out loud if...
Advent blog: "Mary, Did You Know?" by David Price

Advent blog: “Mary, Did You Know?” by David Price

“So Isaiah told him, ‘Then listen to this, government of David! It’s bad enough that you make people tired with your pious, timid hypocrisies, but now you’re making God tired. So the Master is going to give you a signs anyway. Watch for this: A girl who is presently a virgin will get pregnant. She’ll bear a son and name him Immanuel (God-With-Us).” (Isaiah 7:13-17 MSG)  
Advent Blog: "Be Ready for Advent" by Andrew Harris

Advent Blog: “Be Ready for Advent” by Andrew Harris

The following is an excerpt of a blog post written recently by David Capener, a church leader and blogger from Belfast, Ireland. I often wake in the middle of the night and the last noise I hear before I awaken is a knocking; three times at the door. As I sit, bolt upright, I stare at the car headlights dancing across the wall of my bedroom, I am haunted by a feeling: that I didn’t make it to the door on time, that I wasn’t...
Advent Blog: "Fierce Love" by Barbara Callaghan

Advent Blog: “Fierce Love” by Barbara Callaghan

  “Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.” -Hafiz   God chose to have God’s child be born into a specific time and place that was characterized by fear and oppression. What is fiercer than this kind of love? To give the gift right in the midst of the reign of Roman terror; to give one’s child to the soon-to-be refugee couple, Joseph and Mary? Today it would be like Jesus being born in...
Advent Blog: The Gift

Advent Blog: The Gift

This is a song written by American songwriter Stephanie Davis.  It has been performed by Garth Brooks but the first version I heard was by Cape Breton Islander, Aselin Debison and her sweet voice lends the right tone to story.  This video was made by two young sisters who captured the innocence and beauty of the lyric.  It is a counter-cultural reminder about gifts and giving as we wait and watch for the coming of God’s gift of God’s very self.   Now Maria felt...
Advent Blog: Yesterday's Pain

Advent Blog: Yesterday’s Pain

YESTERDAY’S PAIN by Ann Weems   Some of us walk into Advent tethered to our unresolved yesterdays the pain still stabbing the hurt still throbbing. It’s not that we don’t know better; It’s just that we can’t stand up anymore by ourselves. On the way to Bethlehem. will you give us a hand?   Tethered to our unresolved yesterdays. What a lovely way to say we’re stuck in our past. I would dare to say that in some ways, big for some of us this...
Advent Blog: "Prepare the way of the Lord"

Advent Blog: “Prepare the way of the Lord”

“But, Thanksgiving was just last week. It’s Advent already?!” This has been a reoccurring thought after my refreshing break away from school, spent with friends and family.  The clear answer to a seemingly rhetorical thought is, “yes, David. Advent is already here.” For some, it’s time to erect Christmas trees, lights, and nativity scenes in the front yard. But for me, it is time to “prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”(Mark 1:3b ESV). It is the season of celebration and remembrance...
Christmas Devotional: "Do You See What I See?"

Christmas Devotional: “Do You See What I See?”

December 25, 2014 by: Pam Cochrane Do You See What I See!? The family gathered around the Christmas tree, each holding a plain paper bag and we began sharing around the circle.  One by one each pulled an object that they had placed in the bag as a symbol of their favorite Christmas carol.  Each held high the object for all to see, the others gazed while trying to guess the meaning, prodding for clues. My sister pulled out two colorful bells and everyone yelled...
Advent Devotional: Serial

Advent Devotional: Serial

December 23, 2014 by: Andrew Harris
Advent Devotional: Super Power!

Advent Devotional: Super Power!

December 22, 2014 by: Nancy Rottman Romans 13:11-14 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and...