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Advent Blog
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...
Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

By Ashley Davis Advent is a time of anticipation.  We wait and prepare for Christmas Day when we can—as the Christmas carol proclaims—go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born. We know this good news is coming.  The excitement is palpable. Advent is also a time of longing. The days get shorter and darker and colder. There is a deep desire for—as another Christmas carol suggests—tidings of comfort and joy.  Surely, Mary and Joseph knew this longing, as they searched for a...
Light

Light

By David C. Clark A neighborhood across the street from my childhood church had a white-light ordinance forbidding any color Christmas lights outside except white ones. There was a certain picture-perfect quality the little cluster of upper-middle homes had, all in matching lights, surrounded by snow and dark. Their problem was that all the homes were privately owned and the white-light ordinance was really just a strong request from neighbor to neighbor to not be the odd-man-out and ruin the Christmas Kodak moment. My favorite...
What Joy Looks Like

What Joy Looks Like

By Andrew Harris This is what we think joy looks like. And, don’t get me wrong, what you see in this video is true, unbridled joy. In all our Christmas movies and Christmas commercials, we’re shown that joy is this screaming, giggling, bubbling, bursting explosion that immediately follows the sounds of ripping wrapping paper. And sometimes it is. But there is another kind of joy that doesn’t translate so well to a 30-second spot that airs during halftime. It’s the kind of joy that is...

A Vision of God’s Future

Rev. Paul Shupe preaches the Hancock Church Sunday sermon “A Vision of God’s Future”. December 4, 2016 – Isaiah 11:1-9 https://youtu.be/sounmPMnvUQ
Christmas Music

Christmas Music

By Mark Morgan, Director of Music People ask me all the time about Christmas music–something different from their usual playlist. Even in the age of Pandora and Spotify, it can be difficult to find good Christmas music that’s outside of your particular box. So here’s some suggestions–go out and explore! Not sure if all of these are still in print, but probably available used: Boston Camerata: A Renaissance Christmas. One of my favorite Christmas albums. Set up like a lessons and carols, with the texts...
Living Water

Living Water

By Emelia Attridge   When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.   I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. Isaiah 41:17-18 (NRSV)   When I was in college, my campus ministry created an Advent...
Spiritual Practices for Busy Lives

Spiritual Practices for Busy Lives

By Emelia Attridge The feeling of Advent is like trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Even as an adult, I still get excited and have trouble sleeping the night before Christmas. The season of Advent is like that—it is marked by anticipation, waiting, and longing for what is to come. And yet, the month of December these days definitely does not feel like a season of waiting. It feels more like a season of packing the car, preparing dishes, attending parties, finding a Yankee...