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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...
Advent Devotional: You are never alone in God.

Advent Devotional: You are never alone in God.

December 17, 2014 by: Andrew Harris On Monday Night, about 10 of us gathered for a Blue Christmas service that I didn’t even know I needed. I mean, I knew that I needed to be there and that I needed to deliver the pastoral reflection, but I didn’t know then that I needed the spirit and the fellowship of the people in that room. And there must be more people out there who, like me, don’t yet know that they need to hear this message; people whose lives...
Advent Devotional: God who surrounds us

Advent Devotional: God who surrounds us

December 16, 2014 by: Nancy Rottman Painting by Irv Davis     Psalm 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,     so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore. Throughout Advent we watch and wait for the light to break into the world again at Christmas.  We entreat the arrival of Emmanuel, God with us, in word and song.  We light candles of peace, hope, joy, and love and speak of the coming of God’s kingdom in which all will be made manifest.  Then there...
Advent Devotional: Welcome Mary!

Advent Devotional: Welcome Mary!

December 15, 2014 by: Pam Cochrane Welcome, Mary! I have been thinking a lot about Mary this week and I wonder just how she managed to keep her faith and hope during her journey to Bethlehem with Joseph. Pregnant, and fearful of what the days ahead would bring, how did she find the strength and courage to believe in the angel Gabriel’s promise. I imagine each step was a challenge laced with fear and doubt and yet she forged ahead with a song in her...
Advent Devotional: Waiting for Santa

Advent Devotional: Waiting for Santa

December 10, 2014 by: Nancy Rottman Psalm 27:13-14 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Is it just me, or does the end of Psalm 27 sound like the adult version of waiting for Santa?  All the key words are there: wait, be strong, wait, believe, wait, goodness.  Is it just me, or did the waiting for Santa seem interminable when you...
Celebrating Advent - Dec 23rd

Celebrating Advent – Dec 23rd

Celebrating Advent December 23, 2013 “Home Alone” by Alex Shea Will “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” -Luke 2:7 Do you remember the 1990 movie “Home Alone?” It was a staple of my childhood. (Showing my age there, huh?) If for you haven’t seen it, the movie revolves around young Kevin who is left at home after his entire family...
Celebrating Advent - Dec 20th

Celebrating Advent – Dec 20th

Celebrating Advent December 20, 2013 “Treasures in the Dark” by Rev. Dana Allen Walsh Tomorrow is the longest night of the year.  December 21st marks the Winter Solstice. The journey towards Christmas takes us through the deepest darkness of the year. The enveloping night invites us to consider our own shadows, to rely on something other than sight as we find our way, to seek the presence of the God who dwells in the dark as well as the day. “I am asking you to...
Celebrating Advent - Dec 17th

Celebrating Advent – Dec 17th

Celebrating Advent December 17, 2013 “O magnum mysterium” by Marilyn Becker, Assistant Director of Music O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum. . .O great mystery and wondrous sacrament. Every year we celebrate the mystery that God sent salvation to all in the form of a newborn child. Two thousand years later, we know that we have yet to achieve God’s peace on earth, but at Christmas we enter again into the world of salvation. We look for that peace and hope in all newborn children;...
Celebrating Advent - Dec 13th

Celebrating Advent – Dec 13th

Celebrating Advent December 13, 2013 “Peaceful Anticipation” by Becca Lockwood Advent is the season of waiting, of looking longingly towards the star in the distance. It is also a season of anticipation. Each Sunday we celebrate a different word and quality that is important to our faith. This week it is peace.            I don’t know about you, but in my experience I have found that there is little peace in my anticipation. I have some anticipation about a few other things in my life...
Celebrating Advent - Dec 12th

Celebrating Advent – Dec 12th

Celebrating Advent December 12, 2013 “In the Bleak of Midwinter” by Seminarian Alex Shea Will Have you ever heard the hymn “In the Bleak Midwinter”? The hymn paints a portrait of the conditions surrounding the birth of the Christ child. Can you picture yourself in Bethlehem, 2000 years ago? In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan Earth stood hard as iron Water like a stone Snow had fallen, snow on snow Snow on snow As you stand outside the stable, your feet sinking into...