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Advent Blog: Hope

Advent Blog: Hope

“Hope” Tuesday, December 5 Rev. Barbara Callaghan, Minister  “Advent is like the hush in a theater just before the curtain rises. It is like the hazy ring around the winter moon that means the coming of snow which will turn the night to silver. Soon.” Frederick Buechner, from The Hungering Dark It can be difficult to sustain this moment of anticipation. Which is why most churches focus on all the Bible passages that teach about keeping watch, staying awake, and hanging on to hope in...
Advent Blog: Marking the Days

Advent Blog: Marking the Days

“Marking the Days” Monday, December 4, 2017 Emelia Attridge, Congregational Care Coordinator I really do love calendars. In fact, in 2016, I started creating my own planner. I followed what’s known as the “Bullet Journal” system for inspiration, but I don’t follow it too closely. Sure I keep a regular monthly calendar to track my appointments throughout the year, and I have at least one other calendar with designs that are a delight to the eye (and even more of a delight to change over...
A Joyful Noyse Concert, 12/19, 7:30 pm Press Release

A Joyful Noyse Concert, 12/19, 7:30 pm Press Release

A Joyful Noyse, an early music ensemble in residence at Hancock Church, celebrates the music of German composer Dietrich Buxtehude this Saturdaywith a program titled From Advent to Christmas. At turns upbeat and meditative, this  beautiful music from the 17th century will take the audience on a journey through the advent season of preparation to the joy of Christmas and wish us all a  happy new year. The program is part of the Hancock Concert Series and takes place on Saturdayevening at 7:30 p.m. at Hancock Church in Lexington. Dietrich Buxtehude (ca. 1637-1707) was famous as a composer and performer of...
Advent blog: Happiness, as easy buying a can of coke by Andrew Harris

Advent blog: Happiness, as easy buying a can of coke by Andrew Harris

This month in HYG we had an interesting discussion that I thought I’d share. In the spirit of the Christmas season, we watched a bunch of commercials and, specifically, we looked at what the commercials were selling. We watched a Coke commercial where Coke made everyone in the world happy, a gum commercial where the gum plays an integral role in a couple falling in love, and a JetBlue commercial that promised luxury, comfort, and security. These commercials lead us to believe that happiness, love,...
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: 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...