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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...
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...
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...
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...