Christmas Eve 2017

Dear Baby God It is good  to be gathered here with you tonight on my favorite night of the year, the night that we celebrate the birth of a baby who will change the world. Everything about this evening is special – the music that our choirs have practiced so many...

The Courage to Say Yes – Advent 4B

I imagine that it probably started out as just another ordinary day. Mary, a young Jewish girl, perhaps as young as 13, is doing her chores, the same routine that she follows every day – getting water from the well, working in the garden, helping her mother prepare...

Jesus’ Birth Announcement

Advent 3B – Jesus’ Birth Announcement This third Sunday of Advent we light the pink candle on our wreath, to symbolize the joy expressed by Mary when she learns she will bear a son who will be the Savior of the world. Mary bursts into song at this unexpected...

Preparing the Way

Preparing the Way – Advent 2B What do you still need to do to be prepared for Christmas? Do you still have gifts to buy? Decorating to do? Cards to mail? Baking and cooking? Wrapping? There is so much to do between now and December 25. I imagine that most of us...

In the End, Hope

Advent 1B Let me be the first to wish you a happy new year today. That’s right. Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new year in the church calendar. And as always, we begin with a paradox. Instead of countdowns, celebrations, and champagne, the new...

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