O Come Emmanuel

There are two occasions during the church year that can be difficult to preach. It’s not what you’d think really. It’s Christmas and Easter. The truth is that the stories we tell at these times of the year: the birth of the Savior and the resurrection of that Savior, all for love of us, are…

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The Grit of Hope

Times are dark in this world for many. I see posts of despair on Facebook and have conversations face to face hearing words from hearts longing for the hope they feel has abandoned them like a beloved companion who absconded in the night. Nostalgia that paraded as something meaningful has disappointed yet again. Violence tears…

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The Revolution Will Have Singing

Gaudete, Advent 3A   Luke 1:46-55 Today is a Sunday of rejoicing! We began with our litany of praise and thanksgiving for all the things in which we rejoice. Today, we also rejoice with Mary. My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my savior. Now, before I say too…

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It Is Prep Time!

Advent 2A December 4 2016 A few years ago, I had the privilege of spending the time after Thanksgiving and just before the beginning of Advent with some friends of mine on their family’s farm in Dushor, PA. This was not just any farm, either. It was a Christmas tree farm! That was quite a…

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Happy New Year, Body of Christ!

Advent 1A November 27 Is it REALLY Advent already? I’ve had the strangest feeling all week that we’d skipped a few days or that something wasn’t quite right. But no, it’s here. Advent is here! Happy New Year, Body of Christ! We’ve had our turkey day and black Friday and small business Saturday and soon…

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Charlie Brown Christmas

Luke 2:8-14   Isaiah 53:1-5 O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you the nations will make their prayer: Come and deliver us, and delay no longer. Christmas time is here/ Happiness and cheer/ Fun for all that children call/ Their favorite time of…

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The Inception of Advent

Advent 2C 2015    Malachi 3:1-4   Luke 3:1-6 Have you ever had one of those nights when you couldn’t sleep and you are sitting in front of your television, channel surfing, sort of mindlessly or at least unconsciously, in search of something to watch? In search of something to fill the void? I would imagine…

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