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Christmas List

Advent 4B   Luke 1:39-55 O dawn of the east, brightness of light eternal, and sun of justice: come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. Amen Christmas is, pretty much, upon us. So, what’s under your Christmas tree and what’s on your list for this year? So often…

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Point to the Light

Advent 3B Isaiah61:1-4,8-11  John 1:6-8,19-28 You can tell it is getting closer to Christmas when Rudolph and Frosty are on TV and the number of super sale, discount, 4 hour only, free shipping emails increases to one every ten minutes. In the church, we know that Christmas is almost here when John the Baptist comes…

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Hope is Gritty

Romans 8:18-25  I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will…

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Preparations

Advent 2B   Isaiah 40:1-11  2 Peter3:8-15a  Mark 1:1-8 Prepare the way of the Lord! Prepare! What on earth does that mean? I feel like we should all be scrambling around making something or cleaning something, but I’m not sure what. Every time I hear that word “prepare” associated with the church, I think about a…

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At This Moment

James 5:7-11   7Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9Beloved, do not grumble…

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The Advent

Advent 2C     Malachi 3:1-3     Luke 3:1-6 A few years ago around this time I was channel surfing one evening through dozens of Christmas shows, info-mercials and holiday movies.  I stopped on one channel and began half-heartedly watching a talk show hosted by, of all things, a Nun.  Mother Angelica was her name and I had…

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The Light in the Dark

Advent 3B Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11  John 1:6-8, 19-28 One of the most significant symbols of Advent, among other seasons of the church, is light. We have candles and stars as symbols on our paraments, we light extra candles for worship during this time of year, and see tons of sparkling and glimmering lights all around…

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