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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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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Making the Ordinary Holy

Name of Jesus, Luke 2:15-21, Galatians 4:4-7 And just like that, it was over. Yes, Christmas lasts 12 days in the church. We have Christmas all the way through January 6th when we commemorate the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. However, the reality of our celebration of Christmas in this day and…

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Christmas Day 2011

John 1:1-14 In the beginning…that wonderful ‘once upon a time’ sounding phrase from God. Makes us think we are going to get to hear a great story! We hear ‘In the Beginning’ and we think of that primeval time when God created land and sea and sun and moon and stars—all the wonders of creation.…

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Baby Jesus Doesn’t Like It When You Cry

 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  That prayer is from around the fourth century and it was and is traditionally prayed on December 21st. It is part of a series of daily prayers…

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