moon through the branches

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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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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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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We End Where We Begin

Each year on the Sunday before Christ the King, I preach a sermon that incorporates the changing seasons and the changing church seasons. It is based on a poem (probably too long) I wrote some years ago and continue to refine. In its fullest form, it can be found here. In late November every year, I…

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Earth’s Crammed With Heaven

Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush, afire with God–Elizabeth Barret Browning Season of Creation Year A 1st Sunday  Genesis 2:4b-10, 16-22  Colossians 1:15-20  John 3:1-17 (more information on the Season of Creation coming soon) For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son… in order that the world might be…

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