Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2016’

“You may have heard…” Early Christmas Eve 2016

“You may have heard this story before. Maybe not. Maybe it has haunted you from the first time you put on a bathrobe and had a towel strapped around your head to be a shepherd in a pageant years ago. Or maybe it’s a new story for you–you may have heard about Jesus and Mary and Joseph somewhere, but who …

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“Sign Posts”– Isaiah 35:1-10, Matthew 11:2-11– Dec. 11, 2016

A woman who was cleaning out boxes and closets found her diary from a year that had been particularly hard, full of depression, shame, anxiety, and confusion. As she flipped through the pages she found one on which she had written in big letters– “I WANT MY JOY BACK!” underline, underline, underline. (Elizabeth Gilbert, Facebook post) “I want my joy …

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Advent, the season leading up to Christmas may be an invitation to awaken from our numbed endurance and our domesticated expectations, to consider our life afresh in light of new gifts that God is about to give…” Be ready at any moment for God to appear in your life as inspiration, opportunity, insight, person, possibility. .. Our church’s banner photo …

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“Eating from the Jesse Tree”- Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12– Dec. 4, 2016

If only the landscape weren’t so familiar–a clear-cut mountain side, a battlefield strewn with bodies and smoldering equipment, whole neighborhoods left in nothing but rubble. Or that all too familiar political landscape–never-ending bickering and name-calling, deadlocked legislative bodies, deals and lining pockets leaving the real issues of communities untouched. Or the devastation of interior landscapes–the house after she’s left, the …

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