Advent Songs: IV

I’d love to see Handel’s Messiah performed live every year, but usually that doesn’t work out as well as I would like it to.  I have been fortunate enough to attend the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s performance twice, and it was amazing.  I highly recommend you experience this concert at least once.  In the meantime, this […]

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Readings for December 23, 2012 Micah 5:2-5a Luke 1:46-55 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-55 Prayer Shepherd of Israel, you gently support the one who is with child and call forth the Lamb who dances in the womb, Stir our hearts to recognize Christ’s coming, as Elizabeth recognized his presence in Mary’s radiant obedience to your desire, […]

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Roadblocks to Maturity

I’m excited about 2013.  I’m excited, not simply because every day brings us closer to the release of the second part of the Hobbit trilogy, (though there is that,) but because more than anything I want to use my time, energy, and talents wisely and faithfully.  That inspired me to reflect on the idea of […]

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Third Sunday of Advent

Readings for December 16, 2012 Zephaniah 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 Prayer God of hope, you call us home from the exile of selfish oppression to the freedom of justice, the balm of healing, and the joy of sharing. Make us strong to join you in your holy work, as friends of strangers […]

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No Easy Answers

  It’s the little things that remind us of the rippling effects of unexpected death.  It briefly occurred to me today how presents for 20 children are wrapped and hidden away, never to be opened by their intended recipients, and how terribly difficult it will be for the parents to rediscover those packages.  Reminders of their children, of […]

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Advent Songs: II

I love Andrew Peterson. In my opinion he is one of the more thoughtful songwriters today. If you have not had a chance to experience it, I highly recommend his Christmas album, Behold the Lamb of God. Peterson is a gifted storyteller, and this album is a perfect example of his talent; is absolutely outstanding. […]

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